A great example of why the idea of “Self-Sustaining Micro-Farming Communities” is a highly relevant and even critical consideration for life-style change. It’s about the sustainability of ourselves, our families and our communities, at this moment forward and for the world at large. It’s about quality of life, and living fully, and about land and food and energy, and resource managment and surviving and yet surviving in a manner that is fuller and in greater harmony within ourselves, our neighbors and the earth than we have known for almost a century… It is time now to create an example of how this could work within the context of a planned land development community – S2MFC.
A quote from this website: “The simplest, sustainable solutions involve small-scale permaculture type land management systems centered around individual or small groups of dwellings.”
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“Our society is almost entirely dependent on the availability of increasing amounts of fossil fuel energy. This has brought us to the point at which our supplies are dwindling and our planet is in ecological catastrophe. We have no viable alternative energy source and no choice but to reduce our energy consumption. The sooner this change can be begun, the more comfortable it will be.
For our energy consumption to decrease we must reduce consumption and dramatically increase the productivity of our land. This will require developing infrastructure and skills to enable locally self-reliant living. The simplest, sustainable solutions involve small-scale permaculture type land management systems centred around individual or small groups of dwellings. There is significant and growing energy at the grass-roots to start implementing these low impact developments. This enthusiasm comes from a combination of intellectual concern and the innate appeal of living closer to nature. The major obstacle is access to land. The price of land with residential planning permission is not commensurate with the income from this type of living. This will change, but these projects need time to develop and reach productivity. A few people are taking direct action but the numbers are far short of the critical mass that could be realised. If allowances can be made within the planning system to grant access to land, and the right to live on it, to those wishing to live this life, we can allow a grass-roots tide of people to make real progress towards a sustainable society.”