• Greg York

Episode 7: Convivium Urban Farmstead / Know Your Neighbors

Updated: Feb 24, 2020

The word convivium refers to a banquet, complete with good company, feasting and drinking. That's exactly what we found at Convivium Urban Farmstead. This non-profit business is focused on building community around food and touching the lives of the people they serve. From low-cost cooking classes to free tomatoes for the neighbors, Mike and Leslie are continually looking for new ways to get fresh food into peoples' hands and create a space for neighbors to come together and get to know each other better.

This post is a companion to Episode 7 of Appreciation Nation, which you can find in our archive or your favorite podcast app.

There were a lot of great takeaways from this week's show. Here are some highlights:

  • Good food and community can be a cure for what ails a divided society. Food helps us connect. There's way more that unites us than divides us.

  • Starting up a non-profit can be a little tricky because of the paperwork, but there are some nice advantages, particularly in that it allows the business to reinvest money more efficiently.

  • So much of creating a community is as simple as just knowing your neighbors. Just asking questions and finding common interests with the people around you is enough to ignite this.

  • We're all capable of more than we think we are. Success is just getting up one more time than you got knocked down.

  • Simple questions for kids (and adults alike): How does it feel when you do something nice for someone? How about when you do something that isn't nice? Which feeling do you want to experience more?

AN's Tour of the Farmstead

Appreciation Nation Challenge (ANC) #7: Uniting, Not Dividing

The rules:

  1. Choose. Identify someone in your life with whom you struggle to get along - someone who you create friction with.

  2. Brainstorm. Consider what you have in common with this person. Jot down or note some of the ways you're similar. Forget about the differences for right now.

  3. Strengthen. Build up your relationship by working to bring your very next conversation with this person back to those things you have in common.

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