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Ego
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Post by Ego » Wed Jun 10, 2015 1:56 pm

Pico Iyer gave the baccalaureate speech at USC. In it he manage to talk about his early retirement as well as about a half dozen topics we've discussed here recently (see how many you can catch) all meandering - strangely - around Leonard Cohen.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1GIYRQEXmMg

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Post by cmonkey » Thu Jun 11, 2015 12:22 pm

Nate Hagans - Turning 21 in the Anthropocene

This has some pretty incredible and sobering statistics regarding the 6th great extinction that is going on right now. 50% of all animal life, 40% of insect biomass and 30% of all birds in Europe gone in just the last 25-40 years.

Also includes a host of other topics.

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Post by jacob » Thu Jun 11, 2015 2:18 pm

@cmonkey - The "grandma I saw a squirrel"-reaction is common in Europe. The first time I was in the US, I burned half a roll of film photographing squirrels on campus because seeing them run around was so mind blowing.

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Post by cmonkey » Thu Jun 11, 2015 2:51 pm

Its really hard to wrap my mind around the fact that 50% of all wildlife has disappeared within your (jacob) lifetime and pretty close to mine. Probably 40-45% within my life.

http://www.biologicaldiversity.org/prog ... on_crisis/
Scientists estimate we’re now losing species at 1,000 to 10,000 times the background rate, with literally dozens going extinct every day [1]. It could be a scary future indeed, with as many as 30 to 50 percent of all species possibly heading toward extinction by mid-century [2].

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Post by Ego » Tue Jun 30, 2015 7:07 am

Without Bound - Perspectives on Mobile Living
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lg37Cbx ... e=youtu.be

The guy who sounded like Pat Robertson was my favorite character. Here is his blog
http://mobilecodgers.blogspot.com/

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Post by cmonkey » Tue Jun 30, 2015 8:51 am

@Ego, Thanks for sharing this, I really enjoyed it. I also found Randy to be my favorite, he seems very personable. I love that Walden is what inspired him to go that route.


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Post by C40 » Mon Oct 05, 2015 6:35 pm

This is something to listen to:

The Thomas Jefferson Hour Podcast. I'm recommending episode 1116 "To Live Deliberately". They discuss "Walden" and applying principles from it in our own lives.

https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/the ... 83908?mt=2

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Post by tonyedgecombe » Tue Oct 06, 2015 5:33 am

C40 wrote:This is something to listen to:

The Thomas Jefferson Hour Podcast. I'm recommending episode 1116 "To Live Deliberately". They discuss "Walden" and applying principles from it in our own lives.

https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/the ... 83908?mt=2
If you don't have iTunes you can listen to it at http://www.makochemedia.com/files/Show% ... rately.mp3

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Post by jacob » Fri Oct 30, 2015 5:43 pm

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zdLAM-wChxY

Dan Price feature.

PS: Subscribe to Kirsten Dirksen's channel.

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Post by jennypenny » Sat Nov 07, 2015 1:42 pm

Here's a series on youtube called An American Homestead. It's about an extended family learning how to homestead in the Ozarks.

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Post by jennypenny » Sat Nov 07, 2015 2:09 pm

Here's an adorable accessory dwelling in Portland. I'm not sure why they think it can generate $1M/year, but it's a nice opportunity for additional income if you live someplace desirable. I'd probably live in that little unit and rent out the house to a permanent tenant.

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Post by George the original one » Sat Nov 07, 2015 9:31 pm

Accessory dwellings in Portland are currently being hit with a hefty property tax increase. Of course most people have forgotten that was the deal when they were allowed to start the accessory dwellings, that the property tax increase was deferred to encourage such developments...

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Post by heyhey » Sat Nov 07, 2015 10:04 pm

The Victory Garden link is wonderful. They just assume you have a horse for plowing your backyard :)

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Post by heyhey » Sat Nov 07, 2015 10:17 pm

jennypenny wrote:Here's an adorable accessory dwelling in Portland. I'm not sure why they think it can generate $1M/year, but it's a nice opportunity for additional income if you live someplace desirable. I'd probably live in that little unit and rent out the house to a permanent tenant.
That doesn't look small to me. I can't believe they describe it as a "tiny house". It's a normal sized property in Europe LOL

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Post by jennypenny » Sun Nov 08, 2015 8:43 pm

To Make A Farm movie -- To Make A Farm asks: what might the future of local food and farming look like? This beautifully photographed documentary explores the lives of five young people who have decided to become small-scale farmers.

It's good. They're gutsy to take on that kind of farming. I like what he says @35 minutes about using your heart, head and hands at the same time.

It's on Amazon Prime.

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Post by ffj » Sun Nov 08, 2015 11:30 pm

@jp

Watched. I really wished they would have posted financials. Especially the woman who has been doing this for a few years. I've often thought that if one loved to farm the best way to leverage that would be to raise as much food for themselves as possible and work a regular job. Still get to raise things along with a steady paycheck.

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Post by jennypenny » Mon Nov 09, 2015 6:15 am

If they didn't talk about finances, they can't be good. :(

The film reminded me of the couple that ran our CSA. They said they were taught (by Penn State Ag) that a small farm just like those shown in the film were the best chance of making it work. I'm not sure how true that is, or if the Ag schools are just trying to keep people in farming. Maybe those farms are the best way to break even while calling yourself a 'farmer'.

I still liked their enthusiasm. I also liked that it wasn't inspired by or overloaded with cynicism towards modern culture or big Ag or cities in general. It seemed like, for the most part, they just really wanted to farm. It was refreshing.

The movie pretty much convinced me that my days of raising something for the table are behind me. You'd think the opposite was true -- that the older you got, the more resigned you became to the way life works. Maybe you develop more sympathy for the animals the closer you get to your own stockyard day. ;)

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Post by 7Wannabe5 » Mon Nov 09, 2015 6:14 pm

Based on my reading, the best way to make a living as a small farmer is to provide niche crops to the city markets. In a way, it's the same model that brings people a moderate make-a-living level of success on Etsy or Amazon or dealing discards at a flea market. I joke that it is my plan to raise snails, quails and rare amaryllis on my mini-urban-plot, but it is true that you simply can't compete growing corn and potatoes, just like I can't compete selling used copies of best-sellers on Amazon as a book dealer. OTOH, if it is your goal for your garden to provide enough calories to feed your family, then you should grow potatoes and corn. My 5 year goal is to provide enough volume/weight of food to feed two people (6 lbs. a day), but not necessarily enough calories or variety, and also a couple of small income producing crops. So, something like 2000 lbs. of food and $2000 annual income from 3/10 to 1/2 acre. Keeping it fun level of farming.

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Post by jennypenny » Wed Nov 18, 2015 9:18 pm

Another Dirksen video: Converted van as full-time home for nomadic Canadian couple

It's as much about minimalism as it is about van dwelling. I really like the message @21:00.

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