Project Two

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Note: Project Two is an extension of Project One

We’re proposing a localised pathway for emphasising grassroots education to foster the numerous changes favourable to resolving the problems which have cascaded down from the industrial approach to food production. Sooner or later a phase of rural resettlement must occur. How that will be shaped depends upon how prepared the people are for it.

The Landbase Project is a deeply decentralised approach founded in a working understanding of the principles of sustainability. Merging that intelligence with autonomous self-reliance will ensure its lasting expression as a core social value for the generations to come.

A largely overlooked consequence of big-city living is the rise of Big Ag, the world’s giant agribusiness monopolies. The extreme farming methods they prescribe continue to cause serious and unsustainable ecological damage, mostly in remote places and purposely concealed … are there alternatives?.

The overall aim is to have Learning Centres in different places according to interest.

  • Courses, presentations
  • Bio-organic advisory
  • Agrarian development

Project Two – specifically

to create a Rural Training Centre which can also be the operational headquarters for Project Landbase.NZ. Its primary purpose is to run courses that will further expand upon the key observations found in the book, ‘Making Sense of Sustainability‘. The flagship course for the Centre will be a 5-day intensive. Having a rural setting is key, allowing for demonstrations such as physical resources and small-holder husbandry training. On-site accommodation will be beneficial.

With its different libraries and  personal study spaces, altogether this venue is well suited to a range of small-medium conferences, workshops and retreats.

Seminar room in action
Seminar room in action

For illustrative purposes only

Where to Start?

Why Rural Resettlement
The causal link between industrial agriculture and global warming is well established[1]. To achieve global sustainability an increasing repeasantisation of agriculture[2] is unavoidable. A shift into rural areas could be beneficial in many other and diverse ways. How suddenly that happens should be of concern, as might the potential for disorder once it begins in earnest.

Why Grassroots
The Establishment, the Empire, does not want to change direction. It is well practiced at using delay, deceit, confusion and force in staying every threat to its agenda. What you eat and how it’s grown is on the front-line of a fiercely contended but silent battle for the future. For the moment you have the right to choose, but that is a door which even now some are trying to close. By default you are on the wrong side of it.

Why New Zealand
New Zealand’s history can be laid out as successive episodes of resettlement; each grounded upon the previous. The most significant of these was the wave of English settlers during the 1800s. They were mostly land-poor families looking to pioneer a nation founded upon a class-free imperative: specifically freed from the peerage system which dominated the country from whence they’d come. For a while they nearly succeeded.

In 1984 a political coup, known locally as Rogernomics[3] but quietly facilitated by the World Bank via the NZ Reserve Bank, tricked the public, stole all the nation’s assets and hastily sold them off to waiting foreign investors[4] – who immediately raised their prices. In this once-egalitarian land of plenty a poverty-trapped class soon emerged as the country’s wealth, which had once been the public’s wealth, began draining off overseas[4].

Although the egalitarian voice has been largely drowned out by the multilingual babble of bank-driven economic scrabble, there remains alive a generation from the politically-active 70s who experienced their predecessors efforts at freedom. Maybe some of the more resourceful ones amongst them would like to have a crack at revitalising  that earlier imperative.

Crowdfunding for this project (Project Two) will commence Jan-Feb. 2020.
It is a massive project and wil require professional inputs at many levels.

If you are interested in helping at some stage  …

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1 : Together We Can Cool the Planet – docu., La Via Campesina (2015)

2 : Repeasantisation in America – Nelson,  J. and Stock, P. (2016)

3 : Someone Else’s Country  – docu., Barry, A. (1996)

4 : Foreign Control – Key Facts  – Horton, M. (… 2019)

About Editor

Ross Scholes —    BSc.(Earth Sci.); PGDip.(Nat. Res.): PGDip.(Devpt. Stud.)          • Assoc, Editor, Soil & Health magazine ( 6 ) • Development Consultant, Solomon Is. ( 8 ) • Organic gardener, ( ~50 )

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