Nov 092010

YES Magazine recently had a several articles about resilience and the Transition Town Movement which are worth reading:

I doubt that those of us interested in Transition will get much traction on the idea until the ferry issue is settled and everyone makes their adjustments to whatever the outcome turns out to be. It’s a good Transition exercise, though, adapting to¬† change. Once we know how we will get back and forth for the next couple of years and find out how much it will cost perhaps we can focus on another step in Transition.

The Transition Town Movement provides lots to think about but raises a number of questions. The first question is: Is anyone interested in the idea of Transition? The second question would be: Where should one start? My answer, of course, is you start with a garden. Try to grow some of your own food even if it’s just growing sprouts inside. We’ve actually made much progress on the island with growing food. There are lots of vegetable gardens and small orchards. Many of them are new. More people are thinking about providing for themselves and supplementing with locally grown food. When the Edible Garden Tour was organized this past summer it was pretty easy to come up with twenty gardens. There were many more gardens to choose from. And, hats off to the Heritage Trust for making space available on the Curry Preserve for a community garden. Hopefully, there will be a demand for a second community garden somewhere on the island.

My suggestion for step two (step one being the growing of food) would be “reskilling.” That is, learning how to do stuff that everyone used to know before the advent of cheap energy.

The Gardener’s Network is holding a series of workshops on trees with Sean Tate. If you are a gardener you should get involved in the Gardener’s network. He is adding to our skill in living with trees.

What else are we talking about when exploring “reskilling?” Here are some subjects from reskilling sessions sponsored by Transition Movements around the world: home energy efficiency, primitive wilderness living skills, home funerals and green burials, canning and preserving, sun ovens, singing, crocheting, making yogurt and cheese, beekeeping, and foraging for wild salad. Cooking, sewing, ing, repairing stuff, build soils and living thriftily. Bicycle repair. Making natural paints: Earth, Paints, Plasters & Pigments. Using medicinal herbs, Composting, water collection and conservation, drip systems, plant propagation, dehydrating foods, keeping chickens and ducks, solar water heating, krauting, jam-making and grafting.

The list can go on. Point is there are lots of skills many, if not most of us, have lost that can and should be relearned.


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