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Inspired by Cloughjordan Community Farm and now practised by Sieben Linden, Ängsbacka, Ananda Gaori and Cloughjordan Community Farm
What is it/ How do you do it?
When welcoming ESC Volunteers to the Farm project and the Ecovillage, we include a session on Context on their first Induction day.
The Context for this activity is nestled in Sustainability Values:
One of the key values and core advantages of living in an Intentional Community is our focus on developing the resilience needed to face current and future challenges:
Climate breakdown is the crisis that we are trying to build a better world in the face of, and everything we do aims to be regenerative for people and the planet so that we can thrive and not just survive.
How we live this out in actuality is demonstrated in all our choices; for instance:
All of these are wonderful things to do but individual acts and large-scale change need to go hand in hand.
Although on Cloughjordan Community Farm, the ways we produce food and the ethos of our project all fall within the context of living regeneratively, it is important to link this approach with the European Youth Goals, namely Sustainable Green Europe, and to explore how sustainability supports the other Goals.
Note: It is also really important to convey the essence of this approach during the initial interview process – so that Volunteers are aligned with the values and Sustainability Mission of the community’s activity.
Be careful not to instil guilt, judgement, blame or personal criticism in the Volunteers or of others who are not appearing to live in the same value system of your approach to sustainability.
This is, after all, a shared challenge that needs a sense of unity in response, not a condition to measure others against, and feel ‘better’ than them due to our own responses.
There are useful tools (see below) that can help with absorbing the wider context but contacting those members of your community with the relevant knowledge and a willingness to inform and introduce the Volunteers to the wider community activity picture, is mostly what is required.
What is Needed: