City-Rural Connections

This course is about new ways for urban people to re-connect with the land – and how to make it happen. Ways that are part-time, but long-term. Ways that involve an exchange of value, not just paying money. Ways to share knowledge, land, and equipment in new ways. Ways based on historical links between town and country – but reinvented in an age of networks and social innovation.

Our focus will be practical, not theoretical. We will share stories of new models that seem to be working: social farming; care farming; WWOOFING; civic ecology’ ecological regeneration camps; networked beer and bread production; community land sharing; the maker movement, and all things peer-to-peer.

Objectives of the course

  • Learn about practical ways for city people to re-connect with the farmers, soils, trees, animals, landscapes,water and energy sources on which all life depends.
  • Develop the social media-based prototype of a back-to-the-land cooperation platform.
  • Connect with people with a shared commitment to make this happen.


March 1 – 24, 2017


March 10 – 13, 2017