Farm School

Community School

A Vision for the future

The Community School creates a unifying focus to accelerate Kitsap County’s development as a learning community. This focus aligns the community’s life energy and resources into becoming a socially, economically, and ecologically sustainable community.

The Community School is at its core a Farm School, with additional diverse areas of learning – engineering design, manufacturing, business and all realms needed for sustainable human settlement. The Community School is a workforce development center, generating a labor force focusing people’s gifts and talents into entrepreneurial pursuits that meet the local economy’s needs. It involves cottage industries and appropriate technologies such as the “slow tool” movement for manufacturing local farm tools. The Community School is also a business incubator for spawning new enterprises for the community, initiated by the apprentice graduates.

The Community School provides curricula for K12 age students and workshops for community members of all ages. The core 2-year program serves post-high school and college graduates who come from within and from outside the community to learn. These diploma students also help teach the K12 and public learners. With the help of a mentor, each 2-year student develops a personal learning plan (PLP) that utilizes the learning resources and internships available throughout the community. The learner documents her learning accomplishments in her portfolio. There are multiple campus learning sites – both large – with group living and learning activities, and small internship placement sites at farms or businesses. The 2-year program culminates with a portfolio defense to a panel of stake-holders in the community and includes the learner’s business plan for next steps after the graduation diploma is awarded.

The learning operates on a fair exchange basis – the Community School offers learning, and the learners reciprocate with labor for goods and services that are products of the learning process, and are sold to support the Community School.

As increased offerings of local goods and services and learning are developed, a local Life Dollars currency is more useful for facilitating the flow of goods and services throughout the community. The value of the currency is a reflection of how self-sustaining the community is, diminishing the need to rely on importing goods and services from outside the community. The local currency creates living wages for producers of local products. Economic localization restores community wealth that has been cannibalized by the global economy.

Private land that is underutilized is contributed by community members for leasing to farms and other enterprises. Infrastructure and housing in the community is similarly leased for school uses and graduating apprentice businesses.

Local capital is donated or loaned to support the Community School in the form of: living capital (land, livestock); social capital (networks, relationships); knowledge capital (mentoring and teaching); and financial capital – US Dollars, and local currency Life Dollars. A Local Investment Opportunities Network (LION) and a community bank are vehicles for generating investment financial capital for new enterprises and the Community School.

Similarly to the way learning is enhanced by positive feedback, the Community School builds on its successes and accelerates economic localization, community health and true wealth. It creates abundance by focusing the community’s energies in ways that synergize to serve the community’ needs most efficiently.

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