“Last year Monica and I built our own 650 square foot home with architect, Garrett Martin. We are part of a team of young farmers working on a 60-acre homestead outside Slippery Rock, Pennsylvania at Fallen Aspen Farms.”

Lifeboat Initiative

We are working with clients who want to develop food production for their off-grid places. This is a different approach than your normal garden, aiming at deep self-sufficiency, indigenous knowledge, culinary innovation and discipline to seasonality, and community-reliance.

We have established a LIFEBOAT potluck group whose purpose is to further our discourse and thought in response to the challenges of our times (COLLAPSE references) by sharing the practices group-members are engaged in — gardening, solar energy, rain water collection, green building and local economy are part of our curriculum. The group is doctors, engineers, architects, artists, writers, and entrepreneurs who are rationally concerned about our economic, environmental and social stability in the near future.

We hope to re-define the possibilities of the bonds of COMMUNITY, and enhance the constructed infrastructure that we’ve pursued individually. You can join our LIFEBOAT Facebook group.

Lifeboat Eating

Had a chance to meditate on LIFEBOAT EATING while trekking through the panorama of extraction from Taos back to Austin.  (it’s a doozy — complete with Monsanto billboards about their “trustworthy food system”)

  • The LIFEBOAT garden will be different than the way we are gardening and farming now with the support of EMPIRE(no commercial nurseries, no commercial compost, no commercial minerals, no industrial water)  how do we garden/farm without these commercial inputs?
  • What did folks eat BEFORE formal agriculture in this region?  (native plants, game, insects)
  • How will we adapt our gardening to climate changes?  (I know Jake likes this one! and may be practicing some relevant approaches at his project)
  • How can we involve local culinary talent to help us develop easy and tasty menus based on the things we know we can cultivate/forage in our LIFEBOATS?
  • how do we develop a MARKET strategy for our existing gardens/farms that can TRANSITION into LIFEBOAT eating?
  • Taken on the whole, I think there is lots of great research and practice to dive into in the short term that will yield some exciting and productive activity for our families and community — and potentially build a transition market to support LIFEBOAT practice in the near-term and into collapse.



  • Produce home-grown, healthy, organic food for our family
  • “Practice” gardening (spend the time laboring, learning, communing)
  • Get out of the city regularly for this PRACTICE
  • Learn (research, practice) “LIFEBOAT gardening”  –  as distinct from gardening within EMPIRE
  • Build MARKET to support the PRACTICE above
  • Build COMMUNITY into the PRACTICE above
  • Provide info, material support to other in the community
  • INVEST time/$ into LIFEBOAT infrastructure — the physical garden/community