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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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17 States Investigate Dicamba Damage Complaints Spanning 2.5 Million Acres

17 States Investigate Dicamba Damage Complaints Spanning 2.5 Million Acres | Sustainability: Permaculture, Organic Gardening & Farming, Homesteading, Tools & Implements | Scoop.it
Reports suggest that farmers applied the herbicide to Monsanto Co.'s new dicamba-tolerant soybean and cotton crops to beat back ever-resistant weeds, but the drift-prone chemical can be picked up by the wind and land on neighboring non-target fields, crops and native plants. Fruits and vegetables, as well as other crops that are not genetically engineered to withstand dicamba, are often left cupped and distorted when exposed to the chemical.

The current rash of complaints echoes the similar devastation last summer, when 10 states reported hundreds of thousands of crop acres adversely impacted by the apparent misuse of the herbicide.
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Fake Food: GMO crops have been a massive failure on every level

Fake Food: GMO crops have been a massive failure on every level | Sustainability: Permaculture, Organic Gardening & Farming, Homesteading, Tools & Implements | Scoop.it

Genetically modified crops were once hailed as the solution to all manner of problems facing our planet. Proponents insisted they would reduce the need for pesticides, increase yields and help create plenty of nutritious food to feed our world.

Two decades later, however, it’s becoming increasing


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Eben Lenderking's curator insight, June 11, 9:00 AM

Down with GMO!

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Robert Macfarlane on The Monkey Wrench Gang | Rereading

Robert Macfarlane on The Monkey Wrench Gang | Rereading | Sustainability: Permaculture, Organic Gardening & Farming, Homesteading, Tools & Implements | Scoop.it
Can literature tackle the environment crisis? More than 30 years ago, The Monkey Wrench Gang proved that it could, in sparking eco-revolution – but who is inspiring today's activists?
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ThePlanetaryArchives/San Francisco CA's curator insight, July 28, 9:55 AM

One of the Great American Novels...you slackers.....

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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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Just Released Docs Show Monsanto 'Executives Colluding With Corrupted EPA Officials to Manipulate Scientific Data'

Just Released Docs Show Monsanto 'Executives Colluding With Corrupted EPA Officials to Manipulate Scientific Data' | Sustainability: Permaculture, Organic Gardening & Farming, Homesteading, Tools & Implements | Scoop.it

Four months after the publication of a batch of internal Monsanto Co. documents stirred international controversy, a new trove of company records was released early Tuesday, providing fresh fuel for a heated global debate over whether or not the agricultural chemical giant suppressed information about the potential dangers of its Roundup herbicide and relied on U.S. regulators for help.

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10 Reasons to Support Farmers Markets | CUESA

10 Reasons to Support Farmers Markets | CUESA | Sustainability: Permaculture, Organic Gardening & Farming, Homesteading, Tools & Implements | Scoop.it
It's National Farmers Market Week, all the more reason to show your gratitude and support for local food and farmers.
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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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