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Make a Biogas Generator to Produce Your Own Natural Gas

Make a Biogas Generator to Produce Your Own Natural Gas | resilience through self-reliance | Scoop.it
Transform grass clippings, food waste and livestock manure into renewable biogas energy with a homemade biogas generator.
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key element of my permaculture design in the making

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Gangsters, Swastikas, Tweakers and Permaculture - Modern Farmer

Gangsters, Swastikas, Tweakers and Permaculture - Modern Farmer | resilience through self-reliance | Scoop.it
This beautiful, sprawling permaculture garden is run by guys who met in jail or on the streets.
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I love this story. It contributes to the vision that Permaculture will pave the way to a new kind of society. It is not utopia, it is a reality.

 

Respect the earth and respect one another. The rest is futility.

 

We could put at-home women, prisoners, homeless and all people who are prevented to have constructive social interactions at work - for the common good, not out of charity.

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Tomates sans eau ni pesticide : cette méthode fascine les biologistes

Tomates sans eau ni pesticide : cette méthode fascine les biologistes | resilience through self-reliance | Scoop.it
Tout le monde essaye de cultiver les légumes en les protégeant le plus possible, moi au contraire j’essaye de les encourager à se défendre eux-mêmes. J’ai commencé à planter des tomates sur ce terrain plein de cailloux il y a une vingtaine d’années, à l’époque il n’y avait pas une goutte d’eau.
Tout le monde pense que si on fait ça toutes les plantes meurent mais ce n’est pas vrai. En fait, presque tous les plants survivent. Par contre on obtient de toutes petites tomates, ridicules. Il faut récolter les graines du fruit et les semer l’année suivante. Là on commence à voir de vraies tomates, on peut en avoir 1 ou 2 kilos par plant.
Et si on attend encore un an ou deux, alors là c’est formidable. Au début on m’a pris pour un fou mais au bout d’un moment, les voisins ont vu que j’avais plus de tomates qu’eux, et jamais de mildiou, en plus, alors les gens ont commencé à parler et des chercheurs sont venus me voir. »
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Méthode ancestrale de sélection des graines pour rendre les plants plus résistants et productifs.

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Free Gardening Books & Downloads

Free Gardening Books & Downloads | resilience through self-reliance | Scoop.it

Free books on gardening that can be downloaded with the kindle app [updated pretty much every day]

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huge list of free resources! 

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Plant Power: Dutch company harvests electricity from living plants to power streetlights, Wi-Fi, and cell phones

Plant Power: Dutch company harvests electricity from living plants to power streetlights, Wi-Fi, and cell phones | resilience through self-reliance | Scoop.it
Dutch company Plant-e harnesses electricity from living plants to power streetlights, cell phone chargers, and more.
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beautiful design - green, useful, smart

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Can You Keep Chickens And Ducks Together? | Keeping Ducks FAQ

Can You Keep Chickens And Ducks Together? | Keeping Ducks FAQ | resilience through self-reliance | Scoop.it

There are many mixed opinions about keeping chickens and ducks together in the same enclosure. From a purists point of view, they should be kept in separate enclosures but I have kept my chickens and ducks together for many years with very few problems. Here are a few things for you to consider.

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"What I do, is put wheat under water in a half size bucket for the ducks. The wheat sinks to the bottom and the chickens cannot eat it. This also stops crows and rooks from taking the wheat, which usually happens if it is left dry in a bowl"

 

full of great tips like the one above mentioned... beyond the original topic of the article.

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Farming With Nature: why we welcome moles on the farm

Farming With Nature: why we welcome moles on the farm | resilience through self-reliance | Scoop.it
Gardeners may want to scare off their moles but Village Farm are delighted they are moving on to their holistically grazed pasture. Rebecca Hosking from explains why.
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eat slug - aerate soil

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Growing Communities | Hackney's farmers' market and organic, community-led box scheme - Growing Communities

Growing Communities | Hackney's farmers' market and organic, community-led box scheme - Growing Communities | resilience through self-reliance | Scoop.it
Get fresh, organic, seasonal vegetables from under £8 a week with our unique organic box scheme and visit the Stoke Newington Farmers' Market - Growing Communities
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Great transition initiative in East London.

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Cradle-to-cradle design - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Cradle-to-cradle design - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Cradle to Cradle design (also referred to as Cradle to Cradle, C2C, cradle 2 cradle, or regenerative design) is a biomimetic approach to the design of products and systems. It models human industry on nature's processes viewing materials as nutrients circulating in healthy, safe metabolisms. It suggests that industry must protect and enrich ecosystems and nature's biological metabolism while also maintaining a safe, productive technical metabolism for the high-quality use and circulation of organic and technical nutrients.

In 2002, Braungart and William McDonough published a book called Cradle to Cradle: Remaking the Way We Make Things, a manifesto for cradle to cradle design that gives specific details of how to achieve the model.

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Braungart brought chemistry into the "ecological" conversation in a unique and foolproof way while McDonough pushed architectural sustainability to new height - what a duo!

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While the concept is sound, the certification does not go far enough to achieve Zero Footprint, requiring only 50% renewable energy use, for example.  But it does push in the right directions.

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Grain Thresher - Open Source Ecology

Grain Thresher - Open Source Ecology | resilience through self-reliance | Scoop.it

pictures including measurements

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read about it on the Fukuoka book 'One Straw Relovution' &nd for homestead quantity, that could be a great tool.

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In-Pipe Hydropower Deal For Portland

In-Pipe Hydropower Deal For Portland | resilience through self-reliance | Scoop.it
Portland, Ore., strikes a deal with Lucid Energy to deploy the company's in-pipe water turbines in the city's gravity-fed water mains.
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I always wonder why this kind of tech hasn't been invented YET. But if it's "downsizable" to homestead size and affordable, that's a very clever system

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Sprouted Barley Fodder - A Revolution in Animal Feed?

Sprouted Barley Fodder - A Revolution in Animal Feed? | resilience through self-reliance | Scoop.it

By Joe Pedretti, MOSES Record high grain prices and the drought of 2012 are driving up interest in alternative feeds. Recently that interest focuses on sprouting barley for fodder production. A number of companies have developed systems for automated or semi-automated sprouted barley production.

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lots of info on ramping up barley sprouting + retex and additional links.

 

- clean the seeds

- soak 8-12hours

- spray or flood irrigate regularly (3-4x / day)

- keep 70 % constant humidity and 21°C temp

- light with high efficiency LED 18hours / Day

- harvest at about 1-7 ratio after 6 (nutrients) to 8 (weight) days

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All About Hydraulic Ram Pumps
and the e-book.

All About Hydraulic Ram Pumps <br/> and the e-book. | resilience through self-reliance | Scoop.it
The Atlas Ram Pump is sturdy, reliable, inexpensive, simple to build and maintain.
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There is a 4$ eBook available for details, but the basic principle of the ram pump is described on this web page

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Guanyem Barcelona: Homage to (a viable?) Utopia | Guerrilla Translation!

Guanyem Barcelona: Homage to (a viable?) Utopia | Guerrilla Translation! | resilience through self-reliance | Scoop.it

Now comes a new call for a democratic revolution from Barcelona itself, by way of a platform named Guanyem Barcelona [Let’s Win Barcelona], launched by a group of the city’s intellectuals, cultural workers and activists.

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As Barcelona turns more and more into a theme park... its inhabitants get organized to defend and promote the "real" life in this beautiful city.

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One Man Holds a PATENT That Could Crush MONSANTO and Change The World

One Man Holds a PATENT That Could Crush MONSANTO and Change The World | resilience through self-reliance | Scoop.it

Paul Stamets has figured out how to use mother nature’s own creations to keep insects from destroying crops. It is what’s being called SMART pesticides. These biopesticides provide a safe & nearly permanent solution for controlling over 200,000 species of insects, and it is all thanks to the ‘magic’ of mushrooms.

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Paul Stamets is a very inspiring person. Here is one reason why.

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Exploiter la laine d’angora.:. Une Cerise au potager

Exploiter la laine d’angora.:. Une Cerise au potager | resilience through self-reliance | Scoop.it

Vous êtes de plus en plus nombreux à me contacter pour me demander conseil : vous souhaitez vous installer, monter un petit élevage de lapins angoras et vendre leur laine. 

Je [...] vais tenter aujourd’hui de vous donner quelques éléments de réflexion [qui pourront] peut-être vous éclairer sur ma démarche, à vous de construire votre propre projet !

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Merci à Rose pour ce long article très renseigné sur l'élevage de lapin Angora et la valorisation de leur laine.

 

Un complément sur les races:

http://www.rosebrossut.fr/index.php?id=difference-entre-les-races#.VPWwhfmG9rM

 

 

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World’s first grid-connected wave power station switched on in Australia

World’s first grid-connected wave power station switched on in Australia | resilience through self-reliance | Scoop.it
The company says its system is “different from other wave energy devices as it operates under water where it is safer from large storms [and corrosion] and invisible from the shore”.   

The round, submerged buoys are tethered to seabed pump units, which are installed at a depth of between 25 and 50 metres. Waves crashing into the buoys drive the pumps, which push pressurised seawater through a pipeline beneath the ocean floor to an onshore hydroelectric power station. Here, the high-pressure water drives a turbine and generates electricity.
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exciting!

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Why and How to Ferment Your Feed | Community Chickens

Why and How to Ferment Your Feed | Community Chickens | resilience through self-reliance | Scoop.it
Fermented feed is any chicken food that has been moistened, inoculated with beneficial bacteria, and allowed to ferment. It contains lactobacillus, acetobacter, and yeast. The bacteria begin to digest the food. Basically, fermented feed is natural probiotics for chickens. 
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yet another example of fermentation benefits

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‘Quaquaponics’ – How to set up Aquaponics with Ducks!

You don't need to eat fish to set up a backyard aquaponics system! Ducks are a great alternative and produce a huge amount of nutrients (not to mention providing eggs, meat and snail and slug control!) and they’re generally good friends to have around.

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Read the comment section for additional info on the potenial risks for warm-blooded pathogens that could be carried in duck-pooped water.

 

+ some academic work papers on the use of biochar as a filter. It could reduce the risk greatly while being used as a growing medium.

 

>>> Use of biochar to reduce risk with poultry manure

http://digitool.library.mcgill.ca/webclient/StreamGate?folder_id=0&dvs=1423265182786~970

 

>>>Effect on Salmonella for greywater + comparison with 3 other types of filters http://stud.epsilon.slu.se/6378/7/molaei_r_140130.pdf ;

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Growing Communities | Explore the Food Zones

Growing Communities | Explore the Food Zones | resilience through self-reliance | Scoop.it
The Food Zones shows the amounts and types of food we could source from different areas (zones): it starts with the urban areas in which most of us live and moves outwards - raising what it is best to raise in each zone based on the factors shown, taking into account the principles outlined earlier. Growing Communities
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Growing Communities is a London based initiative to bring back food production back in the city.

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ECF Farmsystems

ECF Farmsystems | resilience through self-reliance | Scoop.it

" Malzfabrik, a former Schultheiss brewery that stopped producing beer in 1996 [...]was bought by Real Future AG, who have refashioned the sprawling, red-brick factory into a space for events, artists and entrepreneurs like ECF Farmingsystems.

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Nicolas [one of the 3 co-founders] was managing Malzfabrik for Real AG when Managing Director Frank Sippel came to him with a proposition. Sippel had learned about a Swiss company called Urban Farmers that had created an aquaponic farm using an old shipping container.


“He told me that due to the difference in water and nutrient levels required by fish and plants, classic aquaponics cannot be usedon a commercial scale,” said Nicolas. Fortunately, Dr. Kloas had a way around this problem: a patented system called ASTAF pro that is specifically designed to integrate classic aquaculture with classic hydroponics.

In this system, biofilters capture the nitrates excreted by the fish converting them into fertilizer. This regulates the nutrient level in the water which can then be reused by plants. Soon after meeting Dr. Kloas, Nicolas, in partnership with Christian, joined hands with the Leibniz Institute to create and sell commercially viable aquaponic systems.

 

[http://www.slowtravelberlin.com/efficient-city-farming/]

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Very inspiring entrepreneurial endeavour initiated in Berlin and spreading worldwide through a franchise business model.

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Faircoop | Commons Transition

Faircoop | Commons Transition | resilience through self-reliance | Scoop.it

Fair.coop is an open global cooperative, self-organized via the Internet and remaining outside nation-state control.Its aim is to make the transition to a new world by reducing the economic and social inequalities among human beings as much as possible, and at the same time gradually contribute to a new global wealth, accessible to all humankind as commons.


Via jean lievens
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The beauty of the transition is that it doesn't need a "big banging start for all parties involved", it can accomodate organic growth supported (hopefully) by empirical  and pragmatic demonstration of the positive output.

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Sun Roof: Solar Panel Shingles Come Down in Price, Gain in Popularity

Sun Roof: Solar Panel Shingles Come Down in Price, Gain in Popularity | resilience through self-reliance | Scoop.it
The Powerhouse shingles generate 12 watts per square foot and are “grid-tied,” meaning they’re designed for structures already connected to the power grid and can send excess power back to the grid. They are wireless, snap together and can be installed by regular roofing contractors just like (or alongside) conventional asphalt shingles (an electrician needs to set up the inverter box).
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better looking than traditionnally bulky PV panels

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Hydro Energy Articles

Hydro Energy Articles | resilience through self-reliance | Scoop.it

A collection of Hydro Energy articles

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lots of valuable info in these articles :)

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Improved Biomass Cooking Stoves

Improved Biomass Cooking Stoves | resilience through self-reliance | Scoop.it

This site exists to help people develop better stoves for cooking with biomass fuels in developing regions.

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the site is packed with info on all kinds of stoves! Great read... not only for 'developing' regions, but for all of us interested in increasing self-reliance.

 

Great example of Aquaponic set up using biochar here

http://stoves.bioenergylists.org/files/schematic_biochar_aquaponics_with_vermiculture_0.pdf

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