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This is an exploration of agriculture and how it relates to the environment. Whether you call it agroecology or eco-agriculture or permaculture these all offer alternative approaches to industrial agriculture that are far more sustainable. This page will highlight good, bad and neutral news related to environmental, economical and socially sustainable agriculture.
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Organic Stone Fruit Jubilee | Organic, Sustainable, Local Agriculture | Ecological Farming Association - Event Saturday 6/21/14

Organic Stone Fruit Jubilee | Organic, Sustainable, Local Agriculture | Ecological Farming Association - Event Saturday 6/21/14 | Agriculture and the Natural World | Scoop.it
EcoFarm is the Ecological Farming Association. We nurture healthy and just farms, food systems, communities and environment by bringing people together for education, alliance building and advocacy. Through educational conferences, training programs, on-farm events and communications initiatives, we pursue a safe and healthful food system that strengthens soils, protects air and water, encourages diverse ecosystems and economies, and honors rural life.
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I love these types of events.

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Climate Change's Big Winners: Pests and weeds

Climate Change's Big Winners: Pests and weeds | Agriculture and the Natural World | Scoop.it
Count weeds and insect pests among the beneficiaries of climate change. Meanwhile, the crops we need will have fewer nutrients that make them beneficial, scientists revealed this week.

At the root of the problem: Rising carbon dioxide levels, warm...
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Unfortunately this result of climate change is not surprising.

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SciWorthy: Science news for all who want to learn.

SciWorthy: Science news for all who want to learn. | Agriculture and the Natural World | Scoop.it

SciWorthy: Science news for all who want to learn. 

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New science and information website the general public.  Nice source of compelling news stories.

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Permaculture Voices Conference: 4 Day Mega Event. March 13-16, 2014, Temecula, CA | Geoff Lawton, Joel Salatin, Allan Savory, Michael Pollan & more.

Permaculture Voices Conference: 4 Day Mega Event. March 13-16, 2014, Temecula, CA | Geoff Lawton, Joel Salatin, Allan Savory, Michael Pollan & more. | Agriculture and the Natural World | Scoop.it

Speakers include Geoff Lawton, Joel Salatin, Allan Savory, Michael Pollan & more.

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Exciting conference coming up next month revolving around permaculture and its necessity for future agricultural production.

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farm_X - YouTube video highlights sustainable urban food systems, social and economic justice

If an industrial, sustainable urban food system were created, we could lessen the environmental impact of food production and distribution, stimulate economi...
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I like what the non-profit organization Farm-X is doing. Integrated agricultural, environmental, social and economic solutions are compelling since the related problems we face are interconnected as well.

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Beginning Farmers - Start and Build a New Farm Business

Beginning Farmers - Start and Build a New Farm Business | Agriculture and the Natural World | Scoop.it
Beginning Farmers can help you start a new farm and build your agriculture business with information on finding grants, loans, jobs, farmland, training programs, and more.
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Useful site that accumulates resources for the a farmer just starting out. 

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Attendees of Two-day Seedstock Conference at UCLA Affirm Promise of Sustainable Agriculture Future

Attendees of Two-day Seedstock Conference at UCLA Affirm Promise of Sustainable Agriculture Future | Agriculture and the Natural World | Scoop.it
From new farmers, aquaponicists and sustainable agriculture entrepreneurs to urban farming pioneers, microloan providers and crowdfunding evangelists, yesterday’s 2nd Annual Seedstock Sustainable A...
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Wide-ranging comference confirms the need and advantages of seed conservation as an important part of sustainable agriculture.

 

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34th Annual EcoFarm Conference: Pacific Grove, CA - January 22-25, 2014 + Don't miss it.

34th Annual EcoFarm Conference: Pacific Grove, CA - January 22-25, 2014 + Don't miss it. | Agriculture and the Natural World | Scoop.it
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One of my favorite conferences with a great all-day ecofarm bustour that is especially well worth it.  If you love farming and growing things you will find all kinds of people at this event you have something in common with.

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Center for Land-Based Learning Celebrates 20th Anniversary

Center for Land-Based Learning Celebrates 20th Anniversary | Agriculture and the Natural World | Scoop.it
Earlier this week I had the honor and pleasure to help celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Center for Land-Based Learning, a non-profit organization in Winters started by California State Board o...
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Anything that helps new farmers get started is valuable.  Congratulations to the Center for Land-Based Learning. 

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The Next Trend In Landscape Design: Foodscapes


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Facinating, attractive and delicious idea explored through academic study.

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Rick Passo's curator insight, August 15, 2013 7:54 AM

http://www.aila.org.au/lapapers/papers/transform/docs/Zuenert.pdf

The Next Trend In Landscape Design: Foodscapes

http://www.sustainablebusiness.com/index.cfm/go/news.display/id/25081# ;

 

As food security becomes a bigger issue, landscape designers are being encouraged to change their focus from aesthetics to edible fruits and vegetables.

Dubbed "Aesthetic Foodscape Design," it asks designers to look beyond aesthetics, which usually consists of ornamental plants to those that can also bring food sources to the center of their practice.  

Food security is a very real concern around the world, so why doesn't it feature more prominently in the landscapes spreading over our public spaces and civic properties, asks Joshua Zeunert, a member of the Australian Institute of Landscape Architects who is a big proponent of this idea.

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15 Seed Saving Initiatives Protecting Biodiversity for Future Generations

15 Seed Saving Initiatives Protecting Biodiversity for Future Generations | Agriculture and the Natural World | Scoop.it
Food Tank and SEHN are highlighting 15 important seed-saving projects across the globe that are helping preserve global agricultural biodiversity.
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A nice list summarizing seed saving projects around the world.  Some I already knew about and others I was not familiar with.  

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Darin Hoagland's comment, August 3, 2013 11:32 AM
In situ conservation has to be a part of the seed saving goals in all of these projects because there are limits to how long seeds can be saved and remain viable. This is why seed saving projects are an organizational challenge since seeds either need to be replaced by fresh supplies and/or taken out and grown again for new seed production. I like this list regardless.
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If We Didn’t Have California, What Would We Eat? From Slate

If We Didn’t Have California, What Would We Eat? From Slate | Agriculture and the Natural World | Scoop.it
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California's riches are not just its variety of landscapes, people and industry but its agriculure output as well.

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Living Fences: How-To, Advantages and Tips - Modern Homesteading - MOTHER EARTH NEWS

Living Fences: How-To, Advantages and Tips - Modern Homesteading - MOTHER EARTH NEWS | Agriculture and the Natural World | Scoop.it

Your first choice for such a multifunctional homestead necessity may be manufactured fencing: woven or electric wire, welded livestock panels, boards on pressure-treated posts, or even virgin or recycled plastic. As the energy and environmental crises deepen, however, such options are becoming less appealing and more expensive. The chemical preservatives, paints and galvanizing agents used in fence manufacturing and maintenance may have toxic spillover effects in the environment. Furthermore, most manufactured fencing is a “one for one” solution. A woven wire fence meant to contain livestock, for example, provides that service and nothing more. The key to a more self-sufficient homestead that imitates natural systems is finding solutions that simultaneously solve more than one problem, provide more than one service and support more than one project. Enter living fences. Read more: http://www.motherearthnews.com/homesteading-and-livestock/living-fences-z10m0sto.aspx#ixzz2Xv2ZmfKE


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Think hedgerows instead of artificial fencing.

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Mycorrhizae on the History Channel


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Nice explainer video about the importance of Mycorrhizae and plant health.  Increasing agricultural food supply means maintaining good soil health and mycorrhizae are a big part of making soil nutrients to available plants.  Replenishing depleted soil especially after anti-fungal applications and reducing the myorrhizae application cost to farmers are key.  

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A vos commentaires....

 

Merci 

 

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Agriculture Nouvelle's curator insight, May 19, 6:00 AM

vidéo de 19 minutes en anglais

Didier Vazel's curator insight, May 24, 12:03 AM

Un début d'explication de leur fonctionnement.

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The 2014 Monterey Bay Area Farm Finance Expo (California FarmLink): Central coast farmers get help in finance and business management on February 24th, 2014

The 2014 Monterey Bay Area Farm Finance Expo (California FarmLink): Central coast farmers get help in finance and business management on February 24th, 2014 | Agriculture and the Natural World | Scoop.it
California FarmLink is a nonprofit organization that provides farmers with the tools they need to lease and purchase land, access capital, and improve business and financial management skills.
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Eat Local | Smarter Living - Helpful finding-tool for seasonal and local produce by the NRDC.

Eat Local | Smarter Living - Helpful finding-tool for seasonal and local produce by the NRDC. | Agriculture and the Natural World | Scoop.it

Find local seasonal fruit, veggies and nuts with this easy tool.

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I just ran across another "find your local seasonal produce" online tool. It is from the National Resources Defense Counsel (NRDC). It focuses mostly on the state-wide level. It offers great advice in selecting, storing and preparing a wide variety of seasonal crops as well.

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World Ag Expo: Feb. 11-13, 2014, International Agri-Center / Tulare, CA

World Ag Expo: Feb. 11-13, 2014, International Agri-Center / Tulare, CA | Agriculture and the Natural World | Scoop.it
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The annual international Agriculture Exposition is coming once again.  Useful and compelling for any attendee interested in agriculture.

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Online course -Section Information: Entrepreneurship Agriculture/Management 14, Spring 2014.

Online course from Yuba Community College: Entrepreneurship - Agriculture/Management 14, Spring 2014.

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I have just begun an Online community college class: Agriculture/Management 14-Entrepreneurship at Yuba College.  I am quite excited to begin another semester.

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Official course description: Principles of establishing and managing a small business, including the preparation of a business plan; emphasis on goal-setting, types of business organizations, obtaining licenses and permits, financing options, accounting aspects, legal requirements, managing the enterprise, and other aspects in business entrepreneurship. Not open for credit to students with credit in MGMT 14. (L,M)
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Free Permaculture Design Course - Regenerative Leadership Institute

Free Permaculture Design Course - Regenerative Leadership Institute | Agriculture and the Natural World | Scoop.it
The world's first free online permaculture design course with Larry Korn. Learn permaculture from the world's top experts from the comfort of your own home.
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Good educational opportunity.

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Sustainable food production: Facts and Figures - SciDev.Net South-East Asia & Pacific

Sustainable food production: Facts and Figures - SciDev.Net South-East Asia & Pacific | Agriculture and the Natural World | Scoop.it
Farming must feed more people more sustainably. Zareen Bharucha looks at scientific approaches past and present.
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Useful broad overview of sustainable food production.

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Rooftop Garden Picture -- Chicago Photo -- National Geographic Photo of the Day

Rooftop Garden Picture -- Chicago Photo -- National Geographic Photo of the Day | Agriculture and the Natural World | Scoop.it
See a photo of the rooftop garden at Chicago’s City Hall by Diane Cook and Len Jenshel, from National Geographic.
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Stunning photo of what rooftop garden can look like.   I would love to visit one day.

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Sustainable Ag Expo - November 18 & 19 - San Luis Obispo, CA

Sustainable Ag Expo - November 18 & 19 - San Luis Obispo, CA | Agriculture and the Natural World | Scoop.it
The 8th Annual Sustainable Ag Expo provides a unique opportunity for farmers, ag professionals, and pest control advisors representing a variety of operations to learn about the latest in farming research, resource issues, and business trends...
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Seminars, farming research, networking opportunities and more make this conference attractive.

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12 Great Drought-Tolerant Plants

12 Great Drought-Tolerant Plants | Agriculture and the Natural World | Scoop.it
These picks for drought-tolerant plants will thrive on a roof or in an arid ground-level landscape.
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Nice variety of hardy dry-climate plants that need little care. 

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Bamboo, Pyrolysis, Bio-Char & Mycorrhizal Fungi: Nature's Machine to Draw Carbon Down Exponentially

Bamboo, Pyrolysis, Bio-Char & Mycorrhizal Fungi: Nature's Machine to Draw Carbon Down Exponentially | Agriculture and the Natural World | Scoop.it
www.co2drawdownsolutions.com Charlotte O'Brien, Director of Bio Bamboo and CO2 Drawdown Solutions, explains how to significantly draw down Carbon from the at...

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Juan Wood's curator insight, July 20, 2013 3:13 PM

Muy bueno, lastima que no tenga subtitulos en Español...

Daniel LaLiberte's curator insight, July 21, 2013 8:45 PM

Great video about how we can very effectively work with nature to help us repair the centuries of damage we have been inflicting on nature.

Darin Hoagland's comment, July 26, 2013 7:55 PM
I like how integrated this idea is for it can be brought into the global economy and agriculture while working with nature. I only worry is bamboo can be powerfully invasive and out-compete indigenous plants. Once planted you will have it for a long time so there had better be dedicated harvesting operation.
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Local, self-sufficient, optimistic: are Transition Towns the way forward?

Local, self-sufficient, optimistic: are Transition Towns the way forward? | Agriculture and the Natural World | Scoop.it

June 14, 2013 Guardian Environment

Locally grown food, community-owned power stations, local currencies … can small-scale actions make a difference? Yes, according to the Transition network – in fact, it's our only hope..... http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2013/jun/15/transition-towns-way-forward

 

MONDRAGON: SPAIN'S GIANT CO-OPERATIVE - A GROWING ALTERNATIVE MODEL TO CAPITALISM http://sco.lt/79nTrF

 

 


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Local solutions are worthwhile especially if self-sufficient.

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