|Re: Farming in community||<– Date –> <– Thread –>|
|From: Beverly Jones Redekop (beverly.jones.redekopgmail.com)|
|Date: Sun, 10 Feb 2019 17:51:02 -0800 (PST)|
We just freshened our values statement today: Groundswell Cohousing at Yarrow Ecovillage Yarrow, BC Whole Farm Plan Core Values – Feb 10 , 2019 Yarrow Ecovillage Community Farm Values We live in a co-housing community that includes a farm. We have all chosen to live in smaller spaces in high density living in order to preserve our farm and natural wildlife habitat. We are creating a way of living that sustains the place where we live via a shared understanding and value of the commons. The Yarrow Ecovillage Community Farm defines sustainability in the following way: 1. We thrive even as individuals come and go (regenerative social planning). 2. We steward the land and waterways (regenerative agriculture). 3. We cultivate strong ties between people and land (multi-generational relationships). >From our definition of sustainability we have identified the following values: Community Commons We value opportunities for participation on the farm and among community members and farmers. We value interdependence, respecting the nurturing cycle of soil, people, and seeds. We value interconnectedness: the person to person interactions, the connection of people to land, and the connection of our greater community to the land. Environment We value long-term stewardship of land, intentionally building soil using organic methods and respecting wildlife habitat. We value restoration of land and waterways. We value interactive biodiversity. Local Food Security We value supporting small scale organic farming: access for farmers to affordable land and shared infrastructure that supports the ability to start and sustain farming. We value a local economy where community members have access to organic produce on site, and where we support our farmers in a very real way. Education We value the sharing of knowledge. We value the mentorship of new and potential farmers (succession planning). We value the multi-generational relationships with land and people with our children learning and becoming part of food and land sustainability. We value a culture of learning, sharing, and sustainable practices. By living and practicing these values, we hope for dynamic, joyful, passionate ripples of connection between land and people. And that this farm is becoming a living example of deeply caring for and respecting land and people. At the Yarrow Ecovillage Community Farm, this is done within the context of the commons: our human-scale commitment to the “ongoing reciprocal relationship” of these people to this land. On Sun, Feb 10, 2019, 10:03 AM Rich Wilber <richwilber [at] comcast.net> wrote: > Rocky Corner Cohousing, currently under construction in Bethany, > Connecticut, will have an organic farm as part of the community. We haven't > finalized the relationship of the farm to the community, and we are asking > for ideas on how other communities with farms have resolved this. Lease the > land to a farm entity? Pay a live-in farmer? Community owns the farm and > any financial risks? > > Thanks in advance for any feedback! > > Rich Wilber > _________________________________________________________________ > Cohousing-L mailing list -- Unsubscribe, archives and other info at: > http://L.cohousing.org/info > > > >
- Farming in community Rich Wilber, February 10 2019
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