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Wild thing, I think I need you: How weeds could save dinner

Wild thing, I think I need you: How weeds could save dinner | Sustainability: Permaculture, Organic Gardening & Farming, Homesteading, Tools & Implements | Scoop.it
Kim Hummer / USDAThis wild species of strawberry was recently discovered growing in the Oregon Cascades. Researchers say it could be bred with other species to create new disease-resistant or delicious varieties.
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WarkaWater | Each Drop Counts

WarkaWater | Each Drop Counts | Sustainability: Permaculture, Organic Gardening & Farming, Homesteading, Tools & Implements | Scoop.it

The Warka’s water harvesting technique and construction system are inspired by several sources. Many plants and animals have developed unique micro- and nano-scale structural features on their surfaces that enable them to collect water from the air and survive in hostile environments. By studying the Namib beetle’s shell, lotus flower leaves, spider web threads and the integrated fog collection system in cactus, we are identifying specific materials and coatings that can enhance dew condensation and water flow and storage capabilities of the mesh. The termite hives have influenced the design of Warka’s outer shell, its airflow, shape and geometry. We also looked at local cultures and vernacular architecture, incorporating traditional Ethiopian basket-weaving techniques in Warka’s design.


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Eric Larson's curator insight, February 6, 2016 9:13 PM

Fascinating design???

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UN Report Says Small-Scale Organic Farming Only Way To Feed The World

UN Report Says Small-Scale Organic Farming Only Way To Feed The World | Sustainability: Permaculture, Organic Gardening & Farming, Homesteading, Tools & Implements | Scoop.it
Even as the United States government continues to push for the use of more chemically-intensive and corporate-dominated farming methods such as GMOs an
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Small scale organics?
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Off-the-grid couple creates a life without bills, builds home for $30,000 #Bisbee #Arizona #renewables

Off-the-grid couple creates a life without bills, builds home for $30,000 #Bisbee #Arizona #renewables | Sustainability: Permaculture, Organic Gardening & Farming, Homesteading, Tools & Implements | Scoop.it
(Natural News) What if you could build an inexpensive, energy efficient, self-sufficient home for as little as $30,000 and kiss monthly bills and mortgage payments goodbye? Sounds too good to be true, right? Well, one couple from Bisbee, Arizona, made this little fantasy come true. Karen and Bill, both in their fifties, started building their...

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15 Natural and Eco-Friendly Weed Killers for Your Garden

15 Natural and Eco-Friendly Weed Killers for Your Garden | Sustainability: Permaculture, Organic Gardening & Farming, Homesteading, Tools & Implements | Scoop.it
Create your own eco-friendly herbicides using only natural ingredients such as vinegar, salt, borax and more. Safe for pets and kids.

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13 ways to rewild your garden to attract bees, bats, birds and hedgehogs

13 ways to rewild your garden to attract bees, bats, birds and hedgehogs | Sustainability: Permaculture, Organic Gardening & Farming, Homesteading, Tools & Implements | Scoop.it

But we can help wildlife return: we can recreate habitats, we can reconnect spaces that might previously have been fragmented.


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Eric Larson's curator insight, February 21, 9:59 AM
Rewild your garden?
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Composting System from Wood Pallets DIY

Composting System from Wood Pallets DIY | Sustainability: Permaculture, Organic Gardening & Farming, Homesteading, Tools & Implements | Scoop.it
Managing wastage of a house is a big issue, and municipal composting bins are always also not near to your house, So here is idea how to manage your house wastage and build your own composting system with the help of wood pallets.

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Composting System from Wood Pallets DIY

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7 Secrets to Perfect Compost - Modern Farmer

7 Secrets to Perfect Compost - Modern Farmer | Sustainability: Permaculture, Organic Gardening & Farming, Homesteading, Tools & Implements | Scoop.it
Afraid to take the dive and start composting? Relax, the Modern Farmer guide to composting has arrived.
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Dirt, Cheap: A Composting Business for the Community - Nature and Environment - MOTHER EARTH NEWS

Dirt, Cheap: A Composting Business for the Community - Nature and Environment - MOTHER EARTH NEWS | Sustainability: Permaculture, Organic Gardening & Farming, Homesteading, Tools & Implements | Scoop.it
At Recycled City, pretty much everything is recovered, recycled, and regenerated. Food waste is collected and composted, that compost is used to nourish crops, and those crops go to customers whose food waste is collected and composted … and so on, in a satisfying unbroken cycle. What sets Recycled City apart from other composting companies is that it directly manages every part of the process — collecting, composting, growing, and more. “Recycled City has a huge competitive advantage because we’re integrating everything,” explains owner J. D. Hill.

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Unconventional Gardening Methods: Pros and Cons - Organic Gardening - MOTHER EARTH NEWS

Unconventional Gardening Methods: Pros and Cons - Organic Gardening - MOTHER EARTH NEWS | Sustainability: Permaculture, Organic Gardening & Farming, Homesteading, Tools & Implements | Scoop.it
With this breakdown of the pros and cons of aquaculture, straw bale gardening, hugelkultur, lasagna gardening, biodynamic gardening, and hydroponics, you can reimagine your backyard space.
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Cindy Burnside Peterson's curator insight, March 25, 8:44 PM

Isn't this interesting? Lasagna gardening . . .

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Farmers Under Contract: The Crutchfields

"Farmers Under Contract: The Crutchfields" tells the story of Karen and Mitchell, former contract poultry growers in Arkansas. Like many of their fello
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Ecoagriculture landscapes - Adapting, designing and managing biodiversity & ecosystem services for sustainability

Ecoagriculture landscapes - Adapting, designing and managing biodiversity & ecosystem services for sustainability | Sustainability: Permaculture, Organic Gardening & Farming, Homesteading, Tools & Implements | Scoop.it
Ecoagriculture landscapes - Adapting, designing and managing biodiversity & ecosystem services for sustainability
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7-Eleven Announces First Sustainably-Sourced Coffee

7-Eleven Announces First Sustainably-Sourced Coffee | Sustainability: Permaculture, Organic Gardening & Farming, Homesteading, Tools & Implements | Scoop.it
Last week, 7-Eleven announced that it would start offering a Rainforest Alliance-certified coffee, sourced from Nicaragua, at participating stores.
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TERA | Habitons le présent : "Un écovillage pour le XXIème Siècle

TERA | Habitons le présent : "Un écovillage pour le XXIème Siècle | Sustainability: Permaculture, Organic Gardening & Farming, Homesteading, Tools & Implements | Scoop.it

Tera est un projet expérimental qui vise à construire un éco-village pour relocaliser à 85% la production vitale à ses habitants, abaisser son empreinte écologique à moins d'une planète, valoriser cette production en monnaie citoyenne locale, émise via un revenu d'autonomie d'un euro supérieur au seuil de pauvreté pour chacun de ses habitants...


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Newsletter Tera : http://bit.ly/2hYze8S



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Green village?
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Our History | Timeless Foods

Our History | Timeless Foods | Sustainability: Permaculture, Organic Gardening & Farming, Homesteading, Tools & Implements | Scoop.it
Timeless was given birth in 1987 when four organic farmers from central Montana – Bud Barta, Jim Barngrover, Tom Hastings, and David Oien – came together to grow a self-reseeding leguminous cover crop called George Black Medic, which had been developed at Montana State University by Dr. Jim Sims, and named for his father.

The dream was to introduce this new crop to farmers in the Northern Great Plains as an alternative to cultivated fallow fields and thereby reduce erosion, build organic matter, save soil moisture, and provide natural nitrogen fertilizer for following crops.  We were going to change agriculture on millions of dryland acres!

The reality was that while the medic cropping system had decades of success in Australia and showed great promise both in research trials and the field, it was too far “out of the box” for most farmers, who were accustomed to buying synthetic fertilizer, suspicious of any crop that reseeded itself, and dependent on federal farm subsidies, which penalized farmers for growing cover crops on fallow ground. Black Medic was a great idea, but it turned out not to be a viable business for the “four guys enterprise.”
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UN experts denounce 'myth' pesticides are necessary to feed the world

UN experts denounce 'myth' pesticides are necessary to feed the world | Sustainability: Permaculture, Organic Gardening & Farming, Homesteading, Tools & Implements | Scoop.it
Report warns of catastrophic consequences and blames manufacturers for ‘systematic denial of harms’ and ‘aggressive, unethical marketing tactics’

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Do you really need pesticides?
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To bee or not to bee? Bumblebee placed on endangered species list

For years, researchers have warned the public about the danger that the dwindling population of bumblebees poses to our food supply. Now, they’re about t
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Cindy Burnside Peterson's curator insight, March 25, 8:41 PM

This is why I am planning on having bees on my farm.  The benefits of pollination plus increasing the bee population.  Are there any bee keepers out there?  What advice would you give a newbie?

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The Difference Between Seedling, Grafted and Cutting Grown Fruit Trees

The Difference Between Seedling, Grafted and Cutting Grown Fruit Trees | Sustainability: Permaculture, Organic Gardening & Farming, Homesteading, Tools & Implements | Scoop.it
Fruit trees naturally reproduce themselves from seeds, but most fruit trees that you buy are not produced that way for very good reasons. There are many ways to propagate fruit trees, and each method has its advantages and disadvantages. Whether you propagate fruit trees yourself or buy them from a garden nursery, all fruit are…

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A Guide to Permaculture for the Beginners

A Guide to Permaculture for the Beginners | Sustainability: Permaculture, Organic Gardening & Farming, Homesteading, Tools & Implements | Scoop.it
As a beginner, you need to understand the fundamental principles of permaculture and then adhere to these principles as you go ahead with your gardening activities. David Holgrem and Bill Mollison coined the term in the 70’s to indicate sustainable agriculture, comprising waste recycling and... http://bit.ly/2lsJIlX
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How to Grow a Herb Garden: The Insider's Guide

How to Grow a Herb Garden: The Insider's Guide | Sustainability: Permaculture, Organic Gardening & Farming, Homesteading, Tools & Implements | Scoop.it
Have fresh greens for your meals with our ultimate how-to on growing herbs in the garden.

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8 Steps for Making Better Garden Soil - Organic Gardening - MOTHER EARTH NEWS

8 Steps for Making Better Garden Soil - Organic Gardening - MOTHER EARTH NEWS | Sustainability: Permaculture, Organic Gardening & Farming, Homesteading, Tools & Implements | Scoop.it
In this article, I’ll focus on specific ways to achieve these goals. There are many ways to do this, but they all revolve around two basic concepts: For more fertile soil, you need to increase organic matter and mineral availability, and whenever possible, you should avoid tilling the soil and leave its structure undisturbed.

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What Is Beeswax? - Natural Health - MOTHER EARTH NEWS

What Is Beeswax? - Natural Health - MOTHER EARTH NEWS | Sustainability: Permaculture, Organic Gardening & Farming, Homesteading, Tools & Implements | Scoop.it
Beeswax is the miracle of the beehive. The comb is built up from nothing and serves as a house, a nursery, and a food pantry. Over the millennia, bees have figured out that by building their combs into hexagons, the combs hold the most amount of honey and require the least amount of wax. The combs also serve as the perfect area for a bee to undergo its metamorphosis from egg to bee.

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100-Year-Old Way to Filter Rainwater in a Barrel - The Prepper Journal

100-Year-Old Way to Filter Rainwater in a Barrel - The Prepper Journal | Sustainability: Permaculture, Organic Gardening & Farming, Homesteading, Tools & Implements | Scoop.it
ensure you have enough water in a survival situation is to collect it from your roof. We found an old method our grandparents used to filter rainwater
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FYI - in some parts of the American West you are NOT allowed to capture rainwater off your own roof.  Isn't that insane?

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The Merlot Wine Quiz – test your knowledge

The Merlot Wine Quiz – test your knowledge | Sustainability: Permaculture, Organic Gardening & Farming, Homesteading, Tools & Implements | Scoop.it
One of the world's most popular red grapes, Merlot has a large following. How much do you know about Merlot?

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Modern agriculture cultivates climate change – we must nurture biodiversity

Modern agriculture cultivates climate change – we must nurture biodiversity | Sustainability: Permaculture, Organic Gardening & Farming, Homesteading, Tools & Implements | Scoop.it
The reason the productivity of industrial agriculture is now under threat is because it has been systematically degrading the human and natural capital on which it relies. Pests, viruses, fungi, bacteria and weeds are adapting to chemical pest management faster than ever: 210 species of herbicide-resistant weeds have been identified. Meanwhile, synthetic fertilisers are fast destroying the soil biota and its nutrient-recycling potential. This creates a dangerous treadmill effect: increasing resistance leads to increasing pesticide use, generating mounting costs for farmers and further environmental degradation. This in turn requires additional doses of nutrient application to keep squeezing productivity out of the soils.

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urban super forest by super future group imagines invisible city

urban super forest by super future group imagines invisible city | Sustainability: Permaculture, Organic Gardening & Farming, Homesteading, Tools & Implements | Scoop.it
the proposal, which re-imagines the city of vienna, combines natural habitat and vertical expansion to create a city virtually invisible from above.

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Sales of Antibiotics for Livestock Surges Despite Industry Pledges to Cut Back

Sales of Antibiotics for Livestock Surges Despite Industry Pledges to Cut Back | Sustainability: Permaculture, Organic Gardening & Farming, Homesteading, Tools & Implements | Scoop.it
Scientists and regulators have sounded the alarm linking the overuse of antibiotics in livestock production with helping to increase the creation and spread of antibiotic resistant infections. Three years ago, as a result, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) launched a voluntary program seeking to curb some livestock drug uses. But the widespread use of these antibiotics seems to continue as before.

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Antibiotic surge?