A team with like-minded concerns about the world and it's direction, we are Back to Basics!
As members of modern society people have become so accustomed to fast-pace living that we no longer have the patience to cook, build, farm or even fix things that are broken. These skills are so lost that one day, those who were never taught how to cook, build, farm or fix things will be at a disadvantage in life. These skills are ones that were once passed down from generation to generation; and we are the first generation that no longer acquires these skills from our elders, and instead are subconsciously learning the complete opposite.
We are becoming increasingly inpatient for things like food (hence drive thru's), houses (hence pre-fabricated houses), and even to the degree that the food which we consume every day is made in factories; using chemicals to speed up the process, at the cost of natural vitamins and minerals needed for our natural growth. We no longer know about seasonal vegetables because consumerism states that we can now eat anything all year around. But this is not natural.
These modern views around the foods that we eat do not help our immune systems and thus we become prone to diseases and illnesses at particular times of the year. We must now change our ways, and we must start today. It may be a long shot, but they say 'It's not about what it is, it's about what it can become'; and if the smallest changes we make today can make a bigger impact on our children's futures, their grandchildren's futures- then who are we not to try, whilst we still can? Whilst the resources are still available...
So what are our charitable aims?
THE RELIEF OF THOSE IN NEED, BY REASON OF YOUTH, AGE, ILL-HEALTH, DISABILITY, FINANCIAL HARDSHIP OR OTHER DISADVANTAGE IN SANDWELL AND THE UK;
BY PROVIDING FACILITIES TO TEACH SKILLS ON EFFECTIVE FARMING AND;
PROVIDING GRANTS TO ASSIST THOSE IN NEED OF FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE TO TAKE PART IN SUCH ACTIVITIES
What this means is we believe that everybody deserves an equal opportunity to learn how to grow their own produce and to be able to eat it also.
In order to make this opportunity available, we will have access to land which we can re-purpose by means of:
- Hosting work shops so you can sit and talk, share information and knowledge with each other and qualified members of the community
- Inviting families on weekend events to learn in a playful manner
- Inviting schools to attend day trips to learn in a practical environment
- Inviting users of residential care homes to come and regain an active lifestyle.
What kind of skills will we teach?
We believe in organic farming because it is sustainable to the Earth and ourselves.
Therefore, our workshops and practical day-events will be re-introducing organic farming methods, including:
- How to make your own natural plant feed
- How to make your own compost
- How to Companion Plant
- How to introduce animals to help the cycle of soil sustainability
- How to grow using Aquaponics
- Why we should plant our crops in the Earth
- Underground farming using Walipini
- Permaculture farming techniques
- One-Straw Revolution farming methods
- The benefits of not plowing your land, and why
- How to make clay seed balls
- Why it's important to grow flowers with your crops
- Seed banking and swapping
BACK TO BASICS