Date of Origin: 1971
Held Dominance: Never
Leadership Individual(s): Trevor Goodman, Astra Ljungdahl
Brief History and NotesEdit
The City Farmers began as, oddly, the Kent State University protest movement against the Vietnamese war. Trevor Goodman, one of the students, was an unchanged Garou, and he had his First Change some time in 1970. It seems unlikely that he Changed when the National Guard fired on students that year, since such an occurrence would surely have drawn major attention. But that event and the grossly biased state grand jury that followed allowed Goodman to gather a small protest group of his own that demanded, at first, the destruction of the jury's findings and an end to urban expansion.
By 1973, they had become purely devoted to ending urban expansion, and Goodman had contacted other Glass Walkers within universities with his ideas for "random Gaian explosions," which marks the foundation of the camp. Over the next twenty five years, these packs engaged in the use of rituals that caused plants to grow in unlikely urban locations, as well as encouraging the use of hydroponics and other technology that allows plant life to grow in an urban environment. They were almost universally treated as a joke and dismissed as "retro" by the rest of the tribe.
In 1995, however, the camp began to gain some credibility with the passionate arguments of Asta Ljungdahl, who was ironically also a student at Kent State in that year. She has suggested the ideas Paolo Soleri and his ideas about arcologies as a legitimate focus for the camp and the tribe. The idea was that if ways to grow enough food for a city within the city itself were found, urban expansion could grow into old farmland and vast acres of wilderness could be saved. Her suggestions were sensible and practical, and have won the respect of much of the tribe.
Goodman openly despises Ljungdahl and continues his "Gaia bombs" whilst claiming he has developed vast underground gardens, claims he has never substantiated. Most of the camp, however, is now supporting Ljungdahl, and she is considered leader of the camp. Whilst they do not have a rite of initiation per se, Ljungdahl requires proof of a recruits usefulness, which is usually delivered as an academic essay on ecology or a loose blueprint for an invention that could facilitate the camp's goals. Ljungdahl is quoted as saying she hopes the camp will be dead before the decade is out, having successfully created a workable system and sold it to the Corporate Wolves to popularize.
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