Latest TCLocal article: Visioning County Food Production, Part Six

Jon Bosak bosak at
Sun Aug 1 09:59:45 EDT 2010

Karl North's TCLocal series on Tompkins County food production
continues this month with Part Six, "Rural Agriculture."  This
installment envisions a system of feeder farms associated with
village-size population clusters located in the rural areas around
the City of Ithaca -- the third of the three agroecosystems upon
which we will rely in a future of declining energy inputs (the
other two systems being Urban and Peri-urban, described in parts
Four and Five of the series).

As Karl notes in the article, "Only rural farms have the space to
grow enough of the starchy staples like potatoes, grains, beans,
and rice that have historically supported urban population
densities.  Moreover, only rural farms can supply enough of the
materials like oils, fibers, and wood that are basic necessities
in our cold climate. Agrarian villages, not the urban center, will
again become the heart of a relocalized county food system in the
coming years."

Part Six can be found at

Parts One through Five of the series are available at locations
listed below.

People who wish to comment on TCLocal articles or engage their
authors in discussion should note that the TCLocal web site is
specifically designed to get feedback on these ideas as they are
developed.  Please use the comment form at the bottom of each
article so that we can keep all the input in one place.


TCLocal will be taking a break during August, but we'll be back in
September with new material and a live panel on "Local Responses
to Energy Descent" at the 17 September Back to Democracy meeting
in Trumansburg.  Keep an eye out for announcements as we approach
the date!


Each month (approximately) TCLocal brings you another in our
series of articles addressing various aspects of energy descent in
Tompkins County.  Contributors to TCLocal are members of the
community committed to helping prepare for a future with less
available energy. Articles that have appeared so far in this
series can be found at They include:

    Visioning County Food Production, Part 6: Rural Agriculture
       by Karl North (July 2010)

    Visioning County Food Production, Part 5: Peri-urban Agriculture
       by Karl North (June 2010)

    Visioning County Food Production, Part 4: Urban Agriculture
       by Karl North (May 2010)

    Funding and Finagling the Transition to Biomass Heat and Power
       by Krys Cail (April 2010)

    Visioning County Food Production, Part 3: Seeing County Food
    Production as an Integrated Whole
       by Karl North (February 2010)

    Heating with Biomass in Tompkins County
       by Krys Cail and Tony Nekut (January 2010)

    Health Care in an Energy-Constrained Environment, Part 2:
    Options for Re-evaluating Care Resources
       by Bethany Schroeder (November 2009)

    Burning Transitions: How Planned, Localized, Sustainable
    Non-food Biomass Utilization Can Help Ease Energy Descent and
    Mitigate Global Climate Change
       by Krys Cail (October 2009)

    Visioning County Food Production, Parts 1 and 2
       by Karl North (July and September 2009)

    Can New York State Feed Itself?
       by Jon Bosak (June 2009)

    Examining the Potential Local Foodshed of Tompkins County
       by Christian Peters (March 2009)

    Food Processing in Tompkins County
       by Persephone Doliner (February 2009)

    Wasting in the Energy Descent: An Outline for the Future
       by Tom Shelley (January 2009)

    Local and Urban Small Livestock and Poultry
       by Angelika St. Laurent (December 2008)

    Health Care in an Energy-Constrained Environment, Part 1
       by Bethany Schroeder (October 2008)

    Preparedness Basics
       by Katie Quinn-Jacobs (September 2008)

    Post-Peak Land Use Part 1: Ecocities and
    Post-Peak Land Use Part 2: The Country
       by Josh Dolan (July 2008)

    Water Treatment, Water Power
       by Jon Bosak (May 2008)

    Roads and Bridges in a Post-peak Tompkins County
       by Simon St. Laurent (March 2008)

    Fruits in a Post-Peak Tompkins County
       by Angelika St. Laurent (January 2008)

Articles appearing at are published under the Creative
Commons license and are owned and managed by the contributors as a
group. People interested in becoming TCLocal contributors should
first read "How to Contribute" at

and then contact the TCLocal editor at the address below to sign up.

Jon Bosak
Editor, TCLocal
bosak at

More information about the FingerLakesPermaculture mailing list