Getting Consistency in Cheesemaking

Assortment of organic gourmet cheeses

The seasonal differences in the milk flora sometimes create unwanted results in the end product. There are things you can implement other than changing the name of the cheese by dancing around the cheesemaking steps. A good artisanal cheesemaker should always be on top of the recipe but also react to the sudden unforeseen changes and adjust along the way. It is like continues improvement and risk mitigation process for […]

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How Do You Restore Degraded Soil?

Sprout growing out of concrete

A degraded soil typically loses its ability to supply food and habitation to living organisms, in its surrounding. When this happens, effort is made to restore the soil back to its natural state. Characteristics of a degraded soil include: high salinity, decline in fertility, decline in organic matter (leading to decline in soil structure), soil erodibility, increase in alkalinity and acidity. Soil degradation can be caused by man: for example, […]

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Understanding Urban Agriculture – Part 2, Productivity, Potential and Possibilities

NYC Urban Farm 01

This is part two of a series of articles Angelo is writing, for part one please visit: http://permaculturenews.org/2016/10/05/understanding-urban-agriculture-part-1-present-state-historical-context/ People who say it cannot be done should not interrupt those who are doing it. George Bernard Shaw Urban agriculture is a growing phenomenon worldwide, and in the first part of this article, “Understanding Urban Agriculture – Part 1, The Present State in Historical Context” we looked at the history of localized […]

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Making Solar Power Reality in Our Cities

Rooftop solar panels

I stepped out of line last time when I posed the question; do our cities have the right to exist at all? Now their original purpose as military strongholds is no longer on the agenda. I concluded we are stuck with them provided they add value. They should be careful. Mobs overthrew cities in the past and looted them. They are still capable of doing damage. Think what happened to […]

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Cuba Uses Localized Permaculture as One Solution to Peak Oil

The Malecon in Havana with people and traffic

Permaculture offers alternatives to fossil fuels by tackling problems on a hyper local level whilst remaining mindful of their place within the global picture. We find success when this is done in a manner that is sensitive to biodiversity and cultural diversity, whilst favoring a revival of traditional techniques and encouraging innovation. Working smarter, not harder, and seeing nature as an ally are key pillars of the permacultural philosophy. It […]

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Soil Classification

Steppe saline soils. saline  salt  in salt.  steppe  prairie  ve

Soil classification involves the grouping of soils based on their physical, chemical and biological properties. There are different systems of soil classification. In the 19th century Vasily Dokuchaev a Russian geologist gave the first soil classification system. Soils were grouped into abnormal soils (now called azonal soils), transitional soils (now called intrazonal soils) and zonal or normal soils. A brief description of this soil classification is described in table 1. […]

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Local Couple Bring First Permaculture School To Central West

Local Couple Bring First Permaculture School To Central West

The latest project from the Permaculture Research Institute comes via the years of hard work from Paul and Fiona Rossiter, active community members and permaculture enthusiasts. The long-time sustainability advocates have begun numerous initiatives on their home turf of Central West in New South Wales, Australia. Now, they’re taking their love of sustainable living a step further with a new knowledge center and the very first permaculture school and cold climate education center in the region.

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Successional Planting Spreadsheet Tool

seeds to sow

After reading an article in the latest Pip (Australian Permaculture magazine) a couple of weeks ago on pages 38-42, about how to plan planting of food so that there is an on-going harvest instead of periodic gluts and then scarcity, I got inspired. Evita and I are both poor at keeping a notebook/diary of what is planted, where, and when. And we’ve had the feast and famine cycle happen a […]

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Money Is Not the Motive

Money Is Not the Motive

What’s the use of happiness? It can’t buy you money. Henny Youngman I can’t say money doesn’t matter. A lack of it, as well as some fairly stiff standards to meet, has prevented my wife Emma and I from buying land after two years of looking. It has led us to places we’d never planned to live but where we could afford to buy property. We have currently stopped looking […]

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When Big Business Bottom Line is Not the Bottom Line

When Big Business Bottom Line is Not the Bottom Line

A harsh reality of big business is the bottom line – the desire for corporations to always be in the black and experience profit, no matter the cost. In some instances, this is a fine endeavor, and can even occasionally be beneficial, as corporations discover new ways to fix a problem with ease. However, more often than not, it’s the case that big business simply finds a way to fix […]

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Fighting Seed Hegemony

Wheat

For anyone familiar with the heavy-handed sales approach that Monsanto takes with farmers around the world, this seemingly unrelated clip of Prince Ea discussing a hypothetical class-action lawsuit against the entire American public education system will likely invite a slew of apt comparisons between the two highly contentious issues. The rapper-activist’s basic premise is that it’s impossible to educate and evaluate all students using the same core curriculum and standardizes […]

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Natural Cheesemaking

Alpine hut that produces  homemade cheeses.

We spend money on sachets of cultures for different types of cheeses and moulds for aroma and washing, rennet and other ingredients. Sometimes it feels like I am spending unnecessary amounts of money on these things. But maybe there is a way to go natural on these ingredients and replace them with alternatives. The key point in natural cheesemaking is to work with local flora of the environment you are […]

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