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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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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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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 2:32 PM
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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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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The Neighborhood Farm: An Inspiring Urban Farming Initiative ...

The Neighborhood Farm: An Inspiring Urban Farming Initiative ... | Agriculture and the Natural World | Scoop.it
The Neighborhood Farm: An Urban Farming Initiative in and around Needham, Massachusetts. Linked by Michael Levenston. barrow. Painting by Abbi Canney. Kate Canney wasn't going to let living in a suburban ...

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Nice article if you need some inspiration.  Countering productive farmland loss from sprawl while boosting productive use of empty urban land and community health. 

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Susan Davis Cushing's curator insight, February 11, 2013 12:19 AM

Urban Farming for Sustainability: It's workiing in more cities. 

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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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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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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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Explore Caves, Oceans & African Plains With These 4 Zooniverse Projects

Explore Caves, Oceans & African Plains With These 4 Zooniverse Projects | Agriculture and the Natural World | Scoop.it

Contributing towards scientific research doesn’t always require you pay a monthly fee to your favourite projects.


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Crowdsourcing and citizen science at its best. I like this.

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