Update 2020

While the world seems to be on fire, the Foundry feels both like a safe haven and like one of many places where people patiently build the infrastructure for another kind of world.
The Foundry is a communal project, and what happens here depends on the people that come here. This year we have seen a new emphasis on self-sufficiency, and the Foundry has turned into a veritable little factory. Aside from the standard stuff you grow in a vegetable and herb garden, we are producing wine, snails, nettle purine, wild boar jerky and furniture.
Our non-human population is constantly growing. We lost two chickens to a fox and three sheep to a wolf, but the new chickens are safely protected by two dogs, three cats are hunting mice, a neighbour’s cows are grazing the field, and snails are doing whatever snails do. We may also start keeping bees in the near future.
We recently made a makeshift sawmill, so we can now turn trees into planks. We are still planning a cinema / theater / open space in the third part of the house, where all the wood will have to be replaced. We hope to replace it with selfmade floorboards.
The papers for the non-profit association “The Foundry” have been filed, and in a few weeks, we should be a legal entity. We are building networks with other cultural projects in rural Galicia (that are being united in the network Aldear), and with similar spaces (self-organized, non-profit and without applications) throughout Europe. On a more local level, we feel very welcome by the people in Bravos, who often come to visit and help us in many ways.
Since the summer, the Foundry is financially sustainable: the donations people gave for staying here have covered the circa 500 euros of monthly expenses. In the winter that may not be the case, and we could definitely use some money to move on with the renovation, but being able to cover the basic monthly expenses already felt like a big step, and an indication that this project of putting-in-common is indeed viable.
Event-wise, corona screwed the planning, but aside from many improvised dinner parties, we had an edible plant walk, a butoh performance, a locally produced sound art piece, and a workshop on the Commons (Galicia is unique in Europe in that a quarter of its territory is communally owned – Bravos also has 500 hectares of common land). Next week, there will be a memorial carnival for David Graeber, whose untimely death has shocked us all.
If you want to visit, get in touch, and a heartfelt thanks to everyone who helped out this year.

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