For those who might consider Dmitri Orlov’s collapse scenarios fantastical, let’s consider an actual case study of collapse in the US of A. That would be Detroit, once the envy of the world as headquarters of the automobile industry. When Henry Ford announced the $5 work day, thousands came to take advantage of the opportunities which grew into well-paid career jobs with outstanding benefits. Then, it all fell apart. Now, Detroit has 25% unemployment and one wonders how good the jobs are for the 75% who are working. Detroit is a sad case but the bright note is that there is resilience there in the form of urban farming. This excellent video featuring and articulate former school teacher (now grower) tells whats going on in Detroit.
What struck me watching this video and trying to relate it to the future of Lummi Island is the age group we see working on these Detroit farm/garden projects. Somehow, we will need to figure out a way to provide land and recruit this kind of people in this age group to live and work on Lummi.