I think there's room for middle ground. It seems that the assumption that "not being preachy" means "not saying anything," and I don't think that's necessarily true. Implying that if you let somebody see your garden, you're an asshole is ridiculous.dogbane wrote:Discussion starter. More at the link.
Do you "evangelize" your way of life or do you let people discover it...ahem...organically?No one likes it when people imply that their way of life is oh-so-much-better than everyone else’s.
So get out there in your front yard and grow those berries and that chard. Send the kids out to gather those eggs. Walk the walk, but be soft with the talk. Show your neighbors that Urban Homesteading isn’t just for hippies. If you are experienced in a certain area, mentor those who truly want it. They’ll find you. Be proud of what you are doing, but be gracious with those who are doing less or who aren’t in the same place in life. Focus on your community and your neighborhood. Be welcoming but don’t scare people off. Let people find their own first step.
Don’t be an Urban Homesteader Asshole.
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Yes, if your garden is in public view, keeping it nice and neat goes a long way toward being a good ambassador, so to speak.
No, going door-to-door to tell your neighbors how much you think they should have a garden of their own is probably taking it too far. Offering some fresh veggies to a friendly neighbor, and *gasp* telling them that you grew them yourself? I think that's perfectly reasonable. It's fine to let people come to you with questions, but why not give them a positive opportunity to do so? Then, if they're not interested, fine, leave it be.
Do we call gun owners assholes for inviting someone to the range?