Tuesday, 29 October 2013

UBUNTU Party - Plan For Farming

These are merely suggestions of what every community should initiate as the first small steps in their transition to becoming UBUNTU communities. This is a living document that will be modified by the communities as they identify new needs and develop more appropriate solutions.
1)    Appoint a Council of Elders.
2)    Reach an agreement with the farmers in the community who want to participate by offering their land for the benefit of the community.
3)    Reach an agreement with the land owners who may not be farmers to utilise land and factories standing vacant.
4)    Identify the UBUNTU members and those from the community who want to contribute their time and skills to work on the farms and factories – 3 hours per week only.
5)    Raise the funds from the community from monthly contributions to provide all the tools, materials, seeds, fuel, and other.
6)    The farmers provide their knowledge in farming and training of the people who work on the farms for free – as part of their contribution.
7)    The farmers retain 33% of the harvest – community receives 66% of the harvest.
8)    Most farmers will be happy with this arrangement – since they have no layout or costs and still retain as much as they would normally generate on their own, or more in some cases.
9)    The farmers can do what they want with their share and sell it on the open market to generate cash for survival in the transitional phase.
10)    The community will distribute the 66% to their members – only to those who participate and those who made financial contribution. This is after all Contributionism. Those who contribute their time will benefit immensely.
11)    The rest of the produce is sold at very low prices to the rest of the community – those who do not contribute – so that they also feel an immediate benefit.
12)    Set up a farmers market to outsiders and neighbouring towns. Sell the excess produce at slightly higher prices to everyone outside the community – but still considerably cheaper than what they can buy in their own towns or supermarkets.
13)    This will create an immediate attraction to all surrounding towns and a need for them to adopt the same model for themselves.
14)    The funds that get generated go back to producing more, and constantly expanding productions to other foods and products.
15)    Expand this formula into other areas of industry like wood and metal products; building materials; arts and crafts, and more.
16)    Use the same 33% - 66% principle of sharing with artisans in other sectors of industry.
17)    Plant fruit trees and nut trees in large numbers in all parks, schools, along the streets and roads to provide an ongoing supply of food in times of crisis.
18)    Every household should be given fruit and nut trees to plant.

This is the basic model that can be implemented and grown organically in every town. The key component will be to appoint a Council of Elders as soon as possible in every community. This will prevent any bickering and disagreements among active members in the initial phases – which must be expected because of our conditioning by capitalism and ego that seems to permeate every part of our lives today.
Farmers will benefit from the financial and labour assistance from the community, while the community benefits from the expertise and products. It must be a complete cooperation on all levels to be successful and forms a critical part of the early transition stage to full UBUNTU Contributionism.
The objective is to grow three times as much food as is required by the people of each town. This will also provide a large education and training programme to millions of people in all of the many associated sectors. Training and knowledge that is easily acquired by working with experts in the field, not sitting in classrooms reading ‘approved’ textbooks.