Community Cultivators
Community Cultivators
Details
Commenced:
01/05/2010
Submitted:
05/02/2011
Last updated:
07/10/2015
Location:
Austin, Texas, US
Phone:
1-512-659-7847
Website:
http://communitycultivators.org
Climate zone:
Arid





Followers
Abdullah Shishakly Blake Kirby Bronwyn White Chowgene Koay Daniel Woods David Braden ERay Gard Evelyn Bishop Gordon Walton Josh Louis Matthew Zarder Phil Garozzo Rachael  Neally Richard Moore Robert McKay Tajuddin Ariffin Theron Beaudreau William Seward
View Updates

Community Cultivators

Project Type

Urban, Residential, Intentional Communities, Community, School Projects, Demonstration, Educational

Project Summary

Helping individuals realize the abundant potential of community through the cultivation of ~ mind, body and soil ~

Project Description

Community Cultivators is a grassroots collective by and for the community. Through the application of permaculture we strive to cultivate an abundance of food, water, shelter and fun.

Our Mission -- Empowering individuals, connecting neighbors and cross-pollinating ideas in order to cultivate a healthy, vital community of cooperation and self-actualization through education and engagement.

Our Vision -- An abundance of autonomously interdependent communities collaboratively enhancing our understanding of ecological science and humanity’s role as stewards to our environment.

A Brief History -- Community Cultivators grew out of a proposal to the Rhizome Collective in 2010. The proposal was an attempt to build a community resource center at the Rhizome’s brownfield site, grove field, that sadly did not come to fruition. From the resulting momentum of our proposal attempt we shifted our energy into a series of garden install and potluck events. The most notable of these events spanned three days and brought together 30+ volunteers to re-landscape the front yard of Sunflower Co-op in honor of the housing cooperative's birthday. 

That same summer, with the help of ape99.org, we also organized a free aquaponics workshop at The Permaculture Park. Aside from a small potluck or two, this was our first substantial event at The Park. This event, along with the Sunflower Co-op Blitz and our very first garden install potluck, was video documented a posted on our youtube channel

After a very active summer, three videos, the birthing of our blog and several Sunday Potlucks, our next major production was putting together an art instillation for Art Outside in October of 2010. The result of this project was a two pallet Community Cultivators sign built entirely out of recycled materials, a demonstration sized miniature aquaponics system and tons of great memories. This event also was successful in helping us grow our exposure.

Over the winter our potlucks continued but there was little event-like activities such as what we had produced the previous months. All that changed quite dramatically as the weather warmed. 

A handful of us spent a few Sundays at the Permaculture Park helping to build the MulchCrete hoop-house and filming the "Just add water..." project. Suddenly, the momentum picked up and before we knew it, every sunday was met with new projects and new people excited to help cultivate this burgeoning community. Our work days grew to having anywhere between 10 to 30 cultivators and the potlucks expanded that number by 50 or more on any given sunday evening. 

At this point, the community at the end of Pennsylvania Ave began a rather dramatic transition. Taking over and renovating the space across the street that had been used and abused by careless tenants for several years was a trying endeavor. Many challenges arose through this process and all along the way we found the community was their to meet those challenges with us.

Nearly simultaneously, a new site became available on Pennsylvania Ave. This new site would later be dubbed "The White House Austin" and renovations begun shortly thereafter to transform the once dilapidated and abandon house into a full on art gallery and studio space.
With the community reaching critical-mass on Penn. Hill, it became clear that we had tapped into something very special. Community Cultivators had performed just what the name was intended to inspire and now we look to take our show on the road.

We believe what's been done on Pennsylvania Ave., however unique and inspiring, is nothing extraordinary. And we intend make this evident through replicating our work within other neighborhoods while continuing to serve and engage the community that helped to start it all.

This brings us to today and the communities we each represent individually. Each of us holds an opportunity to cultivate community within our neighborhoods. We cannot wait for others to do this important work for us... you can be the next Community Cultivator on your street, we'll help!

Updates

Community Cultivators Water Wise PermaBlitz

Come learn about water wise permaculture landscaping techniques in this hands-on series of workshops on Oct 6th & 7th from 9am to 6pm.

Posted over 5 years ago (0 comments)

The Permaculture Design Course at Creation Flame

The August PDC in Cedar Creek, Tx became an awesome experience that emulated community, environmental stewardship, and all things permaculture.

Posted over 5 years ago (1 comments)

Community Dynamics: Learning from the Past to Understand the Present

History plays a vital role in the practice of Permaculture. The story of the landscape can be learned through books, soil tests, artifacts and other various methods to learn how the land was once cared for before and after human disturbance.Taking this sa

Posted almost 6 years ago (0 comments)

Pattern Languages: Using the Toroid and the Double Helix for Self-Reflection and Expansion

Patterns are inherent in everything. Using existing pattern models, we can effectively communicate, reflect, and expand on abstract ideas and their respective realities.

Posted almost 6 years ago (0 comments)

Landscape Design and Analysis: Draw Contour Lines on Google Sketchup

Use Google Sketchup to draw contour lines for landscape design and analysis.

Posted almost 6 years ago (0 comments)

Community Cultivator FunRaiser

We seek to develop a new level of community creativity and interactivity that we want you all to be apart of...

Posted about 6 years ago (0 comments)

Preparing the Soil for Community Cultivation

Community cooperation models the same design of Nature for self-prolific and self-sustainable systems. Through beneficial partnerships with each other we too can unlock the unlimited potential within each other through community cultivation.

Posted about 6 years ago (0 comments)

Consensus, Community and Addiction

"A genuine leader is not a searcher for consensus but a molder of consensus." - Martin Luther King, Jr.

Posted over 6 years ago (3 comments)

Get your project on!

Community Cultivators is very excited to share with you the amazing community under cultivation in East Austin. It's been awhile since we've been able to capture some of the most amazing developments in on this site. Let's get you up to speed!

Posted over 6 years ago (0 comments)

Cultivating the Park

Community Cultivators, in conjunction with our friends at ape99.org, have been putting a lot of energy into cultivating a great urban permacultural demonstration site in East Austin.

Posted over 6 years ago (0 comments)
Courses Taught Here!
Project Badges
Urban Residential Intentional Community School Demonstration Educational
Administrators
Chowgene Koay - Founder Theron Beaudreau - Founder
Team Members
Daniel Woods - Garden Manager 2015 season Daryl Stewart - Garden Manager 2015 season

Report Community Cultivators

Reason:

or cancel

Hide Community Cultivators

Reason:

or cancel

Legend of Badges

Note: The various badges displayed in people profiles are largely honesty-based self-proclamations by the individuals themselves. There are reporting functions users can use if they know of blatant misrepresentation (for both people and projects). Legitimacy, competency and reputation for all people and projects can be evidenced and/or developed through their providing regular updates on permaculture work they’re involved in, before/after photographs, etc. A spirit of objective nurturing of both people and projects through knowledge/encouragement/inspiration/resource sharing is the aim of the Worldwide Permaculture Network.

Member

Member

A member is a permaculturist who has never taken a PDC course. These cannot become PDC teachers. Members may be novice or highly experienced permaculturists or anywhere in between. Watch their updates for evaluation.

Male memberFemale member

Permaculture Matchmaker

One of these badges will show if you select your gender and the "I'm single, looking for a permaculture partner" option in your profile.

unverified

PDC

People who claim to have taken a Permaculture Design Certificate (PDC) course somewhere in the world.

verified

PDC Verified

People who have entered an email address for the teacher of their PDC course, and have had their PDC status verified by that teacher. Watch their updates for evaluation.

pri_verified

PRI PDC

People who’ve taken a Permaculture Research Institute PDC somewhere in the world.

pdc_teacher

PDC Teacher

People who claim to teach some version of PDC somewhere in the world.

pri_teacher

PRI Teacher

With the exception of the ‘Member’ who has never taken a PDC, all of the above can apply to become a PRI PDC Teacher. PRI PDC Teachers are those who the PRI recognise, through a vetting board, as determined and competent to teach the full 72-hour course as developed by Permaculture founder Bill Mollison – covering all the topics of The Designers’ Manual as well as possible (i.e. not cherry picking only aspects the teacher feels most interested or competent in). Such teachers also commit to focussing on the design science, and not including subjective spiritual/metaphysical elements. The reason these items are not included in the PDC curriculum is because they are “belief” based. Permaculture Design education concerns itself with teaching good design based on strategies and techniques which are scientifically provable.

PRI PDC Teachers may be given teaching and/or consultancy offerings as they become available as the network grows.

pri_teacher

Aid Worker

The individual with this badge is indicating they are, have, or would like to be involved in permaculture aid work. As such, the individual may or may not have permaculture aid worker experience. Watch their updates for evaluation.

pri_teacher

Consultant

The individual with this badge is indicating they are, have, or would like to do paid permaculture design consultancy work. As such, the individual may or may not have permaculture consultancy experience. Watch their updates for evaluation.

community

Community Project

Community projects are projects that help develop sustainable community interaction and increase localised resiliency.