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Who Owns U.S. Agricultural Land?

Who Owns U.S. Agricultural Land? | Sustainability: Permaculture, Organic Gardening & Farming, Homesteading, Tools & Implements | Scoop.it
The USDA released a report today detailing foreign holdings of U.S. agricultural land as of December 2011, and it’s pretty fascinating stuff.
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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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Fascinating design???

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Sustainable Harvest International

Sustainable Harvest International | Sustainability: Permaculture, Organic Gardening & Farming, Homesteading, Tools & Implements | Scoop.it
Sustainable Harvest International is an environmental non-profit
organization. We preserve the environment by partnering with families to
improve well-being through sustainable farming.
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20 Reasons Why You Should Mulch Your Garden

20 Reasons Why You Should Mulch Your Garden | Sustainability: Permaculture, Organic Gardening & Farming, Homesteading, Tools & Implements | Scoop.it
Are you sick of weeding or watering your garden all the time? Losing plants to hot summers and freezing winters? There may be a simple solution to minimize the impact of these challenges - Mulch!
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The Giri Raja chicken: a new hope for India's smallholders

Globally over 60 billion animals are farmed for food every year. The 2006 Report from the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations (FAO)
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How to Build a Straw Bale Garden - Modern Farmer

How to Build a Straw Bale Garden - Modern Farmer | Sustainability: Permaculture, Organic Gardening & Farming, Homesteading, Tools & Implements | Scoop.it
When I moved into my new Philadelphia rowhouse, I was determined to grow the vegetable garden that had eluded me all those years in a cramped Manhattan apartment. But reality struck with the first thrust of my shovel: my soil — a cocktail of concrete shards and construction debris mixed with a bit of sand and dirt — was useless.

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How to Plant a Food Forest This Winter - Modern Farmer

How to Plant a Food Forest This Winter - Modern Farmer | Sustainability: Permaculture, Organic Gardening & Farming, Homesteading, Tools & Implements | Scoop.it
If you’ve ever wandered back roads in a developing, tropical country, you know that many of the locals grow much of their own food. You might also have noticed that their food gardens aren’t comprised entirely of small annual vegetables planted in straight rows like ours are. They are typically wild-looking plantings of edible trees, shrubs, vines, and groundcovers all mingling effortlessly together, as if Mother Nature had planted the garden according to her own design. These are literally forests of food.

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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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Cindy Burnside Peterson's curator insight, March 29, 11:43 AM

So many new vocabulary terms to learn.  Almost like being in school again. ;)

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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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swhbelize | HOME BIOGAS

swhbelize | HOME BIOGAS | Sustainability: Permaculture, Organic Gardening & Farming, Homesteading, Tools & Implements | Scoop.it
HomeBiogas is a biological system which converts organic waste into cooking gas and liquid fertilizer.   
No energy source needed. user and Eco friendly.
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Victory: #GMOs and #neonicotinoid insecticides are now BANNED on #Colorado county-owned land #Bayer #Monsanto #MAM

Victory: #GMOs and #neonicotinoid insecticides are now BANNED on #Colorado county-owned land #Bayer #Monsanto #MAM | Sustainability: Permaculture, Organic Gardening & Farming, Homesteading, Tools & Implements | Scoop.it

(Natural News) Is Colorado’s Boulder County paving the way for our country to be free of GMOs and toxic insecticides? It sure looks like it; the county has made headlines with their recent banning of certain GMO crops from being grown on county-owned land. And they’ve even banned the use of harmful neonicotinoid pesticides (neonics)...


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How to Make Cold Pressed Coconut Oil

How cold pressed coconut oil is made - a visit to a factory in Thailand. For more information about how to make coconut oil, the benefits of coconut oil an
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How to Eat Wild Amaranth

1/57 videos just like it. More to come. This is a WIP! Yes, there are more ways to prepare, harvest and eat Amaranth. It's important to remember the focu
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How To Grow Your Own Tomatoes, Part 1: Starting Seeds Indoors - Modern Farmer

How To Grow Your Own Tomatoes, Part 1: Starting Seeds Indoors - Modern Farmer | Sustainability: Permaculture, Organic Gardening & Farming, Homesteading, Tools & Implements | Scoop.it
If you peruse a seed catalog, especially one geared toward heirloom vegetables, you’ll quickly realize that the selection of tomato transplants in nurseries pales in comparison to the variety of seed that are available. Names like ‘Aunt Ruby’s German Green Tomato’ and ‘Missouri Pink Love Apple Tomato’ have been ascribed to varieties whose flavor and appearance are as eclectic and unexpected as their names imply. Growing from seed gives you the chance to experiment with some of these more unusual varieties.

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Dairy is scary. The public are waking up to the darkest part of farming | Chas Newkey-Burden

Dairy is scary. The public are waking up to the darkest part of farming | Chas Newkey-Burden | Sustainability: Permaculture, Organic Gardening & Farming, Homesteading, Tools & Implements | Scoop.it
hotographs of industrial rows of cramped pens, each imprisoning a solitary calf, will shock those who still believe in the fairytale of the pastoral dairy farm, where blushing maidens milk smiling cows. Welfare legislation says that calves should only be held in solitary pens until they are eight weeks old, but Animal Equality claims that the battery calves it photographed at Grange Dairy in Dorset are up to six months old – too large for their hutches– and say that some have grazes on their backs. But trading standard officers say there is no evidence of any breach of animal welfare requirements. Marks & Spencer, which sells milk from the farm, said it was “disappointed” to see the report, but it has refused to drop the supplier.

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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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Only way to feed  the world?
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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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Cindy Burnside Peterson's curator insight, March 29, 11:39 AM

Do you know that our overuse of chemical weed killers is the #1 reason WHY our bee population has plummeted worldwide?

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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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Rewild your garden?
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I don't know about hedgehogs, but birds and bats eat a TON of insects.  Bees pollinate and INCREASE your garden's output.  Pretty cool, huh?

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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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