The Vision is, to establish agricultural research and educational centers globally, using local resources and private funding. They will be established in currently unused land parcels. The primary focus will be on food supply, land restoration, de-desertification, and most importantly education. Centers will also provide food stuff, seed, water management, and livestock education, free of charge, to local farmers to improve the longevity of their land and overall improved quality of living.
All in efforts better the world we live in.
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Q: What is Urban Agriculture?
A: Urban Agriculture is the practice of cultivating, processing, and distributing food in or around a village, town, or city. Urban agriculture can also involve animal husbandry, aquaculture, agro forestry, urban beekeeping, and horticulture.
During the first World War, president Woodrow Wilson called upon all American citizens to utilize any available open space for food growth, seeing this as a way to pull them out of a potentially damaging situation. Because most of Europe was consumed with war, they were unable to produce sufficient food supplies to be shipped to the U.S., and a new plan was implemented with the intent to feed the U.S. and even supply a surplus to other countries in need. By the year 1919, over 5 million plots were growing food and over 500 million pounds of produce was harvested.
Q: What is Permaculture? How is that different from Urban Agriculture?
A: That’s a good question! Permaculture and urban ag are often viewed as two separate spectrums of agriculture. Truly they are both parts of the solution. Permaculture is an idea of self sustaining, not requiring fertilizers, food forests and living off the land, not even requiring water to be imported. Urban Agriculturalist, while sometime sharing the same views as perms, are building farms and gardens in cities and industrial zones. Urban ag also can lean towards science by utilising technology, were permaculture does not. Things like green housing, supplemental lighting, aquaponics, hydroponics, sometimes going as far as genetic modifications and growing in environments not normally containing living organisms, you know like trying to grow food on the moon and stuff. So by default there was a separation between the two and a conflict of interest. It comes down to how do we move forward? Maintaining a food supply, while also combating problems like desertification and increase in population. Unfortunately there is no easy answer but if we all work together we can accomplish great things. there was a time were scientists and hippies were constantly shaking fists at each other…sometimes still today….bad times for humanity. In recent years the two communities have evolved into a the basic understanding of ” were in this together”.
Q: How do you plan on paying for all this without government funding?
There is always potential for government funding, in the US ans abroad. Unfortunately things like war and other political thingies control how the money is spent, so we have a new hurdle. How do we do this without the government funding? Most likely the same way we have advanced our space program without nasa, the public. Just because we as a nation decided not to move forward as aggressively with our space program as we did during the cold war, nor our public agriculture since WW1 , we can continue to privately fund or even give away the fruits of our labor in the name of humanity! Not to mention almost every school has an urban ag program. Just take a look at UC davis or Berkley. Were more about bringing it to where it’s needed most. Be a good human, be a giver not a taker.
I think that brings us to the primary focus of Cottage Culture. To spread the love so to speak. I can imagine ag centers strategically positioned across the globe combating desertification, building sustainable food sources, ensuring animal, human, and plant health and survival. Utilizing combinations of urban ag, permaculture, and commercial technologies. Its not about who’s right, the bottom line is what works the most efficiently, has the lowest negative impact and greatest positive impact. Regardless our beliefs we all have 1 thing in common. We need food to live! Literally solving the problems, with or without the government funding, so we no longer have to worry about maintaining but can focus on progressing. So in other words, let US be the change we want to see in the world.