We've got to talk about the future of agriculture. Specifically, what's the vision? And what's likely to succeed in this transitional era?

I argue that we need to start at the smallest possible scale, lest our inability to solve many complex problems at once take us down.
Others have argued that the family scale farm is somehow inherently racist. We can get into discussions about land access and power, but for the sake of remaking the food system let's try to narrow our scope to the problem at hand: feeding people sustainably.
If feeding people sustainably is our scope, we must be realistic about how this can happen. We need to face the facts that we have lost generations of knowledge on how to produce food outside of industrial ag. Many of us are stumbling around in the dark.
This re-learning of stacked, diverse peasant farming is *complex*!!! You must keep in mind many dynamic processes from access to tools to climate to diet to soil to culture, supply chains. It's a lot.
I humbly suggest, to those looking to remake the food system: start as small as you possibly can, gain competence, and only then should you scale.
Too many people are making the false claim that remaking the system should be a utopian project that solves everything (food, ecology, racism, power, land access, etc.) at once. This is a fool's errand and the complexity that results from such a project will spell its failure.
Solve one problem at a time. Give each solution its due attention. How can you learn from and listen to the land if you are simultaneously spending all day trying to reinvent social structures? Start small.
Even at the homestead level you are, in fact, reinventing (or returning to) a social interdependence within your family and community. Nurture these relationships, take time with them, tread carefully.
This is the century of building from the bottom up. I know we all think we are the galaxy brains that will solve for everything at once. Instead: follow those who make no such claims. The leaders in the coming decades are those who have the humility to know what they don't know.

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12 May
My homestead related content is pretty slim because we are past that initial "everything is new and this is fun!" stage, but not quite to the "we are experts in this" stage.

We are more or less learning through trial and error (mostly error) at this stage.
This practically means that we are putting systems in place and waiting until they break. Learning from them, and fixing them until they break again.

Probably the least sexy homesteading time.
For example, today I buried the urine diverter tube for our compost toilet. We had to clean it after several years of use and make a new outlet. 😬😬😬

Not exactly cottage core.
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29 Apr
I've benefitted quite a bit from taking a "yes, and" approach to twitter (and life) recently.

Typically a kind of lame rule of improv groups, I feel it can be a useful heuristic for relationships and people generally.
The basic idea is to see if it is at all possible to say "yes" (see the basic truth in what someone is saying/doing) and then saying "and" (how can I extend this with my own experiences/skills?)
Often when you add and encourage another, they think of what they're saying/doing in a deeper way than their contribution alone.

This is an example of the whole being greater than the sum of the parts.
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29 Apr
"I feel like dressing up today" -@RizomaAt

This is what a year of not giving a shit what you look like does to a person
The environmentalism of men who don't ever throw anything away

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26 Apr
Look, we are at a weird ass time in human history. Never have we been so rapidly disconnected from nature and the traditional cultures that helped us navigate our place in the natural world.
NEVER has humanity had to confront a return to ecological limits and construct new traditions in order to manage those limits ON THIS SCALE.
So you can give up the hope of some kind of simple RETVRN. It will not be that easy. And it certainly won't be that pretty. It'll be polyester and plastic for decades.
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25 Apr
We need to step out of the infrastructure as it is. Our routines, ways of thinking, patterns, are killing us and the planet. We need to break out of the status quo, quickly.

In recent days I've had some catalyzing convos and now have yet another way to accelerate this process.
When I saw the image above yesterday I almost began to cry. All of us have endured many years of community deprivation, loneliness, and last year was the most intense yet. We all want to crawl out of our screens and toward one another. But where to even start?
I think the answer might be in the model of psychedelics research, which has been showing promising signs of helping with many of the disorders of our lonely society: anxiety, depression, PTSD.
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25 Apr
Look. I read this book like 15 years ago called the modern mind and it talked about how cool smart people only catapulted into the stratosphere by their relationships to other geniuses.
I do *not* see myself as a genius. I see myself as a curator. Someone who sees the potential in another and finds creative ways to accelerate their creativity.
I feel we are in a cultural moment *ripe* for creative thinking and with structures like twitter and zoom and discord we can connect more easily than ever.
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