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As homesteaders, it’s easy to get caught up in the idea of self-sufficiency. However, the practice of building community is one of the most old-fashioned skills we can cultivate.
In this podcast episode, I’m honored to be joined by Norm Van Eeden Petersman from Strong Towns, a nonprofit dedicated to building community. If you’re looking for a roadmap to reviving a town or bolstering other types of community, you will LOVE this episode.
Podcast Episode Highlights
- Background behind Norm and also Strong Towns
- How did we get from community-focused towns to our modern towns?
- How can we transform to a community-focused town?
- What caused the desire for making things look the same (strip malls, etc.)
- A closer look at the struggles for making small and pretty towns
- Action items you can take if you want to build up your community and town
- What are the common things that you see in strong towns?
- Final thoughts
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Podcast Episode Resources and Links Mentioned
Learn more about the Modern Homestead Conference here: https://modernhomesteading.com/
Learn more about Norm Van Eeden Petersman and Strong Towns here: https://www.strongtowns.org/
Are you ready to activate the Strong Towns movement where you live? Learn more here: https://www.strongtowns.org/local
- 4 Ways to get started building strong towns: https://www.strongtowns.org/journal/2017/9/7/6-ways-to-start-building-strong-towns
- Want to Build Community on Your Street? Just Hit ‘Print’: https://www.strongtowns.org/journal/2022/8/22/want-to-build-community-on-your-street-just-hit-print
- Can we please stop fighting about gardens? https://www.strongtowns.org/journal/2022/3/14/can-we-please-stop-fighting-about-gardens
Weekly musings from my homestead: http://theprairiehomestead.com/letter
My essays on an old-fashioned life: www.prairiephilosophy.com
My homesteading tutorials & recipes: www.theprairiehomestead.com
Our Wyoming-raised, grass-finished beef: http://genuinebeefco.com
Jill on Twitter: http://twitter.com/homesteader
Jill on Instagram: @jill.winger
Jill on Facebook: http://facebook.com/theprairiehomestead
More Resources on Building Community:
- Building Old-Fashioned Community (podcast episode)
- Soda Fountains, Small Towns, and Life Lessons (podcast episode)
- How to Grow a Thriving Business in a Small Town (podcast episode)
- How to Cultivate Community While Homesteading (blog article)