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One Mexican Community Raises Its Fortunes With Oregano

One Mexican Community Raises Its Fortunes With Oregano | Permaculture: Organic Gardening, Homesteading, Bio-Remediation | Scoop.it

"People from Tlahuiltepa, Mexico, have long journeyed to the U.S. in search of farming work. But now, the Oregano Caxtle Co-operative aims to keep labor and revenues at home by cutting out “coyote” middlemen. Founder Isaias Dominguez tells how a favorite spice helps keep one community prosperous and intact:"

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WarkaWater | Each Drop Counts

WarkaWater | Each Drop Counts | Permaculture: Organic Gardening, Homesteading, Bio-Remediation | 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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How To Prune Your Fruit Trees - Modern Farmer

How To Prune Your Fruit Trees - Modern Farmer | Permaculture: Organic Gardening, Homesteading, Bio-Remediation | Scoop.it
Within a few years of lovingly planting fruit trees, most folks find themselves with scraggly overgrown bushes, rather than the Garden of Eden they had envisioned. The key to keeping fruit trees attractive and productive is annual pruning.

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Save The Bees - 5 Bee Saving Tips

Save The Bees - 5 Bee Saving Tips | Permaculture: Organic Gardening, Homesteading, Bio-Remediation | Scoop.it
Farming practices continue to disturb the natural habitats and forage of solitary . Here are 5 tips that can help save the bees:

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Rugged Eco-Friendly Cabins Offer Off-Grid Lodging in Norway’s Wilderness

Rugged Eco-Friendly Cabins Offer Off-Grid Lodging in Norway’s Wilderness | Permaculture: Organic Gardening, Homesteading, Bio-Remediation | Scoop.it
KOKO architects designed the Skåpet Mountain Lodges, a series of prefabricated weatherproof cabins in Soddatjørn, Norway that sit lightly on the land.

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Sri Lanka: Ancient Innovations Combat Water Woes

Sri Lanka: Ancient Innovations Combat Water Woes | Permaculture: Organic Gardening, Homesteading, Bio-Remediation | Scoop.it

"What we are now coming up with is a transformative model that treats drinking and irrigation water as a single local resource - much like the ancients did. It is important to value both uses equally since small irrigation systems contribute to drinking water availability in these villages."

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Dry Beans, Winter Squash and Fall in the Midwest

Dry Beans, Winter Squash and Fall in the Midwest | Permaculture: Organic Gardening, Homesteading, Bio-Remediation | Scoop.it
Mid-September in northern Ohio means we are in a race to get food from the garden to the pantry before a frost. Normally the first frost date here is on the 20th of October, but the last few nights have gotten chilly- in the low to mid 50’s. The temperature has come back up now, but many of the tender plants have started to wind down. Fall is in the air, and the plants know it.

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Dirt! The Movie - Official Trailer

Now on iTunes: http://www.itunes.com/movies/Dirt!TheMovie Inspired by William Bryant Logan's acclaimed book 'Dirt: The Ecstatic Skin of the Earth', thi
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Chris Malloy's Newest Film Focuses on Food's Relationship with the Environment - Modern Farmer

Chris Malloy's Newest Film Focuses on Food's Relationship with the Environment - Modern Farmer | Permaculture: Organic Gardening, Homesteading, Bio-Remediation | Scoop.it
Malloy’s latest documentary is Unbroken Ground, which he made for Patagonia Provisions. The 25-minute film, released today, looks at four innovative solutions to agricultural problems, through the lens of the thought leaders behind them: Wes Jackson of The Land Institute, who has been working on a perennial wheat variety that could greatly improve soil health; Stephen Jones, the director of Washington State University’s The Bread Lab, a combination think-tank and baking laboratory that produces grain and legume varieties for small U.S. farmers; Dan and Jill O’Brien, the owners of Cheyenne River Ranch, who switched to raising cattle to bison, which they believe is a more sustainable protein source; and Ian Kirouac, Keith Carpenter, and Riley Starks, the founders of Lummi Island Wild, who use reef netting—a more environmentally friendly technique—to catch salmon.

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Farm Confessional: I Raise Livestock and I Think It May Be Wrong - Modern Farmer

Farm Confessional: I Raise Livestock and I Think It May Be Wrong - Modern Farmer | Permaculture: Organic Gardening, Homesteading, Bio-Remediation | Scoop.it
I have no farming background. I was born and raised in the suburbs, and I spent more time in a shopping mall playing video games and eating fast food than
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Root Barrel Washer - Saving time washing root vegetables [Farm Hack]

John Dindia of Spirit of Walloon Farm shares how he constructed his Root Barrel Washer, what it's good for (and NOT good for), and how it saves time on hi
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High pesticide levels on oilseed rape crops harm wild bees, scientists prove

High pesticide levels on oilseed rape crops harm wild bees, scientists prove | Permaculture: Organic Gardening, Homesteading, Bio-Remediation | Scoop.it
Species that feed most on the bright yellow flowers of the crop treated with controversial neonicotinoids have fallen by as much as 30%

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Eben Lenderking's curator insight, August 24, 3:39 AM

El impacto del uso de pesticidas neonicotinoids es terrible.  Aqui unas estadisticas.  En ingles.

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Killing bees?
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Lake Powell: Going, Going, Gone?

Lake Powell: Going, Going, Gone? | Permaculture: Organic Gardening, Homesteading, Bio-Remediation | Scoop.it
The 16-year drought on the Colorado River has drained Lake Mead and Lake Powell to their combined lowest level in history. But that's nothing compared to what could happen, according to a new study from the State of Colorado.

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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: Organic Gardening, Homesteading, Bio-Remediation | Scoop.it
Building soil fertility increases yields and helps farmland store more carbon.

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10 Summer Squash Varieties: Some You Know, Some You Don't - Modern Farmer

10 Summer Squash Varieties: Some You Know, Some You Don't - Modern Farmer | Permaculture: Organic Gardening, Homesteading, Bio-Remediation | Scoop.it
Summer squash is a peculiar vegetable. For one thing, it’s not any one vegetable, comprising many different cultivars of a few different species of edible plant. For another, it isn’t actually a vegetable. Summer squash is technically a “pepo,” a type of hard-walled berry. (Cucumbers and watermelon are both more accurately described as a pepo as well.) But as a descriptor, “summer squash” very accurate: all fall somewhere within the squash family, and—unlike the butternut squash or pumpkin—they are in season during the summer.

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Build the Chicken House Like It Is Your Very Own

Build the Chicken House Like It Is Your Very Own | Permaculture: Organic Gardening, Homesteading, Bio-Remediation | Scoop.it

We are always told that as kids that we should have some form of protein in our diet. Well, contrary to the millions of vegetables, did you know that chicken has a lot of protein in it? But, the above mentioned sentence is only useful for those who eat meat. What about those who are strict vegetarians? Well, they can easily eat cottage cheese.  Speaking of chicken, did you know that the ideal way of giving them a healthy life is by giving them spacious chicken houses?

 

You know, if you are raising your own chickens at home, then you’ll end up saving a lot on buying eggs and meat from the market or any other stores.  So, this is the best way to take care of them. Chicken houses are the perfect residence for them but nevertheless, there are a few things that you need to take into consideration.

 

Ok, so here we go again. I know I have said the same thing about a thousand times but you know people often make the same blunders over and over again like for example, there are a few people, who are raising at least 12 chickens and need a spacious home for them, will end up building a really tiny home. So, you see, I need to go over some of the factors of how to go about building the homes.

 

Factors to consider when making the chicken houses

 

Space and Aeration: Depending on the number of chickens you are raising, you have to make their residence spacious enough for them to roam around and even lay their eggs in peace. Speaking of aeration, the hens need the air to breathe and need some sort of sunlight in their roam. You can’t expect them to live in a closed space and well not have enough room to roam around freely with ease.

 

Weather changes and avoiding predators:  You need to build a home that is strong and sturdy. You can’t build something flimsy and expect it to withstand all kinds of temperatures. You also have to keep your hens away from all the thieves. People are found of their chicken and love eating them so, if they see it roaming around, they will easily kidnap it and well boil it to death. Yes, I know it doesn’t sound nice and just thinking about it is making you nauseous.  So, make sure you build a strong sturdy one.

 

Water: Like us humans who need to drink water with our food, chickens need it as well. You should keep a water bowl inside the residence and clean it at least twice a day. This way the chickens will get clean water to drink and won’t fall sick.

 

If you have any sort of problems, then you can easily ask the experts from Egg shell for advice and help. For more information click here: http://www.eggshellonline.co.uk/chicken-coops-and-houses-for-sale-uk.html


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Chicken Coops , Chicken runs's curator insight, February 4, 5:05 AM

Remember the points I discussed about how to build the best chicken houses. You shouldn’t make mistake while building one. If you help, ask the experts. 

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Welcome to Masdar City: the Ultimate Experiment in Sustainable Urban Living

Welcome to Masdar City: the Ultimate Experiment in Sustainable Urban Living | Permaculture: Organic Gardening, Homesteading, Bio-Remediation | Scoop.it
Ten years ago in the United Arab Emirates, a new settlement was started from scratch, with the aim of becoming “the world’s most sustainable city”. Masdar City was designed to be zero-carbon and zero-waste, home to a population of 40,000 people, with an additional 50,000 commuters, in an area of six square kilometres. Today, it’s playing a crucial role in the development of sustainable design and technology.
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Could Bad Buildings Damage Your Mental Health?

Could Bad Buildings Damage Your Mental Health? | Permaculture: Organic Gardening, Homesteading, Bio-Remediation | Scoop.it
Research has shown city dwellers are more likely to suffer from anxiety and depression – but could individual buildings have a negative impact on wellbeing?

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How to Build a Solar Dehydrator - Modern Farmer

How to Build a Solar Dehydrator - Modern Farmer | Permaculture: Organic Gardening, Homesteading, Bio-Remediation | Scoop.it
An abundance of farm-fresh food, yet not enough time to enjoy it—that’s the paradox of harvest season, and the impetus for this genius system, developed by Minnesota homesteaders Bob Dahse and Larisa Walk.

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Bali's Spectacular Bamboo Village!

Explored this incredible Green Village in Bali made entirely from Bamboo!
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Can Renewables Provide Baseload Power?

Can Renewables Provide Baseload Power? | Permaculture: Organic Gardening, Homesteading, Bio-Remediation | Scoop.it

Although renewable energy does not necessarily need to provide baseload power in the short-term, there are several ways in which it can do so. For example, geothermal energy is available at all times, concentrated solar thermal energy has storage capability, and wind energy can be stored in compressed air.

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Not Just Pretty to Look At: Try These 10 Edible Flowers - Modern Farmer

Not Just Pretty to Look At: Try These 10 Edible Flowers - Modern Farmer | Permaculture: Organic Gardening, Homesteading, Bio-Remediation | Scoop.it
Eating flowers seems almost heretical. If plants could talk, wouldn't they say, you can look, even sniff, but please don’t wolf down my pretty petals? The dainty apple flower, after all, is what gives way to the fruit, and thus the seed, ensuring the cycle of life continues. Do you dare give into the temptation to pluck it for food?

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Breeding a Better Chicken in the Name of Art (and Science) - Modern Farmer

Breeding a Better Chicken in the Name of Art (and Science) - Modern Farmer | Permaculture: Organic Gardening, Homesteading, Bio-Remediation | Scoop.it
Vanmechelen launched the Cosmopolitan Chicken Project in 1996 when he began breeding his first hybrid, the Mechelse Bresse, a cross between the Belgian species Mechelse Koekoek and the French Poulet de Bresse. The bird was presented at a gallery on the border between France and Belgium three years later. Vanmechelen realized he was on to something and formed a foundation made up of experts in various fields, such as biology and genetics, including the geneticist Jean-Jacques Cassiman to collaborate on the project and study the birds. He typically breeds about a hundred of each generation and keeps some of his more than 3,ooo birds on a 25-acre farm near Meeuwen, Belgium, and the rest are scattered on various farms across the globe.

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Red Wethersfield Onion Bulbs - (Allium cepa)-Store.underwoodgardens.com

Red Wethersfield Onion Bulbs - (Allium cepa)-Store.underwoodgardens.com | Permaculture: Organic Gardening, Homesteading, Bio-Remediation | Scoop.it
Great for eating raw, they bring a signature crunchiness and brightness to many dishes. When cooked they retain some spiciness while taking on sweeter overtones. Mature onions range from baseball to softball size with dark red, papery skin covering bright maroon to dark red flesh.

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Amaranth: The Amazing Grain

"Welcome to Spotlight. I’m Liz Waid. And I’m Joshua Leo. Spotlight uses a special method of broadcasting. It is easier for people to understand, no matte
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10 States Report Crop Damage From Illegal Spraying of Monsanto's Drift-Prone Dicamba

10 States Report Crop Damage From Illegal Spraying of Monsanto's Drift-Prone Dicamba | Permaculture: Organic Gardening, Homesteading, Bio-Remediation | Scoop.it
To the horror of farmers across America's farm belt, hundreds of thousands of crop acres have been adversely impacted by the apparent misuse of the drift-prone herbicide dicamba on Monsanto's Roundup Ready Xtend soybean and cotton plants.A soybean plant affected by dicamba drift from a nearb

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