Green Wizard Curriculum for Food - Inputs?
One of the long term projects we here have at the Green Wizard site is to develope a sort of "curriculum" of study and training that "green wizards" learn to become....well, green wizards and such people who can help teach and motivate their neighbors to survive what will come.
While knowing how to change and adapt their local city or even state government's laws, attitudes and focuses is important to a master green wizard much of the work WE do will be ultimately at the neighbor to neighbor level.
If you take a look at the Circles, you will see we have a general order of learning. Food first, then so on.
LOL, when picturing green wizards in the decades to come I tend to less imagine us as Gandalf of the "Lord of the Rings" but more like Mister Minogi of the first "Karate Kid". (wax on, wax off) Less the warrior monk and more the old person down the street that knows a bunch of helpful stuff AND who is happy to spend an afternoon teaching it to anyone who asks.
It is our hope here, that eventually we can create something like the "Master Conservators" course of study for green wizards. Perhaps even a companion handbook to JMG's forth coming book on green wizardry.
So the question then is, what things do you think we need to learn, in the area of Food?
Please feel free to suggest and even advocate specific things you think will be beneficial in the Long Descent. Focus first on Food, we'll get to the other Circles in their time.
As I personally see it, here's the areas we need info on:
1) First and foremost, a green wizard needs to be familiar with basic nutrition. Much of what is peddled in grocery stores to day is out right crap!
(sorry for the expletive)
I read a study this week that found the "high fructose corn syrup" that's added to so much food now, actually short circuits the brain's hunger mechanism. You don't feel hungry when you eat food full of it, so you eat more and more.
Does anyone wonder why most first world citizens are getting more and more obese?
Being able to teach people how to eat healthy is the beginning of green wizardry. I honestly think knowing how to both eat healthy and protect your health is what will keep YOU alive in the coming years.
Teaching that will keep your neighbors alive.
How many of us know how to soak a pot full of dried beans so they can be turned into a meal?
2) Next, buying prepackaged food is one thing, but learning to cook from scratch is both better for you nutritionally but here's the biggie in my opinion, it costs alot less.
Even more so as we teach people to grow their own food.
Appropriate technology works well to help here. The idea you can use a Haybox to both cut your fuel use to heat the food, and create a healthy and nutritious meal, is going to be something people in the trying times ahead need.
3) Grow Something!!
Next up seems to me to be, getting people to invest time in growing at least some of their own food. This may start with a few pots on a balcony or a full blown garden. Still as times get harder and this thing we call "modern society" unwinds the idea that you don't have a garden around your home will become a like "no cell phone"? Something that people go "Duh!"
For some, their personal situation won't allow a garden. In that case, they will still need to learn the same skill those with gardens will need to store food for when its not plentiful. Food preservation and storage will again become an important skill.
Green wizards will need to know how to turn food, either grown on a backyard plot or bought at a local farmer's market, into a storable resource. Canning, freezing, drying. Safe and healthy methods to do that must be learned and taught.
5) And finally, for those who garden, learning how to harvest seeds for the next year, is a priority.
While I don't think Monsanto is an evil empire out to dominate the seed industry, they are pushing a mono-crop culture that ties farmer to their bottom line AND makes us whole suspecitical to a killer blight that wipes out whole crops.
Better to learn how to grow heirloom vegetables and more importantly, save the seeds for next year.
Our ancestors knew this, we best be learning it too.
And Green Wizards I hope, will be there in their communities to teach it.