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Tim Young: How To Start A Small Farming Business

For all those dreaming of becoming artisan entrepreneurs
Sunday, November 26, 2017, 2:08 PM

Many readers of this website have shared with us their hopes of one day shedding their office jobs for a more meaningful, more resilient life involving a deeper connection with Nature. Starting a small-scale farming business is the most common dream we hear from these folks.

But how to get started? And.. Can you really make a living at it? » Read more

Daily Prep

8 Outstanding Gardening Hacks

Tips that can double, triple & even quadruple crop yield
Wednesday, May 13, 2015, 6:52 PM

Some great ideas and different ways to help produce more food in the garden this growing season.

http://knowledgeweighsnothing.com/8-outstanding-gardening-hacks-that-can-double-triple-even-quadruple-crop-yield/

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A Better Human Habitat for the Next Economy

How to build for prosperity
Monday, November 25, 2013, 7:10 PM

Executive Summary

  • 'Smaller' will be the major theme in future development
  • The general principles for resilient human settlement
  • How redesigning our towns & cities offers liberation from the soul-sucking models we live in today
  • What we can leverage from the New Urbanist movement

If you have not yet read (Un)Paving Our Way To Nirvana, available free to all readers, please click here to read it first.

Before I review some of the basic rules and principles for assembling a human habitat worth living in and with some prospects of enduring, a few words about demographic change. The failing suburbs will not drive everybody in them to move to the cities. The big cities of America face equal difficulties with resource and capital scarcity, failing infrastructure that won’t be replaced, and problems as yet off the radar screen such as water safety, public health, food shortages, and social turmoil. The big cities will have to get a lot smaller and that process will take decades to resolve.

I’m convinced that the action in this country will move to the existing smaller cities and small towns, especially places that have a meaningful relationship with food production because there ought to be no question that agri-business will fail, and with it the entire food production and distribution process as we currently know it. One implication of this is that we will restore a visible edge between what is urban and what is rural, and what these places are for. As that occurs people will redevelop an appreciation for the distinction. The human settlement will no longer endeavor to be a cartoon of the rural countryside. And rural places will be organized and inhabited differently.

Therefore, a first general principle is... » Read more