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Matthew Riezarf
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Nov 01, 2017
In Working With Nature
Ok, so, I had this idea If you were to grow your own food and live on land as an overseer responsible for maintaining that land, then how much should you leave wild. I am coming from the premise that by allowing natural processes (like insect pollination, fungal and bacterial support, wild animals and undomesticated flora) to go untouched or nurtured your food supply will continue indefinitely. I am not alone in this philosophy by any means. Well, just by intuition, I guessed 80%. Actually, I initially thought to take a full quarter of the lands for my needs. I back-peddled from that because there is some lingering human greediness in me that I am lucky enough to be aware of. So, 80% untouched and 20% for my home, domestic animals and crops. Is this realistic? Lets see. There are about 7.5 billion people on earth right now, give or take a few hundred million. The total land area of earth is about 57.5 million square miles according to quora.com. So, that makes about 130 people per sq. mile. There is 640 acres in a square mile. That makes .2 people per acre, or 5 acres per person on earth. That's not bad, considering how urbanized most of us are. Going with my intuition I started with here, that would be every person would get one acre to live on and grow food and leave 4 acres untouched.So, a family of five would get five acres to live on, grow food and develop for human use while leaving twenty acres.for wild plants and animals. Not to say they couldn't interact with that twenty acres, just don't interfere with it. A small town of 10,000 would leave 50,000 acres alone, for every city of a million we leave 5 million acres of natural habitat and so on Is that viable? According to this guyin the article below it is😀. http://www.farmlandlp.com/2012/01/one-acre-feeds-a-person/
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Matthew Riezarf
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Oct 25, 2017
In Requiem Resources
Here is a mini-blog I made on facebook to some new potential vendors on facebook.Let me know what you think, good idea, bad idea? Any ideas on how it can be improved? At Guilds of Requiem we will be striving for this ideal: What we mean by 100% transparency? It means 2 things. First, it means we will show, or try to show/ tell, how all of our products are made- where it comes from, who makes it, how we are doing it. That doesnt mean you have to give away recipes or fully attempt to instruct on the process, though its okay if you do. A true master of a craft must train and practice for years to develop a skill. That skill and the quality of the materials are what the customer is buying. If someone else wants to mimic your product, it doesn't matter. We will let them. We are not competing, we are cooperating and collaborating. No one can do everything. So if someone "steals" your methods the worst is they try to replicate what you do. There are billions of people in this world, no one can make a product for everyone. At best, however, a new set of hands may come up with a better way and your trade progresses. Everyone benefits. We are not naieve. Transparent methods are stupid without the second aspect of transparency: transparency of cost. This one is crucial for the first to succeed. We want to provide where every dollar or shilling goes when the customer pays for a good or service. If we mark something up, we will give that information. We will tell how much each raw material cost. If we are making a fair living, we shouldn't fear doing this. Things that grow from the ground are not free- a person had to plant it, tend to it, harvest it, and process it. That person lives in a world they must survive in- we all have a cost of living. So if another company or group steals our methods and undercuts our price, we can say, "how did you do that? Are you not paying your workers fairly? Are you stealing from public lands?" They live in the same world we do, they have the exact same challenges. If we do things fairly and justly but are more expensive, we either haven't found the best way or they are being dishonest in some way to make things cheaper. If they found a better way, then we can ask to learn from them and adapt- humanity progressed by sharing knowledge. This sort of business strategy only works with 100% transparency. We must not hold anything back- of course right now there doesn't seem to be enough hours in the day to put this information out there. Thats okay, we are just starting out and we are trying. We don't have any examples to follow, because no one has really tried this yet. The haggler cannot haggle with a transparent merchant. The transparent merchant has already dropped as low as they can and can prove it. If that isn't good enough for them, fine, go buy from someone else. They may save money, but it will be obvious that the saved money is causing harm somewhere. Haggling is a game we simple are not going to play- someone losses in a haggle, and we want everyone to win. Ourselves, our partners, the consumer, the earth, the future. This business strategy is a new idea, less than ten years old as far as I can see. It's designed to level the playing field and bring down the wealthy who hoard. Not to harm them, but to stop that behaviour from hurting others. We are doing nothing dishonest or aggressive, we are simply going to be as honest and open as possible and watch what happens. Sorry this was so long and if you have any questions or concerns, then ask or express them. Please. Problems get solved faster with more minds thinking about them and having discussion. Honestly, I think what will happen with this will coincide with what Mahatma Ghandi said about the non-violent revolt of india: "first they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win." Our "competitors" will have to follow suit and cooperate or eventually go out of business.
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Matthew Riezarf
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Oct 22, 2017
In Small Scale Homesteading
Once you start exploring the body of information of organic, natural, pesticide/herbicide free gardening and agriculture, you will come across an important subject: soil food web. An understanding of the concepts regarding the food web seems essential to success. Once you start looking into it, you will find one name come up again and again, Dr. Elaine Ingham. She is the diva of chemical free growing. I have happened upon a you tube video of her main presentation that i am sharing here. In the comments, I will post a link to her courses. https://youtu.be/x2H60ritjag
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Matthew Riezarf
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Oct 20, 2017
In Requiem Resources
Something has changed, I see it everywhere. Twenty or so years in of nearly everyone having internet has changed things. We are in a time of transition. This article and Guilds of Requiem echo one another. They do mention the disconnection that we see as one the main barriers to the great things we are capable of. https://dailyoccupation.com/2016/12/05/something-extraordinary-happening-world-havent-noticed/
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