BUILDING THE AGRICULTURAL CITY is an initiative of Free River Press, a cooperative economic development program for the Driftless region supported by collaborators in Iowa, Wisconsin, Minnesota, and Illinois.
Free River Press is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit. All donations are fully tex deductible.
The funds raised will go towards the completion of the film, Building the Agricultural City, which will be shown at public meetings in citied and towns the Driftless region to promote our vision.
Building the Agricultural City demonstrates the need for rural Americans to work cooperatively to create self-reliant, decentralized economies. Robert Wolf describes tools for self-reliance and sustainability that exist across the U.S. and can be assembled within any region. Building the Agricultural City, both the book and film, will enable rural Americans to see that they can create productive economies that grow prosperity and democracy.
A centralized economy doesn’t work for most rural Americans. Building the Agricultural City demonstrates the case for rural Americans to work cooperatively to create self-reliant, decentralized economies. And now you can help share tools for self-reliance and sustainability applicable to any region, and help promote decentralized economies. Building the Agricultural City will enable rural Americans to create productive economies that grow prosperity and democracy.
WHAT CAN BE DONE
To restore health to their regions, rural Americans must transform their service economies into productive economies. Building the Agricultural City describes the tools that can do this. These tools, which are scattered across the country, can be assembled within various regions to establish self-reliant, sustainable economies. Here are a few:
1. Community development banks, whose mandate is to serve the under-served, would focus on small business start-ups. There are only 66 community development banks in the United States. We need more.
2. What kind of businesses? Ideally, worker-owned cooperatives. The Emilia Romagna region in Italy has thousands and it has the third highest per capita income in Italy.
3. Closed-loop agricultural systems that raised fish and vegetables would provide locally grown, fresh food year round.
4. Municipal owned utilities powered by renewable energy .
Rural Americans now understand that they must be self-reliant, that regionalism is the only counter to globalism. By buying, reading. and passing Building the Agricultural City on to others, you will help promote the idea of a decentralized economy.
Building the Agricultural City focuses on the Driftless region of the Midwest, but its lessons are applicable to all rural areas. Your support will spread our message across America, giving hope to those who feel powerless within the present system. With your help we can begin to transform rural America.