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    Hail all

    This coming Saturday April 28th at 4PM Eastern Universal Spectrum members will have an opportunity to talk to Rob in the Page Family (featured in the documentary by Ben Stewart UNGRIP

    Listen to the Live chat:

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    He has a project that he would like to share with everyone.

    Rob has created a Project Charter and I have permission to post it as of today.
    Here it is:


    Many significant changes are taking place on this Earth; politically, economically, financially, socially, physically, environmentally and even spiritually. The probability is very high that we will witness and experience significant changes in our life times and some of those changes may result in grave risk to life and property. We as a people have become so dependant on the systems and infrastructure created by corporations and political bodies that any disruption to those institutions will result in significant chaos, hunger and even death to many people. We are also witnessing a mass shift on consciousness around the world. As a result of that, we find people rejecting GMO food, pollution, state control, corporate greed, tyranny, war and a long list of other grievances that we find with the current corporatocracy of this world.

    Here in Canada only 2% of the people are active farmers and producing food for everyone else. Of that 2%, the vast majority are corporate farms. The family farm is nearly extinct despite the Federal Governments 1967 task force on agriculture report that recognized the family farm as the most efficient way of producing food.

    It is the intent of the stake holders in this project to develop a model of how people can re-establish the family farm off grid. This will require them to learn how to govern and provide for themselves, and others so that the dependency on the political and corporate organizations (grid) can be significantly reduced or completely eliminated resulting in reduced fixed and variable costs in operating the farm and producing prosperity and the most healthy food we can grow. The proposed model is founded on recognizing our dependency on the Creator and Mother Nature by re-establishing a healthy relationship with Nature, with our fellow brothers and sisters in a cooperative, prosperity model rather than a competitive, scarcity model. Life is all about relationships, so we want to build a model that establishes a strong relationship with Nature, utilizing old and new technology to accomplish that task. Once that model has been built, we intend on inviting people here to learn first hand how they can re-establish their relationship with Mother Nature, their food, their fellow man and start making changes in their own lives, through knowledge, peace, love, cooperation, hands on learning and sharing with one another. The intent is to teach people how they can be 100% responsible and accountable for their own lives in all regards.

    Purpose Statement

    The team will work together to contribute to the design and development of a sustainable, environmentally friendly, clean and viable off-grid farming and marketing model that can provide for multiple families and be duplicated throughout northern climates in the world and portions thereof throughout the entire world.

    Expected Outcomes

    During the life of this project, the team will:

    1. Secure the property by buying out the 50% ownership of the land currently held by a third party and any other small private debts that exist.

    2. Establish an orchard with fruit trees that are indigenous to the region (apple, cherry, etc). Fruit can be used for food, preserves, etc and provide flower blossoms for honey bees.

    3. Establish ‘super foods’ within the orchard, such as Goji berries, Black Current, Maca, etc.

    4. Utilize permaculture techniques and designs to mitigate labor required to plant and maintain environment. Will utilize nature to care for her self with little or no involvement from Man.

    5. Actively cultivate bee hives to pollinate any plants on the property, provide honey and ensure that hives can be sold or gifted to other people wanting to establish their own farms.

    6. Build off-grid greenhouses that can grow food all year round in climates that experience extreme temperatures and light conditions. Prototype will be built on the pagé family domain and when bugs worked out, these greenhouses can be built for people in the city or out in the country. Greenhouse would also require ponds to raise Tilapia (fish) and integrated composting.

    7. Establish infrastructure needed in order to raise chickens, turkeys, goats, pigs and cows while utilizing rotational grazing ideas outlined in the movie “Fresh”. Eggs, milk, cheese, meat and other value add products will be found or created from the animals. Having excess livestock will provide opportunities to gift or sell them to other people looking at establishing their own family farms. The preference will be towards heritage animals and seeds in order to get away from genetically modified foods and ensure they are hardy and can handle the climate.

    8. Design and develop a kitchen so that all produce raised on the farm can be processed, packaged or even prepared for consumption. The kitchen will also be used to teach people how to can, bake, freeze, dry or utilize any other healthy, natural, non-chemical methods of preserving food for the winter. Intent is to live with the ebb and flow of seasons rather than the artificial demands of fresh foods all year round.

    9. Build five off grid cabins in the back of the property to showcase different construction methods (earthship, straw bale, cob, traditional framed, geodesic, etc). The cabins will also provide an opportunity for people to experience the concepts, learn while participating with the farm, attend classes or just retreat to recharge.

    10. Complete development of the first earthship. This structure can be used as the kitchen, meeting room, class space or emergency shelter for people. It will contain a large open space, bath facilities and kitchen. Atrium can also be used as a greenhouse.

    11. Design and build a shop in order to manufacture or maintain tools or equipment needed on the farm.

    12. Develop storage facilities for storing equipment and other materials that may be acquired through gifting, salvaging, etc. The materials can then be used to continue development on the farm or given to other projects in the area to help others get their farms built.

    13. Complete the development of the second earthship (our domicile) and mom’s off-grid house.

    14. Seal up the dugout so that it can contain water and then be able to support fish (trout) and water for live stock. Water will also be collected and stored from all roofs on the property.

    15. Fence off gardens so that the pigs can till the garden in spring and fall. Gardens are also designed to raise vegetables for the farm and excess could be sold at market.

    16. Finish root cellar so that it can be used for long term storage of vegetables from garden. Root cellar can also be used as emergency shelter due to extreme weather.

    17. Design and establish viable composting facility to process compost, accept compost from customers to close the nutrient cycle and grow worms which could be fish food or sold to start compost piles or bate.

    18. Design and implement marketing systems to build long term healthy relationships with people interested in our products and / or services with the intent that all relationships are win/win and there is little to no middle men involvement. That way the producer gets good value for products produced and consumer gets high value products at a good price.

    19. Encourage development and testing of alternative energy technology for generating power, fuel or anything else that may be of use on the farm.

    20. Build a tower and connect it to Alberta’s Supernet. This will establish the infrastructure needed to connect to the Internet and also provide telecommunications abilities as well. This is necessary to maintain connection to the world and neighbors to share ideas, concepts, teachings, etc. without being dependant on the corporations that provide cell service. Re-development of the website is critical to ensure a platform for sharing project details, communication of project objectives, etc.

    21. Design and build a wood handling system where we can mill lumber for building or furniture making and cut, split and dry firewood. A wood chipper can also be used for building mulch for trails to protect tree roots and for making bedding for chicks and other live stock.

    22. Establish relationships with other farmers and families in the area where we can trade and help one another. I have several friends who are interested in doing the same on their property and as such I want to ensure the project benefits them as well.

    23. Project must also be flexible enough to accommodate changes or other innovative ideas or technologies to ensure success or help reduces or eliminates waste, garbage, etc.

    Rob in the Page Family

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    Last edited by Scott; 04-28-2012 at 10:13 PM.

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