Community And Friendship, With a Side of Sauce

Good community gives life and wealth. In fact, when it comes to living a long, healthy life, some research counts community and friendship as more valuable than eating your veggies!

“Give me an hour.”

When I got the call asking whether I could find a use for a trailerful of vine-ripened organic tomatoes, that was my reply.

Once I hung up the phone, I picked it right back up again. I knew exactly who to call.

By the time that trailer pulled up, three families (including mine) were standing at the ready, armed with a slew of canning supplies.

Together, in one day, we processed that whole load of tomatoes. And each family went away with better than three dozen quart jars of thick, rich tomato sauce.

Honestly, though, the best thing about that day wasn’t the sauce.

It was the stories we told …

… The laughing we did …

… The turns we took cutting the tomatoes and holding the baby.

In a word, it was the community and friendship

And that’s the theme of my next few video chapters of Grow: All True Wealth Comes From the Ground.

In it, I reveal:

  • How Good Is Your Community? 4 Ways To Find Out
  • Why The Ideal Of The “Lone Survivor” Is A TOTAL Myth
  • Tempted To Isolate Yourself In A Survival Situation? Answer This Question FIRST!

Did you miss last week’s chapter of GROW? Click here to see it.

Then, let me know…

What’s your favorite way to develop community?

How has being part of a community enriched your life?

Give us your thoughts in the comments below.


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  • Margaret Sussmann says:

    You’re SUCH AN INSPIRATION, MARJORY!!!!!!!! THANK YOU!!!!!!!!!! I feel so connected to you & your ideas!

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  • mkay5334 says:

    Im guilty of isolating myself somewhat as far as opening up to meet new people. Sometimes the past will put a lock on trying out new relationships. [For me anyways] However im trying now and hope to grow some goodies for me and be able to meet new folks. Thanks and hope everyone has a great day.


    Community is great as long as everyone respects the others’ privacy when they want it. Sometimes I just want to be alone but when I need something, it’s great to know people that can help you or even just laugh with. There’s nothing like it; you’re absolutely right–it’s true richness.

  • Barbara says:

    If you really want to understand the value of community, look up the RTD videos of the life of Agafya Lykova in the Siberian forest. (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BFK3DJ7Kn6s). While (like other commentators) I don’t like the film crew capitalizing on past sins, and I also wish that they would have shown more of her survival teaching, it DOES show agafya’s desire for a community of like-minded believers, and the cost of her father’s decision to hide his family in the forest.

  • Bobbie Jo says:

    I absolutely loved this video. I think one of the biggest barriers to this is fear of what others will do, conflict, even liability. One concern is how to set healthy boundaries that will work. The law seems to always be against the innocent ones and destroy the boundaries. I’d love to know a little more details, nuts and bolts, about how it was done. This concern, I think, is a major reason people want to run to the hills. They, yes I, feel the world is set up to reward the ones who will in some way harm the ones who open up for community. Thanks.

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