Grassroots Sustainability.

Fresh new ideas for creating a sustainable society at the individual, family and community level. Suggestions from members even if they haven't been able to iron out the bugs. Not for rehashing ideas that have been out there for a long time, though new ways of doing things are welcome along with personal experiences.


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I have 24 solar panels on my roof (no battery storage so I accrue credits with the local utility). I’ve stripped up 2000 sq ft of sod for an orchard/vineyard/garden/chicken coop. Finally got all the weeds, roses & flowers cleaned out. I plan to ... Posted in Grassroots Sustainability. group
Plamon June 15 Jun 15 88 Posted in Grassroots Sustainability. group
Water Self Sufficiency. Looking for ideas on this one, for myself, but also to pass on. There is rain water harvesting of course, reusing grey water for gardens, if you are lucky and have a river or creek nearby you can pump, perhaps you can get ... Posted in Grassroots Sustainability. group
Rugglesby Feb 15 Feb 15 77 Posted in Grassroots Sustainability. group
Lateral Thinking. I love solutions. Solar power is finally taking off but many people for many reasons are unable to take advantage of it. This could be from renting, living in a complex, not having sufficient sunshine. Around the world are "Solar ... Posted in Grassroots Sustainability. group
Rugglesby Feb 19 Feb 19 77 Posted in Grassroots Sustainability. group
Joint Planning Exercise. Anyone care to try a different approach? If willing, list what you "need" in order to survive in your own, imagine in the wilderness, on an island. Amend your post over a week or two after reading what others may have ... Posted in Grassroots Sustainability. group
Rugglesby Feb 23 Feb 23 77 Posted in Grassroots Sustainability. group
Growing your own food is another big way of being sustainable. You get to eat fresh, it saves money and the taste can be amazing. We do things a bit different, not so much actual vegetable gardens, but lots of edible plants, very few natives in the ... Posted in Grassroots Sustainability. group
Rugglesby Feb 18 Feb 18 66 Posted in Grassroots Sustainability. group
Joint Planning Exercise Part 2. Not surprisingly we came up with water source, warmth = means to make fire, clothing, means to get food and some form of shelter and not much more. Though not possible by the billion, but if the global population ... Posted in Grassroots Sustainability. group
Rugglesby Feb 28 Feb 28 66 Posted in Grassroots Sustainability. group
Self Sufficient Luxuries. One of the things I love about self sufficiency is enjoying what I produce myself. I grow my own coffee and lots of it. I have begun growing ginger, love ginger. A few years back I was dunking a gingernut biscuit in my ... Posted in Grassroots Sustainability. group
Rugglesby Mar 14 Mar 14 66 Posted in Grassroots Sustainability. group
Does anybody know where to find resources for sustainable building techniques? I've googled what I can, but there are some specific questions I would like to have answered before I start planning out an off-grid-capable home. Particularly, does ... Posted in Grassroots Sustainability. group
Nebroxah Feb 18 Feb 18 55 Posted in Grassroots Sustainability. group
I had, what I could only describe as a vision. In this vision, I saw a community with everything you could need in a community. Homes, schools, stores, libraries, police and fire stations, medical facilities and anything else you could think of. The ... Posted in Grassroots Sustainability. group
AncientNight Feb 21 Feb 21 55 Posted in Grassroots Sustainability. group
Keeping the lights on. Just in from a local community expo on renewable energy. This is after a day of negotiations to put another 12 kw of solar on our Community Technology Centre which will double our current capacity. It was so good to see the ... Posted in Grassroots Sustainability. group
Rugglesby Apr 16 Apr 16 55 Posted in Grassroots Sustainability. group
Does anyone barter? At work we swap our own produce, and there are a couple of us, who like me are generally unfriendly so we tend to do gs for each other. ie the only people you know you can call. It may not be genuine barter of item for item, but ... Posted in Grassroots Sustainability. group
Rugglesby May 17 May 17 55 Posted in Grassroots Sustainability. group
I just got my solar energy production report for June. I produced nearly a megawatt. I also had about 3/4 of a ton of carbon offset. ?? Yeah, I can get a little geeked out about that stuff. ?‍♂️ Posted in Grassroots Sustainability. group
Plamon July 4 Jul 4 55 Posted in Grassroots Sustainability. group
1519 days after successfully escorting metgasco off the land: bentley of the northern rivers, nsw, australia - clear air, pure water, clean soil. i'd do it again, any time, for my earth. gate a, the elders' tree, camp liberty paddock. Posted in Grassroots Sustainability. group
walklightly July 11 Jul 11 55 Posted in Grassroots Sustainability. group
Natural systems in crisis. [islandsweekly.com] I found this an extremely interesting article. It says a lot about the concern we, in this area have for our local life-support system. Posted in Grassroots Sustainability. group
JackPedigo Oct 14 Oct 14 55 Posted in Grassroots Sustainability. group
Home in the bush, early days. Posted in Grassroots Sustainability. group
walklightly Feb 13 Feb 13 44 Posted in Grassroots Sustainability. group
What is the definition of 'Sustainability'? I've been asked that question many times and I don't know how to answer it. People in my area seem to think I'm a 'green guru'. But I'm not. I'm as trapped into the fossil fueled infrastructure as anyone ... Posted in Grassroots Sustainability. group
farmboy2017 Feb 18 Feb 18 44 Posted in Grassroots Sustainability. group
I just joined the group, Being retired now gives me more time on the farm, and live more off the land. Hoping to learn more and make friends. Posted in Grassroots Sustainability. group
kenriley Apr 23 Apr 23 44 Posted in Grassroots Sustainability. group
Energy prices are to take a slight drop in most of Oz next week, I am happy, I have just contracted to sell my surplus solar for a 25% increase for the next 2 years. This will cover more of my other expenses. Nice to have a win. Posted in Grassroots Sustainability. group
Rugglesby June 22 Jun 22 44 Posted in Grassroots Sustainability. group
Sadly in suburbia these days, I did have a few acres on the coast a little further south 8 years back, sadly property settlements and so forth, so I start again - again - again. Son and I have a 5 year plan for this place, expires May 31st this ... Posted in Grassroots Sustainability. group
Rugglesby Feb 14 Feb 14 33 Posted in Grassroots Sustainability. group
The Roots and Shoots Program created by Dr Jane Goodall is the best idea for sustainability. It empowers the youth to identify needs, resources and a plan of action. I highly recommend checking it out. There is a course coming up soon if anyone is ... Posted in Grassroots Sustainability. group
Dida Feb 14 Feb 14 33 Posted in Grassroots Sustainability. group
I make cast iron sculpture by recycling old steam radiators and re- melting the iron. This tile is about 4" x6". Posted in Grassroots Sustainability. group
farmboy2017 Feb 17 Feb 17 33 Posted in Grassroots Sustainability. group
Aquaculture, Hydroponics, Aquaponics? Has anybody given these a try at all? Any success? I have kept all sorts of fish over the years as an aquarist. And had a farm dam with perch fingerlings once until the kooka burras found them, all gone. I ... Posted in Grassroots Sustainability. group
Rugglesby Mar 4 Mar 4 33 Posted in Grassroots Sustainability. group
I saw this today and even though it is a bit old it applies especially these days. It referenced the "boiling Frog Syndrome" which I have posted several times. Posted in Grassroots Sustainability. group
JackPedigo May 15 May 15 33 Posted in Grassroots Sustainability. group
What has everybody been up to? I have busy as all hell down here, change in seasons, ripping out old plants, getting ready for the next season. It has been great, an over abundance of most things, eating well, swapping lots. Grocery bill last week ... Posted in Grassroots Sustainability. group
Rugglesby June 2 Jun 2 33 Posted in Grassroots Sustainability. group
I feel like I should be living in my grandparents time. Have been working like crazy past few months and it had paid off. Now 2 of my neighbours have dug there yards up and put in vegetable gardens. They have both come and asked for propagation ... Posted in Grassroots Sustainability. group
Rugglesby Dec 12 Dec 12 33 Posted in Grassroots Sustainability. group


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