Source Farm Ecovillage in Jamaica Recovers from Hurricane Sandy
By Diana Leafe Christian
(December, 2012) Source Farm Ecovillage in Jamaica was hard-hit by Hurricane Sandy. Fortunately no one was hurt, although the community did have serious damage to buildings. They’ve received donations from friends and well-wishers internationally, and as of the end of December, 2012, have raised $1,1213 and may receive another $500 check soon. They’ve begun repairing the shade house, compost toilet, nature school building, water tanks, and community sewing building. The community kitchen structure was destroyed completely by a falling tree and still needs repair.
Source Farm Ecovillage was founded by the Shirley family, Jamaican immigrants to the US in the 1990s. They returned to Jamaica five years ago — their Source — to create a Permaculture-based ecovillage and educational center. Teachers and community activists, they and other ecovillage members operate a remedial educational program for at-risk local school children, a women’s crafts and sewing collective with local Jamaican women, and teach Permaculture and earthbag building to friends and neighbors and people from the US.
My friend Nicola Shirley (in first photo, above) is a wonderful get-the-job-done manager who founded and ran the successful Jerk Hut Restaurant and Community Center in Philadelphia, where her family moved when she and her siblings were children. All three of the Shirley family siblings — Nicola, Dwight, & Keisha — grew up and went to high school in Philadelphia.
Various other friends from Philadelphia, other parts of the US, and Jamaica have joined Source Farm or visit regularly. Chuck Marsh, a founder of my own ecovillage (Earthaven in North Carolina, US) and a Permaculture teacher and ecovillage site plan designer, has visited Source Farm several times, teaching Permaculture and helping them create their Site Plan. Other friends affiliated with Earthaven have taught natural building courses at Source Farm.
Please send good wishes for Source Farm’s post-hurricane repair efforts, and if you like, donations for their ongoing repair work. They are still seeking $2500 to finish all the repairs and especially the community kitchen, so if you feel moved to do so, please donate to this effort. There are two ways to donate:
(1)Via PayPal on their website: http/ww.thesourcefarm.com/blog/hurricane-sandy-cleaup-help-needed NOTE: For some reason their website for PayPal doesn’t work with all computers, so one can also:
(2) Mail a check to Source Farms Foundation, c/o Denise Jones, 1339 Source Melville Street, Philadelphia, PA 19143.
Thank you very much!
Diana Leafe Christian is author of the books Creating a Life Together: Practical Tools to Grow Ecovillages and Intentional Communities and Finding Community: How to Join an Ecovillage or Intentional Community, and editor and publisher of this newsletter. She lives at Earthaven Ecovillage in North Carolina, US.
(Please see online video about Source Farm’s young farmer project, “One, One Coco.”)