PV technologies: Is there a Buyer’s Advantage?

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Solar cells have come a long way from being in the realm of NASA, far beyond the pocketbook of most mortals to an ever cheaper commodity that is quickly becoming a mainstream source of electricity. Throughout the history of photovoltaics (PV) different technologies have been competing for the favors of the market, touting their respective advantages. The main two classes competing for the market today are crystalline silicon and thin […]

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A Dozen or More Plants That Provide Quickly and Abundantly

Lemon Cucumbers (Courtesy of Megan Hansen)

I am for a new system of food production in which we utilize perennial plants more, slowly replacing our tendency to eat, nearly exclusively, annuals with a diet better suited to self-sustaining, soil-building, long-living agricultural ecosystems. I know these systems, in the end, will serve us better as a planet (humanity having to exist on said planet), has the potential to provide well-balanced abundance, and give us lives less reliant […]

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Closed Carbon Loop: One of the Solutions to Sustainable Agriculture

One of the Solutions to Sustainable Agriculture

In the future, we will need more resources and raw materials. We will also need more food to feed to our growing population. Researchers estimate that our population will reach at least 10 billion by the year 2050. They also estimate that we will need to increase our food production by at least 70 percent to feed the growing population. Where will we get more resources, raw materials, and food? […]

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Evolutions on Mr. Phiri’s Water-Harvesting Plantation, 1995–2016

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Earlier this year I had the opportunity to return to Zimbabwe and to the farm of some of my prime water-harvesting mentors, Mr. Zephaniah Phiri Maseko and his family. While in the region, I also visited the farms of many other innovative farmers who are enhancing their soils’ hydrology and fertility by cooperating with natural systems. In this blog entry, and some to follow, I will share some of the […]

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What are the Social and Political Underpinnings of Permaculture?

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“In our age there is no such thing as ‘keeping out of politics.’ All issues are political issues….” This quote from George Orwell still rings true today and even more so if you’re trying to ‘over grow the system’. Like many before me, and as is likely to be after, I came to permaculture via a general disdain for our current system, a feeling of frustration at the general lack […]

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Are Goats as Communicative with Humans as Dogs?

Are Goats as Communicative with Humans as Dogs?

A new research study says goats interactive capabilities with humans are as good as that of other domesticated animals such as dogs and horses. Researchers observed that, goats try to communicate with humans by gazing at them when confronted with a challenge which they cannot tackle by themselves and also their response change depending on the person’s behaviour. Domestication has molded the cognition and behavioural capabilities of animals such as […]

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Gardening with Bugs

Gardening with Bugs

I grew up in a family of keen gardeners. My father was in the RAF so that meant that every three years he got posted somewhere else so they started making a new garden. For the first fifteen years of my life that was mostly North Yorkshire. I remember aged 7 being awarded a penny for every dandelion I dug from the garden lawn. I was never charged for the […]

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An Embarrassment of Riches. Hardly. Over-Abundance in the Garden Is Never a Bad Thing.

Autumn Abundance

In the scheme of things, be it an edible lawn in the suburbs, a five-acre homestead, or a hobby-sized container garden, none of us set off growing food in the hopes of producing too little. We aim to feed ourselves. Many of us strive for more. We want over-abundance, more food than we know what to do with, breakfasts literally falling from the trees and lunches sprouting up from the […]

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