“The Hillsborough Alliance for Local Food Security” - New Myth #87. Dedicated to 2016 Fall Permaculture Convergences in Fort Flagler, WA and Hopland, CA. By Willi Paul, Planetshifter.com
Back in 2027, a special Alliance was born in the Bay Area out of the infrastructure collapse and subsequent famine and military coup in the United States. The permaculture clique needed land, a group out of Oakland called Planting Justice needed work for their members, while a spiritual house in San Mateo called the Unitarian Universalist was asked to mediate with rich land owners from the Town of Hillsborough Beautification Foundation.
The hub of the Alliance were the property owners who suddenly needed to grow their own food! They could offer their yards, wide and deep with rich, dark soils. Many had wells. Roof tops went solar. Swimming pools were transformed into aquaponic ponds; tennis courts - vegetable gardens. Drive ways = food forests.
The Burlingame Country Club and Golf Course became The NorCal Permaculture & Transition University.
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Here’s more dirt on the Alliance Members -
Planting Justice - A grassroots organization with a mission to democratize access to affordable, nutritious food by empowering urban residents with the skills, resources & knowledge they need to maximize food production, expand job opportunities, and ensure environmental sustainability in the bay area.
• The inherent worth and dignity of every person
• Justice, equity and compassion in human relations
• Acceptance of one another and encouragement to spiritual growth in our congregations
• A free and responsible search for truth and meaning
• The right of conscience and the use of the democratic process within our congregations and in society at large
• The goal of world community with peace, liberty, and justice for all
• Respect for the interdependent web of all existence of which we are a part
Hillsborough Beautification Foundation - A non-profit organization whose volunteers raise funds and manage projects to beautify and maintain parks, school grounds, and other public spaces in Hillsborough, CA.
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Early meetings of the Alliance were held at the UU Church for a neutral, yet spiritual, setting. The vision was always to share the land and the harvest. Shared housing soon came to the agenda as homes were converted to permaculture worker residences. The new Hillsborough community was a garden campus and a model oasis for the post Chaos-Era.
The California Permaculture Works Program was political compost.