As I sit at my computer preparing to announce a Village Building Convergence project, I am struck by the ‘Village’ part of the program. At some point in history, the Village went from being a way of life to a vague concept discussed in anthropology class and buried somewhere under competition and resource
scarcity. Having witnessed the development of the Urban Farm Collective over the past four years, I feel so much hope that the Village will be again, a way of life. Perhaps Mother Earth will have to break out the big guns to make humanity understand their mis-step. Perhaps we won’t need a firm hand, but a gentle encouragement.
And so the weekend comes when the Village Building Convergence comes to Chicken Wing garden, managed by Jaye Cromwell and an impressive bunch of humans that make possible the utterance, “Jaye and the two Elsas”. So many people willing to exchange their time and skills for the food they eat. So many people deciding to use a different model to get their food. A model that provides food grown in the neighborhood, by neighbors. I see land and water exchanged by Tricia Tillman for food and community building. I see a UFC tool shed, built by the Oregon Tradeswomen, a not-for-profit which provides carpentry education to women. I see PSU students everywhere! Doing projects for classes that serve the collectively have served the collective in so many ways.
connected to each other, which is the hinge pins under Village
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living. Being always conscious of how your behavior is affecting the whole.