Although many of us may be struggling to keep up with the daily expectations for money accumulation in urban settings as well as have other trials and tribulations we must go through, it is still important to recognize that there are many people who may be worse off than you.
This is no fault of their own, but that of a broken system that continues to fail our most precious and vulnerable populations. These are our Indigenous Communities who need our solidarity and allyship, our community members struggling with addiction and mental health, women and children fleeing abusive relationships, or youth running from a dysfunctional home.
These folx need us to step up to help create a better world and generate greater opportunities for them, as well as for us. There are some interesting ways we have considered supporting this population group, although at our Seed Stage, we are not in a position to help in as much depth as we would like until we create a solid foundation of community and interconnection and trust.
Some ways that we can support in time:
Offering our farm produce to local soup kitchens, women's shelters and youth centres.
Being inclusive and integrating with our outlying community through multiple streams.
Creating Community Arts-Based education for children and youth in our outlying community. This can be through the school system or through local community services agencies.
Ensure that the greater community knows that the farm is a designated Safe Zone and that they are welcome there.
All members can partake in crisis intervention and non-violent communication workshops.
In time, we envision the creation of a fostering program, where we are able to take in vulnerable community members that are a good fit with our project and supporting them on their journey back from life crises.
They could be members of the greater community that are (but are not limited to):
Current members of the housing group who are experiencing a crisis or who are recovering from one.
Referred by local community services agencies, based on need and compatibility with the project.
Financially stable, motivated to be a part of the Dream, and may have some incredible talents to share as well!
Ultimately, we all have a responsibility to one another on this planet, and developing a fostering program, intent on mentoring some of the vulnerable folx in our extended community, is a particularly powerful way in which we can help change the world around us. We can support them through farming, the arts, building and more, encouraging a healthy rhythm and lifestyle, one that they may have never been aware of due to the barriers they have faced in their lives.
Although it will not always be easy, we will ensure that the Community always has the appropriate supports in place. Community Workers and Social Workers living on-site, solid relationships with referring community organizations, and the Arts and Farming Outreach that Land Dwellers will be engaged, will allow Dream(Land) to integrate and support many in the long run. Due to the stability, adaptability, compassion and acceptance required by all involved, this particular element of the Framework will take time to develop to ensure it will be a success!