Darren North

The Year Without A Summer – The Impact Of A Changing Climate

The eruption of Indonesia’s Mount Tambora in April 1815 altered the climate so dramatically that temperatures in some areas dropped as much as three degrees Celsius – and there’s no telling if or when a similar catastrophe could occur again. During a volcanic eruption, millions of tons of ash, dust, and sulfur dioxide are spewed into the atmosphere. A strong enough eruption, like Tambora, blasts sulfur dioxide more than 10 […]

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Using Sustainable Choices to Rein in Debt

Creating a sustainable lifestyle can be the key to financial freedom for many people. Take a look at your household’s current monthly budget. How many of your monthly expenses could be reduced by making consciously sustainable choices or embarking on your own homesteading adventure? Let’s examine 5 key ways to reduce your expenses with thoughtful, eco-conscious methods. Declutter and downsize This is probably one of the hardest steps to take, […]

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When Space is Abundant: Using Acreage to Generate Income For Your Homestead

Your homestead is capable of being so much more than a source of sustenance and self reliance. It can also be a source of income! Wide open spaces are perfect for flexing your income potential as a homesteader. These four ways to utilize acreage to your maximum benefit are a great way to get started. Renting Out Pasture Land- This is an easy passive source of income that requires minimal […]

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Agriculture and Autism: A Perfect Match

Farmer planting young seedlings of lettuce salad in the vegetable garden

In conversations about sustainability, I often end up saying that the kind of projects I get most excited about are those that not only help the planet but help people at the same time. These could be businesses or organizations that combine local food with fighting hunger or rainforest conservation with empowering women, but one of my favorite combinations was one I got to work with firsthand. One summer during […]

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The Secret Under Your Feet: Soil

If you’re new to organic homesteading, you might have the romantic idea that since you are growing food the “natural” way, all you need to do is sow some seeds and Mother Nature will take care of the rest. Sadly, this isn’t true. If you’re planning to turn your yard into a permaculture paradise, don’t waste all your hard work by ignoring a vital step: improving your soil. You can’t […]

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Biochar: Helps Increase Crop Yields and Mitigates Climate Change

Whenever we hear the word biochar, most of us are thinking that this is not a climate-friendly method since it undergoes combustion process and can aggravate greenhouse effect. Though this is a thousand years old industrial technology technique for soil enhancer, some are still confused if it’s the real deal. Is it, in fact, a too good to be true method for agriculture? What is Biochar? Biochar is a soil […]

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Raised Garden Beds For Better Backyard Crops

Creating a safe-haven for plants is important for any avid gardener, regardless of how much prior experience one has with the practice of rearing plants. Raised garden beds are a great option for cultivating flowers, vegetables and herbs in one’s backyard as they provide a multitude of advantages. Firstly, for the plants, the soil will be at its best as you will have turned the soil that the garden bed […]

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What is Aquaponics and How Does it Work?

Aquaponics is a combination of aquaculture, which is growing fish and other aquatic animals, and hydroponics which is growing plants without soil. Aquaponics uses these two in a symbiotic combination in which plants are fed the aquatic animals’ discharge or waste. In return, the vegetables clean the water that goes back to the fish. Along with the fish and their waste, microbes play an important role to the nutrition of […]

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How to Make a Greenhouse from Old Windows

Can you turn something old into something new? Yes, you can and here is a great way to recycle the old style windows. The following is a basic guide on how to make a greenhouse out of windows. What You Will Need 1- Plan to collect two pair of equal sides of windows. 2- Shape the frame 3- Brace the walls 4- Secure the foundation 5- Place the windows on […]

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How to Make Soap Sustainably

Soap is the most common item we use in our daily hygiene routines. There is a huge variety of soaps with different characteristics and fragrances that might not be as healthy for us or the environment as we think. There are some reasons why people change their regular soap bar with a more natural, human and environment-friendly soaps, that can easily be made at home. A sustainable lifestyle involves choosing […]

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Awesome Ways to Make Seed Balls with Kids

Growing plants from seed is not always an easy task. It requires careful planning and proper follow through to germinate and survive long enough to send their nascent roots down into the soil. Though seeds are amazing structures designed to provide everything for a plant to start growing, most of them still need a bit of help to keep them secure from their surroundings. Seed balls, also referred to as […]

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