The Definitive Guide To Keeping Chickens In Winter

The Definitive Guide To Keeping Chickens In Winter

Welcome to The Definitive Guide To Keeping Chickens In Winter. Raising chickens during winter can be a challenging time for backyard chicken owners. With those dark cold mornings and the drop in egg production, it’s no wonder we don’t like this time of year!

So I decided to write this guide as an aid for all backyard chicken owners, and to answer all your questions about how to care for your chickens during winter: how to keep them warm, how to stop predators, how to keep your egg production high… you will find all the answers here.

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Australian Mining Town Going Green

Australian Mining Town Going Green

Broken Hill, once known as Australia’s “Silver City” due to world largest silver mineral deposits, is becoming famous for a different resource. This isolated desert town, 700 miles west of Sydney, is now solar farm oasis on 140 hectares, or on an area almost 200 times larger than London’s Wembley Stadium. With an output of 53 MW, it can power 17,000 average NSW homes. This solar farm and its sister […]

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Multi-Use Rain-Garden Plant Lists: Invitations to Deeper and More-Connected Relationships

Multi-Use Rain-Garden Plant Lists: Invitations to Deeper and More-Connected Relationships

I grew up in the suburbs of Tucson, surrounded by lush desert vegetation. I would climb it, hide in it, and play around it. But I rarely knew any of the plants’ names, and I did not have much of a sense of what their roles (or mine) were in our shared community. It was a pleasant, but fairly shallow relationship, as the knowing of the other, the understanding of the other, was just at the surface level.

It didn’t help that my family had moved here from elsewhere. We were all greenhorns with no shared history or understanding of this place and its life.

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Care for People and Care for Planet–Exploring Social Permaculture

Care for People and Care for Planet–Exploring Social Permaculture

Care for people and care for planet, two ethics of permaculture, go hand in hand. It is for this reason that environmental restoration and feeding people are so readily achieved through permaculture. To successfully complete this beautiful task, we must understand a few things about how to make a change in a manner that is truly liberating for humanity.

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Cleaning the Oceans, One Marina at a Time

Cleaning the Oceans, One Marina at a Time

Two Australian surfers have invented a technology to clean oceans that has raised interest from investors across the world. Having spent their childhood in the ocean, Andrew Turton and Pete Ceglinski found themselves fed-up and frustrated at the huge amount of rubbish floating around in the ocean and together decided to resign from their jobs in order to dedicate their time and energy on researching for a sustainable solution. Seabin […]

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Elephants Find an Unlikely New Ally: Bees

Elephants Find an Unlikely New Ally: Bees

Finding ways to peacefully coexist with our animal brethren isn’t always easy. But zoologist and elephant lover Lucy King was determined to help farmers—and elephants—live in harmony. She decided to investigate what she believed was something of an old wives’ tale in Kenya: that the mighty elephant is terrified of honeybees.

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Paris Agreement- A Part of the Climate Change Journey

Paris Agreement- A Part of the Climate Change Journey

During the COP21 gathering, that took place from November 29 – Dec 12 2015, protesters from several nations took action through a historic protest calling for immediate action on climate change. Though a ban on protests in Paris had been declared under the State of Emergency and enforced by police with batons, tear gas and concussion grenades. Thousands of French citizen took part in protests. Following this, 150 heads of […]

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5 Chop-and-Drop, Nitrogen-Fixing Perennial Legumes for the Tropics and Beyond

Pigeon Pea feat (Courtesy of Forest and Kim Starr)

Recently, I’ve been looking to buy land in the tropics, most likely southern Belize, and in doing so, my wife and I have high hopes for making a lush and fruitful food forest that is likely only possible somewhere like this. It’s a land of mangos, avocadoes, cacao, coffee, papaya, chaya, okra, hibiscus, all spice, mulberries, coconuts, jackfruit, cashew, pecan, sour sop, limes, oranges…it’s easy to get carried away with all the trees. But, then we might forget the rest of the forest: the vanilla bean, bananas, plantains, ginger, turmeric, chayote, passion fruit, and it just keeps going.

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Food Standards Australia and New Zealand on the Brink of GM Decision

Food Standards Australia and New Zealand on the Brink of GM Decision

It’s an important issue, because without the classification, there will be no impetus—legally or otherwise—for fresh food providers to let consumers know whether or not the fruits, vegetables, and grains they’re eating have been subjected to genetic editing.

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Grow Your Own Food Year-Round with DIY Solar Greenhouse

Grow Your Own Food Year-Round with DIY Solar Greenhouse

If you’ve ever thought about growing your own food, the Greenhouse of the Future might be the answer you’re looking for. A futuristic greenhouse design allows people to escape the tyranny of the industrial food system.

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Ethical Eating

Ethical Eating

There exists many opinions and thus misconceptions about what is considered to be ethical consumption, and its necessary to draw some lines in the sand for a more clear cut definition of what is and isn’t. For example, is shopping locally more ethical than buying organic? Do vegetarians/vegans, have a moral high ground to stand upon? Let us clarify these notions just a little.

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Answering for Climate Change: A Peruvian Farmer Sues an Energy Giant

Answering for Climate Change: A Peruvian Farmer Sues an Energy Giant

Saul Luciano Lliuya lives near Huaraz, a city in the Andes. Huaraz may not exist much longer, thanks to the swiftly melting Churup Glacier. The glacier feeds a lake which has grown more than thirty times in volume over the past four decades, and threatens to swallow Huaraz, along with Lliuya’s home and his farm. Scientists believe that the lake’s growth is a direct result of global warming. Lliuya has […]

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