Our good friends Geo and Andria agreed to answer some questions about what they think about what we want to do. Take a read…
We are Geo and Andria! We met Eva and her family and have been helping out with various projects on their property.
We spent the last year travelling and volunteering with Permaculture projects in S.E Asia, learning low input methods of providing oneself with food and shelter. We currently are living and working on an organic farm and continuing our re-education.
What sustainable initiatives are being taken in the Shuswap area?
As for sustainable initiatives in the Shuswap….I’m not sure we’ve seen any! Sustainability is a word which needs to be more rigorously defined. For example, if a delivery truck is running on reclaimed cooking oil/ bio-diesel, many would eagerly classify that service as sustainable. To look at the practice more closely, one must identify that the cooking oil was itself transported to the restaurant by a fossil fuel burning truck, processed into oil by energy intensive refining, and grown and harvested by fossil fuel burning tractors. In addition,the plants used may or may not be genetically modified plants that employ genetic use restriction technology. This is commonly known as “terminator” seed and will not reproduce, forcing the farmer to purchase seed for each subsequent planting. To be frank, there are very few truly sustainable systems, only regenerative systems and degenerative systems. If any one link in the chain is “un-sustainable,” aka degenerative, the whole system is also degenerative. Any line sloping downwards, no matter how slight, will lead, inevitably, to zero.
What kind of benefits do you think can come from the Learning Center and Underground Greenhouse that we are planning for?
We’ve met lots of people who are recognizing the need for a drastic lifestyle change. However, many feel overwhelmed and are unsure of what they must do and where they should start. A learning center dedicated to this type of education would be an enormous resource in the push for regional bio-sustainability and address the issue of community. Many hands make light work!
Due to our particular climate, any sustainable food plan has to work around the inconvenient fact that plants don’t grow in the winter. While root cellars, canning, drying, preserving and smoking can give your surpluses a shelf life, a year round greenhouse would go a long way towards making eating local a more inviting prospect.
We’ve said that our center will be directly involving and supporting the community. What are your thoughts on that statement? How much of a role should community play in these kinds of initiatives?
The involvement of community in sustainable initiatives is paramount. If the greater community at large continues degenerative practices, the eco-system, on which all sustainable practices rely, will still degenerate. We have to do this together!
A pretty awesome pair I’d say. Want to get involved? Click the link below and become a part of a different way of life! This project will help you, me, and ultimately generations to come. Anything helps!