‘Silent Spring’ Triggered an Environmental Movement

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The book ‘Silent Spring’ triggered an environmental movement and as such we have known the toxic effects of chemical agriculture, basically from the very beginning. We have suffered both massive environmental damage, disease and pest resistance, and human health issues.

Silent Spring is a 1962 environmental science book by Rachel Carson. The book documented the detrimental effects on the environment—particularly on birds—of the indiscriminate use of pesticides.

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Cut Your Chickens Feed Bill by Fermenting

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Fermentation is nothing new to most of us. We’ve either used it with our surpluses for natural food preservation, or we’ve taken advantage of the probiotics, those beneficial bacteria, that fermenting something creates. As health-promoting element of our diet, its importance is not up for debate; as a part of industrialized lifestyle, its absence has now been recognized as a serious flaw in the system.

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Water Treatment for Off-the-Grid Rainwater Harvesting Systems – Water Organizing Modules (WOMs)

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After implementing a rainwater harvesting system, you still need to distribute the water throughout your house. What other steps need to occur before it is safe for human consumption? There’s a lot to consider when building an off-the-grid water filtration system. Luckily there is an ample supply of education from pioneers who have already solved this challenge.

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Obtain a Yield

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We are starting to reap the rewards from the focus to improve production. The many composting systems that are in place are building the fertility of the soil and the water harvesting/infiltration design has improved the capacity of the property. We have also adapted some of the gardens to produce a larger harvest of produce at a time.

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Inhabit – Part II

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Reflection: a water story

A pilgrimage film exploring the relationship between love, water, and culture.

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World Changer Interview Series – Nicholas Burtner Interviews Joel Salatin

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If you are into Joel Salatin and especially if you are into history, you will not want to miss this interview. Nicholas Burtner sits down with Joel as he graciously pours out history of some of the origins of the ideas on pasture poultry, electric fencing, irrigation for farms, and more that him and his dad helped pioneer. A really informative and fun interview await.

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How to Filter Your Own Drinking Water

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My wife Emma and I have been looking for property in Central America for over a year now. During the search, we have been volunteering on different spots, learning from those who have already been there and done that, as well as experimenting with ideas we have for our own future farm. One of the things that is always on our minds is water. Of course, aiming to be as […]

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A Permacultural Solution

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Toby Hemenway presents a powerful speech at the Permaculture Voices Two (PV2) event captivating the audience and offering Permaculture as the sustainable path to our current unsustainable agricultural system. I just wanted to let you know that this talk starts out negative and it gets worse… but being Permaculture I promise you that by the end we will return to a good place and will end with solutions. – Toby […]

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Growing Clothes From Your Cup of Tea

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The fashion industry, by its very nature, generates lots of waste, way too much to be ignored. The problem is, even if the present clothing material can be recycled or repurposed, it still eventually ends up in the trash bin. So, this brings us to the obvious question: Is it possible to have a truly sustainable fabric that is 100 percent biodegradable and can be returned back to the soil […]

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Geoff Lawton – Expertise

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As a discipline that tries to create sustainable systems, permaculture is wonderfully diverse. You don’t just develop expertise as a gardener or as a farmer, but you also work with ideas from water, waste, from energy systems and architecture. You engage in the spectrum of human knowledge, and this is intensely rewarding. It is how we come to develop holistic systems that are sustainable. This diversity can also be daunting. […]

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China’s Solution to Sustainable Farming: A Decade’s Old Agricultural Practice

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According to Jose Graziano da Silva, Director-General of the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations, the decade old practice by farmers in China to raise fish in rice paddies benefits local community as well as helps in environmental preservation. He praised China’s work in protecting agricultural heritage and developing sustainable production. This tour marked his first visit to an Asian site listed as Globally Important Agricultural Heritage […]

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Crop Rotation – A Vital Component of Organic Farming

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Long before we had synthetic fertilisers to maintain the land’s nutrients, and chemical pesticides and herbicides to keeps pests and weeds under control, we had crop rotation. Crop rotation is a system of designing how to cycle a parcel of land through various crops, reducing the reliance on chemical fertilisers, pesticides and herbicides. It is how successful farmers nurtured their land over generations, and remains vitally important for farmers today […]

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