Trust Heather Walker of Makaria Farm to come up with an idea like this. I can just see her sitting in her farmhouse kitchen, vibrating with creative energy and no agricultural project to absorb it — it’s winter after all. She’s like a professional athlete in the off-season, twitching from adrenaline overload.
Heather invited a dozen of her “artsy friends” to create a group of “re-skillers”: women focused on learning basic skills that are no longer standard issue in our high-tech world. Here’s an example: learning to sew from a pattern is one of the skills we’ve all agreed to learn. Eight of 12 of us have access to a sewing machine (impressive); few of us know how to use it (not impressive).
Once a month for 12 months we will meet to learn a skill that, as Heather so often reminds us, when the Apocalypse comes, we will be ready. By the end of this year I will know how to make a loaf of bread from an apple, milk a cow/goat/water buffalo, and identify edible plants and mushrooms — to name a few. Just call me McGyver.
Bill McKibben wrote a book called Eaarth in which he says when The Big One hits (earthquake, tsunami, Apocalypse, etc.), communities that work well together will survive. Heather has set us firmly on a path to learning essentials and building a solid community. So when you’re starving, dirty, and in need of shelter, you’ll have her to thank when I make you cheese, soap, and build you a cob fort.
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