A Hands - On Farming & Homesteading Experience
This page is under construction as our vision develops.
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Many young farmers and builders seek the knowledge
Hay Shocks near Huevelton, NY
The Local Living Venture & Sustainable Living Project is creating a Homestead Learning Community (HLC) in the St. Lawrence River Valley. We view the HLC as the fruition of all of our efforts. This facility may host some of the services that our original vision of The Hub would have housed, as the concept grows organically in the region.
A close connection with the other area campuses, and opportunities for advanced degrees in conjunction with those other Universities and colleges (since we will not offer English or Civics courses, for instance), may be part of the big picture we envision. Additionally, where Programs already exist (such as the excellent building program at SUNY Canton) we will seek partnerships rather than competition to ensure the wealth of education is shared with all who seek it.
Our plans for the Homestead Learning Community include creating a business plan in 2012 once we have achieved our goal of filing for our own non-profit status (we are currently under the wing of Seedcorn.) We seek retired college administrators and professors to help us make this dream a reality...and folks with a keen interest in changing the way our society values food and farmers, shelter and builders, and the renewable energy (industrial, home-made, or human power!) that makes it all happen with ease.
Many young farmers have no option to run a family farm on a small, non-industrial scale if they are also to receive a higher education, due to the high costs of an education. We strive to put action into education and assure that those who want to participate in a local economy have both the skills and the means to do so.
Integral to all things is energy.
On-site production and wise use
of what is created are essential.
Creating a place for the builders of tomorrow to be energy visionaries.
Builders create the spaces and places
within which we dwell. How fine it is
when they can do it well. Let this place be a fertile ground for creators and builders!
Rural Skills & Traditions
What we started with in 2010 with for the first Local Living Festival, and still near and dear to our hearts. Sharing resourceful ways to live simply, economically, and closer to the natural rhythms that make the world go 'round!
If you can help us move forward through your expertise in some facet of this, or just as an interested volunteer, please be in touch!
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Formal planning has begun as of July of 2012. Working Groups are meeting regularly, with start-up leadership in place, on the fourth Wednesday of the month. Write us at SustLivingProject@gmail.com to join us or for information.
So far, Working Groups include:
Research of Viable Models/Examples – initially led by Rajiv Narula.
Local Living Venture Center – initially led by Melinda Ely.
Business Plan - initially led by Chris Butchino.
Si a officium est dignitas effectus is est dignitas effectus puteus