Thursday, June 4, 2009

Peak Oil

This past Tuesday evening, Julie and I attended the Transition Marin meeting at the Redwoods Senior Facility in Mill Valley.  If you're not familiar with the "Transition" concept- it's all about communities preparing for "peak oil" and the repercussions that the loss of that energy source will have on towns and cities around the world.  Many energy experts would argue that "peak oil" arrived last July, so the need to restructure our communities away from oil dependency is fairly critical at this point.  One of the key questions we face in a world without oil (by "without" I mean, not available or so cost prohibitive that it may as well be) is "how will your community feed itself?"  Well that's where Marin Open Garden Project comes in. By reconnecting people with their land and the resources in their local foodshed,  MOGP can play an important role in a future without fuel.  So when you attend your next food swap, think about the relationship you are building with all the farmers and potential farmers in your neighborhood.  You may find in the not too distant future that sharing your neighbors' crops and gardening wisdom is less a luxury and more a necessity.

In the meantime though, we're sure having a lot of fun getting to know each other and look forward to sharing the season's bounty with our new friends!

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