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Hemp could be coming to a field near you - witf.org

Hemp could be coming to a field near you - witf.org | Permaculture, Horticulture, Homesteading, Bio-Remediation, & Green Tech | Scoop.it
(Harrisburg) -- Legislation has passed a state Senate committee that would legalize a new cash crop in Pennsylvania. It can be made into building materials, fabrics or food.
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Hemp is the not-so-secret ingredient in farmer’s cow feed – Global Hemp

Hemp is the not-so-secret ingredient in farmer’s cow feed – Global Hemp | Permaculture, Horticulture, Homesteading, Bio-Remediation, & Green Tech | Scoop.it
RT @VirginiaHemp: Hemp is the not-so-secret ingredient in farmer’s cow feed http://t.co/weCc1bGb3j via @globalhemp
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The wild salmon on your plate actually goes to bed at 9 p.m., is probably farmed

The wild salmon on your plate actually goes to bed at 9 p.m., is probably farmed | Permaculture, Horticulture, Homesteading, Bio-Remediation, & Green Tech | Scoop.it
The conservation group Oceana analyzed the DNA of 83 samples of salmon collected from eateries in New York, Washington, Chicago, and Virginia and found that two-thirds percent of salmon labeled as wild was actually farm-raised. This shouldn’t be hugely surprising — a widely publicized 2013 report from Oceana found that one-in-three fish sold in restaurants and grocery stores was misidentified.
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Move Over Squirrels, It's Acorn Harvesting Time - Blog

Move Over Squirrels, It's Acorn Harvesting Time - Blog | Permaculture, Horticulture, Homesteading, Bio-Remediation, & Green Tech | Scoop.it
One thing you can count on this time of year is an abundance of acorns underfoot. Why should the squirrels have all these nutrient rich nuts to themselves?Acorns are completely edible, according to fermentation expert Sandor Katz, and they have historically been a critical source of nutrition for many native peoples in North America and …
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Seasonality Charts | CUESA

Seasonality Charts | CUESA | Permaculture, Horticulture, Homesteading, Bio-Remediation, & Green Tech | Scoop.it
CUESA (Center for Urban Education about Sustainable Agriculture) is a non-profit organization dedicated to cultivating a sustainable food system through the operation of the Ferry Plaza Farmers Market and its educational programs.
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Solar Battery Chargers, Solar Panels, DIY Solar Kits & Small Wind Turbines

Solar Battery Chargers, Solar Panels, DIY Solar Kits & Small Wind Turbines | Permaculture, Horticulture, Homesteading, Bio-Remediation, & Green Tech | Scoop.it
Sundance Solar is a leader in solar educational kits, do it yourself solar energy kits and wind power kits for students and educators worldwide.
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This California District Brings Tasty, Local, Affordable Food To The Cafeteria

This California District Brings Tasty, Local, Affordable Food To The Cafeteria | Permaculture, Horticulture, Homesteading, Bio-Remediation, & Green Tech | Scoop.it
If you grew up eating school lunches, you probably think of them as gross: soggy vegetables, canned fruits, and mystery meats. In a bid to fix that, the U.S. Department of Agriculture made big changes to nutrition standards in 2012. But if you tune in to what young people have to say on social media, plenty of school lunches remain unappetizing — and sometimes plain inedible.

That’s why what’s happening in Riverside, Calif., is so remarkable: A school district where seven out of 10 students are at risk of hunger has managed to create delicious meals, all while stimulating the local economy. And it’s an effort largely led by people of color.
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Revitalizing the Farm through Organic Transition | National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition

Revitalizing the Farm through Organic Transition | National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition | Permaculture, Horticulture, Homesteading, Bio-Remediation, & Green Tech | Scoop.it

“The exposure to chemicals is tremendous here,” says Doug Lewis, owner of Agri-Star Farms. In the summertime, many neighboring farms are sprayed with pesticides weekly by planes, exposing farm workers and residents via wind drift. Doug was motivated to transition to organic production, committing himself to reduction of chemical use in this small rural community.

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Levee breach to restore Sears Point marsh

Levee breach to restore Sears Point marsh | Permaculture, Horticulture, Homesteading, Bio-Remediation, & Green Tech | Scoop.it

A man-made 285-foot wide breach in the Sears Point levee in southern Sonoma County on Sunday will allow high-tide salt water from San Francisco Bay to fill a 1,000-acre tidal marsh basin, restoring the land to the way it was 140 years ago.

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For U.S. Tribes, a Movement to Revive Native Foods and Lands by Cheryl Katz: Yale Environment 360

For U.S. Tribes, a Movement to Revive Native Foods and Lands by Cheryl Katz: Yale Environment 360 | Permaculture, Horticulture, Homesteading, Bio-Remediation, & Green Tech | Scoop.it
On ancestral lands, the Fond du Lac band in Minnesota is planting wild rice and restoring wetlands damaged by dams, industry, and logging. Their efforts are part of a growing trend by Native Americans to bring back traditional food sources and heal scarred landscapes.

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Cathryn Wellner's curator insight, October 1, 2015 9:40 PM

Another example of the value of indigenous knowledge.

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Food Safety Training Centers Announced | National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition

Congress recognized this need for training when writing FSMA, and authorized the creation of the new Food Safety Outreach, Education, Training, and Technical Assistance competitive grants program (FSOP) within the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Institute for Food and Agriculture (NIFA). The program is intended to fund training and education projects that target small and mid-size farms, beginning and socially disadvantaged farmers, organic and sustainable agricultural operations, small food processors, and small fruit and vegetable merchant wholesalers.
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USDA Awards Millions to Support New Farmers | National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition

Today, the U.S. Department of Agriculture announced awards totaling $17 million through the Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program (BFRDP). BFRDP is the only USDA program exclusively dedicated to training new farmers and ranchers, particularly in sustainable production practices.

 
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Upstarts Organic Seedlings Launches New Website | MBCFM

Upstarts Organic Seedlings Launches New Website | MBCFM | Permaculture, Horticulture, Homesteading, Bio-Remediation, & Green Tech | Scoop.it
Upstarts Organic Seedlings, one of the spring and summer vendors at the Aptos Farmers Market, launched their new website last week. Owned by Sarah and Basil Machado, they have been growing organic vegetable and herb seedlings since 1989, and were one of the first bedding growers to be certified organic by CCOF in 1991. Upstarts has been a member of the MBCFM since 1996.
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Our American History - Hemp For Victory, Dept Agriculture Propaganda [HD]

The film was made to encourage farmers to grow hemp for the war effort because other industrial fibers, often imported from overseas, were in short supply.
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Hemp

Hemp | Permaculture, Horticulture, Homesteading, Bio-Remediation, & Green Tech | Scoop.it
hemp-Industrial Hemp or “hemp”, can provide many of the raw materials we need as a society to function. Hemp food, hemp oil, hemp plastics, hemp insulation, hemp concrete, hemp paper, and other hemp composites all available today!
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Made In Africa: Off-Grid Solar Business Gathers Pace, Gets Support

Made In Africa: Off-Grid Solar Business Gathers Pace, Gets Support | Permaculture, Horticulture, Homesteading, Bio-Remediation, & Green Tech | Scoop.it
It no wonder companies like California-based Off-Grid Electric are raising funds to launch in countries like Tanzania, a country of xxx million people with more than 80 percent of them not connected to the electricity network.

Such initiative that target families that  live on less than $2 a day are increasingly becoming popular in Africa. This initiatives are largely supported by the mobile money revolution that has transformed the continent’s payment system.
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Permaculture Community in Siberia (Documentary Exclusive)

Like VICE News? Subscribe to our news channel: http://bit.ly/Subscribe-to-VICE-News Deep in Siberia's Taiga forest is Vissarion, a cult leader who looks like...
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I don't care what people believe as long as they behave themselves.....

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Iraq ‘didn’t ask’ for US ground operations against ISIS

Iraq ‘didn’t ask’ for US ground operations against ISIS | Permaculture, Horticulture, Homesteading, Bio-Remediation, & Green Tech | Scoop.it
The Iraqi government never asked for and does not need any US involvement in ground operations against Islamic State terrorists. The eye-opening statement came only a day after the Pentagon promised its partner more ground support if it was required.
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Genetically Engineered Soybeans Produce Altered Milk and Stunted Kids: Study

Genetically Engineered Soybeans Produce Altered Milk and Stunted Kids: Study | Permaculture, Horticulture, Homesteading, Bio-Remediation, & Green Tech | Scoop.it

Mother goats fed on ‘Roundup-ready’ GMO soy produce milk that’s much lower in fat, protein and antibodies than non-GMO controls, writesJonathan Latham, and contains traces of GE DNA. The milk also stunts their kids’ growth.

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New Seeds, Handmade Organic Soap & Weeds in the Garden

New Seeds, Handmade Organic Soap & Weeds in the Garden | Permaculture, Horticulture, Homesteading, Bio-Remediation, & Green Tech | Scoop.it

Seeds for Sara's Galapagos tomatoes were brought back from the Galapagos Islands by Sara Goldman, daughter of tomato aficionado Amy Goldman.

These tasty, sweet, full flavored prolific blood red currant sized tomatoes are very early, but produce over a long season. In upstate New York, they are often one of the first to have ripe fruit and still be producing when the weather turns cold at the end of September.

 
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How About Them Heirloom Apples? | CUESA

How About Them Heirloom Apples? | CUESA | Permaculture, Horticulture, Homesteading, Bio-Remediation, & Green Tech | Scoop.it

Red Delicious. Golden Delicious. Gala. Granny Smith. Fuji. Most Americans have tasted the handful of apple varieties available in grocery stores, but at CUESA farmers markets, you’ll find more than 50 fresh varieties hitting the farm stands from August through November, each with its own distinct flavor profile, personality, and harvest time.

But that’s only the tip of the apple branch. Worldwide, there are more than 7,000 known varieties, running the full spectrum of tart to sweet, crunchy to juicy, deep red to golden green.

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Contaminated Soil Lingers In NW Communities Where Apples Once Grew

Contaminated Soil Lingers In NW Communities Where Apples Once Grew | Permaculture, Horticulture, Homesteading, Bio-Remediation, & Green Tech | Scoop.it
At homes and day care centers throughout Central Washington, children play in yards still contaminated by pesticides sprayed decades ago when the land was used to grow apples.

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I can remember telling stories in a school in Central Washington. The children were from farm families. Every inch of land they played on was contaminated.

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GRAIN — Agroecology: Voices From Social Movements

GRAIN — Agroecology: Voices From Social Movements | Permaculture, Horticulture, Homesteading, Bio-Remediation, & Green Tech | Scoop.it
A movement is growing. While agroecology has been practiced for millennia in diverse places around the world, today we are witnessing the mobilisation of transnational social movements to build, defend and strengthen agroecology as the pathway towards a most just, sustainable and viable food and agriculture system. This video explores the meaning, practice and politics of agroecology from a social movement perspective.

“There is no food sovereignty without agroecology. And certainly, agroecology will not last without a food sovereignty policy that backs it up.”  
– Ibrahima Coulibaly, CNOP (Coordination Nationale des Organisations Paysannes du Mali), from Mali
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Specialty Crop Grant Awards Announced by USDA | National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition

On October 5, U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Tom Vilsack announced $63 million in grants for the Specialty Crop Block Grant Program (SCBGP) and over $50 million in grants for the Specialty Crop Research Initiative (SCRI). These awards help support farmers growing fruits, vegetables, tree nuts, and nursery crops, also known as “specialty crops,” through research, agricultural extension and other activities that can help address a variety of challenges faced by specialty crop producers and enhance their competitiveness .

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Monsanto and Syngenta Tighten Stranglehold on Global Food Supply

Monsanto and Syngenta Tighten Stranglehold on Global Food Supply | Permaculture, Horticulture, Homesteading, Bio-Remediation, & Green Tech | Scoop.it
There is a corporate monster in the making. If allowed to emerge, it will gain near complete control of one of the most vital elements to human survival: our global food supply. This monster - a conglomeration of two corporate entities, Monsanto and Syngenta - must be stopped for the sake of the planet and future generations. The companies that would make up this monster conglomeration both want complete control of our food. They envision a world completely inundated with their "patented" geneti
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