Tianjin Eco City:
Baby steps. We have floated a long way adrift. Yet, they try and for that I will support them. We must not be content here however.
Tianjin Eco City:
The Prairie Flower Way of Life
Every time we eat corn and beans… we participate in the destruction of our prairies. How do we escape this?
This man make it his life’s mission to preserve what you and I destroy. We must change.
All of culture, whether it be agriculture or not, must be fitted to the land’s ecology, this is the only way to preserve ecosystems and support a thriving humanity for the long haul. We can do this, but it will take you and I doing different things than our parents did.
“Twenty years ago, Stefan Sobkowiak bought a commercial apple orchard with the intention of converting it to an organic orchard. He did just that, but eventually understood the limitations of the organic model originating from monoculture. He then decided to tear out most of the trees and replant in a way that would maximize biodiversity and yield while minimizing maintenance. Inspired by permaculture principles, the orchard now counts over 100 cultivars of apples, plus several types of plums, pears, cherries, and countless other fruits and vegetables.”
A Woodsman Cottage by Ben Law
This man is an enormous source of inspiration and encouragement to me. While not practical for everyone, he offers another example of freedom through ecological dwelling and building. We have much to learn form him! He not only knows woodland management, coppicing and timber framing, but has the impetuous to be different. I hope to follow in his path soon.
The information contained here is so simple to intellectually grasp that it slips strait through our collective action. We just nod our head and change not a damn thing. This is not just population or energy consumption it is all economics! We will hit our limit and when we do we are likely to hit it hard. We only live on this one Earth and our capacity to degraded it gets stronger by the day. May we take a moment to understand the exponential function and to change our lives.
Ecological Economics -
Good introduction into this emerging field of Economics and Ecology. We humans are only a part of a much larger whole, we can not continue to ignore our current effects on our own future well being or that of this unique biosphere.
On The Anatomy Of Thrift: Pork Side Butchery
For the permaculturists interested in being more self-sufficient and in having at least enough respect for an animal to do the work ourselves and know where our meat comes from and that it was butchered with as much care and respect as possible, should you choose to consume meat.
This video shows the now-rare art of pork butchery, giving great information and visual demonstration of how to butcher a pig and how to cook some parts of it. There is even some history in the beginning and reflection on animal consumption toward the end.
You’d probably still want to seek real training before attempting this yourself but at least this video gives some great information to get started with.
Be warned though: Though there is no violent slaughter in this video, it may not be for you if you are uncomfortable with seeing an animal carcass being butchered.
Dr. Mercola Interviews Joel Salatin
Online markets or CSA’s are a great tool to expand a farmers reach. I also like the idea of selling to small vendors who in turn connect directly with the customers. However, ultimately the public will invest more of their energies into these kinds of farms only if they see them personally. In addition to online ventures and regular business farms need to get the public on the farm! Advertise tours, set up large community gatherings or picnics.
I particularly like what he said about all our tiny decisions aggregating into our current situation. We can NOT continue to blame big corporations like Monsanto for our food ills. You and I are to blame!!! My father and mother, your grandmother and grandfather are to blame. We have made those aspects of our society which we despise the most. Likewise we can create those food systems which we cherish and promote biodiversity.