Food, Familiar Stranger

Green Chilis preserved in oil

When I was a teenager thumbing rides around Mexico, I quickly realized my vegetarianism would not survive. If my friend Valente and I got in some dusty car with a family that brought us back to a tin-roofed house and gave us chicken soup, we ate that soup. The kindness of strangers humbled my big picture ideas of right and wrong.

Wherever food comes from, as soon as it touches human hands, human mouths, it transforms into an intimate thing, a thing we all need, a thing we all want. As soon as it’s prepared, or shared, or savored, it carries with it something beyond itself, a new richness. A new complexity.

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Solar Power Incentives

Solar Power Incentives

For many years, governments around the world have been offering incentives to homes and businesses which install and operate photovoltaics, or as they’re more commonly called, solar panels. While at first the cost of solar power may be more expensive for the owner or operator, these incentives are meant to make the option competitive with what is currently available on the normal electric grid, whether it be powered through coal, […]

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The Endlessly Renewable Power of the Tides

The Endlessly Renewable Power of the Tidesfeat

The water flows high up the beach when the moon is directly overhead, as happens on the far side of planet. The rhythm is predictable with a spacing of approximately 12 hours and 25 minutes. Half way between these points, the water level is at its lowest. There are subtle variations because of local factors. However, the power is always there. This knowledge is not new. In approximately 150BC the […]

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The Seabin Update!

The Seabin Update!

Last year, we introduced you to two Australian surfers with a mission to clean the world’s oceans. Andrew Turton and Peter Ceglinski are the creators of Seabin, an innovative technology designed to sweep up ocean pollution often found around marinas and docks. The invention is created from recycled materials and is affixed to docks in pollution-heavy areas. How does it work? A water pump sucks all floating trash and debris […]

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Before the Flood: The Takeaway

Inspire concept

Leonardo DiCaprio’s new documentary, Before the Flood, which he produced and stars in, is an unflinching look at the political, corporate, and cultural mess surrounding climate change, the debates surrounding it, and the key question at the heart of the issue: what do we do? The film opens on a fairly straightforward metaphor involving Hieronymus Bosch’s famous painting The Garden of Earthly Delights, which I mention here only to remind […]

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Greenhouse of Abundance and Food Self-Sufficiency

Greenhouse of Abundance and Food Self-Sufficiency feat

Greenhouse of abondance and food self-sufficiency is a captivating and formative online course where the best information and tools are provided so that all may create their own oasis as well as a self-sufficient and abundant lifestyle. About Greenhouse of Abundance For more Information or to support the project, please visit: https://www.ulule.com/serre-dabondance/ It includes: 1. All the required information to master the conception and construction of an abundance greenhouse. 2. […]

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David Holmgren On The Social And Political Underpinnings Of Permaculture

David Holmgren On The Social And Political Underpinnings Of Permaculture feat

My small family and I recently had the great privilege of attending the 13th Australasian Permaculture Convergence in Perth, Western Australia. Upon completion of the three day convergence, filling our brains with beautiful, challenging and enlightening ideas from our peers, friends, mentors and heroes, I was lucky enough to attend two of David Holmgren’s master classes. The first being Future Scenarios, the second being Advanced Principles and Reading Landscape. Once […]

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Australia Is Currently In The Midst Of Its Own Potato Famine

Fresh organic potatoes in the field

From 1845 to 1852, Ireland suffered through one of the worst famines in history when potato blight ruined the island nation’s crops year after year. The country’s eight million citizens were highly reliant on the staple food product, and around a million people died in that time frame, while another two million migrated, forever altering the course of Irish history. As you might have heard, Australia is currently in the […]

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Soil Compaction II: Effects, Prevention and Control

Earth cross section

In the previous article about soil compaction we discussed briefly the causes of soil compaction, the different levels and various ways of detecting a compacted soil. In this article we will discuss the effects of compaction as well as methods of prevention and control. Effects of soil compaction • Soil structure: Soil is made up of sand, silt, clay and organic material. The way in which these particles are arranged […]

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A Brief Overview of Plant Life Cycles

A Brief Overview of Plant Life Cycles feat

Plant types are grouped by the growing seasons required to complete a life cycle. In general, plants are classified as Annual, Biennial, Perennial, or Ephemeral. Factors that determine the classification of a plant include location, reproduction, and environmental roles. The harvest times for most produce varies depending upon environmental factors. Annual plants Are those whose life cycle is completed over a year’s time. Annuals are usually planted in the spring, […]

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How Plant-based Permaculture Is Possible

Eggplant

I get laughed at a lot. It’s frequent enough that, when I tell people of my intention to build a permaculture system without using domesticated animals, I sort of give a preemptive grin. While I believe most permies mean well in advising me, most seem pretty dead-set on the idea that a vegan permaculture garden just can’t work. In a lot of ways, I won’t lie, the proposition scares me, […]

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Soil Compaction I: An Introduction

Soil Compaction I: An Introduction

Soil compaction occurs when the amount of open spaces between soil particles (referred to as porosity) is reduced, and soils become denser, physically hard, and more difficult to permeate.(1) Soil compaction can be induced by a natural cause (as with the case of heavy impact of rain drops) or by anthropogenic causes including; excessive machinery use, intensive cropping, short crop rotations, intensive grazing and poor soil management.(2,3) A compacted soil […]

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