Many Shades of Sisterhood
The focus of Many Shades of Sisterhood is
to bring the reality of sustainable living into the lives of
everyday women. Its strongest focal point is mothers. MSOS
intends to share with them sustainable living skills, such as
sewing, and crafting, and use those to produce revenue so that
they can purchase educational materials which will help
prepare them for the green transition-- rather than being
being left behind as outside observers of that change.
Instead, we want them to be involved
with, and beneficiaries of that change.
We have set up a sustainable living
Center here in Fairfield for that purpose. We have sewing
machines and have crafting materials available. Recently we
hosted a workshop on creating waist beads, a popular symbol of
self-expression for women in many areas of the world. We will
also have summer skirt sewing sessions.
Gardening is another sustainable skill
which we intend to help organize and teach. Peace of mind is
when the children, the elders, and the women of the community
can eat “healthily and often.” Therefore our gardening project
is called “Peace Gardens.”
We are looking at the low income housing
sites in Fairfield, including Fairfield 1 and Fairfield 2 on
Harrison and Jackson streets, and some of the elder sites,
with the intention of setting up Peace Gardens there. These
gardens might be dug in the ground, or might be situated in
what is called container gardens, in which plants are put
various types of holders and situated off the ground-- which
makes them more accessible to handicapped and older people.
We would like to get the rest of the
community to participate and help in the planning, the
construction, and the maintenance of these gardens-- and also
of course benefit from the gardens themselves.
Another aspect of our work is in the
setting up of a CSAA, the first in the country Community
Supported Artistry/Agriculture organization. Members of the
CSAA, instead of getting just vegetables as a return, also get
a product every month produced by the Sustainable Living
Center. It could be garden aprons, hats, it could be jewelry,
it could be anything that we are producing. Some people could
have a choice between produce and a product. This would allow
us to give a benefit to members who do not live in this area.