This is an amazing video on the state of food and where we need to go with it.
Recently I have been talking with several folks here in Charlotte about aquaponics. It is essentially a production method to grow fish in an artificial setting, the benefit being you can raise the fish just about anywhere. Today I found this video giving some of the basics, so check it out. The one thing that I would like to figure out is how to reduce or cut out entirely any on going consumables from the process. I know you can grow loofahs, perhaps this would be a way to reduce the ongoing impact of the system.
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.
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!
A few months back we had a post on the future of farming, where the idea of forest gardens was talked about and in the comments we talked some too. The basic idea is you take a piece of land that is just a field and you design it to grow into a forest where each plant has a purpose. The rub is you can harvest year round for about 5 days of maintenance a year!
Here is a video of a 300 year old Forest Garden, spanning back 28 generations!