Avocanoes at Zaytuna Farm

Avocanoes at Zaytuna Farm

Near Geoff and Nadia Lawton’s house at Zaytuna Farm, there are a number of Avocanoes… What on earth is an Avocanoe? Geoff and I came up with the concept of Avocanoes a little while ago. At the time, we were looking for a secure position to plant a number of expensive avocado trees. This location had a few requirements. 1. It had to be close to people for regular care. 2. Close to water supply. 3. And it must be close to material for budding and grafting of avocados by the plant nursery staff.

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Legumes in the Kitchen: They Are Not Just for Nitrogen-Fixing

Legumes in the Kitchen: They Are Not Just for Nitrogen-Fixing

When it comes to legumes, I come from a fortunate background. Born and raised in the southern Louisiana, where cuisine is something entirely different than the rest of the United States, food has long been a product of love and cherish. It deserves devotion. It is given time. Louisianans know the value of doing it slow. Consequently, I grew up intrinsically aware of the worth, nutritionally and palatably, of a […]

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3 Grasses that Are Effective in Rehabilitation of the Ecosystem of Tailing Dams

3 Grasses that Are Effective in Rehabilitation of the Ecosystem of Tailing Dams

These days, mining has become a terrible threat to nature with its widespread damaging impacts on environment and ecosystem. The noxious impacts of mining are mainly due from mine tailings. The mine tailings are highly acidic as well as toxic with a number of heavy metals including Cu, Zn, Mn, Ni, As, Fe and Hg. The abundance of heavy metals along with other harmful effects in the tailings and very […]

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Mercury Found in Fog a Threat to the Eco-system

Mercury Found in Fog a Threat to the Eco-system

During a recent research meeting with the American Geophysical Union on Dec 16 2015, an announcement was made regarding the increasing amount of coastal fog coupled with increased amount of monomethylmercury being found in the fog which has caused a lot of concern among the scientists. A lot of fog is acidic and it converts some of the gaseous mercury that escapes during ocean upwelling, commonly seen in Northern California’s […]

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Solar Panels have just taken a Step Forward

Solar Panels have just taken a Step Forward

For many years, researchers have been looking for ways to improve cost-effectiveness and efficiency of solar cells. The solar cells are about fifteen per cent efficient, which means that eighty five per cent of the sunlight is lost. Therefore, scientists have been testing new technologies to increase light capture and conversion. Abu Dhabi researchers, in a why wasn’t this thought of earlier moment, have come up with a low-cost machine […]

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Organic Agriculture Systems Continue to Outshine Conventional Systems in Multiple Studies.

Organic Agriculture Systems Continue to Outshine Conventional Systems in Multiple Studies.

Though organic agriculture currently occupies a surprisingly low 1% of global cropland, several agricultural studies have recently favored organic systems over conventional systems in terms of profitability, crop yields, and environmental safety and health concerns. Rodale Institute has conducted one of the most substantial studies of organic and conventional agriculture. The Farming Systems Trial consists of more than 30 years worth of side-by-side comparison of conventional chemical based systems vs […]

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Permaculture Research Institute Proud to Be Recognized with UNCCD Accreditation!

Permaculture Research Institute Proud to Be Recognized with UNCCD Accreditation!

The Permaculture Research Institute (PRI) recently received notice that the organization has been accredited as a Civil Service Organization by the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD). This accreditation is no empty honour; it demonstrates both PRI’s commitment to finding ever-more effective ways to carry out its mission as well as recognition of the importance of that mission by a body as important as the UNCCD. Furthermore, as an […]

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Our Year of Permaculture: Learning As We Go

Our Year of Permaculture: Learning As We Go

It wasn’t far into 2015 that my wife and I decided we were ready to start the search for our own plot of land, a place in which we could pursue all of our permaculture fantasies, the integrated house and sprawling food forest, interconnected water catchments and abounding kitchen garden, composting toilets and off-grid energy sources. It was time to do it ourselves (and, more so, for ourselves) with a […]

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Fungi – the Sustainable Alternative to Plastic & Wood

Fungi – the Sustainable Alternative to Plastic & Wood

Contrary to common belief, fungi are extremely complex, versatile organisms. As a matter of fact, mycelium develops faster than any other living tissue and can potentially outlive most species on the planet. Mushrooms have long been known for their nutritional and medicinal value but, just like mycelium stays hidden underground, its true potential also remains unseen. We have only begun to tap into them. Yet, although the technology is still […]

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Fossil Fuel the Tipping Point – Structural Decline of Coal

Fossil Fuel the Tipping Point – Structural Decline of Coal

Coal is being squeezed out by an increased tightening of environmental laws which might give a future outlook for other fossil fuel markets globally. Unprecedented changes and events are changing the world biggest energy markets and this scenario is poised to have significant effects on the future of the coal industry. Several reports such as: A New Balance of Power, A Short Gas Bridge to Renewables, and Global Thermal Coal: […]

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Give Back to the Garden: Paul Taylor Teaches “Living Soils”

Give Back to the Garden: Paul Taylor Teaches “Living Soils”

“Dirt” is spoken of derisively; it’s easy to trample all over it without a second thought. Yet, soil is one of the essential ingredients for supporting life on Earth. And speaking of our planet, we didn’t name it after water, or the light of our sun, or even ourselves: We named it after the humble soil beneath our feet: earth.

To understand sustainability, to put good food growing practices to work, and to…

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Food Forests – An Exploration (part 1)

Food Forests – An Exploration (part 1)

Forest gardening is one of the most exciting techniques of practical permaculture, aiming as it does to create a fully functioning, self-regulating and ecologically beneficial ecosystem which also provides a huge proportion of your food and other needs. Over time, as they become established, forest gardens require less maintenance but give more produce, until eventually the “designer becomes the recliner” as Bill Mollison has been famously quoted as saying. European […]

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