It’s time again for the We Are The World 🌎 Blogfest, #WATWB,  occurring on the last Friday of each month.  Started by a fine group of bloggers who wanted to focus on the good news as a way of expanding its reach, the #WATWB is like a balm for our battle-weary souls. Face it, it’s rough out there and more often than not, a bit of good news helps.

Here are the guidelines for the #WATWB:

1. Keep your post to Below 500 words, as much as possible.

2. Link to a human news story on your blogone that shows love, humanity, and brotherhood. Paste in an excerpt and tell us why it touched you. The Link is important, because it actually makes us look through news to find the positive ones to post.

3. No story is too big or small, as long as it Goes Beyond religion and politics, into the core of humanity.

4. Place the WE ARE THE WORLD badge or banner on your Post and your Sidebar. Some of you have already done so, this is just a gentle reminder for the others.

5. Help us spread the word on social media. Feel free to tweet, share using the #WATWB hastag to help us trend!

Tweets, Facebook shares, Pins, Instagram, G+ shares using the #WATWB hashtag through the month most welcome. We’ll try and follow and share all those who post on the #WATWB hashtag, and we encourage you to do the same.Have your followers click here to enter their link and join us! Bigger the #WATWB group each month, more the joy!

Please visit our generous co-hosts Shilpa Garg, Sylvia McGrath, Mary Giese,Guilie Castillo and Belinda Witzenhausen.



Enjoy this story about a few groups in Madison, Wisconsin and Douglas County, Kansas who want to raise their vibrations one carrot, squash and string bean at a time. What’s that you say about raising vibrations? Well, you know, the best way to do that might just be to eat right — healthy, organic, non-toxic, non-pesticide-laden food grown in small batches, as opposed to acres upon acres of the same product, lovingly cared for by a group of like-minded individuals who know the value of community.  Who knows?  Maybe more than a few of them whistle while they work and that’s got to be great for the watermelon.

The groups are focusing not just on food, but on developing a “sustainable local and regional food system that supports equitable access to healthy, culturally appropriate food, nutrition education and economic opportunity.”  Another one of the goals is the creation of a better food pantry so that those who don’t have access to this kind of healthy food can share in the bounty.


You can access the article here. Sustainable agriculture — locally grown, small-batched, organic food — is a must if we are going to make it, nutritionally speaking, into the 22nd century.  Agribusiness with its acres and acres of a single, non-diverse product is not.  Maybe you’ll want to start a community garden in your neighborhood. Together, we can make a greener, more verdant world, one little community garden at a time.

pjlazos 10.27.17





About Pam Lazos

writer, blogger, environmentally hopeful
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24 Responses to Sustenance

  1. CSAs, baby! One of my favourite things about gardening is trying seeds for veggies/greens/herbs you can’t find at the supermarket. Or variations, like a spicy oregano.

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  2. Hey, Madison! That’s a hop, skip, and a jump from me! Farming blood is strong in this area of the state; drive twenty minutes from Madison in any given direction and you’re in farmland, so a community garden movement around here is no small surprise. Glad to see it get a little push from you! 🙂

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  3. Message is clear and crystal…it all starts with food – choose it right!

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  4. simonfalk28 says:

    What a great way towards a healthy community with healthy food.

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  5. This is such an inspiring story on so many levels. I love hearing about how relatively small initiatives grow and develop becoming wayshowers to others. I have a soft spot for community gardens and it’s always exciting to hear what an impact they’re having locally. Growing healthy food one row at a time.

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  6. I *love* this! Indeed, growing our own food, whether individually or collectively—and especially like this, focused on variety and not the huge single-product expanses—is the future. What a marvelous initiative! Let’s hope it picks up steam and communities everywhere start doing the same thing. Thanks for sharing, P. J., and for the visit over at Quiet Laughter on Friday. Hope you’re having a fabulous weekend!

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  7. datmama4 says:

    I love fresh produce, and really missed it this year when we didn’t plant our vegetable garden. We just knew we wouldn’t have time for the upkeep of it. We have a lot of farms around us, but buying locally still would not keep us away from pesticides, unfortunately. A community effort is great!

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  8. Emily Bloomquist says:

    Community garden projects are so great. The health benefits of eating fresh food is evident in oneself once the switch has been made. The short distance from community garden to plate means the food is that much fresher than anything bought in a store. Thanks for spreading the word on this great project, PJ!

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  9. Peter Nena says:

    Great people doing great things. Increasingly I am scared of food. I don’t trust the things I eat. Too much chemicals in them. And something about economy-oriented agriculture instead of human-oriented agriculture. The focus here is getting as much money as possible from the food crops instead of growing healthy foods for people to eat. I have been thinking of buying a farm and growing my own food. Thanks for sharing.

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    • pjlazos says:

      Ow, wow, Peter, that would really be taking action! I have a green thumb but never farmed before although my grandmother grew up on a farm in Italy. Maybe I should give it a go when I’m done working. Could be it skips a generation.😘

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  10. Food used to be medicine and this group is restoring this ancient way. Its so important in the world today

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  11. Susan Scott says:

    Great post thank you! We can each do this as a part of community helping ourselves and others in the process.

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  12. hilarymb says:

    Hi PJ – that’s a great idea … and involves people with the same outlook … and the fresh veg and fruits will be wonderful for the locals … good way to teach the children too, while healthily involving older perhaps inactive people … such fun to read – and I know we have some community garden projects here … which I hope will spread – cheers HIlary

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