Reciprocity – We value living in harmony with the land and co-evolving with the ecosystem.
Building community – We invite people to build relationships with each other. We aspire to showcase skills and talents of local community members.
Empowerment – We value conserving resources and reducing our impact on the land. We also recognize that we can go beyond conservation; we have the power to restore and improve the land.
Human scale – We believe in serving as an authentic, small-scale model that people can replicate. We want people to say, “I too can do this.”
Economic accessibility – We aim to promote practical yet artful solutions for a shoestring budget. To this end, we value the recycling and repurposing of waste materials.
Diversity and inclusion – We strive to actively include and engage marginalized communities with regard to race, ethnicity, class, gender, sexual orientation, ability, age, religion, political affiliation, and other marginalized identities.
Social justice lens – We aspire to think beyond diversity and inclusion, and ask questions like: “How can we work to right the wrongs of history?” “How should we exist on land stolen from Native peoples?” and “How can we compensate people fairly for their time and work?”
Respectful communication – We value honesty, transparency, being nice, listening, and valuing others’ opinions.
Intentionality – We value reflecting on purpose and place, developing strategy and plans, and thinking about where we want to go before setting out on the journey.