Monday, May 25, 2015

13. Self-sufficiency in the pioneer settlement




Abstract:

Nature provides all animals, including humans to live healthy self-sufficient lives. The internet provides people to gain the necessary knowledge to live self-sufficiently off the land. 

Many people find the proposal in this blog as too idealistic. They claim that it lacks any realism in that such a proposal is not profitable and not "doable". The solutions proposed by others is to help the helpless refugees by saving them and taking care of them. I think that we should rather help the refugees to help themselves. The refugees are not seeking profitable lives, but rather a chance for free dignified lives for themselves and their children.

This post in this blog attempts to convince the reader that the past experience of pioneers clearly demonstrates that people, ready to work hard can, if given the chance, be self sufficient because nature continues to provide everything they need to be self sufficient.

Our world has drastically changed in the past 100 years. Our globalized world has displaced family farms, using natural means to farm, with industrial ones that must use chemical fertilizers and antibacterial medicines and cruel handling of animals.  While man`s "wants" have changed over the century, his "needs" have remained the same. Nature continues to provide for all of his needs.

The internet with its rich source of knowledge, the modern materials and machinery and new micro-farming techniques make self-sufficient living off the land more and more attractive and doable. It not only provides us with cheaper and healthier food, but frees us from dependence on corporations that use industrialized farming, distribution and marketing to provide us with food.    

Refugees, turned pioneers, must learn how to be self-sufficient in Northern Canada, with its harsh and long winters. Fortunately, the internet offers many sources from people and communities who have successful experiences they are willing to share their skills for us to learn.

YouTube videos: 

The Pig Idea: use food waste as pig feed rather than crops, say celebrity chefs 

Chickens

  • Reginaldo Haslett-Marroquin, an innovator in the field of regenerative agriculture, has developed an ingenious blueprint for a system that has the potential to transform the way food is grown around the world
  • Regenerative agriculture needs to be centered around livestock in order to be optimized, and adding chickens is an easy and economically profitable way to do that
  • Poultry is also very accessible to small-scale farmers, who produce most of the food in the world. About 40 percent of the world’s population are small farmers; a majority of them cultivating less than five acres
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Full Version of above video: (1:05:20)




 

 







  
Welcome to my Organic Garden! Dr Mercola


Dr. Mercola Interviews Steve Farrar About Mushrooms (Part 1 of 5)

How to grow your own Mushrooms at home.

https://grocycle.com/how-to-set-up-a-low-tech-mushroom-farm/


Permaculture A Quiet Revolution 

Permaculture is a system of agricultural and social design principles centered around simulating or directly utilizing the patterns and features observed in natural ecosystems. The term permaculture (as a systematic method) was first coined by Australians David Holmgren, then a graduate student, and his professor, Bill Mollison, in 1978. The word permaculture originally referred to "permanent agriculture",[1] but was expanded to stand also for "permanent culture", as it was seen that social aspects were integral to a truly sustainable system as inspired by Masanobu Fukuoka’s natural farming philosophy.
It has many branches that include but are not limited to ecological design, ecological engineering, environmental design, construction and integrated water resources management that develops sustainable architecture, regenerative and self-maintained habitat and agricultural systems modeled from natural ecosystems.
Mollison has said: "Permaculture is a philosophy of working with, rather than against nature; of protracted and thoughtful observation rather than protracted and thoughtless labor; and of looking at plants and animals in all their functions, rather than treating any area as a single product system."

Grow Your Own Mushrooms in Used Coffee Grounds




In the video below from Shades of Green, discover how the people who live among the Tongass NF in southeastern Alaska live with and off of the land, the natural resources and each other in this compelling video. 





https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gq98KAm-L9Y&list=PL3A9DE6BD89448A6F&index=6

From Fairbanks, Alaska

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DVEEEKGtUWo&list=PL3A9DE6BD89448A6F&index=9 


A short documentary about a self- sufficient family living on a mini eco farm in Cornwall, UK.



 As series of videos on micro gardening



 Plants for healing and keeping healthy





Resources:









Sustainable Mini-farming



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