This is a live working document of ideas from which to build a model of a sustainable community. These ideas are being formulated and implemented by the community.
What is Emerald Tor Farm?
What does the name mean?
Tor means hill or rocky peak
The Emerald Guild is the guiding entity
Emerald is also the green of nature
“Each person is free to be”
Emerald Tor Farm is about ‘The being’. It is a place where children and adults learn to BE through DOing; through interacting with the Land and the Farm community; where each person is free to do anything they wish, as long as it is for the higher good and does not harm anyone or anything; where uniqueness is celebrated and major works are handled through collaboration; where ideas are conveyed through storytelling, metaphor or by painting a picture of the outcome.
To establish a self-supporting farm park by restoring the Land to original state, as a legacy in perpetuity for the benefit of mankind.
To create a kin domain.
Reconnect with nature and nature kingdoms.
Plant trees to restore the forest to create rain.
To rebuild soil and soil organisms.
To grow food.
To build our house.
To become self-efficient (in food and energy).
Build a community of like hearted people with whom to grow the vision.
To explore the freedom to be and do without limit.
To have abundance without pollution in a totally sustainable way.
To share that abundance with all.
3. SPIRITUALITY /CREATOR
To grow spiritually
To develop and awaken our latent abilities
To assist in the advancement of humankind
To live a life from the heart in love of all
To BE and DO as eternal essence in-bodied.
To bring children into a world which allows them to learn by interacting with nature in play, so they can reach their full potential.
To have fun with music, dance, plays, art and food.
6. MODEL LIVING
To make this community a working example of living in harmony with nature and develop a new paradigm for society.
To explore and develop free energy systems for the benefit of all and implement them on the farm.
To build the farm to abundance through permaculture practices.
To learn how to work with the consciousness of the land in order to grow perfect food and to share that food with the community.
To create new methods of natural gardening as a means of encouraging people to grow their own food and support their families.
To provide the training and encouragement until they are competent and can take their garden home and continue it there.
9. FERMENTS, PERSERVES, PACKING, MARKETS
Explore and develop the art of ferments and produce products for exchange at market fairs.
To create jams, pickles and preserves for use and market.
Have animals with which people can interact and heal as well as forming farm resources – Chickens, Ducks. Alpacas, Cattle etc.
To educate through doing.
To expose people to Permaculture design and methods.
Cooking and food selection and preparation.
Planting and harvesting and preparing food by the moon phases.
Designer food for YOU. How nature designs plants as food and medicine.
12. SACRED SITE
To support the Tor as a sacred space and facilitate for visitors.
Facilitate access to the Tor as an energetic healing space.
The farm as ‘The Being”
b) Gaia and the land and the earth kingdoms
c) Food as the ‘medicine’ (herbs)
d) Freedom to be self (expression)
e) Space to be alone (no noise)
f) Working on farm (connection)
g) Crystal healing
h) Sharing with people
i) Learning through being and doing
Explore and develop housing and architecture and people spaces using different sustainable materials like hemp and bamboo.
Explore the power of creation through imagination and teach the skills of being conscious. (Consciousness creates!!)
Develop method of living without money and without barter and value exchange.
Each person will “work” ONLY because they love what it is that they do. In this way each will be able to follow his passion and excel beyond limit.
17. COMMUNITY, PEOPLE
Explore and develop understandings for designing and running a community without rules, where each person is celebrated and honored for his/her differences and skill sets. LISTEN, RESPECT, HONOUR
18. Treat children as an equal part of the community so that they are included in everything as with any other member and honor their differences and uniqueness as children.
No one is compelled to do anything.
19. Develop a communication and connection protocol/space where we LISTEN to each other’s ideas, dreams, and complaints – for that is a message for YOU.
20. So as in (18,19) LISTEN to the imagination and stories of the children because they are closer to the source and pure.
21. Ask for and encourage their ideas and dreams because out of that comes development, growth and solutions. (this applies to everyone).
22. Manage and Operate the Emerald Tor Farm
As part of the community being and doing.
-THIS INCLUDES THE ENERGETIC COMMUNITY –
a) Grass and compost to build and improve soil (bacteria and minerals)
b) Vegetables for consumption and share and teaching (learn planting and harvesting rhythms)
c) Fruit nuts and berries
d) Herbs: culinary, aromatic, medical, oils.
e) Flower: visual, culinary, aromatic, medical, bee forage.
f) Trees and understory + wildflower meadows to plant towards rainforest.
g) Food forest trees. Food: flowers, nuts, berries (coffee) fruit, nectar, fungi, habitat, bee forage, shelter,…….(permaculture)
PLANTING, HARVESTING, STORING, CONSUMING, SHARING
h) Animals – cow, horse, donkey, alpaca, goat, dog…..
i) Lawns and grass.
j) Building maintenance, tanks, pumps.
k) Roads, fences, gates, paths, signs, platforms, grottos.
m) Wood for timber and fire.
n) Machinery maintenance
o) Provisioning (Petrol (energy) materials (nails, wire) gas
p) Energy systems (solar, wind…) electricity, heating, cooking
q) Maintain the TOR and the labyrinths of the spiral path and Tor infrastructure
r) Comms (if needed) computers, cameras, web
s) Administration – all.
t) Product marketing and distribution
u) Information/Communication – TV, Video, Web, Publications
v) Managing visitors (Induction)
23. Design, develop and manage the BEING as a training modality to teach.
a) Permaculture design
c) Plants and animals
24. CULTURAL PERSUITS
The energy beings
Oneness with all
Nature of LOVE
You the dreamer
The state of being
The necessity for action
How to manifest
Intuition – Feeling – Knowing
The role of thinking and logic / deduction/ inference
The body and the “skin suit”
The library of all knowledge
DNA – BONES – SKIN etc.
The connection to all that is.
How to operate without science in the modern world
You are the expert in all things
You have all solutions to all your problems and the answers to all your questions.
How to find that YOU
Questioning everything you know
- All formal education
- all axioms (everybody knows this)
- all societal norms
what to replace them with.
How to go about creating your own programs and the process of updating them.
How to think about thinking
Live day by day
Replacing your habits
Going from fixed to variable
The state of now.
Creating your world and the role of your “higher self”
Kin Domains will cluster into “villages’.
Villages will be a place for sharing unique resources of the people. The Domains will contain everything that people need to survive. The village will be totally self sufficient for the community that it supports (it doesn’t have to do everything – just what is needed).
The primary unit is the “family” who have basic needs
Sunshine Food and nutrient cycle
Clean Water Air
The individual is involved in activity creating, building, producing.
He builds houses, makes clothes, writes books, produces steel or stuff, makes furniture, teaches children.
1. Everything is shared around the village.
2. Surplus gets offered to other villages.
3. The village may get known for producing some item and specialize in that particular thing. [eg Making cars.]
The villages are networked and connected by high speed communication channels of some sort.
FOOD & POPULATION
THERE IS NO “GOVERNMENT”
THERE IS NO “MONEY” so there is NO NEED FOR CORRUPTION OR CRIME.
Domains and villages can evolve (like bee swarms)
Each “village” will be defined by an area that is traversable by foot (maybe 5 – 10km radius) and in that space will be:
Living spaces (kin domains)
The village gets the surplus and offers it to other villages
The basic unit is the kin domain space for a single family unit of adults and children, house, food, power and animals.
You can cluster the units however you like for an extended family (BUT each domain must be self sufficient in the necessities of life so it can be passed on).
The basic unit gives you your place of quiet so there are no mutually dependent relationships outside of the basic unit. Each chooses the configuration of his basic unit. It can have any number of people but must be self contained.
It does not stop you from going “next-door” to “granny & pop” and working with them in ‘their’ own sustainable domain but you can’t extend your domain to include theirs.
All facilities will be local to the village.
Villages are NOT hierarchical.
“Councils” will be created as required to support a community project. They will be one layer and ONLY contain members of each village.
Since each village is self-contained, it can never be impacted by any other village.
Note the basic paradigm is everything that YOU do must be for the good of the whole. If you are going to tar the road – then you tar the whole road.
-Not just your part of it unless the other party does not want you to do their portion too.
There are NO committees – someone will take that responsibility for the task (or they wont) because that’s their passion. If no one wants to do it, then it doesn’t get done – end of story). You can only ask and convince someone to undertake a task by convincing them (by story) of your vision. No one is compelled against his or her wish to do anything!!!
Each member of the community works for the community for, say, 3 days/month.
Council of elders.
Elements of the Project
Biological waste water Treatment
Waste and Recycling
Community Centre/Environmental Education
Phases of Development
Full permaculture site design
Preparing the site
Physical Specifications of Site
-Nearest town proximity