The Green Menagerie is being planned for upstate South Carolina. This community will center around a self-sufficient organic farm that will serve as an environmental research and education center to promote the use of ecologically sustainable food, building and energy technologies.
Production options include:
Tilapia, greenhouse production; I doubt that growing tilapia outside would be practical in Georgia’s climate so pond culture wouldn’t be an option
Fertilizer (water used to grow tilapia in tanks can be used to irrigate plants and fish byproducts could be used as fertilizer)
Crayfish, climate permitting
Kitchen compost fertilizer
Garden, year round
Hydroponic greenhouse, winter (in conjunction with tilapia)
Walnut, climate permitting
Bush cherries, climate permitting
Currant, climate permitting
Christmas floral (components as well as ready-made wreaths and arrangements)
Forced Dutch bulbs
Medicinal ingredients for herbal products
Other possible cash crops
Scented pine cones
Passive solar heating
Windmill, climate permitting
Vegetable oil crops
Recycled vegetable oil
Methane digesters (provides a carbon-dioxide source for the algae bioreactors)
Annual gardening almanac
Compressed earth blocks
Easter egg hunt
Independence Day picnic
Cut-your-own Christmas trees
Possible recreational functions
In addition to the farm a living technology museum is being considered to explain the history and environmental impact of various technologies that are essential to a self-sustaining community. This will include things like making textiles and clothing; blacksmithing, shoemaking, barrel making, et cetera.
The community will be a not-for-profit organization. Any income that the community generates will be re-invested in the community or paid out as employee/director salaries.
The community will have 3 levels of membership. You can sign on as an employee and trade your labor for room and board and eventually receive a salary based on the community’s income. You can also simply rent the community’s land and facilities and operate as an independent farmer or craftsman. Persons seeking a position on the board of directors will have to invest at least $5,000 in the community’s infrastructure and provide three years of labor.
The Green Menagerie will be a family oriented community. Christians are preferred for membership, but Bible-thumping will be discouraged. Membership will be open to all regardless of race or national origin. Tobacco will be forbidden and alcohol will be allowed only in moderation and will be limited to what the community itself can produce.
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