Exploring the motivations, satisfactions, and well-being of agricultural intentional community residents
Keywords:Intentional Communities, Agricultural Intentional Communities, Intrinsic Satisfaction, Food System Engagement, Psychological Well-Being, Meaning in Life
Intentional communities have long provided an alternative living solution for those wanting to live with a group of others who share their values. Intentional community residents throughout the U.S. were surveyed to discover their intrinsic satisfactions and motivations, and community features they envision in their futures, as well as to investigate their psychological well-being and if they experience or search for personal meaning. Of the 204 U.S. communities identified with a gardening or agricultural focus, 83 agreed to be surveyed, garnering 259 responses. It was found that engagement in local food systems elicits intrinsic satisfaction in the areas of community food (such as growing and sharing food with neighbors) and participation (such as contributing to a larger goal or purpose). However, local food system engagement does not strongly increase psychological well-being, suggesting that those living in agricultural communities may have their well-being supported in other lifestyle areas. Recommendations for communication and recruitment are then addressed: it is important to emphasize communitarian and social values when advertising intentional communities to interested parties. Secondary values, such as environmentalism, and the intrinsic satisfaction associated with participation can also be successfully used in communication, especially when paired with future-oriented envisioning of their communities.
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