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Small Farm Contributions

Community Garden in  Santa Monica, California

With all of the focus on striving towards wholesale changes to the entire global farming model, it’s sometimes hard to believe that we, as individuals, can make much of an impact on the prevailing models of food production and its detrimental effects on the environment. But this could not be further from the truth. Yes, each of us needs to be putting pressure on lawmakers, community leaders, corporate growers, and […]

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A Time for Putting Something Back

Wooden bridge through the mangrove reforestation in Petchaburi

The ancient Book of Ecclesiastes teaches us “there is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens.” In five years’ time, I shall be seventy-four. My time will be running out as I look back down the years. The next five are perhaps my last opportunity to put things right. This not only about aging: Any one of us could die at any time. All […]

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Does Information Want To Be FREE? Should It Be?

Does Information Want To Be FREE? Should It Be?

In 1968, in the United States, during that country’s counter-cultural revolution, the writer Steward Brand began publishing the Whole Earth Catalog, a magazine that included, among other things, articles about DIY projects that focused on ecology, and carried the tag line “access to tools.” The articles were essentially manuals on how to build new forms of technology or ways to adapt existing technology to increase efficiency or better address a […]

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5 Tips for the Budding Permaculture Educator

5 Tips for the Budding Permaculture Educator

As permaculture practitioners our greatest challenge may well be overcoming self doubt. This sentiment was shared by more than one of our leading permaculture practitioners and elders earlier this month at the 13th Australasian Permaculture Convergence in Perth Western Australia. A panel of some of our finest educators was assembled with the expressed intent of answering any and all questions anyone in attendance may have, and as expected an eager […]

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Growing Rice with Organic Fertilizers

Rural Life

Rice is one of the world’s most consumed cereal crop. It is a staple food for many Asian, African, Latin American and Caribbean countries; with approximately 90% of the world’s production and consumption of rice coming from Asia (1). Rice is usually classified according to its growing environment (Lowland and upland rice grown in lowlands and uplands) or according to its water source (rain fed and irrigated rice). Organic rice […]

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Food, Familiar Stranger

Green Chilis preserved in oil

When I was a teenager thumbing rides around Mexico, I quickly realized my vegetarianism would not survive. If my friend Valente and I got in some dusty car with a family that brought us back to a tin-roofed house and gave us chicken soup, we ate that soup. The kindness of strangers humbled my big picture ideas of right and wrong.

Wherever food comes from, as soon as it touches human hands, human mouths, it transforms into an intimate thing, a thing we all need, a thing we all want. As soon as it’s prepared, or shared, or savored, it carries with it something beyond itself, a new richness. A new complexity.

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Solar Power Incentives

Solar Power Incentives

For many years, governments around the world have been offering incentives to homes and businesses which install and operate photovoltaics, or as they’re more commonly called, solar panels. While at first the cost of solar power may be more expensive for the owner or operator, these incentives are meant to make the option competitive with what is currently available on the normal electric grid, whether it be powered through coal, […]

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The Seabin Update!

The Seabin Update!

Last year, we introduced you to two Australian surfers with a mission to clean the world’s oceans. Andrew Turton and Peter Ceglinski are the creators of Seabin, an innovative technology designed to sweep up ocean pollution often found around marinas and docks. The invention is created from recycled materials and is affixed to docks in pollution-heavy areas. How does it work? A water pump sucks all floating trash and debris […]

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Before the Flood: The Takeaway

Inspire concept

Leonardo DiCaprio’s new documentary, Before the Flood, which he produced and stars in, is an unflinching look at the political, corporate, and cultural mess surrounding climate change, the debates surrounding it, and the key question at the heart of the issue: what do we do? The film opens on a fairly straightforward metaphor involving Hieronymus Bosch’s famous painting The Garden of Earthly Delights, which I mention here only to remind […]

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Greenhouse of Abundance and Food Self-Sufficiency

Greenhouse of Abundance and Food Self-Sufficiency feat

Greenhouse of abondance and food self-sufficiency is a captivating and formative online course where the best information and tools are provided so that all may create their own oasis as well as a self-sufficient and abundant lifestyle. About Greenhouse of Abundance For more Information or to support the project, please visit: https://www.ulule.com/serre-dabondance/ It includes: 1. All the required information to master the conception and construction of an abundance greenhouse. 2. […]

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A Brief Overview of Plant Life Cycles

A Brief Overview of Plant Life Cycles feat

Plant types are grouped by the growing seasons required to complete a life cycle. In general, plants are classified as Annual, Biennial, Perennial, or Ephemeral. Factors that determine the classification of a plant include location, reproduction, and environmental roles. The harvest times for most produce varies depending upon environmental factors. Annual plants Are those whose life cycle is completed over a year’s time. Annuals are usually planted in the spring, […]

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The Permaculture Cat

The Permaculture Cat

There is a saying “Cats were once believed to be God – Cats have never forgotten this”. Going by how my own cats behave I tend to believe there’s a lot of truth in that. Love them or not, cats have been kept by mankind for centuries. Some for pure companionship, some revered for their specific breed traits, some for their hunting abilities. Farmers more than anyone know how useful […]

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