Quality over Quantity – Growing Nutrient Dense Food in Urban Gardens

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By Kat Gawlik, forgreenies.com If we are to grow and produce enough food to meet our families’ nutritional needs in an urban situation, we need to go beyond organic, to remineralise the soil where there are deficiencies, cultivate soils rich with microbes and to grow food that is nutrient dense.

Farming’s Future is Small: Big Farms and Big Data Don’t Feed People

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Photo of an open source cover crop roller from Farm Hack If you want to succeed in farming today, be prepared to spend your time not outside in the field, but behind a panel of computer screens. So says Quentin Hardy’s recent article in the New York Times (“Working the Land and the Data,” November… Read more »

Soil, Struggle and Justice – Agroecology in the Brazilian Landless Movement

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This film examines a cooperative of the Brazilian Landless Movement (MST) in the South of Brazil, which struggled for access to land and then transitioned to ecological agriculture, or agroecology. This MST cooperative is demonstrating the possibility of an alternative model of flourishing rural life, which provides thriving livelihoods for farmers, produces high quality and… Read more »

Ten Grassroots Environmental Justice Campaigns from Around the World

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Community Managed Sustainable Agriculture Andhra Pradesh in India has been called the pesticide capital of the world.  Pesticides cost farmers a lot of money.  To recover these costs the fruit and vegetables the farmers produced had to be expensive too.  This put them out of reach for many poor families.  Not only that, but farmers… Read more »

The Farm: Where We Have Come From and Our Plans For the Future

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As we in the North approach the winter solstice — traditionally a time of slowing down, contemplation, and letting go of the past year — we are filled with gratitude for so much that we have been given, and only barely awakened to the new possibilities these gifts bestow. Our small non-profit educational and scientific… Read more »

UNCCD Land for Life Award Winners for 2013 (India, Mexico, Africa): Practical, Doable, Magic

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Educating small-holder farmers in India Every year the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) presents awards and supportive prize-money to projects that have had a positive impact on combating desertification and restoring watersheds and the hydrological cycle. This year’s awards went to excellent projects in India, Mexico and Africa. Watch the fantastic videos below,… Read more »

Gangi Setty and the Green Tree Foundation Project (India)

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The Green Tree Foundation is a small non-profit organization that promotes permaculture techniques to local farmers in the Antapur district in Andra Pradesh, India. The organizations are devising solutions to alleviate serious water scarcity and eroded soil. However, it was Gangi Setty, the founder behind GTF, that made my trip to visit them most memorable…. Read more »

The Chikukwa Permaculture Project (Zimbabwe) – The Full Story

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So we were saying, now what are we going to do? So we worked very hard. – Jessica Chibharo Introduction In ten years of field trips and working with students on food security and sustainable agriculture projects in South and South Eastern Africa, the project of the Chikukwa villages in Zimbabwe is the most successful… Read more »

Permaculture Education and Research in USA: Expanding Connectivity Between Islands of Fertility

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Giving opportunities for young people to make a living improving the world is the great need of the hour As more and more people in developed nations (and the USA in particular) become aware of the effects of their personal decisions on ecologies and economies at local and global scales, both the supply and demand… Read more »

Surveying Commons Activism on the International Stage

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The following is an adaptation of my notes for my talk at the Occupy Wall Street “Making Worlds” conference on February 16-18, 2012. I am so pleased that the Occupy and Commons movements are finding each other and starting a new conversation. Occupy is an incredible force for change. It has a bracing vision, a… Read more »

ReOccupy Portugal

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I have seen a possibility and a lot of factors that are working in favor of this possibility, so it has motivated me to start working on my idea. It’s about collaboratively re-occupying and regenerating abandoned rural land, starting here, where I am in Portugal. Since I know of no other cases of this here… Read more »