I have some experience w/ Ducks and generally, more sun in the pen is better, especially in the NW. Their droppings are very wet to begin with, so a pen w/ more sun and built on a sight grade for drainage will help aleviate smell and…"
"That is a good article and I feel the author's pain with regards to the word "sustainable". It does get overused quite a bit and used to greenwash things with. Too bad there's not a word that sums up the phrase…"
What parts of our mission are you interested in (for example, growing food/food security, appropriate energy technologies, transportation, community building, etc.)?
Food & water security, appropriate tech of all kinds- blending the best of the old and new using Permaculture. Also interested in sustainable building, local currency and networking with other like minded groups.
How do you see yourself being involved with Sustainable NE Seattle? What skills, talents and passions are you willing to share?
I'm primarily an information provider/teacher and catalyst . I have a pretty large fund of diverse knowledge and a capacity for correlation of that knowledge. I'm good at making connections between seemingly unrelated things & can solve problems in many situations. I also have some resources in the form of knowledge of and connections to appropriate technologies to share with others.
I was raised on a small ranch/farm by parents who went through the great depression, so I was raised to be very self sufficient and frugal and have a pretty good set of "rural skills". I also trained in horseshoeing and basic blacksmithing. We raised dairy goats and ducks and had an organic orchard of 135 trees and an acre+ organic garden in the desert. The garden had raised beds and many permaculture elements designed into it such as flowers to deter insects and swales to capture water. Pretty hip for the mid 70's!
I'd like to begin building systems that raise both fish and vegetables simultaneously in a symbiotic system, that includes composting (& using the compost to heat water & the greenhouses if applicable), and vermiculture. I want to be able to provide food for many at cost or for free. I would like to go to a permaculture workshop and bring back the knowledge to the group. Our economy will soon be re-localized by forces outside our control, so it's smart to make preparations for that in advance.
I'm very interested in local currency as well. The Dollar will probably be worthless fairly soon, so having a trusted medium of exchange not vulnerable to speculative chicanery or burdened by debt is going to be important. It's a great big vote of No Confidence in the failed monetary & market systems.
List other affiliations/groups that you participate in with similar missions.
I was involved with the Zeitgeist Movement, but have not pursued it further b/c they're not willing to address the immediate concerns related to the collapse that is occurring in any meaningful way and I feel they're too focused on technology. I have been looking for other like minded people and hope to be able to find an intentional community where I feel a strong connection.