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Just before Christmas of 2012 I went to a community meeting at a local pub called Southfields in Great Lever in Bolton where I live, whilst at the meeting I got speaking to Graham the Landlord of the pub about the possibility of using a two disused tennis courts situated in the grounds of the pub for a food growing project. Graham immediately agree to let us (Bolton urban Growers) convert the tennis courts into a community food growing area, and as if it wasn’t enough that he was letting use the tennis courts, he then insisted that we could...read more
For any community self reliance project to work, it will need a diverse supply of sustainable seeds in order to grow that which is will use as community resources. Having a supply of seeds that can constantly be worked back into your system year after year is a sure fire way to ensure resilience. The best type of seeds to supply you with an ongoing saveable supply are open cultivar seeds, commonly known as Heirloom here in the UK, and Heritage seeds in the US. These open cultivar seeds allow us to let some of our crops go to seed so that we...read more
As I touched on in the first piece of this series it is only communities that will make self reliance happen on the kind of level that we need, and in order to ensure that these communities thrive it is worthwhile looking at organizational structures that are able to protect and support potential groups as they steer their way towards achieving their aims. I have chosen structures here that are fair and that value human beings before external motives. Cooperatives – A co-operative is a group of people acting together to meet the common...read more