reply to post by Doc Holiday
This is on the right train of thought Doc but I would add modern technology to it, solar panels, windmills along with a hefty amount of batteries. It
would be a huge shock for most people to go without some of the modern conveniences we have today, so if they could be supplied to a central building
like a town hall it would make the transition more bearable.
These types of workshops would also be taught to everyone in this village, we all would need to know how to do each others job. We would need to know
gardening [basic botany], cooking, baking, hunting, fishing, butchering, how to make grain and flour, we would need to know food preservation methods,
smoking curing, tanning, carpentry, and a host of other skills, we would definitely want a library.
Originally posted by ararisq
I think you'll find it much more likely that Obama hunts them down and locks them up for growing unlicensed and chemically untreated organic produce.
I do see your point here plus all the other no no plants and herbs you would need for both industrial uses and recreation and medicinal purposes.
It would need to be a Agrarian Society
at its base. We would want to grow tobacco, hemp,
poppy, coca, among other medicinal plants, and this would send the authorities right down upon you, if you attempted this now.
reply to post by Ellsworth
That sounds like a conversation I would have loved to be in on.
As you will see by the end of this post the costs and planning needed to do this will be high, but unlike the Khmer Rouge in Cambodia if this was done
correctly by a government [the cost and planning involved is the reason I added the Obama part] we could theoretically abandon our outdated cities for
smaller community's. This type of society was promoted by Thomas Jefferson btw.
reply to post by nixie_nox
If we as humans took on the role of caretakers of this Earth, our comfort could not be a huge priority, its our air conditioning and cars and our
chemical dependence that is killing us all including the Earth, just look whats going on in the gulf?
Like I said earlier in the thread it would be difficult for this generation who has been raised with all modern conveniences and comfort to quit cold
turkey, But if our world shakes all of our cities or just key ones into dust we would be living without cell phones and blow dryers pretty quick.
Originally posted by Helig
Unfortunately I don't think you could make a village like this completely self sustaining because you need raw materials of such a wide variety that
its impractical to have it all in one place. Metal, wood, farmable land, hunting grounds, pastures for livestock, a pond/lake if you want fish as
part of the diet (and aren't located near the coast) the list could go on for pages.
I should have added that these communities would not be isolated, because of the reasons you have listed.
But they should be able to grow there own grains and mill them, have extensive fruit and nut trees, grapes, herb and spice gardens and more herb and
spice gardens. Fisheries to grow several species of fish, at least 1 lake with other smaller ponds, a spring would be handy a spring fed stream would
be best. Vegetable gardens, medicinal gardens. You would want to raise rabbits, chickens, horses, cows, pigs and goats/sheep and dogs and cats. You
would need to be able to grow enough food and be able to process it for both animals and humans. You would also need pottery, basket making,
blacksmithing...like you said it could go on for pages....
As for population controls that would be a must for the simple fact that without some kind of check in place the population would naturally
spiral out of control as people had more children during times of plenty. Just those controls alone would cause many people to chafe and societal
issues would eventually crop up as a result.
My inspiration for this thread is from Genesis and Adams and Eves job was to take care of the garden and multiply
At the end of the day humans are on the whole far too different for such a project to work simply because you can't get a group of 500 people
on the same exact page on every issue, and if you can't pull that off such a project is going to be doomed in the long run.
We would have to form a government within the village and have regular festivals and celebrations to let off stream, no matter what way we live there
will be these issues.