This has been my first exposure to "Reskilling" workshops, which has made an appearance due to the Transition Initiative. Apparently the whole Transition concept is rooted in permaculture, but has grown from its Irish roots into a worldwide movement. Towns commit towards local, sustainable, fossil fuel independent lives...on a neighborly level. Have you ever driven your car behind a huge trash truck, destined for the landfill? I have recently, and finally realized that our fossil fuels are completely intertwined in our daily lives. Buying food local partially to avoid shipping food cross country is one thing, but trash...things we don't even want...that's another ball game. The problem is, there's not many folks out there who have the skills that would allow them to break away from the fuel centered system ...hence the reskilling workshops!
I asked Lynne Swanson, curator for Folklife Programs, a few questions about the Reskilling concept put into action in Michigan: