On self-production

Some improvements, more additions


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Update                                                                                      jul '11

Studio. Brief 2' in order of year of birth and plus Paine, Tolstoi, Morris, Henry George, Kropotkin, Howard.   

Biblio. A new intro and some more titles under Books'. Extra titles of course via
Bibliographies' and Libraries', which are less passively looked after.
An active approach also, without plunging into Google books 'self-sufficiency', in
Books before 1970'.
Bookstores' and Publishers' present now by sponsored links only, which leaves
the listings pretty empty. Museum/exhibition' is removed until coming back with
appropriate content.
As for Magazines, articles', Articles' being enlarged with various qualitative items,
sources of which are sometimes interesting too.

Sites. Some cleaning and rearranging of links, several new.
Basis income guarantee, wikipedia' (
Sites, more general, socio-economic): André
Gorz, elsewhere not a great fan of 'self-sufficiency', a basic income as argued removes a major obstacle to it and sets an effective halt to 'dying villages'.

Also present 'asset-based egalitarianism' (Thomas Paine) and 'collective resource
ownership' offer interesting background to Basic property, see Studio, and will
eventually be explored later. The impressive Funding paragraph could be extended
with an 'every monetary transaction 'tax' ', see Studio, sustainable, money.

Sites, residence, water. New subheading Desert irrigation. Introducing some
seawater solutions to it, including Studio's Seawater irrigator, consisting of
pipeline with nearby domes wherein evaporation and condensation. Outside trees
and plants produce for local consumption. 
Sites, residence, other handicraft, technology. New subheadings Diy, Arts and
crafts, Experimental archeology. To provide with more content in due time,
supporting various practical purposes of 'self-production'. Arts and crafts' partly for
historical reasons, being a forerunner of diy crafts.
Sites, residence, communes, communities. Utopia britannica' giving extra
historical depth to the various communities.

Some improvements, more additions                                        jul '12

Best display probably with title- and statusbar, sidebar favourites' and/or smaller
screen. Larger letter shakes up typography a bit. 

Brief 2. New entries: Epicurus (garden, ...), Gary Snyder (...), Maria Mies
(subsistence perspective), Vandana Shiva (see biblio, magazines).     

Free books, e-books, pdf's, ..., coming by
*, if interesting enough, to be listed with
   * creative commons, significant expansion by a basic income ?

Items are sometimes placed under Sites, when better fitting in their classification.

books, more general
There is an alternative. Subsistence and worldwide resistance to corporate
globalization. Veronika Bennholdt-Thomsen, Nicholas Faraclas, Claudia von
Werlhof, eds. 2001 

books/content before '70
Early green politics: back to nature, back to the land and socialism in Britain
1880-1900, P.C.Gould. 1989

At home in nature: modern homesteading and spiritual practice In America,
Rebecca Kneale Gould. 2005

Resurgence, ... ./authors. Various essays by Vandana Shiva.

Left green perspectives (1988-1998), Institute for social ecology.

Rebel Wolf online, Essn archives.

Upon the gardens of Epicurus or Of gardening in the year 1685, Sir William Temple.

Do agricultural outputs of autarkic peasants affect their health and nutrition.
Evidence from Rwanda, Christophe Muller. 2000

The subsistence perspective, Maria Mies, 2005

A land reform manifesto, George Monbiot, 1995
'Unless the environment and social justice movements address the control and
ownership of land, they will for ever be playing at the margins of political change.'

Landlords and tax collectors, Mike O'Mara.    
last alinea.

>Sites, more general
Navdanya, Vandana Shiva website.

economic com, green ways to make money, or not
Balle, business alliance for local living economies.

The homesteader's free library

Food freedom news.

Green living forum.

Simple living forum

European green party.


Visiting Walden Pond in the winter.

Lots of literary and philosophical reflection on the book, Walden inspired
homesteads or experimental follow-ups will be present to a lesser extent and in a
wide variety.
A survey of these from a economical point of view (the first chapter of the classic
is called Economy and some of its claims are not less astonishing than for
example the miracle of the airplane) could focus on materials and on money
coming in/ going out.

From an instant search 'homestead-walden':
The walden effect

>Sites general

Permaculture design course '81, pdf.  
>Sites, garden              
Edible garden project.

Hot summer of urban farming '07, dandelion town.

landscape, nature
Edible landscaping & gardening.

Edible landscaping, fact sheet.

>Sites residence


city planning, mobility                        
The New Jersey barrier ('07), see also other wind and sun ways to generate
electricity alongside roads.

other handicraft, technology

Otherpower, make your electricity from scratch.

Rebel Wolf online, energy self sufficiency newsletter. (2005-2006)

.arts and crafts
The medieval technology pages.
Tribes & campaigns, survival international.

communes, communities
California communes in historical context.

Los Angeles eco-village.

One community, forming.

Intentional communities, self-sufficiency search, a hundred plus, forming mainly.

Diggers and dreamers, the guide to communal living in Britain.


Passerell éco.

Walden five

Dutch language and setting. Completing Walden three, poetic essay, 1976 , and
Walden four (1. A planology for the pedestrian 2. Self-sufficiency 3. Autarceia),
1999, '06, '07. See News 1, website afloat.
Walden five, pc and internet (1. Sustainable 2. Smallest footprint 3. Buy less, buy
different, produce yourself 4. Frederik van Eeden update 5. Walden goodbye) is
finished now. Covering 2001-2010, development of ideas (texts), of publishing,
attempts to communicate, to realize. Approaching many alternative, left,
progressive (organic, ecological, green, sustainable) and other indigenous
For an impression
> (scroll down to Walden, click pages link and then first page
digit back, second forward).

                                           to be continued in News 3

On self-production                                                                   aug '11

Mainly common as self-production of music (cd, clip), sometimes of films.
A producer looking after the financial, organizational and commercial management
of film/music production, self-production is a diy solution to it. In most cases this
self-production has markets in mind to sell the product in the form of cd, clip, film.

Self-production for markets however is something else than production for oneself,
being an individual, family, locality, town, city, nation, continent, or even a factory
or company.
Focus on locality, the area wherein self-production takes place, and with
exclusion of nation, continent etc. for reasons of transport (energy, pollution,
materials, work), of scale, of ... , gives the following self-productive producers/
consumers: separate households, villages, towns, cities.

Also, self-production of some as well as of many of the goods and services
consumed may be the case in these socio-economic units. To produce most or
at least a fair share of those items
1 by intention or in fact, describes
'self-production' well understood, in theory and in practice.
Thus giving these units a percentage
2 of self-production. Which grows by
producing more within the locality and or by consuming less products and some
services externally produced.

Other aspects                                                                                                 .

Production by the local entity for the local entity, as far as actual situations and
transitional possibilities reach, is in case of multiple producers: family, community
, village etc., a more collective/cooperative than individual effort, including a variety
of possible forms of labour division and styles of production/consumption.

The low external output plus low external input of the economies being no goal per
se, but serving environmental, ecological, sustainable (unemployment) purposes
together with humane labour conditions, efficient satisfaction of needs, direct and
indirect improvement of health and wellbeing.

Transition and fresh starts 

By gradually changing individual and more collective consumption and production
patterns (diy), separate households as well as greater units may evolve towards
higher degrees of  self-production. No great effort to do so, often saving money and
living healthier at the same time, especially when adequate social stimuli develop.

However, doing 'the real thing' requires some land in the first place and, apart from
habits and skills, money to start with plus a supplementary income on a regular
basis to cover a necessary margin of imports.  

Although there are several ways sometimes to meet these second conditions, in
all their natural simplicity and 'poverty', highly self-productive households are
frequently impossible to start or to maintain by those motivated to do so. Living a
far less ecologic and rather expensive life because of rent, transports and other
cost of living, working hard and not always pleasantly, yet unable to save enough
to change to a healthier, more natural living. 

And apart from skills and monetary requirements, sufficient like-minded people in
the locality, a decent green culture and attractive social status in the wider society
, are factors to underestimate easily. 

Research and development                                                                              .

Hardly a subject of progressive and experimental science
4 (nor of business 5) the
new 'direct economy' could organize itself likewise by applicating scientific rules
of analysis and experiment.

A one acre model
7 in this a comparable 'format'. The researchers trying to live
well from it, in theory, in practice. Minimal imports and exports of goods and some
services, frugal use of technology, of electronics, of cars, ... .

Funding of modest start and regular supplementary incomes by participants and
or sponsors. Whatever the earnings in money, difficult as they often are to arrange
, disruption of a self-production aimed holding by market schemes should be
avoided. A basic income (a right to land part of it) could thereby make a difference,
potentially revitalizing village and country life a lot. 
1 Partly or complete.
2  Expressed in monetary value, in weight (transportation of ideas, of seeds by
walking holidays gives no environmental or energy problems) and other relevant
3 Economics of self-production. Which products and how, tools, animals, imports.
The latter, balanced by exports, kept at a reasonable minimum.
4 Some attention to third world subsistence economies and homegardens in
connection often with development strategies. 
5 To earn money by self-production is contradictory, apart from indirect earning by
not spending. To earn money by the product 'self-production': books, courses,
ready made self-productive gardens (high in income in kind) or even houses, is in
cases of 'self-sufficiency' and 'permaculture' slightly present. 
6 Of greater human interest perhaps than 'cold nuclear fusion' and easier to
demonstrate, no scientists yet flocking to experimental one acre fields.     
7 Of mediocre fertility and per adult. Trees for nuts, fruits, firewood, timber, useful
bushes, plants, grass, etc. etc. In case of more substantial agricultural production
for markets (supplementary income) extra terrain is added.

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