Fukuokan Ecovillage Experience
- Regarding the Fukuokan Ecovillage Experiment
From: jeff William Krueger <methodologyx@...>
"What is it I need? The same thing over half the world
needs right now:
political asylum, land, and resources."
With that, here are a few highlights of the project
that keeps me busy.
I am actively recruiting participants, offering asylum
and land and resources to get this project to a
critical mass. Then I picture myself reducing my
role. But in the meantime, I own it with two chilean
partners, and a Burmese fellow that sought asylum in
Chile twelve years ago.
The long-term goal is to create a sustainable
community. A mid-term objective is to build a school,
probably based on Rudolf Steiner's Waldorf. The
short-term construction is me and my fiancee, my
partners, and several workers.
In any case, let me respond to your list in reverse
An outline of the resources available:
Power from the locally produced hydroelectric plants
fed by Andes and the phenomenal rainfall.
Heat for cooking and firing ceramics from Gorse
stalks, an invasive weed bush imported from Europe.
Silage for feeding milking goats from Gorse green
spines, processed by a gas-fired chipper mill.
On-site fine clay for outside sale, and use as walls
and insulation, processed by the gas-fired chipper
House heat from adjacent greenhouses used to compost
garden and human wastes and chipped brush on-site;
this compost is to be tagged for use on the Farm
raised live fence, not on vegetables. (Roundly opposed
Food: SOme organic produce is on-site, some available
nearby, and a cook provides meals for us - as they
say, an army marches on it's stomach.
I am building a project near Puerto Montt, CHile, near
the 40th parallel, which has a cool maritime climate
similar to that of Tasmania. For example, yesterday,
Feb. 18, late summer, we had hail storms, and cold
winds. Obviously, Fukuoka did not need greenhouses as
much as we do . . . so some of the lessons we learn
from this list will be modified beyond recognition.
The Chilean government has programs Called "Soil
Regeneration," so there may be some reimbursement of
the basic costs; this whole area of about 100,000
hectares was burned in 1852 by the first European
The Fukuoka list has wonderful information, and I have
3-1/2 hectareas where I intend to put these
philosophical issues to the test. Large semi-buried
greenhouses, some attached to houses, are under
construction, as is my web page. MORE SOON.
The land, also implies the ownership tangles. At
present it belongs to my company and will be opened to
shares of participants after an introductory paid work
year. Using the income from house rental in Boston,
MA, I am investing here.
Thus I can pay for improvements and time by
participants with the hope that they convert to
percentage partners and stay on accruing more of the
Opportunity, Asylum and Sanctuary:
Asylum from the Mafia, whether it be the Cosa Nostra
and gun-lobby-violence, Boston Irish of Kennedy era,
or the Reagan/Bush/Coca-Cola corporate raiders that
have stolen so much of our heritage. The
corporations, with huge investments that pay lawyers
to continually lobby for special corporate breaks,
will strangle more and more of us - in so many ways.
It is difficult to imagine the corporation as a
heartless beast, but simpler to picture it run by the
book, and the automotons that staff it merely
interchangeable tokens doing the will of the
shareholders - increase market share!
So I am in Chile, where all those symptoms are played
out but on a much smaller scale. I chose Chile simply
because it is an ecologicaly island, without giardia,
ticks, or a high mosquito population. It also helped
my decision because I lived here as a teenager when my
father had a UN-FAO contract, and our vaulted position
then helped me fall in love with this country.
I intend this project to be my personal and group
sanctuary. I have lived here since 1999.
Intentional community - kind of a cohousing with the
aim to build cottage industries to make us self
There remains a possibility that the split between the
leftist and conservatives in Chile, dating from the
Nixon/Kissinger coup and resultant dictatorship
lasting from 1973 to 1990, can be resolved, as the
leftish culture tears microscopic holes in the fascist
mentality of the power elite. This is where I hope
the Waldorf school can work some magic and the Waldorf
system may be just the wizard's wand we need.
MORE sOON. Zachary
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