Wednesday, May 6, 2020

FM #261 VFJ Renovations - Empowering through Gardening 5/01/20 (audio)

FM #261 = This is the Franklin Matters radio show, number 261 in the series.

This session of the radio show shares my conversation with Jessi and Vinny Faneule, of VFJ Renovations. We had our conversation via virtual conference bridge to adhere to the ‘social distancing’ requirements of this pandemic period.

I was excited to have this call as I say during the session (in my words, and butchering theirs) they had me with the line in their essay that I shared here earlier:
getting back to where we were is complicated, and begs the question: Was where we were, where we want to be?

We discussed their raised garden bed initiative, to empower us with gardening.

Note: in reviewing the recording, we realized that the mention of “Richard” Means was really "Russell" Means, the American Indian activist and actor. Russell’s father was of the Ogala band of the Lakota Nation. The quote mentioned is a paraphrase of the text that can be found in Russell's autobiography. The full quote is also included below.

The recording runs about 25 minutes, so let’s listen to my conversation with Jessi and Vinny   


The essay that got me excited

Facebook page:

VFJ Renovations webpage and ordering process

Russell Means - wikipedia entry

The full text that was paraphrased during the conversation:
"We knew the universe and how it includes and interacts with our Grandmother. Before I was six years old, my grandparents and my mother had taught me that if all the green things that grow were taken from the earth, there could be no life. If all the four-legged creatures were taken from the earth, there could be no life. If all the winged creatures were taken from the earth, there could be no life. If all our relatives who crawl and swim and live within the earth were taken away, there could be no life. But if all the human beings were taken away, life on earth would flourish.

That is how insignificant we are."

We are now producing this in collaboration with Franklin.TV and Franklin Public Radio (

This podcast is my public service effort for Franklin but we can't do it alone. We can always use your help.

How can you help?
  • If you can use the information that you find here, please tell your friends and neighbors
  • If you don't like something here, please let me know

Through this feedback loop we can continue to make improvements. I thank you for listening.

For additional information, please visit
If you have questions or comments you can reach me directly at shersteve @ gmail dot com

The music for the intro and exit was provided by Michael Clark and the group "East of Shirley". The piece is titled "Ernesto, manana" c. Michael Clark & Tintype Tunes, 2008 and used with their permission.

I hope you enjoy!

You can also subscribe and listen to Franklin Matters audio on iTunes or your favorite podcast app; search in "podcasts" for "Franklin Matters"

No comments:

Post a Comment