Total loan: $10,000


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Santa Cruz, CA, United States / Food

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Tim's story

I grew up in the rolling hills of central Maryland in a small town called Mount Airy. As a kid, I was entrepreneurial, starting my own coin business, toy factory, cosmetics lab, and other micro enterprises. In high school, witnessing social and environmental injustices, I dreamed of how I could contribute to making both the world around me and at large a better place. This thinking and writing led me to pursue a degree in Philosophy at Haverford College, where I also started serious engagement with environmental activism. My thesis in environmental ethics addressed the issue of humans considering themselves to be “bad” for the environment, which I argued has only become true based on the way the industrial revolution happened to evolve. However, this can become otherwise – humans can become an ecologically beneficial force on the planet with a new industrial revolution, more ecologically-adapted lifestyles, and more ecologically-adapted agriculture. I first tested my thesis after graduation during a yearlong Thomas J Watson fellowship. The project I designed, “Holistic Environmentalism: Community Approaches to Sustainability,” examined the ways in which human life on planet Earth might become more sustainable with regard to technology, agriculture, and lifeways. I was inspired to find that solutions are being lived in small pockets all over the world as part of the ecovillage, Permaculture, and Transition Town movements that I studied. You can read about this project and my findings on my blog at sustainablephilosopher.wordpress.com. Upon returning from my Fellowship, I began living in an ecological cooperative house in a Permaculture-designed suburb called Village Homes in Davis, California. Leaving the community in order to find paid work, however, meant that it was time to test my thesis idea in another realm: career. Thus, The Philosopher’s Stoneground was born out of our solar-powered kitchen.