Events and past AccomplishmentsCommunity Food Assessment Report
Our MISSION is to:
(1) demonstrate and teach sustainable living regarding our food, energy, and shelter systems, based upon permaculture principles and including collective living arrangements such as Ecovillages.
Our PURPOSE is to empower people with the knowledge and skills that will enable them to live a healthy and sustainable lifestyle, and to be a catalyst for creative change in society.
VOLUNTARY SIMPLICITY – is the relaxation, with dignity, of the drive for high income and high consumption. We view this as the intent to live with more awareness of the long-range ecological and cultural effects of our lifestyle choices. Living consciously, we can share more of our time, energy and resources, and help and encourage individuals and communities to overcome the effects of the consumer society. This will enhance each person’s ability to relate to self, society and nature in a more responsible manner. Participants in our workshops will explore how to transform their own lives and build a movement for social transformation towards a sustainable culture.
SELF-RELIANCE – We do not view this merely as a means to an end for ourselves, but the key to restoring a stable and responsible society. We must bring back the necessary food production and handicraft skills and encourage natural talents that can build a local food system and a local economy
HOLISTIC HEALTH – We believe that health can be maintained if our bodies are given fresh, organic, home-grown food and our minds are at peace. Peace is obtainable if we have useful, creative tasks to do which make distinct contributions toward sustainability for family, friends, and community.
1. LOCAL ECONOMY -- working towards sustainable forms of prosperity for all, we are focused on and encourage decentralized, local., land-based economies. To this end, we are networking with local and regional organizations to help develop a Local Food System and collective living arrangements, (i.e. ecovillages) that weigh less heavily on the planet and on people.
2. EDUCATION - SLS offers both on-site workshops with hands-on training and talks and seminars in the valley, addressing principles of sustainable living.
3. SEEDS – We are engaged in breeding, sharing and maintaining a seed bank of food and medicinal plants. We are organizing a virtual seed bank with participating farmers and gardeners in the valley, keeping their favorite seeds and making them available via trade or barter.
4. SHELTER – We organize an annual Green Homes Tour. We encourage people to design and construct shelters that have the lowest ecological footprint on the earth as possible. Some of our members have, or are building structures that are exploring new frontiers in the design of earthships, straw bale, cordwood, and adobe construction methods, with energy systems that are simplified and off the grid and also feature innovations in no-discharge sanitation systems and water recycling.
This organization is supported entirely by memberships, grants, and workshops It operates with the intent that no financial profit shall accrue to any individual.
Sustainable Living Systems 406/ 642-3601