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Urban Bees Using Plastic to Build Hives | Food and Farming

Urban Bees Using Plastic to Build Hives | Food and Farming | Organic Farming | Scoop.it
Researchers from Canada found two species of urban leafcutter bees, pictured, have started using small pieces of plastic as a substitute for plant resins in their nests. In both cases, larvae successfully developed and were free from parasites.

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GRAIN — Seed laws that criminalise farmers: resistance and fightback

GRAIN — Seed laws that criminalise farmers: resistance and fightback | Organic Farming | Scoop.it

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The Secret To Huge Potato Harvests

The Secret To Huge Potato Harvests | Organic Farming | Scoop.it
1. A potato tuber is a much enlarged and modified stem. In this illustration, the stem end is at the bottom. The eyes are really buds, each fed by a vein or feeder fiber that runs to the stem end of the tuber, indicated by the blue lines in the illustration. That is the way the tuber develops as it grows. If this feeder fiber is undisturbed in cutting, the new plant that develops from the sprouting eye will develop and feed through the same fiber.

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African Farmers Are Setting Up Rows Of Beehives By Their Land, But It's Not Because They Want Honey

African Farmers Are Setting Up Rows Of Beehives By Their Land, But It's Not Because They Want Honey | Organic Farming | Scoop.it
Great things happen when you harness the power of nature.

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Insightful!

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Slow Food USA's School Garden Guide

Slow Food USA's School Garden Guide | Organic Farming | Scoop.it

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Outdoor space at Ohio State’s Mansfield campus to serve as a giant, green classroom

Outdoor space at Ohio State’s Mansfield campus to serve as a giant, green classroom | Organic Farming | Scoop.it
For example, the wetlands and headwaters could present opportunities to study water quality and how wetlands filter pollutants from water.

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Ohio Wetlands Association's curator insight, February 7, 6:42 PM

While study and education are worthy goals, we need to move ahead and implement large scale restoration.

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These experts say Congress is ‘legislating scientific facts’ — and wrong ones, too

These experts say Congress is ‘legislating scientific facts’ — and wrong ones, too | Organic Farming | Scoop.it
A key problem, say the scientists, is that it takes a long time for trees to grow back after they’re cut down — and a lot can happen in that span of time.

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Ohio Wetlands Association's curator insight, March 17, 4:07 PM
So let's say you burn an acre of trees in a day, how long before that acre captures all that carbon?
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Screening existing drugs to uncover new weapons against antibiotic-resistant bacteria

Screening existing drugs to uncover new weapons against antibiotic-resistant bacteria | Organic Farming | Scoop.it
Across the globe, scientists are working around the clock to find means of tackling antibiotic-resistant bacteria. From quantum-dots to natural clay, we're trying just about anything to combat the threat, but the reality is that the rate at which we're producing new antibiotics is steadily decreasing, and we're extremely short on ways of fighting resistant bacteria like CRE.

This got the BIDMC researchers thinking – what if potential treatments might be hiding in plain sight, in existing drugs?

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Best Homemade Fish Emulsion | Terroir Seeds

Best Homemade Fish Emulsion | Terroir Seeds | Organic Farming | 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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Thieves In California Target Cashews Imported From Africa

Thieves In California Target Cashews Imported From Africa | Organic Farming | Scoop.it
Caro Nut, a food production company in Fresno, California, lost $1.2 million to nut thieves in 2015.

Six times, thieves stole cashews that had been imported raw to the U.S. from Africa and Vietnam, then roasted, salted and packaged in Fresno.

Nut thefts hit an all-time high in California in 2015, the Associated Press reported, according to RegisterGuard. Losses totaled $4.6 million from 31 reported cases, more than the three previous years combined, according to CargoNet, an alliance of cargo shipping firms and law enforcement agencies aimed at preventing losses.

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Cultivate Health initiative helps the school garden movement grow

Cultivate Health initiative helps the school garden movement grow | Organic Farming | Scoop.it
Spring is in the air and gardens are on our minds — specifically, school gardens aimed at improving the health and well-being of children.

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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? | Organic Farming | 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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15 Reasons Bergamot Essential Oil Should Be In Every Home

15 Reasons Bergamot Essential Oil Should Be In Every Home | Organic Farming | Scoop.it
A variety of citrus tree and an herb of the mint family are both known by the name bergamot, but the essential oil of bergamot is extracted from the bergamot orange called Citrus bergamia. This small tree bearing edible fruit that fall somewhere between lemon and grapefruit in taste grows mainly in Mediterranean climate. It is named after the Italian city of Bergamo, the original… [read more]

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Naturally Blight Resistant Potato Varieties Discovered

Naturally Blight Resistant Potato Varieties Discovered | Organic Farming | 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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A Simple Technology That Can Solve India's Clean #Water Problem In Just Rs.3,000 - The Better India

A Simple Technology That Can Solve India's Clean #Water Problem In Just Rs.3,000 - The Better India | Organic Farming | Scoop.it
This amazing bio sand water filter can be manufactured locally, provide clean drinking water and increase livelihood options for the villagers.

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10 tools for farming in dry climates - E4C

10 tools for farming in dry climates - E4C | Organic Farming | Scoop.it
Farmers in dry climates manage to coax crops from sandy soil and water them with rain and even fog. These are 10 tools that enable farming in dry climates.

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Ten Steps to a Successful Garden - Illinois Vegetable Garden Guide

Ten Steps to a Successful Garden - Illinois Vegetable Garden Guide | Organic Farming | Scoop.it

Vegetables from the home garden are fresher, may have better nutrient values, and are often less costly than those sold in store.

 

University of Illinois Extension


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Planting seeds: Youth learning about service, helping others

Planting seeds: Youth learning about service, helping others | Organic Farming | Scoop.it
Dru Grismore hasn’t done much gardening in his five years of life, but on Sunday, he was learning everything he could about how to plant and grow lettuce while attending Global Youth Service Day at the Bloomington-Normal Boys & Girls Club in Bloomington.

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Fixing the Greater Florida Everglades—Once and For All

Fixing the Greater Florida Everglades—Once and For All | Organic Farming | Scoop.it
A Stockholm Water Prize laureate and ecological science and engineering professor discusses the dilemma and ultimate solutions to the polluted farm water currently being discharged in the Florida

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Ohio Wetlands Association's curator insight, February 13, 5:33 PM

We must inspire decision-makers to do what is needed.

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Study: Farming practices must change to save Lake Erie from toxic algae

Study: Farming practices must change to save Lake Erie from toxic algae | Organic Farming | Scoop.it
it seems foolish for anyone to say 'We only want to do this voluntarily,'

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Ohio Wetlands Association's curator insight, March 23, 7:57 AM
Voluntary actions are in place. Manure spreading regulations are the law. Fertilizer applicators are certified. How's that working?
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Vine Peach - Ancient Melon of Many Uses | Terroir Seeds

Vine Peach - Ancient Melon of Many Uses | Terroir Seeds | Organic Farming | 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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Farmsteads of the California Coast: Swanton Berry Farm | CUESA

Farmsteads of the California Coast: Swanton Berry Farm | CUESA | Organic Farming | Scoop.it
From dramatic cliffside beaches to foggy green hillsides, California’s spectacular coastline is at the literal edge of what makes the state beautiful, wild, and great. It is also home to some of the most innovative farms in the country, where growers are breaking new ground on environmental sustainability, social justice, animal welfare, crop and product diversity, and deliciousness.

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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 | Organic Farming | 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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Richard Spencer's curator insight, May 1, 5:24 AM
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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How One Tiny Vermont College Is Taking On Big Agriculture

How One Tiny Vermont College Is Taking On Big Agriculture | Organic Farming | Scoop.it
A small school uses its "large voice" to call for a new approach to farming.

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Cathryn Wellner's curator insight, April 5, 11:58 AM
They're "walking the talk" and modeling sustainability with their students.
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24 Reasons To Go & Pick Dandelions Right Now

24 Reasons To Go & Pick Dandelions Right Now | Organic Farming | Scoop.it
Who hasn’t seen those pesky yellow weeds pop up in the garden from time to time? Yet try as you might – from picking them to poisoning them – nothing keeps them at bay for too long. Perhaps it’s time you embraced the tenacious dandelion and all the benefits it can bring? The Health Benefits of Dandelions Dandelion has been used throughout history to treat… [read more]

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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 | Organic Farming | 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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