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How to use this handbook

We recommend that you read sections 3, 4, 5 and 6 to get essential information about the campaign.

The appendices contain essential or useful reference material and it is worth browsing through to get an idea of what is there. Much of this material will be useful for other campaigns or other issues. The appendices are arranged to correspond with each section in the main body of the text and the numbering follows the same pattern, but is prefixed with an 'A', for easy referencing.

Reaching out widely to a diversity of people to join in a nonviolent action is an ambitious task. If we are serious about wanting to involve people we will need to ensure that everyone is clear about the methods of the campaign and how they can join in. Reading this handbook will hopefully facilitate this process.

"Don't ever forget the seed is the most important thing in the whole world. I am going to tell you a story. It was during the war and I was doing some drawings in the Bethlehem- Fairfield shipyard near Baltimore. There was a great battleship being made there and while I was looking at it, suddenly I saw at my feet a rubble heap and a little dandelion plant. As I was standing there a puff of wind came and wafted the seed from that dandelion plant right across the big steel ship, and as I looked at it, suddenly I realized there was more power in that one little seed then there was in this great big steel ship, because the steel ship was static. It had no power of growth. But that one tiny dandelion seed had in itself the force of immortality beyound my lifetime, because it held inside that tiny little shell the power of growth. And so I think that when we play with earth and seeds, we do it with a stimulating humility because we know we are playing with the things of this life which are of the most enduring importance".

From the 'The Philosophy of Gardening' by Clare Leighton. An address given at a horticultural meeting St. Paul, Minnesota, June 1947.