Farming Vision Revisited

It was a cool rainy morning and because I could, I switched my routine around, heading out for chores first and then taking time for a longer walk with the dogs, trekking across the rain soaked open pasture land. There were many things roaming through my mind and I could not create any lengthy stillness there. At the forefront was how two people could have all this land and what more purposeful things could be accomplished with it.

There is interest in the idea I first presented here. In light of that, this is the next post on the community farming vision.

Some of you are in awe, some of you are excited, some of you wish you lived nearby. Most of you wish to hear more about it. You have been asking just what it is I have in mind.

Truthfully I am hesitant to put into words what the physical vision looks like or spell out what I think should happen because my wish is to present an opportunity for people to follow their own passions, build their own dream and collectively form what happens.

On the other hand perhaps some ideas need to be shared to allow the dream to touch the ground for a moment and draw people further into it. So here I go.

Multiple people may be involved, each free to pursue individual passions (market gardening, raising livestock, grass management, shepherding, fruit growing, organizing/hosting farm and food events, perma culture, working with dogs, operating a wool mill....). While there will be some guidelines, there is no boss telling you how to operate.

We are a group of individuals connected by land and the desire to sustainably produce a wholesome product or service and share that with others. What we each do serves the whole, making the each's that much stronger. Farm enterprises serve each other in a myriad of ways as has been demonstrated by many other farms, old and new. We are a community created agriculture which in turn becomes community supported.

People might come and go on a daily or weekly basis. Work is not restricted to one enterprise but people may work wherever they feel drawn to. We help each other thus ensuring we can all continue. Multiple people are involved in processing days. We regularly connect as a community and share set backs, offer solutions, and revel in our individuality and in working together.

No one is hired or paid to farm here (not yet anyway) . As much as possible exchanges are barter and trade. Land is provided on a barter and trade arrangement wherever possible (as a simple example: in exchange for land, a market garden enterprise offers enough produce/goods to feed Allen and myself throughout the year. The enterprise must cover its own cost of production as any viable enterprise must. This is a cost that can be kept at a minimum when operated in this collective fashion.

Here are a few ideas of what might take place. Some of them offered by others, some of them my own desires

    •    Market garden
    •    Pastured poultry
    •    Permaculture/edible landscaping
    •    Fruit trees
    •    Herb garden
    •    Heritage seed production
    •    Raising livestock (pasture model)
    •    Wool mill
    •    Mobile butcher shop (when not busy here it serves the surrounding community)
    •    Canine resort
    •    Lodge and Learning Center (multiple uses: accommodations, meeting place, seminars, teaching courses, retreats, c reating and crafting, dog clinics)

We serve the community of people here in honor of each other, we serve the greater community around us with our locally produced products and our example of just how much we can change the face of farming and food production.

Once again, if you are interested or know someone who needs to know about this, tell them I am looking for them.