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   We don't have to wait for some grand utopian future. The future is an infinite succession of presents, and to live now as we think human beings should live, in defiance of all that is bad around us, is itself a marvelous victory."
  -- Howard Zinn


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"Most people in our country, and apparently most people in the "developed" world, have given proxies to the corporations to produce and provide all of their food, clothing, and shelter.  Moreover, they are rapidly giving proxies to corporations or governments to provide entertainment, education, child care, care of the sick and the elderly, and many other kinds of "service" that once were carried on informally and inexpensively by individuals or households or communities."

   -- Wendell Berry in




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     "You don't need all the baggage from left, right or whatever. You just need to get free, do for yourself, and work with others."

     This site promotes local self-sufficiency, community survival, practical skills, and simple, sustainable living.  There are hundreds of other places for political activism, but this is not the place.  This is not about changing society but avoiding the high cost of conforming to it.  It's not about making everybody agree with us, but using the freedoms and resources we still have to be more independent.  It's not about gaining power but freeing ourselves from it.

     Compiled here you find extensive links & online resources for independent-minded people of all types, family farmers, rural merchants,  for two and three job families, retirees and youngsters who can't make ends meet, and those who just don't want the rat race.   One realistic option is rebuilding in rural communities where practical skills and knowledge can provide a livelihood and sustainable lifestyle.

   "To forget how to dig the earth and tend the soil is to forget ourselves."
    ... Gandhi


  dot-4cnr.gif (941 bytes) simple living skills & knowledge

Here are the most practical resources for cutting costs, living better, do-it-yourself, value-added products & self-employment

  "If America could be, once again, a nation of self-reliant farmers, craftsmen, hunters, ranchers and artists, then the rich would have little power to dominate others. Neither to serve nor rule: That was the American dream," Ed Abbey  wrote in his journal.   From Earth Could Use Friends Like Abbey, John Balzar in
  dot-4cnr.gif (941 bytes) sustainable agriculture

Links here cover community supported agriculture (CSA), food storage and cooking, alternative crops for profitable family farms, gardening, compost, soil, Biodynamic, small livestock, water and irrigation, fertilizer, greenhousing, and much more.

"Sustainable agriculture is creating a farm that your children will want" says Joel Salatin, a 3rd generation organic livestock farmer, SARE 2000 conference

  dot-4cnr.gif (941 bytes) food plants

Many souces on production for just about every species that can be home grown or marketed locally, from amaranth to winter squash. Most advisories are geared to US conditions & markets unless noted otherwise.  This does not include large-scale commercial field crops but does include some oil, fiber, and biofuel resources.
See also Food Publications

  dot-4cnr.gif (941 bytes) sustainable building

These resources cover almost all approaches to building for human shelter, passive solar, earth materials and methods, concrete, stone, straw, timber, cordwood, recycled materials, rainwater collection, greywater, constructed wetlands, wells, waste systems, solar and wind power, masonry heaters and ovens, toxic materials, building codes, building publications, and more.

  dot-4cnr.gif (941 bytes) local resources by states

What can you find close to where you live? This is a listing of links by US states along with other regional resources in the US, Canada, and worldwide.

  dot-4cnr.gif (941 bytes) community self-sufficiency

These links focus on the "how to" and the "why" for strengthening local networking and local production for local consumption.  From food production to retailing, to bypass the costs and disadvantages of depending on the infrastructure and national economy.

  "People are trying to find ways to shorten the distance between producers and consumers, to make the connections between the two more direct, and to make this local economic activity a benefit to the local community. They are trying to learn to use the consumer economies of local towns and cities to preserve the livelihoods of local farm families and farm communities. They want to use the local economy to give consumers an influence over the kind and quality of their food, and to preserve and enhance the local landscapes. They want to give everybody in the local community a direct, long-term interest in the prosperity, health, and beauty of their homeland."
Wendell Berry in
  dot-4cnr.gif (941 bytes) getting free

Here we link to useful sources for personal freedom and simple living, beaking the employee-consumer-debt cycle. Not get rich schemes, noncommercial.

    "I must create my own System, or be enslaved by another Man's.  I will not Reason and Compare - my business is to Create!"        - William Blake

  dot-4cnr.gif (941 bytes) family freedom, natural health, & survival

Here we link to many of the best resources on homeschooling, home health care, vaccine problems, freedom in childbirth, toxics and health, tools, and emergency preparedness 


  dot-4cnr.gif (941 bytes) the bioregional focus

natural affinity areas instead of artificial state boundaries
A BIG PAGE - OUR OWN links to locally focused organizations - pick any state

   "The real argument against aristocracy is that it always means the rule of the ignorant. For the most dangerous of all forms of ignorance is ignorance of work." -
   "Our society is so abnormal that the normal man never dreams of having the normal occupation of looking after his own property. When he chooses a trade, he chooses one of the ten thousand trades that involve looking after other people's property."
   -- G.K. Chesterton


   "You get your information from the daily press.  Yet that is the very last place on earth to seek for truth in any state of form."  -- Emma Goldman March 1, 1933

They hang the man and flog the woman
That steal the goose from off the common
but let the greater villain loose
that steals the common from the goose

The law demands that we atone
when we take things we do not own
but leaves the lords and ladies fine
who take things that are yours and mine

-- English Nursery Rhyme c. 1764
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