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Perfect Powerful Peppers

Red pepper

When is a carrot not a carrot? When it’s a pepper of course! While orange and shaped like our familiar friend the carrot, the Bulgarian Carrot Pepper is unmistakably all pepper. The crisp, sweet, fruity crunch of this pepper is laced with delicious spiciness. Landing on the Scoville Pepper scale in the medium heat range (5,000-30,000), the Bulgarian Carrot Pepper packs some heat but can be enjoyed by those who […]

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Minimalism: the Value of Living With Less

More and Less balance, young man holding a tablet computer

Today’s society seems to measure success on one’s accumulation of possessions, but more and more, people are beginning to embrace the freedom that comes with owning less – developing a more sustainable lifestyle that provides endless benefits. While part of this growing trend toward minimalism can be attributed to the ongoing global economic recession, many people are prompted to downsize due to ecological and environmental concerns. For even more, this […]

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Peer-to-Peer Energy Market Emerging as a Reality for Australia

Peer-to-peer energy market emerging as a reality for Australia feat

With the rise in popularity of renewable energy alternatives, more and more households are becoming energy “prosumers” – meaning they are both consuming and producing energy. Start-up companies are beginning to tap into this market, creating platforms that allow these prosumers to sell their excess energy to other consumers in the area. Peer-to-peer energy markets are popping up around the world, with start-ups in the United States, Europe, New Zealand, […]

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TIM WICKSTROM: FORGING PERMACULTURE HAND TOOLS, PART 3

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Tim Wickstrom is a former Verge grad who has started his own forge business to make permaculture and garden hand tools (Check out his Alumni Profile here). Here is the final piece of his three-part guest blog series. MY THREE FAVOURITE GARDEN HAND TOOLS I’d like to share with you my three favourite tools to use in the garden. These tools are used the most often and get the most […]

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Organizational Sustainability and Carbon Footprinting

SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT CONCEPT

Organizational or business sustainability could be summarized as the management of a business triple bottom line. A business social, financial and environmental risk, obligations and opportunities constitute its triple bottom line. One of the drivers of organizational sustainability is believed to be the 1987 United Nations World Commission on Environment and Development (WCED) Bruntland report known as “our common future”. Sustainable development was defined in the report as the “development […]

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Converting Farmers to Permaculture

Converting Farmers to Permaculture feat

Individual progress, we strive to save the Earth and to reduce our carbon foot print, this only works to a point. Unless we convert big businesses and corporations to green side, there doesn’t seem to be any impactful effect on the environment. Biggest pollutants, of our industrial age, is the industry itself. While we live in our permaculture bubble, life goes on around us. You might be an inspiration to […]

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Yielding Bigger Organic Crops with Sustainable Farming

Vintage photo of field with windmills

Each day thousands of lives are born on Earth. This speed of growth makes it difficult for all living things, especially humans, to meet their basic needs of hunger and shelter. The countries producing food seem to live below the poverty line while the rest are living beyond their means. Not only are human lives exploited in the process, but our environment is exploited as well in order to increase […]

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Seed Banking and its Benefits

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With climate change on the increase, many crops are in danger of going extinct, and this will undoubtedly cause a global food crisis. The worldwide population explosion has also led to increased consumption of food that exceeds production. Seed banking and conservation is a technique that can avert such unforeseen emergencies. Seeds are stored in secured seed banks and can be retrieved when crops disappear. How do Seed Banks Work? […]

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What Plants Talk About (Full Documentary)

What Plants Talk About

When we think about plants, we don’t often associate a term like “behavior” with them, but experimental plant ecologist JC Cahill wants to change that. The University of Alberta professor maintains that plants do behave and lead anything but solitary and sedentary lives. What Plants Talk About teaches us all that plants are smarter and much more interactive than we thought!

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Sharing the Surplus Through Nice Ride Minnesota: A Bike Sharing Community Program

Sharing the Surplus Through Nice Ride Minnesota:  A Bike Sharing Community Program

In permaculture, we frequently talk about “sharing the surplus” with others, otherwise known as the concept of “fair share.” Typically, we think about applying this concept to actions such as sharing extra zucchini that we grew in our garden with a local community food bank, sharing our lawn mower when not in use with a next door neighbor, or giving away our extra seeds that we collected from our gardens […]

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Post-capitalism and Permaculture

Close Up Of Farmer Using Digital Tablet On Organic Farm

Boring title, but not a boring read. Please continue reading dear reader and let me know your thoughts in the comments. With the advancement of technology, we are moving into a new level of economy where most information, even some of the proprietary ones are freely accessible on the net. The level and degree of communication is also much more elaborate that likeminded people don’t need to lift themselves from […]

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