Feralculture is creating hunter-gatherer communities... with Patreon
Patreon. What the..? Why the..?
Patreon is a service to connect creators with patrons and enable ongoing projects. Unlike other crowdfunding thingies, it's arranged to facilitate long-term support rather than one-off projects. Since the vision of our project has no foreseeable completion date, it fits our goals better than the others. Your pledge of support gives us a monthly infusion of funds that we can plan for and allocate thoughtfully and purposefully.
A Bit About Money.
Following an impulse shared with many hunter-gatherer bands, artists, musicians, animists, and anyone whose work is sacred to them, we operate as much as possible in gift economy -- particularly among friends and allies. We don't want to withhold our creations in search of a payment, and we don't want money to limit who receives them. Therefore, the proper price is zero. As well, we hold those gifts as valuable and precious, and prefer not to reduce them to an abstract price. Therefore, the proper price is infinity.
How We've Invested Donations So Far.
Land. Most of the support we've received has gone directly into the land liberation component of our project, and purchasing property for our land trust.
Solar panel. It's powering this computer and internet now! After smoke from forest fires in Summer 2015 blocked out most of the power we could create from one panel, we invested in a second solar panel to boost power collection.
Laptop. We replaced our 2005 era power-sucking laptop with a more powerful and more efficient machine purchased on
Ebay. That's what this was written on!
Boat and motor. Our headquarters is more than 20 miles from the nearest road, but is situated on a river. Transporting visitors used to require a 7+ day canoe trip. We hope to cut that to a few hours after the purchase of a gently used gas-sipping motor and canoe with 1,000 pound capacity.
Android phone. We don't have phone access here, but can get some signal with a 2+ mile hike to higher ground. Of the 7 devices we had to test, only 1 worked. Alas, that 1 phone was apparently lost while dragging our satellite system overland by sled. We replaced that phone with a used android phone purchased on Ebay.
Battery. During winter, most of
our solar power collection goes bye bye. We purchased a 12v battery to help smooth out the power shortages and keep our communications powered.Seeds. In Spring 2016 we built our first hugelkultur garden bed with a core of windfall cottonwood, alder, willow, and birch in an area of beetle-killed spruce and following the contour of the riverbank. The seeds for this project were 100% made possibly by our supporters.
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