August Co-Op Board Report
Lazy Days of Summer…..promoting LAWFUL PERMACULTURE!
By Brandy Gallagher
One of the grand conversations we have been having with school groups to adults is how to GET LAZY! Lazy farmers think through how to find efficiencies, lazy food processors do canning and dehydration/etc in quick (or some people say cheating methods!!). All of this is OUR means of designing life in a way which creates the highest opportunities from applied permaculture design principals. Ways of having ‘relative location’ mean that the distance we travel between tasks are as well planned as possible, having one effort have many opportunities or outcomes……and attempting the integration of all of village life becomes a game we all ante on !
A ‘LAWFUL PERMACULTURE’ approach also means that we are full out these days having regulatory folks take on all systems and built environments within OUR ECOVILLAGE. We have partnered in a new “Closing the Loop on Healthy and Affordable Housing” project design, meant to be replicated by all others who look to live collectively (shared land families) developers, regulatory authorities, and professional development for builders/infrastructure companies. We are working on a major publication of all the legal and regulatory work that has been done at OUR ECOVILLAGE over the past 20 years of incredible work. We also have an incredible educational framework for the Province becoming available to be shared throughout schools (K-12), Universities/Colleges, and all professional and all householders.
A really big process is unfolding nowadays as Sustainable Wellness focuses more and more of the opportunity to look inwards to OUR own personal and professional journey to how we intend to make a difference in the world. In the ethics of shared/collective resourcing and contributionism, OUR team is diving deeper and deeper into ‘Family Constellation Work’, and transformational change processes as a major social permaculture valuing. Change agents are gathering here from around the globe and we invite OURselves to take on whole new possibilities towards a collective future. Consider bringing yourself in to some of the intimate gatherings and circles of work with folks from Findhorn Ecovillage, Stephen Jenkinson’s return in October, food as medicine….and more.
As I keep pointing towards (with a touch of mystery) – we are on the edge of some big changes. We really invite those who imagine themselves as part of such possibilities to reach out and we will weave you into the mix of village building like never before