What we do

“Imagination in Place”

In the Industrial Revolution, society came to a fork in the road (or perhaps a pitchfork): remain a farm, or become a factory. Collectively, we chose the latter. Fast forward 150 years, and really accelerate as you head past World War II. It appears that the benefits of a fossil-fuel based, highly industrialized society are starting to get outweighed by the very real deficits: the foreseeable destruction of every living thing on the planet.

Our mission is to help correct that burgeoning reality. Without time-traveling, we need to find ways to undo the damage and somehow find a different path: clean our water, soil, and air; go slow; eat local; make more stuff that lasts or even gets better with age. The Common Acre is not going to do this alone… in fact, happy that our mission is as communitarian as possible, we want to be one of dozens and hundreds and thousands of groups who are focused on the same goals.

If we have a distinctive feature, it’s that we believe that the path of remediation depends on creativity: only through some extremely imaginative thinking are we going to get out of this mess. And not get totally depressed doing it.

So roll up your sleeves and grab a pencil… let’s sketch out this acre.

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