In order to address our concerns about the future integrity of our planet, we want and intend to create together a way of life that encourages people to learn and grow toward a more sustainable future. We envision an interdependent, cooperative and learning community that strives to: preserve and protect the land and water; provide sustenance to each other; and be interconnected with the larger society.
We are a group of people in the process of creating a cooperative farm community on Vancouver Island. As part of a transition to a less fossil-fuel dependent lifestyle, we intend to provide as much as possible for our basic needs within a relocalized economy, which we will help to create by fostering relationships throughout the surrounding community and with other ecologically minded food producers in our bioregion. As part of our commitment to learning to live in community, we will work on developing healthy social relations and participatory governance and decision-making processes. Extending beyond our community, we will share with others what we learn about all these endeavours.
Some of the actions we will take to carry out our mission:
Foster mutual respect and appreciation
Value the common good
Maintain a balance of public/private life – meet needs for both communion and solitude
Learn and practice compassionate communication skills
Create a form of governance that encourages and sustains participation and empowerment
Adopt a plan for conflict resolution
Find and develop a parcel of land large enough for about 20 households, depending on the carrying capacity of the land.
Hold common land with a conservation easement or similar tool that will protect woods, farmland and wild areas from development in perpetuity.
Adopt energy efficiency techniques and technology.
Develop energy sources that are both local and renewable.
Food and Farming
Farming as economic base of community
Grow food organically
Practise both animal and plant husbandry – diverse and multiple uses
Use a combination of methods such as permaculture and biodynamic
Build greenhouses and develop other season extension methods.
Value added farm products
Develop rainwater catchment systems.
Develop gray water recycling systems.
Protect any naturally occurring waterways or sources on the land.
Compost biodegradable waste.
Use an energy production method to create energy from biodegradable waste.
Create an economic structure that recognizes, appreciates and rewards shared responsibility and power, sustainability, and conservation of resources. As much as possible strive to not participate in the industrial commercial economy.
Encourage farming as a viable occupation for families and individuals by keeping the costs of participation as low as possible and investigate ways to provide necessary group benefits (MSP, CPP, etc.).