Some Notes for Newcomers
Welcome to the Green Wizards forum!
This project unfolded from a discussion on The Archdruid Report, my blog on peak oil and the future of industrial society, about what individuals could do to get ready for a future of limits, shortages, and technological decline. My thought was that people who took the time to learn and practice a particular set of skills I knew tolerably well -- the skills of the "appropriate technology" movement that flourished during the last round of energy crises in the Seventies and early Eighties -- would be well placed to help themselves, their families, and their communities in the years ahead.
The suggestion seems to have resonated with quite a few people; this forum is one of the results. The three sections of the forum labeled "Food," "Heat" and "Craft" correspond to the three main divisions of appropriate tech: methods of producing, storing, and preparing food; methods of producing and conserving heat in living spaces, water, and the like; and methods of producing useful things -- all of which are done with simple technologies and as little fossil fuel input as possible. The posts on green wizardry on The Archdruid Report, which you can read at http://thearchdruidreport.blogspot.com , will be following that broad outline, and these sections of the forum are meant to host discussions in each of these areas.
One of the things that's been a lively part of the conversations on The Archdruid Report has been the sharing of resources -- books, websites, schools, and more -- that can be used by prospective green wizards in their training. Here, those conversations and resources can go into the Resource Exchange section of the forum. Finally, there's a place for introductions in the section cleverly labeled "Introductions," and a place for casual conversation and fun in the Green Wizard Cafe. That being said, welcome to the Green Wizards project and forum!