First off, there's been a date change for the next Permaculture meetup — to Monday, November 12 — because the community center will be in use by others on the 5th! So come out the second Monday in November for another lively meetup!
Special treat: An exchange of ferments, preserves, pickles etc. The idea being: bring what you have a lot of and trade some of it for what's missing from your winter pantry. The first 10 or 15 minutes of the evening will be devoted to this exercise in sharing. Thanks Henning for the idea!
Main program: Hunting and permaculture — local perspectives. Consider how our hunter/gatherer ancestors learned and applied survival skills: hunting and trapping with primitive tools such as stone knives; foraging for wild edibles; making friction fires; learning to stalk small and large game by slowing down and finding a real connection with your woodland surroundings; hide tanning; sewing pouches from hides; cooking over a fire pit; and more.
Since wildlife habitats have been carved up by human habitations and infrastructure, we'll consider habitat carrying capacity and the status of animals faced with food shortages, accidents, diseases/parasites, pollution, predation, starvation and other factors. How do hunters affect the balance?
We'll have a group discussion about where in NYS you can hunt, why hunt, the ethics of hunting and more, with all perspectives welcome! No experts will lecture to us; instead we'll all get a chance to air our views and share our experiences.
Suggested reading and viewing:
Author Michael Pollan (Botany of Desire; Omnivore's Dilemma) wrote a thoughtful piece on hunting. The essay can be accessed on his website: http://michaelpollan.com/articles-archive/the-modern-hunter-gatherer/ View video of Pollan discussing hunting with students at the Yale Farm: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dka7zU_30dE NYS Dept. of Environmental Conservation Hunting & Trapping Regulations Guide (not necessary to read through for this discussion, but essential if you actually plan to hunt or trap in NY): http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/37136.html
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