The Growing of Trees and Plants for Climate Change Mitigation

The growing of trees and plants for climate change mitigation feat

Plants and trees have been grown for human consumption for generations. Vegetables and fruits obtained from plants and trees are used to sustain lives on earth. As a result, trees and plants are important resources for our day-to-day survival. Apart from the fact that humans consume vegetables and fruits from plants and trees, they all have other health benefits. For example, plants such as Catnip and Blackberries have been used […]

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Pollution-Eating Robots Could Help Protect the Planet

Pollution-Eating Robots Could Help Protect the Planet

Researchers at the University of Bristol may have engineered a new way to clean up our planet’s waterways – with a swimming machine called “Row-bot,” which digests pollution and turns it into electricity for fuel. “Sometimes, tankers flush their oil tanks into the sea, so oil is released into the sea that way,” said roboticist Jonathan Rossiter, host of a TED Talk that discussed the potential these robots may have. […]

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Using Weeds to Read the Soil: Some Basic Concepts to Get Started

Chris Alban Hansen

Weeds are becoming a more and more appreciated component of gardening. We have been reintroduced to eating the weeds, with things like dandelion leaves becoming a niche crop. Also, we are encouraging plants that, up until recently, were viewed as weeds (dynamic accumulators like comfrey and pioneering legumes) to revitalize our soils. And, many gardeners are once again celebrating weeds as a means of reading the soil. Geoff Lawton says […]

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New Developments on my Homestead

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Recently, I have been gone a while getting things ready for spring planting. I have a few new projects and some new goals for this summer. I’d like to share what I have been up to with you and share my successes and pitfalls. First, I cut a few big trees down to give me some more sun. Working with a small plot of land has forced me to do […]

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The Controversial Third Ethic of Permaculture

Wood chopping with hand axe

Permaculture’s core is rooted in the philosophy’s adherence to three equal ethics. The first two, Earth Care and People Care, have been widely accepted by the community for what they are – straight-forward and logical. The third ethic, however, has been the subject of some debate among permaculture practitioners for many years. In fact, the ongoing discussion around the various interpretations of this third ethic can offer some explanation as […]

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The Incredible Edible Eggplant

The Incredible Edible Eggplant feat

Solanum melongena is referred to by many different names depending on location. Some may refer to it as aubergine, brinjal, or, as I call it, the eggplant. This member of the nightshade family is related to potatoes, tomatoes, and tobacco, and comes in dozens of varieties, with colors ranging in hues of white, green, and purple. Eggplant History The eggplant has its origins rooted in south and eastern Asia, with […]

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Do People Really Care about the Environment?

Environment feat

“What we are doing to the forests of the world is but a mirror reflection of what we are doing to ourselves and to one another.” – Chris Maser, Forest Primeval: The Natural History of an Ancient Forest The idea of caring for our planet may seem like self-evident common sense to the indigenous tribes of the world who live in close connection to the Earth. Likewise, for all other […]

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Voices Of Change Podcast: The AntiFragile Property Series – Part 1

the voices of change

I had a chance to chat once again with Diego Footer from Creative Destruction, formally known as Permaculture Voices, on his podcast series featuring “honest, hard conversations about farming, business, and life with those trying to make a living doing something that they love and dealing with life in the process.” This time, we spoke at length about ideas from the recent Land as Insurance blog series: “There’s a lot […]

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Red Radicchio

Red Radicchio feat

Radicchio (Cichorium intybus) is a perennial plant in the chicory genus that falls within the Asteraceae/Compositae (aster) family that includes the daisy and dandelion, amongst other composite flowers. This cultivated version of chicory, sometimes called red or Italian chicory, is a beautiful burgundy color leafed vegetable with white veins. Hailing from Italy, radicchio comes in several varieties that are usually named for the area of Italy they originated from. Benefits […]

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Goatscaping

Herd of goats on mountan meadow

While vacationing on Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts last summer, our family decided to go on a wooded hike through Cedar Tree Neck Sanctuary that would lead us to a secluded beach. After hiking through a dense landscape for about half an hour, we were shocked to suddenly come upon high fences that appeared to be keeping something out…or perhaps in. We continued to hike and became aware of strange sounds coming […]

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How Being A Sustainable Farmer Reduces Carbon Footprint

How Being A Sustainable Farmer Reduces Carbon Footprint

The human population is increasing at an alarming rate – projected to reach around 9 billion by 2050. If we are to meet our feeding needs and at the same time preserve the environment for future generations, now is the right time to fully embrace sustainable farming – a system in which farmers use techniques that protect the environment, economy, people, and communities. The benefits that sustainable farming affords to […]

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Perovskite: The Future of the Solar Industry

macro shooting of natural rock - little cryslals of Perovskite mineral stone (calcium titanium oxide mineral composed of calcium titanate) isolated on white background

The ability to generate solar power from a diverse range of surfaces is a possibility in the near future, thanks to a material known as perovskite. According to many scientists, the power of liquid solar cells has the potential to revolutionize the $55 billion solar energy industry. “Solar cells are no longer limited to rigid structures such as panels,” said Dr. Anita Ho-Baillie, manager with the Australian Centre for Advanced […]

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