Oakengrove pursues three primary functions or services. Its primary function is to work the land in such a way as to enrich it rather than tax it, while its secondary function is to invite people to come and see how this is done and empower them to incorporate elements of its life into their own. These functions would naturally bear the titles of agriculture and education, save that far more will be required of both than is normally assumed under these titles.
In order to enrich rather than impact, Oakengrove re-imagines many modern preconceptions of power usage, breeding and other foundational technologies implemented by farming today. Likewise, the model of education employed in our current culture does not suggest the types of recreation and play that are necessary for making Oakengrove’s lessons both desirable and sustainable to the greater public.
In addition to these two core functions, Oakengrove Farms will also organize, support and advance political agenda which will make such new forms of technology, research and reform of farming and educational practices easier to implement in greater society. This third, more political function is necessary to promote more immediate involvement among the people of local communities even as it also brings government more in line with sustainable principles and the wisdom that informs them.
Fundamental to Oakengrove’s ideal is independence. The dependencies of the modern agricultural industry on certain economic and governmental structures have led to a predominance of monoculture and genetic alteration which have greatly compromised the well-being of our society at both the institutional and individual levels. Oakengrove farms returns to the ideal of self-sustainability as a means of ensuring an increase of abundance at all levels.
Within each of the three functions are many related organizational nodes. There are two overlapping structures of the farm depending on whether these nodes are centered on products or the sources of raw materials. Because the Oakengrove Farms draw their purpose from a dynamic, integrated model of land and society, the functional nodes of its organization are designed to allow the greatest ease of movement between cultivation, harvest, fabrication, dissolution and subsequent re-cultivation, ensuring that the entire cycle is tended and not merely one stage of it. It is our peculiar ability as humans to comprehend and influence this cycle.
Following sections will elaborate on these nodes and how they relate to one another.