Cary Howe

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There's no point. I decided to give it one more try but I've since learned there is no hope. We've hit feedback and the warming is now self sustaining. We might be able to moderate the change with heroic efforts but no one is even considering the kinds of changes needed. We'd have to drop our petty quest for the latest iPhone and our desperate need to transfer all the wealth to the rich but people fear change. We do have a choice, good change or bad change but people have chosen bad change and I can't do anything to stop it. I thought maybe by shining a light on the problems people would come to their senses and work together. I was a fool. People only listen to the people telling them everything will be fine. By the time they realize those people are lying it'll be too late. In fact, it's too late now. We've locked in 6 degrees of change and 3 degrees is civilization ending. At 6 degrees most animals over the size of a mouse won't survive and that includes humans. Every book ever written, every painting, every sculpture, every movie ever made was a waste of time because in 200 years there won't be anyone left to appreciate any of it. We've exchanged survival for comfort and complacency. We enjoy the bread and circuses but soon there won't be any bread, the grain belt is already collapsing, and the circuses are the end of the world reality show and it's it's a not a show it's the real world that's ending. We could have fixed it all but we lacked the will to save ourselves. I don't know who will die with the most money, I guess they will be the ultimate winner of this sick game but the cockroaches won't care so even that was a waste of time. In a million years, hell in a couple of hundred years no one will know the name of the person that died with the most money. Our civilization and most of the life on this planet gave it's life to see who could accumulate the most wealth and in the end we all died for nothing because in the end none of that matters. RIP humanity. We died of apathy.

Now that the apocalypse is here what are we going to do about it?


By 2050 energy, food and water systems collapse. That doesn't mean we have 30 years because they have already started collapsing. Don't believe it's already happening? Check out this video.


The map below shows droughts not temperatures. Notice virtually all our food producing regions in the US will be under a constant threat of drought by 2030 and it gets much worse by the end of the century. The droughts will be multi-year and some can run 8 years or more. The only option to continue growing food is to pump even more ground water meaning the 2050 date is wishful thinking and we'll likely start running out of water ten years earlier. Our government has made it plain all they care about is corporate profits and they refuse to even take small steps while we need heroic measures to survive. I believe we have passed the point of sustainable and we need to focus on surviving the changes that will devastate the Earth.

There's still time

The good news is we as individuals working together can do something about it and I have yet to find a single problem that can't be solved we just need the will to change. I'm not talking about doing without, I'm talking free housing, free food and free energy and eventually free education and healthcare as well as a good middle classed salary on top of all that. Sound good? Read on!



The 1,000 Year Village

We need to start to think in longer time frames if we hope to survive. Why a 1,000 years? If a town can survive a 1,000 years with minimal inputs from the outside it can survive for 10,000 years or more. Everything we know about town and city design is wrong. Our infrastructure is based on central distribution which means chaos when there's even minor disruptions. We need to make individual homes self sufficient and the excess is fed into a grid to be used where there are shortages or interruptions.

Renting or making house payments for 50 years is insane. Collectively owning property gets rid of this issue. Working part time you pay for your home, food and energy and any other benefits that come with being a citizen of the town. Work full time and you get a full share of the town's profits from it's various industries. The businesses would be primarily agricultural but other products would be made and sold. Once established each citizen should expect $50,000 to a $100,000 a year in wages and a share of profits, this is over and above all the free benefits like housing, food and energy. Sound impossible? I've been running the numbers for years and it's easier than it sounds but it requires everyone to work together for the benefit of all. Am I talking about communism? NO! Communism is a failed system. Working collectively lead to the economic growth of the 50s, 60s and 70s. The growth halted and started to reverse when we abandoned the collective model. Farmers have worked collectively for thousands of years and it's the only system that can last indefinitely. The unending growth that modern economics demands is insane. Anyone that has seen a picture of the Earth knows all resources have limits so expecting there to constantly be more resources is insane. Why stable is frowned on is it's much easier for wealth to be transferred from the poor and middle class to the rich in a system with constant growth and instability. A company that makes a 5% profit is often seen as a failure which is insane. Blind greed is killing us.

What is it going to take to build the town? The first town will require a minimum of 50 to a 100 acres but 200 would be better. There are still places in the Northeast where land can be acquired cheaply. Physical costs depend on the amount of free labor, people collectively building their own homes. I want to change the world on a $1 a month. 50,000 to a 100,000 contributors would allow for construction to begin. The time frame to complete everything would be 3 to 5 years depending on cash available. If eventually 500,000 people contribute a $1 a month then a town a year could be started. The more contributions the more towns can be started once the first template is established. Initially the towns would support a 100 families but would allow for growth to 5X to 10X that number.



Who owns it all? The towns would be held in trust with the citizens owning everything. Everyone would receive the same pay and bonuses to avoid creating a hierarchy. Houses can't be sold merely transferred to new owners once the resident moves away or dies. When new citizens are accepted the entire town would work to build new homes for the new citizens.



Are citizens limited to the offered pay? No. Everyone is encouraged to start their own businesses and the town would even provide resources for the more ambitious citizens. Land would be provided for market gardens as well as excess resources so long as they didn't take away from other citizens. Write the great American novel or a painting you keep the money, only work done for town businesses is collective. The whole point is increasing freedom not adding restrictions.

What if you live in a city and don't want to live in a small town? I want to provide information so people can organize virtual towns and accomplish many of the same goals. Everyone should also be able to grow part of their food even if they live in apartments. I have articles already that cover growing food in apartments. If you even have a modest backyard you can grow enough food to offset 50% to 90% of your food bill and provide food security as well as saving a fortune.


The 10,000 Year Farm

There is no reason we can't have a stable source of food for the next 10,000 years. At least half the food would be perennials that would only require replanting every 100 to 200 years with somethings needing replanting every 15 to 25 years. Plant once and harvest for the next 100 years with minimal maintenance. Annual crops would be planted between and among the perennials. This type of system can be 2X to 20X as productive as monoculture systems. Normally such systems are 3.5X as productive but by integrating animals and a canal system that number can be increased to 5X to 10X traditional systems. By incorporating potatoes and beets and possibly tomatoes into the system the yield can be increased to 10X to 20X traditional systems. Vining plants like hardy kiwis can also increase the square foot yields since they grow vertically and will merely climb fruit and nut trees effectively taking up no additional space. All irrigation would be from stored rainwater. The goal is to leave groundwater for future generations.

Currently there are seven open nature based systems.

Duck Rice
Silvopasture
Chinampas
Alley Cropping
Forest Farming
Food Forests
Riparian Buffers


(duck rice systems can support multiple food sources)

I've been working on a system that incorporates all these systems into a comprehensive highly adaptable system. The system collects and stores water while providing habitat for fish and rice. Everything is divided up into zones.


Water
Wetlands
Drylands
Highlands


Water is for rice and other water plants like cattails as well as fish and ducks. Frogs and crayfish are side benefits. While they are mainly for duck food and to remove harmful insects and weeds they can act as an additional food source for humans.

Wetlands are for water loving plants like willow and cranberries. A wide variety of berries can be grown in semi-wet conditions as well as herbs like mint.

Drylands are for less water tolerant trees and plants. The width of the grow zones can range between 8' and 20' and can be adapted to graze smaller animals. Most any crops can be planted in the Drylands including grains.

Highlands are meant for larger grazing animals, sheep, goats and cattle. This grow zone would be 20' to 50' in width allowing for herd animals to have ample space. Fodder and shade trees would be planted along the border as well as spaced out over the grazing area. Most large animals are browsers and can use tree leafs and twigs for the bulk of their diet. Shade is also critical with larger animals. Small "bays" in the canals would provide watering locations for grazing animals avoiding the need to haul water. Living fences would act as barriers to keep animals out of the main waterways.

Inexpensive greenhouses would provide longer growing seasons and also allow for raising plants not suitable for the surrounding climate.

A fish farm would provide  one of the largest revenue sources. I'm working on a design for a thermoelectric generator that would provide both electricity and hot water for the fish. The electricity would provide power for the air and water pumps.

So what's the cash for?

In the early days I need more hardware and software to finish the design work on both the farm and town. Once enough cash is raised land would be acquired and construction would begin in the spring. Equipment and some structures can be prebuilt over the winter. Unlike others that dip their toe into off grid farming the goal would be to provide a 90%+ of food within three months. That isn't difficult, plant more crops and raise more chickens if needed. Year one some things like salt and butter and oils will be too difficult to produce but by the end of year two a 100% of all food would be produced on the farm. Even salt can be extracted from sea water. Believe it or not I see this as one of the town's industries. There's a good market for all natural gourmet flavored seas salts. Solar distillation is free and the extracted water is used for plants so nothing goes to waste. Year two  sunflowers and rapeseed can provide cooking oil.

I'm currently breaking down budgets for everything and I will post spread sheets as they are completed. My sole purpose for all this is to save a planet I desperately love. I want to post articles laying out solutions to each problem like a comprehensive plan for ending ocean dead zones while generating cash off the waste nitrogen and phosphorus that's killing the oceans. In an organic system there is no waste so lost nutrients are simply a missed opportunity to create another product. In fact the nitrogen reducing elements could generate more pure profit than the crops causing the damage in the first place.

One reason I want to build  a town as soon as possible is the 800lb gorilla in the room no one is talking about. Once the coastal cities start to flood around the middle of this century they will first panic and try to build walls, which won't work. At the rate we are going sea levels could reach 300' over current levels in the next 1000 years. Is the plan to build a 300'+ wall around the whole country? Once that realization sets in the plan will be to rebuild all the great coastal cities inland. The problem with that is the concrete and construction involved will release roughly the same amount of CO2 we released in the last 150 years in a few decades adding to the warming making the problem much worse. We need alternatives to the concrete mausoleums that are little more than monuments to capitalism. We need long term solutions that won't make things worse. We need to lead by example and show people a better way to live. Do you want to live in concrete canyons where you're afraid to walk at night and you end up one day paying $10 for an apple or live in a paradise where you can pick an apple for free outside your front door?

Am I looking for investors? No. The whole point of all of this is about freedom and to put average people back in charge of their lives and future. Housing and food should be a basic human right. As soon as investors get involved it becomes about profits and how quickly can you increase profits, mainly by cutting wages. I have zero interest in building towns and farms to make rich people richer. This is about changing the world and saving the environment, not making the 1% even richer. Can it be done? Can you afford a $1 a month?

Over the next few months I'll layout the plan and breakdown budgets. In addition I want to make it clear any designs or methods developed will not be in anyway patented except for defensive patents that would be strictly under Creative Commons. I don't want some corporation patenting devices and methods we develop and force us to pay royalties to use our own designs and methods. We're in it to save the planet not line corporate pockets..

It all sounds good but who am I? I've been studying alternative energy and housing since the mid 1970s. I planted my first garden 50 years ago and studied plants and animals my whole life. My professional career ranged from being a Disney Art Director to working on the visual effects for  Lord of the Rings. A sculptor and modelmaker by trade I've done computer graphic for 30 years. I designed my first earth sheltered house 40 years ago and have worked ever since refining designs and methods.

I'll be adding a web site and intro video in June. The web site will go into more detail about the town and microfarm.

Before I posted this some exciting news, I'm finalizing designs for a wood burning refrigerator and freezer. I just ran the math and on paper it works. The entire system will produce room heat, hot water, a 2'X2' refrigerator and a 2'X2' freezer in a single inexpensive unit. It'll include a battery back up to store excess power to run the cooling system over night as well as provide power for high efficiency lights. The firebox will require some metal fabricating but the rest involves basic metal fabrication skills. I want it to be accessible for everyone. If the Patreon campaign is successful I'll build a prototype and post detailed plans with dimensions and sources for all the components. These are the kind of plans that will be included with the $3 a month tier.

Time to talk has passed. We need to change now. For less than the cost of one cup of Starbucks coffee we can start to change the world.
Tiers
Permaculture fan
$1 or more per month

This level provides access to weekly video updates and daily blog posts as well as a weekly newsletter including extended articles. Articles will range from how to grow various fruits and vegetables to how to make your own thermoelectric power cells.

Focus on the Future
$3 or more per month

This level gives access to everything, not just weekly rundowns but daily articles and videos once video production begins. This also opens to floodgates to any blue prints and CG models as well as 3D printing files.

Goals
$0 of $100 per month
At this level I can set up the web site and establish a web resource for downloading all articles and files. This will include any house and equipment designs as well as any 3D printable items intended for use in the farm or houses.
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There's no point. I decided to give it one more try but I've since learned there is no hope. We've hit feedback and the warming is now self sustaining. We might be able to moderate the change with heroic efforts but no one is even considering the kinds of changes needed. We'd have to drop our petty quest for the latest iPhone and our desperate need to transfer all the wealth to the rich but people fear change. We do have a choice, good change or bad change but people have chosen bad change and I can't do anything to stop it. I thought maybe by shining a light on the problems people would come to their senses and work together. I was a fool. People only listen to the people telling them everything will be fine. By the time they realize those people are lying it'll be too late. In fact, it's too late now. We've locked in 6 degrees of change and 3 degrees is civilization ending. At 6 degrees most animals over the size of a mouse won't survive and that includes humans. Every book ever written, every painting, every sculpture, every movie ever made was a waste of time because in 200 years there won't be anyone left to appreciate any of it. We've exchanged survival for comfort and complacency. We enjoy the bread and circuses but soon there won't be any bread, the grain belt is already collapsing, and the circuses are the end of the world reality show and it's it's a not a show it's the real world that's ending. We could have fixed it all but we lacked the will to save ourselves. I don't know who will die with the most money, I guess they will be the ultimate winner of this sick game but the cockroaches won't care so even that was a waste of time. In a million years, hell in a couple of hundred years no one will know the name of the person that died with the most money. Our civilization and most of the life on this planet gave it's life to see who could accumulate the most wealth and in the end we all died for nothing because in the end none of that matters. RIP humanity. We died of apathy.

Now that the apocalypse is here what are we going to do about it?


By 2050 energy, food and water systems collapse. That doesn't mean we have 30 years because they have already started collapsing. Don't believe it's already happening? Check out this video.


The map below shows droughts not temperatures. Notice virtually all our food producing regions in the US will be under a constant threat of drought by 2030 and it gets much worse by the end of the century. The droughts will be multi-year and some can run 8 years or more. The only option to continue growing food is to pump even more ground water meaning the 2050 date is wishful thinking and we'll likely start running out of water ten years earlier. Our government has made it plain all they care about is corporate profits and they refuse to even take small steps while we need heroic measures to survive. I believe we have passed the point of sustainable and we need to focus on surviving the changes that will devastate the Earth.

There's still time

The good news is we as individuals working together can do something about it and I have yet to find a single problem that can't be solved we just need the will to change. I'm not talking about doing without, I'm talking free housing, free food and free energy and eventually free education and healthcare as well as a good middle classed salary on top of all that. Sound good? Read on!



The 1,000 Year Village

We need to start to think in longer time frames if we hope to survive. Why a 1,000 years? If a town can survive a 1,000 years with minimal inputs from the outside it can survive for 10,000 years or more. Everything we know about town and city design is wrong. Our infrastructure is based on central distribution which means chaos when there's even minor disruptions. We need to make individual homes self sufficient and the excess is fed into a grid to be used where there are shortages or interruptions.

Renting or making house payments for 50 years is insane. Collectively owning property gets rid of this issue. Working part time you pay for your home, food and energy and any other benefits that come with being a citizen of the town. Work full time and you get a full share of the town's profits from it's various industries. The businesses would be primarily agricultural but other products would be made and sold. Once established each citizen should expect $50,000 to a $100,000 a year in wages and a share of profits, this is over and above all the free benefits like housing, food and energy. Sound impossible? I've been running the numbers for years and it's easier than it sounds but it requires everyone to work together for the benefit of all. Am I talking about communism? NO! Communism is a failed system. Working collectively lead to the economic growth of the 50s, 60s and 70s. The growth halted and started to reverse when we abandoned the collective model. Farmers have worked collectively for thousands of years and it's the only system that can last indefinitely. The unending growth that modern economics demands is insane. Anyone that has seen a picture of the Earth knows all resources have limits so expecting there to constantly be more resources is insane. Why stable is frowned on is it's much easier for wealth to be transferred from the poor and middle class to the rich in a system with constant growth and instability. A company that makes a 5% profit is often seen as a failure which is insane. Blind greed is killing us.

What is it going to take to build the town? The first town will require a minimum of 50 to a 100 acres but 200 would be better. There are still places in the Northeast where land can be acquired cheaply. Physical costs depend on the amount of free labor, people collectively building their own homes. I want to change the world on a $1 a month. 50,000 to a 100,000 contributors would allow for construction to begin. The time frame to complete everything would be 3 to 5 years depending on cash available. If eventually 500,000 people contribute a $1 a month then a town a year could be started. The more contributions the more towns can be started once the first template is established. Initially the towns would support a 100 families but would allow for growth to 5X to 10X that number.



Who owns it all? The towns would be held in trust with the citizens owning everything. Everyone would receive the same pay and bonuses to avoid creating a hierarchy. Houses can't be sold merely transferred to new owners once the resident moves away or dies. When new citizens are accepted the entire town would work to build new homes for the new citizens.



Are citizens limited to the offered pay? No. Everyone is encouraged to start their own businesses and the town would even provide resources for the more ambitious citizens. Land would be provided for market gardens as well as excess resources so long as they didn't take away from other citizens. Write the great American novel or a painting you keep the money, only work done for town businesses is collective. The whole point is increasing freedom not adding restrictions.

What if you live in a city and don't want to live in a small town? I want to provide information so people can organize virtual towns and accomplish many of the same goals. Everyone should also be able to grow part of their food even if they live in apartments. I have articles already that cover growing food in apartments. If you even have a modest backyard you can grow enough food to offset 50% to 90% of your food bill and provide food security as well as saving a fortune.


The 10,000 Year Farm

There is no reason we can't have a stable source of food for the next 10,000 years. At least half the food would be perennials that would only require replanting every 100 to 200 years with somethings needing replanting every 15 to 25 years. Plant once and harvest for the next 100 years with minimal maintenance. Annual crops would be planted between and among the perennials. This type of system can be 2X to 20X as productive as monoculture systems. Normally such systems are 3.5X as productive but by integrating animals and a canal system that number can be increased to 5X to 10X traditional systems. By incorporating potatoes and beets and possibly tomatoes into the system the yield can be increased to 10X to 20X traditional systems. Vining plants like hardy kiwis can also increase the square foot yields since they grow vertically and will merely climb fruit and nut trees effectively taking up no additional space. All irrigation would be from stored rainwater. The goal is to leave groundwater for future generations.

Currently there are seven open nature based systems.

Duck Rice
Silvopasture
Chinampas
Alley Cropping
Forest Farming
Food Forests
Riparian Buffers


(duck rice systems can support multiple food sources)

I've been working on a system that incorporates all these systems into a comprehensive highly adaptable system. The system collects and stores water while providing habitat for fish and rice. Everything is divided up into zones.


Water
Wetlands
Drylands
Highlands


Water is for rice and other water plants like cattails as well as fish and ducks. Frogs and crayfish are side benefits. While they are mainly for duck food and to remove harmful insects and weeds they can act as an additional food source for humans.

Wetlands are for water loving plants like willow and cranberries. A wide variety of berries can be grown in semi-wet conditions as well as herbs like mint.

Drylands are for less water tolerant trees and plants. The width of the grow zones can range between 8' and 20' and can be adapted to graze smaller animals. Most any crops can be planted in the Drylands including grains.

Highlands are meant for larger grazing animals, sheep, goats and cattle. This grow zone would be 20' to 50' in width allowing for herd animals to have ample space. Fodder and shade trees would be planted along the border as well as spaced out over the grazing area. Most large animals are browsers and can use tree leafs and twigs for the bulk of their diet. Shade is also critical with larger animals. Small "bays" in the canals would provide watering locations for grazing animals avoiding the need to haul water. Living fences would act as barriers to keep animals out of the main waterways.

Inexpensive greenhouses would provide longer growing seasons and also allow for raising plants not suitable for the surrounding climate.

A fish farm would provide  one of the largest revenue sources. I'm working on a design for a thermoelectric generator that would provide both electricity and hot water for the fish. The electricity would provide power for the air and water pumps.

So what's the cash for?

In the early days I need more hardware and software to finish the design work on both the farm and town. Once enough cash is raised land would be acquired and construction would begin in the spring. Equipment and some structures can be prebuilt over the winter. Unlike others that dip their toe into off grid farming the goal would be to provide a 90%+ of food within three months. That isn't difficult, plant more crops and raise more chickens if needed. Year one some things like salt and butter and oils will be too difficult to produce but by the end of year two a 100% of all food would be produced on the farm. Even salt can be extracted from sea water. Believe it or not I see this as one of the town's industries. There's a good market for all natural gourmet flavored seas salts. Solar distillation is free and the extracted water is used for plants so nothing goes to waste. Year two  sunflowers and rapeseed can provide cooking oil.

I'm currently breaking down budgets for everything and I will post spread sheets as they are completed. My sole purpose for all this is to save a planet I desperately love. I want to post articles laying out solutions to each problem like a comprehensive plan for ending ocean dead zones while generating cash off the waste nitrogen and phosphorus that's killing the oceans. In an organic system there is no waste so lost nutrients are simply a missed opportunity to create another product. In fact the nitrogen reducing elements could generate more pure profit than the crops causing the damage in the first place.

One reason I want to build  a town as soon as possible is the 800lb gorilla in the room no one is talking about. Once the coastal cities start to flood around the middle of this century they will first panic and try to build walls, which won't work. At the rate we are going sea levels could reach 300' over current levels in the next 1000 years. Is the plan to build a 300'+ wall around the whole country? Once that realization sets in the plan will be to rebuild all the great coastal cities inland. The problem with that is the concrete and construction involved will release roughly the same amount of CO2 we released in the last 150 years in a few decades adding to the warming making the problem much worse. We need alternatives to the concrete mausoleums that are little more than monuments to capitalism. We need long term solutions that won't make things worse. We need to lead by example and show people a better way to live. Do you want to live in concrete canyons where you're afraid to walk at night and you end up one day paying $10 for an apple or live in a paradise where you can pick an apple for free outside your front door?

Am I looking for investors? No. The whole point of all of this is about freedom and to put average people back in charge of their lives and future. Housing and food should be a basic human right. As soon as investors get involved it becomes about profits and how quickly can you increase profits, mainly by cutting wages. I have zero interest in building towns and farms to make rich people richer. This is about changing the world and saving the environment, not making the 1% even richer. Can it be done? Can you afford a $1 a month?

Over the next few months I'll layout the plan and breakdown budgets. In addition I want to make it clear any designs or methods developed will not be in anyway patented except for defensive patents that would be strictly under Creative Commons. I don't want some corporation patenting devices and methods we develop and force us to pay royalties to use our own designs and methods. We're in it to save the planet not line corporate pockets..

It all sounds good but who am I? I've been studying alternative energy and housing since the mid 1970s. I planted my first garden 50 years ago and studied plants and animals my whole life. My professional career ranged from being a Disney Art Director to working on the visual effects for  Lord of the Rings. A sculptor and modelmaker by trade I've done computer graphic for 30 years. I designed my first earth sheltered house 40 years ago and have worked ever since refining designs and methods.

I'll be adding a web site and intro video in June. The web site will go into more detail about the town and microfarm.

Before I posted this some exciting news, I'm finalizing designs for a wood burning refrigerator and freezer. I just ran the math and on paper it works. The entire system will produce room heat, hot water, a 2'X2' refrigerator and a 2'X2' freezer in a single inexpensive unit. It'll include a battery back up to store excess power to run the cooling system over night as well as provide power for high efficiency lights. The firebox will require some metal fabricating but the rest involves basic metal fabrication skills. I want it to be accessible for everyone. If the Patreon campaign is successful I'll build a prototype and post detailed plans with dimensions and sources for all the components. These are the kind of plans that will be included with the $3 a month tier.

Time to talk has passed. We need to change now. For less than the cost of one cup of Starbucks coffee we can start to change the world.

Recent posts by Cary Howe

Tiers
Permaculture fan
$1 or more per month

This level provides access to weekly video updates and daily blog posts as well as a weekly newsletter including extended articles. Articles will range from how to grow various fruits and vegetables to how to make your own thermoelectric power cells.

Focus on the Future
$3 or more per month

This level gives access to everything, not just weekly rundowns but daily articles and videos once video production begins. This also opens to floodgates to any blue prints and CG models as well as 3D printing files.