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This post ran a year and half ago at The Oil Drum, but I thought it was worth re-running, as I begin my new Adapting in Place class (still two spots if anyone wants them – email jewishfarmer@gmail.com – and no, it isn’t too late!). How do you even get started thinking about how to…

The Water Fountain

Like everyone in the rich world, I carry bottles of water with me everywhere I go. Were someone from the past to spot me, they’d be stunned by the sight of all the people, clearly headed on long treks into the uninhabited jungle, carrying water lest they die of dehydration. Because, after all, in historical…

Sundry

Various Updates: First of all, Aaron Newton and I will be offering the Adapting-in-Place class again for the very last time for at least six months, and maybe longer. So if you’ve ever thought of taking the class, now is the time! Adapting in Place is my favorite class – it covers everything from what’s…

Stuff

I’m about to go out of town for three days to a conference on dealing with poverty issues, energy depletion and climate change, and I’m a little nervous. We’ve had no babies born since Meadowsweet’s appearance two weeks ago, and I have three does due in the next week – not only am I a…

The northeast is having its first heatwave of the year, and I thought it was a good time to re-run a piece I wrote about what to do in extreme heat if you don’t have air conditioning. Because we all know what heatwaves mean – not just physical stress, health crises and unnecessary deaths from…

(I really wanted to post Ronnie Gilbert’s version of this song, because not only is she a fine old folkie of the sort you are damned grateful exists, but she has one of the finest set of pipes out there. But there’s no video anywhere I can find of her singing. I like Mississippi John…

Most of the people who take Adapting-In-Place, reasonably enough, are doing so because they intend to stay where they are or fairly nearby in the coming decades. They know that they may not be in the perfect place, but for a host of reasons – inability to sell a house, job or family commitments, love…

Before I take off for the weekend, I thought I’d leave you with another re-run on the very basic process of adapting to rapidly changing conditions. Today I’m starting another Adapting-In-Place Class, beginning with the basics of evaluating whether you have a future where you are, what your other choices are, and then triaging your…

Just a reminder that Aaron Newton (my co-author on A Nation of Farmers) and I will be running our Adapting in Place Class online for six weeks, starting Thursday. The class is asynchronous – you don’t have to be online at any particular time, just participate when you like. The goal of the class is…