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Last year I heard about a similar concept. It was introduced by ReGen Villages here in Europe and it went viral. They did their first project in Netherlands and they want to start several more in other countries, including Germany. Did you guys get inspired by their idea?
Aloha, Please let me share a few things that I know work and one that does not in sustainable communities. 1. Chickens. chickens need pasture, chicken tractors work well to keep them where you want them such as preparing the area for a garden bed letting the chickens do 90% of the work. I designed, built and used some that proved to be excellent, cheap to build, sturdy, easy to move and to maintain. 2. Geese. Geese are a must to have roam all common areas at will. They eat bugs, weeds, fertilize, keep the lawns like a golf course and provide a source of excellent meat and are excellent first alert - alarm animals. Just keep them out of the garden. 3. Sex, I have personally lived on and visited many "sustainable" communities looking for what works and does not work. Sex I found is the number one, by far, overlooked or abused thing in every single instance except for one, which I will mention last. Healthy communities form healthy loving families, are monogamous, are faithful to one another and thrive and work well together. Just study the Quakers or the Amish for this clue. Free sex is never free and sleeping around always creates disharmony and leads to failure. I lived for some time in a village on an island in Yap as a guest of the Chief. The Chief, Chief Joe, was wise, fair and benevolent. He was one of the few male survivors of the Japanese occupation by hiding out in caves and living off of the land and I am sure that this had much to do with his latter wisdom. His council included women and younger people and his word was excepted by all. These people were the richest (happiest) people that I have ever had the privilege to witness. The problem in this day is to find such a Chief and a faithful and monograms people to be led. Communities are great. But having been the president of the local community association found that groups do not work well together. People still need to be led. So it is my strong suggestion to establish such a leader and have that leader spell out the law of the land first and foremost before one shovel touches the ground. Then anyone (better male-female couple) that follows "should" be onboard.