We feel a critical imbalance of food demand and food supply is coming
This crisis will peak sometime in the next 30 years leaving large groups of people without enough access to food. As populations grow, especially in developing countries, and food production is affected by a changing weather, the increasing price of oil, dwindling supplies in fish\crops or global debt, demand for food will outstrip supply in greater and greater margins.
You have a choice either become a Grower or a Hoarder. Regardless of how much food you hoard, there is a limit. We have chosen to become a Grower and share our knowledge and experiences with others. We call our program The Art of Sustainable Living. It is how to grow food and be self-reliant whether you live in an apartment, condo, and house. You do not have to be a farmer.
Humans need to eat, humans are creative, and humans are resourceful. So what does a hungry, resourceful, creative human do? S/he grows a crop, eats what s/he needs, sells or barters the rest for another need.
At the Art of Sustainable Living Learning Center some of the projects you can learn about are:
1. Automatic self-wicking growing beds to irrigate your food supply without daily watering
2. Rainwater harvesting to decrease water usage
http://4h4u.info/rainwater/ 3. How to produce hot water for showers from compost
4. Earth heated greenhouse domes to raise food year around
http://4h4u.info/healthyhuts/ 5. Automatic chicken feeder, waters, and door opener/closer to ensure a fresh egg supply[
http://4h4u.info/chickens/ 6. Worms to provide your fertilizer
http://4h4u.info/worms/ 7. Heat your home using old hot tubs
8. Growing salads all summer from your patio or driveway
http://4h4u.info/garden/ 9. Raise strawberries using water from your fish tank
10. Building and baking in an Earth Oven
11. Heat your home with a rock wall
We welcome children as well as adults. There are special programs for a 4-H Club. The techniques we teach are not rocket science. We use today’s technologies in a different way to be Self-Reliant. We only teach one course per day in the afternoon. The dates which courses are taught will depend on interest.
If you commute – there are no fees. The closest permanent lodging with motels/hotels is located in Newport, Oregon, which is 25 miles away and at the edge of the Pacific Ocean.
Staying at the Learning Center If you are willing to camp (we have 80 acres and one mile of Siletz River front of camp sites) with your RV, 5th Wheel, Camping Trailer, Tent Trailer, or Tent at one of our primitive sites and work on our projects at least 2 hours per camping day there are no fees. Full RV hook up sites are available for a small fee.
We Teach Hands On Skill Building
Food Self-Reliant lends itself to being caught not taught. By this we mean that one cannot really understand soil and vegetation by merely reading a book. It is the act of listening and sensing that leads to a harmony between the grower and the growing. There are parts of food Self-Reliant where we need to use our minds, but a large part is learning to listen to the plants and to become a part of the living ecosystem. When we participate with nature in this way, there is a sense of belonging that comes to us, and meets deep inner needs.
Courses for the more serious minded person
This is for people who want to more that just something to eat. It is for people who have the time to spend at least a week or longer. Courses will be taught daily in the afternoon. During these courses a person will:
Discover Natural Living
The visual backdrop is forest, chickens, wildlife, meadow, a mile of riverfront and plenty of moss, not sidewalks, cars, and city buildings. Nights are dark and quiet and you can almost touch the stares. This natural environment helps us relax, often without consciously noticing it.
Being part of an intentional REVOLVING community of people who want to be here part time, our Grow & Go is different from the mainstream. People want to actively work together and cooperate to make their lives richer and more fulfilling.
Discover Your Passion
What are you truly excited about? Your passions and hopes are what brought you here, and being around likeminded individuals you may discover more. This is the time to go for what you really want in life. We welcome people who are passionate about joy and happiness. You may be passionate about your work, the environment, permaculture, art, writing, music, community, healthy mind and body, and all things that help bring peace and abundance to your soul.
Relying on supermarkets for food and electricity companies for power is a fragile way to live. Grow & Go is not totally self-sufficient, but we are moving more in that direction, growing more in our gardens, pumping our own water, and planning for more water catchments, passive solar power, reaping wind power, mini hydro and Aquaculture. Get ready to roll up your sleeves and help build a totally sustainable live style.
Discover Your Strengths
Living in a temporary community is about the soft skills of life, like interpersonal communication and internal growth. We will teach you to recognize your own strengths and to understand how to relate to others in a mature way. We will teach you how to understand what makes you - YOU.
The sessions are set on a weekly basis. When you register for a weekly session, you may request up to 3 subjects for the afternoon classes. The other 3 classes predetermined. Classes are only taught 6 days a week.
You do not have to spend all week, you may come anytime for just a couple of days, but the classes will already be determined by the registrants of the weekly sessions. If you are there during a class, you may attend at no cost.
You can stay longer than a week. You can stay all summer and become a long-term resident (longer than 30 days) as long as you are willing to work on our projects and meet the special considerations, but classes are only taught during the scheduled sessions.
The weekly session starts Saturday and ends the following Sunday. The first class will be Sunday at 1:05 pm.
The schedule of the weekly session for 2012 is:
June 9 - June 17
June 23 – July 1
July 7 - July 15
July 21 - July 29
Aug 4 - Aug 12
Aug 18 – Aug 26
Sept 8 – Sept 16
Sept 29 – Oct 7
Workshop Nov 12 – 18, 2012
The Workshop will provide an overview and all details of all the Art of Sustainable Living projects. There is no work required during this week, as all the presentations and lodging will be done at Depoe Bay, Oregon. There will 3 presentations per day and a one-day visit to the Sustainable Living Site on the Siletz River to see the on going projects.