Happy Acres Homestead is an opportunity to combine regional agricultural traditions with opportunities for community and abundance. As so eloquently expressed in Sandor Katz’s The Art of Fermentation: An In-Depth Exploration of Essential Concepts and Processes from Around the World:
Food is the greatest community builder there is. It invites people to sit and stay awhile, and families to gather together. It welcomes new neighbors and weary travelers and beloved old friends. And it takes a village to produce food. Many hands make light work, and food production often gives rise to specialization and exchange… Reclaiming our food means reclaiming community engaging its economic interconnectivity of specialization and divisions of labor, but at a human scale, where people and infrastructure are, and that is mostly cities and suburbs. “Sustainability” or “resilience” cannot be remote ideals you have to go somewhere else to fully realize. They are ethics we can and must build into our lives however we are able to and wherever we find ourselves.
The idea for Happy Acres Homestead has been floating around in Josh’s head for some time. Happy Acres Homestead is a chance to become part of Asheville’s food security solution while at the same time providing a space to try out new ideas and create an example of how land could be used in a more supportive and sustainable manner.