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Farming’s Future is Small: Big Farms and Big Data Don’t Feed People

Photo of an open source cover crop roller from Farm Hack If you want to succeed in farming today, be prepared to spend your time not outside in the field, but behind a panel of computer screens. So says Quentin Hardy’s recent article in the New York Times (“Working the Land and the Data,” November 30, 2014). Hardy claims that the future of our farms here in America lies in […]

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Future Feeders

Joel Orchard and Anais Gschwind sowed the first seeds for the Future Feeders movement in the early stages of 2014. Since then with the collective ideas of a vibrant group, Future Feeders has established its first 1.5 acre urban market garden at the Mullumbimby Community Gardens and begun to develop a platform for a broader collective of young farmers and food activists. Future Feeders saw the desperate need to combat […]

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Rewilding Kids: A Radical Experiment in Schooling

At a time when many children are over-policed and over-protected, even parents who are open to the idea of rewilding may wonder what would happen if young ones were allowed to truly run rampant. Contrary to the descent into savagery envisioned in William Golding’s novel Lord of the Flies, one primary school is proving that when children are given the space and permission to self organise the results are extremely […]

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Growing Collective Consciousness from the Voices for the Climate

Reflecting on what I learned at the COP 20 in LIMA, Peru John D. Liu, Director, Environmental Education Media Project (EEMP) – Ecosystem Ambassador, COMMONLAND Foundation – Visiting Fellow, Netherlands Institute of Ecology (NIOO) Royal Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW)

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Permaculture Your New Year and Start Packing Your Backpack

Have you done a PDC? Have you done an Online PDC? Do you want a hands-on permaculture experience in one of the harshest environments on planet earth? Do you want proof that permaculture works and you want to be part of it? Do you want experience with leading on the ground permaculturists who are getting things done in JORDAN on a world renowned permaculture site? THEN WHAT ARE YOU WAITING […]

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The Art and Practice of Tadelakt

The art of Tadelakt has for centuries been steeped in mystic and wonder. Few who leave the fantastic halls of the Marrakesh palaces or the beautifully reconstructed Riads will fail to notice the glimmering monolithic plaster that twinkles in the light as it seamlessly extends over these proud buildings. Tadelakt is a plaster finishing technique historically used in north Africa to protect earthen structures. It is specifically valued for its […]

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Green Connect’s Urban Grown Farm

Recent visitors to the farm taking a tour. A community based social enterprise building momentum with young people and resettled refugees. In lush hinterland regions, the permaculture you see is often back-to-the-land-ers, escaping the big smoke to build a mud-brick houses and self-sufficiency. In built-up areas it’s a community of active backyard gardeners, permablitzing their way through the burbs. In more conservative, rural areas you may find a quiet pocket […]

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Empowering Pastoralists in Tanzania with a Free Gift of Nature

Fadhili Terri, via www.foodwatershelter.org.au Farming is a truly rewarding activity for those who are in love with nature. Being close to the land, watching your crops and animals grow, living off the fruits of your labour , this seems to be the dream of more and more people out there as they are not ready to lose opportunities, running around and of the experiencing daily stress. As any person knows […]

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Drought-Proofing California…not in the news

Digging our well-surveyed swales. I woke up this morning, put on my gum-boots and went out for a walk around our family farm in the rain. This in itself might not seem to be anything special to many folks, yet this was a 2”/5cm rainfall after several intense years of drought here in Southern California. I cannot express how exciting this morning has been for me as I was thinking […]

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A Herbal Sceptic – Cured with Garlic

Being a product of the 1990s British state education system, I grew up with a very ‘conventional’ western mind-set towards science and medicine. I have always been naturally sceptic of medicine applied through plants, even while hearing the tales my grandmother had told me of Camomile lotion helping rashes, and ginger helping a bad stomach. But these were always remedies you purchased in bottles and packets, carefully tested and scrutinised […]

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