Cities – Food Free Zones? The Creation of the Urban Food Desert

The Creation of the Urban Food Desert feat

Have you ever wondered why our modern cities are intentionally designed to be food-free? All living things normally live in close proximity to their food sources, it’s a biological fact and a common-sense survival strategy. We often take our surroundings for granted as we go about our busy lives, but if we stop for a moment and critically examine the state of our modern cities, we soon realise a disturbingly […]

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How To Grow Watercress At Home, One Of The Most Nutritious Vegetables

Watercress Farm

Watercress is among the most highly nutritious vegetables, many of the great herbalists wrote of the revitalizing power of watercress. The health benefits of watercress are attributed to its nutrient content. Watercress is an excellent source of vitamins B1, B2, B6, C, E, manganese, and carotenes. It also a good source of calcium, fiber, iron and copper. Watercress livens up raw salad and it also makes a valuable juice. Watercress […]

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An Attempt to Set a New Guinness Record by Planting 50 Million Trees in One Day

India Planting Trees

On July 11, thousands of people from Uttar Pradesh, a northern state in India, attempted to plant 50 million trees over 24 hours to get into Guinness World Records. Although this massive effort needs to be officially certified by the Guinness World Records, Indian officials say that volunteers have planted a mammoth 49.3 million tree saplings in 24 hours, easily surpassing the previously held record of 847,275 tree-plantings in a […]

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Brix Refractometers and Why they take your Knowledge to Another Level

Front Yard Urban Vegetable Garden

What is a Brix refractometer? In agriculture, it is mainly used in measuring the sugar content in fruits and vegetables. If you know the sugar content of your produce, you will also immediately know if your fruits and vegetables are of high quality. With this information, you can properly time your harvesting. This translates to a higher quality produce. The benefits of using a Brix refractometer In other words, a […]

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Letter From a Forest Garden


Small is not just possible, small is inevitable. Creating autonomous control of our economics requires people to be able to create. And that means within the resources they have. Graham Bell asks, where better to start than a forest garden?

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Permaculture for School Gardens (Ebook)

Permaculture for School Gardens (Ebook)

A mini-ebook that serves as a resource for elementary public and home schools to quickly implement permaculture design in their garden design, management, teaching, & use in the classroom. 12 pages color pages with descriptive, fun, and educational drawings and descriptions.

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PV technologies: Is there a Buyer’s Advantage?

Solar panels and storm

Solar cells have come a long way from being in the realm of NASA, far beyond the pocketbook of most mortals to an ever cheaper commodity that is quickly becoming a mainstream source of electricity. Throughout the history of photovoltaics (PV) different technologies have been competing for the favors of the market, touting their respective advantages. The main two classes competing for the market today are crystalline silicon and thin […]

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A Dozen or More Plants That Provide Quickly and Abundantly

Lemon Cucumbers (Courtesy of Megan Hansen)

I am for a new system of food production in which we utilize perennial plants more, slowly replacing our tendency to eat, nearly exclusively, annuals with a diet better suited to self-sustaining, soil-building, long-living agricultural ecosystems. I know these systems, in the end, will serve us better as a planet (humanity having to exist on said planet), has the potential to provide well-balanced abundance, and give us lives less reliant […]

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Closed Carbon Loop: One of the Solutions to Sustainable Agriculture

One of the Solutions to Sustainable Agriculture

In the future, we will need more resources and raw materials. We will also need more food to feed to our growing population. Researchers estimate that our population will reach at least 10 billion by the year 2050. They also estimate that we will need to increase our food production by at least 70 percent to feed the growing population. Where will we get more resources, raw materials, and food? […]

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Evolutions on Mr. Phiri’s Water-Harvesting Plantation, 1995–2016

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Earlier this year I had the opportunity to return to Zimbabwe and to the farm of some of my prime water-harvesting mentors, Mr. Zephaniah Phiri Maseko and his family. While in the region, I also visited the farms of many other innovative farmers who are enhancing their soils’ hydrology and fertility by cooperating with natural systems. In this blog entry, and some to follow, I will share some of the […]

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Organic Agriculture Benefits Outstrip Conventional Agriculture in Africa

Close Up Of Farmer Using Digital Tablet On Organic Farm

The United Nations Development Programme estimates that more than 80% of Africa’s population depends on agriculture as their primary source of livelihood. In addition, the agricultural sector has provided employment to about 70% of the people in sub-Saharan Africa. In a long-term ten-year study in Kenya has indicated that organic farming produces more income and health benefits as well as produces equally good yields for farmers than conventional methods. The […]

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What are the Social and Political Underpinnings of Permaculture?

What are the Social and Political Underpinnings of Permaculture 01

“In our age there is no such thing as ‘keeping out of politics.’ All issues are political issues….” This quote from George Orwell still rings true today and even more so if you’re trying to ‘over grow the system’. Like many before me, and as is likely to be after, I came to permaculture via a general disdain for our current system, a feeling of frustration at the general lack […]

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