Creating an urban homestead village
Mutual Aid Society: Quindaro Gardens
Frugal urban living.
Cooking farm fresh.
The Tuskegee Institute. "They grew crops and raised livestock to provide for most of the basic needs, and they made bricks, and constructed classrooms, barns and outbuildings -- helping each other help themselves." African American Odyssey: "The Booker T. Washington Era (Part 1)", Library of Congress, 21 Mar 2008, accessed 3 Sep 2008.
African-American Mutual Aid Societies in the Late 19th and Early 20thCenturies by Daniel Acker, University at Buffalo, State University of New York, and anarticle appearing at www.ourweekly.com/features/blacks-giving-la-historic-practice which provides an overview of African-American mutual aid societies.
Immigrants from southern and eastern Europe. Mutual-aid societies were also common among European immigrants (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mutual_aid_societies).
The pioneers. When the pioneers settled this country, and they needed a house or a barn, they did not hire a contractor. They brought their neighbors together and had a house-raising or a barn-raising. They also had sewing bees, hay days, and many other kinds of group work. See: For All The People: Uncovering the Hidden History of Cooperation, Cooperative Movements, and Communalism in America, PM Press, by John Curl, 2009.
Links to Background, Related sites, Join US! flyer, presentation slides, and photo collection:
About Quindaro Gardens Mutual Aid Society
See also Low-Cost Retirement Alternatives
University of Missouri at Kansas City Communiversity
"Creating an Urban Farmstead Neighborhood"
by Paul Grahovac, Quindaro Gardens Mutual Aid Society
UMKC Communiversity Class at project (photos)
Join Us! Quindaro Gardens Mutual Aid Society flyer
Neighbors working in the garden
Gardens and volunteer photos (KU Med Center students and Youth Volunteer Corps of America)
Greater Kansas City Garden Tour Booklet entry for Quindaro Gardens
Photo of wildflower garden and vegetable garden with Garden Tour sign
Gardens located near 3027 N 11th Street, Kansas City, Kansas 66104
Quindaro Gardens Mutual Aid Society
13624 S Sycamore StreetOlathe, Kansas 66062
Quindaro Gardens Mutual Aid Society is a tax exempt 501c3 organization.
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