Soil Degradation: Another Carbon Story

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Soil degradation can be a depressing topic. It is generally accepted that the decline in soil quality across Australia following European settlement has been extensive, and extreme in some areas. Soil degradation involves a reduction in soil quality, and this can refer to a decline in physical, chemical or biological properties, or to the actual… Read more »

Nottinghill Forest Garden – 2012: Consolidation & Diversification – Part B

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This is Part Three (B) of a series of Articles, that critically discuss’s the Nottinghill Forest Garden Project from Analysis – to Implementation – to Future Idea’s. Part One can be found here. Part Two can be found here. Part Three (A) can be found here. 2012: Consolidation & Diversification Spring Cover Cropping March: Late… Read more »

Part Two – Nottinghill Forest Garden – 2011: Project Commencement

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This is Part two of a series of Articles, that critically discuss’s the Nottinghill Forest Garden Project from Analysis – to Implementation – to Future Idea’s. Part one can be found here Site Preparation Discussion “Mainframe Design” Although observation and basic design began in 2010, we did not commence the garden in earnest until January… Read more »

Nottinghill Forest Garden – Project Overview 2010 – 2014

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This is Part one of a series of Articles, that critically discuss’s the Nottinghill Forest Garden Project from Analysis – to Implementation – to Future Idea’s. Fall 2010: Initial Site Analysis & Goal Setting An initial site analysis for our property was much easier than at others due to a variety of factors: a) we… Read more »

This Zero-Cost, Waste-Eliminating Practice Can Produce Abundant Crops from Healthy, Restored Soils for Generations to Come

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Photography by Jasmine A Koster What is zero-cost, waste-eliminating and can restore soils to fertility to produce abundant crops for generations to come? Biochar. Gloria Flora gave a presentation on biochar at the Fourth Annual Inland Northwest Permaculture Convergence. She discussed biochar as a method for producing energy and amending soil from waste products that… Read more »

Fred Kirschenmann: Soil – from Dirt to Lifeline (TED video)

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Fred Kirschenmann has been involved in sustainable agriculture and food issues for most of his life. He currently serves as both a Distinguished Fellow at the Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture at Iowa State University, and as President of the Stone Barns Center for Food and Agriculture in Pocantico Hills, New York. He also still… Read more »

Nitrogen: the Double-Edged Sword

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Dutch clover cover crop between cabbage rows Nitrogen is a component of protein and DNA and as such, is essential to all living things. Prior to the Industrial Revolution, around 97% of the nitrogen supporting life on earth was fixed biologically. Over the last century, intensification of farming, coupled with a lack of understanding of… Read more »

Phayao Permaculture Center – Soil Building Strategies (Thailand)

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The Phayao Permaculture Center (PPC) is a two acre permaculture design implemented to be the retirement farm for myself and my Thai family. It is located in the wet/dry tropics at 19 degrees north latitude in Northern Thailand. Having taken the Permaculture Design Certificate (PDC) course with Bill Mollison on Maui, Hawaii in 1982, it… Read more »

The Secret Of El Dorado – Terra Preta

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In this documentary a legendary civilization thought to be too good to be true on the basis of the stories told by the Spanish explorer Francisco de Orellana, is found to be a real part of history. We can separate fact from fiction here, in that the golden riverbanks the Spaniard told of were not… Read more »