"The United States is blessed with more arable land than any other nation on Earth, still only about one-fifth of our land area is used for crop production... In fact, some 3,000 acres of productive farm land are lost to development each day in this country." - Environmental Protection Agency
Embracing the shift towards local sustainable agriculture, Eastern Light Project serves as a center for education, and is dedicated to the protection of our natural resources.
Saving the Land!
We begin our project with the protection of 100 acres of forest, wetlands and farmable land in Rockland County, NY, less than 1 hr from New York City. This patch of undisturbed land is a precious habitat for many species of plant and wildlife in the middle of this suburban area where these ecosystems are rapidly diminishing. We have been collaborating with many organizations and hundreds of people in our County to create a site for local resilience and unity. But right now this land is being threatened by a massive development project. We are putting forth a courageous effort to preserve this land and see that it remains a resource for humanity for generations to come.
How You Can Help!
Our first step is to raise the funds to save a key 25 acre plot that we have been developing as a sanctuary for education, wellness and community organizing. In order to secure the land and continue to build our center, we need to raise $175,000. 100% of funds raised will go towards this purpose.
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All donations are 100% tax deductible thanks to our partner Inter-Nation Cultural Foundation. INCF is a publicly supported charitable corporation working with organizations and programs that take action to assist and improve quality of life.
For just $1 or more you'll receive a free download of: "Every Dimension" by ELP
Why this Matters
The model we have been developing demonstrates the power of human collectives in acting for the good of the whole. We see ourselves as the caretakers of the space, which is a resource for the wider community and anyone who respects the space and is interested in participating in, or learning from, a model of sustainability. In our short time of building the infrastructure, teaching workshops and restoring the fertility of the land, we have seen what a treasure it has become for our community! As it develops, this center will be the closest education center of its kind to NYC and will be a massive resource not just for Rockland County but for the entire Lower Hudson Valley.
Our dreams are big, but our passion, motivation, and dedication are just as big!
"It's incredibly inspiring to see a new intentional community focused on environmental sustainability within the largest metropolitan area in the country. What ELP is doing is helping preserve some of the last remaining areas of Rockland that hasn't succumbed to development. I hope to see ELP continue to grow and expand its vision for a more sustainable and harmonious future."
-Paul Lenda (Author of "Creation of a Consciousness Shift"
What We Love to Do
We’ve demonstrated to hundreds of visitors how to work with the land to provide abundance and in one season, we have built a quarter acre permaculture garden, outdoor kitchen with rainwater catchment and a grey water system filling a pond in the garden. Our chickens supply us with eggs we use to feed and delight suburban visitors, cooking in our cobb oven and rocket stove. We’ve held nature walks, wild edible & medicinal plant walks, foraging classes, natural building, potlucks, permaculture (sustainability) workshops, concerts, yoga, meditation and more. We have been and will continue to be a substance-free, family-friendly common ground and resource (with ample parking!).
"Permaculture is a philosophy of working with, rather than against nature." -Bill Mollison
"Permaculture is the conscious design of cultivated ecosystems that have the diversity, stability, and resilience of natural ecosystems. It is a harmonious integration of people into the landscape in such a way that the land grows in richness, productivity and aesthetic beauty." -Washburn TN PDC
We have seen how sharing these gifts gives people a sense of independence, health, joy, self-determination, and personal empowerment. Even some of our local government representatives have joined our events to work with us in stewarding this land.
With a primary focus on the food needs of the local population, we are currently collaborating to improve and expand upon organic food production and community gardens. This will turn into opportunities for employment in the region, including an enormous mushroom business, extended season vegetable farming, and value added food products. Another primary focus is on youth empowerment. This season, we will be extending free educational offerings to local schools and universities.
We have witnessed that as a community we have the resources to solve problems and enrich the quality of life for everyone. We can preserve our precious forests and wetlands while finding holistic solutions to the problems we face today such as illness, isolation, and feelings of hopelessness. Through our efforts thus far, we have ignited a culture of giving and healing through personal connection with nature and connecting with the growing community.
Rather than simply an insular intentional community, ours is an intentionally kept space for the wider world. We believe in stewardship not ownership. Our land has been available to anyone who treats it as a sacred space with love and respect. Regardless of what amount we raise, we will continue this mission. Our work will never be done until everyone around us is well and thriving. We will stand as a beacon and reminder to everyone around that we have a sacred connection, and an intrinsic responsibility, to the entire web of life.
Our success, together with you, will be a great victory for humanity in the transition from the age of scarcity to the age of abundance!