Category: Food & Food Support Systems

Botanical Explorers: The Fruitful Forest (Full Movie)

Their are over 20,000 Species of Edible plants on the planet, but Humans use only about 20 Species to provide 90% for our food. So why do we Utilize so little when there is so much? Joseph Simcox, a passion driven Food Plant Ecologist has traveled to over 100 countries, finding, documenting & eating all the plants we don’t use. From the deep jungles of Papua New Guinea To the […]

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Many and Varied Reasons for Putting Sweet Potatoes in Your Garden

Most of us, or at least those of us would think about such things, consider sweet potatoes to be hot weather crop. After all, they do come from tropical roots (Yes, that is gardening word play), and they aren’t the biggest fans of cold weather. But, this isn’t to say that they can’t be grown elsewhere and add another stomach-stuffing staple to the mix. I’ll never understand why sweet potatoes […]

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The Chai Guild

The Chai Guild

The Chai Guild is your homegrown one stop shop for refreshing vitalizing herbal teas and a living first aid cabinet. It also serves to attract a host of beneficial insects, provides habitat for many others, accumulates essential mineral nutrients and displays beauty and interest throughout the year.

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Cut Your Chickens Feed Bill by Fermenting

Fermentation is nothing new to most of us. We’ve either used it with our surpluses for natural food preservation, or we’ve taken advantage of the probiotics, those beneficial bacteria, that fermenting something creates. As health-promoting element of our diet, its importance is not up for debate; as a part of industrialized lifestyle, its absence has now been recognized as a serious flaw in the system.

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Crop Rotation – A Vital Component of Organic Farming

Long before we had synthetic fertilisers to maintain the land’s nutrients, and chemical pesticides and herbicides to keeps pests and weeds under control, we had crop rotation. Crop rotation is a system of designing how to cycle a parcel of land through various crops, reducing the reliance on chemical fertilisers, pesticides and herbicides. It is how successful farmers nurtured their land over generations, and remains vitally important for farmers today […]

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Food Security and Food Sovereignty

Food security and food sovereignty are ever increasing issues, we need to learn new methods for growing food for areas in need these include anything from the most remote islands or even inner city horticulture where we need to have food grow more community food in the community itself. Ultimately we should be able to recycle community waste as resource and ‘grow food for free’. We have a project on […]

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A Site Specific Nuts and Bolts of Zone 1 Gardening in Rio Dulce: Tropical Wet/Dry Climate

Recently, I put together an article outlining the (or my) basic theory of Zone 1 gardening, both for a specific NGO project I’m working on as well as in the hopes that it might be helpful for others in similar situations. For it, I wanted to present broad, accessible ideas that could apply across the spectrum of climates and, in the case of charity projects, cultural practices. Ultimately, though, we […]

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Potato Planting

What better way to get the garden in order than to re-establish beds and get them planted out. On occasion I have found that I have been weeding and mulching beds and not getting to plant them only to have to come back and re-prepare to plant. So we are focusing on just get them ready and plant immediately. Today’s focus was on two narrow beds that had a lot […]

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A Basic Introduction to Zone One Garden Theory

Recently, my wife Emma and I were asked to introduce zone one permaculture to women in about 15 or so indigenous villages around Rio Dulce, in southeastern Guatemala. Seeing as we had only a couple of weeks to get the project completed, my initial reaction was one of panic. Suddenly, the DRAs (daily recommended allowances) of these women’s families were on our shoulders, and somehow we were supposed to visit […]

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Time to Plant the Garlic

Autumn Equinox has come and gone in the southern hemisphere and this is the signal to plant the garlic. We had harvested and stored our garlic from last season so it was time to sort through it all and start planting it out. We like to grow Russian garlic as it is great to use because of its size and it seems to grow well enough in our climate and […]

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Food Forest “Chop and Drop”

Even though I would like to see more rain the “wet season” is here. This means that rainfall is higher than evaporation so it is time to “chop and drop”. This saying is a permaculture saying meaning that we cut back our support species and drop them on the ground to accelerate the natural forest floor buildup and to cycle the nutrients and carbon.The first photo is a “before” shot […]

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Burdock – Build your Blood, bones and Nervous System

Burdock root contains awesome nutrition. It is an excellent source of vitamins A, B1, B2, B3, and C as well as the minerals calcium, phosphorous, potassium, iron, manganese, chromium, selenium, silicon, and zinc. Is it any wonder it is known for its great blood, bone and nervous system building and purifying properties. Its roots even resemble the branches of the nervous system or bones when cleaned. The roots contain an […]

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