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. »
Méthode ancestrale de sélection des graines pour rendre les plants plus résistants et productifs.
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.
"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.
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.
Braungart brought chemistry into the "ecological" conversation in a unique and foolproof way while McDonough pushed architectural sustainability to new height - what a duo!
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
Paul Stamets is a very inspiring person. Here is one reason why.
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.
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.
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.
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
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
Growing Communities is a London based initiative to bring back food production back in the city.
" 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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
better looking than traditionnally bulky PV panels
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