Dear friends and supporters,
We are starting the upstate phase of our program, and we want your help.
When we opened Woodbine in December 2013, we set out to establish a hub for building autonomy in the Anthropocene, for taking a position within the decline of a particular way of life and organizing ourselves materially for the coming into being of others. You can see some of what we’ve done here and some of what we’ve written here.
Since we began following this line and experimenting with a strategy around it, a much broader territory has grown up around Woodbine, including Topos Bookstore Café, a wood workshop, weekly dinners, farm share, community garden, and neighborhood association. An important next step in our efforts is to begin establishing a satellite in upstate New York that works along this very same strategy.
Our vision is not just to have land but to be a part of a dynamic territory that could eventually involve anything from farms and woodlands to general stores and hack labs as well as all kinds of circulation between them. It’s not just a question of what projects we might build ourselves, but of what is already there, what forces or energies might be welcoming to or interested in such an effort. Towards this end, we are approaching friends for ideas, information, and inspiration.
Do you or your friends own a house, farm, or store upstate? Where is the greatest density of existing forces, projects, habitats, or people who might be interested in linking up in this kind of experiment? Where are the aging communists, the wild ATV gangs, the adrenaline junkies, the preppers, the recovering urban hipsters, the collective farms, the permaculturists? Where are the greatest thruways for hikers, climbers, tubers, and fishers? Flood plains? Adventure parks? Areas accessible from NYC but still wild? Where are the old hippies and New York socialites who might want to give us land?
We imagine this as a collective endeavor, so we are writing not only to see what you know but also to see who might be interested in brainstorming or laying out this effort together. Everyone wants to get out of the city, but no one wants to be isolated; maybe we can kill solve two birds with one stone.
We are looking within a 3-hour car trip range of New York City, which goes as far west as Delaware County, as far north as Troy, encompassing both sides of the Hudson River and the entirety of the Catskills; we are especially interested in the Catskills.