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Archive for February 2011

Farm Shop

This is a pretty neat store that has taken on the task of converting an old shop into a food producing business, with a cafe and meeting room.  All centered around food and connecting the community.

The Cuban Experiment

My good friend over at Tiny House Designs, Michael, posted this on his personal Facebook page last night and I really liked it.  It sets the stage for the issues surrounding peak oil, then talks about how Cuba coped when economic sanctions block most imports of oil and other key resources to their country.  Why is this important?  Because they essentially experienced what peak oil would be like on a very rapid time line, then rose to meet the challenges.  They shifted to local economies and small scale urban agriculture rapidly when they suddenly couldn’t get gas to run tractors, to import food, to really do anything.  The power went out, the shelves were empty and their world was turned upside down.  See how they met the challenge head on!

Closet House

This video is in spanish, but just seeing what this house can do is amazing!  With sliding walls, integrated controls, a fold out table and much more, this is one impressive house!

Path To Freedom’s Ridiculous Claim

Wow what a crazy 24 hours it has been!  Yesterday was apparently the take back homesteading day of action.  An event I wasn’t aware of, because I didn’t know about the Dervaes’s family’s ridiculous copyright filing on homestead and homesteading.  Unfortunately I posted a video on the same day which many people took as a sign of support.  To be clear, I don’t support the Drevaes family.  I didn’t even know there was a roaring controversy.  So today, I spent my normal blog time writing emails explaining all of this and responding to comments.

For more info on this I suggest reading the following:

Below is a copy of the email I sent to folks explaining the situation:

Hello!

I wanted to respond to your comment on the blog personally.  The past few day has rather blindsided me to be honest.  I found out about the ridiculous homesteading copyright yesterday at about 11am, I was informed by you and other readers.  I personally think that the claims the Drevaes family has tried to assert are ridiculous.  I also feel that the copyright will soon be revoked, the Electronic Frontier Foundation has helped several people lawyer up and they have a very good track record.

The point is, I became aware of this after my posts were made, had I known about the controversy, the post would not have been made.  The upshot of it all is that there have been some interesting conversations done in the comments.  To delete the post would be to delete the comments and conversations.

So I invite you to continue reading the blog and would love to hear your thoughts.

Thanks!

Ryan

Urban Homestead Making A Sustainable Village

UPDATE:

Hello!

The past few day has rather blindsided me to be honest.  I found out about the ridiculous homesteading copyright yesterday at about 11am, I was informed by you and other readers.  I personally think that the claims the Drevaes family has tried to assert are ridiculous.  I also feel that the copyright will soon be revoked, the Electronic Frontier Foundation has helped several people lawyer up and they have a very good track record.

The point is, I became aware of this after my posts were made, had I known about the controversy, the post would not have been made.  The upshot of it all is that there have been some interesting conversations done in the comments.  To delete the post would be to delete the comments and conversations.

So I invite you to continue reading the blog and would love to hear your thoughts.

Thanks!

Ryan

Many of you know in addition to loving Tiny Houses, I have an interest in sustainable food systems, I see these things as very interconnected.  Now Path To Freedom’s Urban Homestead is looking to start a sustainable village, where, dare I say, Tiny Houses just might find a home.  Check out this video.

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