The following is a summary of each of the programs Terra Cultura intends to offer to the local community it serves, as well as the community-at-large of creative thinkers and students in the arts and sciences.
Agroecology and Sustainable Living
Agroecological and Environmental Stewardship Education
Learning the skills necessary to grow one’s own food, in a way that nourishes natural systems and increases food security, empowers individuals by giving them control over an essential part of life. Terra Cultura’s on-site educational farm will offer learning opportunities in agroecology, environmental stewardship and sustainable building techniques to residents of the surrounding area. These offerings will include workshops, intensive courses, school field trips, a summer camp, internships, and volunteer opportunities. These educational opportunities will provide residents with a deeper connection with their environment, and the training necessary to continue the practices of agroecology and environmental stewardship in their home, farm or garden projects in their future.
Eco-Educational Residence and Facilities
Interest in alternative, more eco-friendly housing, as well as building with sustainable, renewable resources, has blossomed in recent years. Terra Cultura will build several different eco-friendly residential prototypes, for the purpose of educating visitors about the carbon footprints of the conventionally built home, and the benefits of living in a home built with sustainability in mind. These residences will provide individuals the opportunity to stay in one of these houses while attending workshops and programs to learn about living sustainably without sacrificing modern comfort.
Community Supported Agriculture and Community Market Activities
Food deserts are regions that lack access to healthy food options such as fresh fruits and vegetables. Ironically, they are often found in agricultural communities, such as San Benito County, meaning that the individuals working in the field to grow these healthy options do not have access to them. Terra Cultura will increase access to local, sustainably grown, healthy food through its Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) offerings, farmers market stall, and on-site farm stand. These programs will inform and educate the general public about food systems and sustainable growing techniques. With on-site CSA pick-up and “you-pick” options, CSA members will be a vital part of the Terra Cultura community, with access to all educational and cultural offerings.
Arts and Culture
Creative Arts and Sciences Education and Enrichment
Terra Cultura believes that culture, artistic expression and courageous creative experimentation are imperative for an ever-improving society. These are things that everyone should have access to, not just professionals, experts, or the more privileged members of society. To accomplish this, Terra Cultura will host a wide variety of creatives in its residency program, including writers, musicians, visual artists, performers and creative thinkers in a variety of fields of study. Guests participating in the residency program will offer classes to the community, providing a venue to learn in a hands-on environment. Terra Cultura will also host events for the community featuring the participants of the residency program, with an aim to expand the cultural landscape of the region.
Creative Facilities and Residences
Across the country, the traditional gathering spaces of artists are becoming prohibitively expensive. Creatives in scientific and engineering disciplines will benefit from time and space to experiment outside of constraints they might encounter in professional or academic venues. Terra Cultura will offer residency programs for creatives from a wide variety of disciplines. They will be provided with one of the sustainably built residences, and access to Terra Cultura’s on-site studio facilities to work on their creative endeavors. Creatives will benefit from access to on-site educational opportunities in agroecology, sustainable living and green building practices– knowledge that they will be able to incorporate into their lives and projects. Terra Cultura will work to encourage creative projects that engage with the organization’s mission, and to promote collaboration across disciplines.
Community Access to Arts Facilities
In our age of increasingly digital interactions, Terra Cultura believes that access to in-person gathering places will revitalize and nourish communities. In order to further engage with the local community, all Terra Cultura’s facilities will be available to local residents. They will gain access to studio space, as well as performance, rehearsal, and event space. In this way, Terra Cultura plans to engage in an ongoing collaboration with local community members. While community members are on-site, they will also have access to the many educational, agricultural and cultural opportunities at Terra Cultura.