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I followed your link and the website is a truly wonderful and inspiring case-study of just the sort of development model we will have to adopt when the "northern hemisphere" economy collapses. Africa may well become the most 'advanced' economy if this kind of initiative takes off in Africa, and then we would have to follow their lead. What a turn-around that would be! I haven't studied the website in depth yet, but I notice just on glancing through it that many of the principles and ideas on it seem to be very similar to some of the ideas promoted, or being implemented, by the Transition Towns initiative here in the UK and elsewhere. Certainly a smaller farm model will have to be adopted in the UK as the mega-farms will disappear immediately when the peak oil crisis kicks in big-time (perhaps as early as the next two or three years), because of the total reliance of big farms upon oil for tractors, transport, dsitribution, fertilisers, etc. I notice community orchards are becoming quite popular in the UK now, and I've been to one recently that is run by the Brighton Permaculture Network . What I noticed about this orchard is that not only was it highly productive and managed in a totally organic and sustainable way, and either giving their produce away or selling it at prices way below the commercial operators, but that the volunteers running it were clearly having such a good time doing it and had developed such close social ties as they went along. And that's the whole point isn't it: small-scale farms and orchards run by local communities can offer not only a way of survival but also a happier, more fulfilling way of life too. The coming peak oil crisis offers opportunities for human growth as well as, and hopefully more than, the possibilities for human suffering.