The purpose of this website is to inform and empower people, to explain climate change and earth science in ways that help people protect their habitats and food supplies, now, and into the future.
We are farmers, gardeners, bakers, builders, steelworkers, artisans, tree planters, foresters, business people, landscape architects, earth scientists, teachers, rural landowners, project managers, and so on.
Food production worldwide is diminishing because of increasingly severe weather events; heat waves, droughts, floods, unseasonal frosts, and breakdown of infrastructure. In many places, soil fertility is declining due to loss of micronutrients, loss of organic content, and loss of tilth.
A significant part of the world’s food production is controlled by a handful of large corporations. Their profit motives, corresponding corporate structures, and distribution networks were evolved during times when weather was relatively predictable and stable, and when oil was cheap. Their food production and distribution processes require large inputs of petrochemicals and direct and indirect subsidies from governments and taxpayers. These food production systems are faltering because of the stresses and dynamics of global climate change.
Aggravated by impending climate chaos and policies like “Just in Time” delivery, most of the industrial food system is about “nine meals away from anarchy.”
Two years after countries signed a landmark climate agreement in Paris, the world remains far off course from preventing drastic global warming in the decades ahead.
We encourage people, families, communities to grow food locally and to help each other. Raised beds, cold frames, drip irrigation, composting are easy to do. Food tree culture is a bit more complex. We are here to share what we know.
We encourage people, families, communities to protect their forest areas. Forested landscapes will always be more climatically stable than scrublands or barren landscapes. Forested areas can and should be interplanted with food trees: walnuts, heart nuts, hican nuts, hazel nuts, apples, pears, honey locusts, chestnuts, berries, medicinal plants, mushrooms, and so on.
We encourage families and communities to manage their forests for carbon sequestration, climate stabilization, and food production. Removing the lower branches of forest trees and composting forest litter reduces the risk of wildfire.
We encourage people to protect their forests with conservation covenants and to set up local not-for-profit community foundations, or land trusts, to hold and secure these covenants.
We are here to help.