The Weeds of Ecotopia
By Jeremy Adam Smith
July 20, 2010
as excerpted by cityfarmer.info
Jeremy Adam Smith: Do you see Ecotopia as a vision that you’re working towards on your farm?
Novella Carpenter: No. The thing is, I’m not part of that. Because that was like my parents’ deal. They were utopians. They were gonna go and live back to the land and all this stuff and I think that’s kind of bullshit. My tendency is to react against that, is to not ever think there’s going to be Utopia. It’s sort of a pessimistic optimism, is what I call it. So, you’re like, “I want to do this thing but everything’s fucked up.” I mean, it’s like that’s what is awesome about Ecotopia, is that everything isn’t fucked up.
Emerson White wrote:
I've just read the barest bit, and I generally like it, I just wish that she were more articulate. It's sad how little we as a society have invested in teaching ourselves to communicate well.