Skills and Crafts for Cultured LivingThe skills, crafts, and technologies listed below are incomplete, but intended to start thinking about what will be necessary for living sustainably as a community/bio-region. Keeping with the FOSL vision of integrating with existing out-of-the-way communities or area and being of necessary value for all the folks about as the best way to facing the turmoil and change coming, what can you do or become to be a value and worth protecting by the folks and area you are living in?
A useful tool for creating a more complete and sustainable inventory of needs is to review your our lifestyle and think about what you would really need to be comfortable, healthy, and productive as a teacher of sustainable living or a person living sustainably. Having done a review of what you consider important in this vein you should then be able to add to, change, or delete from the list.
ANIMAL HUSBANDRYAquaculture (fish, plants), Apiarist (Bees), Small animals for food and manure (fowl, rabbits, hamsters), Vermiculture (worms), Large animals for drayage and transportation, Cultivation and harvest of native species as food supplements byproducts for improving soils and crop production
PLANT FOOD PRODUCTION, PRESERVATIONSustainable plant crop cultural practices (as separate from “Organic” production) Soil Sciences, Composting, Agricultural by products, Pond Cultures (green algae) Brown Algae(s) (seaweed), Green Manures, Animal Manures, Sewage sludge Plant sciences for breeding, non-hybridization, disease/pest resistant, better production, Grains, Vegetables, Fruits, Herbs, Preservation of Grains, As seed, As human food, As animal food, Preservation of Fruits and Vegetables, As human food Preservation of Herbs, For Human consumption as spices, teas, and supplements for Medicine for humans and animals, Field crops, Intensive bed crops.
ANTHROPOLOGYReview of past peoples means of living in a given area, Review of how past societies structured themselves in a given area (invariably the local environment structured how people lived in semi-industrialized, or non-industrialized societies)
ARCHEOLOGYTools, technology, and physical approaches used in the past for a given area Agricultural base, animal husbandry, hunting, gathering as applied historically for a given area
BRUSHES AND BROOMS AND BASKETS
BUSINESS NOW AND FUTURESale of community excess, Food, Animals, Manufactured Goods, “Crafts”, Seed and plants, Sale and advocacy of community technology/methodology via publication, lectures, multimedia, computer games, consultation, Utilization of Sponsored peoples knowledge, contacts, skills for current income, Integrate trade of goods and services – intensifying over time as needed/indicated, Fermentation products, beer, wine, whiskey, vodka Gunsmithing, ammunition production, Bow and arrow production, fabrication of knives Teaching martial arts, meditation, yoga, massage, dietary supplements
CERAMICSGlass, Containers, Sheet, fermentation vessels, medical and laboratory glass Pottery, Stone wear, China
COMMUNICATIONLegal with existing power structure, advertising to select demographic, Liaison with existing educational infrastructure, Writing for affinity press and organizations, Transfer of appropriate technologies to interested parties/organizations, Transfer of project information to other geographical areas, Lecture tours to organizations, and institutions Electronic, Low Frequency HAM (long wave), Shortwave radio, Dedicated Satellite Internet (while it lasts)
COMMUNITY DEFENSELocal policing in a rural area assuming no consistent support from
existing law, Minutemen or no? Warriors, part time or full time?
Warriors, how to protect the sheep from the sheep dog?, Martial
arts, Weapon acquisition/manufacturing modern and ancient, Bows and
Arrows, Knives & swords, throwing weapons, Firearms, Marksmanship