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Town Farm Tradition...
Town farms were once the primary social safety net for folks without family support and unable to navigate a living in a capital economy. Residents often participated in raising their food and taking on odd jobs on behalf of the town farm. Though often fraught with mis-management and the stigma of poverty, this local approach to meeting the needs of disadvantaged members of a community did have a lot of potential.
As communities began losing their agricultural traditions, the town farm model was replaced by Social Security, section 8 housing and homeless shelters.
In an effort to innovate agricultural traditions of this place, TGH seeks to re-invent the town farm model with a 21st century sensibility.
By organizing a workers collective to lend support to homesteaders and small scale farmers while making ad hoc earning opportunities available, by arranging workshop space for adding value to food and fiber, by hosting website and store front space for marketing products, by hosting common space for collaborating farmers to access residential utilities and small outbuildings for private quarters, by connecting neighboring properties with footpaths for recreating and neighbors for hosting farm stay guests we hope to fashion a new model of town farming that addresses the needs of dis-advantaged community members seeking a simple lifestyle not easily found without owning land and the resource to improve it. Here, those dis-advantaged by a capital economy might benefit from the advantages of a collaborative economy.
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