Standard to Establish Framework for Sustainable Agriculture Released by ASABE

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A standard that establishes a framework for charting progress toward sustainable agricultural production has just been completed by The American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers (ASABE). This is known as ANSI/ASABE S629, Framework to Evaluate the Sustainability of Agricultural Production Systems. It includes provisions for defining and benchmarking key performance indicators, setting goals, implementing strategies for continuous improvements, and reporting improvements. It is geared for use with all typical […]

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Minimum Intervention

Minimum-Intervention

How Close to Do Nothing Can You Get?

One of the most attractive principles in Permaculture is minimum intervention. The idea that you can be more productive by doing less has many attractions. If we can get higher yields by working less, we also consume less energy and produce less waste.

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Making Biogas is Easy

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Methane is a versatile, sustainable gas that can be used to perform everyday tasks like heating water and cooking food with surprising simplicity. Unfortunately producing it and using it at home may seem messy, but below we have a simple DIY instruction on making a biogas digester. All grazing animals have bacteria that are needed for creating methane in their guts, with cows being the most efficient creators of the […]

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Causing Biological Invasion with the Click of a Mouse

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Every country is under invasion, not from extra-terrestrial organisms but by native plants from other continents. The case of Switzerland is one such classical example. Long ago Goldenrod, Himalayan balsam and Chinese windmill palm were introduced as ornamental plants and at some point having ‘escaped’ into the wild, they are now threatening the native flora. The main cause of such biological invasions is global trade, which from the last two […]

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Permaculture at Taman Pertanian

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The idea behind incorporating permaculture is to show people a site that integrates permaculture demonstration with recreational activities. This mix will be necessary so that people who want to learn and see permaculture working in the tropics can come to this site as a demonstration site. At the same time the site caters for recreational activities that attract different crowds and traps them!

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The Potential to Revolutionize Agricultural Practices through ICT

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This is commonly also referred to as E-agriculture or ICTs in agriculture. It involves designing, developing and applying innovative strategies to use ICTs in the rural fields with a primary focus on agriculture. This innovative ways provides diverse solutions to challenges being faced in agricultural. E-agriculture is a new way that is focusing on the enhancement of agricultural and rural development through improved information and communication processes. So in the […]

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This Crazy Tree Grows 40 Kinds of Fruit

This Crazy Tree Grows 40 Kinds of Fruit

Sam Van Aken, an artist and professor at Syracuse University, uses “chip grafting” to create trees that each bear 40 different varieties of stone fruits, or fruits with pits. The grafting process involves slicing a bit of a branch with a bud from a tree of one of the varieties and inserting it into a slit in a branch on the “working tree,” then wrapping the wound with tape until […]

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Phayao Permaculture Center, Phayao, Northern Thailand

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Having taken the Permaculture Design Certificate (PDC) course with Bill Mollison on Maui, Hawaii in 1982, it has been my vision to retire on my own permaculture designed land. This came about in 2012 when I purchased land for my Thai family. The design was formulated and implementation began. Of the many elements designed in permaculture fashion, soil enhancement was a major priority from the beginning as the tropical soil […]

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Many and Varied Reasons for Putting Sweet Potatoes in Your Garden

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Most of us, or at least those of us would think about such things, consider sweet potatoes to be hot weather crop. After all, they do come from tropical roots (Yes, that is gardening word play), and they aren’t the biggest fans of cold weather. But, this isn’t to say that they can’t be grown elsewhere and add another stomach-stuffing staple to the mix. I’ll never understand why sweet potatoes […]

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How to Heat and Cool Your Home Without Electricity

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Electricity carried through an immense web of copper eventually makes its way into our homes, providing the endless supply we need for temperature control. It’s expensive, and in some places the air conditioning can easily account for half the electricity bill. Paying this upkeep could even make the difference between life and death in extreme climates. Thankfully, there are other options out there. Using alternative building techniques, houses can be designed that passively heat and cool themselves all year long – without electricity!

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Starting a Business – Some Thoughts

Permaculture-business

One of the things I notice is that the same challenges come round again and again. Why does this matter in the world of Permaculture? Well, for a number of different reasons. If you accept the essential premises on which Permaculture is built you will appreciate that followers of the discipline agree to take as much responsibility for the welfare of themselves and their families as they can. So self-employment becomes an obvious choice.

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Property purchase guide: what to look for when buying land?

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Finding the perfect piece of land can be rather expensive; nonetheless, once you have it, you’re setting a solid foundation for your future success.

I would say that all land has potential, but your final choice depends on your personal situation and your resources. Although I am here suggesting a specific hierarchy of what is important to look for when on your hunt, your situation may differ, that’s why we should always start with goals in mind.

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