Bare Bones Biology 278 – Selling the Land

The national sport in the Brazos Valley of Texas seems to be the destruction of it’s own God-given heritage, including the fabulous richness of the natural prairies and the ancient oaks; the climate and the earth that nurtured both; and even the air our children must breath to stay alive, healthy and independent. These cannot ever re-new themselves without the ecosystem that nourished their creation, and we wipe them clean off the map overnight just because we can, we like the money, and it is fun. Much more fun than a careful consideration of the ethical, biological and medical heritage that we are now creating for our children.


I do not believe I was put on this earth to create money, but rather to help generate a healthy future for humankind. Not a future that consists of scrabbling o151019-Annex-ASC_9728RSsver every last dying remnant of our home on earth and our amazing history of accomplishments, but a future that builds on these to grow toward ever more humanity and beauty.


While some in this area of Texas are struggling to revive the razed, overgrazed, chemically sterilized lands in order to create edible forest gardens ( or beautiful places of meditation and contemplation, or a permaculture future capable of producing healthy food; and while master gardeners try to make lovely spaces out of little plots of clay on street corners; I have intentionally protected the innate value of this land for two decades – protected it from the woman who wanted to graze 8 horses on it, and from various building propositions — to the point where it is now ripe to mold to any of the above regenerative uses by selective pruning, selective addition of benches, niches, corners of native blossom like those yellow bushes that are blooming right now all around the area, and the fruits, vegetables and blossoms of winter, spring and even summer. To grow something worthwhile. Perhaps to grow enough organically produced fruits, vegetables and meat to keep a family all year round, while at the same time serving the needs of local birds and wildlife that regenerate the whole system. In addition, the property is surrounded and protected within an old growth that, once destroyed, will be gone forever.


The preferred industry option, of course, is to wipe out the rich potential of this property, as it has near the post office, overnight, and use it to build a bunch of sterile little cabins filled with people. This land cannot support 8 homes any more than it can support 8 horses, and the result will be more dependant people. People who will then have to depend on the same otxic industry for their welfare. We will not be growing healthy community – we will be creating ever more dependance.


And so, by protecting the Annex property, I have reduced the value of the land to something below the industry average. I say Hooray – I don’t want the toxic industry standard for this property that I have been nurturing and protecting for over two decades.


However, having just filled in more or less 15 pages of questions that are not relevant to the innate value of the Annex property, I now realize that it will be a rare realtor who can sell this place, or even see it, with grace and an eye to the future, because the future that most realtors envision (based on the questions I have answered) is a Vietnamese style scorched-earth nightmare.


I will be highly resistant to dickering for a sale of this property to anyone who has in mind the destruction of its special value in order to force it into a common mediocre toxic industry norm.


A person who buys this property because of its own innate value at least has the option to nurture both the dollar value of the land and its value to the community. That’s what we did with the studio, but of course the studio was a different piece of land with a different innate value. I remember you saw the value there. The clubhouse, also different, in the protected arm of the cemetery and in a backwater of its community, can probably take care of itself. The Annex is in danger of being killed outright, just as has been done to most of the magnificence that was the God-given legacy of Bryan/CS.


On the other hand, it seems to me that a creative use requires creative selling, and I would be happy to participate in an advertising campaign (using my blog and other methods) that would get the property into the hands of a young person or family who want to use it to grow health within the community. Also, I believe the property is worth $135 in the hands of a permaculturist or master gardener, and that kind of person would pay for the potential of this land. While at the same time those who cannot see past the dollar signs would be deterred. I would negotiate eagerly to help that person get the place — especially if they are a part of the coming boom in permaculture production for self and/or others, or someone who simply wants to develop a showplace natural property or wants a nice place to raise a family with pets, a garden, and a horse or two. I believe I’d start the campaign at the University organic farm, the Vet School, the rodeo group, the various places where horses are kept (feed stores) and the master gardeners.


I don’t have time to do a complete demo of what I’m talking about, but I can work on some promotions, if you have any additional ideas, and next time I’m here, if it isn’t sold, it will be spring and I will make a map of the property, make some trails through it, and consult with a master gardener to design a plot such as I am talking about. Today I have mowed what I can, including a new walking trail to the area where the pond should be, with perhaps a bench or a little gazebo on its bank, under a weeping willow tree, or nestled under the already-grown cedar, to sit in meditation or to watch the sunrise, or for a retreat with a good book or a good friend, during the heat of the day.


I also have some pictures of a place in NM that has been developed in the way I am talking about and is used for group retreats (as apparently is another place up the road, though I haven’t gone up to look at it).


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