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Rice : Less seed, less water, less pesticides and chemical fertilizers

Rice : Less seed, less water, less pesticides and chemical fertilizers | forest gardening | Scoop.it
The system of rice intensification (SRI) is gaining ground across Asia as more and more governments come to rely on it for food security.
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Make it a habit | Bangkok Post: food

Make it a habit | Bangkok Post: food | forest gardening | Scoop.it
When looking for a drink to quench your thirst, water is the first thing that comes to mind. It is a good choice and a healthy one too.
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Roselle are growing wild in our forest garden and have inspired me to make hibiscus jelly - a delicious jam with an intense flavour

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Bianca Jagger: life depends on a thin layer of soil - Telegraph

Bianca Jagger: life depends on a thin layer of soil - Telegraph | forest gardening | Scoop.it
As her ex-husband’s band goes on tour again, she is heading a drive to restore vegetation to the world’s degraded lands...

environmentalists have long campaigned over the pollution of the earth’s air and water, its changing climate and its disappearing wildlife, they have remained pretty silent about the state of its soil. Yet all terrestrial life depends on a thin layer of earth, normally just six to 10 inches thick, for survival – and the world loses at least 30 billion tons of it a year, mostly from the drylands that provide nearly half of the world’s food.


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Often overlooked, soil provides so many ecosystem services for us.

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Faasai Resort and Spa joins International Council of Tourism ...

Faasai Resort and Spa joins International Council of Tourism ... | forest gardening | Scoop.it

An outstanding feature of Faasai Resort and Spa is the creation of an organic and edible forest garden, which provides healthy food for staff and guests, gives a sanctuary to wildlife, preserves heritage foods, and helps to ...

 

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Why the world needs a renaissance of small farming

Why the world needs a renaissance of small farming | forest gardening | Scoop.it
Colin Tudge: The greed for profit is ruining agriculture – and the world – but the trend for local shops and farmers' markets offers real hope...
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U.S. Drought 2012: Pick Your Poison: Scientific American

U.S. Drought 2012: Pick Your Poison: Scientific American | forest gardening | Scoop.it

As the drought contines to wreak havoc in the United States, many severe side-effects are emerging, including a toxic harvest from residual poisons. As harvest season gets under way, farmers find that drought-stressed crops are susceptible to toxins and contaminants...another reason for considering altenatives to toxic industrial farming.

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Trees breathing new life into French agriculture

Trees breathing new life into French agriculture | forest gardening | Scoop.it

Agroforestry, the traditional practice of growing crops around trees, is regaining popularity in parts of France...


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Urban Agriculture: Overcoming the Legacy of a City’s Past

Urban Agriculture: Overcoming the Legacy of a City’s Past | forest gardening | Scoop.it
When most people think about cities, heavy industry, crowded housing and vacant lots are some of the images that can come to mind. Lush vegetable fields and orchards are rarely part of the picture.

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When microbes make the food

When microbes make the food | forest gardening | Scoop.it

We use effective microoganisms in our gardens and farm for plant health, soil building, animal health and insect and disease control --- it is largely based on fermented rice and moulds and molasses - so I was intrigued by this class.  

 

A Harvard Summer School class spurs learning through food, by examining how microbes — bacteria and fungi — can help as well as harm when they get into food, doing much of the work preparing cheeses, beer, soy sauce, and even chocolate.

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Drought alert « Dokmai Dogma

Drought alert « Dokmai Dogma | forest gardening | Scoop.it
This is an alert mainly aimed at expats with gardens in Chiang Mai, currently abroad during European/American summer vacation. In contrast to last year's heavy rain this rainy season is unusually dry.
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Fruits of their labour | Bangkok Post: business

Fruits of their labour | Bangkok Post: business | forest gardening | Scoop.it

At the pinnacle fo tropical fruit gardening are durian trees....beautiful forest giants that produce luscious and highly nutricious fruits.  Our province of Chanthaburi is the world capital of durians while the most expensive are grown in Nonthaburi on the outskirts of Bangkok which was devastated by the floods last year. However there are some replantings going on - as per this Bangkok Post article.

 

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I’m Ready-Are You?

I’m Ready-Are You? | forest gardening | Scoop.it

A story about trying to build a home for butterflies. Our place www.faasai.com is full of them http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10150177092915810.301296.96592850809&type=1

But reading this blog - I realise it is not so easy!

 

"For the past year  I have been wildlife gardening in earnest. Everything I did was to help build a habitat for critters, especially for butterflies. Not just for them to visit, but for them to build a home. And the habitat has also become home now to birds, insects, frogs, snakes, toads and so many others...but"


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Researchers Probe the Potential Health Benefits of Palm Oil

Researchers Probe the Potential Health Benefits of Palm Oil | forest gardening | Scoop.it
Preliminary research suggests that tocotrienol, the form of vitamin E packed into the oil-palm fruit, could help fight cancer and prevent strokes...
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Would You Like a Side of Dirt with That?: Scientific American

Would You Like a Side of Dirt with That?: Scientific American | forest gardening | Scoop.it
New findings suggest that ingesting soil is adaptive, not necessarily pathological...
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'Nature Wars': Wildlife versus human, suburban edition - The Seattle Times

'Nature Wars': Wildlife versus human, suburban edition - The Seattle Times | forest gardening | Scoop.it
'Nature Wars': Wildlife versus human, suburban edition The Seattle Times Add the planting of tasty suburban vegetation, and the result is a population explosion, bringing more than $1 billion in damage to forests and home gardens annually, 3,000 to...
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The Island Where People Forget to Die

The Island Where People Forget to Die | forest gardening | Scoop.it
Unraveling the mystery of why the inhabitants of Ikaria, an island of 99 square miles that is home to almost 10,000 Greek nationals, live so long and so well.
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Grange to hold edible forest garden workshop

Grange to hold edible forest garden workshop | forest gardening | Scoop.it

On Thursday, Nov. 1 the Sebastopol Grange and Occidental Arts and Ecology Center will hold a workshop from 7 to 8:30 p.m. on designing edible forest gardens with Eric Toensmeier. The workshop will be at the Grange Hall ...

 

Even if we can't make it to the workshop - it is a very nice philosophy that they have! 

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Rooftop farms flourish in space-starved Hong Kong

Rooftop farms flourish in space-starved Hong Kong | forest gardening | Scoop.it

As Hong Kong consumers grow increasingly worried about the purity and safety of the fruits, vegetables, meats and processed foods coming in from China, more of them are striking out on their own by tending tiny plots on rooftops, balconies and in far-flung untouched corners of highly urbanised Hong Kong

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We Are Now One Year Away From Global Food Riots, Complex Systems Theorists Say | Motherboard

We Are Now One Year Away From Global Food Riots, Complex Systems Theorists Say | Motherboard | forest gardening | Scoop.it

What’s the number one reason we riot? The plausible, justifiable motivations of trampled-upon humanfolk to fight back are many—poverty, oppression, disenfranchisement, etc—but the big one is more primal than any of the above. It’s hunger, plain and simple. If there’s a single factor that reliably sparks social unrest, it’s food becoming too scarce or too expensive. So argues a group of complex systems theorists in Cambridge, and it makes sense.


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The roots of health care | Bangkok Post: business

The roots of health care | Bangkok Post: business | forest gardening | Scoop.it
The advent of Western medicine in Thailand about 100 years ago precipitated a decline in traditional herbal medication.
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Tracing the “great, great grandmothers” of the chicken world

Tracing the “great, great grandmothers” of the chicken world | forest gardening | Scoop.it

Where would the world be without chickens? One of the great contributions of Thailand to the world!


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Antarctica's tropical past is revealed

Antarctica's tropical past is revealed | forest gardening | Scoop.it
Antarctica was once home to a diverse range of tropical plants including ferns, palms and rainforest trees, say scientists.
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Creativity in Poverty - Hindustan Times

Creativity in Poverty - Hindustan Times | forest gardening | Scoop.it
For more than two decades, Prof. Anil Gupta has scoured India's villages for their hidden innovations.

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Permaculture Mailing List Blog: [permaculture] Sth East Asian ...

Permaculture Mailing List Blog: [permaculture] Sth East Asian ... | forest gardening | Scoop.it
[permaculture] Sth East Asian Regional Conference. True about the FB page, I guess. But I do not see why setting up a PCseasia discussion group on google should be included in this process. I see this as something with a ...
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Urban beekeeping all the buzz among posh hotels - CBS News

Urban beekeeping all the buzz among posh hotels - CBS News | forest gardening | Scoop.it
New York's iconic Waldorf-Astoria latest hotel to get stung by interest in harvesting own honey...
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Get Inspired: Tour an Urban Farm (or Two or Six) - East Bay Express (blog)

Get Inspired: Tour an Urban Farm (or Two or Six) - East Bay Express (blog) | forest gardening | Scoop.it
East Bay Express (blog)Get Inspired: Tour an Urban Farm (or Two or Six)East Bay Express (blog)A visit to K.
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