PeaceMob Gardens is a grassroots organization that practices experimental permaculture techniques, as well as demonstrates various forms of sustainability, organic farming, natural living, green technology, art, culture, and more, all in an urban environment. We feel that through our practice of farming, technology, consciousness, and education we can help humanity reach a necessary state of symbiosis with our environment, community, and each other.
Although our goal may seem large, we aim to dispel that school of thought. Change is much easier that people believe, and it all begins with us, and our day to day actions. We feel that our strategies we have laid out over the next 5, 10, 20, 50, and 100 years, are not only within our reach, but easily replicable by anyone who chooses to learn them.
We've started with a garden. In our garden we are providing ourselves, and the community, a place to meet, work together, form relationships, share ideas, knowledge, skills, experiences and stories. Through this bond formed within the acts of creation, we can strengthen ourselves, and develop ideas and passions into reality. The garden is not just a place to meet and learn, but also a metaphor for the better community we are trying to create around the garden.
While unilaterally developing our garden land from vacant blighted lots and lots with homes abandoned by society decades ago, we are finding passionate individuals that truly believe in making positive change here in Flint. Some of these people have chosen to up their level of commitment to the city and become a permanent resident of Flint, and they've chosen their home to be here, in the garden. Together we are purchasing up vacant, blighted homes, saving them from the chopping block of demolition, and converting them to modern examples of sustainable at home living. Attaching hydroponic greenhouses to kitchens to provide year round organic produce right in the homes cooking area. Composting with worm bins right at home to produce balanced, healthy soil to up the nutritional content of our food. Decreasing the impact on the planet by catching rainwater, not only for our gardens, but for use as our only source of water in our homes. Conversion to super efficient, clean, thermal mass heaters providing us with free heat with zero impact on the environment. And much much more.
Through our purchase of homes in a small condensed area, we can not only create a more model existence for ourselves, and teach the community that living a clean green life is affordable to any income/social class, but we can also take an area that is currently overrun by crime, blight, and destruction, and transform it into a clean, art filled, desirable area, engineered in its design to bring community together. We feel that the healing of Flint has to begin somewhere, why not right here.
In the future we will be working to create jobs with new forms of economic and corporate structures, almost unheard of or implemented in traditional industrial age America. We look at Flint as one of Earth's first post industrial age municipalities, and just as we had the passions of inventive entrepreneurial minds 100 years ago when GM formed, we feel that we should keep the spirit of that creativity and experimentation alive by developing democratic worker owned business to combat the endless fields of soulless corporate chains that blight the commercial landscapes of our world, and take money from Flint with every purchase, shipping it out of our city that needs it so dearly. Through establishment of such a form of business, we can combat the class divides and economic inequalities that plague our area, by keeping wealth in Flint, and dividing profits equally among worker-owners in a democratically operated system. These actions will help not only generate much needed revenue sources for our programs and development plans, but also make our project sustainable by unloading some of the burdens of the day to day grind, and help show examples to the community of transition from industrial age economics, to information/green/intelligent age business.
So come join us! We need YOU! Bring a friend or two, come for a day, a week, a month, or if you fall in love with the project over here like many do, we will help you find a spot you can call home and stay for as long as you feel it's right for you. We always need help, wither its time, money, or even items you may find in the trash, or when cleaning out the garage. Sometimes it may just even be your smile, hug, support, or the pride we get out of being able to feed you produce we grew, together. Bring a smile, and come, be at peace.