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Starting a local food cooperative

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Location: Napa CA
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So I am a very medicore permaculturalist at this point, though i am an PDc right now and am pretty focused on increasing my knowledge. I am working with two other people here in Napa on the food cooperative. One person has a longtime background in permaculture and has a bout three acres here in town where she sells fruit trees. Th other person has at least 7 acres and a couple of buildings where she wants to turn them into food forests, community gardens, aquaponic facility, herb farm with workshops on how to make your tinctures and tea, a community center to teach courses and social center, perhaps a community demonstration kitchen, and she is willing to fund some things including a website to try to activate the community towards the possibilities we are offering. so i am jus asking the group if they have any thoughts. I will probably have some more specific questions on the website applications since from my way of thinking a website placed in this context of engaging a community in an effort of this sort should have application in many other localities. In other words, from what I have seen, there are no good templates which outline or index the seemingly necessary information for a community to orient itself towards a production and food awareness initiative such as this

Some ideas e see as integral

A- Dividing some land into long terms permaculture style soil restoration (sheet mulch, etc)

B- To get some operations and soil usage readied more quickly perhaps by rototillng in order to get something going

C- To try to get a small group who are more devoted to learning the craft more than they are on immediate compensation for their wprk while being trained.

D- Getting a few of us here up to speed to teach at least free or informal classes to the general public

E Setting up food swap networks, other methods of informal trade and how to sell in the open market
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Hello Matt. I'm Blaine, I live in Vacaville. Ive been into permaculture , gardening, wild plants , vegetarian cuisine, food in general for a few years now! I've recently lost my job and have decided to devote my time to the same idea you have, your post resonates with me alot. I am trying to get together a csa type set-up in the Vacaville/Fairfield/Greenvalley area and utilize backyards to create a network of permacultural gardens that combine to create a farm in a whole. The People involved that put either money,time,work,land etc. will get equal shares of the food and also get the opportunity to build happy healthy community that will help inspire the rest of the community to do the same! Ive got about 4 backyards so far and a small group of local co-creators. Would be nice meet you all and discuss ideas maybe be able to learn from you guys a bit about farming. Or even to learn more about your ideas and place we'd ove to help your endeavors also. You can find me on Facebook if you'd like or email me @
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