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The last six months has been spent working on manifesting an idea. In that process we have learned so much in the realities and innumerable ways this project could take shape. Not just what we are creating but how has been a present mantra. The relationships we have built with foundations, organizations, non-profits, farmers, artists and most importantly the Ohlone people are invaluable. These relationships give us energy and the true belief that this project will happen. 

Last week we made our counter offer of $1.7 million with due dillegence to be had and assessment of equipment. Another group the Ananda Church of Self-Realization of Palo Alto came in with a little bit more money but no terms of sale, thus going into escrow immediately. Although the Wolf Ranch is an excellent location there are unknowns that the process of due diligence in a land acquistion provides so that a project can begin with knowing the truth about water and access issues, adjacent land use and land profiles. 

Given this new unfolding I am finding myself more determined to make this happen and learning more about non-attachment to the place.  However our core idea of transferring land ownership from POST to an Ohlone Community Land Trust with a regenerative farm lands perfectly upon the upper watershed of Frenchman's Creek where Wolf Ranch sits.

We hope to reach out the Ananada Church and ask them to retract their offer on behalf of the Ohlone people or if they want to purchase the land, then do so but then donate the land over to us to create our project,the latter seeming highly unlikely.  

I can imagine they would like to set up an nice Ashram for yoga retreats and self-realizing workshops. Having managed the farm at Esalen for two years and living with that community, I know the energy that gets generated , and the good feelings that people experince at these type of retreats. Being so close to the Bay Area, they will create a nice yoga farm like the one they have in the Sierras and probably make alot of revenue with all those seeking happiness. Especially as the tech industry generates alot of money for the people working so hard in office buildings, alot of wealth, yet empty often in overall purpose of life. The Ananada Church then fills a vital role for these people as they seek something with more meaning, going to a farm and eating the food there while deepening your spirtual practice is an ideal recipe to meet that need, yet often it is temporary and some become "workshop junkies" or end up abandoning their lives to live at the ashram and follow the teachings. Interestingly enough this is the same group that gave Oceansong in Sonoma County it's name in mid 1980s. I was the farmer there many years later from 2003-2007. 

Cornerstone Farms is to fill the needs of physical and spiritual hunger yet in a very different way, without a religion at it's core. We realize we come from all walks of life and practices, yoga only being one of them, thus no prescribed ashram schedule or guru would commandeer the purpose of our project, nor would we allow people to abandon their lives as they awaken to all the un justices. Instead we will work on making connections, living by examples, saving seeds, discussing deeply and encourage people to re-awaken their own lives by participating more within their own food system. More community meals in their own homes, garden days in their own neighborhoods, solar on their own roofs and meaning in the work they are doing. Our farm will be a cornerstone as we all build in these transformative  ecological and economical landscapes. What an amazing place and time to be alive. Our farm is to be a bio-regional hub of organic seeds, art and culture. 


So what to do?
 We met tonight with our Ohlone friends and came up with a way to move forward 

If you have any resources, ideas or contacts to help materialize this in a good way, 
please contact me at csfarmhub@gmail.com 

we will see...





 


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