Last year, I was blessed to meet Scott Dinsmore, a young, vibrant and incredibly passionate and inspiring man who believed “that the world would be an altogether different place if we all did work that actually mattered to us. Because when we focus our time and talents on the work that means something to us, it starts to matter to those around us as well. That’s what starts to change the world. One ripple creates another. When enough ripples intersect, you have a revolution.” Tragically, Scott recently passed away, at age 33, while fulfilling one of his lifelong dreams—to climb Mount Kilimanjaro—as part of a year-long world tour with his equally delightful wife, Chelsea.
I’ve been thinking a lot about Scott and his relentless pursuit of following his passion while inspiring thousands of others around the globe to do work they love with his Live Your Legend community. It’s a beautiful case of one man creating a ripple that has produced a revolution.
I’d like to tell you that this issue of Edible Omaha was planned to specifically highlight individuals who are doing work they love, following their passions and creating ripples, but that’s simply untrue. Each issue of Edible Omaha evolves based on a copious amount of variables and develops very organically (alas, perhaps in a fashion that my type A personality might describe as unorganized), but like the miracle of a seed germinating, the magazine amazingly emerges beautifully.
In this issue, you will find the stories of a home gardener whose garden is her happy-place as well as a source of food for friends and family; a craftsman keeping food traditions such as fermentation, curing and smoking alive; a community activist who was instrumental in changing Nebraska’s seed-saving law to protect our rights to save and share seeds; and a retiring farmer who has worked with a nonprofit group to keep his land permanently in sustainable agriculture for future generations. Each of these remarkable human beings, following his or her individual passion, has created a ripple that translates into a healthier and more enjoyable environment for themselves, others and future generations.
I am inspired by each of these individuals and I hope you are, too. Wouldn’t it be remarkable if our inspiration takes flight for each of us in the form of action? Don’t talk yourself out of it—no matter how small or insignificant the action might seem—momentum matters and that first step shows others what’s possible and starts to change our world.
Amy S. Brown
Copublisher and Editor