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Sustainable Farming Needs Math As Much As Mulch, Says One Veteran Organic Farmer

Sustainable Farming Needs Math As Much As Mulch, Says One Veteran Organic Farmer | Permaculture, Homesteading, Ecology, & Bio-Remediation | Scoop.it
Farming has been "a rip-off system ever since day one," says California's Tom Willey -- and if we're going to improve that system, we'd better understand what makes it tick.
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La Création de Buttes - Fermes d'Avenir

La Création de Buttes - Fermes d'Avenir | Permaculture, Homesteading, Ecology, & Bio-Remediation | Scoop.it

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permaculture : création de butte,  une "hugelkultur"

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Plant These 10 Perennial Vegetables and Reap Harvests Year After Year - Modern Farmer

Plant These 10 Perennial Vegetables and Reap Harvests Year After Year - Modern Farmer | Permaculture, Homesteading, Ecology, & Bio-Remediation | Scoop.it
Gardeners like perennial flowers because you do the work to get them established once and they bloom again and again. There are numerous perennial vegetable perennial vegetables as well but they lack the same recognition. Asparagus is by far the most well-known; from there the list quickly becomes obscure. But it is a beautiful world to discover, featuring crops like capers, chayote, and tree collards, which give year after year with minimal effort on your part, much like a fruit tree.

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OCA Mexico Defends Maya Beekeepers from Monsanto

OCA Mexico Defends Maya Beekeepers from Monsanto | Permaculture, Homesteading, Ecology, & Bio-Remediation | Scoop.it
The art of beekeeping in Maya communities can be traced back centuries. Beekeepers pass the skill down from one generation to the next.

For these indigenous communities in Mexico’s Campeche and Yucatán regions, beekeeping isn’t just a tradition or a hobby. For many, it’s a livelihood. 

And that livelihood is now being threatened by Monsanto.
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Hemp, the Macgyver of the Plant World

This episode on Terra Talk we dive down the rabbit hole on hemp. We explore its many uses and briefly on the history of the plant. If you like the conten
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The World's First Hemp Building Blocks by Hempearth

The Hemp Block With Superior Lock
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A Foundation Like a Cooler

A Foundation Like a Cooler | Permaculture, Homesteading, Ecology, & Bio-Remediation | Scoop.it
Due to the slope of the lot and site work that took place before Guertin purchased it, he only had to dig down 18 in. for the conventionally formed footings. …
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How to start homesteading (the smart way)

Homesteading can be so exciting at first that you can get ahead of yourself. Here are a few tips to help you save money, energy, time, and sanity.

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Meet The Family Growing 6,000 Pounds Of Food A Year In Their L.A. Backyard

Meet The Family Growing 6,000 Pounds Of Food A Year In Their L.A. Backyard | Permaculture, Homesteading, Ecology, & Bio-Remediation | Scoop.it
This family of four produces upward of 6,000 pounds of produce a year on their tenth-of-an-acre property—nicknamed the Urban Homestead.
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3 tons of food from your backyard?
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Five-Minute Mentor: Jimmy Williams - Modern Farmer

Five-Minute Mentor: Jimmy Williams - Modern Farmer | Permaculture, Homesteading, Ecology, & Bio-Remediation | Scoop.it
A fifth-generation seed saver, this Los Angeles kitchen-garden guru distills the lessons learned from some 70 years spent tending heirloom edibles.
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Plant Production and Protection Division: Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services

Plant Production and Protection Division: Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services | Permaculture, Homesteading, Ecology, & Bio-Remediation | Scoop.it
FAO emphasizes that both the conservation of biological diversity for food and agriculture and its sustainable use is necessary for providing food, improving people’s economic, social and environmental conditions and meeting the needs of future generations, in particular the rural poor. In this context, AGP assists member countries in developing capacities to manage biodiversity and the ecosystem services it provides to increase options for optimizing agricultural production

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‘Green’ Wine through a Responsible and Efficient Production: A Case Study of a Sustainable Sicilian Wine Producer

‘Green’ Wine through a Responsible and Efficient Production: A Case Study of a Sustainable Sicilian Wine Producer | Permaculture, Homesteading, Ecology, & Bio-Remediation | Scoop.it

Sustainability is progressively gaining importance in the winegrowing sector. Implementing this concept implies environmental soundness, social equity and economic feasibility. A proliferation of initiatives to develop the sustainable production of wine started officially in Italy since the year 2010. The objective of this paper is to illustrate the reshaping of Sicilian winegrowing according to the ‘Triple bottom line’ approach to sustainability. By analyzing the case-study of the Tasca d’Almerita firm, pilot farm of various national projects in wine-sustainability, we found that adopting sustainable operative, organizational and competitive strategies has lead to a well-managed and growing business with positive socio-economic implications at the local level.


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Extension Agents: The Unsung Heroes of the Agricultural World - Modern Farmer

Extension Agents: The Unsung Heroes of the Agricultural World - Modern Farmer | Permaculture, Homesteading, Ecology, & Bio-Remediation | Scoop.it
The experts who comprise the USDA's Extension System work tirelessly to assist farmers and gardeners from coast to coast, yet rarely receive recognition. Until now.

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Humans started rice farming 9,000 years ago in China

Humans started rice farming 9,000 years ago in China | Permaculture, Homesteading, Ecology, & Bio-Remediation | Scoop.it
Chew on this: rice farming is a far older practice than we knew. In fact, the oldest evidence of domesticated rice has just been found in China, and it's about 9,000 years old.

 

The discovery, made by a team of archaeologists that includes University of Toronto Mississauga professor Gary Crawford, sheds new light on the origins of rice domestication and on the history of human agricultural practices.

 

Today, rice is one of most important grains in the world's economy, yet at one time, it was a wild plant...how did people bring rice into their world? This gives us another clue about how humans became farmers," says Crawford, an anthropological archaeologist who studies the relationships between people and plants in prehistory.

 

Working with three researchers from the Provincial Institute of Cultural Relics and Archaeology in Zhejiang Province, China, Crawford found the ancient domesticated rice fragments in a probable ditch in the lower Yangtze valley. They observed that about 30 per cent of the rice plant material - primarily bases, husks and leaf epidermis - were not wild, but showed signs of being purposely cultivated to produce rice plants that were durable and suitable for human consumption. Crawford says this finding indicates that the domestication of rice has been going on for much longer than originally thought. The rice plant remains also had characteristics of japonica rice, the short grain rice used in sushi that today is cultivated in Japan and Korea. Crawford says this finding clarifies the lineage of this specific rice crop, and confirms for the first time that it grew in this region of China.

 

Crawford and his colleagues spent about three years exploring the five-hectare archaeological dig site, called Huxi, which is situated in a flat basin about 100 meters above sea level. Their investigations were supported by other U of T Mississauga participants - anthropology professor David Smith and graduate students Danial Kwan and Nattha Cheunwattana. They worked primarily in early spring, fall and winter in order to avoid the late-spring wet season and excruciatingly hot summer months. Digging 1.5 meters below the ground, the team also unearthed artifacts such as sophisticated pottery and stone tools, as well as animal bones, charcoal and other plant seeds.


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How A South African Company Uses Bats And Owls As Agricultural Allies

How A South African Company Uses Bats And Owls As Agricultural Allies | Permaculture, Homesteading, Ecology, & Bio-Remediation | Scoop.it
When you think of pest control, you probably think chemicals and poison, not bats and owls.

A South African firm has an eco-friendly solution — one that doesn’t involve chemicals sometimes banned in other countries — to help deal with pests like the dreaded tomato leaf miner moth wreaking havoc on Nigeria’s tomato crop.

The solution is bats, or more specifically, bat houses.

South Africa-based EcoSolutions says it manages some of the largest bat and insect mitigation programs in the world, and it wants to set up bat houses in Nigeria, where the Nigerian free-tailed bat (Chaerephon nigeriae) would be an excellent candidate for a project controlling miner moths.
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Resurgent Mexico's Forest Gardens

Resurgent Mexico's Forest Gardens | Permaculture, Homesteading, Ecology, & Bio-Remediation | Scoop.it

Luckily, the antidote is ready, radical, resurgent. The cure and antithesis to the femicide machine is the Mayan forest garden. Vital examples of this ancient mode of production are still alive in forest gardens, which are also biodiversity hot-spots, throughout Southern Mexico, Guatemala and Belize. And the Zapatistas are among its guardians. This I read in a recent and revelatory book titled “The Mayan Forest Garden” by Anabel Ford and Ronald Nigh. While they don’t mention the Zapatistas, they know the territory: “The Lakuntun agricultural system… is therefore a glimpse into the past – a quintessential example of the high-performance milpa.” (Ford and Nigh, 65) They chronicle a calendar which stretches back eight millennia, when population densities greater than those existing today were maintained in harmony with biological diversity, where “the dominant mode of production was the milpa forest garden.” (ibid, 124) I glimpsed it too, while working for an afternoon on the milpa with some Zapatista teenagers – not just the past, but the future.

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Hemp: America's 'Billion Dollar Crop' Is Making A Comeback

The country’s earliest colonists and founding fathers cultivated hemp, as did generations of American farmers who came after them. But for the past 7
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PERMACULTURE - CULTIVER AVEC LA NATURE - Sepp Holzer TRAILER

Ce film est un extrait du DVD "SEPP HOLZER: PERMACULTURE EN EUROPE", une collection des films sur le fermier Sepp Holzer: "Permaculture", "Aquaculture" e

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FREE FOOD AND MONEY- Total Self Sufficiency

http://www.FreeLiving101.com Everything you need is within one mile of where you live. Garro Tibbo is living proof. He lives in a normal suburban home in Tor...

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Living Fences: How-To, Advantages and Tips

Living Fences: How-To, Advantages and Tips | Permaculture, Homesteading, Ecology, & Bio-Remediation | Scoop.it
Durable for generations, living fence protect soil, contain livestock, provide wildlife habitat, and sometimes even provide wood.

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Qberry Farm has a living fence that separates the field from the road dich.

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EWG's Farm Subsidy Database

EWG's Farm Subsidy Database | Permaculture, Homesteading, Ecology, & Bio-Remediation | Scoop.it
Farm subsidies in the United States
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How the World's Most Fertile Soil Can Help Reverse Climate Change

How the World's Most Fertile Soil Can Help Reverse Climate Change | Permaculture, Homesteading, Ecology, & Bio-Remediation | Scoop.it
Feeding more than 7 billion people with minimal environmental and climate impacts is no small feat. That parts of the world are plagued by obesity while starvation is rampant elsewhere shows part of the problem revolves around distribution and social equity. But agricultural methods pose some of the biggest challenges.

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Nature Friendly Farming… | Steve's Leaves

Nature Friendly Farming… | Steve's Leaves | Permaculture, Homesteading, Ecology, & Bio-Remediation | Scoop.it
We build special habitats on our farms to encourage friendly forms of wildlife. Things like bees, hawks, bats and butterflies are almost as important to us as sunshine and rain. Not only do they help keep pests down, but they’re helping us to improve the biodiversity (one of Steve’s favourite words) of the countryside, which is good news for all of us.

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Biodiversity conservation and agricultural sustainability: towards a new paradigm of ‘ecoagriculture’ landscapes

Biodiversity conservation and agricultural sustainability: towards a new paradigm of ‘ecoagriculture’ landscapes | Permaculture, Homesteading, Ecology, & Bio-Remediation | Scoop.it

 The dominant late twentieth century model of land use segregated agricultural production from areas managed for biodiversity conservation. This module is no longer adequate in much of the world. The Millennium Ecosystem Assessment confirmed that agriculture has dramatically increased its ecological footprint. Rural communities depend on key components of biodiversity and ecosystem services that are found in non-domestic habitats. 


Fortunately, agricultural landscapes can be designed and managed to host wild biodiversity of many types, with neutral or even positive effects on agricultural production and livelihoods. Innovative practitioners, scientists and indigenous land managers are adapting, designing and managing diverse types of ‘ecoagriculture’ landscapes to generate positive co-benefits for production, biodiversity and local people. We assess the potentials and limitations for successful conservation of biodiversity in productive agricultural landscapes, the feasibility of making such approaches financially viable, and the organizational, governance and policy frameworks needed to enable ecoagriculture planning and implementation at a globally significant scale. We conclude that effectively conserving wild biodiversity in agricultural landscapes will require increased research, policy coordination and strategic support to agricultural communities and conservationists.


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The Dirty Way to #Feed #More #People and Help #Stop #Climate #Change

The Dirty Way to #Feed #More #People and Help #Stop #Climate #Change | Permaculture, Homesteading, Ecology, & Bio-Remediation | Scoop.it
Building soil fertility increases yields and helps farmland store more carbon.

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