Catholic Workers Co-Op Installing Sustainable Mini-Farms

Catholic Workers Co-Op Installing Sustainable Mini-Farms June 10, 2015

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  • Michaelus

    It worked for Junipero Serra and it will work now – until it gets big enough to tax!

    The link did not seem to work – try this: http://www.catholic-sf.org/ns.php?newsid=22&id=63560

  • prairiebunny

    “The grounds of St Patrick’s Seminary and University boast row upon row of broccoli, swiss chard kale and strawberries this spring”
    I followed the link from Michaelus and the above is the first sentence in the article. I believe that distributism stresses the importance of the ownership of private property.This does not seem to me to be an example of distributism but rather modern sharecropping. Am I missing something?

    • ivan_the_mad

      Yup. Read from the second sentence onward 😉

      • prairiebunny

        Well I read some more and I came upon this “Archbishop Cordileone approved the use of Seminary grounds to grow the crops…”
        It seems to me the church still owns the property which still makes it sharecropping.
        I am not being critical of the project in any way I just don’t think it comes close to Chesterton’s Distributism .

        • Hezekiah Garrett

          It is a return to the Commons. When distributism discusses property, it’s not necessarily referring to real estate. In fact, Chesterbelloc regularly argued that one of the greatest evils of the English Reformation was the loss of the commons into the hands of the Cavendish and Cadbury families and their ilk, leading directly to the rise of Capitalism.

        • ivan_the_mad

          That’s not sharecropping, by definition.

          Further, the rest of that sentence informs you that is the pilot project. Keep reading 😉

          • Hezekiah Garrett

            Well, it would be, if the farmers had to give A large percentage of their harvest to the archbishop as rents!

            Just imagine the headlines! “Archbishop reintroduces sharecropping, grows fatter on sweat of the poor!”

            Of course, that’s still not what is occurring in reality.

  • KM

    How serendipitous that you posted this because my 12-year-old son has been asking me to start our own produce garden. He’s even taken it upon himself to grow his own plants in an area of our yard, learning as he goes. What a wonderful resource this is! I’ve already contacted them for a consultation. God bless you, Mark, for making us aware of this.

  • Marthe Lépine

    On another earlier thread, I had suggested to go and look at the word done in the 1st part of the 20th century through the Antigonish Movement, in Canada’s Nova-Scotia province, towards the promotion of cooperatives. “(T)he world-famous Antigonish Movement began and grew quickly through St.Francis Xavier University’s faculty of extension. The Antigonish Movement found ways of changing the balance of economic power using adult education and community economic development through co-operatives and credit unions. It was the practical application of Catholic social teaching. It transformed lives in rural communities and among industrial workers in cities. The movement was born during the Great Depression and its legacy continues through the Coady Institute in Canada and in poor countries around the globe.” That kind of things would of course be a long-term project that might not show immediate results, but it seems to me that efforts should be done to start similar activities in many parts of the US. A book has recently appeared that describes it as shown through the eyes of the bishop of Antigonish at that time: The Canny Scot: Archbishop James Morrison of Antigonish, by Peter Ludlow (McGill-Queens University Press, 352 pages, hardcover, $34.95CAN). You could also found something about the history of the Antigonish movement, with useful links, by simply going to Wikipedia.

  • iamlucky13

    I’m not sure I see the good in this. I think co-ops are great, and I think individuals growing their own food is great.

    But charging close to $1 million per acre for tiny plots farm land and telling low income families they’re getting a good deal is not great, and I can’t imagine Chesteron nor Tolkien approving.

    Did nobody else do the math on this?

    • Hezekiah Garrett

      Um, I think you TOTALLY misunderstood the article. Read it again, because nothing one is selling plots of land to poor people.

      Kershaw!

  • Marthe Lépine

    Maybe some readers will find this somewhat related item interesting:
    From: http://www.devp.org/en/articles/development-and-peace-stands-solidarity-small-family-farmers-and-their-right-seeds
    A look back at the Sow Much Love campaign
    Development and Peace stands in solidarity with small family farmers and their right to seeds