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Doomsteading / 2014 PASA conference
« on: January 09, 2014, 05:50:29 AM »
I was wondering if any diners are planning on going to the Pennsylvania Association for Sustainable Agriculture Conference in State College, PA, Feb. 5-8 this year?

jdwheeler - have you ever been to this conference and is it worth attending? 

There seem to be lots of permaculture-themed and otherwise interesting workshops and sessions. ("Integrated Pest Management in the Natural Orchard," "Successful Drafthorse Methods for Market Gardening," "Modifying/Making & Using Your Own Equipment" to name a few)

Ben Falk, author of The Resilient Farm and Homestead: An Innovative Permaculture and Whole Systems Design Approach, is doing a whole day pre-conference track on this book topic.

I've never been to this conference but know that it is probably the most well-known "sustainable ag" conference in the mid-atlantic.


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Population Overshoot / global carrying capacity for hunter-gatherers
« on: March 27, 2013, 01:54:15 PM »
Paul Chefurka has a new post up that is sort of a follow-up to his "Population, the elephant in the room" post from May 2007. He introduces the concept of "Thermodynamic Footprint," and uses it to help provide an estimate of ~50 million humans living a hunter-gatherer lifestyle as maximum global carrying capacity for humans.

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Energy / Peak Whale Oil
« on: March 22, 2013, 03:25:47 PM »
Amusing ad circa 1892 from the US Department of Energy and Native American Eviction about how "the government" and "industry" are "developing new technologies" to combat depleting whale oil production (critical to late 19th century lighting needs) and how America will eventually become whale oil independent because of these new technologies.

Extraenvironmentalist podcast #56, approximately 1 hour 16 min 15 sec into podcast.

I know I earlier goofed on JHK and JMG about JMG's recent appearance on JHK's podcast. I'd like to be the first to say that JHK gives a pretty darn good interview to Seth and Justin here.

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Primitive Living / Eating insects
« on: December 29, 2012, 02:38:06 PM »
I am wondering if any of the rewilders here are practicing entomophagy. This method of acquiring complete proteins appeals to me more than trapping/hunting and butchering mammals and birds. I live near the ocean so I am already crabbing, clamming, and fishing and don't mind processing those animals whereas I really dislike slaughtering and processing our farm chickens (which thankfully I don't have to do that often). We also had to butcher a rabbit in navy sere school, and for me that was almost as bad as when I was waterboarded.

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The Kitchen Sink / Any surfers here?
« on: July 07, 2012, 02:02:15 PM »
I'm talking about wave riding, not surfing the web. I spent most of the last 20 years on Oahu, but relocated about 2 yrs ago to the East Coast USA where I grew up  (after selling house, quitting job, etc.). Currently on the Delmarva peninsula living mostly outside of the money economy, trying to spend as much sacred time as a I can in the water while helping a small scale organic farmer and starting a forest garden in a loblolly pine forest edge with virtually no understory.

I am wondering if there are any others who will have a hard time moving away from the ocean no matter how the collapse unfolds.

Peace and aloha.


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