Our priority so far has been to raise the fertility, plant-cover & biodiversity of the land for the first 5 years of stewardship work here (we have not done the usual which is to put most initial resources into human comforts, so note that accommodation is very basic still, for this reason)
a young guayaba tree
The first & main job we've concentrated on during the first 5 years on the site has been the creation of soil:
We've also engaged in intensive research into what creates community soil. Taking the lessons from successes & failures of previous projects. Our own as well, as many colleagues' + studies into community building of all types, not just eco-villages.
We set out to study by action-learning with the temporary communities of the action-learning programmes. Why post-modern people in the west are so volatile when it comes to making lasting commitments to projects we superficially agree, are of the utmost importance.
We confirmed with experience that the lasting relationships & solid teams are created when a series of criteria are met, and we distilled these down to some basic models. Not techniques or recipes, but models that help in understanding what's going on under the surface, which is much more flexible. Those models are now taught in Module 1 (People-Care) of the PDC+++ Course.
Our first priority is to find the ideal people for the self employment opportunities already identified and listed in more detail in this section of Butterfly Jobs. We think this inter-linking of skills and work-areas would ensure a solid EcoBusiness base to make the EcoVillage very viable & prosperous for all, especially the local economy.
We are also open to suggestions & welcome passive investors as well, as they would enable people who have the skills and wish to take on these jobs or be part of the eco-village, but don't yet have the money to buy a share.
People with a back-up online business and a genuine interest & wish to also do physical work in one of these areas would be ideal.
There are a number of possible businesses on site, for which we have done the basic market investigation by observing this area & economy for the last 10 years, with a very discerning eye.
This investment would get you prime quality land, one of the healthiest possible environments to live in and some interesting business opportunities. Should you also wish to set up an eco-business here, which of course you can also sell if you ever wish to move on, adding greatly to your investment.
The farm already supports a small carpentry (Julio's EcoBusiness) and a permaculture school (Stella's EcoBusiness - now moving to more online courses in order to preserve the privacy of our home), with several more businesses already investigated which could be viable here, given the right people to start them.
Butterfly Jobs is the evolutionary employment agency we set up to advertise the eco-business opportunities being created.
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