Sunday, February 7, 2016
Class Notes 2/3
Notes from our visit with Tanya and Christian Torp at the Justice House. Thank you, Hannah Logsdon, for taking these and typing them up!
CETA Notes Wednesday, Feb. 3rd, 2015
Community Dinner with Tanya and Christian Torp (plus cats, Miriam and Zopora) at the Justice House (which has a facebook page you can follow!)
Tanya and Christian chose a place to live based on perceived needs of the neighborhood: as they lived there, they realized the needs and problems were different than they expected. They live in a food desert, which means there is no grocery within three miles (however, there is fast food).
Christian works with Seadleaf, and is an accomplished gardener. They turned their front yard into a community garden, and have an “urban farm” in the back yard, including rabbits, chickens, bees, and more garden space. Tanya and Christian also help alleviate hunger in their neighborhood by going on Costco runs and hosting weekly Saturday morning breakfasts, called “Hines Breakfast” after the previous owner of the house, who started the tradition. You too are invited to these!
The Justice House also has classes. Christian teaches canning, gardening, and larding, and neighbors sometimes teach art. The house also hosts alternative spring break students and retreats! Tanya sees it like Rivendell: a place where you should want for nothing.
The Torps are very passionate about Kentuckians for the Commonwealth. This organization started in Eastern Kentucky, when mining companies told residents that they might have the rights to their houses, but the mining company had rights to what was under them. Residents stood up to having their property hollowed out and their water sources polluted, and together, they won. Since, Kentuckians have banded together to push big issues. In Lexington, the issue is voting, particularly to do with felon voting rights.