Landship Foods is inspired by the conviction that growing and eating healthy food is one of the most important things we can do for both ourselves and the broader communities of which we are a part. The name comes from the language of pre-industrial Europe. Before the enclosure movement and the associated rise in notions of private property swept England, the suffix “-ship” (as in "relationship," or "friendship") referred to an object or an abstraction with collective duties and mutual rights. Thus, the term “landship” suggests that land was an entity through which humans were joined to each other by a set of rights and responsibilities. I advocate for a revival of this awareness.
Wednesday, December 8, 2010
Our service learning class recently finished a collaborative article that was published in The Flagpole, Athens' independent weekly (the article explains why I posted a photo of a girl watching chickens peck around inside a cage in downtown Athens). Working with 20 people to produce a short piece for the general public was a refreshing change from solo academic writing, which I am entirely absorbed with at the moment. But the most important collaboration is the one which the article points to: the Athens Food Activists Networking Session. This kind of grassroots engagement is what democracy is all about, the public, broadly writ.