1) Practice saying NO! more - As a project manager who is interested in literally everything, I tend to overextend myself.
2) Practice dealing with conflict and having uncomfortable conversations AS THEY COME UP; no longer avoiding or delaying.
3) Improve my fluency in Minnesota/Midwest native plant species and their Latin names.
4) Focus more on growing and developing the relationships in my life, in order to strengthen my personal community.
5) Continue using my flip fone and boot up my raspberry pi so I can begin to use technology responsibly--as a specific tool to complete a specific task--and not waste as much time on social media or mindless scrolling.
Nicole Alderman wrote:And, the parents who take their kids out of public school to shelter them from the influences of those high need kids, also deprive those high need kids of the positive influence their kids could give them. The whole situation makes me very sad.
This also raises the concern of children without high needs lacking the exposure necessary to understand and empathize with the needs of others. Those same kids grow up to be changemakers and policy writers, without ever having the understanding that other needs exist beyond those that they themselves have experienced.
(Alternative Exemption is a term I have [maybe?] coined which presents the idea of an ethical departure from the Status Quo of common society, with the intention of one day living a life that is complete apart from societal conventions; off-grid living.)
Possibly the biggest question of my life that I recall having asked myself before I was even double digits, is whether or not this system can be fixed from within, or if it is better to pull away from society and form a new way of life.
My current standing is thus: This current system of societal structures is fundamentally flawed at a foundational level, and therefore any further structures built upon that foundation would be unstable and unsustainable.
I made my standing because I firmly believe that our system is not broken... our system is geniously contrived and instituted successfully concerning its main principles. It's a top down institution that keeps all the power, control and wealth at the very top, instituting regulations and cleverly designed obstacles that make it extremely difficult to climb to the top.
We find that so many CEO's of major corporations are considered extreme Narcissists and often show signs of Borderline Personality Disorder and Clinical Sociopathy. Well jeez - of course they are!
If we look at it from an objective standpoint: a business is created, and success within that business (NGO/ethical corporations exempt) is measured by capital gains. Typically, those gains are limited by ethics. So, if you have a leader within that company whom is physiologically incapable of experiencing empathy than they would of course be the most efficient, profitable asset to that company.
This is why we have so much corruption. Institutions, such as those within medicine and science, are directly competing for resources within a system whose directive is antithetical to the mission of those said institutions, which should be considered for the purposes of benefiting mankind as a whole.
Have you ever considered experiencing a nomadic lifestyle? I am deeply connected to the national Renaissance Festival community, and for 3 years I lived on the road, crisscrossing the country every 2 months, working only Saturdays and Sundays when the festivals were open. You are not entirely off the grid, but it is an exceptional way to experience nature, community and spiritualism all within a [mostly] self-sustained community of artists and fun, funky people.
I started doing this when I was 19, and it dramatically changed my life for the better. I spent almost a decade with this community, ironing out my emotional and spiritual walk of life, which eventually put me on the path to recovering from severe trauma, and settling into my passion for nature by going to college with clear and precise direction that I did not have when I was 19.
It's just a thought... feel free to contact me with questions.
You would be hard pressed to find someone as passionately in love with the European Honey Bee, (Apis mellifera), as I currently am, and have been for the past decade.
That being said, a thought has been nagging at me ever since I [dropped out] of a beekeeping course last summer. Hints to this thought lie in the common name of the honey bee itself, and our understanding of mellifera's origins. Another hint came from my first hearing stories of early American Indians calling the bee, "the White Man's fly," (an interesting thread on the origins and veracity of these stories can be found here: https://www.beesource.com/forums/showthread.php?256722-White-Man-s-Flies-Bees-in-America)
The thought revealed: Are Honey Bees, whose plight for survival in the wake of Colony Collapse Disorder has captured the hearts and imaginations of progressives and conservatives alike, throughout the world, an invasive species?
I would like to begin this conversation with some articles I found with a quick Google search:
The deeper issue here is thus: Are we doing more harm than good by propagating advocacy towards crucial environmental issues without establishing a clear understanding of larger environmental relationships and impacts with regards to native ecosystems?
Chew it up and spit it out; I am itching to hear the thoughts of other bee lovers and conservationists.
I have been busy shooting letters and talking to academic advisors and field experts, when it hit me that I should probably return to the community I already love and trust -- Permies!
Let's cut to the chase -- I share Father Paul's passion of "global domination" through the spreading of permaculture wisdom. I am 25 and never went to school, but low and behold! I am returning to school Fall 2018 to start a long and arduous journey towards a degree in Plant Science through the University of Minnesota's CFANS program.
Perhaps, I wonder, my first question is: Am I making the right choice going back to school?
What drove me to this point was,
1) Reading through Lab Girl, by Hope Jahren. AN ABSOLUTE MUST READ for lovers of plants, humans, and words alike. Her prose is sensational, and inspired so much in me.
2) This recurring hypothesis I have, probably prompted by permaculture:
"Is there a correlation between plant systems and human systems, and would a deeper understanding of those systems aid in the designing and implementing of more sustainable, efficient, proactive human systems in a climate of economic, social, political and environmental uncertainty?"
My desire is to be a community developer, a sustainable designer, an innovator and entrepreneur. My greatest abilities in life have to do with fostering human connection; I excel at communicating, empathizing, advocating, and connecting individuals with other individuals who can "get sh!t done." I am just a super passionate middleman between the wants and needs of people and the systems they find themselves in.
What do I do... how do I become more than an angsty 20-something, burning with passion and ambition; to become an actual element of change within a society that is fundamentally and principally flawed.
I am a student of permaculture and a community man. I live in Minneapolis, MN, and am currently looking to lease a city lot for an urban farm.
As it is already late in the season, my ideas for the lot are as such:
-clear the land
-construct some raised beds
-build a year round greenhouse for winter operations
-build a shed and possible workshop space
-set up rain containers for next season
I also have an idea of potentially capturing snowfall over the winter and solarizing it to melt at a steady rate for next seasons additional irrigation or waterheating the greenhouse. Mpls gets roughly 45.5" of snow annually, and I am looking to translate this number into how much irrigation that will give me. (how much water is needed per sqft)
Any ideas here would be helpful, as this is all new to me. I am ambitious, but have nothing to lose and a whole world to gain.
Im still brainstorming with people, so it is vague, yes. But i also kept it that way because this is a network. We will ally with independant small businesses, coops, large corporate firms, ej movements, social movements, lobby groups, and any sort of permaculture project that comes along, in any field.
The purpose of the project is to be a network of resources, financing, and skilled professionals that can collaborate to help maintain existing projects, use crowd sourcing and social media to get smaller, budding projects the attention and support they need, and send teams of trained professionals to boost speed and efficiency of start ups and new projects.
Project Phoenix is a network of sustainable interests. Our goal is to provide viable solutions to real world problems. We aim to organize individuals, groups, and resources to start effectively reaching the goals of these sustainable ventures, through creative collaboration, labor extension, and media networking.
This network will unify the ongoing effort of organizations and movements across the globe with the intent of sharing resources and venture capital throughout a centralized, expansive network of sustainability.
Utilizing crowd sourcing, we will aid current and new projects in establishing themselves and maintaining integrity through collective accountability.
A series of core teams will first be assembled to sort and compile applicable initiatives, as we begin to add them to our network. These teams will also be responsible for organizing the central themes and goals of Project Phoenix as a whole.
If this seems to interest you or someone you love, comment below.
Hey guys, I am a huge permaculture enthusiast relocating to mpls in the Spring 2016. I would love to get plugged in with ongoing local projects and dedicate my time and services to the permie network in the twin cities.
I am a 23yo permie enthusiast, gyspie, wannabe social reformer. I am going on a 6 month tour starting in january all along the western united states, and settling the 6 months following in Minneapolis, Mn.
I am essentially going on a big tour in order to network and organize with other young people in progressive areas around our country to start getting actively involved in social and political reform.
2016 is a year calling us to action, and I want to meet with as many individuals as I can to inspire change of lifestyles that might help us shift our society to a more equal and sustainable system.
I will be making a blog before my tour begins, but for now interested individuals can pm or email me...
I encourage others to post below details of projects already in place in your area.
Together, we can effect change and design a sustainable future for us all to enjoy.
phew! 106 acres, yes, maybe a bit "overboard." but hey, that's a whole plot of land that you just saved from big agrobusiness!
There are endless options to what you could do with that land. Look into (responsible) cattle grazing, as you could rent out that land to some ranchers.
Be careful about jumping into community living, because the hardest aspect of such things, especially when your vision for the land is not yet clearly defined,
is conflicting personalities. The hardest part of community is not working the land, it's getting along with your neighbor!
For now, sit on the land and focus on your own personal vision and aspirations, and exactly what sort of people you would be comfortable working with and building a life with. And stay plugged in with permies, there are a lot of good people here. Maybe you're not ready to get involved heavily in a permaculture project, but you could provide more than enough space for other reliable individuals to work on their own projects.
Personally, I am starting an organization currently that would help individuals startup their own ecovillages/farm communities. We will be based out of Colorado, but our people are pretty heavily present throughout Texas.
Keep in touch, good luck, it's overwhelming but so rewarding, your options are endless. Cheers!
Hm, some interesting perspectives. I agree that acceptance (i prefer this to "tolerance," which to me has negative connotations) is the first step into equality. By no means am I bashing anyone, and most of my friends would consider me more "hippy" than anything else.
It's true that my very mention of all this is somewhat alienating, and that it really shouldn't matter what people think. All I am saying is that I run into a lot of resistance when even mentioning words like "eco" and "intentional community." Most of my friends assume I am starting a cult. But much of what was mentioned was accurate. Combating such hesitation in folks by bending your own standards or painting a certain picture defeats the purpose of trying to explain ourselves and get people to accept where we are coming from.
Nobody should change who they are, and I'd rather be labelled a hippy than a consumer (which is what I REALLY am...) but I am still looking to blend traditional, naturalist values with a more modern attitude.
I am a purpose-driven man, and my purpose in this life is to help liberate people from the toils of consumerism and money-chasing. It's my opinion that society being driven by commerce is driving a wedge in our humanity and enslaving the minds of the rich and poor alike through a viscious cycle of greed and debt.
When I talk about ideas, I talk about small-scale, baby steps in a new direction, so let's not get lost in projecting and worrying about the entire world population. However, I would like to press people for ideas on how to go "moneyless," and how to replace consumerism with sustainability.
The most important aspect I would like us to focus on is how to show people they do not have to be driven by worry and fear that they do not have enough money, and that money will somehow lead to success and happiness, because in my life, having experienced outrageous wealth and comfortability, as well as homelessness and destitution, money only brings trouble.
I am one to believe the best way to find loopholes and flaws in logic, is to get as many different perspectives as possible. Throw me your 2 cents!
I wanted to get a conversation going about intentional community and the "hippy" stereotype. I am a youngin, 22, and a product of the internet, instant gratification, and consumerism. But I am also a very open-minded individual, highly spiritual and attune with nature, and generally pretty progressive. I live in the woods and I've had my fair share of smudgesticks and crystals.
However, I am starting an ecovillage and have always been pursuing tribal traditions and intentional community. But everywhere I look, the sustainable movement wreaks of patchoulie!!!
It's my opinion that in order to reach the next generation, especially in a consumer-brainwashed society that throws around labels like "treehugger" left and right, we need to make progressive steps towards expressing the practical princibles of permaculture in a modern light. This next generation does not want to sing koombiya, they want to watch youtube!
Yes, communication and community skills are scarce, but we have identified the problem. Now, we need solutions. People must be willing to change and grow, to admit their shortcomings and push through insecurities.
In my opinion, 2 important things to consider with any sort of relationship,
1) TALK IT OUT, do not hold onto bitter feelings... feel them, process them, ask yourself why you are feeling these things and if it is rational or driven by fear and insecurity or worse EGO
and 2) DON'T BE OFFENDED, when we take every little thing personally and than add that to bottled up feelings and resentments, we're casting a spell for disaster!!
Talk it out.. work things through, be honest with yourself most importantly and trust who you are dealing with. I believe Trust is one of the most important aspects to any healthy relationship.
Thanks for all the ideas!! I'm the only stubborn one in the household who prefers the long shower to the bath..
We're setting up residence off-grid in south-central CO, near the New Mexico border. So winter is definitely an issue. I want to avoid things like propane because it is not sustainable, plus propane delivery out where we are in the middle of nowhere is an expense I would rather avoid. But we get great sun, and wind.
Some friends and I are starting a private-ish ecovillage in Colorado. The land has been acquired, 40 beautiful acres, and we intend to break ground next year in 2016.
I would LOVE as many resources as we can get our hands on for startup ecovillages/homesteading/farm operations.
We are already communuty/sustainably minded and have been living in a nomadic community for years. So check off the list for community relations and conflicts, we have plenty of that experience!
Right now, we are in the planning and funding phase. I am terrible at the financing part, (because i think monetary systems are pure, concentrated evil!!!) so that's a struggle for me. But we need to be smart and realistic about this startup.
I am looking for funding ideas, planning resources, time management.. whatever I can get! we're flexible and work seasonal jobs all across the country, and all have steady income.
But we have puppies and a baby on the way!! (just to complicate things haha)
The plan as of now is clearing the land, building some earth bag houses, and hemp cash crop to start us with some good capital. Looking into solar and wind, as well as rain catchment systems. I've done some work on earthships and we've all WOOFed and worked farms.
My name is Christian. I've been lurking for a minute, also subscribed to the daily-ish, and I absolutely adore this forum and its many contributers. I am 22 and have been travelling the USA working Renaissance Faires on my hunt for homestead land! Now, I've found it!
Some dear friends have acquired 40 acres in Colorado, which we plan on turning into a sustainable farm and ecovillage project, starting next year. It's entirely undeveloped land with a hardy well, and my friends and I are just OBSESSED with permaculture and community living.
Our end goal is to start an LLC that will enable us to support our land as a "model" ecovillage, gathering resources and passionate people, so that our group can help start more ecovillages, well... EVERYWHERE.
I am a globally minded individual with a childhood dream of "changing the world," and I know that it starts with MY WORLD. I am so excited and thankful for the opportunities the universe has been throwing in my lap, and would love to connect with more people from all over as we all collectively move forward to a sustainably free future.
New Zealand I do not know as much about, but 2 in our group have already lived there for several years as foreigners. My partner is an Australian native.
Belize... laughable, they'll accept anybody, you just have to worry about the government selling you land they don't legally own. We have friends living there now, we know what we'll be up against.
These friends I have, we all live, work, and spend pretty much all of our time together, we travel together, we have fun together we go to the doctor together. Social isn't easy, but I'd say we make for a solid foundation.
The ownership will technically go under my name, which ideally means I'd like to pay for it myself, if the land isn't obtained by other means, (it wouldn't be the first time for us...) I want it under my name because ownership means nothing to me, and I am the most diplomatic and compromising.
We all have basic building and farming and community experience. But I know I will be the one to get it all pulled together and started. Sometimes you have to build the field before they come!
Location is the only concern I have right now, all the other things are logistics to me, and trust me do I have a NOVEL of logistics to consider. It starts with land.
This is not a pipe dream, runnaway plan we hatched over night. It's the only option. It's the end game. But I know I need to put a lot of research into this next step. It's just daunting looking at an entire planet and trying to find a little nook to call a future.
This question is concerning one of, in my opinion, the most precious of western privileges: a LONG, hot shower.
Now, admittedly, I rarely shower. I take one based on how much I can physically stand smelling myself and feeling gross. I love to shower, but it's not convenient, (that horrible word), living in the woods, so more often than not I pass.
However, when I do take a shower, I take LONG, scolding hot showers. I'm talking an hour + of clean, pruney goodness!
My personal routine aside, I do not think that an enjoyably long shower should be one of the sacrifices we make as a more sustainably conscious community. I believe there is, or could be the technology that recycles and heats water so thoroughly that shower duration should not matter.
We've accomplished far greater feats, in my opinion!
How can we get around our programming of always being "PC," and start talking to each other with trust, patience, and an objective spirit?
I wanted to start a topic about Social Permaculture, and how we can learn to communicate in a healthy, practical way.
I am currently a part of a nomadic community that travels the United States. We work and live together on a daily basis, which allows me to study and actively participate in intentional living, whether I like it or not.
The most difficult part of living together that I have observed, in any scenario, is improper communication. in the United States especially, through a mixture of rapidly advancing social technology, and social norms causing fear of rejection, insecurities, and general social anxiety, I notice a difficulty in humans being able to express their emotions without fearing they will make a fool of themselves. I also notice people tend to immediately respond defensively when facing criticism.
I believe this has to do with personal insecurities brought on by unhealthy social environments, and, primarily, the struggle many Westerners have with listening properly.
I heard someone put it like this, once. Most people are either talking, or waiting for someone else to finish talking, so they can return to talking themselves.
I have just been gettig into DE and now it seems Bentonite, and I keep wondering if there is a way to manufacture the stuff myself? The more I can make at home or produce myself, the more I feel "self-sufficient."
I know a little about the process of DE mining, sort of... but wonder if there are ways of producing it closer to home, or at least in regions of the United States, if not done already.
Excessive showering is something our culture has a problem with. Studies show more and more recently that too much soap is messing with our body's natural oil making processes and damaging our skin an hair, as well as putting more harmful chemicals (for most who use such products) back into the water tables.
I personally have done the "no-poo" dealeo in the past and have gone most of a year without using ANYTHING on my hair, while still frequently (3-4 times/week) showering, at the very least with water to remove sweat and dirt. After less than a few weeks of interesting hair changes, such as brief oiley/greasey feeling, my hair sort of got into a groove and adapted, changing oil levels. No more grease. I have long, wavey thick hair so still regularly brush.
Now, after 6 months or so my hair just got a certain "look" and maybe a feel as well, that did not feel right to me. Not quite greasey, but just strange texture.
However, plenty of very simple house-hold mixtures can be made, some as simple as using JUST baking soda and water as a cleaning paste.
You can also experiment with coconut oul, essential ouls, or stick to a simply made soap like doctor brauners.
I see no harm in going "poo-less," however, if you rinse with water regularly and comb out to prevent dreading.
My name is Christian and I just got back from spending 6 weeks backpacking alone through Mexico, Guatemala, and Belize. My adventure hardly followed a regimented itinerary, but I explored and discovered many ways of pursuing "eco-tourism," (tourism with sustainability in mind,) affordably, throughout Central America.
There is a strong community of Maya throughout this region, and I had the privilege to observe and study some local shamanic practices and simple living of the local indigenous.
I also found many volunteer opportunities for eco-minded services, as well as some beautiful nature reserves.
In Belize, through the WWOOF network, I stayed at an Earthship farm in-part designed by Mike Reynolds who came out to work on the build. I was also able to visit with permaculture guru Christopher Nessbit, who offers affordable PDC and training courses at his jungle farm, the Maya Mountain Research Farm, in Toledo district.
Many opportunities to see how different cultures and climates are working towards a sustainable mindset and permaculture practice. Plenty more to see and experience on my trips back later this year.
I had an excellent experience, "WWOOFING," and would reccomend the network with careful research ad a bit of discernment as to the nature of your host/farm.
(i realized there's a whole proper section for this, but don't know how to move or delete my post!!)
I live on the road year round, moving from primitive campsite to campsite with work. Sometimes, I have electric, but not often for it is expensive. I have solutions for most of my needs, except one!!
I have done a LOT of research, but it seems to me the one think that is lacking is diversity in refrigeration options. I live out of a cooler right now, but it's a hassle to go out to the store to constantly be purchasing ice. Plus, the ice melts and my cooler has no drain hole.
I have been looking for an ecologically sound, sustainable way to store perishable food for years now.
Does anyone have any ideas...? This is a topic that greatly interests me, to satisfy curiosity and to help my day to day life be a little more awesome!
Hey, my name is Christian and I am about to spend the winter WWOOFING in Belize. $10-12,000!!! I live on the road and there is no way I spend that much in an entire year!! I live in a tent, but still have all my needs and wants, a full kitchen that I only cook organic foods in, and enough money that I still regularly go out to eat and play. I've still been able to save $2,000 in the last 2 months, and that's all I'm using for winter, and mostly on airfaire and passports.
Most countries abroad are very inexpensive, and I have many friends who travel abroad for weeks on $500, still enjoying the sites and meeting all needs and wants!!
I just wanted to tell you, if you plan ahead, do your research, and live frugally, that $10,000 can be waiting for you AFTER your WWOOFING adventure.