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Advancing Eco-Agriculture | Leading Regenerative Farming

"Year after year, I watched our crops being destroyed by diseases and insects, in spite of increasing pesticide applications. Then... one year a melon crop had no disease damage. Two feet away were the same melon plants which had heavy disease pressure, in a clean line extending all the way down the field. I wanted to know the difference between those two groups of plants. I learned many fascinating things..."

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WarkaWater | Each Drop Counts

WarkaWater | Each Drop Counts | Permaculture, Horticulture, Homesteading, Bio-Remediation, & Green Tech | 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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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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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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Heritage variety potatoes?
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Biofuels, Plastics and Drugs: Is This the Future of Our Farms?

Biofuels, Plastics and Drugs: Is This the Future of Our Farms? | Permaculture, Horticulture, Homesteading, Bio-Remediation, & Green Tech | Scoop.it
Farmer Rob Pickering last week planted nine hectares of flood-prone land in Lincolnshire with an African plant called miscanthus, or elephant grass. By selling the fast-growing crop as biofuel for Drax power station, he should earn as much as he would from selling wheat on the world market. Pickering is part of a rural revolution that, thanks to climate change, low commodity prices and new consumer tastes, is seeing Britain’s fields planted with crops that are more likely to end up as electricity or paint additives than food.
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Solar Energy Use is Skyrocketing, and You’ll Never Guess Why

Solar Energy Use is Skyrocketing, and You’ll Never Guess Why | Permaculture, Horticulture, Homesteading, Bio-Remediation, & Green Tech | Scoop.it

Thanks to advances in technology and greater economies of scale, the price of solar panels and the power they produce is lower than it’s ever been. According to Dan Whitten, the vice president of communications at the Solar Energy Industries Association, “By the end of 2020, the amount of installed solar capacity will be 300 percent higher than today. Nationwide, it grew 10 times between 2008 and 2015.”
The benefits of solar power are hard to deny. Users can effectively free themselves from the grips of utility companies, and often wind up supplying excess energy back to the grid. 


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Insulin Plant - Medicinal Plant for Diabetes Treatment

Costus Igneus - Insulin Plant - Spiral Flag Family - Costaceae In India Costus Igneus is also called Insulin Plant . It is treated in Ayurveda as a natura
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Can You Build a House With Hemp?

Growing industrial hemp was illegal in the United States after 1970 because the industrial plant and marijuana were considered to be the same, when in fact ...
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#3 Uses of hemp hurds

The hemp hurd, composed mainly of cellulose and carbon fixed from the atmosphere, is arguably the most important part of the hemp plant, with huge ...
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Hemp Solutions Hempcrete Workshops

John Patterson educating about Industrial Hemp for sustainable building. HempCrete Workshop Grand Rapids, MI 2015
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Hemp Rising

WATCH Hemp Rising to see how some dedicated people in Manitoba, Canada helped to legalize industrial hemp and create an industry that put Manitoba on th
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Hemp- A Sustainable Renewable Resource- Water Purification, Green Building & Clean Energy

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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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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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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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12 Healing Herbs You Need To Grow In Your Medicinal Garden

12 Healing Herbs You Need To Grow In Your Medicinal Garden | Permaculture, Horticulture, Homesteading, Bio-Remediation, & Green Tech | Scoop.it
Medicinal plants grown in your own gardens can reduce your dependence on drugs, if not completely eliminate them. But growing random herbs with medicinal properties doesn’t help. It is a common myth that all herbal preparations are safe by virtue of being natural. This is far from true. A typical example is foxglove or Digitalis purpurea. It has a positive effect on heart function, with… [read more]

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Healing herbs?
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At The Age of 15 She Invented Building Material From Indian Rice Waste

At The Age of 15 She Invented Building Material From Indian Rice Waste | Permaculture, Horticulture, Homesteading, Bio-Remediation, & Green Tech | Scoop.it

"After seeing the environmental hazards that burning rice waste was causing at her family farm in North India, then-15 year old Bisman Deu saw an opportunity to create something useful, and developed an environmentally sustainable building material out of the farm’s biggest waste product.


She’s 18 now, and finishing school in Chandigarh, but Deu is on a journey with her product, Green Wood, as it becomes more relevant now than ever before..."


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Waste from Indian rice waste?
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Cally Whitham: Rembrandt-Style Images Highlight the Emotional Intelligence of Amazing Farm Animals

Cally Whitham: Rembrandt-Style Images Highlight the Emotional Intelligence of Amazing Farm Animals | Permaculture, Horticulture, Homesteading, Bio-Remediation, & Green Tech | Scoop.it
A New Zealand photographer named Cally Whitham has now turned her lens on these often-ignored animals as part of a project called Epitaph.

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Dr. Dee Jackson's curator insight, April 21, 12:47 PM

I found this piece very interesting. The pictures are amazing.  Animals should be treated with dignity as they are G-d's creatures.  Even if some of us are meat eaters, the cruelty which we have read or seen towards animals is truly unnecessary and violates G-d's laws. What do you think?

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How One Tiny Vermont College Is Taking On Big Agriculture

How One Tiny Vermont College Is Taking On Big Agriculture | Permaculture, Horticulture, Homesteading, Bio-Remediation, & Green Tech | Scoop.it
A small school uses its "large voice" to call for a new approach to farming.

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They're "walking the talk" and modeling sustainability with their students.
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Vermont college vs big Ag?
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#2 hemp fiber intro

Some basic information about the fiber harvested from Industrial Hemp (C. sativa) and a brief bit on how it compares to Cotton. To support industrial hem
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#5 Hemp Roots and Crop Rotation

The growth habit and qualities of hemp roots are part of what make them a great crop to grow in rotation and an integral aspect of sustainable an
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Hemp Rising

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Move Over Pesticides: Could Traditional Plants Hold the Secret to Saving Crops From Pests?

Move Over Pesticides: Could Traditional Plants Hold the Secret to Saving Crops From Pests? | Permaculture, Horticulture, Homesteading, Bio-Remediation, & Green Tech | Scoop.it
Mkindi is among a growing group of researchers studying the prospect of using local plants, often ground into powders, to ward off insects from the stored crops that farmers rely on for food and income throughout the year. Steven Belmain, ecology professor at the University of Greenwich’s Natural Resources Institute in England and principal investigator of the project funding Mkindi’s research, says the trend toward plant-based pesticides is strongest in China, India and Brazil, but the application in those places is mainly for crops in the field, not in storage.
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