This may not make exact sense but I feel that the essence of it is what I am getting at. Thanks. Wayne
Peter,
Thanks so much for the quick response. I will respond more deeply when I get a chance. Your first query leads me to the focus on small scale intensive systems with training for urbanites and suburbanites to get back into food production through forest gardeing and gardening plain and simple. Personally I feel that all this large scale agricultural nonsense is what has depleted everything from soil to water to nutritional resource to you name it. It has perpetrated “industry” onto the natural landscape and we all know what industry has done of the natural world. I am all for Mark’s work but I have serious issues with the scale that he is trying pull it off. It has also been a diabolical budget drain on his personal resources and has put him into debt with no government subsidies, which is the only way that large scale farms stay in biz anyway. This is not what I have in mind, to say the least. What about the massive amount of under-utilized farm land on suburban lawns, on rooftops, on empty city lots, in people’s kitchens for God’s sake. So many people are starting to see the light here. Even Michele Obama is breaking ground at the White House. Local, local, local is waving its arms around all over the place. So how would we design a community around all this? Of course there is the Village Homes model in Davis, CA. I finally had a chance to visit there in November. Beautiful but there ain’t no people around. They are off working to pay their mortgages and fruit is sitting on the ground. And then there was one guy who was taking us on a tour who works for the state and they are trying to figure out to how to raise more crops via depleted agricultural land and the fruit is ripe hanging right behind his head and I had to throw up my arms in utter despair and wonder like what the f__k (pardon me), eh? How would we benefit the current farmers? How about they make money teaching all this stuff to everyone in cities and burbs? This is what this farmer is attempting to do. This would be very win win for everyone. Maybe someday those farmers will join the fracas and let their land go back to a primal state. Richard Lomuto is what I am speaking about. I just met a guy in Florida named Jim Kovaleski and he is making a living off of his yard and his mother’s yard down the street. We became instant buddies. This is the model we have to seek out and promote. Does this all make sense? How about sprouts and wheat grass growing out of soil from the worm bin and micro greens in the window and fermented veggies on the counter and kombucha brewing in the cabinets in the living room and mushrooms growing under the kitchen sink and research done on the functional qualities of all the traditional house plants for the city? Victory! Gardens! Cuba! The whole neighborhood becomes the farm. The people share their surplus and the fences come down. What better way to build community than with food sharing? And then people become attuned to how to hold material and energy and water and such on the land and don’t whisk it all away to the sewers and ways to rework their homes, etc, et al. Well, this is a place to begin. What do you think? Wayne