If you are feeling bold, or just want to make certain to counter any tendency to become complacent, thinking that small, local Food Forests and Farmer’s markets are the answer to the world’s food needs, have a listen to Scott Mann’s interview with Mark Shepard.
Mark’s life story tells so much about the era he was born into and grew through. This is a story of a society increasingly disconnected from the land and its value, The American Dream gone wrong. He watched farmland get swallowed up by suburbia and industry pollute the rivers and air.
After trying to fit in, he chose instead to head back to the land, onto the only thing he could afford, a 5-acre plot in Alaska 3,500 feet up a mountain, 300 miles from nearest town and five miles from nearest road, where he lived in a cabin for eight years with his sweetheart and first child.
This was where he began to live and explore how human beings can live on this planet and not destroying it. (more…)