The Central Texas food system is just 1% self-sufficient (i.e. locally supplied), and Winter Storm Uri exposed new fragilities. Supply chains for grocery stores, dependent on faraway producers, had bare shelves – if they were even open are getting more fragile. Trucks could not get through the icy streets to replenish supplies. At the endContinue reading “Our food system is getting more fragile”
Winter Storm Uri revealed uncomfortable truths about the infrastructure of Central Texas. We discovered that we all live on microgrids.
Winter storm Uri – aka Snovid – revealed a new risk to residential water supplies in Central Texas: Our water lines, whether on private property or the city’s, are not buried deeply enough to withstand extended freezing weather.
What: USDA’s Value Added Producer Grant (VAPG) provides matching funds grants (i.e. 50% reimbursement) for adding value to farm commodities. How much: Maximum $75,000 USDA award for planning projects (desk studies only) for a budget maximum of $150,000 When: Applications due March 22, 2021. Awards announced September 31, 2021. Duration: 10-12 months Planning grants areContinue reading “USDA Value Added Producer Grant (VAPG)”
The realities of homesteading can quickly get lost in the romance of living in harmony with the land. Many of us yearn for a nurturing lifestyle that is low-budget but that makes us happy, healthy and in community with our friends and the earth. What are the options?
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Higher density means true walkability. It’s also the best way to ensure high quality of life, with good health and thriving nature nearby.
The destabilizing food security situation is releasing millions of consumers to find innovative new options such as using municipal tax free bonds.
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There are a growing number of articles documenting the scrambling of our industrial food systems. This is creating a great opportunity to build new local food hubs and food producing farms. Nature Towns provides a unique innovation in local farms financed by residential real estate.