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The Jaboticaba, the Perfect Food Forest Addition

Most people wouldn’t be able to recognize the Jaboticaba on sight. Most wouldn’t even know what the word means. However, this unusual tree is much-beloved in the permaculture community for many reasons. The small space needed to grow the Jaboticaba, their ease of care, pest resilience and compact growth make them an easy pick for anyone trying to incorporate more edible, unusual and hardy plants into the start of their […]

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Healing Forests

Most individuals who work in an office or spend a majority of their time indoors will readily admit they feel better — less stressed, more energized and more in tune with themselves — when they just get outside. Healing Forest is a project that works off this universal truth; channeling the long history of mankind’s relationship with the wilderness before a wide and open expanse called home was replaced with […]

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Biochar, A Brief History

Biochar, while boasting an ancient history, is actually just gaining popularity among many circles today. While it’s believed that ancient South American cultures would use biochar (or burning agricultural waste, covered in soil) to increase soil productivity, the term wasn’t coined until Peter Read did so in 2005, to describe a substance that looks almost like charcoal, but that is actually biomass carbonized and made into a solid material, used […]

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Cows, Carbon and Climate | Joel Salatin | TEDxCharlottesville

This year, Salatin was featured at a TEDx Talk in Charlottesville, entitled Cows, Carbon and Climate, which places a large focus on the grass-herbivore relationship. He immediately calls out his listeners (and today’s society) for being disconnected from grass. Not golf course, manicured-lawn grass, but the grass like that found when the first explorers entered Virginia centuries ago. He paints an attractive picture for listeners of historic pastures so lush […]

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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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When Big Business Bottom Line is Not the Bottom Line

A harsh reality of big business is the bottom line – the desire for corporations to always be in the black and experience profit, no matter the cost. In some instances, this is a fine endeavor, and can even occasionally be beneficial, as corporations discover new ways to fix a problem with ease. However, more often than not, it’s the case that big business simply finds a way to fix […]

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Shifting Baseline Syndrome

To put it in its most simplest terms, shifting baseline syndrome is basically the way in which humans, and every generation essentially, lowers its standards over the course of time. These generations are not lowering their standards on purpose, or because they have any negative goal, but simply because they don’t know any better. It all occurs underneath the surface level, with most completely unaware of what’s happening.

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