Community Farming Project
Reweaving connections with Earth, Community and Spirit.
The Community Farming Project re-potentiates our relationship with the living Earth by engaging community as the heart of sustainable agriculture.
WHAT IT Is:
The Community Farming Project is the intersection of a traditional CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) and a Community Garden. It's a community-building, educational and experiential initiative designed to empower people to feed one another, connect to the Earth and make great friends while doing it.
how to engage:
We're inviting folks to sign up for a season and get your hands dirty with us! We'll start each day with an Earth meditation, continue with time in the field together as a community and conclude with an optional yoga or movement class and community potluck/farm fresh lunch.
We ask that you make a $150 contribution per household to go towards seed and season start up costs and that each member work with us on the farm for a minimum of 3 hours per week from the beginning of May through the end of October. You can choose 1 or more of the 3 community farm days and join us for half days of farming. Our goal is to send you home with the equivalent of 20 weeks of CSA shares. You'll also receive an education on how to grow food sustainably with community and be offered meditation and movement classes each time you come to work.
(*please note: need-based scholarships for joining fees are available)
LET'S GROW TOGETHER!
Why COMMUNITY GROWN?
There's something about being able to grow your own food that can greatly enrich the human experience. And, growing food in community with practices that are mindful of the environment, makes that experience even more fulfilling. At Golden Well, farming has always been about cultivating community. We recognize community as the heart of sustainable living. This year, we're inviting more people to get involved at the farm with hopes to get back to the roots of what agriculture represents in both community and connection to the Earth. We believe that healthy food is a human right and want to see people well fed and better able to connect with where their food comes from.
We were originally inspired by the community gardens of Southern France, and agriculture from days of old, where neighbors work the same plot of land together, sharing in the harvest and community meals. Even right here in Vermont, it wasn't long ago that whole villages got together to scythe the fields in community, to gather the apple harvest and press at the shared village press, to share harvest meals and celebrate the gifts of the land.
More recently, we were further motivated to start this project after reading Robin Kimmerer's book Braiding Sweetgrass in which she speaks so beautifully of the Native people of this land's wisdom of the Honorable Harvest. The Indigenous people of this land lived in communion with Nature, serving the Earth Mother in reciprocity for all that she provided, finding deep relationship with the Natural World. Removing the indigenous people from the land and introducing the concept of land ownership forced the concept of food as a commodity, rather than a gift of the Earth.
As we know, our food system is in dire need of some major changes. Most of today's agriculture is subsidized in some way, giving a false economic impression of what really goes into growing healthy food and separating us from the power that food has to unite both Earth and human.
We want to bring the uniting power of food back to our culture and the power to grow it back to the people. We want to connect folks to the land where their food grows and to each other in meaningful, celebratory ways. We are passionate about honoring this land and looking to the ways of indigenous cultures to inform this wisdom. We invite you to join us in this pursuit.