Today we celebrate the freedom claimed here in America 243 years ago from the tyranny of a king. Today we also celebrate our claim of freedom from a lifestyle of dependence by planting the first crop for the newly established Utah OSR Land Cooperative. Self-reliance, just like all freedoms, requires action to claim them. With all freedoms come responsibilities, which require a clear knowledge of what is wanted, a plan of action, and the effort required to bring it all into a reality.
As we continue following our plan of action for the property, water from a second well is now available with a third and fourth well to follow, all within a few weeks. Each well will supply water to a thirsty land and help create several beautiful oases with living gardens and trees. These several oases will result from a plan put into action to bring forth trees, vegetation and structures for families to begin their journey to self-reliance.
We celebrate the 4th of July with all it represents and how it affects our decisions to become free from dependence. We also celebrate all those who have come together with time, money and resources to make the Utah OSR Land Cooperative a reality. This reality is paving the way for hundreds more to be able to make the transition from a city lifestyle of dependence to a country culture of self-reliance, free from debt, not connected to any public utilities, and all this with like-minded neighbors.
Philip J. Gleason