Thursday night was one of those affirming life-is-wonderful nights.
The initial plan was to attend a dinner put on by one of my favourite Toronto-based organizations, at one of my favourite Toronto-based spots. Unfortunately, at the last minute, the dinner had to be canceled, leaving the evening free for creative fun. Enter Melissa and my sister.
Melissa and Chris are two of the most empowering, beautiful women I know. So full of wisdom, creativity and sincerity. They are also super supportive and into the 52 Projects idea. So, with a bottle of wine, and their support and laughter filling the air, we decided to inaugurate my year from scratch.
We sifted through all the ideas that have been submitted (74 in total!), separated them into easy-peasy-lemon-squeezy, (im)possibly-possible, and that’ll-take-all-week categories, and stuck them into my favourite cow-girl hat. At 10:47pm, the first project was drawn. I’m excited (in a first-day-of-school kind of way) to announce that the project pulled was…
… a bike garden!!!
It was a pretty exciting moment, but after the “oh my gosh I’m going to make a bike garden” feeling wore off, the “um… what’s a bike garden?” feeling started to settle in.
The bike garden concept was submitted by several people, all inspired by a group of actors who biked through Toronto last week with The Otesha Project. The Otesha Project uses theatre to educate people about the power we have as consumers to make more conscious choices. The play connects our every day consumer choices to larger world issues (like sweatshop labour, industrial food systems, fossil fuel dependence, etc) showing audience members that they can take positive action every day. Otesha’s main way of showcasing their play is by running cycling tours, where 18-30 year olds bike from town to town, performing for anyone and everyone.
As we speak, one of these tours is pedaling around Ontario. The Ferocious Farm Tour is specifically focused on food & agriculture issues, and the team members have been inspiring people far and wide with their experiences and stories. One thing they’ve been doing while pedaling around the province is growing food on their bikes (check out the entry ‘Greening our Ride’). Hence, the bike garden challenge.
So! Starting Monday, I’ll be chronicling my week-long attempt at turning my bike (fondly named, Ring of Fire) into a luscious, green paradise. Thoughts and suggestions, as always, are welcome.
Till then, happy weekending!