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8 Jun
@ethnowise Oooo boy do I have ideas. Incoming:
@ethnowise One big idea is any kind of widespread initiative that gets people out working alongside already existing small scale producers (and there are lots!) Like this:

@ethnowise Or it could be school children! Like Farm School as ongoing weekly field trips to regen farms. I am working on something like this with @amyj and @Tao_Orion now
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8 Jun
Localizing food systems is really the only way. But can I please keep chocolate?
I love people pleading to keep just one globally traded food

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7 Jun
V grumpy today but now I feel better so here's a picture of me in Morocco cultivating my undying love for internal courtyards Image
And tile!! Love tile. Image
Moar tile Image
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7 Jun
this article, acknowledging the fact that *baby deer* die from harvesters, suggests using *infrared sensors* to detect their bodies rather than *not using machines that kill tons of animals* so we can eat industrial plant foods
dead animal parts as input to most plant food production

pest control means killing animals to protect plant food products

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24 May
This is the wrong, wrong, wrong conclusion.

Plant ag maximalism is a catastrophic ideology. It is a religion dreamed up via global aggregate data regression analysis by "environmentalists" sitting at computers.

It has no understanding of ecology. Shameful and harmful.
Animal ag via holistic management is *one of the only ways* we know how to sequester carbon using natural processes! 🤬

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24 May
So a little story about the time we naively explored the idea of sharing the land we bought in Uruguay with some "like minded" folks from Germany, and how quickly and ridiculously it went south.
@RizomaAt and I bought 9 acres of land in Uruguay in 2012, when we were tender 28 year olds. We had long thought "wouldn't it be cool to set up some kind of mini-village on the property with others like us?" We were still in Chicago saving money for the move.
We listed the property on an intentional communities directory and put up a website. We started fielding requests for more information. We had regular meetings with people seeking to move to Uruguay. None amounted to much. Mostly people dreaming.
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15 May
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.
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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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23 Apr
I strongly disagree with the first part of this sentence and it's something I see often repeated. I want to explain why I (no longer) think this.
The correct political project of today needs diverse ideologies working together. That I think we all can agree on.
Political action as it is currently understood requires ideological adherence and homogeneity. That is, you only get involved in political action with a group you agree with ideologically.
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23 Apr
I had a head exploding moment talking to @myceliummage about my theory of social change.

Communities don't get created out of thin air. They emerge out of the necessary relationship of humans and nature.

If the material world is the soil, the relationships are the plants.
The problem right now is we are trying to yell at plants to grow without tending to the soil. That is, we are shouting "we need community!" without asking how it is made.

It's all backwards. We need to build the soil, the substrate out of which community grows.
Practically this means cultivating the base of all human community: a connection to the material world. If we as individuals take back responsibility for some of our material needs we are forced to rely on others if we will have any success in creation.
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23 Apr
I honestly love Joe's opposition to self-described larping. It is an invitation to confidence. No, you are doing the damn thing.
I used to like the phrase "fake it until you make it" but as a very zen and very smart person (tm) I realize we are all just on a spectrum of competence.
But for real I will be so proud if my house is better than this @RizomaAt

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22 Apr
This is such a good illustration of my theory of change. These activists would have one million times more impact on the climate if they left that cow shit on the farm so it could build soil and literally sequester carbon.
This whole protest feels so cringe. Like why do they have all matching pink wheelbarrows? Where did they get them, from China? Do they think Biden gives a shit about this farce?

These people need to get out and just start field testing the alternatives they advocate for

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22 Apr
When things are expensive, people learn how to fix them.
We don't need to "develop a culture of repair." We need the built world to not be subsidized by cheap energy anymore. When that happens, you bet your ass you're going to see formal and informal repair shops everywhere.
You should see some of the cars driving around here in Uruguay from the early 20th century. Because it was cheaper to rebuild them than to buy new.
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1 Mar
Ok this convo gave me a few insights. Good low tech:
- capture moving water (rivers, tides thru wheels, etc.)
- solar water heaters/dehydrators/cookers including clotheslines!)
- passive solar buildings
- simple windmills (e.g. as well pump)
If we want to go high tech (solar photovoltaic, large wind turbines, dams) we've really got to think about storage (batteries) and distribution. IMO trying renewable energy generation to a grid is 1000% better than individual batteries in houses, cars.
Above all else energy consumption needs to go way, way, down. Luckily there are SO MANY inefficiencies (like shipping peaches from Chile to be packaged in Thailand and eaten in US) that can easily go away without too much pain.
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1 Mar
First day of school in Uruguay! Let's talk about rural schools here. This model works quite well and could serve as an example for primary education in certain places. Image
Some details:

One classroom. 15 kids aged 4 to 11. One teacher and one teaching assistant. School day is 10 am to 3 pm. Lunch is at noon. Kids eat together and learn table manners. Then they all brush teeth and play until 1 pm. There is a garden and an orchard. Image
The school day is not very long. 4 hours of classroom time is enough to focus on a foundation: reading, writing, math, science, history, etc. Kids therefore aren't expected to sit for many hours. Learning is in short bursts, in line with kids' attention span.
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