HEALING & ORGANIZING PERMACULTURE EXCHANGE (HOPE)
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Healing & Organizing through Permaculture Exchange (HOPE), will engage local constituencies in a series of “healing and organizing work that honors the environment in balance with community democratic outcomes.”
HOPE provides a forum for listening, designing, and implementing their own eco-village models here in Minnesota, the larger US and in other parts of the world at whatever scale is appropriate. Local work is to engage people in affirming a truly global or rather a “glocal” dreaming process. Our work addresses one or more of the seven domains of permaculture.
We build local and regional economies; invest financially in local producers and projects rather than multi-national corporations and big business. We develop rural and urban coalitions; support the acquisition of land by local people who want to relocate to rural areas to produce healthy affordable food for those who lack access to fresh foods, and educate our families and communities about the impact of toxins on our environment and the connection between these toxins and the prevalence of different cancers and learning disabilities in our children.
Creating a context conducive for learning and respect for one another’s ancestral wisdom, traditions, and ways of being, seeing, and knowing is equally central to this work. We believe that the sharing of our various stories is crucial to our survival. Military-industrial racism continues to disrupt traditional ways of interacting with one another and the earth. Ancient creativity, healing, and wisdom resides in the work of artists. HOPE will therefore include regular community-wide events led by artists, teachers, and elders.