Agriculture and the Natural World
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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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Tune In to the Food Tank Summit Livestream: January 21-22 9AM-5PM EST

Tune In to the Food Tank Summit Livestream: January 21-22 9AM-5PM EST | Agriculture and the Natural World | Scoop.it
Watch the Food Tank via Livestream and join the conversation using hashtag: #FoodTank. Email questions to Questions@FoodTank.com.
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Great stuff! Let's build a better food system! Please join me in watching the #FoodTank Summit via livestream January 21-22n. 75 incredible speakers!

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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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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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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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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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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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Ollas: A Collection of Information and Techniques for alternative irrigation

This video is part research project, part experiment, and all about Ollas. Ollas are clay pots that are used for irrigation. The second half of this video wa...

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Another good idea from traditional agriculture of the past.  It has great appeal for crop irrigation where water conservation is necessary.

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Ollas are pronounced "oy-yahs" as the word has Spanish origin.
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Common Vision | Plant the future - planting school orchards - permaculture

Common Vision | Plant the future - planting school orchards - permaculture | Agriculture and the Natural World | Scoop.it
We plant fruit trees and teach permaculture.
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Great NGO with great learning opportunities.

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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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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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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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Mexicans pushing for return of ancient grain amaranth to agriculture | PRI.ORG

Mexicans pushing for return of ancient grain amaranth to agriculture | PRI.ORG | Agriculture and the Natural World | Scoop.it
Amaranth and corn powered the Aztec empire. But when the Spaniards came in an conquered what became Mexico, they banned amaranth because of its connection with Aztec human sacrifice ceremonies.
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An alternative grain for a climate-changing agricultural world.

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33rd Annual EcoFarm Conference Jan. 23-26, 2013. Asilomar Conference Grounds, Pacific Grove, CA -Preconference Organic Farm Bus Tour central coast (Pascadero) still open

33rd Annual EcoFarm Conference Jan. 23-26, 2013. Asilomar Conference Grounds, Pacific Grove, CA -Preconference Organic Farm Bus Tour central coast (Pascadero) still open | Agriculture and the Natural World | Scoop.it
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This conference looks great for those who are interested in ecologically sustainable agriculture.  While I cannot make the trip down to Pacific Grove, CA I have signed up for the preconference EcoFarm bus tour of four cental coast Eco-farming and eco-ranching operators on Jan. 23, 2013.  I am looking forward to it!

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