Before forming the Wormfarm Institute, my partner Jay and I ran a CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) farm. As newly rural, beginning farmers, our shareholders (the community) were all from Chicago, the city 200 miles away that we had recently left. Our community was one of interest and history and the rural/urban exchange informed nearly all our programming.
As time passed, we acquired an office on Main Street in our small town, and after this investment and lots of experimentation, community took on a new dimension. Our new one did not, however displace our old one. We remain multi-centered and wish there were another word to contain the complexity and contradictions “community” can’t quite contain. Ideas anyone?