The Friends of Herland Forest are volunteers who support the long term work of crafting a food forest that fulfills the vision Charlotte Perkins Gilman set out in her 1915 novel Herland. Gilman dreamed of a permaculture forest that sustainably produces the food, fuel, and fiber a community needs in order to thrive, one in which the forest sustains the community that sustains the forest ‒ we share Gilman’s vision, and believe that the most radical thing we can do is to create a working model of a better way.
Often distance and other obligations prevent people from getting hands-on with the process of tending the forest. So instead of contributing their labor, some will choose a monthly donation subscription that helps to pay for the fuel and equipment, bulbs and seeds, trees and shrubs needed to create a bountiful forest.
As in much of life, there’s a trade off between time and money. Having a reliable stream of support makes it possible for Herland Forest to plan and schedule long-term sustainability projects that need to be done according to nature’s time line. This literal seed money provided by Herland’s Friends helps to accelerate the process of demonstrating that natural burial is a powerful strategy for preserving the forest in ways that serve the local community; a community that includes not just humans, but also the animals and birds that rely on the forest in order to survive.
We hope that you feel that the mission of Herland Forest is worth supporting and you’ll become a Friend of the Forest at whatever level works for you.