No Noise, No Fossil Fuels, No Pollution
Peak Oil expert Richard Heinberg speculates that in order to continue to grow the same amount of food in the future, without burning fossil fuels, we will need 40-50 million farmers, farming 3-50 acres, mostly with hand tools. No, not like in the Middle Ages. We are talking about appropriate technology here, and fundamentally rethinking our growing methods to work in harmony with Nature.
Small-scale farmers, meet one of your new tools. The cutting edge technology of the European scythe!
Sunday: Scything Improver’s Workshop: Build on what you learned the day before. Advanced sharpening, mowing lawns and prairie maintenance, will be some of the topics covered. If enough people bring their own blades for peening, we can go more in-depth with hands on peening.
You’ll be outside during these classes, so dress appropriately. Scythes will be provided for you, but if you are interested in purchasing a scythe, head over to One Scythe Revolution’s catalog and pick one up for Botan to bring out for you to learn on this weekend.
The Instructor: Botan Anderson
When I first declared my intention in 1999 to start a scythe-based natural farm, my friends told me skeptically that it would be too much work. Alas, with the scythe equipment and instructions available at the time, they were correct. Luckily for you I am very persistent and sought out better instructions, and I discovered there was a much more proficient level of scythe equipment available in Europe, but unavailable here. So I took it upon myself to start importing the better scythe equipment and other tools. I am continuously seeking out better tools to make this idea of a hand-tooled scaled, natural farming/permaculture easier to do. I test and use every product myself so I know that they will work like I say they do. With many of the products I carry, I am either the first, or the only scythe seller in the US to carry these tools.
The Sustainability Skill Share brings people together to learn practical skills in hands-on classes focused on housing, clothing, and feeding ourselves in a world without fossil fuels. In addition to dozens of classes taking place over two days, we will also have a social aspect: camping, meals, a documentary screening, and perhaps music. This event will happen June 1–2, 2019 in Cooksville, Wisconsin. This will be the pilot year of what we hope will be an annual festival of classes related to sustainability, DIY, hands-on, and individual or community self-sufficiency.