Nyd byþ nearu on breostan;
weorþeþ hi þeah oft niþa bearnum to helpe and to hæle gehwæþre, gif hi his hlystaþ æror.
Need is oppressive to the heart;
yet often it proves a source of help and salvation to the children of men, to everyone, if attended to early.
-Old English rune poem,
c. 9th Century
The need is clear:
To come to dwell on the land once more, making it both productive and capable of supporting a diversity of life.
To reforge the bonds of community and rediscover the art of stewarding resources held in common.
To find meaning in one's work, and to share this meaning with the children.
And yet, the path to fulfilling these needs is filled with thorns, which snag us and hinder our passage...
We've been working on a radical strategy to strike a new path, the success of which hangs upon the involvement of others.
Put briefly, it involves:
a) the creation of workers' co-operatives
b) the building of mobile dwellings and farm infrastructure, and
c) the provision in planning law for temporary agricultural/forestry worker's accommodation, which would allow farm and woodland workers to move seasonally between two or more sites that their co-op had secured the rights to use.
We've created an email discussion list to further explore this idea, and plan to hold real-life meetings in the near future, which we'll organise through the list. If you'd like to sign up for the list, send a blank email to:
An essential part of restoring a healthy relationship with the land is re-storying it.
To this end, we're inviting your submissions of writing (prose, poetry, fiction; up to 1000 words) and artwork for Needfire - a low-cost, black and white printed zine.
We're interested in exploring the following themes as they relate to our return to the land:
Tools for conviviality, alternative economics, restoring the commons, land trusts, co-operatives, distributed systems, holacracy, open-source, farm hack, regenerative agriculture, food sovereignty, community-sufficiency, off-grid living, food preservation, herbalism, foraging, rewilding, deschooling, folk culture, myth, reinhabitation, bioregionalism, the manifold travesties of industrialism and empire, the end of the world as we know it, and any grounds for reasonable hope.
We highly value stories and ideas that come out of personal experience - contextualising the general in the particular makes for engaging communication, lending itself more readily to practical application.
Please email submissions to: firstname.lastname@example.org
We can also provide a snail-mail address on request for any Luddites out there...