[permaculture] Community Building
lbsaltzman at aol.com
lbsaltzman at aol.com
Tue Jul 31 10:49:25 EDT 2007
I agree with your ideas.? We have started a "foodshed" where people are gathering on weekends to trade homegrown produce, seeds and plants. It is definitely building community.? But somewhere down the road, after you have done all that necessary stuff to start and build community, problems will arise both external and internal to the community, anger and frustration will set in, and?difficult individuals will act in destructive ways.?Then the ability of the community to process and handle those problems will become critical.? However, everything you are describing will make it easier to get over the tough issues when they arise.
From: Marjory Glowka <forestgarden at gvtc.com>
To: permaculture <permaculture at lists.ibiblio.org>
Sent: Tue, 31 Jul 2007 6:22 am
Subject: Re: [permaculture] Community Building
To me, it starts with being committed to a place. Building community is
organizing speakers to talk at the communtiy center about peak oil,
sustainable farming, alternative currencies, solar panels, and whatever
other topic a good speaker can be found. Organizing gardening classes and
wild plant walks. Encouraging bartering and trade with neighbors. Porlucks
demonstrating solar ovens, twig stoves, tree pruning, raw foods, mini-cows
or whatever.. Supporting a local coffeee shop or helping to set up a
neighborhood supper club. Offering a site for a permaculture course.
Helping farmers, herbalists, healers, intentional communities, and
homesteaders to move into the area. Participating in local clubs and
organizations of interest - little league, 4H, Wildlife Mgmt groups,
cemetary associations, church events, volunteer fire department rallies,
etc. . Getting neighbors together to visit local farmers. Using services
from local businesses whenever possible.
I am certainly not ready for Maori style conflict resolution, although my
heart wishes it. But I am working to create the ground for it so my
children or grandchildren can.
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