Sustainable Living Skills You Need to Survive
It might not seem so serious to the average consumer in the First World, but the future of the world as we know hangs in the balance. The media is full of bad news that can make changing things for the better seem hopeless, but there are simple and radical things you can do to reduce your impact and set an example for others. It's not just a choice, our survival depends on it.
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This shipping container tiny house showed up at the St Pete Ecovillage in the last couple weeks so I thought I’d give a little tour of it. This one has the unique feature of being able to fold up so that it just looks like a normal shipping container, which can be useful in the stealth tiny house culture. Come see it here at the St Pete Ecovillage Tiny House Festival Saturday April 1st.
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This is a more in depth tour of the garden with better quality footage to follow up on my previous garden and food forest videos. I’m amazed at how free off pests this garden is. It also combines fruit and vegetables in some places, so the plants can work together in true permaculture fashion. During winter the peach and nectarine trees have no leaves, so the winter greens and brassicas planted underneath can get plenty of sunlight. This garden produces abundant food for both the ecovillage and the surrounding community.
I already did a tour of the garden at the ecovillage here in St Petersburg, FL, but I left out the food forest, which takes up a section of the garden space and features a collection of tropical fruit trees. Examples of food production like this illustrate how easy it can be to grow your own fruit, but they also make me realize how disconnected people are from their food that they choose to buy fruit from a store that’s been shipped across the world instead of growing their own. These things seem to grow themselves with little effort, and the reward is a bounty of fresh fruit that tastes like nothing you could find at the store.
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This is a tour of the newly formed St Pete Ecovillage. The people here have been putting a lot of sweat into fixing up the space they are turning into an ecovillage. This is a little walking tour around the property to see what they’ve got going on and what improvements they’ve already made. It’s a work in progress and expect more sustainable systems to be implemented as they get their houses livable and have time and resources to devote to other projects.
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St Pete is like a botanical garden. In certain yards and neighborhoods there is a diverse landscape of exotic tropical plants. For a gardener and horticulturalist like me, who hasn’t spent much time in the tropics it is an adventure just to ride my bike around. On this trip I happened across a very strange fruit on a strange tree.
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My aunt and uncle take me out sailing on a sailboat my uncle built himself. This is wind power technology that humans have been using for thousands of years. I love the feeling of speeding along knowing we are moving without the use of anything but natural power. Maybe next time I can get them to do the entire trip without the motor. I know they have the skills. I’ve only gone sailing sporadically in my life and most of those times were with my aunt and uncle.
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