The three-legged stool of sustainability—Social, Environmental, and Economic. Without all three, any business, any system, any community, any relationship is doomed to struggle or fail. As bright, conscious, counter-culture visionaries, we set out to build a culture righting the wrongs of our society. We seek to reduce consumption, stand for peace & justice, and work for the environment. Why do our resourceful and inspired projects seem to struggle with financial stress and sometimes fail to survive? Is passion and vision enough? We’ll look at the basics of economics, breaking large concepts such as specialization, economies of scale, and externalizing costs, down to understandable pieces. And we’ll have a deeper understanding of what we’re up against, how we can get more aware, and most importantly, how to balance our approach.
Farming Cooperatively: The benefits and challenges
Lee Walker Warren has been homesteading and farming in cooperative community for more than 15 years. She is the executive director of the Organic Growers School, which has been offering organic education to Southern Appalachia since 1993. She is the co-founder of Village Terraces Cohousing Community, a collaborative, off-grid neighborhood at Earthaven Ecovillage, and the manager of Imani Farm, a pasture-based cooperative farm focused on pastured egg production. She is also an herbalist, writer, teacher and food activist, with an avid interest in rural wisdom, sustainable economics and women’s issues.
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