Now that Binikou’s website is up and running and slowly, and steadily growing, we are looking for a home in meat-space. We want some land to build the first model of a “school for humanity” that focuses on researching, testing, and sharing knowledge about how to help everyone get more of the basic needs – nutritious food, clean water, fresh air, warmth, light, and the freedom to express the body’s excess solids, liquids, gases, and energy. We’re tentatively calling these spaces for hosting Binikou type programs Community Growing Spaces. (Or possibly living Resource Centers. If you really prefer one or the other name, let us know!) Here is a brief introduction to our current goal for creating a space somewhere around Augusta, or Belfast, Maine:

Community Growing Spaces are publicly owned places for sharing resources to help increase everyone’s access to basic needs for a healthy life.

Would you like to see this area with it’s own public growing space, where everyone could come to share physical, emotional, intellectual and philosophical resources for increasing the basic health of the whole community. A place to learn about, grow, prepare, and share exceptionally nutritious and delicious local food. A place to exchange your own excess resources for resources that you can use right now to improve your life. And a place to bring your stories, ideas, problems, and solutions for improving the quality of life for your family, friends, and world.

Community Growing Spaces are just that, and a whole lot more!

The first goal is to secure a location on community owned property that will host a variety of public amenities open to all, unconditionally. Our own growing space could include such amazing things as a public garden, farm, tool workshop, kitchen, library, community center, classroom, food pantry, playground, campground, event space, organic and inorganic recycling center, and nature preserve, depending on the growing needs of our community members. The space will be highly adaptable to the changing needs of the community, so that the space itself grows as the community grows. The space will be independently owned and/or run by the community itself – a public “commons” that everyone is freely encouraged to use for their needs for health and wellness.

The long term goal is to increase the availability of high quality nutritious food, clean water, fresh air, warmth, light, and the freedom to express the body’s excess solids, liquids, gases, and energy for everyone in the community, so that everyone can grow into their best selves.

Right now we need help finding some land to begin creating our very first community growing space. If you know of some property that could either be donated to the project, please get in touch! Or if you want to help us locate some property for donation, please let us know!

You can also follow the progress of the folks who are spearheading the mission to create a community growing space here at the Binikou blog.

With curiosity and compassion,
Turil Cronburg

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