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Super foodie Alice Waters launches anti-fracking fight

Super foodie Alice Waters launches anti-fracking fight | Sustainability: Permaculture, Organic Gardening & Farming, Homesteading, Tools & Implements | Scoop.it
David SifryAlice Waters loves natural food and hates fracking.
Some of California’s best-known chefs and restaurateurs are whipping up a fight against fracking in the Golden State.
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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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SEED KEEPING — Golden Amaranth was gathered in 1978 in a...

SEED KEEPING — Golden Amaranth was gathered in 1978 in a... | Sustainability: Permaculture, Organic Gardening & Farming, Homesteading, Tools & Implements | Scoop.it
Golden Amaranth was gathered in 1978 in a door-yard garden near Rinconada, New Mexico by Native Seeds/SEARCH and I received seed from Miguel Santisteven (my friend Margarita Garcia’s husband) whe
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If you see this weed in your garden don’t kill it! Here’s 10 reasons why!

If you see this weed in your garden don’t kill it! Here’s 10 reasons why! | Sustainability: Permaculture, Organic Gardening & Farming, Homesteading, Tools & Implements | Scoop.it
This plant grows like weed and it’s good! It’s good for you!

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The Good, The Bad, The Gross - Outhouse Care - Sled Dog Slow

The Good, The Bad, The Gross - Outhouse Care - Sled Dog Slow | Sustainability: Permaculture, Organic Gardening & Farming, Homesteading, Tools & Implements | Scoop.it
Considerations for proper outhouse care for outhouses that receive year round use.

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How To Hack A Chicken Killing Dog - Sled Dog Slow

How To Hack A Chicken Killing Dog - Sled Dog Slow | Sustainability: Permaculture, Organic Gardening & Farming, Homesteading, Tools & Implements | Scoop.it
What do you do when you have a dog that is killing chickens? Hack the dog!

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Meet the Modern Farmer: Asia-Vinae Palmer - Modern Farmer

Meet the Modern Farmer: Asia-Vinae Palmer - Modern Farmer | Sustainability: Permaculture, Organic Gardening & Farming, Homesteading, Tools & Implements | Scoop.it

Asia-Vinae Palmer didn’t apply for a fellowship at the seven-acre youth farm in New Orleans’ City Park out of some deep love of the soil. “Honestly, I just needed a job,” she says. “I told them I had a cactus and that it hadn’t died yet.” But Palmer’s prior teaching experience was enough to land her a gig as head crew leader for Grow Dat, a nonprofit that mentors teens and young adults as they cultivate crops, which are sold through a CSA and at farmers markets.

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We are all farmers, really.....

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The time for #glyphosate-based #herbicides is over The #truth surfaces #Monsanto #Bayer

The time for #glyphosate-based #herbicides is over The #truth surfaces #Monsanto #Bayer | Sustainability: Permaculture, Organic Gardening & Farming, Homesteading, Tools & Implements | Scoop.it
This issue of GBH exposures has gained urgency from a new study in rats, which showed that Roundup caused fatty liver disease at the minute concentration of 0.1 ppb given in drinking water over a long-term period. The glyphosate daily intake level from this dose was 4 nanograms per kilogram of bodyweight per day, which is 75,000 times below EU and 437,500 times below US permitted levels. The concentration of glyphosate in the drinking water (50 parts per trillion) was 14,000 times less than the concentration allowed in US drinking water (700 ppb).

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Garlicspot Farm: Your Connection to Hard-to-Find, Easy-to-Grow Heirloom Garlic Varieties

Garlicspot Farm: Your Connection to Hard-to-Find, Easy-to-Grow Heirloom Garlic Varieties | Sustainability: Permaculture, Organic Gardening & Farming, Homesteading, Tools & Implements | Scoop.it
Garlic Spot Farm grows dozens of varieties of heirloom garlic for planting and culinary use (many people and cultures also consider garlic very good medicine).

Our garlic patch resides on the site of a long-retired turkey farm in Berks County in southeastern Pennsylvania. We fertilize with compost and cover crops, not urea or anything else synthetic, and we practice weed control with people power – and creative ingenuity such as our own custom flame weeder – not harmful pesticides.
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Straw Mulch In Gardens: Tips For Using Straw As Mulch For Vegetables

Straw Mulch In Gardens: Tips For Using Straw As Mulch For Vegetables | Sustainability: Permaculture, Organic Gardening & Farming, Homesteading, Tools & Implements | Scoop.it
If you're not using mulch in your vegetable garden, you're doing entirely too much work. Straw is one of the best mulch materials you can use around your vegetable plants. This article will explain more.
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Three Stone Hearth. social change in a mason jar #1: reduce, reuse, rethink!

Three Stone Hearth. social change in a mason jar #1: reduce, reuse, rethink! | Sustainability: Permaculture, Organic Gardening & Farming, Homesteading, Tools & Implements | Scoop.it
(Over the past year, we’ve been experimenting with “Social Change in a Mason Jar” as a new slogan for Three Stone Hearth. The more we work with it, the more it seems to fit. Here is the first of an ongoing series of articles exploring what’s behind that slogan.)
 
We tend to think of recycling as an indisputable ecological benefit, but we have to start thinking about how to do better. Reuse is generally a far more sustainable alternative, and our mason jar packaging here at Three Stone Hearth, and the cycle of return and reuse that has been a cornerstone of our business model since day one, is a stellar example.
 
A May 24th article in the San Francisco Chronicle, “S.F.’s bins runneth over with special delivery trash,” highlights the limitations of recycling programs to keep up with mountains of packaging being generated by internet and other home delivery shopping, particularly food delivery.
 
Citing these increases in packaging, and the labor to sort through what is and is not actually recyclable, Recology, the city’s recycling contractor, has applied for a 14% rate increase to go into effect in July, which has been approved by Public Works, pending citizen comment and possible appeal.
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When the Well Runs Dry, Try Dry Farming - Modern Farmer

When the Well Runs Dry, Try Dry Farming - Modern Farmer | Sustainability: Permaculture, Organic Gardening & Farming, Homesteading, Tools & Implements | Scoop.it
Drought in the West makes the news every year and it always seems to be the worst in decades. This summer, they say it is the worst in centuries.

2013 was the driest year on record in California. A report released in May by the Center for Watershed Sciences at the University of California in Davis projects a nearly $2 billion loss to the agricultural economy in 2014 as a result of drought. The report goes on to say that in California’s Central Valley — often referred to as America’s fruit and vegetable basket — 410,000 acres may go unplanted for lack of water, leaving 14,500 farm workers without fields to tend.
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Urban Abundance – 1/2-Acre Urban Property Transformed Into Organic Veggie Gardens

Urban Abundance – 1/2-Acre Urban Property Transformed Into Organic Veggie Gardens | Sustainability: Permaculture, Organic Gardening & Farming, Homesteading, Tools & Implements | Scoop.it
Mexico, the home of corn, had produced most of its own corn based products for centuries, but in 1994 and with the passing of NAFTA, Mexican farmers found themselves in competition with heavily subsidized U.S. corn farmers. These farmers often sold corn into Mexico at around 20% less than it costs to produce, forcing many Mexican farmers off the land, as they no longer found it profitable to compete with U.S. corn producers. With corn production being diverted into ethanol due to the lack of oil supply after Hurricane Katrina, the Mexican market lacked sufficient supply of corn to meet demand. The price of corn became inextricably linked to the price of oil, as many of the inputs such as fertilizers, fuel, and pesticides used to produce corn rose in lockstep with the rising price of oil. When the price of oil reached $140 a barrel, the price of corn went through the roof, causing food riots in Mexico.

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India: Genetic Engineering, the Commercialization of GM Mustard and the Future of Agriculture | Global Research - Centre for Research on Globalization

India: Genetic Engineering, the Commercialization of GM Mustard and the Future of Agriculture | Global Research - Centre for Research on Globalization | Sustainability: Permaculture, Organic Gardening & Farming, Homesteading, Tools & Implements | Scoop.it
The importance of GM mustard should not be underestimated. It is central to the whole debate about the future of agriculture in India and the wider development paradigm. GM mustard is a Trojan horse that would help pave the way for ripping up the economic and social fabric of India and recast for the benefit of powerful Western corporations, not least Bayer-Monsanto (see GM Mustard in India to read my numerous articles on this issue).

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GM mustard?
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Hemp Made Tiny House And Insulation

Stay Kondo has made modular tiny houses that can be expanded and grow as your family grows. It's made of Hemp, which can be used to create almost any typ
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Cayo Belize Field Notes Spring 2017

Flora and Fauna of MesoAmerica.
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Physical and Mental Benefits of Gardening

Physical and Mental Benefits of Gardening | Sustainability: Permaculture, Organic Gardening & Farming, Homesteading, Tools & Implements | Scoop.it
The weather in the Pacific Northwest was hot and gorgeous this week so I forwent my usual indoor workouts and yoga classes to work in the yard.

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Rookie Mistakes We Made As Beginning Homesteaders - Sled Dog Slow

Rookie Mistakes We Made As Beginning Homesteaders - Sled Dog Slow | Sustainability: Permaculture, Organic Gardening & Farming, Homesteading, Tools & Implements | Scoop.it
Rookie mistakes we made when starting out on our homestead journey!

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18 Incredible Edibles to Plant Now - Modern Farmer

18 Incredible Edibles to Plant Now - Modern Farmer | Sustainability: Permaculture, Organic Gardening & Farming, Homesteading, Tools & Implements | Scoop.it

Don’t bore your beds! Instead of growing a rerun of last year’s vegetable lineup, kick that kitchen garden up a notch by supplementing reliable favorites with new, unusual, and oft-overlooked varieties. Which ones? We asked the horticulture honchos at six top seed companies to divulge their current organic and heirloom edible obsessions.

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What to Plant in Your Garden to Help Save the Bees

What to Plant in Your Garden to Help Save the Bees | Sustainability: Permaculture, Organic Gardening & Farming, Homesteading, Tools & Implements | Scoop.it
Aside from buying organic, local honey and food from reputable sources, what else can we do to help the bees? Plant a bee-friendly garden!
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Cheap Tech Fixes That Could Transform Life In Developing Countries

Cheap Tech Fixes That Could Transform Life In Developing Countries | Sustainability: Permaculture, Organic Gardening & Farming, Homesteading, Tools & Implements | Scoop.it
This roundup showcases amazing, cheap tech fixes and gadgets, many that are DIY, that have the potential to transform life in developing countries.

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How to Grow Your Own Tomatoes, Part 3: Staking, Training and Pruning - Modern Farmer

How to Grow Your Own Tomatoes, Part 3: Staking, Training and Pruning - Modern Farmer | Sustainability: Permaculture, Organic Gardening & Farming, Homesteading, Tools & Implements | Scoop.it
Tomato beds have an unfair reputation as the messiest, ugliest, most disease-ridden parts of a vegetable garden. To keep them from devolving to this sorry state, tomato plants need your care and support. More specifically, they need the support of a trellis, stake or cage, and they need you to train them to grow on it while primping and pruning their vines into a respectable form. If you do, the plants will be healthier and more productive—and more presentable when you’re showing off your garden to visitors.
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How to tell when to harvest bananas

People frequently ask me how you know when a rack of bananas is ready to harvest, so I made this video. If you have any further questions, please feel fre
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6 uses for amaranth that may surprise you

6 uses for amaranth that may surprise you | Sustainability: Permaculture, Organic Gardening & Farming, Homesteading, Tools & Implements | Scoop.it
Quit the quinoa and kick the kale*, there’s a new superfood in town. Amaranth is a wonderful multi-purpose plant that should be on everyone’s plate. Though underappreciated in the contemporary West, amaranth is hardly a recent discovery. Like kale and quinoa, this ancient crop has served humanity for millennia. However, its uses aren’t limited to the kitchen. Read on to learn some of the other ways this humble plant can improve our lives. *Don’t actually, these things are great.
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7 Wacky, Weird, and Inspiring Ways to Harvest Rainwater - Modern Farmer

7 Wacky, Weird, and Inspiring Ways to Harvest Rainwater - Modern Farmer | Sustainability: Permaculture, Organic Gardening & Farming, Homesteading, Tools & Implements | Scoop.it
Harvesting rainwater is a no-brainer for backyard gardeners, especially in drought-stricken regions. But let’s face it, most catchment tanks and rain barrels are hideous to look at—whether you’re lining up recycled blue plastic drums under your downspouts or investing in a garish 5000-gallon metal tank. There are more attractive, and interesting, options, however.

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How to pop a cork on a bottle of wine without a corkscrew

Subscribe to Mirabeau Wine's YouTube Channel here: http://bit.ly/136LfdR Have you ever been in the situation where you'd like to open a bottle of wine but yo...

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Creative and impressive.  Personally,  I would have never imagined using this technique.

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Can local food feed an urban world? | Anthropocene

Can local food feed an urban world? | Anthropocene | Sustainability: Permaculture, Organic Gardening & Farming, Homesteading, Tools & Implements | Scoop.it
And maybe it doesn’t have to be all or nothing. The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization has estimated that at least 800 million people grow food in and around cities. Many of these people are poor, and growing a bit of supplemental produce can make a real difference to their economic and physical health. In the Kibera slum of Nairobi, Kenya, families who engage in sack gardening, a space-efficient method in which vegetables such as kale and Swiss chard are planted in soil-filled sacks, eat a wider variety of vegetables compared to other families. (8) This is because they are able to both eat the vegetables they grow and use money earned from selling their crops to buy other foods.
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