I've been blogging as Greengranny for over three years, and one phenomenon that always delights me is being "discovered."
AARP found me and gave me a small but highly effective bit of publicity in The Magazine. Getting into a print format, and one with such a huge circulation, is an amazing experience, and one that keeps on giving.
A few days ago I was working in my garden when my husband came out and handed me the phone. Someone I had never heard of had seen Greengranny in The Magazine and she was on the phone calling me. And that's how I met Li Daniels.
We talked for a long time. She was putting together material for a TV program idea of hers called BOOMERS ROCK THE WORLD, and she wanted me to be one of the boomers that might end up in the program. It was a very preliminary and sketchy thing of course, with no commitments either way, but interesting!
One thing Li wanted me to have was a fantasy wish. What would Greengranny want done if a wish were to be granted? I knew it had to be something that was actually feasible, so I didn't say "remove all the unwanted greenhouse gases from earth's atmosphere," or even "have all the people who would enjoy reading my blog actually discover it."
The fact was, I'm not a visionary. Not only did I not have a fantasy, I had a great deal of trouble thinking one up for Li. She forced me out of my comfort zone and something good came of that.
I returned to a Greengranny blog post entitled "September 19, 2008 --Making the most of my day." There was my big adventurous bicycle trip to find an elusive apple tree, and the story of how I did locate it a few days later and cart bushels of beautiful golden delicious apples to the Emergency Residence, and on to the community food pantry. The fruit was on the verge of going to waste, on a tree near the interstate highway, long forgotten by people.
From there I had the idea of a Community Fruit Co-op where such trees, along with those untended in people's backyards, could be made available by the property owners for a systematic harvest for the community network that feeds the needy. If a project prototype were set up, it could be a model for communities everywhere. Fruit trees now ignored could add to the food supply already provided by community gardens and donated to the agencies and organizations that distribute fresh produce or prepare meals for the needy.
Li loved my fantasy, which is to see Community Fruit Co-ops become a reality. It's an idea I'm now in the process of sharing with others in my town, because I really would like to help develop a prototype, no matter if it ever makes it onto TV. So stay tuned!