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World Bank Accused of Destroying Traditional Farming to Support Corporate Land Grabs

World Bank Accused of Destroying Traditional Farming to Support Corporate Land Grabs | Permaculture, Horticulture, Homesteading, Bio-Remediation, & Green Tech | Scoop.it

OAKLAND, CA - March 31 - Today, the Oakland Institute and /The Rules, along with other NGOs and farmer and consumer organizations from around the world launch a campaign, Our Land Our Business, to hold the World Bank accountable for its role in the rampant theft of land and resources from some of the world’s poorest people--farmers, pastoralists, and indigenous communities, many of whom are essential food producers for the entire planet.
 

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Across the Pond, Crooks are Stealing Rare Chicken Breeds - Modern Farmer

Across the Pond, Crooks are Stealing Rare Chicken Breeds - Modern Farmer | Permaculture, Horticulture, Homesteading, Bio-Remediation, & Green Tech | Scoop.it
The United Kingdom’s leading rural insurer, NFU Mutual, tells Farmers Weekly that as part of its annual survey in rural crime, it has identified a rise of thefts of exotic chicken breeds, including Burmese Bantams, Polish Frizzles and Silkies, that can go for between $60 to nearly $300 per bird. And to add insult to injury, the miscreants are also stealing the elaborate (and pricey) chicken coops some backyard enthusiasts have for their flocks. While the numbers are relatively small, thefts are up by one-third from the previous year, and NFU Mutual believes more snatchings have gone unreported. 
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New "FarmHer" TV Show Features the Rock-Star Women of Agriculture - Modern Farmer

New "FarmHer" TV Show Features the Rock-Star Women of Agriculture - Modern Farmer | Permaculture, Horticulture, Homesteading, Bio-Remediation, & Green Tech | Scoop.it
Three years after launching the website FarmHer, Marjorie Guyler-Alaniz is taking the concept to the small screen.
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This New Water-Cleaning Technology Harnesses the Power of Wriggly Worms - Modern Farmer

This New Water-Cleaning Technology Harnesses the Power of Wriggly Worms - Modern Farmer | Permaculture, Horticulture, Homesteading, Bio-Remediation, & Green Tech | Scoop.it
BioFiltro’s process is a bit different. It takes wastewater, pumps it through a few different filters to remove any large contaminants, then eventually sprays the remaining water over what is essentially a large earthworm habitat. That habitat is constructed in layers: the worms live in the top layer (composed of the large contaminants extracted at first), followed by sawdust, and then finally gravel. The earthworms digest the large contaminants, producing bacteria-rich “castings,” another word for, well, worm poop. The bacteria goes to work on the water that’s sprayed in, separating any even tinier contaminants. Then the water sinks through the sawdust and gravel layers, which catch all sizes of contaminants, only allowing the clean water through. After that, the water is treated with just a bit of chlorine, sterilizing it and making it safe for reuse. (In agriculture, at least; the water isn’t, according to an interview the BioFiltro founders did with EcoWatch, clean for human consumption at that point.) The whole system takes about four hours, much shorter than older filtration systems, which can take weeks.
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From Farm to Bottle: This Brewery Combines Beer and Agriculture - Modern Farmer

From Farm to Bottle: This Brewery Combines Beer and Agriculture - Modern Farmer | Permaculture, Horticulture, Homesteading, Bio-Remediation, & Green Tech | Scoop.it
Something tasty is brewing in the village of Gibsons on the Sunshine Coast, a 40-minute ferry ride from Vancouver, British Columbia. Maybe it’s Persephone Brewing Company’s caramel-meets-pine Hop Yard Red Ale, or its Double IPA, which packs a pleasingly bitter punch. It depends on the hops—some of which, conveniently and sustainably, are grown right on site.
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Why So Many Brits Would Be Happy to Quit UK for Russia

Why So Many Brits Would Be Happy to Quit UK for Russia | Permaculture, Horticulture, Homesteading, Bio-Remediation, & Green Tech | Scoop.it
The initial love affair with all things Western is over for many Russians. Even prior to Merkel’s detonation of the sinking European ship, there was a move away from an uncritical embrace of the Western working model: taxes, degrading morals, loneliness and death punctuated only by debt and the purchase of trinkets from China designed to break before you get home from the mall.
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After a Century in Decline, Black Farmers Are Back and on the Rise

After a Century in Decline, Black Farmers Are Back and on the Rise | Permaculture, Horticulture, Homesteading, Bio-Remediation, & Green Tech | Scoop.it
A few years ago, while clearing dried broccoli stalks from the tired soil of our land at Soul Fire Farm in upstate New York, I received a cold call from Boston. On the other end was a Black woman, unknown to me, who wanted to share her story of trying to make it as a farmer.

Through tears, she explained the discrimination and obstacles she faced in a training program she’d joined, as well as in gaining access to land and credit. She wondered whether Black farming was destined for extinction. She said she wanted to hear the voice of another African-heritage farmer so that she could believe “it was possible” and sustain hope.

The challenges she encountered are not new. For decades, the U.S. Department of Agriculture discriminated against Black farmers, excluding them from farm loans and assistance. Meanwhile, racist violence in the South targeted land-owning Black farmers, whose very existence threatened the sharecropping system. These factors led to the loss of about 14 million acres of Black-owned rural land—an area nearly the size of West Virginia.
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Kitchen Hand Soap, Lemon Coffee

Kitchen Hand Soap, Lemon Coffee | Permaculture, Horticulture, Homesteading, Bio-Remediation, & Green Tech | Scoop.it

Lemon Coffee Kitchen Hand soap sounds delicious in so many ways.


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Putin Offers Free Land for Citizens & Foreigners in Russia’s Far East

Putin Offers Free Land for Citizens & Foreigners in Russia’s Far East | Permaculture, Horticulture, Homesteading, Bio-Remediation, & Green Tech | Scoop.it
President Vladimir Putin has ordered free land handouts in Russia’s Far East to be provided with minimal infrastructure. On Monday, he signed a law offering land plots of 1 hectare (2.5 acres) to Russians and naturalized citizens for free.
“We should work with regional authorities, so that land plots are allocated in areas with at least minimal infrastructure,” Putin said on Wednesday while meeting with Russia's Far East Development Minister Alexander Galushka.

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According to the minister, the infrastructure could be provided to a group of 20 land owners. He said that since the ministry has announced the idea of land development, people have started applying.

They suggest cooperation of about 200-300 people, said Galushka, adding that then the provision of infrastructure becomes possible, even if it’s not a highly-developed one
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Farmsteads of the California Coast: Swanton Berry Farm | CUESA

Farmsteads of the California Coast: Swanton Berry Farm | CUESA | Permaculture, Horticulture, Homesteading, Bio-Remediation, & Green Tech | Scoop.it
From dramatic cliffside beaches to foggy green hillsides, California’s spectacular coastline is at the literal edge of what makes the state beautiful, wild, and great. It is also home to some of the most innovative farms in the country, where growers are breaking new ground on environmental sustainability, social justice, animal welfare, crop and product diversity, and deliciousness.
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Vine Peach - Ancient Melon of Many Uses | Terroir Seeds

Vine Peach - Ancient Melon of Many Uses | Terroir Seeds | Permaculture, Horticulture, Homesteading, Bio-Remediation, & Green Tech | Scoop.it
Vine Peach is a hardy, drought tolerant, prolific ancient baseball sized melon of many uses from shade & windbreak to secret cooking element & room perfume.
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Vine peaches?
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Oliver's Pearl Cluster Melon - (Cucumis melo)-Store.underwoodgardens.com

Oliver's Pearl Cluster Melon - (Cucumis melo)-Store.underwoodgardens.com | Permaculture, Horticulture, Homesteading, Bio-Remediation, & Green Tech | Scoop.it
Certified Organic.
Approx 25 seeds per pack
Honeydew
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Backyard Chickens Collection-Store.underwoodgardens.com

Backyard Chickens Collection-Store.underwoodgardens.com | Permaculture, Horticulture, Homesteading, Bio-Remediation, & Green Tech | Scoop.it
Many home gardeners also have backyard chickens and want to grow some of their chicken's food in the home garden but don't know how to get started. We created the Backyard Chickens Collection after coaching several of our clients on incorporating growing their chicken's feed into their existing garden planning and seeing how easy it was and how well it worked.

It is a lot easier than most initially think, as the chickens will love most any greens and grains that you grow for them. To help you get started, we have written an article called Heirloom Gardening for Backyard Chickens.
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Naturally Blight Resistant Potato Varieties Discovered

Naturally Blight Resistant Potato Varieties Discovered | Permaculture, Horticulture, Homesteading, Bio-Remediation, & Green Tech | Scoop.it

An Innovative Farmers field lab tested heritage varieties of potato and found that all varieties, including newer breeds, performed well for yield and blight resistance. A taste test also found that all tasted good when cooked as chips and mash. 


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The Bitter Consequences of Corporate America's War on Unions

The Bitter Consequences of Corporate America's War on Unions | Permaculture, Horticulture, Homesteading, Bio-Remediation, & Green Tech | Scoop.it
Last week, Oxfam America published a report in which it was revealed that, across the United States, workers at giant poultry factories are being denied basic human dignity in the name of productivity and corporate gain.

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Workers Unite! Form Cooperatives!
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Can Africa leapfrog the carbon energy age? - Aljazeera.com

Can Africa leapfrog the carbon energy age? - Aljazeera.com | Permaculture, Horticulture, Homesteading, Bio-Remediation, & Green Tech | Scoop.it
Can Africa leapfrog the carbon energy age?
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Some see Africa as the land of poverty, others as the continent with the fastest economic growth. That growth, and getting out of poverty, need energy.

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Sheet Mulching: How to Smother Weeds, Build Soil & Conserve Water the Easy Way - Modern Farmer

Sheet Mulching: How to Smother Weeds, Build Soil & Conserve Water the Easy Way - Modern Farmer | Permaculture, Horticulture, Homesteading, Bio-Remediation, & Green Tech | Scoop.it
Sheet mulching is a fancy phrase for building a massive compost pile across the surface of a field or garden. Rather than pile up your manure, leaves, crop residue, and other organic materials in a squat pile, you spread it all out where the compost is needed, skipping the effort to build the pile, turn it, water it, and otherwise coerce it to break down into rich, brown earth—a process that goes on for months.
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RELEASE: New “Farmers’ Guide” Helps Organic Producers Apply for Buffer Initiative | National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition

Washington, DC, May 13, 2016 – Today, the National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition (NSAC) announced the publication of their Organic Farmers’ Guide to the Conservation Reserve Program Field Border Buffer Initiative. The guide is intended to assist organic farmers interested in accessing the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) new Organic Buffer Initiative, and is one of many free resources produced by NSAC for farmers and farm groups.
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Malawi Approves Industrial Hemp Growing Trials

Malawi Approves Industrial Hemp Growing Trials | Permaculture, Horticulture, Homesteading, Bio-Remediation, & Green Tech | Scoop.it
In Malawi, the government has approved plans to grow industrial hemp for export on a trial or temporary basis. The government’s decision followed years of heated debate. The proposal continues to meet resistance from anti-drug activists and religious leaders.

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Salsa Garden / Prepping, Planting and Harvesting | Fiskars

Salsa Garden / Prepping, Planting and Harvesting | Fiskars | Permaculture, Horticulture, Homesteading, Bio-Remediation, & Green Tech | Scoop.it

By Dee A. Nash

 

We like it spicy. We like it hot. Only a generation ago, Americans favored ketchup over any other condiment, but now salsa outsells ketchup in dollars if not in volume. Shopping at the g...


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School of the New American Farmstead | Continuing Education

School of the New American Farmstead | Continuing Education | Permaculture, Horticulture, Homesteading, Bio-Remediation, & Green Tech | Scoop.it
The School of the New American Farmstead’s experiential approach to continuing education will impart techniques perfected by some of the world’s most skilled farmers and craft-food producers.
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Thieves In California Target Cashews Imported From Africa

Thieves In California Target Cashews Imported From Africa | Permaculture, Horticulture, Homesteading, Bio-Remediation, & Green Tech | Scoop.it
Caro Nut, a food production company in Fresno, California, lost $1.2 million to nut thieves in 2015.

Six times, thieves stole cashews that had been imported raw to the U.S. from Africa and Vietnam, then roasted, salted and packaged in Fresno.

Nut thefts hit an all-time high in California in 2015, the Associated Press reported, according to RegisterGuard. Losses totaled $4.6 million from 31 reported cases, more than the three previous years combined, according to CargoNet, an alliance of cargo shipping firms and law enforcement agencies aimed at preventing losses.
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Permaculture: You've Heard of It, But What the Heck Is It? - Modern Farmer

Permaculture: You've Heard of It, But What the Heck Is It? - Modern Farmer | Permaculture, Horticulture, Homesteading, Bio-Remediation, & Green Tech | Scoop.it
Not catching the drift? You’re not alone. Is permaculture a gardening technique or a special approach to farming, like biodynamics? Is it some type of back-to-the-land, off-the-grid intentional community? Is it about sustainable architecture, aquaponics, philosophy, horticulture, design? Permaculture is all that and then some, which is why it’s so hard for anyone to capture what it means in one neat sentence.
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Permaculture 
"Not  catching  the  drift  then  your  not  alone "
Then  this  article  here  by  Modern  farmer   should  clear  things  up  better  hopefully .
With  all  these  new  trends  coming  across  the  sea  its  very  hard  to   catch  up  on  what  staying  and  what  is  just  a  fad   these  days 
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Permaculture explained?
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Best Homemade Fish Emulsion | Terroir Seeds

Best Homemade Fish Emulsion | Terroir Seeds | Permaculture, Horticulture, Homesteading, Bio-Remediation, & Green Tech | Scoop.it
Fish emulsion feeds the soil and plants with biologically available nutrients while increasing soil and microbe health. Make the best emulsion at home!
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Fish emulsion for your soil?
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4 Step Pest & Disease Management Process + How to Scout for Pests in Your Garden

How to protect your vegetable crops and garden from pests and diseases. Tracking pest populations this growing season can help you get ahead of the lif
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RELEASE: FEDERAL LOW INTEREST FINANCING PROGRAM EXPANDED TO HELP FARMERS REACH LOCAL FOOD MARKETS | National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition

Washington, DC, April 29, 2016 – Small and mid-scale family farms operating in burgeoning local and regional food markets received some welcome news from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) today. USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) announced that their Farm Storage Facility Loan (FSFL) program can now help finance portable storage structures, portable equipment, and storage and handling trucks in addition to continuing its longstanding capacity to finance stationary crop and cold storage on-farm facilities.

This expansion of the low-interest loan program will help FSA service fruit and vegetable farmers and others who need to get crops safely and efficiently to local farmers markets, schools, restaurants, food hubs, and stores.

“We encourage farmers, especially those serving growing local and regional food markets, to take a close look at the new options provided by the Farm Storage Facility Loan Program,” said Ferd Hoefner, Policy Director at the National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition (NSAC). “This is not your father’s grain bin financing program, though grain bins are certainly still eligible. But the program now has options to finance produce packing and washing sheds and mobile equipment that very much puts the program on the map for farms that have never had reason to look at the program and its low-interest financing heretofore.”
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