Permaculture is a design process that works to meet human needs while increasing ecosystem health. We have definitely designed Rocky Corner to meet our needs as people while thinking of the Earth and our own land every step of the way.
The ethics of permaculture includes three important values: Earth Care, People Care, and Resource Share. We can find all of these in our vision statement.
Rocky Corner’s Earth Care:
“We are devoted to preserving, protecting, nurturing and regenerating the natural environment.
- We are committed to learning about and adopting practices that minimize consumption of energy, water, and other natural resources.
- We strive to balance farming and community life with the preservation of wildlife habitats.
- We consider the Rocky Corner community, the wider human community and the health of the Earth when making decisions and choices.”
Rocky Corner’s People Care:
“We are dedicated to fostering a friendly, open, vibrant, mutually supportive atmosphere.
- Our communications, relationships, actions and behavior are honest, direct, respectful, nonviolent and caring.
- We are committed to equal access to power in decision-making. Our primary way of attaining this goal is by using sociocracy.
- We strive to create a neighborhood that is supportive and inspiring for individuals and families.
- Our community promotes the physical and emotional health, safety and security of our members and guests.
- We make space in our lives for play and artistic expression. We encourage continual learning, skill sharing and teaching.
- We seek out and are open to new ideas and to all interested people who share our vision and values and are able to share fully and fairly in community responsibilities.”
Rocky Corner’s Resource Share:
“We actively sustain our community and maintain our property by sharing work and responsibilities.
- Our community is planned, designed and managed by the members with attention to aesthetics and in a manner that supports our vision.
- We work cooperatively for mutual benefit.
- We make ownership as affordable as possible.”
I personally love our vision statement. It took us about a year to identify our mutual values and then write this into a statement that turned out simple and eloquent.
The work we are doing now to create Rocky Corner is still focused on our values. I am proud of all of our future residents, working so hard and keeping the vision alive.