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  • 1. Thaddeus Owen Permaculture and Sustainable Food Systems
  • 2. Financial Permaculture
    • Community investment
    • Sustainable entrepreneuring
    • Local investments
    • Regenerative business
  • 3. Observe
    • 2007 Data for Traverse City
    $32,354,024 $13,109,494 Total Food Spend $16,288,101 $6,636,254 Supermarket $13,419,529 $5,505,400 Restaurant $2,646,394 $967,840 Convenience/Specialty Food 11,403 4,908 Population 5 mile 3 mile Retail Sales Volume
  • 4. Catch and Store Energy
    • Capture the $32,000,000 leaving the County for food from afar
    • Encourage farmers selling wholesale to sell more to local consumer (higher profit, less waste)
    • Re-use food waste as fuel for biofuels and then as compost for organic farms
  • 5. Obtain a Yield
    • Commercial Kitchen for farm and community use
      • Value added products from currently wasted surplus
      • Stimulate local entrepreneurs
    • Feed School Children in Farm to School
  • 6. Produce No Waste
    • Surplus is canned/preserved
    • Waste becomes local bio-fuel and compost
    • Fewer emissions from lowered food miles
    • Healthier kids and adults from nutritious food
  • 7. Small and Slow
    • Phase in Solutions to guarantee success
    • Currently only 1% of area works in agriculture. 35% in retail!
  • 8. Value Diversity
    • Community Gardens
    • Diverse Local farms (resiliency)
    • Backyard Growers
    • SPIN Farming
    • Perennials and Annuals
    • Animals and Plants
  • 9. Overall
    • Build Resilience into the Grand Traverse Area
    • Start with food
    • Build and retain local wealth
    • Create Jobs
  • 10. What Can You Do?
    • Take the 72 hour course
    • Read Designers Manual
    • Garden
    • Re-design your life
    • Become a producer
  • 11. "But the greatest change we need to make is from consumption to production, even if on a small scale, in our own gardens.  If only 10% of us do this, there is enough for everyone.  Hence the futility of revolutionaries who have no gardens, who depend on the very system they attack, and who produce words and bullets, not food and shelter." - Bill Mollison
  • 12. THANK YOU
    • Thaddeus Owen
    • [email_address]