In Part 1 of our profile of the Woolley Mammoth community, we discussed how folks come to live in intentional communities and how the Woolley Mammoth community is evolving. We continue our discussion about individual roles and decision-making at Woolley.
PRH: What is expected of a person to live at Woolley?
Corianne: Our main expectations are for people to be open to learning and unlearning, be honest and practice the concept of leaving a place better when you leave it than when you found it and, to be a good fit in our pretty mellow, yet sometimes busy home.
Seeding, fertilizing, pest and weed control, have you got a list of garden chores ahead of you in the coming year a mile long (and it’s still not even spring yet). If you think work’s “for the birds” well maybe you could make it just that. This year invite some songbirds into the yard and spend more time enjoying your time by getting some “friends with benefits”.
See birds are diligent workers in one way or another and different birds do different things diligently. This can sometimes be used to the gardeners advantage. For instance Continue reading
In the interest of showing that there are many roads to your homesteading or farming dream, we’re profiling folks who are living the life and learning the lessons. If we can give enough examples, maybe something will inspire or help you along.
This time, we meet with members of Woolley Mammoth, an intentional community in Washington.
The McMansion is the status symbol of choice for most aspiring 1 Percenters. Monstrous homes, thrown up in a hurry with a mixture of stone, brick, cheap labor, and pine, they’ve come to encapsulate all the excess of the early 21st century. Home movie theaters, gigantic kitchens where no one cooks, bedroom suites for toddlers, swimming pools, and his/hers bathrooms and showers with an array of nozzles to hit every crevice you forgot you had. All on a quarter acre lot in a subdivision filled with more McMansions. Communities that say, “We made it. We are free (ahem),” from behind the security of an electronic gate.
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Using half the remainder of a round hay bale
I neglected my growing beds in 2012. I’m not proud of it. Not once did I put compost any of my beds last year. Sure I grew some cover crops and used them as mulch, but they needed more. I know they did. I’m going to make amends this year. This will be the year of compost. Continue reading