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Robert, Fort Wayne, July 20, 2018. .
Robert has been on and off the streets for some time (he didn't say how long, only that he'd been out of the rescue mission for a couple months at the time we met him), having come to Fort Wayne from Indianapolis, where he was also homeless. He explained that his reason for leaving Indy was to get away from many of the things and people that he felt were detrimental to his individual progress, including his struggle with alcoholism and drug use. In speaking with Robert, I appreciated his candor and his blunt honesty in speaking about his situation and how he got there--he took ownership of the choices in his life that have brought him to where he is now, without any blame for anyone or anything else, and while he genuinely wants to change, he's fully aware that he's stuck in a world where the change he wants is dependent on a system that doesn't have the resources to truly help him--and sometimes doesn't want to really allow people like him to truly help themselves.
Just a honeybee on a sunflower at sunset, at Healthy Hoosier Oil in Converse, IN. .
Healthy Hoosier Oil is a locally owned and operated cold-press operation that produces canola and sunflower oil. As part of the Indiana State Department of Agriculture's "Indiana Grown" program, Healthy Hoosier Oil is part of a growing network of locally-owned Indiana businesses working together as part of a "farm-to-fork" initiative to put locally grown and raised crops and livestock on Indiana store-shelves and tables. .
The honeybee in the image is a member of one of several healthy hives that reside on the Healthy Hoosier Oil property as part of developing a self-sufficient and self-sustaining farm ecology.
The sunflowers are in bloom at Hoosier Healthy Oil in Converse, Indiana. Hoosier Healthy Oil is a locally owned and operated business that makes canola and sunflower oils and other products. As a member of the Indiana State Department of Agriculture's Indiana Grown program, the company works with other locally owned and operated Indiana businesses that partner to support each other by putting local products on local store shelves and tables. As part of a "farm-to-fork" initiative, this program helps local economies thrive while also putting locally grown crops and livestock on the tables of local customers and clients. . #photography#flowers#sunflower#sunset#goldenhour#yourshotphotographer#farming#Indiana#myindiana#agriculture#agin365#farmtotable#farmtofork#indianagrown#midwest
Last morning in El Salvador. Heading to the airport soon to catch my first flight. .
Much of what I experienced here, and hopefully captured on my camera, is relevant to a lot of what's going on at home right now, as well as my own life. .
I bought this bookmark in Santa Marta, handmade by a young woman in their community crafts/woodshop--the quote will say the rest of what I don't know how to right now:
"Oh, that we would be able to be disobedient every time we receive orders that humiliate our conscience or that violate our common sense." -- Gateano
Breaking cultural boundaries through a shared moment of fun in Santa Marta, El Salvador.
Tanner, an intern with Companion Community Development Alliance, who I'm doing photo work for this week, connects with Salvadoran students through a game of soccer. .
The school, which was enabled partly through the work of the CoCoDA, is in the background. Rifle carrying national police patrolled not far from the field. The flag is that if the FMLN, the left wing party (and minority) here in El Salvador. During the civil war, the FMLN was the guerrilla insurgency that fought against the government. Many of the people of Santa Marta were either refugees in Honduras during the civil war, or guerrilla fighters. Many of those fighters had rifles in their hands as young as 9 years old. .
Now, instead of fighting with rifles, the FMLN, and the people of Santa Marta especially, lead what they call La Revolucion Verde--The Green Revolution--which champions self empowered sustainable living that means the community isn't dependent on the national government for its subsistence needs, and works to vote against such things as the privatization of the country's water supply. .
All of the food we've had the last few days was largely grown in Santa Marta, with few exceptions. The only meat was some chicken in the soup yesterday and the tamales last night, and that was chicken locally raised and butchered fresh before cooking by our host family.