Young farmers often lack long-term access to land they can invest in. And retirees are often looking for more cooperative, active and sustainable alternatives to the traditional retirement home.
So what if retirees and young farmers joined forces?
That's the idea behind Generosity Farm, a concept for a farming and retirement community developed by co-housing pioneer and architect Giles Blunden. Blunden is working on a book that will hopefully serve as a blueprint for communities, and he's turned to Kickstarter to get it funded. Here's the lowdown:"Roadmap to Generosity Farm" is a book about how to provide (1) aspiring young farmers with land and (2) energetic elders with a healthy and intellectually stimulating life to form thriving community farms. A "Generosity Farm" is a community built around a farm and based on the principles of nature -- diversity, interdependence, ecology. Generosity Farm will serve two primary populations -- retirees and young farmers. Active retirees are looking for alternatives to conventional retirement homes. Young farmers are looking for land and purpose. Both are looking for lives that are meaningful, productive, healthy, and equitable.
According to an email I received last week, Blunden plans to publish the book and then give it away. He doesn't care about making money on it, but he can't lose money either. Here's the Kickstarter if you'd like to contribute. (This is worth at least a fraction of the millions lavished on Solar Roadways.)