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I need to comment, for a change.
I've been a PP member and read the "Daily" daily. Couple years ago I tried a meet-up with another PP member who, it turned out lived within a few miles. We met in Olympia and decided to meet again at my house (we live in Lewis County east of Chehalis). I invited an interested neighbor/friend and we had a couple meetings. Then my neighbor and my wife and I decided it would be best to start our "community" very local ie. members must live within a mile of us.
This has exceeded my expectations. I was really surprised that so many people are interested in preparations. We now have 6 couples and may add one more couple. We rotate our meetings to each other's homes to get to know our neighbors better and to see how each lives. Each person has a different reason and concept of how a collapse might occur but we all agree on being prepared. Each can contribute something. I requested that everyone should read CM's Crash Course but not sure if they have yet.
The meetings usually have an Agenda. This week we have a local MD who is a friend of one member, who will be giving us a 4 hour course on First Aid. At our December meeting we just had a potluck and this summer we're planning a BBQ. We established ground rules and we limit membership so that we can all get into a living room and so that the meeting can be controlled and stick to the Agenda. Also we vote on who we want to join and someone has to know that couple first. Most of us are retired but very active, especially with gardening.
I would like to attend one of your get-togethers in the future. My nephew and my daughter both live in the Seattle area. It would be great if you had it near a small airport (Snohomish?) so that I could fly up.
let me know if I can be of any help…
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thanks to all for recommending books. We have read most of them and own them. One that I don't see mentioned is The Unsettling of America – Culture and Agriculture by Wendell Berry, 1977. I think most of the books listed so far are terrific for telling HOW to farm or garden but Berry tells the WHY of farming. For me Motivation is just as important, if not more so, than Perspiration. I found Berry's insight and logical presentation almost irrefutable. In 1977 he was a voice in the wilderness, and now has become a prophet as most of what he describes has become true and more apparent i.e. agribusiness is commonly accepted as the norm. It's so encouraging to read your posts and realize so many are beginning to understand the importance of learning to farm/garden.