On Sacred Ground
On Sacred Ground land trust is different than your typical land trust. We want to shift the land trust focus to include meeting our needs as humans for food, fiber and sacred connection to the earth while simultaneously restoring and preserving the pristine nature of any ecosystem. To facilitate re-connection to our sacred earth, we promote and provide a place for spiritual questing while honoring and receiving the earth’s abundance. We combine permaculture ideals with the remembrance of sacred connection to the land and invite you to participate.
In some cases this may mean detoxifying an industrial urban lot with appropriate plants, fungi and scientific methods to rebuild the soil. Next, we might apply an historical and cultural research context to our site as well as observation, and work toward re-invigorating a rare and historical ecosystem that provides education for locals on how to help threatened species. Or perhaps the site becomes a community garden that includes a temple of meditation that welcomes all.
In other cases, pristine forest may become a wildcrafting and wild edible foraging preserve where forest management techniques of Europe such as coppicing are practiced and taught. Conservation easements and best management practices for wildlife and plants species can still apply as are typical for land trusts and land banks. Research and observation will be shared with the public and our member base, and product provided by the land supports retreat and workshop participants.
We Plan To
- Hold donations of land in perpetuity for generations to come by Land Trust ownership with permaculture management and through conservation easements, and partner with existing Land Trusts to add momentum to community preservation visions.
- Connect qualified farmers and site-managers (particularly youth) to our lands as residents and project managers appropriate to the site (some lands may require ‘hands-off’ rehabilitation, however, we will offer human interaction with as many sites as possible) to produce market gardens, community gardens, demonstration and education centers offering workshops and classes, recreational opportunities and spiritual retreats that further permaculture ideals.
- Purchase lands that are reasonably priced via grants and community buy-in membership for residents desiring to live in a permaculture-based community, via fund-raising campaigns or crowd-funding, and via partnerships with other organizations that can financially contribute.
- Make every effort to connect elders and youth and encourage multi-generational communities of mutual care and knowledge share. The shift from a retirement, nursing home community to one of honoring and including our elders in daily life is vital to a shifting economic structure.
- Implement permaculture projects (social, financial & ecological) all over the world!