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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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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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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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 10:54 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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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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Darin Hoagland's comment, June 21, 2013 12:24 PM
Ollas are pronounced "oy-yahs" as the word has Spanish origin.
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Great tour & Example - Permaculture Keyline Water Systems: Don Tipping @ Seven Seeds Farm - imitate natural water systems for better water management

Permaculture seed wizard Don Tipping takes us on a 10 minute animated tour of the epic Seven Seeds Farm in the Siskiyou Mountains of Southern Oregon, USA. Th...

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This short video tour provides a great example of permaculture design and implementation.  It is fitting that a permaculture farm in the Beaver State would try to imitate what beavers have traditionally done for water system management.  Great diversification, great water management means many benefits.

 

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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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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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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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Can city farms feed a hungry world?

Can city farms feed a hungry world? | Agriculture and the Natural World | Scoop.it
There will be billions more hungry people in 2050. Growing our food on vertical farms or under radical new lighting systems may be key to ensuring they have eno (We have to get to this.. Can we??

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More city farms will become a necessity sooner or later.

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Mipygreen's curator insight, June 25, 2013 5:25 PM

YES WE CAN.....but even more WE MUST!!!!

Darin Hoagland's comment, June 28, 2013 11:37 AM
Every time I see another urban empty lot turned into a community garden in Oakland, California (my hometown) I am gratified and excited someone has made the space far more useful.
Mipygreen's comment, June 28, 2013 4:45 PM
Better soon as to late! I am living in South France, Toulouse And for the moment it's quiet difficult to transform an urban empty lot into a community garden. To much anti régulations and not enough citizen motivation
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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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Free with charity contributions: Online Permaculture Design Course offered

Free with charity contributions: Online Permaculture Design Course offered | Agriculture and the Natural World | Scoop.it
Develop a FREE online permaculture design course, taking principles of sustainable living and design mainstream.
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Ambitious and creative charity offers free online permaculture design course that can benefit interested individuals and boost permaculture ideals generally. As someone who likes online education and permaculture I wholeheartedly support this.

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The giving tree: Agroforests can heal food systems and fight climate change

The giving tree: Agroforests can heal food systems and fight climate change | Agriculture and the Natural World | Scoop.it
Growing numbers of farmers are using agroforestry -- integrating tree crops and grazing animals -- to create more resilient soil, a diverse range of foods, and even fight climate change.
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Agroforestry, agroecology, integrated farming and permaculture all are exibited here in this article about Wendell Berry.  It is amazing how many mutually beneficial ecological interactions a farmer can get when all these things mentioned above - and more -- are being executed.

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Darin Hoagland's comment, December 12, 2012 9:19 PM
The Wendell farm reminds me of Joel Salatin's famous Polyface farm. I think its the moveable foraging cages he uses for his pasture animals. http://www.polyfacefarms.com/
Daniel LaLiberte's curator insight, July 27, 2013 11:33 AM

Integrating with nature, rather than fighting it, is key to achieving the goal of Zero Footprint.