Project Leader: Lanning Tyrrel ’22
Before our current era of premade building materials, ready-made houses, and prefabricated
tools, when humans moved to a new area, we had to create all of our own shelter and
tools and grow our own food.
The skills needed to “start from scratch” have slowly been lost to us as we grow more
and more accustomed to having all the jobs required for our survival outsourced to
other people. The ESFL outpost reintroduces lost skills and helps people to better
understand and appreciate what it takes to support each human by serving as a functioning
homestead that creates context through hands-on learning, teaching, connection, and
Construct, over time, a model pioneering community on the River and Field Campus.
This main outpost would have capacity for people to live on a permanent basis, and
to have other rotating guests who could attend classes and view demonstrations. The
outpost will be self-sufficient through food production by means of permaculture and
animal husbandry, tool production by way of blacksmithing and casting iron, clothes
production, basic boat building. Campus will grow to include permanent living facilities,
kitchen spaces, food storage using a root cellar, a barn, a fully equipped smithy,
classroom facilities, a smoke house and hide tanning facilities, boat/canoe building
dock, and clothes making facilities. Through use of permaculture techniques, the campus
will have a sustainable permanent food supply, with enough excess to sell to the community.
Animals raised will include chickens, pigs, and goats, with the possibility of sheep
and cattle depending on the availability of feed in the environment.
- Full-time staff living on campus
- Multi-day overnight workshops available
- Village entirely self-sufficient
- Training for members of the ESFL to start more outposts across the country
- Provide community with sustainably grown and raised food
- Establish basic shelters at RAFC
- Begin mushroom cultivation
- Begin training in wildcrafting and survival techniques
- Observe plants present in environment and begin identifying what can be added to improve
yield and improve soil health
- Spread the ideas of permaculture.
- Create a sustainable community built from materials gathered from the land.
- Give people the knowledge and skills to create things by hand.
- Help to support the food lab through the sale of our products.