“The simplest, sustainable solutions involve small-scale permaculture type land management systems centered around individual or small groups of dwellings.” – Supporting Trends & Confluences for the S2MFC Concept

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.

Example of self-sustaining, permaculture home - http://www.simondale.net

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.”

Check out these short videos: http://simondale.net/house/why.htm


Website excerpt:

“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.

The (happy and loving and self-sustaining) Simon Family - http://www.simondale.net

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.”

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Back Yard Farming – Urban Homesteading – Supporting Trends & Confluences for the S2MFC Concept


The Urban Homestead Project
Tweet us @urbanhomestead and visit the blog at: LittleHomesteadintheCity.org
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Since the mid 80’s the Dervaes family has transformed their ordinary city lot into a sustainable and self sufficient urban homestead. Urban homesteaders are individuals who are striving to live an low impact, self sufficient life in the modern city environment. Since 2001, their site has been at the forefront to the revival of the modern urban homesteading movement. Offering resources, first hand accounts and inspiration for a 21st century self sufficient life
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Farm Anatomy: Julia Rothman’s Illustrated Guide To Country Life – Supporting Trends & Confluences for the S2MFC Concept

“…What comb styles have to do with cow plumbing and mapping autumn frost.”


Excerpt from @brainpickers review:

It really does seem to be the season of exiting foodrelatedreleases. From the ever-talented Julia Rothman — she of Drawn In and The Exquisite Book fame, and one of the most original illustrators working today — comes Farm Anatomy: The Curious Parts and Pieces of Country Life, a charming illustrated guide to the intricate microcosm that underpins your dinner plate. From how to properly milk a cow to a taxonomy of squash varieties and faming tools to a morphology of barn cupolas, Rothman’s warm drawings are bound to entertain, educate (did you know that a one-year-old goat is called a ‘yearling’ and you can use cornflower to dye wool blue?), and instill in you newfound awe and fascination with rural life.

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Self-Sustaining Communities – a charitable corp. of Northern California – Supporting Trends & Confluences for the S2MFC Concept

Their website: http://www.self-sustainingcommunities.org/

Excerpt from website: http://www.self-sustainingcommunities.org/our-work.html

Our Work

The overall plan is to assist in creating a systemic change which meets environmental, social, and sustainability needs by addressing those areas on which survival is dependent. Given the current (2010-2011) economic uncertainties, unemployment, environmental issues, and crime, creating wide-scale change is an opportunity we have at hand.”


Promote, encourage and freely provide backyard chickens; approached the City of El Cerrito to request an upgraded animal ordinance, which is in process, and to which the city staff has added beehives, pigs, miniature goats and more. All provide a food source, and a reduction in carbon dioxide as a result of a reduction in food transportation. In my video Chickens Create Community on Elm Street, you will note chickens also substantively meet the need of creating community, with emotional and social support attending.

In those neighborhoods where a rooster is well received, this too reduces carbon emissions by the reduction of traveling to procure new laying hens every few years. Also, it provides for a local source of new chicks. Chickens can be pets as well as a food source, and are trainable, for those who are committed to vegetarianism. (See Video).

Insofar as backyard chickens and city farms encourage the creation of community, it is well worth noting that in the Country of Bhutan, the success of the country is measured by Gross National Happiness as opposed to Gross National Product. Community building and sustainability through these processes add to increased Gross National Happiness.


Procuring and providing fruit trees on a wide-scale over an extended length of time to continue the process of creating local food, sustainability and greening. Offering these locally, and into poorer neighboring environments, reduces crime and includes the overall larger community collectively in community-building.


Encourage and promote alternative forms of transportation, i.e., bicycles, zero-emission vehicles and public transportation.


Encourage and promote alternative energy materials, particularly solar energy panels and shingles. This can also become the charging source for zero-emission vehicles, ultimately reducing all carbon dioxide in certain locations through this process.


Aim to move housing or some housing out of an economic realm which can result into homelessness or other crises situations as a result of an economic collapse.

This Plan assists the reduced income of seniors, of low income residents, aids children in the care and respect of life and the environment, teaches people the importance of creating community and honoring the emotional and social needs of many, including those who are isolated or disenfranchised.

As the participating cities and residents therein participate, this becomes an example for other areas of the nation and world to show that significant and important changes CAN be made that ensure the survival of the planet and which also add to the Gross National Happiness.

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Investors and Land Developers Corner – The S2MFC Development Project

This post thread is dedicated to intrigued Investors and Land Owners and Developers who are interested in this Self-Sustaining Micro-Farming Community Development concept.

Please leave your comments and questions below as well and stated interests, insights, perceived and potential synergies, and contact information, if applicable.

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Examples of Successful Individual, Privately Owned Micro-Farms in the USA

Please post a title, short description if you like, and URL of your successful Self-Sustaining Micro-Farm – or examples of microfarms you are acquainted with – here:

YouTube video Micro-Farming examples welcome 🙂 Again, add title, description and URL to the specific video or to the YouTube channel itself. Thank you.

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Trends and Confluences Supporting the Design/Build of a Micro-Farming Community

The Category (See “Categories”) within the S2MFC blog provides specific articles, research, and/or expert opinion that adds support to the concept of  “whole” Self-Sustaining Micro-Farming Communities design and development, and as a unique, timely and needed whole-community based new self-sustaining lifestyle, raw land development, and real  estate development model.

Thank you for your shared articles, Comments, Links and “Likes” as well as emails of serious inquiry. Please add titles with your links.

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