There are over 25,000 practical uses for Industrial Hemp…

If possible, The Virtue School will promote the production and use of Industrial Hemp.

!!!There will be a strict ABSOLUTE prohibition on alcohol and drug use (including Marijuana) on everyone who enters the property!!!
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The students will learn of and research as many practical uses of this wonder plant as possible:

  • food and drink (it is one of the most nutritional and medicinal plants on Earth!)
  • medical research
  • oil for cooking and fuel
  • clothing
  • building materials
  • rope
  • wood replacement
  • paper
  • energy production
  • mulch and soil enhancement

The students will work on research and development, and practical applications on the property – to be an exemplar and inspiration for Extremadura, Spain and the World!!!


Links:


extraído de: Guía de Oportunidades de Negocio Verde en Extremadura

CAÑAMO INDUSTRIAL

El cáñamo es uno de los cultivos que mejor se adapta a las condiciones medioambientales por su alta resistencia, menor trabajo y mínimos costes. Se trata de un cultivo altamente beneficioso para el medioambiente puesto que mejora la estructura del suelo, ahoga las malas hierbas y no precisa de herbicidas ya que tiene una alta tolerancia a las plagas y las enfermedades.

A partir del cáñamo se fabrican más de 25.000 productos biodegradables como el papel, los sustitutivos del plástico, la biomasa, material de bio construcción, textil o alimentos altamente nutritivos como su semilla, el aceite de cáñamo, artesanía, cosméticos, infusiones, harinas proteicas…

Todos estos beneficios y utilidades, aunque conocidos desde hace siglos, son cada vez más difundidos y aceptados por la población, favoreciendo su interés y consumo, lo que le convierten en una oportunidad creciente de mercado. Especialmente se trata de una gran oportunidad si se tiene de antemano el cliente que te lo compra para su procesamiento industrial y para ello es aconsejable tener una planta cerca para ahorrar costes de desplazamientos y generar el mínimo impacto medio ambiental.

En Las Alpujarras se cultiva desde hace algunos años esta planta, donde además se celebran jornadas y encuentros entre agricultores para difundir los beneficios del cultivo del cáñamo y donde se habla de “las posibilidades que ofrecen cultivos alternativos para la difersificación de la economía de la comarca”, en palabras de José Luis Roscúa, responsable de la Cátedra Unesco de Desarrollo Sostenible y Medio Ambiente de la UGR para la diversificación de la economía en la comarca.

La diferencia entre el cáñamo y la marihuana está en el porcentaje de tetrahidrocannabinol (THC) que contiene, ya que por debajo del 0,4% no se considera marihuana. Juan Zurita, un referente en este sector aclara que “ninguna de las 4 hectáreas de cultivo de cáñamo industrial cuenta entre sus componentes con el THC” y en tono de humor afirma “el cáñamo no es marihuana, es marihuana. No clarifica, no coloca”.

El reto consiste en enfrentarse a los duros controles que amenazan contra la legalidad, como es el caso de este empresario que ha recibido varias denuncias que han terminado en confirmar que el cultivo del cáñamo no es un delito.

Modified Plans for The Virtue School

Plans for Project – CONSTRUCTION
 
Basic idea:
  • a semi-private house for the director (about 150m²),
  • a barn-workshop-garage (also 150m²) and
  • a school (1 Hectare).
1 hectare will be allotted for the school in an unplanned state – because, if you read the plans for the school, the students will design this, and gradually build it themselves – all the while coordinating this with a professional architect-engineer.
 
The land has some old pines (that can be used for the skeleton), and lots of stone that the people have traditionally used to build with (for the foundation, etc.). *IDEALLY industrial hemp will be grown and used to make hempcrete, floors, insulation, etc. Thus, all the building materials will come from the property…

* If possible, The Virtue School will promote the production and use of Industrial Hemp.

!!!There will be a strict ABSOLUTE prohibition on alcohol and drug use (including Marijuana) on everyone who enters the property!!!
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House
 
For the house will be something like these — for the internal woodwork, industrial hemp will (ideally) be used in place of most of the wood):
The basic frame can use pines.
All the glass is unnecessary… final design will be modified …
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This one has a walk-on roof – could plant a garden on the roof; also the use of the edges as patio-porch are quite nice…
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Something for inspiration…
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Barn-Workshop-Garage
 
Basic, simple, local-traditional design.
To build the barn-workshop/garage will probably use stones for the foundation, pines for the skeleton and (ideally) hempcrete for the walls and industrial hemp for the insulation and floors.
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See the following links:
 
Materiales del Terreno: piedra, tierra (sacos:bolsas?), pasto, …
 
The multiple uses of Cáñamo:
 
English
 
Ideas y oportunidades para que los jóvenes emprendan en Extremadura
 
 
The Virtue School will invest in all of these:
20 OPORTUNIDADES DE NEGOCIO VERDE EN EXTREMADURA
1. Granja de Lombrices- Producción de humus de lombriz
2. Helicicultura
3. Cáñamo industrial
4. Agricultura ecológica
5. Distribución de productos ecológicos
6. Turismo de Salud
7. Turismo Geológico
8. Eco Turismo
9. Agroturismo
10. Turismo activo para personas con discapacidad física
11. Dinamización de experiencias turísticas
12. Agencia especializada en turismo ornitológico
13. Tienda online espacio de degustación
14. Coworking- espacio de trabajo compartido
15. Cafetería + eco tienda
16. Terapias a domicilio
17. Internet y cobertura
18. Instalación de calderas de biomasa
19. Consultora de marketing y comunicación
20. Educación ambiental

“Captain Fantastic” and the Road to Nowhere

Just saw the film “Captain Fantastic” after reading some rave reviews. What follows are a few of my takes on it…
 
Starts off with the oldest son killing a deer with his bare hands & a knife. All the kids gather round & dad says, “Well done. My son’s become a man.” Then the kids get down to business – preparing the flesh of the deer for food, etc. Nothing ritualistic or spiritual about it. No feeling. It’s about Survival – or the skills you need for that. Nothing more.
 
That’s one of the main things I get from this film. It comes over as “rebellious” – as though it offers an alternative to the system (via home schooling, living off-grid), but the results are rather cold and empty; and, in the end, we are to see that it’s all just a roundabout way of preparing the kids to return to the system-as-it-is. They never get beyond it, and the film fails to offer an alternative way of dealing with the future or the way things are.
 
The story-line in brief: the lawyer daughter of a billionaire businessman, marries a highly-educated (Marxist-Chomsky-loving) academic & they both decide to raise their kids in nature (off-grid) and provide them with “revolutionary ideas.” The wife becomes psychotic, bi-polar and dad sends her off to a hospital to be treated (“she needed Serotonin, and I couldn’t give her that”). Eventually, she kills herself…
 
This “contradiction-of-extremes” theme repeats itself throughout the film. Example: Younger “rebel” son getting tired-of-it-all to oldest son: “Mom was psychotic… Dad made mom crazy. You think dad’s so perfect!”
 
Later: Dad out drinking a bottle of wine, oldest son goes into the “hippy” bus to get some acceptance letters from some of the most elite universities in the world. Shows them to dad. Dad checks them out & son says: “Harvard, Dartmouth, Princeton, Yale, Stanford, Brown, MIT…”
“Hmmm, ha ha, well done… you’ve deceived me well all this time…”
“Dad, it was mom. She helped me do this. I just want to go to college.”
“You speak 6 languages, you’re an expert in high math and theoretical physics – what are one of these colleges gonna teach you?!”
“I know nothing! I’m a freak. You made us freaks – and mom knew that – she understood! … Unless it comes out of a fucking book, I don’t know anything about anything.”
 
Yes, mom understood. It’s just a different method, not a different result. Dad can give them an excellent “book” education and an alternative life-style: lead the kids on a “free-the-food” shoplifting mission, walk around in his billionaire father-in-law’s house with a Jesse Jackson ‘88 t-shirt; hang-out naked (except at the dinner table) & give condescending advice to a perplexed-looking older couple passing, “It’s just a penis. All men have them”; and give sex-ed to his youngest ones via picture books – “The Joy of Sex”; but he can’t give them anything deeper, spiritual, life-enhancing. The result is kind of like the emotionally-barren, ideal “polis” (city-state) illustrated by the paradox of the Philosopher-King in Plato’s “Republic.” This is what mom said she wanted. Maybe that’s why she killed herself?
 
We do get a few hints that dad’s “home-school book learning” is superior, at least in its logical acquisition, to traditional American schools. Dad’s 8-year-old can explain what the “Bill of Rights” theoretically stand for while his two high school age cousins have no idea. But he can’t explain why those “rights” are quickly being threatened while the Constitution withers away in synthetic “Wars” on Drugs and Terrorism. He mentions “freedom” in relation to those rights, but he never questions what freedom is, or means.
 
Finally, after seeing his daughter rendered nearly paralyzed after sending her to scale the roof of Grandpa Moneybags’ million-dollar house to “rescue” his son (who has claimed to not want to be with him, anyway), dad decides he’s had enough. Ok, Grandpa, you can have the kids. I give up. And he drives away in the hippy bus; shaves off his beard; cries (over the failed implementation of his wild dream). Then, what do you know, the kids who have been hiding in back of the bus, run up to cheer their broken father up. He’s learned his lesson well – no more “back-to-nature freak stuff” – the movie ends with dad continuing his home school lessons in a cute little house in Suburbia.
 
What disappoints me is the fact that the film could have been so much more: a search for knowledge and spiritual values from a Socratic perspective: “Unless it comes out of a fucking book, I don’t know anything about anything”; a return to having a respect and love for Nature; and an attempt at building ties between each other, family and community. But all we are left with are some “nice” Chomskyisms, a few token Marxist rah-rah’s and a “dead end.”

A New Paradigm for Education: What Quantum Physics Tells Us About How We Should Educate Our Kids

“It may sound too theoretical, but it is a fact that how we educate our kids depends on the prevalent worldview of the educational establishment. And right now, that worldview is scientific materialism — the idea that everything is reducible to matter and its interactions. Corollary to this view is the Newtonian idea that we are mechanical machines. Accordingly, for the past 35-40 years, yes that’s how long this worldview has dominated academia; we have developed an educational system that treats human beings as machines.”

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Amit Goswami was also good in “What the Bleep Do We Know.”

http://www.whatthebleep.com/interviews/

This is kind of a sequel for him, I guess…

Quantum Activist

 

The First Educational Stage

“You like to say people should get an education so as to be able to work efficiently. We turn the problem on its head, and I’ve told you why: PEOPLE SHOULD WORK EFFICIENTLY IN ORDER TO GET AN EDUCATION, GAIN SKILLS, IMPROVE THEMSELVES, RISE UP AND GROW.”

(according to Célestin Freinet, Education Through Work: A Model for Child-Centered Learning, trans. by J. Sivell, Lewiston: Edwin Mellen Pr., 1993)

“In order to learn, develop, improve, rise up and grow, children need to work efficiently by using appropriate tools and techniques.”

http://virtue-school.org/Freinet-work.html

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My addition to this is that all Virtue School students will take survival courses to, not only, learn the essence of human technology (i.e., to learn the skills necessary to survive), this will also serve to get the kids in touch with Nature and to understand their interdependence with Her by working with what Nature provides to design their own basic survival structures.

Also, students will take a Permaculture Design Course (when they reach the age of seven). Thereafter, they will be responsible for designing their terrain, housing, living area and community, in a respectful and sustainable way, while living interdependently with each other, striving to reach self-sufficiency.

Another thing that will be integrated with this is the learning of the native plants/fungi and landscape; they will learn the healing properties of various native plants and will be able to apply them when necessary – for very basic complaints/ symptoms, injuries and illnesses (such as head aches, colds, sore throats, diarrhea, etc). They will also learn how to propagate such plants/fungi when applicable…

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A brief example – from when I worked at a school in Mol, Belgium a few years ago…

De Green Page http://jrussey.atspace.com/green_files/


Pictures from “Day One” (March
28, 2007)

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15 May Pics

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Pictures from June 26, 07

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Had a pretty nice garden going there…

June 2009 

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