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The World's First Hemp Building Blocks by Hempearth

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PERMACULTURE - CULTIVER AVEC LA NATURE - Sepp Holzer TRAILER

Ce film est un extrait du DVD "SEPP HOLZER: PERMACULTURE EN EUROPE", une collection des films sur le fermier Sepp Holzer: "Permaculture", "Aquaculture" e

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FREE FOOD AND MONEY- Total Self Sufficiency

http://www.FreeLiving101.com Everything you need is within one mile of where you live. Garro Tibbo is living proof. He lives in a normal suburban home in Tor...

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Living Fences: How-To, Advantages and Tips

Living Fences: How-To, Advantages and Tips | Sustainability: Permaculture, Organic Gardening & Farming, Homesteading, Tools & Implements | Scoop.it
Durable for generations, living fence protect soil, contain livestock, provide wildlife habitat, and sometimes even provide wood.

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Qberry Farm has a living fence that separates the field from the road dich.

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Living fences.
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EWG's Farm Subsidy Database

EWG's Farm Subsidy Database | Sustainability: Permaculture, Organic Gardening & Farming, Homesteading, Tools & Implements | Scoop.it
Farm subsidies in the United States
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How the World's Most Fertile Soil Can Help Reverse Climate Change

How the World's Most Fertile Soil Can Help Reverse Climate Change | Sustainability: Permaculture, Organic Gardening & Farming, Homesteading, Tools & Implements | Scoop.it
Feeding more than 7 billion people with minimal environmental and climate impacts is no small feat. That parts of the world are plagued by obesity while starvation is rampant elsewhere shows part of the problem revolves around distribution and social equity. But agricultural methods pose some of the biggest challenges.

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Nature Friendly Farming… | Steve's Leaves

Nature Friendly Farming… | Steve's Leaves | Sustainability: Permaculture, Organic Gardening & Farming, Homesteading, Tools & Implements | Scoop.it
We build special habitats on our farms to encourage friendly forms of wildlife. Things like bees, hawks, bats and butterflies are almost as important to us as sunshine and rain. Not only do they help keep pests down, but they’re helping us to improve the biodiversity (one of Steve’s favourite words) of the countryside, which is good news for all of us.

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Biodiversity conservation and agricultural sustainability: towards a new paradigm of ‘ecoagriculture’ landscapes

Biodiversity conservation and agricultural sustainability: towards a new paradigm of ‘ecoagriculture’ landscapes | Sustainability: Permaculture, Organic Gardening & Farming, Homesteading, Tools & Implements | Scoop.it

 The dominant late twentieth century model of land use segregated agricultural production from areas managed for biodiversity conservation. This module is no longer adequate in much of the world. The Millennium Ecosystem Assessment confirmed that agriculture has dramatically increased its ecological footprint. Rural communities depend on key components of biodiversity and ecosystem services that are found in non-domestic habitats. 


Fortunately, agricultural landscapes can be designed and managed to host wild biodiversity of many types, with neutral or even positive effects on agricultural production and livelihoods. Innovative practitioners, scientists and indigenous land managers are adapting, designing and managing diverse types of ‘ecoagriculture’ landscapes to generate positive co-benefits for production, biodiversity and local people. We assess the potentials and limitations for successful conservation of biodiversity in productive agricultural landscapes, the feasibility of making such approaches financially viable, and the organizational, governance and policy frameworks needed to enable ecoagriculture planning and implementation at a globally significant scale. We conclude that effectively conserving wild biodiversity in agricultural landscapes will require increased research, policy coordination and strategic support to agricultural communities and conservationists.


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The Dirty Way to #Feed #More #People and Help #Stop #Climate #Change

The Dirty Way to #Feed #More #People and Help #Stop #Climate #Change | Sustainability: Permaculture, Organic Gardening & Farming, Homesteading, Tools & Implements | Scoop.it
Building soil fertility increases yields and helps farmland store more carbon.

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Voici l'histoire du maïs multicolore devenu star d'Internet

Voici l'histoire du maïs multicolore devenu star d'Internet | Sustainability: Permaculture, Organic Gardening & Farming, Homesteading, Tools & Implements | Scoop.it
En 2012, un épi de maïs multicolore est devenu une star d'Internet. Popularité éphémère ou pas, l'histoire de l'homme derrière sa création est chargée

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Direct Sowing Your Garden Successfully | Terroir Seeds

Direct Sowing Your Garden Successfully | Terroir Seeds | Sustainability: Permaculture, Organic Gardening & Farming, Homesteading, Tools & Implements | Scoop.it
Direct sowing can be done almost any time of the year – in early to late spring for the summer garden, mid to late fall for the cool season garden, as well as succession planting a row after a crop has been harvested to grow something else delicious!

Direct sowing simply means planting the seeds directly into the garden soil, instead of starting them inside, nurturing and then transplanting into the garden once they are several weeks old and several inches tall.
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This #Dutch Town Will Grow its Own #Food, Live Off-Grid, and Handle its Own Waste #Renewables #Science #Housing

This #Dutch Town Will Grow its Own #Food, Live Off-Grid, and Handle its Own Waste #Renewables #Science #Housing | Sustainability: Permaculture, Organic Gardening & Farming, Homesteading, Tools & Implements | Scoop.it
Meet the "Tesla of eco-villages".

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So exciting to see this take off after years of work
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Grow its own food?
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The Myth of the Killer Bees | 48 Hills

The Myth of the Killer Bees | 48 Hills | Sustainability: Permaculture, Organic Gardening & Farming, Homesteading, Tools & Implements | Scoop.it
The terms “killer bee” and “Africanized bee” are used to describe bees that are a hybrid of Western and African honeybees. Breeders introduced these hybrids to Brazil in the 1950s, but some swarms escaped and made their way through South and Central America. They arrived in North America in 1985, have been travelling slowly northward, and were first documented in California in 1994.
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La Création de Buttes - Fermes d'Avenir

La Création de Buttes - Fermes d'Avenir | Sustainability: Permaculture, Organic Gardening & Farming, Homesteading, Tools & Implements | Scoop.it

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permaculture : création de butte,  une "hugelkultur"

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A Foundation Like a Cooler

A Foundation Like a Cooler | Sustainability: Permaculture, Organic Gardening & Farming, Homesteading, Tools & Implements | Scoop.it
Due to the slope of the lot and site work that took place before Guertin purchased it, he only had to dig down 18 in. for the conventionally formed footings. …
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How to start homesteading (the smart way)

Homesteading can be so exciting at first that you can get ahead of yourself. Here are a few tips to help you save money, energy, time, and sanity.

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Meet The Family Growing 6,000 Pounds Of Food A Year In Their L.A. Backyard

Meet The Family Growing 6,000 Pounds Of Food A Year In Their L.A. Backyard | Sustainability: Permaculture, Organic Gardening & Farming, Homesteading, Tools & Implements | Scoop.it
This family of four produces upward of 6,000 pounds of produce a year on their tenth-of-an-acre property—nicknamed the Urban Homestead.
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3 tons of food from your backyard?
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Five-Minute Mentor: Jimmy Williams - Modern Farmer

Five-Minute Mentor: Jimmy Williams - Modern Farmer | Sustainability: Permaculture, Organic Gardening & Farming, Homesteading, Tools & Implements | Scoop.it
A fifth-generation seed saver, this Los Angeles kitchen-garden guru distills the lessons learned from some 70 years spent tending heirloom edibles.
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Mentoring wisdom?
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Plant Production and Protection Division: Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services

Plant Production and Protection Division: Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services | Sustainability: Permaculture, Organic Gardening & Farming, Homesteading, Tools & Implements | Scoop.it
FAO emphasizes that both the conservation of biological diversity for food and agriculture and its sustainable use is necessary for providing food, improving people’s economic, social and environmental conditions and meeting the needs of future generations, in particular the rural poor. In this context, AGP assists member countries in developing capacities to manage biodiversity and the ecosystem services it provides to increase options for optimizing agricultural production

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‘Green’ Wine through a Responsible and Efficient Production: A Case Study of a Sustainable Sicilian Wine Producer

‘Green’ Wine through a Responsible and Efficient Production: A Case Study of a Sustainable Sicilian Wine Producer | Sustainability: Permaculture, Organic Gardening & Farming, Homesteading, Tools & Implements | Scoop.it

Sustainability is progressively gaining importance in the winegrowing sector. Implementing this concept implies environmental soundness, social equity and economic feasibility. A proliferation of initiatives to develop the sustainable production of wine started officially in Italy since the year 2010. The objective of this paper is to illustrate the reshaping of Sicilian winegrowing according to the ‘Triple bottom line’ approach to sustainability. By analyzing the case-study of the Tasca d’Almerita firm, pilot farm of various national projects in wine-sustainability, we found that adopting sustainable operative, organizational and competitive strategies has lead to a well-managed and growing business with positive socio-economic implications at the local level.


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Extension Agents: The Unsung Heroes of the Agricultural World - Modern Farmer

Extension Agents: The Unsung Heroes of the Agricultural World - Modern Farmer | Sustainability: Permaculture, Organic Gardening & Farming, Homesteading, Tools & Implements | Scoop.it
The experts who comprise the USDA's Extension System work tirelessly to assist farmers and gardeners from coast to coast, yet rarely receive recognition. Until now.

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Humans started rice farming 9,000 years ago in China

Humans started rice farming 9,000 years ago in China | Sustainability: Permaculture, Organic Gardening & Farming, Homesteading, Tools & Implements | Scoop.it
Chew on this: rice farming is a far older practice than we knew. In fact, the oldest evidence of domesticated rice has just been found in China, and it's about 9,000 years old.

 

The discovery, made by a team of archaeologists that includes University of Toronto Mississauga professor Gary Crawford, sheds new light on the origins of rice domestication and on the history of human agricultural practices.

 

Today, rice is one of most important grains in the world's economy, yet at one time, it was a wild plant...how did people bring rice into their world? This gives us another clue about how humans became farmers," says Crawford, an anthropological archaeologist who studies the relationships between people and plants in prehistory.

 

Working with three researchers from the Provincial Institute of Cultural Relics and Archaeology in Zhejiang Province, China, Crawford found the ancient domesticated rice fragments in a probable ditch in the lower Yangtze valley. They observed that about 30 per cent of the rice plant material - primarily bases, husks and leaf epidermis - were not wild, but showed signs of being purposely cultivated to produce rice plants that were durable and suitable for human consumption. Crawford says this finding indicates that the domestication of rice has been going on for much longer than originally thought. The rice plant remains also had characteristics of japonica rice, the short grain rice used in sushi that today is cultivated in Japan and Korea. Crawford says this finding clarifies the lineage of this specific rice crop, and confirms for the first time that it grew in this region of China.

 

Crawford and his colleagues spent about three years exploring the five-hectare archaeological dig site, called Huxi, which is situated in a flat basin about 100 meters above sea level. Their investigations were supported by other U of T Mississauga participants - anthropology professor David Smith and graduate students Danial Kwan and Nattha Cheunwattana. They worked primarily in early spring, fall and winter in order to avoid the late-spring wet season and excruciatingly hot summer months. Digging 1.5 meters below the ground, the team also unearthed artifacts such as sophisticated pottery and stone tools, as well as animal bones, charcoal and other plant seeds.


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International Monsanto Tribunal Frequently Asked Questions

International Monsanto Tribunal Frequently Asked Questions | Sustainability: Permaculture, Organic Gardening & Farming, Homesteading, Tools & Implements | Scoop.it
1. Why an international tribunal?

We believe that only through civic action will we be able to achieve compensation for Monsanto’s actions.

World governments and courts have failed to hold Monsanto accountable for the devastating impact its products and practices have had on human health and the environment. And domestic courts have proven ineffective and/or impractical as a pathway to recourse for individuals who have filed lawsuits against Monsanto.
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Doctor: Plant Two Vegetable Plots and Call Me in the Morning - Modern Farmer

Doctor: Plant Two Vegetable Plots and Call Me in the Morning - Modern Farmer | Sustainability: Permaculture, Organic Gardening & Farming, Homesteading, Tools & Implements | Scoop.it
A new report from a UK think tank suggests that gardening could be the best thing for your health.
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Cities as Novel Biomes: Recognizing Urban Ecosystem Services as Anthropogenic | California Center for Sustainable Communities

Cities as Novel Biomes: Recognizing Urban Ecosystem Services as Anthropogenic | California Center for Sustainable Communities | Sustainability: Permaculture, Organic Gardening & Farming, Homesteading, Tools & Implements | Scoop.it
Urban Ecosystem Science is now an established science, arising along side the historic shift of humans to becoming in majority urban dwellers. In this Perspective I suggest there is a need to develop a new framework for UES as embedded in distinct urban biomes that can be classified by city-type and typologized. UES are largely the artifact of human decision making from what to plant where, to determining the urban infrastructure type in which UES will be placed. Developing urban typologies by climate zone, level of development, size and history will better enable the understanding of UES. I attempt to show the rise of the importance of nature, and of urban nature following the development of industrial city, and the importance of human intent in creating these urban ecosystems over time. If humans choose to manage cities through increasing UES, this will require coupled shifts, the shift in rules and regulations, goals and processes and shifts in urban form, infrastructure and function—socio-technical-ecological changes—driven by human decision-making. Such efforts will vary widely by city—by urban biome.

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