As the Utah OSR Land Cooperative continues to grow and new shareholders choose their 2+ acre homesteads, I often learn who my new neighbors are going to be. Last week, to my pleasant surprise, I learned who two of those new neighbors will be. One is a retired family physician and the other is a nurse. They are joined by an electrical engineer, a mechanical engineer, and several IT specialists, and this is just in my close proximity. Other areas in the land coop are enjoying similar experiences. Professionals in every field are being drawn to the project. There are contractors, educators, therapists, auto and diesel mechanics, and more. Each one has a desire to be self-reliant. They have resources and a willingness to harness the land, making it fruitful.
The first families with children are moving onto their homesteads preparing to build barns, homes, and establish the needed infrastructure. They are lining up materials, solar systems, acquiring the necessary permits, and other essentials. What a wonderful sight.
The whole purpose of the OSR Initiative is to provide a healthy, safe, family-oriented agricultural cooperative, where families become agriculturally productive with other neighbors that want to do the same. This is not an easy task, and while there are naysayer and scoffers, the work is going forward. The blood, sweat, and even tears are being applied to the land and an inheritance is being created for those who are willing to just do it.
I salute these pioneers. They know what they want, and they are applying their faith and will to create a bright future. They have set aside the immobilizing fear that grips many in our nation today. They are making dreams a reality. There is a spark of the divine in each of us. Fanning that spark, and creating a bright future in a dark and dreary landscape is what pioneers have done in every age since the beginning.
One no longer needs to wait and see if the vision will materialize. It is happening. The challenges are and will continue to be many, but self-reliant people always find a way. The invitation continues to go out to those that want more than just watching life happen. Operation Self-Reliance, the next new frontier is a force to reckon with.
Philip J. Gleason,