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How to Harvest and Dry Herbs - Modern Farmer

How to Harvest and Dry Herbs - Modern Farmer | Sustainability: Permaculture, Organic Gardening & Farming, Homesteading, Tools & Implements | Scoop.it
For discerning cooks, packaged herbs from the grocery store don’t always cut it. Judging from their flavor and aroma, it seems they were picked by greasy, diesel-powered machine harvesters in some third-world country about 10 years ago. (This might be a slight exaggeration. Just slight.)
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How to Build a Straw Bale Garden - Modern Farmer

How to Build a Straw Bale Garden - Modern Farmer | Sustainability: Permaculture, Organic Gardening & Farming, Homesteading, Tools & Implements | Scoop.it
Garden dirt no good? Just don't have dirt, period? Here's how to build a straw bale garden
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Colorado Collective Draws on Demand for Hemp Paper, Printing (interview)

Colorado Collective Draws on Demand for Hemp Paper, Printing (interview) | Sustainability: Permaculture, Organic Gardening & Farming, Homesteading, Tools & Implements | Scoop.it
Hemp paper and printing are the latest prospect for longtime Colorado music and events promoter Morris Beegle and his Colorado Hemp Company business collective.
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Climate Positive Community, Sustainable Economic Development, Local Agriculture, Green Arts District - The Oberlin Project

Climate Positive Community, Sustainable Economic Development, Local Agriculture, Green Arts District - The Oberlin Project | Sustainability: Permaculture, Organic Gardening & Farming, Homesteading, Tools & Implements | Scoop.it
The Oberlin Project's aim is to revitalize the local economy, eliminate carbon emissions, restore local agriculture, food supply and forestry, and create a new, sustainable base for economic and community development.
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5 Vitamins in Amaranth - Health Benefits of Amaranth

Recipes4Health: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC2bZhXBHIb51n1fE3VWPmcQ/videos To learn more about the health benefits of food, visit:

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Highly nutritious???

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U.S. Ag. Secretary Vilsack to Hold “Secret Meeting” to Rewrite GMO Labeling Law | AltHealthWorks.com

U.S. Ag. Secretary Vilsack to Hold “Secret Meeting” to Rewrite GMO Labeling Law | AltHealthWorks.com | Sustainability: Permaculture, Organic Gardening & Farming, Homesteading, Tools & Implements | Scoop.it

"In over 60 countries across the world, GMOs are subject to mandatory labeling, and a huge portion of Europe... https://t.co/8eMyxy8WLb

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Only Agroecology Can Tackle the Global Food and Health Crisis | Julia Wright | Common Dreams

Only Agroecology Can Tackle the Global Food and Health Crisis | Julia Wright | Common Dreams | Sustainability: Permaculture, Organic Gardening & Farming, Homesteading, Tools & Implements | Scoop.it

The current global food crisis is simple and complex at the same time.

Simple because all we need is sufficient, healthy food to eat and to share, for our medicine and to commune with nature, simple because it's technically possible to have an abundance of healthy food.

Yet we have made it a complex issue. We overeat, we don't have enough to eat, we sell and buy cheap 'food like substances' whilst watching the rich and famous - who we aspire to - choosing not to eat these foods.

We mechanise farms to reduce labour costs, we worry about the lack of rural jobs, and we go to gyms for exercise, fuelled by sugary 'energy drinks'. We refine carbohydrates and become addicted to them yet we apply no regulation to manufacturing or accessing these 'drugs', we overeat again ...

Globally, we produce double the amount of calories required for the current population, or 4,600 kcal edible food per person per day, which is the right amount for the future peak population of 14 billion. So in one sense there has been success with the prevailing food system in terms of producing sufficient quantity of food.

However the world isn't 'being fed'. In fact the recently published Global Nutrition Report shows that almost all countries are facing a serious public health risk due to malnutrition. This issue - of food quality - is inarguably the major fault in the food system that the industrial agricultural sector has avoided addressing.

It is pretty well accepted that much dietary-related disease is caused by the overconsumption of processed foods, and more recent evidence - especially that gathered by the United States paediatrician Dr Robert Lustig, identifies processed carbohydrates in the form of sugars and modern grain varieties as being particularly causal.

 

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My straw bale garden - a video tour of a California garden, and its a doozy!

My straw bale garden - a video tour of a California garden, and its a doozy! | Sustainability: Permaculture, Organic Gardening & Farming, Homesteading, Tools & Implements | Scoop.it

A short tour of my straw bale garden, here in Bonsall, CA, in north San Diego county.


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Joel Karsten's curator insight, January 9, 2016 4:07 PM

Because I am in Minnesota, I get lots of skeptics who think they can't grow a Straw Bale Garden where they live in "xyz!"  Au contraire mon frère, check out this one in California. 

Eric Larson's curator insight, January 11, 2016 4:51 PM

Straw bale garden?

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The 10 Weirdest and Wackiest Farm Crimes of 2015 - Modern Farmer

The 10 Weirdest and Wackiest Farm Crimes of 2015 - Modern Farmer | Sustainability: Permaculture, Organic Gardening & Farming, Homesteading, Tools & Implements | Scoop.it
Man, there was some weird farm crimes this year, from a serial chicken killer to a farmer who hid an illegal castle behind a big, big pile of hay.
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Why It's So Freaking Difficult for Farmers to Source Organic Feed - Modern Farmer

Why It's So Freaking Difficult for Farmers to Source Organic Feed - Modern Farmer | Sustainability: Permaculture, Organic Gardening & Farming, Homesteading, Tools & Implements | Scoop.it
Ask any organic livestock farmer about their number-one challenge and you’re likely to hear a common refrain: Finding a reliable source of organic feed is tough, and it often involves shipping it in by the ton from far away, which makes it expensive—and not to mention carbon-intensive.
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Eric Larson's curator insight, January 11, 2016 5:02 PM

I believe that this is a tough challenge for most organic farmers.

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Women Rising 29: Food Sovereignty in Indigenous Communities

Women Rising 29: Food Sovereignty in Indigenous Communities | Sustainability: Permaculture, Organic Gardening & Farming, Homesteading, Tools & Implements | Scoop.it
  Women Rising radio profiles food sovereignty activists from India, Mexico, and Native American communities. If you are interested in GMOs, TTP, seed saving, herbal medicine, food, trade &amp...
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How agriculture saved a former US soldier

'I found my humanity when I gave up the conveniences of modern life. I see people who have nothing in terms of material yet they are the happiest people,' says Patrick Taylor about the farmers of Mindanao

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Eric Larson's curator insight, December 28, 2015 5:22 PM

Is the plain life what we should seek?

Emily Ford's curator insight, January 10, 10:55 PM

This is a good connection to the topic of agriculture because it talks about how agriculture inspired a man to make a big impact on people's lives. He wanted to see what he could do with agriculture to help people to have a better life. My opinion on this topic is that it could be a good thing and that it gives people better opportunities. I believe that agriculture is good for the world and the people in it.

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Controlling Pests and Diseases Or Fungus On Plants Using Natural Fungicide Slurry California ~ Independent Agriculture

Controlling Pests and Diseases Or Fungus On Plants Using Natural Fungicide Slurry California ~ Independent Agriculture | Sustainability: Permaculture, Organic Gardening & Farming, Homesteading, Tools & Implements | Scoop.it
to review information about how to control pests and diseases or fungi on plants, here to discuss how to control the use of slurry california, and this article contains guidelines and how to make slurry california

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How To Turn Your Backyard into a Four-Season Farm - Modern Farmer

How To Turn Your Backyard into a Four-Season Farm - Modern Farmer | Sustainability: Permaculture, Organic Gardening & Farming, Homesteading, Tools & Implements | Scoop.it
Turning your garden into a four-season farm is easier than you think.
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59 Indigenous Corn Varieties at Risk as Monsanto Eyes Mexico

59 Indigenous Corn Varieties at Risk as Monsanto Eyes Mexico | Sustainability: Permaculture, Organic Gardening & Farming, Homesteading, Tools & Implements | Scoop.it

Mexico’s unique and treasured native corn varieties could be under threat as Monsanto, the largest seed producer, vies to plant GMO corn in the country.


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Casa Rosa Farms

Casa Rosa Farms | Sustainability: Permaculture, Organic Gardening & Farming, Homesteading, Tools & Implements | Scoop.it

Our decision to raise pork comes from our desire to be as well rounded a farm eco-system as possible, and there is so many things on a small farm a pig can eat that go to waste otherwise. They are also quick to finish- taking about 1/3 of the time of a grass finished beef and 3 months less than a grass finished lamb. Throughout the summer and fall, our first batch of 10 pigs were rotated through a series of pastures within the orchards and also through pastures where the sheep had been overwintered, and they plowed up and ate tons of grubs and bugs, weeds, roots and even... grass. They love clover and alfalfa and will dig the whole plant up and eat it. I also fed them dropped fruit of all kinds from our orchard- apricots, pears, plums, crab apples (which even the chickens don't like) persimmons, quince. They also did a great job taking care of any overripe melons in my summer melon experiment. And when I was done with the melons, I fenced it in with electric net and turned the hogs out to root out all the remaining melon plants, melons, sunflowers, amaranth and sorghum I had inter-planted. They dug up the sunflower stalks and ate the roots. They even made some inroads on the bindweed and bermuda grass rhizomes, but I would have had to irrigate the field fairly well before turning them in for it to have had a lasting effect. Right before slaughter, they were eating acorns and pecans and black walnuts along with pomegranates and olive pomace from our olive oil milling

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Spaghetti Squash Recipe & Baby Swiss Chard

Spaghetti Squash Recipe & Baby Swiss Chard | Sustainability: Permaculture, Organic Gardening & Farming, Homesteading, Tools & Implements | Scoop.it
Barese Swiss Chard is a babyleaf variety, bred specifically for the baby greens market. It grows quickly with glossy, smooth dark green leaves with slightly curled edges on thick white stems that hold up well in a baby leaf mix for market growers, or home gardeners.

Baby leaves are ready for harvesting in 26 – 28 days, but it is also very good when allowed to grow out to maturity.

This variety of chard matures exceptionally early and is a very prolific producer. Like all chards, it is tolerant of cold but is also fairly adaptive to heat, especially if grown in a shaded area with mulch to drop the soil and root temperatures.

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HOMEGROWN

HOMEGROWN | Sustainability: Permaculture, Organic Gardening & Farming, Homesteading, Tools & Implements | Scoop.it
HOMEGROWN.org is a community for celebrating the culture of agriculture and sharing skills like growing, cooking & canning. Now let's eat!
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Pulses-2016 | 2016 International Year of Pulses

Pulses-2016 | 2016 International Year of Pulses | Sustainability: Permaculture, Organic Gardening & Farming, Homesteading, Tools & Implements | Scoop.it
The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) has been nominated to facilitate the implementation of the Year in collaboration with Governments, relevant organizations, non-governmental organizations and all other relevant stakeholders.
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Do You Know Where Your Tomatoes Come From? | BillMoyers.com

Do You Know Where Your Tomatoes Come From? | BillMoyers.com | Sustainability: Permaculture, Organic Gardening & Farming, Homesteading, Tools & Implements | Scoop.it

“Harvesting tomatoes and other produce from the nation’s agricultural fields is arguably the worst job in the country,” journalist Chris Hedges writes in his book "Days of Destruction, Days of Revolt."

For workers in Immokalee, Florida, where nearly all of America’s winter tomatoes are grown, backbreaking labor under the heat of the Florida sun is only part of the drudgery. There’s often also toxic pesticides, sexual harassment, verbal and physical abuse — all for an average income of  less than $12,000 a year.

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Uncle Sam Will Finally Let Your SNAP Benefits Go Toward a CSA Share - Modern Farmer

Uncle Sam Will Finally Let Your SNAP Benefits Go Toward a CSA Share - Modern Farmer | Sustainability: Permaculture, Organic Gardening & Farming, Homesteading, Tools & Implements | Scoop.it

The very thing that makes the community supported agriculture model a boon for farmers—customers pay for the whole season up front, enabling growers to purchase seeds, tools, and other supplies—has rendered CSA programs inaccessible to many low-income Americans, who typically don’t have several hundred dollars to spend all at once. But thanks to new language in last year’s Farm Bill, things are changing. Before the passage of the 2014 bill, farmers were able to accept SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) benefits, but USDA regulations required that payments be credited weekly, at the point of pickup. Not only did that rob farmers of early-season buying power; it also cost them hours spent processing the transactions each week (SNAP works on an electronic debit system).

 
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Declining Wild Bee Population Worrisome for Agriculture | National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition

Declining Wild Bee Population Worrisome for Agriculture | National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition | Sustainability: Permaculture, Organic Gardening & Farming, Homesteading, Tools & Implements | Scoop.it
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Eric Larson's curator insight, January 11, 2016 4:58 PM

Serious issues for all of us.

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Terroir Seeds | Underwood Gardens - Heirloom Seeds for Great Gardens

Terroir Seeds | Underwood Gardens - Heirloom Seeds for Great Gardens | Sustainability: Permaculture, Organic Gardening & Farming, Homesteading, Tools & Implements | Scoop.it
The finest heirloom seeds for vegetable, herb and flower gardens with expert gardening advice. Secure ordering, fast shipping & friendly service!
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Eric Larson's curator insight, January 11, 2016 4:56 PM

Heirloom seeds are important way to start.

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How Do Corn Hybrids With and Without Transgenic Traits Perform?

How Do Corn Hybrids With and Without Transgenic Traits Perform? | Sustainability: Permaculture, Organic Gardening & Farming, Homesteading, Tools & Implements | Scoop.it
According to the USDA-Economic Research Service in 2015, 85% of the state’s corn acreage was planted to transgenic corn hybrids with 68% of total acreage planted to stacked trait hybrids (http://www.ers.usda.gov/data/biotechcrops/ ). However, many corn growers in Ohio are interested in growing non-transgenic (non-GMO) corns. Some want to grow non-GMO corn to reduce seed costs associated with traited corn and/or take advantage of the premiums offered for non-GMO corn. Growers who have not experienced serious problems with rootworm and corn borer and who have controlled . . .

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GMO seeds vs. non-GMO?

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Urban Till Registers with Restaurants Who Want Local, Fresh Produce

Urban Till Registers with Restaurants Who Want Local, Fresh Produce | Sustainability: Permaculture, Organic Gardening & Farming, Homesteading, Tools & Implements | Scoop.it
Urban Till, which has more than 100 restaurant clients in the Chicago area, has about 20 employees at its indoor farming business in Chicago and plans to add another 75 next year.

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Eric Larson's curator insight, December 29, 2015 8:54 PM

Restaurant managers can be great clients.