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Circa 11:11 & Local Pulse

HELP SAVE 26-Acres(Heart & Soul) of JOHNS ISLAND by DEC 15 = Community Center, Farm Co-Op, Public Asset Park &Water & History Education

Circa 11:11 & Local Pulse

HELP SAVE 26-Acres(Heart & Soul) of JOHNS ISLAND by DEC 15 = Community Center, Farm Co-Op, Public Asset Park &Water & History Education

$5,060
pledged of $66,500pledged of $66,500 goal
69
backers
25days to go

All or nothing. This project will only be funded if it reaches its goal by Mon, December 16 2019 4:11 AM UTC +00:00.

About

Preserve the SOUL of Historic JOHNS ISLAND 

 for true Community

 in the HEART of the Maybank Development Corridor 

There is a smell and a feeling of the palpable wisdom of Johns Island that is embedded in the hearts of all Charlestonians. As we experience the mass development of Johns Island, we know that now, in this time and space, we are creating a shimmer of hope that prevails to help preserve and educate people about this Johns Island way of life. 

By creating a nature preserve and farm-to-community service, we as a community can protect this sacred tapestry within our culture. Through joining together to create a hub for this sacred knowledge, as well as a producing a gathering center to teach and learn the ways of our elders and their invaluable secrets of island survival, the cultivated traditions they have called home for more than a century is safe from being forgotten.

Our land and culture are literally getting bulldozed out of recognition. But we have the chance here to save 26 acres of land and water for culture and community in the heart of our island.  This land is zoned industrial, so together we are also saving it from being 6,000 more condos or worse. Through this community grass roots effort, we will not lose the essence of this truly special place! 

You can help us build this community asset that truly represents our home. We are in desperate need of community space that represents the very best Johns Island has to offer. 

Community Co-Op for Circular Economy will directly benefit these Local Contributors :)
This is a Community Asset that will give the Public Resources and an Awesome all Local Farm General Store

WADE IN THE WATER and JOIN IN THIS MISSION. 

Not so long ago, Johns Island was a place where you could take a walk, know your neighbors and access water and locally grown food. We will not be developed out of our own homes and resources—not today or ever!

HERE'S OUR COMMITMENT.  WE WILL:

  • PROVIDE a nature preserve and community/event center that focuses on history, health, families, music and nature. 
  • PROTECT this property from becoming 6,000 more condos or worse, by making it a nature park with year-round children's programming. 
  • FOCUS on the true farming, migrant and Gullah culture, storytelling and learning the rich history of this sea island. 
  • ENSURE our farmers keep their produce moving and that the wisdom holders and young entrepreneurs spread the living history of our elders into the future by creating circular economy opportunities.

Our Phase One includes 24-hour farm produce and local goods store, as well as Public Access to Water, children's programs, cultural-historic education, music events and prevention from further flooding and other solution offerings to Johns Islanders. Phase two includes a community center gathering space and expansion of all programs with greater opportunity for circular economy as well. 

  •  PAW = Public Access to Water which is lost on the island except for under the Limehouse Bridge
                   1) fishing and meditation docks
                   2) life jackets, kayaks, boards, boats, amenities
                   3) picnic area
     
  •  Connection to Culture & History = Our mentor Mr. Bill Saunders is who guides us in providing such offerings for the community
                   1) monuments and lessons of cultural stories
                   2) interactive learning of history lessons through activities, storytelling and reenactments
                   3) experiencing living history through interactions and developing relationships
     
  •  Farm Store = There’s a food desert in the farmland which means little to no local produce in the grocery stores and few people actually going to the farms to get their produce
                   1) local market highlighting local produce and goods
                   2) centralized location for access to local food and household staples
                   3) in cooperation with Bert’s Market on Folly Beach
     
  •  Nature Programs on this Nature Preserve
                   1) after school & home school forest and nature programs for local children    2) build lives in confidence and connection in the natural world through fort building, archery, kayaking etc.
                   3) wild and free time in nature for children and the whole community
                   4) in cooperation with Growing Spirit and Local Pulse - see testimonials by clicking our Instagram Link or Facebook
     
  •  POND JAMS = music on the water with local talent for relaxing together in nature
                   1) small stage for musicians and regular gathering events
                   2) regular meeting space for children’s jam groups and artistic expression
                   3) in cooperation with Awendaw Green
     
  •  LAND DEVELOPMENT NEEDS = The city keeps building without proper infrastructure and flood plans
                   1) there is space by the road where we will create a mock “bus stop” highlighting our infrastructure and transportation needs
                   2) keeping this property as natural as possible will protect from flooding by keeping the water system and wetlands intact
                   3) no motorized boats or pollutants will be allowed as we will ensure the environment under protection with our services always
     

We offer these solutions to Johns Islanders' needs and have everything in place with our lenders at the South Carolina Community Loan Fund. To secure the land, we need to raise $66K by Dec. 15, 2019 so that our lenders are secure in the first year's payment. We invite you to join us in this effort for everyone. 4 every 1.


Kayaking on the Big Pond in total tranquility + this is your Public Asset

 All donations are tax exempted under CIRCA 11:11

LAND PLANS DEVELOPED

CIRCA 1111 development arm = Community Initiated Rightful Construction Agenda - developing space as the community initiates!

  1. Did you know that 81% of Charleston city's growth is now living on Johns Island?
     
  2. Did you know that all public access to water on Johns Island (home of migrant, farming and Gullah/Geechee cultures) is now unavailable?
     

We are creating a nature preserve and community/event center that focuses on our heritage, health, families, music and nature. We aim to give public access to water.

The community needs gathering space where we focus on our cultures, our commonalities, and transform our society out of the current socio-economic separations, by creating cross cultural exchange thru the universal languages of music and food and common interest.

Everyone deserves access to food and water

Phase 1:

Includes: Public Access to Water, Nature Programs, Fishing Docks, Kayak and Boat Availability, Walk Trail + Outdoor Activities such as basketball, kayaking, archery, gardening all within historic reference and experiential learning. ALL LOCAL MARKET Co-Op highlighting Johns Island grown produce and local goods. Music enrichment services will be regularly held.

Phase 2:

Creating a Multi Cultural Community Center, Expanded After-school Nature Programming, Heritage Classes, Music and Special Events,  This Center will offer the only space in the Development Corridor equipped to hold gatherings for large cultural, social, heritage, music and community based events. Outdoor theatre/drive in nights and fun for all ages are envisioned. Upstart entrepreneurs can work with us thru food and bev highlights, directors of business, and a special market geared toward the sharing of heritage items.


CIRCA 11:11 & Local Pulse JI

Our Mission, “Creating the Hub”

Johns Island has become one of the last preservative homes for sacred cultures indigenous to Charleston, SC. Not many people realize that the term “Gullah” refers to not only the farmers and makers that proliferated from slave culture, but also many Mexican/Spanish elder societies native to the island, as well as indigenous Native American Indian people long before people from Africa were stolen and enslaved for the Colonization of America. Today, the culture is hanging on by a thread of a tapestry that is rapidly being destroyed by the mass development of Johns Island.

In these times, our farmers have taught us the value of preservation and shown us the miracles that spawn from precious seeds of knowledge. Just like in nature we find diamonds embedded into dark masses of coal, we feel like now in this time and space, there is also a shimmer of hope that prevails to help preserve and educate people about this way of life. By creating a nature preserve and farm-to-community service, we as a community can protect this sacred tapestry within our culture. Through joining together to create a hub for this sacred knowledge, as well as a producing a gathering center to teach and learn the ways of our elders and their invaluable secrets of island survival, the cultivated traditions they have called home for more than a century is safe from being forgotten.

The Center for History

At a time when the African American International Museum is breaking ground and causing much controversy for its lack of representation and inquiry within the Gullah community, it is important to understand Living History. The elders and story holders here know directly the history and yet are largely being left out of the essential matters of this huge undertaking. The experience of Living History is time in service together, to our elders and in listening and learning ways.  It is more than monuments and artifacts, it is moments as monuments with the living history makers, mentors and passers of knowledge through experience.

The lessons involve a multi-cultural diaspora which is part of recognizing where we are today and where we have come from to get to this point. This version of real. How we build upon what each of us have created individually, through our pockets of societal collective as well as the overall whole. Great leaders of the civil rights era are still living on Johns Island today. People who have stood up for equality and morality and dignity for all their lives, and still see the work that needs to be done. Learning from our elders is absolutely essential to understanding where we are today and what it’s going to take to co-create our future.

Take a moment to reflect on how much in the world has changed in the past 80 years. Cars were a new thing, in this short time span we have gone from storytelling, making music fireside and radio, to constant connection to the internet and entertainment. Travel and food and discrimination and equal rights, everything has dramatically changed. When we really experience our elder’s wisdom and listen to their stories, that shared experience teaches us more and more as we carry them with us in our hearts and into the world. From the Gullah, the Edisto, the Kiawah, the Hispanic and the Country lovers, the span of time is alive on this island, and we intend to keep learning, even from the last breath we take. Especially within indigenousness, there are keys to the connections that bring all of history into our daily understanding of healing, strength and joy.

The Co-Op

On the Sea Islands, folks still talk about who the food on the table is from. Which family provided such delicious edibles and how things are going for them. Farmers are the backbone of any society, and they are the true soul of Johns Island. The cultivation is written all over their hands and faces. Not so long ago, everyone on Johns Island was in some way part of a system of growing food, that how we eat. But conditioning to convenience is so thick, that even when we drive right past the farm, most people don’t stop to bring home the local food meant to feed their natural bodies.

This land purchase coincidentally sets in the middle of a food dessert in the farmland. When the food is just down the road but so few are accessing it, and the local grocers carry food outsourced from somewhere else, this Co-Op will bring the soul of Johns Island back to the Heart center of its community. Situated among the largest new housing developments and surrounded by passer byers that can now easily access and enjoy a glimpse of preserved culture and native history as well as fresh farm goods rounded out with the necessities. The general store predominantly sells local makers products and crafts, cottage country foods, local meat, milk, eggs and produce from surrounding farms, as well as toilet paper and household basics.

Center for Education and Spiritual enhancement

A huge inspiration for this project has been creating space for children to play outside freely. Often when new friends come to Growing Spirit Nature Curriculum for the first time, they are smacked across the face with a smile that runs through their veins. The smell of spring water and pine, the sounds of woodpeckers and children happily sounding off in the woods with only sticks and their imaginations.  The depth of realness of what it is to be a child and run freely with friends and jump in clean clear water that you can see fish and turtles in. The connection to the natural joy in nature, as a fellow creature in the world, brings a consciousness that literally builds our neurons in a healthy way.

Like the leaves that fall from the Angel Oak tree by the new budding of leaves coming in, we need to directly experience the seasons, plants and unconditioned air for the medicine that they truly are to our existence. We are shaped by our experiences in every way, what and how we learn to process and are guided through learning to express and listen. It is experience that creates wisdom as well as emotional intelligence which can allow our spiritual growth to be felt so tangibly. Many parents say their kids are more confident and creative and generally happier with less once they have had some guided and free time in this nature play program.

Public access to water

Public access to water is scarce on Johns Island. In the exact center of Maybank Hwy across from the new business development at Crowne Commons, stands a property encasing one of the last public accesses to a fresh aquifer that has naturalized to the surface of Johns Island. This artesian body of water touches on the wetland system that runs throughout the island and is crucial for hydration, homes of wildlife, and natural flow of water in our Lowcountry. Since Johns Island has taken on 81% of Charleston City’s housing in the last 10 years, this wetland system has been destroyed due to deforestation and fill in which impedes natural flow and absorption. This spring lake is naturalized as part of the system in a heavily developed area and is the link Johns Island needs to learn how to stay connected to their land. Not only can this nature preserve allow people a place to take a walk, teach their child how to fish, enjoy the cool water in the summer, but it can also teach them how to take care of the resources around them, least we forget and submit completely to the screens and concrete? Not on our watch, this is Johns Island and we mean it.

CIRCA 11:11 & Local pulse donations are tax deductible. It’s deemed “religious exception” minimum donation recently changed for write offs with the IRS is now approximately $11,000 for single filer and $25,000 for joint family.

Rope in the woods = fun forever!

Special Thanks to our mentor Mr. Bill Saunders for his enduring commitment to this project and all he has stood for in his life. May we continue to make him proud and come together as a community to Preserve Living History. 

Click below to hear recordings of Mr. Bill Saunders speaking truth to the Smithsonian

Another Solution: Local residents are constantly having to attend re-zoning hearings for people who want to change their rural zoning into a wedding event venue. You see, Charleston is the #2 wedding destination in the country, and the increasing pressure for wedding/special events venues on Johns Island threatens our rural zones constantly. This location on Maybank Hwy is zoned Industrial and therefore is intended for this type of use. We can offer an event center in the development corridor for these rural residents to reference in these public hearings and re-zoning issues as the correct way to go about and therefore not re-zone their rural area and roads. Local Pulse often represents at these hearings and post videos from them through Facebook and Instagram.

The sky is the limit for what we can do together. Local Pulse is us creating together. It's what we are doing. Within the mission of Preserve. Diversify. Sustain. We attain to be a role model to growing rural communities, proving that you can have your growth and preserve a beautiful way of life too.

JOIN US IN THIS ENDEAVOR!!

Risks and challenges

MOST POPULAR QUESTIONS ABOUT LAND PRESERVE PURCHASE ANSWERED under FAQ section!
  
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The biggest risk currently is another party who is interested in making a higher bid on the property than we are. So time is of the essence so that we do not cause a stall in this plan.

THANKS FOR ALL YOU DO AND EVERY OUNCE OF SUPPORT!!

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