It is always exhilarating for me to show families the property at Riverbed Ranch and all the activity going on there. As they begin to see the reality of Operation Self Reliance, the land, the water, and all that is taking place, they start to see themselves as a part of it. When they walk the perimeter of a two-acre parcel (208’ x 416’ - over 1 and a half times the size of a football field), they begin to see all the possibilities of having their own passive solar home, barn, well, greenhouse, garden & orchard, and with like-minded neighbors. Over and over I keep hearing people say things like, “This is what I’ve been looking for!” Or, “I have been dreaming of this for years!”
In the last few weeks over 350 people have expressed an interest in OSR. With the support of the Academy of Self-Reliance, (academyosr.com, OSRCommunity.com), and other OSR Partners helping network like-minded individuals and essential resources, families are seeing a pathway to real self-reliance. To help families learn more about OSR and how to get involved, we have been conducting introductory presentations in homes and other community meeting places.
We are excited to announce that our next presentation will be in Highland on November 8th at 7:00 pm. For those of you in Utah County and Salt Lake County, this will be a great opportunity to invite friends and family to come and learn about this exciting venture. I will be introducing OSR and other OSR Partners, including the leadership of the Utah OSR Land Cooperative. In addition, the 75-minute presentation will include an overview of all that has been taking place at the Ranch during this last summer.
Also, we will announce next summer’s schedule of hands-on workshops to be held at the Ranch under the direction of the Academy. These 3-5 day workshops will include classes on the following subjects:
• Building with alternative methods and materials
• Permanent wood foundation systems – ½ the cost and twice the life of Portland cement
• Rammed earth and CEB construction
• Village drill operation – drilling a water well
• Greenhouses and temporary garden cover erection
• Planting trees, including creating cuttings from your favorite trees
• Working with bees, including identifying and planting bee forage
• And much more, including recreational events for adults and teenagers
After the presentation on Nov. 8th, the audience will have an opportunity to visit with the OSR Partners which include representatives of the Academy, the Utah OSR Land Cooperatives, and Earth’s Purest MiracleHive Bee Program. We invite you to join us as we make a difference and have some fun doing it!
Philip J. Gleason,