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February 17, 2010


Filed under: Business,peak oil — duncan @ 1:33 pm

Contact: Susanne Friend,

Aquaponics is Revolutionizing Sustainable Home Farming

HONOKA’A, Hawaii (02/17/2010) — The creators of a new home-farming system say their “Aquaponics” technique is the world’s most sustainable and affordable food production method.

The new Do-it-yourself “MicroSystem” by Friendly Aquaponics costs less than $500 to build and can grow between 20-40 pounds of fruits and vegetables per month, while using a fraction of the time, space, energy and water of in-the-ground gardening. The system comes with detailed instructions and plans. Training courses are available.

“Our MicroSystem helps anyone step onto the path of food freedom,” said Tim Mann, co-founder of Friendly Aquaponics. “It will pay for itself in just three months with the money saved in store-bought groceries. You could even make money by selling your extra produce!”

Aquaponics is the combination of Aquaculture (growing aquatic life like fish and prawns) and hydroponics (growing plants in water). By combining these technologies the Friendly Aquaponics way, users create a vibrant natural ecosystem that will easily grow an abundance of food.

Friendly Aquaponics is the world’s first certified organic aquaponics farm, located on the Island of Hawaii. The group has created dozens of innovations to simplify and refine aquaponics so that just about anyone can grow safe, nutritious, and delicious food just about anywhere in the world.

Friendly Aquaponics is also a functioning family-run farm with a long-term contract delivering hundreds of pounds of organic lettuce to their local Costco every week, and it all sells out within hours.

“We want to feed our neighbors and teach folks everywhere how they can do the same thing, too,” said Susanne Friend, owner.

The Friendly Aquaponics team developed their MicroSystem and instructional courses after their farm became overwhelmed by visitors seeking tours of the facilities and asking for more information.

Already, hundreds of students from the U.S., Canada, Europe, Latin American, Japan and China have studied auquaponic farming techniques at the Hawaii headquarters of Friendly Aquaponics. The group also offers private consultations and training materials by postal mail or Internet download.

The next commercial training will be offered in April 19-22, and is expected to sell out well in advance.

For information about Friendly Aquaponics, to purchase the MicroSystem, or to inquire about training sessions, visit:

To contact Susanne Friend directly, email:


Media coverage resulting from this press release:

Do-It-Yourself Sustainability
Hawaii Business
magazine, May 2010

February 2, 2010


Filed under: Author,Business,Features,peak oil — duncan @ 1:26 am

Contact: James Howard Kunstler, 518-581-1876


In “Big Slide,” Family Seeks Refuge in Adirondacks During National Meltdown
Available as e-Book, Kindle, and Podcast

SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. (Feb. 2, 2010) — Author and social commentator James Howard Kunstler is using live theater, podcasting and a self-published “e-book” to distribute his new three act-play, titled “Big Slide.”

The story centers on a large family seeking refuge in the Adirondack Mountains of New York state as the country is collapsing into economic and political turmoil.

“Right now, we are a nation going through a slow-motion train wreck. But obviously our situation is not as grave as the compressed events that are portrayed in this play,” Kunstler said. “‘Big Slide’ is a work of the imagination that happens to be circumstantially about the times we’re living in and the times we may be moving into.”

Set in the autumn of an unspecified near-future year, “Big Slide” tells the story of three generations of the Freeman family, who have gathered at their Adirondack “great camp” (near Big Slide Mountain) to take refuge from New York City and Boston during a severe national political maelstrom. We are never fully apprised of the exact nature of this event, but it appears to involve a coup d’etat in the White House and the uprising of local militias all over the nation in response.

The estate at Big Slide is isolated from these events, but news dribbles in by radio. The electricity has stopped working and law enforcement seems to have been suspended, making it dangerous to travel even to the nearest town for food and necessities.

The thirteen members of the family, ranging from the dying patriarch, Clifford Freeman, to his grown children and their spouses, to the two teenage step-siblings, Raven and Zach, struggle to work out how they will organize themselves for survival in the months ahead against a background of old and deep personal grievances with each other.

“This was designed to be a classic, three-act play with a large cast and swirling motion on two levels of the stage,” Kunstler said. “But the situation with regional theater now is that nobody wants to do a play with more than one character, so that all you get is ‘A Night With Emily Dickinson’ or somebody impersonating Truman Capote. When I was a drama student at SUNY Brockport, we did big plays with lots of characters — ‘The Cherry Orchard,”Marat / Sade’ — and that’s what this is.”

“Big Slide” was first performed before a live audience as a “staged reading” by 13 actors on Jan. 9 at the Multi-use Community Cultural Center in Rochester, N.Y. Kunstler said he hopes to see a full-theatrical production in the future. A free audio .mp3 recording of the staged reading is available through author’s weekly podcast, “The KunstlerCast.”

A script of “Big Slide” is available for purchase (price: $5) as a downloadable 116-page .PDF, or in Kindle and Kindle-for-the-iPhone editions.

Production and oversight of the “Big Slide” e-book is by Duncan Crary, an independent media and publicity consultant, who hosts and produces “The KunstlerCast.”


Kunstler is the author of four non-fiction books, including “The Geography of Nowhere” (Simon & Schuster, 1993) and “The Long Emergency” (Atlantic Monthly Press, 2005), which have been concerned with a wide range of urgent issues, such as the global oil predicament, the banking fiasco and the problems associated with suburban development in America.

His most recent novel, “World Made By Hand” (Atlantic Monthly Press, 2008), takes place in a post-petroleum American future. A sequel is scheduled to be published this year.

For information, to purchase “Big Slide,” or to listen to the podcast, visit:


Artwork and publicity images are available at:

Journalists may request a review copy of “Big Slide.”


Media coverage resulting from this press release:

Kunstler tries hand at writing a play on social collapse
Daily Gazette, Feb 21, 2010

Family takes refuge in the Adirondacks in ‘Big Slide,’
Adirondack Daily Enterprise, Feb. 12-18, 2010

Kunstler play available online
Press Republican, Feb. 11, 2010

Where’d Those Books Go? (and does it matter?)
Seven Days, Feb. 04, 2010