Though I will exclusively embrace the “Phoenix” farmers market under Barbara Anglin, I will have a hard time forgetting the incompetence of the leadership of this town on this issue. Why have a public process that drew Anglin supporters out of the woodwork to request revision of a half-baked RFP when the public’s voice was summarily ignored, in a most insulting manner. The unilateral decision of one bureaucrat, Melissa Arrighi, trumped the voice of hundreds, perhaps thousands. How can this be regarded as a working government that does well by its constituency? It’s demonstrates that among Plymouth’s executive leadership, there is no respect for public process. And the Board of Selectmen pulled a classic CYA by opting to take no action; too keep their hands clean. …Why bother with campaigns to hold office if you render yourself powerless and voiceless. Cowards… Shame on the whole lot. They pulled a perfectly functional system, which benefited a very broad cross section of stakeholders, out from underneath them. In this economic environment, Plymouth’s leaders are taking action to disrupt business, economic stability, and a source of food–of all things– from the community. I can’t forget that.
And for what?
I tend to think that people who seek local product are generally intentional and actively seek change. I think too that Plymouth’s leadership kicked the beehive a bit too hard this time.
But as we learn, now is the time to organize and capitalize on our renewed motivations to affect change. With so many people making themselves known throughout this whole ordeal, we need to connect and envision what we want in terms of local food security along with the organizational and legal framework that will support that goal. Now is the time to put our heads together and think big picture about what we want Plymouth to be.
I’m thinking, farm-to-school programs, engaging schools to participate in healthy food production, composting of cafeteria waste, larger town-wide systems to better manage and reuse organic waste. I’m imagining community gardens next to basketball courts with summer programs for students. I’ve heard many great ideas from many people out there. If you’ve got an idea, please feel free to connect with me so I can share any upcoming events. I will also be posting to the ESS wall as events get organized.
This is a call to action.
Submitted by Brahim Dagher