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OPEN source notes from notes from Ag Kawamura at American Farmland Trust

World Agriculture has never been more abundant, safe and diverse Food is a privilege, not a right. Look at the past to realize how lucky we are now..\ crop failures.. Sacrifice a lovely maiden/ Norman Borlaug! Dust spores...Epidemic, pathonogenic crop failure That is why Norman Borlaug's generation saw that they could predict and anticipate and prevent such catastrophes . Saving millions of lives.. These are the kinds of things we have to look at the kinds of tools we have in from t of us. these are the toolsets we have to work with currently 70,000 acres taken out of production because of the drought in Caliornia

Will we have the capacity to provide for everyone. We have to have land and the capacity to continue..and the logistics we will.

hurricanes in California, "the fact that it happened before means it will happen again" embrace new concepts, ideas, technologies The challenge of getting a consistent crop off, we are looking for more tools, seeds… because of the retooling, he can keep planting even when its so wet looking for more property where you can bring that land in production desserts are among the most predictable I think these folks with little home gardens, roof gardens ( dismissive) think that we don't' need other kinds of farming, by which he means mega scale..

Franchise the hydroponics all over the plant we have plenty of water on the planet, we just have a salt problem and a logistics problem lets put cisterns under our homes atmospheric water harvesters, a new small house of the future DARPA FUNDING for swap coolers have its own energy and water systems, with very nice ' turnkey kinds of situations' collecting fresh water from boats off-shore, put it on a barge, into a reservoir, freshwater balloons

precision agriculture helps us meet the criticism about wastefulness Agriculture is not broken, its getting more dynamic every day

the more bulletproof we are, and resistant to failure the public has to stand up we need a whole army of young farmers, not young farmers, but new farmers. folks that understand it, patient , smart, tolerant, but getting it wrong is not an option we are here to work on systems of abundance humility of farming is understanding what is out of your control.

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Please see the tool we created at the Hack in Davis California , a proposal of the functionality and improvements on existing ' pay per service' programs which centralize control.

" Farmer owned distribution software" is the name of the tool we created at that time. I wish I knew how to cross link to it, but you can go look for it.

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Just about all the old topo maps are free to download:

http://store.usgs.gov/b2c_usgs/usgs/maplocator/(ctype=areaDetails&xcm=r3standardpitrex_prd&carea=%24ROOT&layout=6_1_61_48&uiarea=2)/.do

Plus nautical charts and older maps, many of which include land and air maps:

http://www.nauticalcharts.noaa.gov/csdl/ctp/abstract.htm

Plus David Rumsey's amazing collection -- start an account and log in, and you can download high-res on everything:

http://www.davidrumsey.com

--> some of these sites may not work in Safari; I have found Chrome is best.

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http://livingnewdeal.berkeley.edu/map/

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Yes indeed so glad the momentum on this is strong. We've already built up a number of great datasets to add in the mix, and dorn has been brainstorming up storm of other collaborators.

For now, here's whats coming on our existing www.serveyourcountryfood.net website.

  1. Grange halls
  2. Incubator farms
  3. Farmer-service providers/ finance providers
  4. Farm hack shop sites.

Very easy to also get:

-Shale Gas deposits -WWOOF Farms-Wwooffusa/organic volunteers -Experiment Stations-USDA -Slaughter Facilities- USDA - State and National Ag Committee members, yellow dots - Rail road/ shipping lines - Watersheds - Bus and Amtrak Routes -link to soil maps - Extension offices - country fairs = Farms for Sale -- link to NEfarmfinder.org and other land link sites.

And we can approach other mappers to cross post their maps ie this national family farm coalition map of

land grabs http://placestories.com/project/8465#!v=about http://farmlandgrab.org/post/view/21351