Growstuff Opens Up Free Database for Food Growers

Growstuff, a website for backyard vegetable gardeners created by Australian software developer Alex Bayley, has launched a campaign to provide open data for food growers worldwide. With interest in home-grown food on the rise —  a recent study found 52% of Australian households grow some of their own food and 13% more are planning to start, with similar growth reported in other countries — Growstuff looks set to become an […]

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Laniakea: Our Home Supercluster

Superclusters – regions of space that are densely packed with galaxies – are the biggest structures in the Universe. But scientists have struggled to define exactly where one supercluster ends and another begins. Now, a team based in Hawaii has come up with a new technique that maps the Universe according to the flow of galaxies across space. Redrawing the boundaries of the cosmic map, they redefine our home supercluster […]

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Rancho Mastatal: A Permaculture Site Overview (Costa Rica)

A view of Rancho Mastatal through the Zone 1 gardens I’ve had the opportunity to become of one the co-directors for the Rancho Mastatal Sustainable Education Center in Costa Rica over the last five years. It is now my primary home and where I practice and teach permaculture design. The site and all that it encompasses present an established model for groups and individuals interested in building permaculture-based education/demonstration centers. […]

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Scientists Shocked to Discover the True Toxicity of Fracking Fluids; It’s Worse Than We’ve Been Told

by Julie Wilson, Natural News Earlier this month, scientists presented groundbreaking research at the American Chemical Society’s (ACS) 248th National Meeting and Exposition regarding the potential dangers of hydraulic fracking. The meeting featured nearly 12,000 presentations on a range of scientific topics. A team of researchers from Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and the University of the Pacific disclosed information they obtained from reviewing the contents used in the hydraulic fracking […]

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How to Plan and Develop a Permaculture Site

What is often left out in much of permaculture teaching is the "how to install the design". And not only what that entails, but steps in how to do it. It is most manageable when the design is implemented in stages (you cannot put the electrical systems into a building without the mainframe support in), and should build upon each other. As well, it is wise to note that it […]

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Honeybee Reproduction, Part II: Nutrition and Pheromones

Note: If you haven’t already done so, you can read Part I here. Worker pupae Hold on to your hats, ‘cause this story contains awesome parenting, sexual suppression, and murderous rampages! A honeybee egg hatches after three days, and then emerges a tiny white larva that is completely helpless. It is meticulously cared for by its older sisters, who feed it a protein rich substance called royal jelly, from a […]

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Oh, The Beds I’ve Made: No-Till Gardening in Tropical Panama

One of the most exciting parts of taking the reins to a hectare of lakeside land in Panama was planning just exactly what kind of experimenting was going to be on order. We knew there would be a food forest. We knew there’d be a vegetable garden, fresh herbs, and lots of very dense clay soil with which to contend. Much of the space was steep hillsides, but at the […]

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Fernglade Farm – Water Storage Systems (Victoria, Australia)

by Chris McLeod Spring has arrived early this year. As I write this article, I’m sitting out in the food forest writing on a warm, late winter’s evening, supervising the chickens and pondering the future summer season. You see, water is a critical system at the farm here, so it is often on my mind.

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Progressing Permaculture at Caroola Farm (NSW, Australia)

Caroola Farm Open Day We are now coming into our second Spring at Caroola Farm after devastating fires in the Summer of 2013 and we are pumped at the progress we’ve made. We had our first ‘Open Day’ on International Permaculture Day this year and were blown away by the attendance of over 500 people — it put a bit of pressure on the new compost toilets and was a […]

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Justice Begins with Seeds Conference 2014: Largest Food Sovereignty & Non-GMO Advocacy Gathering in the Nation (Sept. 12-13, 2014, Portland, Oregon)

When: September 12 & 13 in Portland, Oregon — All Day Event Where: First Congregational United Church of Christ, 1126 SW Park Avenue, Portland, OR 97205 Join the largest gathering in the US focused on educational campaigns related to Genetically Engineered Organisms. GMOs are one of the most common ingredients of commercial and industrial food in North America. Learn from the most important non-GMO advocates about successful campaigns, strategies and […]

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Someone Else’s Story

Scots voting no to independence would be an astonishing act of self-harm. Imagine that the question was posed the other way round. An independent nation is asked to decide whether to surrender its sovereignty to a larger union. It would be allowed a measure of autonomy, but key aspects of its governance would be handed to another nation. It would be used as a military base by the dominant power […]

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