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Building our Community

Pandemic or not, community building (or embracing our community) is super important. It’s our support system - part of the nurture that we require to thrive in life.  We are always meant to connect with others - enjoying time with each other, supporting one another, working with one another towards goals and values that resonate.  This is what we are looking to engender as we build and embrace our community

 

Despite supply chain problems and increasing controls on our lives, if we put focus and energy into building our community, this will provide us with not only a means to survive, but to THRIVE! 

 

We’re planning heaps of projects to embrace over the coming months. The first aiming to improve our local resilience - which ties in with locally grown and sourced food.  Are you yourself growing fruit/veggies?  Can you support others in doing the same? We are looking to improve what we already have in this area and further develop robust growing & distribution systems and local trading networks click www.longwoodloop.co.nz to join up with a network that is successfully running in Western Southland to connect local growers with customers.

 

We have recently launched the Riverton Community Market which is proving to be a lot of fun as well as supporting local producers, and crafts people. We also started the Riverton Open Mic acoustic nights at Jacob's River Bakehouse just after Christmas which are such wholesome evenings. 

There are quarterly Repair Cafes running, encouraging us to reduce waste and learn repair skills.  There is also a local MenzShed, supporting men and women who wish to develop or improve on their woodworking skills.

We’ll embark on projects covering other essentials such as shelter, water, power, etc. It would be great to work on some of these projects in parallel with people who feel affinity for them and can take the initiative and drive them. I know that there are many skills in our community that we can harness...collectively, we are a talented bunch 

 

Our emphasis is on keeping it real, creating our own reality, living in hope, learning new practical skills and re-establishing and enjoying our connections with each other, the land and ocean.

 

More information will be added to this website as projects get rolled out..  watch this space! 

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