I’ve been taking writing classes for several years now and the reason I do it? Certainly not to add to an already abundant schedule. I take writing classes in order to write. The presence of a syllabus and an instructor create discipline for me. It requires me to spill thoughts and ideas onto paper or into Google docs. The assignments offer a framework for me to operate within and being one who needs to understand the rules, I find freedom within the structure.
Another place that a structured framework works well for me
is our family subscription to Community Supported Agriculture (CSA). For our third year running, we are CSA members at Desert Roots Farm. Here’s how it works:
Our local farmer creates a budget that reflects her farming costs each quarter. It includes labor, seeds, water, tools, and other costs. She then divides her budget by the number of subscribers to determine the cost of each share of the harvest. One share easily provides the weekly vegetable needs for this family of five. By purchasing a share of the harvest, I’m making a commitment to support Desert Roots farm throughout the season, and assume the costs, risks and bounty of growing food along with the farmer.
In return for my investment, Farmer Kelly delivers a wonderful bag of fresh locally-grown produce every week. She even includes a recipe. CSA gives me a framework to operate within. Once I see what’s in the bag, I go to town or uh, to the kitchen to begin our meal planning. And the benefits of purchasing locally are so overwhelming that I’ll deal with them in a future blogpost. So rather than sign up for another writing class, this is how I intend to spend my 2010; creating a framework for myself to operate within through this almost weekly blog and Community Supported Agriculture.
Where might you benefit from structure or a framework?