Combo Event - Property Tour / Evening With Ran Prieur
Property Tour 3:00 PM - 4:30 PM
An Evening With Ran Prieur 4:30 PM - Whenever
Location: 7980 L T Parkway, Lithonia GA 30058 Mapquest Link Google Maps Link
Contact: Lacy Thompson, Jr. (770)482-4836 (land line) (770)482-2485 (cell) email: Lacy@LTSound.com
Who's Invited: Atlanta Sustainability Meetup , Atlanta Beyond Oil Meetup , Followers of Ran Prieur's Blog and Anyone Else Who's Interested....
Additional Note on Directions: As you turn on to Hightower Trail (part of the Etowah Indian trail) be forewarned... it looks like something out of a scene from the movie "Deliverance". Don't worry though. The houses are abandoned and there are no mountain men hiding in the bushes. It's only a 1/4 of a mile down Hightower before you get to a dead end gate and my gate is on the left. It will be open. My driveway, LT Parkway is about a half a mile long. The house and parking are at the end of the drive. If you are entering LT Parkway in your GPS, sometimes you need to put a space between the L and the T to get it to come up. Others the LT needs to be together without a space.
It's important if you are going to do the property tour to be parked and ready to walk no later than 3:15. Otherwise you are likely to show up to an empty house as we will be walking the property. I'll have my cell phone with me so if you do show up late there is a chance to point you in the direction of where we are on the property.
We won't be going over any rougher terrain than you could negotiate in casual running shoes. The property is 51.7 acres but we'll be showing the highlights mainly water features and buildings that are already on the property. My house is currently 7,600 square feet of finished space, but I will be converting the three car garage to living space for a total of 8,200 square feet. There is a GreenHouse that has 760 square feet (16x48) growing space and 760 square feet (16x48) of living space (currently unfinished). There is also a 2,400 square foot hangar that will be used primarily for shop as well as storage and also teaching or social functions that require a bigger single venue than is available at the main house.
There are three natural water resources on the property, a small creek; Wesley Branch with drinkable water, as well as Stone Mountain Creek and the Yellow River. There is a dam with a 4.5 foot drop across Stone Mountain Creek. The current plans are to convert the house to rental units to help finance the renovations as well as resiliency features and operation of the farm. The preferred embodiment is more like a boarding house model than a straight rental model. You can read more about the Yellow River Farm Hamlet game plan below.
After hoofing it over the property for 40 minutes or so I have a little 20 minute Power Point presentation that illustrates my current goals and thinking on the project.
An Evening With Ran Prieur
This will be a casual affair and I'll order Pizza for snacks and have some soft drinks and tea available. We'll let the evening take whatever format Ran and the group think best. I'm sure there will be a lot of time for social interaction and question and answer. Several people in Wanda's meetup "Atlanta Sustainability Community" are starting their first permaculture projects, and will want to pick Ran's brain for his suggestions and input. Members of Jo Jo's meetup "Atlanta Beyond Oil" have backyard gardens that may benefit from permaculture principles as well.
We all have our crystal balls out trying to predict whether we are in for a catastrophic collapse followed by a Mad Max world of flesh eating Zombies or a more gradual affair that will allow a manageable transition to a less energy dependent lifestyle. It will be interesting to compare our theories and examine just what basis we are forming our opinions from... Hollywood or something more rooted in actual behavior in real crisis situations such as Katrina, Haiti, etc.
I really want to explore Ran's thinking and actions regarding his own preparations for the new world we are in the process of moving towards. Climate Change; What should we do differently in selecting plants for an uncertain future? Community; Where on our preparation priority lists should community be? Globalization; Is it "Game Over" for globalization or are we likely to see it continue in a different form? Occupy Movement ; Is it significant? Awareness; Are people waking up or will mass media continue to form the mindset of the general population? The Internet; Can it be shut down or controlled by government?
These are just some areas where I would really like to get Ran's opinion in a format that allows interaction and dialogue. Bring your own questions and concerns and be prepared for an interesting evening.
Additional Info on Property Plans
Yellow River Farm Hamlet - Stage I
Goals: Collapse Aware Resiliency At The Hamlet / Village Level - The "Internal Economy"
Location - 17 Miles Due East of The Center of Atlanta, GA Google Map
Current Development Status - 8,200 Sq Ft Home, 2,400 Sq Ft Hangar, 760 Sq Ft GreenHouse with 760 Sq Ft Living Space
Size - Stage I Hamlet Village 8.0 Acres - 35 Persons Larger Stage II Village - 43.7 Acres 80 Units or Approximately 200 Persons
Village Hamlet - 5.2 Acres, Agriculture - 8.0 Acres Total, Wildlife Habitat - 38.5 Acres ( Shared with Stage II Development )
Water Resources - Well (over 100gpm), Wesley Branch Creek, Stone Mountain Creek and Yellow River
Hunter/Gatherer Habitat - Numerous Deer, Wild Hogs, Turkeys , White Oak (acorn flour) and Red Oak, Hickory. Wildlife ranges from
over 1,000 adjacent acres of adjacent habitat.
Property Owner - Lacy Thompson, Jr.
Principle Site Planner - Greg Ramsey - Village Habitat
Goals: Collapse Aware Resiliency At The Hamlet / Village Level - The
A Pedestrian Oriented Village/Hamlet With a Community Owned Fleet
of Lease on Demand Vehicles ( Approx 1 vehicle for every 4 driving age
residents ) Parked at the Entrance of the Village. All Internal Streets
are Pedestrian / Bicycle / or Low Speed Electric.
Stage I - Hamlet 35 Individuals - Community Owned Farm - Deli / Restaurant / Pub /Theater / Transportation / Workshop
The pictures below are not from the Village. It hasn't been built yet. They are illustrations of the spaces that I feel must be included even at the Hamlet level to support a healthy human social and spiritual existence.
Commune With Nature and Zen View
Places To Support Daytime Community Social Interaction
More Night Time Social Interaction - Dining, Coffee or a Drink With Friends
A Quiet Place To Read
A Cozy Nook
A Library and a Quiet Place To Read
Deli , Coffee Shop , Pub
Stage 1 Village Hamlet Centered On Present House Location