CSC

Living Hearth CSC

regeneration of land and communities of the Upper Midwest through locally & lovingly crafted goods, art, foods and personal stories

 

What is the Living Hearth CSC?

The Living Hearth CSC (Community Supported Culture) share is inspired by the CSA membership model as a way to directly connect with and support the regeneration of land and communities of the Upper Midwest through locally & lovingly crafted goods, art, foods and personal stories. The CSA community supported model helps directly sponsor folks like us who are changing the story of health, wellness & livelihood based upon local communities. 

How it Works

By joining as a member of the CSC, you are directly supporting a continuation of this work and preserving the craft of the land – a portion of the proceeds will be donated to an organization or project in that region that sponsors actively supporting land & culture regeneration. These boxes are intended to shed light on the work of farmers, artists, storytellers & craftspeople as we gather a unique collection from our beloved places. Four culture boxes during the months of May, July, September & November. Individual boxes are available as well, see ordering information below.

What’s in the boxes for each region?

  • Locally made artisan crafts, foods and artwork
  • Access to exclusive interviews with regional artists, farmers & partners
  • Map & guide to flora & fauna, small businesses & special places

 

What makes the CSC unique?

The Story of Place

Land shapes culture. Identity emerges from the intersection of land and culture of place, as we are formed by the land around and underneath us. Communities are formed and supported by the land and waters. We see this in the sloping hills of the Driftless, allowing small scale farms to thrive. Cities are built along waterways as a means for transportation, food and other resources to allow populations to grow more rapidly. Culture springs forth from the land in which everything manifests. In this process of discovering the story of place, we begin cultivating awareness and asking more questions. What are the patterns, rhythms and languages of life that unfold? The stories of the people that have lived and thrived upon the land and waters? What are some of the modern cultural traditions that surround us? Trace these to their roots – where do they come from and what meaning might have been lost? These are questions we will continue to ask in our quest of telling this story.

 Regeneration of Land & Culture

With your support, we can allow our regional & cultural traditions to continue; growing awareness of the beauty of the Upper Midwest and giving back to the respective communities, as a portion of the proceeds will be donated to an organization or project in that region that sponsors actively supporting land & culture regeneration.

 Resilience

This is about resilience. It’s about becoming more self sufficient, sharing skills and supporting the people in our communities because it’s the only guarantee we have. If food is grown directly on your land you could allocate enough to feed both yourself and your neighbors. If you know how to spin wool, you could make your own clothing. If you learn about the plants in your bioregion, you can make your medicine.

 Reconnection

This is the way we all used to live. This is the way that we had connection to our land and to our people. Traditions were shared and passed down, and culture was preserved. But because so many of us have been uprooted from our ancestral lands, we have lost so much of what we used to know. We have scrambled to seek answers and to find meaning. We know this because we have spoken with many who feel this way. We feel it ourselves. Not all of us can travel to our ancestral homelands. What we can do, is learn about where we come from and uphold these cultural traditions in our own lives. There are many of those who still practice the “old ways” of connection to the earth and to craft. We want to hear from them. We want to share their story.

How do we source?

We are looking for the folks who come from a wide array of backgrounds and experiences. Part of the magic is seeing what unfolds and who emerges along the journey in a similar way that seeds sprout and the flowers emerge. We will travel to several regions throughout the Upper Midwest that represent different ecosystems, connecting with people & place that help tell their story of connection to these lands. We emphasize herbs & foods locally grown in the Upper Midwest region (Minnesota & Wisconsin) and harvested using organic, biodynamic & small-scale farming practices or ethically wildcrafted. As permaculture designers with Land by Hand, we incorporate the design principles into our growing practices.

Do you or someone you know make handmade crafts, artwork, or value-added foods & wellness items?

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What regions will be featured?

May: River Valley (MN)

July: Driftless (WI + MN + IA)

September: Northern Lakes & Boreal Forest (MN + WI)

November: Oak Savanna (WI)

How to join:

For both the Community Supported Apothecary and Community Supported Culture shares, you have the option to order a full share up front or opt in to individual boxes throughout the year.

Full share:

Order & pay by April 30th.

Receive boxes during the week of the new moons for the months of May, July, September & November. You will receive an email notification when packages have been shipped.

Individual ordering schedule:

Spring – May: Order & pay by April 30th.
receive box week of May 13th (new moon 5/18)
Summer – July: Order & pay by June 30th.
receive box week of July 15th (new moon 5/16)
Autumn – September: Order & pay by August 30th.
receive box week of September 9th (new moon 9/14)
Winter – November: Order & pay by October 30th.
receive box week of November 11th (new moon 11/12)

Price

Single box – $95

Full subscription of four seasonal boxes – $350 (save $30)

*Prices do not reflect sales tax & shipping. You can opt for pick up if you are local to the Twin Cities or Northfield, MN. Exact pick up locations TBD. You may wish to add on one or all of our CSA boxes!

Membership is extremely limited. We will only have a handful of shares available this year so secure yours early!

 

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Trade & Barter with us

We are also open to trades & partial trades! Some examples of what we are interested in:

  • grass-fed beef / pasture raised pork
  • organically raised free-range chickens & eggs
  • organically grown fruit & vegetables
  • sprouted grains
  • acupuncture & other bodywork
  • hand-crafted tools, clothing etc
Have another good & service to offer? Let us know! 

 

Partner with us & share your Story

Do you or someone you know make handmade crafts, artwork, or value-added foods & wellness items?


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