A School for Next-Era Sustainable Infrastructure
A project in Southwestern New Mexico focusing on affordable housing using local materials, food sovereignty, social resilience and training the next generation of tradespeople.
It’s more than just a single neighborhood designed for its microbiome— it’s a sustainable microvillage template that is designed to go viral.
A “Biome Village” with ten architect-designed adobe homes and shared infrastructure– an industrial kitchen, state-park-style bathroom building and community gardens on a community land trust. Super affordable, disability-forward, beautiful housing that works for sensitive people and lower-income people alike.
Homes.——- Food.——- Jobs.
We build and train people to build Adobe structures according to the New Mexico Earthen Building Code as safe, affordable, elegant, clean, fire-proof homes with clean energy and smart water management. Learn More.
We focus on food sovereignty using biodynamic farming and regenerative agriculture practices in our high desert setting, growing enough food to share and teaching others how to do the same. Learn More.
We create clean work spaces and opportunities for collaborative entrepreneurship. A business incubator focused on sustainable businesses who are growing and reinventing our common future. Learn More.
1. CEB Manufacturing
Establish a local Compressed Earth Block (CEB) manufacturing operation to create our own bricks from clean, local soil.
2. Build Our Education Campus
Build the prototype village on ten acres; Ten awesome homes, plus shared kitchen, bathroom, shop and garden.
3. More Affordable Housing
Each year, our graduates work on developing homes and infrastructure on a nearby 100 acre CLT– Community Land Trust.
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VisionOur vision is a world in which health of the human family thrives because the health of the ecology in which it is located, and from which it is inseparable, is clean, resilient, diverse and prioritized.
MissionWe create and innovate reproducible neighborhoods, full of health-optimizing community systems for sensitive and other marginalized people, in a way that leads to home ownership, food sovereignty, vibrant health and liberation from injustice.
Our Core Values
- Justice— We take responsibility for creating and embodying systems that liberate us from injustices environmentally, socially and economically.
- Innovation— We value imagination that finds different and better housing solutions for marginalized communities, including for sensitive people.
- Inclusion— We recognize the richness that comes from collaboration among diverse partners who center the inherent dignity and equality within the human family.
- Bio-diversity— We see the health of the human family as a reflection of the ecology in which is belongs and nourish regenerative systems to improve the health of the whole.
- Service— We affirm that individual and collective productivity requires the stability that comes from clean, safe housing for marginalized people, including sensitive people. Paying-it-forward then leads to communities that flourish on their own terms.
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Why Crooked Forest?
Every once in a while, you will come across a single tree in the forest that got broken and grew anyway towards the sunlight.
In Poland, there is a whole forest of these individual crooked trees that recovered. There are 400 trees that experienced a cataclysm and then grew back…together. That’s us.
- Growing, and
- Working Together.
What do you mean by “Sensitive People?”
Sensitive people are people who have no choice but to create a specialized environment in which they can thrive. When modern life normalizes elements that feel like an assault on the senses, Sensitive people need to create micro-environments that allow them to recover from simply being in that world.
Types of Sensitivity
Environmental Sensitivity– While the prevalence of 80,000 new chemicals in our environment since 1945 is “normal” There are a significant proportion of the population who have to avoid them as much as possible to stay healthy and productive. This vulnerability is genetic, so modifying environment is mandatory. There is an acute, humanitarian need to provide housing for this growing population, as they are physically unable to stay healthy in conventionally built housing.
Sensory Overwhelm– For the neurodivergent population, there is often a neurological imperative to limit sounds, smells, lighting and certain tactile materials in order to protect equilibrium.
Highly Sensitive Person (HSP)– HSPs need to modulate sensory and emotional input and need to avoid exposure to stress and violence in media in order to regulate equilibrium, but can enjoy extreme subtleties in music, food, art and nature.
The Neurodivergent population and HSPs are disproportionately represented in the population of environmentally ill people. Learn More.