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Ferro-cement Water Tanks an Affordable DIY Solution

When there is no water there is very little else. That is why water is, with good reason, the backbone of land-based Permaculture design. As designers, we observe and create opportunities to catch and store water. There are many options available to us: in the soil, in biomass and in ponds, dams, and tanks. There is lots of great tried and tested solutions out there that you could explore. Here […]

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Closed-Loop Farming in Costa Rica

I woke up to the sound and smell of a chicken coop. It was a mild March morning in La Argentina, a small town on Costa Rica’s southeastern edge. I was staying on a small-scale, family farm of the gracious Señora Ana. Her farm, as with many of her neighbor’s, incorporates animal, vegetable, and fish production into a closed-loop system. Closed-loop farming is, in essence, the most primitive form of […]

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How to Stop Relying on Big Business

Many of us feel trapped by big conglomerate and businesses. We feel constricted, like we need all these businesses telling us what to buy, what to wear, what to eat. We feel like slaves to corporate greed. But it doesn’t need to be this way, there are many things one could do to become more self-sufficient and independent. These words are here to help you do just that, or at […]

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Urban Garden Tour – How We Grow Food For Our Family of 6 in Our Backyard

Feeding a family of six is no easy feat, nor is it without high expense. What’s more, starting an urban garden with absolutely no knowledge of gardening, landscape, irrigation systems, rainwater collection systems, or composting in order to offset the high grocery bill that comes with a family of six is equally as difficult. Despite the difficulty, hard work, and perhaps “trial and error” that comes with starting an urban […]

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Climate Change Threatens Global “Doomsday Vault”

The “Doomsday Vault” may be threatened by rising global temperatures, as the warm winter weather of 2016 caused melting and rainfall even in the Arctic. Tucked away in an abandoned coal mine on the Norwegian island of Spitsbergen, the Global Seed Vault was created in 2008 to provide safe storage for millions of seed samples of the most vital food sources in the world – ensuring that even in the […]

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Kerosene transition to off-grid lighting solutions – Situation Analysis

Some 1 billion people do not have access to clean and sustainable light sources because they are not connected to national grids. The only accessible option for some is kerosene lighting and cooking (Kaygusuz, 2012). The major population who have no access to light is concentrated in Sub-Saharan Africa with around 598 million people living in darkness and relying on conventional energy sources like the kerosene. Kerosene lighting has detrimental […]

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Unusual Units of Measurement

There are many units of measurement that aren’t included in any coherent system – and often don’t provide a well-known base unit to help users determine an exact quantity. Some of these, like using a prominent skyscraper as a comparison to estimate the size of similar structures, are commonly heard and don’t require specific measurements. However, there are some lesser-known and more unusual units of measurement – and a surprising […]

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Lettuce

Lettuce

Oh the Variety! Lettuce is a universal term we use when we refer to anything that appears to be a leafy green that we can throw into a salad. When we get down to it though, actual lettuce comes in five distinct classifications, which all hail from the Asteraceae/Compositae (Aster) Family. The five distinct classifications of lettuce are: • Crisphead • Butterhead • Leaf or Loose-leaf • Cos or Romaine […]

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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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Up-Cycling In The Garden

Up-Cycling In The Garden

There are so many opportunities to re-use everyday products in a creative fashion around the house. One spot where you can get especially innovative is in your garden. It could get extremely costly purchasing the proper equipment and décor needed to make your garden encompass that rustic, modern, or playful look you’re going for. Before buying things like supports for your plants, fancy pots, a greenhouse, or even exquisite bird […]

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Not Getting Burned Anymore

Sometimes I wonder if all of the modern ailments, which seem ever more numerous as the years pass, are really just the result of adopting chemicals as a regular component in nearly every part of our lives. Can it be that simple? The sudden outbreak of peanut allergies, the increase in chronic diseases, the fact that cancer now seems more the expectation than unpredictable tragedy—have we just become more aware […]

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