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-- Howard Zinn
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"Most people in our country, and apparently most people in the "developed"world, have given proxies to the corporations to produce and provide all of their food,clothing, and shelter. Moreover, they are rapidly giving proxies to corporations orgovernments to provide entertainment, education, child care, care of the sick and theelderly, and many other kinds of "service" that once were carried on informallyand inexpensively by individuals or households or communities."
-- Wendell Berry in
| "You don't need allthe baggage from left, right or whatever. You just need to get free, do for yourself, andwork with others."|
This site promotes local self-sufficiency, community survival,practical skills, and simple, sustainable living. There are hundreds of other placesfor political activism, but this is not the place. This is not about changingsociety but avoiding the high cost of conforming to it. It's not about makingeverybody agree with us, but using the freedoms and resources we still have to be moreindependent. It's not about gaining power but freeing ourselves from it.
Compiled here you find extensive links & online resources forindependent-minded people of all types, family farmers, rural merchants, for two andthree job families, retirees and youngsters who can't make ends meet, and those who justdon't want the rat race. One realistic option is rebuilding in rural communitieswhere practical skills and knowledge can provide a livelihood and sustainable lifestyle.
"To forget how to dig the earth and tend the soil is to forgetourselves."
| simple living skills &knowledge|
Here are the most practical resources for cutting costs, livingbetter, do-it-yourself, value-added products & self-employment
| "If America couldbe, once again, a nation of self-reliant farmers, craftsmen, hunters, ranchers andartists, then the rich would have little power to dominate others. Neither to serve norrule: That was the American dream," Ed Abbey wrote in his journal. From Earth Could Use Friends Like Abbey, John Balzar in |
| sustainable agriculture|
Links here cover community supported agriculture (CSA), foodstorage and cooking, alternative crops for profitable family farms, gardening, compost,soil, Biodynamic, small livestock, water and irrigation, fertilizer, greenhousing, andmuch more.
"Sustainable agriculture is creating a farm that your children will want"says Joel Salatin, a 3rd generation organic livestock farmer, SARE 2000 conference
| food plants|
Many souces on production for just about every species that can behome grown or marketed locally, from amaranth to winter squash. Most advisories are gearedto US conditions & markets unless noted otherwise. This does not includelarge-scale commercial field crops but does include some oil, fiber, and biofuelresources.
See also Food Publications
| sustainable building|
These resources cover almost allapproaches to building for human shelter, passive solar, earth materials and methods,concrete, stone, straw, timber, cordwood, recycled materials, rainwater collection,greywater, constructed wetlands, wells, waste systems, solar and wind power, masonryheaters and ovens, toxic materials, building codes, building publications, and more.
| local resources by states|
What can you find close to where you live? This is alisting of links by US states along with other regional resources in the US, Canada, andworldwide.
| community self-sufficiency|
These links focus on the "how to" and the "why" forstrengthening local networking and local production for local consumption. From foodproduction to retailing, to bypass the costs and disadvantages of depending on theinfrastructure and national economy.
| "People aretrying to find ways to shorten the distance between producers and consumers, to make theconnections between the two more direct, and to make this local economic activity abenefit to the local community. They are trying to learn to use the consumer economies oflocal towns and cities to preserve the livelihoods of local farm families and farmcommunities. They want to use the local economy to give consumers an influence over thekind and quality of their food, and to preserve and enhance the local landscapes. Theywant to give everybody in the local community a direct, long-term interest in theprosperity, health, and beauty of their homeland."|
-- Wendell Berry in
| getting free|
Herewe link to useful sources for personal freedom and simple living, beaking theemployee-consumer-debt cycle. Not get rich schemes, noncommercial.
"I must create my ownSystem, or be enslaved by another Man's. I will not Reason and Compare - my businessis to Create!" - William Blake
| family freedom, naturalhealth, & survival|
Here we link to many of the best resources on homeschooling, home healthcare, vaccine problems, freedom in childbirth, toxics and health, tools, and emergencypreparedness
naturalaffinity areas instead of artificial state boundaries
A BIG PAGE - OUR OWN links to locally focused organizations -pick any state
"The real argument against aristocracy is that it always means the ruleof the ignorant. For the most dangerous of all forms of ignorance is ignorance ofwork." -
"Our society is so abnormal that the normal man never dreams of havingthe normal occupation of looking after his own property. When he chooses a trade, hechooses one of the ten thousand trades that involve looking after other people'sproperty."
-- G.K. Chesterton