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This Twenty-Something Hopes to Unleash the Next Green Revolution

This Twenty-Something Hopes to Unleash the Next Green Revolution | Permaculture, Horticulture, Homesteading, Bio-Remediation, & Green Tech | Scoop.it

"Kempf eschews the phrase “sustainable” because that would imply there’s much worth sustaining about the current state of farming. Instead, he calls his approach “regenerative agriculture.” He occupies a curious niche, advocating that farmers ditch pesticides while simultaneously critiquing organic farming. Mainstream organic agriculture, says Kempf, is all about “negative certification” and is preoccupied with what farmers aren’t allowed to do – no GMOs, no chemical pesticides, no this, no that, etc. While that ensures that organic products are largely free of pesticides, it provides no assurance that crops in an organic farmer’s field are thriving, or that organic produce is healthier than its conventional counterparts, according to Kempf."

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USDA Finds Rising Income Inequality Is Main Driver of Increasing Rural Child Poverty | National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition

USDA Finds Rising Income Inequality Is Main Driver of Increasing Rural Child Poverty | National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition | Permaculture, Horticulture, Homesteading, Bio-Remediation, & Green Tech | Scoop.it
Nearly a decade after the 2007 recession, the U.S. economy continues to move steadily toward recovery; unemployment has been cut in half (down to 5 percent), and average family incomes have increased 6 percent in just the last two years. By now the slow but rising tide of economic improvement has touched most corners of the country, yet millions of rural children are still living in poverty. In fact, 85 percent of the country’s persistent poverty counties are in rural America.
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Want Your Child To Grow Up Strong And Healthy? Move To A Farm - Modern Farmer

Want Your Child To Grow Up Strong And Healthy? Move To A Farm - Modern Farmer | Permaculture, Horticulture, Homesteading, Bio-Remediation, & Green Tech | Scoop.it
It's long been theorized that exposure to more germs at an early age can reduce a person's risk of allergies and asthma later on in life. There's a further hypothesis that life on a farm can do a better job of providing that exposure than anywhere else—and a new study suggests how that might work.
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Nebraska Farmers Sue Monsanto for Allegedly Giving Them Cancer - Modern Farmer

Nebraska Farmers Sue Monsanto for Allegedly Giving Them Cancer - Modern Farmer | Permaculture, Horticulture, Homesteading, Bio-Remediation, & Green Tech | Scoop.it
Lots of people have strong feelings about Monsanto. But not everyone takes the next step to sue the agricultural giant.

Four Nebraskan ag workers have filed a lawsuit against Monsanto, accusing Roundup of producing their cases of non-Hodgkin lymphoma and further alleging that Monsanto misled customers about the potential risks of using its product.

Monsanto’s Roundup, the wildly successful herbicide, has attracted an increasingly loud chorus of calls for more research and, possibly, legal action. The European Union has attempted to ban it; that attempt has recently been postponed, but may still happen, and even California, the US’s most important agricultural state, is early in the process to restrict its use.
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Papalo - Heat Loving Cilantro Alternative | Terroir Seeds

Papalo - Heat Loving Cilantro Alternative | Terroir Seeds | Permaculture, Horticulture, Homesteading, Bio-Remediation, & Green Tech | Scoop.it
Papalo (PAH-pa-low) is known by many names; Quilquiña, Yerba Porosa, Killi, Papaloquelite and broadleaf in English. It is a member of the informal quelites (key-LEE-tays), the semi-wild greens rich in vitamins and nutrients that grow among the fields in central and South America. These green edible plants grow without having to plant them. They sprout with the first rains or field irrigation, often providing a second or third harvest, costing no additional work but giving food and nutrition.

Other quelites include lamb’s quarters, amaranth, quinoa, purslane, epazote and Mache or corn salad.

Papalo pre-dates the introduction of cilantro to Mexico by several thousand years, which is a very interesting story all by itself. South America is thought to be the ancestral home of papalo.
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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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Three Take-Aways from the NAS Study on GMOs

Three Take-Aways from the NAS Study on GMOs | Permaculture, Horticulture, Homesteading, Bio-Remediation, & Green Tech | Scoop.it
Biased or not, and despite the positive spin by most media outlets, the report’s “conclusions” left plenty of room for doubt on a range of issues, from safety, to improved yields, to damage to the environment. On many issues the committee, made up of 20 scientists and policy experts, couldn’t—or wouldn’t—commit.

Instead the experts produced a 400-page report full of equivocations, and of recommendations the committee knows will be ignored, but little in the way of clarity.
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Wake Up and Smell the Poison

Wake Up and Smell the Poison | Permaculture, Horticulture, Homesteading, Bio-Remediation, & Green Tech | Scoop.it
If you participated in the glyphosate test project launched last year by The Detox Project (formerly Feed The World) and Organic Consumers Association, you probably failed. A staggering 93 percent of Americans tested positive for glyphosate, according to the test results, announced yesterday (May 25, 2016). What makes that figure even more alarming is that many of you who sent in urine samples for testing probably eat more organic than non-organic food. Which suggests that either your organic food has been contaminated and/or you’re being exposed to glyphosate via unknown sources. Worse yet? Children had the highest levels. The testing, carried out by a laboratory at the University of California San Francisco (UCSF), was the first-ever comprehensive and validated LC/MS/MS testing project to be carried out across America. According to the results, people who live in the west and mid-west tested higher than those living in other regions of the country. It's way past time for the world to wake up and smell the poison.
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How to Build a Chicken Coop - Modern Farmer

How to Build a Chicken Coop - Modern Farmer | Permaculture, Horticulture, Homesteading, Bio-Remediation, & Green Tech | Scoop.it
If you’ve taken the plunge and are brooding baby chicks, the only thing that stands between you and a supply of fresh eggs is a permanent place for your hens to call home. By six weeks of age they need something more than a cardboard box to live in.
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Sonoma Mountain Village | Bioregional

Sonoma Mountain Village | Bioregional | Permaculture, Horticulture, Homesteading, Bio-Remediation, & Green Tech | Scoop.it
The development aims to generate 100% of its energy requirements from renewable onsite sources and to date has installed the second largest privately-owned solar array in Northern California – a $7.5 million, 1.14 megawatt, 7,710 m2 array that will power 1,000 homes. A second 1.18 megawatt solar array will also be installed.

Further demanding sustainability targets have been set including an 82% reduction in transport emissions, 65% local food consumption goal, and 65% reduction in use of municipal water.

Key strategies for achieving these targets include bringing commuter rail to the neighborhood via the SMART train initiative, a masterplan which draws on new urbanismand ensures that no resident need to walk for more than five minutes to reach local shops and amenities, a year-round farmers’ market in the Town Square to encourage consumption of local, seasonal food, and irrigation and toilet flushes using only non-potable water
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Chile de Agua – An Unknown Heirloom Chile from Oaxaca | Terroir Seeds

Chile de Agua – An Unknown Heirloom Chile from Oaxaca | Terroir Seeds | Permaculture, Horticulture, Homesteading, Bio-Remediation, & Green Tech | Scoop.it
Even though it isn’t well known outside of the area, the chile de agua holds a special place among other well-known chiles like the chile de arbol, serrano and jalapeño. Traditionally grown in semi-arid lands, it was planted when the seasonal rains began by transplanting seedlings into cone shaped beds made of adobe-like wet mud filled with leaf-cutter ant manure, then capped with more mud. The cap retained enough moisture in the soil for a few months if the weather didn’t cooperate, giving the village of Hidalgo Jaltepec fame for their yearly harvest of the chile de agua and their growing skills.
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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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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

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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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New ideas for farming.