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Skills and Crafts for Cultured Living

The 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.

AGRICULTURAL

ANIMAL HUSBANDRY

Aquaculture (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, PRESERVATION

Sustainable 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.

ANTHROPOLOGY

Review 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)

ARCHEOLOGY

Tools, 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

BEEKEEPING

BRUSHES AND BROOMS AND BASKETS

BUSINESS NOW AND FUTURE

Sale 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

CERAMICS

Glass, Containers, Sheet, fermentation vessels, medical and laboratory glass Pottery, Stone wear, China

COMMUNICATION

Legal 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 DEFENSE

Local 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

COMMUNITY INTEGRATION

Participation in existing community structure – Volunteerism, Churches, Charities, social and fraternal organizations, school support, local politics, Granges, FFA, 4H, Scouts

DRAFTING – MECHANICAL, ARCHITECTURAL

EQUIPMENT

Maintenance for existing (motor pools for maintenance and use), Transportation, Food production, Manufacturing for future

ELECTRICAL

Motors, Pumps, Lighting, small system distribution

ELECTRONIC

Communications, Data Storage, Control Systems

FOOD

Preparation, Oils, Preservation, Means of Cooking

FUNDRAISING (As long as possible)

Grant writing, Lecture Tours, Network solicitations, Channelized solicitations, Personal appeals, Tax Benefit (currently, Request bequests,

HORSEMANSHIP

Transportation, Pack animals, Drayage animals, Plowing and earth moving, Tack/Harness construction care and use, wooden wagons, mules, horses, oxen, ponies, llamas

HISTORY

Study of past societies in transition, Physical methods used in the past to avoid/ameliorate collapse, Agricultural history, Past social structures in networked communities

LEATHER

Clothing – Footwear, Storage, Containers, Drive Belts, Tack, Harness, Saddles

LIBRARY SCIENCES

Inventory Control, Hard Copy Preservation, Bookbinding, Physical distribution and retrieval Electronic Storage – Retrieval, Printing, Duplication, Paper making, Printing, Book making, Electrical/Electronic Presses, Manual Typesetting

MEDICAL

Sponsor and help build and establish, or enlarge and help local medical clinics First Aid, General Dental/Medical/Vision, Preventative Medicine, Medial publications Veterinary Medicine, Large Animal, Small Animal, Surgery both for people and animals

METAL TECHNOLOGIES

Metal Stocks, Structural, Sheet and Plate, Rod Ferrous Blacksmithing, Forge welding, Electric welding, Abrasives, Tool making, Pipes, Wire, Bearings Non-ferrous Wire, Pipes, Bearings, Water proofing

PAPER

Writing, General uses, Wrapping, Toilet

LOCAL POWER PRODUCTION

Solar, Water, Wind, Thermal, Methane Production, Renewable Combustion Sources, Local distribution network

PSYCHOLOGY

Group cohesiveness, Group dynamics, Group goals/vision and concept loyalty

SANITATION

Soap, Vinegar, Bleach

SEWAGE MANAGEMENT

Composting Toilets, Sludge Management, Conversion to Fertilizer

SHELTER CONSTRUCTION

People, Animals, Food, Storage, Shop

SHOES, BOOTS, SANDLES, ANIMAL TACK, MOCCASINS

SPINNING AND WEAVING

Blankets, clothing, upholstery

TANNING

Leathers for clothing and work materials

TOOLS

Metal Working Tools, Wood Working Tools,Construction Tools, Mechanics Tools Agricultural Tools, Cooking Tools, Household Tools, Sewing Making Tools, Food preservation tools, medical tools, chemistry tools, biological laboratory tools

TRANSPORTATION

Existing, Green Transportation, Hybrid, Animal

WATER FROM AIR USING ABSORPTION MACHINES

WEAVING

Rug making, cloth making, cordage/ropes, Felt making

WILDERNESS SKILLS

Packing, Riding, Hiking, Fire Making, Living out, trapping, Wild food gathering, Pack and trail animal management

WOODWORKING

Milling – cants, lumber Building material and building Furniture, interior Export item for sale/trade