[permaculture] permaculture enlightenment for the military
toby at patternliteracy.com
Fri Aug 27 20:09:35 EDT 2010
People might be interested in the list of subjects studied by, or asked for by, the US Army National Guard Ag unit that Scott and I taught. This is what their 4-month training covered (And this is unclassified!). Draw your own conclusions according to your viewpoint.
(They are leaving for Afghanistan this week. I can call many of them my friends. I hope we can all wish them a safe journey and speedy return, and safety to the people they meet.)
Q3: What training have you already had?
A3: Ongoing or Training that we have attended (Current as of: 12 April)
Small Grain Management: Nitrogen additives, Tilling verses Non-tilling, Erosion control
Small Fruit Workshop: Grapes, Berries and Small Hoop type Greenhouses
Tanning Goat Hide: Processing the hide into leather (paint on, immersion and brain tanning)
Pasture Conference: Weed and Brush Control
Basic AG Spring Management: Grass Management
Wagenseller Sheep Ranch: Herding with Dogs, Habitat, Life Cycle of Sheep, Sheep Mngt
Basic Ag Field Day: Irrigation & Rainwater Harvesting
Grapes & Vineyards
Caring for Livestock
Nuisance Predator & Animal Control
Cheese Workshop: Making Goat Cheese
Pecan Grafting Workshop: Grafting Nut Trees
Bergey Wind Power: Wind and Solar Power
Basic Cattle Workshop: Handling, Nutrition & Pasture Basics, Herd Health, Selection Criteria
Well drilling and basic pumps
Tishomingo Nation Fish Hatchery: Fish Hatchery set up & Operations
Pond Management: Water Quality, Fish ID & Stocking, Mngt of Existing Ponds
Contracting Officer (Afghanistan Specific) Course
International Agriculture Development: Poultry Education
International Agriculture Development: Forestry Education
Zack’s Windmill Service: Windmill Operation and Maintenance
Blacksmith Workshop: Basic Principles, Coal Forge
Q4. What training specifically are you interested in?
A4: I opportunity to train and learn in the Pojoaque area will be close to the environment where we will be deployed. Reviewing the workshop schedules I, II, and III
Wool shearing, spinning and weaving
Wool Rug making, Looms
Natural Irrigation and water storage and harvesting
Top Bar Beekeeping
Pest Control with poultry
Poultry Liter and fertilizer
Poultry storage pastures, coops, brooding houses and chicken runs.
Poultry Processing and cooking
High Altitude farming
Small plot farming
Primitive Food Storage Techniques (Root Cellars, underground cold storage facilities, canning)
Planting (Broad cast sowing, berries, grapes, gardens, rows, trellising and raised gardens)
Small Dairy Operations: Milking, cream separating, butter making and having a drink
Goat slaughtering / processing
Fishing and processing a fish for dinner
Tree planting and harvesting
Fire building for heat and cooking (wood and other natural fuels)
Soil testing or type determinations?
On Aug 26, 2010, at 8:45 PM, Lee Flier wrote:
> On 8/26/2010 8:55 PM, Patrick wrote:
>> If we work with the military we become become tacit apologists for war whether we intend to or not.
> No, we really don't.
> The military is made up of human beings, most of whom have a sincere desire to serve - that is, to provide a service that is actually valuable to us, namely to defend us in the event that we ever really need it. That politicians (let's not forget that the military is ultimately directed by civilians) often send these folks to give their lives for an evil cause doesn't change that. So supporting the military while opposing war is really not at all contradictory.
> Furthermore, the fact of the matter is that we have troops occupying a lot of places right now. We can certainly do everything in our power to change that as voters, as activists, whatever means we have at our disposal... but the reality is they're there right now. So if any damage to the earth or the local people, any at all, can be prevented by the troops having permaculture training, are you /really /saying you don't want that training to happen? Over fear of sounding like an "apologist for war?" Really?
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