Thursday, April 12, 2012

Wonder: Am I the last to know...

You can now get a chicken coup through Williams-Sonoma?
Chicken Coups at Williams-Sonoma Agrarian
I was shopping the W-S bridal registry and ran across this.  My mention is not meant as promotion of W-S, only as an observation of how "growing your own" is becoming accepted in the mainstream of our culture.

One of my favorite documentaries is "The Power of Community" on the topic of "The Special Period" in Cuba.  See short clips here.

The Power of Community: How Cuba Survived Peak Oil
41:25 - 3 years ago

When the Soviet Union collapsed in 1990, Cuba's economy went into a tailspin. With imports of oil cut by more than half – and food by 80 percent – people were desperate. This film tells of the hardships and struggles as well as the community and creativity of the Cuban people during this difficult time. Cubans share how they transitioned from a highly mechanized, industrial agricultural system to one using organic methods of farming and local, urban gardens. It is an unusual look into the Cuban culture during this economic crisis, which they call "The Special Period." The film opens with a short history of Peak Oil, a term for the time in our history when world oil production will reach its all-time peak and begin to decline forever. Cuba, the only country that has faced such a crisis – the massive reduction of fossil fuels – is an example of options and hope. The Power of Community: How Cuba Survived Peak Oil is a project of The Community Solution, a non-profit organization that designs and teaches low-energy solutions to the current unsustainable, fossil fuel based, industrialized, and centralized way of living. Visit for more information. Film length = 53mins Plus 4 extras at the end (after the credits) Student Agriculture, Eco Village, Rural Solar Power & Architecture (less than 2mins each)«

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