In this troubling economy, it is prudent for people to learn the basics of survival and community dynamic.
In the spirit of the Pioneeer Village themed attraction and museum in Kissimmee, Florida, I would like to build a similar endeavor with more focus on education in Santa Fe, TN. Located aproximatly 40 miles south of Nashville, Santa Fe offers the perfect rural small town charm blended with the modern convenience and technology of the new south.
The village will consist of cabins, a general store, a black smith, a community garden, livestock exhibit, technology expo, and a small outdoor theatre.
At the village, people will have the opportunity to learn the basic skills necesasary to provide food, water, and shelter as well as how to adpadt these skills for urban environments such as growing food and herbs in window boxes and indoors. With a focus on the old world and a blend of new technologies like solar, wind, micro-hydro, and geothermal energy, guests will come away with a wealth of information and inspiration to apply these techniques in their own communities.
The open hardware movement, which provides rural and poor communities with a means to build thier own machinery using recycled and scavenged materials, will also be highly emphasized.
The village will be a year round endeavor, open to the general public in the spring and summer months, and open to small groups in the fall and winter who wish to stay for up to a week at a time in one of the cabins and "rough it" like a true pioneer.
Admission to the park will be very affordable if not free. The park will be able to sustain itself through the sale of agricultural products and machinery produced within it.
Each guest will leave with a dvd rom full of plans and information that will guide them on their path to self sufficiency.
I have spent the majority of my life on a farm, served in the US Army, and now that I have children of my own, I believe it is paramount that everyone be skilled in these long forgotten arts.
With the goal of reducing dependance and increasing self reliance, this park will serve as much more than a novelty attraction and provide an invaluable community service for all who attend.
This campaign is intended to raise capital for the planning and concept development stages of the project. The projected completion date of the project is currently Spring of 2015.