|TERRAN COLLECTIVE - A (Bio)regional Approach to Community Building
What does it mean to think bioregionally as we build a village? What does it mean to place ourselves in our landscape? We will explore what bioregionalism means and hear perspectives and approaches from projects that have done an amazing job weaving themselves into their local ecosystems both natural and social.
Matt Seigel - The Mushroom Farm:
Serving at the leading edge of integrated systems design, The Mushroom Farm is prototyping and implementing the solutions needed to steward the transition ahead.
Seated on 753 acres of California Coast, The Mushroom FARM is regenerating the former Campbell’s Soup mushroom production facility into the leading example of localized food, power & water sovereignty & abundance. Through implementation of the solutions needed in today’s world, The Mushroom FARM reconnects humanity to the inherent abundance in our natural systems, activating planetary regeneration.'''
Cassandra Ferrera - Landwell:
Cassandra has pioneered the field of cooperative real estate to serve those seeking to share land and create community. She has years of grounded exposure to what it takes to establish community in rural, suburban and urban settings.
Cassandra has lived in intentional community since 2006 and in 2016, co-founded Landwell, an emerging intentional community near Sebastopol, CA. In 2010, Cassandra partnered with Green Key Real Estate to bring the values of stewardship, reverence, and cooperation into the practice of real estate.
A founding board member of CommonSpace? Community Land Trust, Cassandra works on inspiring community and land related projects as a consultant and guide. At the root of it all, Cassandra is dedicated to a reparative, multi-generational, sacred land transition that frees us from the hallucination of private property, creates land access for all and reunites us with our indigenous soul.
Brock Dolman - Permaculture Program & WATER Institute Co-Director - Occidental Arts and Ecology Center:
The Occidental Arts & Ecology Center (OAEC) is an 80-acre research, demonstration, education, advocacy and community-organizing center in West Sonoma County, California that develops strategies for regional-scale community resilience and the restoration of biological and cultural diversity. OAEC trains and supports “whole communities” — schools, public agencies, Native American tribes, urban social justice organizations, watershed groups and others — to design and cultivate resilience to mounting ecological, social and economic challenges.
What is bioregionalism?
What does it mean to be thinking bioregionally as you build your village?
Placing/orienting one’s community in a landscape
Understanding the landscape both ecologically and culturally as you build. What watershed are you in? What challenges does your bioregion face as our global climate changes?
Why and how to connect with local indigenous communities?
Why and how to build relationships with neighbors?
Why and how to build relationships with local governments?
Why and how to weave the network of communities together in a region
Terran Collective - Tibet Sprague & Neha Sharma
Mushroom farm - Matt Siegel
Landwell -Cassandra Ferrera
Occidental Arts & Ecology Center - Brock Dolman
Agenda: 50 minutes
Intro - 5 minutes
Who is Terran Collective?
What is bioregionalism?
Quick taste of the bioregional quiz
Intro the presenters
Overview presentations of projects - 15 minutes
The Mushroom Farm
Share and discuss how each of these projects relate to bioregionalism - 15 minutes
What is your bioregion? How did you get to know this landscape ecologically and culturally?
How are you thinking beyond the borders of your particular property and contributing to broader resilience (food, fire, energy, water…) in the bioregion?
How have you built relationships with the neighbors, local communities, and local indigenous tribes? What has that process been like?
Look at the Bioregional quiz more intimately - 5 minutes
Discussion - 10 minutes
What questions do you have about your bioregion and watershed?
Links & Resources
Planet Drum & Peter Berg