We're actually questioning if it's our calling to try to expand our community numbers at this time. This house and land where the universe has placed us is not ideally suited to larger #'s of people (one bathroom, very intimate living quarters so not easy to gradually integrate and merge). The truth is that, without a lot of "trying", the Sharing Gardens (our ministry/community-service) has become a full time focus for the two of us community-founders (Chris and Llyn) and we need to have a fair amount of solitude and stillness to balance out the intense activity that the Sharing Gardens requires. Aside from the requirements of managing a 3 1/2 acre garden/orchard, we have grown to become a significant local resource for mentoring other "sharing" type gardens (growing food for the needy). We continue to manage an educational website (we're getting, on average, 6,500 visits a month from all around the world) The gardens have become a valued local resource for two different university classes to send groups of their students each term for "service-learning" projects. We seem to be moving more into an educational role rather than expanding as a residential community.
All this is not to say that our numbers will never grow. We hosted an intern for 10 weeks this summer who came out for a day and a half per week to participate in our project. This worked well as it gave us time to recharge our batteries between visits. If you read through our site and are drawn to what you read, perhaps you could find a living situation nearby so we can explore community together in a more gradual manner. We wish you well on your journey, Chris and Llyn - Full Circle Family
|Chris and Llyn - leading a discussion group with students in the greenhouse.|