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Shallots: The Fancy Vegetable

Shallots

If you are peruser of recipes you have undoubtedly come across the term shallots. Shallots are often in dishes that are savory and lean towards the gourmet and fancy side of the culinary spectrum. They are subtle in flavor and add just the right note to enhance or bring out the flavor of other fine foods. What exactly is a shallot? Shallots are a member of the Liliaceae family (Lily […]

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Is Climate Change the Shock We Need to Make the Switch to Urban Farming?

Is Climate Change the Shock We Need to Make the Switch to Urban Farming? feat

The rising demand for food around the globe is prompting the need for both scientists and farmers to deal with failing crop yields as a result of global warming. Steady increases in both wealth and population are leading to projections that by 2050, demand for food will be up 70 percent – but around the world, the staple crops of wheat, soybean, sorghum, barley, rice, and maize, are providing lower […]

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Is there a Solution to the Decline in Freshwater Supply?

Is there a Solution to the Decline in Freshwater Supply? feat

The supply of freshwater in the world is running out and running out fast! (1) Less than 3% of the Earth’s water is fresh, with most of it trapped underground or in ice and glaciers. That only leaves less than 1% accessible for drinking and supporting life as we know it. Fresh water is finite yet we continue to waste it not knowing that we are dooming ourselves to a […]

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All Hail Kale!

All Hail Kale! Feat

Kale is a cool-season leafy vegetable that resides in the Brassicaceae family (mustard family) along with cabbage, broccoli, and broccoli rabe. It’s a native to Asia Minor and the eastern Mediterranean, and the Greeks were growing several varieties by the 4th century BC. Kale became quite the world traveler and was a common vegetable in Europe until the end of the 15th century, and then it even found its way […]

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Denmark’s Sustainable Energy Programs Inspiring Transitions Around the World

Denmark’s sustainable energy programs inspiring transitions around the world feat

Denmark’s transition to renewable energy is an inspiration to countries around the world, looking to implement their own sustainable programs to decrease reliance on fossil fuels. With more than 45 per cent of Denmark’s total electricity powered by wind in 2016, and an entirely self-sustainable island off the country’s coast, the stage is set for Denmark to continue on its path to eliminate the need for other sources of energy. […]

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Samuel Alexander: Reimagining The Good Life

Samuel Alexander: Reimagining The Good Life

Combining concepts from ecological, economic, political, and social literature, Samuel Alexander’s books provide insightful commentary on the challenge of living within our limits – during a time of ever-increasing overconsumption. “Mainstream environmentalism calls on us to take shorter showers, recycle, buy green products, and turn the lights off – but these measures are inadequate,” said Alexander, an academic from Melbourne University and co-director of the Simplicity Institute. “We need more […]

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How About Temperate Climate Forest Gardens?

How about temperate climate forest gardens? feat

There’s a few books on how to make a forest garden, all wonderful, but actually, where are they? How many people have actually done it in the 40+ years since permaculture came to be? There have been reports of tropical, and desert systems, but not much from the temperate climate. In this chat, you will find out the result of four years of work, from the idea to the book […]

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Beautiful and Nutritious Lupinus

Beautiful and Nutritious Lupinus Feat

Have you heard of this little beauty?  Most likely you have but just didn’t know it. Lupinus, also called Lupine, Lupin, Lupini beans, bluebonnets, and several other names, is both an agriculture crop and a smaller scale garden plant and ornamental. There are many species of Lupinus, but all hail from the legume family (Fabaceae, Leguminosae or Papilionaceae), and like all legumes can fix nitrogen, which benefits the soil and […]

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Trees for Bees

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Trees are an important, stable source of food for bees and other pollinators providing thousands of flower heads all in one place.

I could go on and list their other virtues but the fact you’re on my blog leads me to assume that you already have a pretty good appreciation of both trees and bees so let’s get straight to the point of this post and find out which trees attract bees.

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Proposal from Tesla Encourages Discussion About Renewable Energy in Australia

Proposal from Tesla Encourages Discussion About Renewable Energy in Australia feat

Finally, the Australian government is considering the potential benefits of addressing the country’s energy crisis with solar batteries – thanks to a $33 million bet with billionaire tech entrepreneur Elon Musk. In the past, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbill said a “rush” to increase Australia’s generation of renewable energy would result in more expensive, less reliable power. Following a proposal from Tesla’s Elon Musk, Turnbill is changing his tune, even tweeting […]

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Organic Farming in France

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France has been on the forefront of organic farming for years now and things don’t look like they’re going to change anytime soon. There has been a 115% increase in organic farms from 2007 to 2013 and the number of people that consume organic products regularly has increased from 37% in 2003 to 65% in 2016. The stats are startling, and more consumers are moving towards the organic route due […]

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