Category: General

Caught Sleeping!!!

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We humans sleep, animals sleep too, but do plants sleep? For the first time, researchers have caught trees in the act of ‘sleeping’ with their branches drooping down by as much as 10 centimeters during the night. Researchers hypothesize that, this change in stance during night, could be an indicator of ‘the resting’ state in trees.

Ever since the origin of life on earth, most living creatures have aligned their lifestyle, behaviour around the 24 hour day-night rhythm.

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How We Can Tackle the Declining Food Production

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A good number of agribusiness executives, agricultural and ecological scientists, and international agriculture experts believe that a large-scale shift to organic farming would not only increase the world’s food supply, but might be the only way to eradicate hunger.

This probably comes as a surprise. After all, organic farmers detest the use of pesticides, synthetic fertilizers, and other tools that have become synonymous with increased food production.

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Permaculture Soils Course

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The Permaculture Soils Course redefines ‘sustainable agriculture’ as ‘our ability to build soil fertility as we improve production and reduce cost and labor’. Very few systems are able to achieve this goal in an affordable and achievable way.

You will leave the farm with the tools to be more productive in your backyard, in a greenhouse, on the farm, or in the city.

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Water Treatment for Off-the-Grid Rainwater Harvesting Systems – Water Organizing Modules (WOMs)

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After implementing a rainwater harvesting system, you still need to distribute the water throughout your house. What other steps need to occur before it is safe for human consumption? There’s a lot to consider when building an off-the-grid water filtration system. Luckily there is an ample supply of education from pioneers who have already solved this challenge.

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Obtain a Yield

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We are starting to reap the rewards from the focus to improve production. The many composting systems that are in place are building the fertility of the soil and the water harvesting/infiltration design has improved the capacity of the property. We have also adapted some of the gardens to produce a larger harvest of produce at a time.

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Inhabit – Part II

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Reflection: a water story

A pilgrimage film exploring the relationship between love, water, and culture.

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World Changer Interview Series – Nicholas Burtner Interviews Joel Salatin

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If you are into Joel Salatin and especially if you are into history, you will not want to miss this interview. Nicholas Burtner sits down with Joel as he graciously pours out history of some of the origins of the ideas on pasture poultry, electric fencing, irrigation for farms, and more that him and his dad helped pioneer. A really informative and fun interview await.

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A Permacultural Solution

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Toby Hemenway presents a powerful speech at the Permaculture Voices Two (PV2) event captivating the audience and offering Permaculture as the sustainable path to our current unsustainable agricultural system. I just wanted to let you know that this talk starts out negative and it gets worse… but being Permaculture I promise you that by the end we will return to a good place and will end with solutions. – Toby […]

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Growing Clothes From Your Cup of Tea

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The fashion industry, by its very nature, generates lots of waste, way too much to be ignored. The problem is, even if the present clothing material can be recycled or repurposed, it still eventually ends up in the trash bin. So, this brings us to the obvious question: Is it possible to have a truly sustainable fabric that is 100 percent biodegradable and can be returned back to the soil […]

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China’s Solution to Sustainable Farming: A Decade’s Old Agricultural Practice

Farmer - a hand net to catch small fish to cook.

According to Jose Graziano da Silva, Director-General of the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations, the decade old practice by farmers in China to raise fish in rice paddies benefits local community as well as helps in environmental preservation. He praised China’s work in protecting agricultural heritage and developing sustainable production. This tour marked his first visit to an Asian site listed as Globally Important Agricultural Heritage […]

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Crop Rotation – A Vital Component of Organic Farming

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Long before we had synthetic fertilisers to maintain the land’s nutrients, and chemical pesticides and herbicides to keeps pests and weeds under control, we had crop rotation. Crop rotation is a system of designing how to cycle a parcel of land through various crops, reducing the reliance on chemical fertilisers, pesticides and herbicides. It is how successful farmers nurtured their land over generations, and remains vitally important for farmers today […]

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Biological Fertiliser – Human Urine

Biological Fertiliser – Human Urine

Human urine provides an excellent source of nitrogen, phosphorous, potassium and trace elements for plants, and can be delivered in a form that’s perfect for assimilation. With a constant, year-round and free supply of this resource available, more and more farmers and gardeners are making use of it.

Urine is 95% water. The other 5% consists of urea (around 2.5%), and a mixture of minerals, salts, hormones and enzymes.

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