After reading about Fritz Haeg’s purchase of Salmon Creek Farm I researched Mendocino California’s commune history and alternate forms of commune living in the world.
The Brooklyn Rail article discusses the foundation of Salmon Creek Farm and the realities that the unprepared settlers faced establishing their commune.
“They held, however, some very basic ideas—they wanted to share, to work cooperatively, to live in common, and to raise children in common, in a community—equally, no laws, no rules, not at first anyway.” (http://www.brooklynrail.org/2012/04/express/the-albion-nation-communes-on-the-mendocino-coast)
The values that members of Salmon Creek Farm held shared similarities with Kibbutz , which is a form of collective living particular to Israel.
Fritz Haeg’s “Edible Estates” promoted a curiosity about how people of color lead urban agricultural planning. I attended a food justice seminar last semester where I learned about Malik Yakini who heads the Detroit Black Foods Security Network.
Yakini’s interview discusses how urban planning projects often exclude marginalized groups from involvement. Yakini explains that many black people associate farming with slavery. He wants to reframing agriculture as a form self determination and self empowerment for the majority black community in Detroit.