"The notion that man must dominate nature emerges directly from the domination of man by man… But it was not until organic community relation … dissolved into market relationships that the planet itself was reduced to a resource for exploitation. This centuries-long tendency finds its most exacerbating development in modern capitalism. Owing to its inherently competitive nature, bourgeois society not only pits humans against each other, it also pits the mass of humanity against the natural world. Just as men are converted into commodities, so every aspect of nature is converted into a commodity, a resource to be manufactured and merchandised wantonly. … The plundering of the human spirit by the market place is paralleled by the plundering of the earth by capital.”
The quote above, by the author Murray Bookchin is part of the intellectual foundation of Old Tree.
We have asked ourselves the questions: why make things when the world is already so full of stuff? Why create more business when the energy consumption of business is part of the degradation of our earth and the fragmentation of our culture?
the cultures of brewing and gardening and the sharing of knowledge in food-forestry and fermentation we generate social capital for community resilience.
Before an ecological transformation of civilization can become possible – we have to have to have a social transformation. add educational and social value by facilitating new connections between people, plants and living landscapes. We want the realisation of abundance accessed through food forestry, community gardening and small scale organic farming to shape a new social and economic culture. A culture that heals the earth and (re)empowers people to join it.
Old Tree exists to build a web of mutually beneficial connections around the world and sow the seeds of a restorative culture.
Our goal is to replicate the synergies in the human world that we can see abound in nature. We see the accumulation of social capital, which is really just a newer term for community, as the foundation of this kind of new productive network.
We have called it capital here because capital has become to our society what chlorophyll is to plants – the thing that we turn all of our resourcefulness and energy into so that we can grow.