Saturday, December 13, 2008

Community Resiliency Conference in Springfield Missouri

Today I went to the first conference hosted by The Statesmen For Our Constitutional Republic.

I met a lot of great people that have a lot of great ideas. I think that this organization is one that I will support in the future. It is really important that we work together to strengthen our local communities and find ways that as a community that we can become more self-sufficient. As the economy continues through its ups and downs, we will need to rely on each other and the skills, talents and abilities that we each have in order to keep things moving forward.

I am going to go ahead and use the real name of people for this post. :) Eric Vought has a wealth of information about cottage industry, wild edibles, soap making, and much more. There is a lot that he is willing to teach others that can help them be able to provide more for themselves and others.

I also met Galen Chadwick, who is part of the Well Fed Neighbor Alliance. He has a goal by Thanksgiving of 2009 to have 1000 gardens in this area. He has some great ideas about having out own neighborhood food banks, the public schools using locally grown produce rather then the imported stuff, and many many other ideas that would help our community be able to be part of the Transition Movement. He mentioned a good book to read is "The Transition Handbook" by Rob Hopkins. He mentioned a place that we can get heirloom seeds here locally. I need to get that information from him so that I can post it here as well.

Another speaker that I enjoyed was Allen Busiek. He has a yahoo group called the Southwest Missouri Preparedness League. This groups shares knowledge among each other and preparedness and other related issues, and a mutual assistance network for members to help each other in times of need, and they promote awareness. The benefits that come from all that they do is peace of mind, saving money and everyone needs a good hobby. :)

I suggest visiting their web sites and yahoo group in order to get a more full experience of all that was taught today. Even after 6 hours of learning, discussing, and growing, I know that there is so much more that each of those who were in attendance could have taught.

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