As Washington State's premier smart growth advocacy organization, Futurewise has a stronger track record of protecting and saving more farms, forests, habitat, rivers, and lakes than any other group. That's why I'm excited to join Futurewise as the next Executive Director and continue the success.
But Futurewise is more than an organization. "Futurewise" also describes a perspective and action plan for how to protect the land and build communities.
"Futurewise" is about protecting a sense of place. My grandfather grew up on a farm in South Dakota and my father grew up on a farm in Tacoma right behind Tacoma Mall. When I became a mother I wanted my children to also experience first-hand the values of farming -- the responsibilities of caring for the land, providing for the community, and understanding the cycles of life. So we moved to Port Madison on Bainbridge Island where my three boys have taken care of new-born lambs, sold vegetables to neighbors, and feasted with friends with the food they've produced.
As a mother, the future has become front and center in my life. Being "futurewise" is more than just making the right personal choices like buying locally or taking the bus to work. We have a responsibility to make sure that future generations have the same opportunities as we have.
Being "futurewise" means ensuring our children and grandchildren have clean air and water. They can fish and explore the wealth of Puget Sound and the Columbia River. They can hike in the woods and experience nature. And they are able to know their local farmers, as well as own a farm and grow foods themselves.
Futurewise -- the organization -- works on what matters most. Futurewise does the research, trains grassroots activists, builds coalitions, provides technical assistance to local planners, engages communities in solutions, and holds government accountable.
That's what being "futurewise" is all about. Whether it's protecting local farms from sprawl or making our communities more desirable places to live, being "futurewise" means an unwavering commitment to our grandchildren with real results today.
I'm Hilary. I am futurewise. Are you?