An Attempt to Set a New Guinness Record by Planting 50 Million Trees in One Day

India Planting Trees

On July 11, thousands of people from Uttar Pradesh, a northern state in India, attempted to plant 50 million trees over 24 hours to get into Guinness World Records. Although this massive effort needs to be officially certified by the Guinness World Records, Indian officials say that volunteers have planted a mammoth 49.3 million tree saplings in 24 hours, easily surpassing the previously held record of 847,275 tree-plantings in a […]

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Brix Refractometers and Why they take your Knowledge to Another Level

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What is a Brix refractometer? In agriculture, it is mainly used in measuring the sugar content in fruits and vegetables. If you know the sugar content of your produce, you will also immediately know if your fruits and vegetables are of high quality. With this information, you can properly time your harvesting. This translates to a higher quality produce. The benefits of using a Brix refractometer In other words, a […]

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Letter From a Forest Garden

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Small is not just possible, small is inevitable. Creating autonomous control of our economics requires people to be able to create. And that means within the resources they have. Graham Bell asks, where better to start than a forest garden?

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Permaculture for School Gardens (Ebook)

Permaculture for School Gardens (Ebook)

A mini-ebook that serves as a resource for elementary public and home schools to quickly implement permaculture design in their garden design, management, teaching, & use in the classroom. 12 pages color pages with descriptive, fun, and educational drawings and descriptions.

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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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The Mark of the Baby Boomers: The Internet and Drought

The Mark of the Baby Boomers: The Internet and Drought

I am in the final quarter of my life but I will not go gently into the night. In the words of the poet Dylan Thomas ‘old age should burn and rave at close of day; rage, rage against the dying of the light’. And rage, rage I shall against the mess our generation has created for those that follow, and must sort it out as best they can. Je […]

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Suzanne Simard: How Trees Talk to Each Other

Suzanne Simard: How Trees Talk to Each Other

“A forest is much more than what you see,” says ecologist Suzanne Simard. Her 30 years of research in Canadian forests have led to an astounding discovery — trees talk, often and over vast distances. Learn more about the harmonious yet complicated social lives of trees and prepare to see the natural world with new eyes.

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