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How to Harvest and Dry Herbs - Modern Farmer

How to Harvest and Dry Herbs - Modern Farmer | Sustainability: Permaculture, Organic Gardening & Farming, Homesteading, Tools & Implements | Scoop.it
Herb gardens will go dormant in a few months, but the desire to cook with the best possible ingredients never stops.

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How Farms Can Heal Forests — Or Even Make Them

How Farms Can Heal Forests — Or Even Make Them | Sustainability: Permaculture, Organic Gardening & Farming, Homesteading, Tools & Implements | Scoop.it
The forest ecosystem — bugs, soil, logs dead or alive, roots, shrubs, creepers, vines, trees, and all — is one hell of a long-term polyamorous relationship.

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Chicken Tractor 101: What It Is & the Basics of Building One - Modern Farmer

Chicken Tractor 101: What It Is & the Basics of Building One - Modern Farmer | Sustainability: Permaculture, Organic Gardening & Farming, Homesteading, Tools & Implements | Scoop.it
The epitome of a low-tech agriculture solution, these coops on wheels give your birds constant access to fresh food, while fertilizing the soil and controlling pests.

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Food security through biodiversity - Maya Mountain Research Farm

Food security through biodiversity - Maya Mountain Research Farm | Sustainability: Permaculture, Organic Gardening & Farming, Homesteading, Tools & Implements | Scoop.it

Tucked into the foothills of the Maya Mountains, two miles up river from the village of San Pedro Columbia in southern Belize, Maya Mountain Research Farm is a registered non-governmental organization and working demonstration farm that promotes sustainable agriculture, appropriate technology and food security using permacultural principles and applied biodiversity. With over 20 years of work, Maya Mountain Research Farm is one of the oldest ongoing permaculture projects in Central America.


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Record US Farmers Switching to Non-GMO Crops in 2015

Record US Farmers Switching to Non-GMO Crops in 2015 | Sustainability: Permaculture, Organic Gardening & Farming, Homesteading, Tools & Implements | Scoop.it

"Due to failing crops and massive consumer demand for organic food, many conventional farmers are turning away from GMO crops in 2015.

 

“NON-GMO IS MORE PROFITABLE.”

This is the rising sentiment among farmers of the US as a confluence of factors urges them to become pro-organic. From falling GMO grain prices to a rising tide of public distrust of genetically modified ingredients, failing GMO traits, higher GMO seed prices, and the premium prices that people willingly pay for quality food over toxic junk, the conventional farmer is changing his tune when it comes to Big Ag practices."


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The Eight Best Quotes From Retiring Farmers

The Eight Best Quotes From Retiring Farmers | Sustainability: Permaculture, Organic Gardening & Farming, Homesteading, Tools & Implements | Scoop.it

“When I started this, like with the cut flowers, a florist would say to me, ‘Honey, who cares if they’re organic? We’re not gonna eat them.’ The same florist will call me today, 20 years later, and say ‘I’ve got a bride, she wants an all-green wedding June 15, what are you gonna have then?’ So now the market is there. [T]here’s a real window for farmers who want to do it. It’s not even a niche; it’s a chasm.” –David Brown

 

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“[T]he current 20-year-olds make me nuts … No common sense, no memory, passive-aggressive, no reliability, no work ethic.” –David Brown

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La Suisse Lance Un « plan Ecophyto »

La Suisse Lance Un « plan Ecophyto » | Sustainability: Permaculture, Organic Gardening & Farming, Homesteading, Tools & Implements | Scoop.it
La Suisse a présenté le 5 juillet un plan d'actions pour la réduction des risques et l'utilisation durable des produits phytosanitaires. Il comporte 49 mesures dont l'objectif est de diminuer de moitié les risques liés aux pesticides d'ici à 10 ans.

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How to Make Moringa Fertilizer - Richmond Vale Academy

How to Make Moringa Fertilizer - Richmond Vale Academy | Sustainability: Permaculture, Organic Gardening & Farming, Homesteading, Tools & Implements | Scoop.it
Looking for an organic fertilizer for your garden? Our moringa fertilizer is completely natural and extremely easy to make! You'll see results in no time.

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BioChar: RVA's Green Project - Richmond Vale Academy

BioChar: RVA's Green Project - Richmond Vale Academy | Sustainability: Permaculture, Organic Gardening & Farming, Homesteading, Tools & Implements | Scoop.it
We are working with Vincentians to make our nation a Climate Compliant Country. See how BioChar, a type of charcoal made of plants, can help us do that.

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Farming in the forest in Belize

Farming in the forest in Belize | Sustainability: Permaculture, Organic Gardening & Farming, Homesteading, Tools & Implements | Scoop.it
A video on how integrating agriculture with the natural forest cycle can improve resilience and sustainability.

 

“I never say I own this land,” says Eladio Pop, an ethnic Maya who lives and farms near the ruins of the ancient Mayan city of Lubaantun in southern Belize. “I can only be a caretaker.”


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More on farming in the tropics.

 

https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/belize-breeze-la-brisa-belize/id691623862?ls=1&mt=11

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How Farm and Forest Businesses Can Intersect with Technology | vtrural.org

How Farm and Forest Businesses Can Intersect with Technology | vtrural.org | Sustainability: Permaculture, Organic Gardening & Farming, Homesteading, Tools & Implements | Scoop.it

"Last Sunday, we participated in the Northeast Organic Farming Association (NOFA) Direct Marketing conference. Two members of the Vermont Digital Economy Project and two volunteers were on hand to offer advice on using social media and digital tools to promote the farmers’ work. Suggestions ranged from usingPinterest to showcase beautiful photos of farm animals and gardens, to finding novel ways to use a curated email list."

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The divine road less traveled

The divine road less traveled | Sustainability: Permaculture, Organic Gardening & Farming, Homesteading, Tools & Implements | Scoop.it
Spectrum™ Premium Non-GMO seed provides what many others cannot by KC Kinder, Freelance Writer It has been said that a man has not truly lived until he has lived for something.

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Here is more about a traditional alternative to GMO corn that may have even greater yields and be far better for the Eco system on a farm as well. This is a link to the details of the study:

http://www.spectrumseed.com/sites/default/files/performance-trials/pdf/2013%20University%20of%20Illinois.pdf