About this project
"Roadmap to Generosity Farm" is a book about how to provide (1) aspiring young farmers with land and (2) energetic elders with a healthy and intellectually stimulating life to form thriving community farms.
A "Generosity Farm" is a community built around a farm and based on the principles of nature -- diversity, interdependence, ecology. Generosity Farm will serve two primary populations -- retirees and young farmers. Active retirees are looking for alternatives to conventional retirement homes. Young farmers are looking for land and purpose. Both are looking for lives that are meaningful, productive, healthy, and equitable.
Giles Blunden is one of the leading green architects in the Southeast US. He designed and developed the highly successful co-housing communities of Arcadia and Pacifica in Carrboro, North Carolina.
Giles is dedicating the final six months of 2014 to writing the book for those who wish to design and build farm-based (Earth-centric) retirement communities. He has already begun, but needs funds for research, travel, and photography. This ROADMAP will include best practices of intentional communities, organic farms, co-housing developments, and retirement communities. It will be a step-by-step manual that can be used to create Generosity Farms anywhere. The book will be published by January, 2015 and given away for free.
The basic premise is that many of the systems and institutions of the current culture are broken or unsustainable. Factory farms and factory retirement centers promote illness, not health. Both are forms of segregation and "monoculture." Nature teaches us that diversity and cooperation are the hallmarks of healthy ecosystems. "Roadmap to Generosity Farm" is a book about re-integration. It is a "how to" book about bridging generations, building community collaboratively, and focusing on giving generously of our gifts, rather than accumulating personal fortunes, before we die.
A new story is emerging and is at the heart of Generosity Farm. It puts the earth/universe ecosystem at the center of our well-being. Humans are the dominant species on earth and we have the ability to maintain or destroy the ecosystem that nurtures us. The question is...can humanity survive its own success? Can we transition to a future that puts the ecosystem back at the center? Can our rational view of a healthy ecosystem overcome our ego and addiction to consumerism? The Roadmap to Generosity Farm seeks to be a model of what Eco-theologian Thomas Berry described as a "mutually enhancing relationship between humans and the Earth."
What are the other tools and technologies, modern and ancient, that can be brought to bear on solving the question of how to provide (1) land and markets for young farmers and (2) active purposeful lives for retirees? How do we access the talents and generosity of these populations to create thriving organic farms that build community. These are the questions Giles will attempt to answer in "Roadmap to Generosity Farm."
Once the book is published and made available to everyone, we will follow the roadmap ourselves to build the first, of what we hope will be many, Generosity Farms.
Risks and challenges
This book is largely dependent on its author, Giles Blunden. We hope to fund the project by his birthday, August 30th. Giles is already compiling data and meeting with colleagues and experts in related fields. This will be an important book. Giles is a national treasure who is committed to sharing his wisdom with all those who want to build healthy community.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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