I spent the whole day at the Oregon State fair yesterday. I like to go to the workshops on organic farming techniques, vinegar making and other subject that keep up my survival skills.
Here's the good news. I go to the fair every year and this is the first time I have seen booths on peak oil, biofuel, creating strong independent self sufficient communities. Really! I talked to these people. Here is few of the booths that I visited:
- a biofuel cooperative located in Woodburn. They even had a couple of stills set up. They said they collected almost 400 names of people who want to join them. They plan to sell stock in about a year. The people in the booth said that people were joining the group even though they had not found a diesel car to buy yet. (reported that diesel cars that are fuel efficient are getting harder and harder to find).
-visited a booth for the Mcleay Grange. Located just outside Salem they are organizing the local community to get ready for Peak Oil. They are teaching people to become self-sufficent. They are teaching local entreprenurism and community building.
I used to belong to a grange and I can tell you that in the past they were a pretty conservative group. All gung-ho for "Love it or leave it" patriotism. Seeing a grange organization say that we are in danger with the current administration and we are in danger with corporatism..WOW! what an amazing thing to hear. I plan to start attending thier meetings.
Other things I saw was information on building and maintaining your own bike and bike carts. finding community in a time of corporate greed and competition. It was so fine to see this. It feels like there may be ground swell of change happening from the people up.
Oh, BTW I also talked to a guy in the Oregon Agriculture Association. The booth was plastered with ads for pesticides and corporate propaganda. I tried to talk to him about biofuel and the Eastern Oregon Ranchers who are starting to raise Rapeseed plants and other oil producing plants for biofuel. He was all --"no,no, it will never work. Those ranchers would never fall for that scam. Petroleum is here to stay. People who talk about peak oil are whackos". I asked him what he would do when he can no longer get petro chemicals for his pesticides and herbicides. He told me there was more than enough supply for the next 100 years.
Well I did my part. I had lots of good conversations with people who are amazing. I really enjoyed myself yesterday. I feel hopeful and I am going to check out that grange program.