EcoVillage at Ithaca: Pioneering a Sustainable Culture by Liz Walker

By Liz Walker

In an international packed with tales of environmental devastation and social disorder, EcoVillage at Ithaca is a clean and hopeful examine a modern day village that's taking an built-in method of addressing those difficulties. This e-book tells the tale of lifestyles at EcoVillage at Ithaca, an across the world famous instance of sustainable improvement. It transports the reader into the midst of a colourful neighborhood that incorporates co-housing neighborhoods, small-scale natural farming, land upkeep, eco-friendly construction, power choices and hands-on schooling. via integrating confirmed social and environmental possible choices right into a dwelling version, EcoVillage at Ithaca offers a unprecedented glimpse into one possible—and positive—future for the planet. EcoVillage at Ithaca delves into the guts of the lived event at this cutting edge neighborhood. It offers a hot, own and reflective examine what it really is prefer to create a sustainable tradition. The booklet tells in-depth tales approximately an built-in lifestyle: operating a relations farm growing “invented celebrations” The poignancy of a house beginning, in addition to a awake demise group paintings events Dramatic examples of private transformation whilst, as one bankruptcy states, “This isn't really Utopia,” and the struggles and conflicts inherent in any neighborhood recreation are usually not glossed over. Human scale, obtainable and encouraging, the instance of EcoVillage at Ithaca may also help readers think clean possible choices to “life as usual.” it is going to attract all who're hungry to profit approximately winning operating types of a extra sustainable method of residing with one another and the earth. Liz Walker co-founded and has directed EcoVillage at Ithaca on account that its inception in 1991 and has lived there along with her relations because the first constructions have been accomplished. She has labored on all facets of the community’s improvement and has written and lectured generally at the subject.

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That was back in 1991. ) I first became familiar with the farm while I was renting a house across the street from Jen and John in downtown Ithaca. 8 hectares) of land, and our homes at EcoVillage were still in the design stage. The couple kept a little greenhouse frame, enclosed in plastic, in the parking lot behind their home. There they raised their own seedlings 42 E C O V I L L A G E AT I T H A C A and treated them like precious babies.

By now so many of us feel isolated or dislocated that it doesn’t seem to matter if a strip mall goes in down the road or yet another subdivision gobbles up a farm. Without a sense of the land as sacred and with little or no connection to nature or a particular place, we lose a precious part of our souls. Unlike most other North Americans, we are actively cultivating a sense of place. We are learning to slow down and sink our roots deep into the soil. This is our home. We are in place. O nce we had purchased the land, the next step was to figure out what to do with it.

C H A P T E R 2 PEOPLE AND THE LAND North Americans are probably the most mobile people who have ever lived. One-seventh of the US population — 10 million households — moves every year. The pioneer ancestors who pushed ever Westward to conquer the “wilderness” have left us a dangerous legacy. The wilderness is gone, but we haven’t stopped moving. By now so many of us feel isolated or dislocated that it doesn’t seem to matter if a strip mall goes in down the road or yet another subdivision gobbles up a farm.

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