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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New Guidebook Will Help Organic Farmers Access Conservation Programs | National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition

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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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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 6:13 PM

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

Daniel LaLiberte's curator insight, July 21, 2013 11:45 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 10:55 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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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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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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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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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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