|Boggy Creek Watershed, Austin, TX, CA
Blackland Succession partners with residents of the Boggy, Waller, and Tannehill Watersheds of Austin in the growth of perennial polyculture gardens, the facilitation of accountable relationships between clients and their neighbors, and the fostering of micro-economies wherein people produce and exchange goods made from the land that they collectively live on.
Blackland Succession is an intimate, living-scale, food forest design and exchange project based in the Boggy Creek Watershed in Austin, Texas.
We partner with residents of the Boggy, Waller, and Tannehill Watersheds in the growth of perennial polyculture gardens. These perennial polyculture gardens – also known as food forests - provide food, medicine and beauty for their human inhabitants, while healing and growing the soil, providing habitat for wildlife, cleaning the air, and doing their small part to restore our wounded watersheds and stave off the encroaching desert.
Like any healthy ecological community, these gardens are designed to meet their own needs, requiring fewer inputs of fertility, energy and labor over time. We strive to grow relationships of reparation and restoration with this land base, between others and where they live.
We also strive to facilitate accountable relationships between our clients and their neighbors, with the understanding that it is only through open engagement and collective acts of mutual aid and solidarity that we can fight displacement and begin to build the land-based, justice-oriented communities that we need.
Along these lines, we
also foster micro-economies wherein people produce and exchange goods
(medicine, cloth, dyes, raw and value-added foods etc.) made using the bounty
provided by the spaces that we design. We encourage those who are not interested
to produce goods themselves to open their spaces to those that want to but do
not have the same access to land.
Blackland Succession is also an attempt to contribute to the politicization and radicalization of the permaculture community by placing issues of gentrification, food injustice, structural racism, queer liberation, an ethics of collectivity, and organized resistance against the industrial economy at the heart of its work.
Blackland Succession is very vocal in its support for both above and belowground resistance against the infrastructure of the powerful, the infrastructure that is destroying the planet, with the understanding that the restorative work of permaculture must go hand in hand with strategic, sustained political upheaval if we're ever going to see a just and healing planet.
We understand this work as a humble part of a larger cultural, economic, and political transition that isn’t happening quickly or extensively enough and that is long overdue.
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