New England Woods LLC, based in Rhode Island, serves the local and wider community by offering services, consultations and courses related to permaculture, community gardening and modern survival practices.
In our present day society we have lost touch with how our ancestors used to live. When we experience ourselves as nature, we connect directly with the past, this moment and each other, while giving us a greater appreciation for the living world around us. Our goal is to help people towards joy, comfort and self sufficiency in the garden and the woods.
Over the past 100 years our industrial, consumer society has made great strides at extending human longevity – providing medical and food provision opportunities that would not have been imagined in the early 1900s. Although well-intentioned, many of those advances have also created negative environmental and ecological side effects – particularly our industrial tendency to deplete natural resources and energy stores for short term benefit. We are, in essence, generating short term cash flows by depleting our sustaining wealth. Awareness of these natural resource and energy depletion problems has grown enormously in the last fifteen years.
This new awareness is an opportunity to allow low input regenerative agriculture to expand rapidly as a solution to environmental sustainability, climate change, and human / animal nutrition. As local products become competitive with industrially grown ones, community interaction and exchange will become more prevalent and a restart of household economies will begin again – as it has for much of human history. Models demonstrated by New England Woods LLC will focus on low-energy practices, practical for use in community and household economies.
Growing nutritious food during the spring months through to the fall is one thing. It comes with it’s own sets of challenges and no guarantees. However, bigger questions remain; what about when the first frost comes in October or before that first harvest of greens in June?
Although we will use modern day techniques like low tunnels, high tunnels and greenhouses to extend the growing season and pickling / canning to preserve food, we want to also look back to what the Narragansett, as well as other Native American and First Nations tribes, did to survive. Since they are the original cultivators of the land and saved the English colonists from starvation, we believe it only makes sense to look at the techniques they utilized.
We also acknowledge the fact, the injustices done to the indigenous people of the past are still happening today and it is our responsibility to acknowledge these issues and work towards reparations. This isn’t something that happened hundreds of years ago. It is still happening now.