Agriculture and the Natural World
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Agriculture and the Natural World
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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New Teaching Tool, "Plant Nutrition 1: Membrane Transport and Energetics, Potassium Nutrition, & Sodium Toxicity"

New Teaching Tool, "Plant Nutrition 1: Membrane Transport and Energetics, Potassium Nutrition, & Sodium Toxicity" | Agriculture and the Natural World | Scoop.it

In this first of three lessons spanning the topic of Plant Nutrition, we examine primarily the energetics and mechanisms of nutrient uptake and transport. These processes are particularly well illustrated by an examination of the essential nutrient potassium (K), and the closely related element sodium (Na). We also examine the challenges associated with providing plants with sufficient K to support vigorous growth, and the detrimental effects of sodium accumulation in soils. Finally, we examine efforts to improve the salinity tolerance of crop plants. (Co-authored with Michael Blatt).


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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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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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Illumination: Next Steps in Ag- Jobs- for the Willing and those who work hard!

Illumination: Next Steps in Ag- Jobs- for the Willing and those who work hard! | Agriculture and the Natural World | Scoop.it

"Whereas job growth in many sectors is stagnant, there is huge demand for skilled horticulturalists, that is, students trained in fruit and vegetable crop production. We need people that understand plant physiology, plant nutrition, plant pathology and entomology, along with a handle on business and communication".


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Agricultural jobs working with plants and especially plant scientists are no doubt available in many sectors of crop production.  However, a strong work ethic is critical as some of these jobs require long work weeks with little time for personal life.  Thus this blog post is both hopeful and cautionary for those seeking this type of work.  

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Contact Us - How to find Master Gardener Help - A useful resource especially for residential gardeners

Contact Us - How to find Master Gardener Help - A useful resource especially for residential gardeners | Agriculture and the Natural World | Scoop.it
Alameda County Master Gardeners - Contact Us - How to find Master Gardener Help
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A great resource I refer people to in my daily interactions of people in my civil service agricultural job. 

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Armitage’s Herbaceous Perennials for the Sun

The perennials "crash course" for the green industry

Perennials are easy to grow, easy to propagate, and offer gardeners a fascinating variety of colors, forms and textures.

Armitage's Herbaceous Perennials for the Sun is a self-paced, self-study online certificate program authored by the Dr. Allan Armitage, one of the world's leading experts on and researchers of perennials. In this professional development course, you'll learn the characteristics, propagation methods and optimal growing conditions of 20 species of sun perennials.

The course is online, so you can progress at your own pace, on your own schedule.

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This looks like a great online course. Education never stops.

 

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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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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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Lose Your Lawn the Bay-Friendly Way

Lose Your Lawn the Bay-Friendly Way | Agriculture and the Natural World | Scoop.it
Replace your lawn with a healthy garden that works for you. By using Bay-Friendly practices, you can conserve water, natural resources and prevent pollution. And with sheet mulching, you can plant directly on top of the lawn, saving time and money.
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Lawns have a traditional place in landscaping but unfortunately are a waste of time and resources for most residential or even commercial locations.  Weeding, fertilizing, mowing and watering efforts are much reduced in an established climate-appropriate native-friendly landscaping application.   Lose your lawn and gain a more beautiful and sustainable landscape.

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Ivy League Permaculture Flourishes at Cornell University - Boon for interested students

Ivy League Permaculture Flourishes at Cornell University - Boon for interested students | Agriculture and the Natural World | Scoop.it
Permaculture is alive and growing at Cornell University in Ithaca, NY. The university recently offered its first Permaculture Design Certification course in the Department of Horticulture. Organized by FLPCI instructor and cofounder Steve Gabriel.
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Noticeable and encouraging trend for highly respected Universities to offer courses like this.

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