Articles in Green

2015: International Year of Soils
The year is almost done but through out the months The International year of soils was celebrated around the world. NRCS joins groups across the world to celebrate International      Year of Soils in 2015     . The 68th session of the United ...
$300 Underground Greenhouse Grows Food Year Round; An Extraordinary Walipini
From vertical farms to solar-powered “farms from a box,” we’ve seen how farming technology has grown leaps and bounds in recent years. But for those who prefer something a little more rustic, growing food from a hole in the ground is as low-tech as you can get. A walipini...
$75,000 on 1/3 acre: Profitable Urban Farm Tour With Green City Acres.
I heard first about Curtis Stone one evening when my husband and I were searching about ways to make a profit selling greens. We stumbled upon one of his Youtube videos and watched it. He looked young, but after hearing his interview on how he started his farming business, I realized he was ver...
'Life in Syntropy': Creating Systems For Abundance
This short film was presented at COP21 in Paris, it explains how Syntropic Agriculture is changing eroded areas in Brazil, and how the work and passion of one man is changing lives around the world. Agroforestry is the bases of this syntropic agriculture, by trying to emulate what nature is doing al...
1000’s of Trees and Half an Acre: Small Scale Nursery Business with Akiva Silver
“I think the most important thing is to grow what you use.  What you use in your landscape, and what you’re excited about and want to see other people grow..”Akiva Silver “We now know how to breed plants.  In the short span of a few years we can surpass the results ...
120 Kindred Spirits on a 220 Acre Eco Village In Arizona
Avalon Organic Gardens & EcoVillage is located on 220 acres of rich farmland in the sacred Santa Cruz Valley of Southern Arizona. They are a collective of 120 kindred spirits united by a common vision. Being a spiritual intentional community as well as an ecovillage, their efforts to l...
14 Off-Grid Projects to Cut Your Energy and Water Usage
by Steph   Whether you’re building a cabin in the woods that’s disconnected from any power or water sources, or just want to reduce your utility bills, going partially or totally off grid can be done on the cheap with a little creative thinking. There are many small ways to reduce y...
187 Herbs Superlist - Their Uses And Their Benefits - Save & Share
On this page you will find an alphabetical list of 150+ now at 189 herbs! Every herb in our list has its own dedicated page on this site - with pictures and very detailed info! Follow the links to learn more about each herb. The goal of the individual herbs' pages is to gather information ...
19 Reasons To Find Yourself Some Nettles
Nettle plants grow wild across the U.S., Europe and around the globe; they are used for both medicinal purposes and as food. Highly nutritious, the prickly plant is often used as a spring tonic. It's a natural cleanse that removes metabolic wastes and is both gentle and stimulating on the lymph syst...
24 Fantastic Vegetable Garden Ideas
Growing your own food isn’t as hard as it sounds. Not only is it incredibly rewarding to know you have grown what your eating, it will save you money and is great for the environment too. Here are 24 incredible vegetable garden ideas which will help inspire you to start your own. Thi...
27 Examples Of Living Willow Fences In Use
Living Willow Hedges  Or 'fedges' = fence + hedge. Willows, sallows, and osiers form the genus Salix (Latin for willow), which consist of around 400 species of deciduous trees and shrubs. Willow are native to moist soils in cold and temperate regions of the Northern Hemisphere. Almost all willo...
27 Highly Medicinal Plants You Can Grow At Home
1. Aloe Vera source The aloe vera grows only under the sun with well drained dry or moist soil. Although the plant tastes like turd, it’s still edible. The sap from aloe vera is extremely useful to speed up the healing and reducing the risk of infections for : wounds cuts burns eczema reduci...
29 Photos That Will Make You Want To Recycle Everything!
These pictures make me feel so sad and upset, how is it that as a species we have created this kind of filth and destruction? From oil spills to overflowing landfills, man’s unsustainable quest to "live a better life" with little regard for the world they live in has caused a staggering a...
40 Percent Of Russias Food Is Home Grown From 'Dacha Gardens'
While the majority of citizens in developed nations rely on transported produce and packaged goods to satiate their grumbling stomachs, the people of Russia feed themselves. They have little need for large-scale agriculture, as their agricultural economy is small scale, predominantly organic, and in...
5 FUN AND FRUITFUL TECHNIQUES FOR SMALL-SCALE EARTHWORKS
Just like the title above says, in this article we illustrate five fun techniques for small-scale earthworks that are sure to create a fruitful bounty once you start harvesting from your garden. I’ve spent most of the last two years volunteering on farms throughout Central and South America, a...
5,000-Year-Old Tree in Scotland is Changing From Male to Female
Fortingall Yew, in Perthshire, has been recorded as 'male' for centuries, but in recent years it has started to sprout seeds, suggesting that part of it is changing gender. This 'rare and unusual phenomenon' move has baffled botanists.   The Fortingall Yew standing in a church yard in Perths...
6 Uses For Cattails
Cattails are wetland plants with a unique flowering spike, flat blade like leaves that reach heights from 3 to 10 feet.  They are one of the most common plants in large marshes and on the edge of ponds. Two species are most common in US: broad leaved cattail (T. latifolia) and na...
7 Amazing People Who Prove That Living Plastic-Free is Possible
Take a minute to peruse the contents of the trash cans throughout your home. While this might not be the most pleasant (or pleasant-smelling!) activity, doing so can provide you with the information you need to begin living healthier, leaner and lighter on the planet. And it might even help you save...
7 Creative Ways to Balance Excess Soil Nutrients
There’s no one way to balance soil fertility. Try one of these techniques to grow your best crop yet. A  soil test may sometimes reveal that you have too much of a certain nutrient or mineral in the soil. Sometimes you’ll even find instructions to extract them, whether it’s us...
7 Really Smart Reasons To Grow YOUR Own Organic Food In A Straw Bale Garden…
I wanted to share this article because we have grown food in straw bale and were very successful doing so. We hit the jackpot when a horse ranch was selling their wet straw bales and we bought 50 for less than a dollar a piece. Delivery Included. Gotta love CL. If you’re looking for a method o...
900000 Likes Celebration Begins With Seed Package Giveaway from theseedguy.com
Happy Thursday Everyone! 10/8/15.  As a part of our 900,000 likes celebration, we will be giving away all kinds of fantastic stuff! To begin with, THREE lucky winners will win an awesome array of seeds! This weekend (10/8-10/11/15) you have a chance to WIN one of two '60 Variety Survival Heirlo...
A 'Pesticide Hub' In Junagadh Switches To Organic Farming
In India, the bug of growing organic has bitten farmers in the village of Agab, more and more these farmers are making the switch and choosing to grow food sustainably and without the use of chemicals or pesticides. It is interesting that the countries that have the less and are considered Developin...
A 102-Year-Old Transport Ship Sprouts a Floating Forest
Homebush Bay in Sydney, Australia is home to the remnants of a ship-breaking yard that operated during the mid 20th-century. Large watercraft that outlived their usefulness were towed to Homebush Bay and dismantled to salvage any components that could be reused or sold for scrap. One such ship was t...
A Bamboo Tower That Produces Water From Air
THE WARKAWATER TOWER is an unlikely structure to find jutting from the Ethiopian landscape. At 30 feet tall and 13 feet wide, it’s not half as big as its namesake tree (which can loom 75 feet tall), but it’s striking nonetheless. The spindly tower, of latticed ba...
A Fall Garden Might Be Just What The Doctor Ordered!
Most gardeners start off the season with high hopes in the spring. They dutifully prepare their garden beds and plant their seeds, dreaming of the healthy plants and perfect vegetables they’ve seen in the seed catalogues as they were ordering seeds and planning the new year’s garden. But by mids...
A lesson in regenerative agriculture from the Loess Plateau
10 000 years of damage, but not beyond repair. Today’s visitors to the Loess Plateau will find a suitably luscious landscape for a province thought to be the cradle of Chinese civilisation. Agricultural land is rich in produce and animals, tourism levels are markedly increased, and farmers are...
A Simple Way To Root Plants From Cuttings (Video)
This video is a tutorial on how to learn to root plants from cuttings. Rooting from cuttings is a great skill to have, you can increase your harvest and with less work. via Youtube...
A Sweet Sustainable Solution
Film about The Village Hub; A promising project by Willie Smits and the Masarang Foundation. An easy to copy but patented sugar palm factory Smits has developed, demonstrates how community capacity-building and community empowerment can promote economic development while conserving the natural ...
Abandoned Chinese Fishing Village - When Nature Is Allowed To Take It Back
Gouqi island is located in the Shengsi archipelago of about 400 islands. Jane Qing captured the stunning images of this city of seemingly endless buildings, which were a part of a fishing village years ago. The region has a history of doing well, even today in the fishing industry, yet this particul...
After reading this, you’ll never look at a banana in the same way again
This is interesting. After reading this, you’ll never look at a banana in the same way again. Bananas contain three natural sugars – sucrose, fructose and glucose combined with fiber. A banana gives an instant, sustained and substantial boost of energy. Research has proven that just two ...
Amazing Moringa: Medicinal, Edible & Very Easy to Grow
I love moringa, we started growing it last year, if you have never heard of this tree, read this article and you will learn the many benefits of this "famine" tree. The Moringa Tree, also known as the Drumstick tree is nearly entirely edible. It can grow with little water, has multiple times th...
Ancient Irrigation Technique Reborn: Clay Pot Irrigation
The buried clay pot or pitcher method is one of the most efficient traditional systems of irrigation known and is well suited for small farmers in many areas of the world. Buried clay pot irrigation uses buried, unglazed, porous clay pots filled with water to provide controlled irrigation to plants....
Archaeologists Dig Up An 800-Year-Old Native American Pot. What They Found Inside Is Changing History (video)
In 2008, on a dig in the First Nation’s Menominee Reservation in Wisconsin, archaeologists made a small but stunning discovery: a tiny clay pot. Though it might not have seemed very impressive at first glimpse, this little piece of pottery was determined to be about 800 years old. An...
Are Vertical Skyfarms the Future of Sustainable Agriculture?
Skyfarm first began as a research project in response to the 2015 Milan Expo theme ‘feed the world’. It is estimated that in the next 35 years nearly 80 per cent of the earth’s population will live in urban centres. Over the same period of time , the earth’s populat...
As Syria Is Torn By War, Farming Group Rescues The Seeds Of Threatened Plant Species
In a country torn by war saving ones heritage seeds becomes a main priority.  Back in April of this year scientists were able to smuggle and save 80% of the seeds saved in its vaults. Now young farmers are trying to do the same in order to protect it's diversity. Owen Taylor gently bl...
Awesome Time-Lapse Video Of Worms Making Compost
In Ljubljana, Slovenia, somewhere within the Department of Agronomy Biotechnical lab, a specially design terrarium was build in order to capture the process of red wiggler worms homogenizing various distinct layers of material. The 3 layers included compost, sawdust, and grass clippings. The ac...
Backyard Aquaponics in Hawaii, Grow 3000 heads of Lettuce a Month: a Profitable and Sustainable Business.
Aquaponics "No ka 'oi" means "is the best" in the Hawaiian language.  "Maui no ka 'oi" has been a common saying for as long as I can remember growing up on Maui.  Thus, Aquaponics no ka 'oi.  Aquaponics is the best.  A compact system that attempts to emulate the ecosystem fo...
Backyard farmers by necessity: self-sufficient & debt-free
When Myrna and Earl Fincher married 53 years ago they started farming their yard "out of necessity". Today, the Finchers make a living selling their organic produce to restaurants and at the local farmers' market twice a week for much of the year. They had no experience as farmers, but learned by tr...
Backyard Farming On An Acre
By:  KATIE - WELLNESS MAMA As the economy suffers and genetically modified foods become more mainstream, growing some of the food that your family consumes is a way to save money and eat organically on a budget. Our family has tried to move toward living as locally as possible and providing...
Bamboo Playhouse is a gathering space in the Perdana Botanical Gardens
The Perdana Botanical Gardens, located in Kuala Lumpur, boasts one of the most amazing displays, with the aim of demonstrating various uses on bamboo. In fact, bamboo is more than merely the focus of a theme, but rather a showcase in what can be done with it. As far as building materials are concern...
Become a Woofer and Learn New Skills
Participate in a worldwide movement that connects interested visitors with sustainable farmers in an educational and cultural exchange. Worldwide Opportunities on Organic Farms, USA (WWOOF-USA®) is part of a worldwide effort to link visitors with organic farmers, promote an educational exchange,...
Bhutan had ‘most ambitious pledge’ at the Paris climate summit
The Himalayan kingdom of Bhutan has made the world’s most far-reaching climate promise to the Paris climate summit, according to new analysis from a respected climate change think-tank. Almost three quarters of the mountainous nation is covered in forests, often watered by snowmelt rivers, and...
Biodegradable algae water bottles provide a green alternative to plastic
Plastic water bottles come with a higher price tag than most people realize, taking up to 1,000 years to decompose in a landfill. The fact that at least half of all water bottles are used only once makes the waste that much more egregious. Icelandic product designer Ari Jónsson decided he nee...
Biodegradable Coffee Cups Embedded With Seeds Grow Into Trees When Thrown Away
I really like the idea of stacking functions. A creative company in California called Reduce. Reuse. Grow has designed a coffee cup that is not only biodegradable, but even has seeds in its walls so that it can be planted and grown! The cups, which was part of a Kickstarter campaign, will have ...
Biomass Briquettes: An Alternative Fuel Source Made From Paper
We are dependent on fuel sources to provide power to run our homes and businesses, help us maintain our body temperatures in extreme weather and provide energy to prepare food. Emergency organizations suggest each household having an emergency supply of fuelstored away, but there is always a chance ...
Bird Poo – The Life Giver of Subantarctic Islands
Guano is unquestionably more interesting than any other fertilizer.  And much of what makes guano interesting is its unique historical value as one of the most prized fertilizers in the world.  If it was the best organic fertilizer for centuries past, it must be now.  Penguin colony....
Bizarre TomTato Grows Tomatoes and Potatos On A Single Plant
A horticulture center in the UK has spent the better part of a decade developing something that the vast majority of us didn’t realize the world was missing: a single plant which grows both tomatoes and potatoes. Thompson and Morgan, creators of the TomTato ‘veg plot in a pot,&rsquo...
Black Locust: The Tree on Which the US Was Built
As the strongest timber in North America, black locust helped build Jamestown and hardened the navy that decided the War of 1812, yet today few Americans have heard of it. The nation's taste in ornamental trees has changed fairly dramatically since the first street plantings were made in Williamsbur...
Border Collies for Cow Herding (Videos)
A demonstration of low-stress cattle handling by stock dogs was preformed by Juan Reyes and his border collies at the Northern International Livestock Expo in Billings, MT. Mr Reyes and his wife operate their Reyes Working Border Collie business from their Angus cattle ranch near Wheatland, Wyoming...
Bountiful Urban Food Forests Around The World
The Seven Layers of a Food Forest. Diagram by Graham Burnett via Wikipedia. The concept of a food forest has its roots in permaculture, a philosophy that advocates for managing agricultural landscapes in harmony with nature. The practice emphasizes perennial, low-maintenance crops that leverage natu...
Build Your Own Planter Box With Beautiful Cascading Flowers
First, you'll need a planter box. This one is made mostly from pallet wood. If you’re into beautiful DIY projects, then you’re in for a treat. Amy, a lover of everything DIY, runs an awesome website called “Her Tool Belt” that’s perfect for even a novice handyman l...
Building A Different Kind Of Walipini - Year Round Gardening Anywhere (video)
A greenhouse with a reciprocal roof frame, made by the students of the Creative Garden Wageningen, no video of inside just yet as it requires more work and will be made into an aquaponics paradise this season! At a total cost of about $4,000, it's not too bad, and worth the yields that are to co...
Building A Fantastic Raised Garden - Homesteading From Scratch 32707 Part 3
Building a raised garden on the cheap can be accomplished with a few simple steps.  Here's how Homesteading 32707 was able to make that happen:  After first getting a parcel of land, and building a place to live (part 1), after putting a fence in, and electrifying it with solar (...
Building A Gravity Fed Aquaculture System:
INTRODUCTION This is a guide to building a gravity fed aquaculture system the techniques of which can be applied elsewhere. This is such a huge subject that it really requires a book dedicated to it, so here I will tell you only what we did, but I will also point you in the direction of some great r...
Building A Green Home On A Budget
The notion of building or remodelling to deep green standards is daunting. A 2011 survey by the National Association of Homebuilders found that 60 percent of professional builders thought environmentally sensitive housing was too expensive for low-income people and 30 percent said even the middle cl...
Cactus: Ancient Sustainable Method to Purify Water
Over 200 years ago it is known that indigenous communities in Mexico have used the cactus knows as "Nopal" (Opuntia ficus-indica) to purify the water they drink. Scientific studies have shown that the resin or goo from the cactus is a very efficient and natural way to purify the toxins in water. Due...
Cambodian floating toilets filter human waste naturally via wetland plants
The floating village of Prek Toal in Cambodia is putting the natural filtering power of wetland plants to work by using them to soak up contaminants from their raw sewage. Local floating villages on Tonle Sap lake have flushed human waste directly into the water for years, where bacteria has caused ...
Carrots in the car park. Radishes on the roundabout. The deliciously eccentric story of the town growing ALL its own veg
By VINCENT GRAFF       Admittedly, it sounds like the most foolhardy of criminal capers, and one of the cheekiest, too. Outside the police station in the small Victorian mill town of Todmorden, West Yorkshire, there are three large raised flower beds. If you’d vi...
Cattle Replace Bison to Restore US Grassland Health
VALENTINE, NEBRASKA—Three centuries ago, 20 million bison thundered over prairies that covered what is now the entire Midwestern U.S. Once a vital part of the grasslands eco-system, today America’s 30,000 remaining wild bison live mostly within enclosures that keep them off private ...
Chicago’s FarmedHere plans to expand vertical indoor farming to 20 new locations across the US
Indoor agriculture refers to an increasingly popular form of crop cultivation that happens inside, making it less of a traditional farm and more of a manufacturing facility. Where traditional farms rely on irrigation systems, soil and sunlight, indoor farms use LEDs or high pressure sodium lamps, an...
China smog: Beijing issues second ever pollution red alert in less than 2 weeks
How bad is the pollution in Beijing? So much so that the city has been put on red alert. In 2013, the Chinese capital instituted a red-alert system to keep people indoors on days when air pollution climbs to hazardous levels. Specifically, an issued red alert dramatically limits car use, advises sch...
Chinampas: The Floating Agricultural Gardens of Ancient Mexico
Chinampa farming system (sometimes called floating gardens) is a form of ancient raised field agriculture, used by American communities beginning at least as early as the 10th century AD. The word chinampa is from a Nahuatl (native Aztec) word, chinamitl, meaning an area enclosed by h...
Clay Built Eco-Fridges: A Solution For Rural Areas
The refrigerator called “Ecoplanet” was created by the Mexican company called Depresa; it has a round shape making it practial and economical to build, and it resembles a traditional water container, as explained by Óscar Chávez Macías, co-founder of the company...
Clean Our Shores: Automated Rubbish Bin that Catches Floating Rubbish, Oil, Fuel and Detergents
The Seabin is an automated marina rubbish collection device located in the water of marinas collecting all floating rubbish, oils, fuels and detergents… 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. It has been designed for use in marinas, private pontoons, inland waterways, residentia...
Composting 101
It’s time to let you in on a little secret: soil building done like this is the perfect lazy person’s gardening project. Unlike weeding or double-digging, which take lots of time and physical effort, a compost pile pretty much takes care of itself. Build it right, and it will transform y...
Contour Gaardening for Efficiency
Image courtesy of Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources Contour gardening is a way to use the land’s contours to maximize the use of available resources for abundant harvest yields. Here’s what contour gardening is and how you can pull it off. HOW CONTOUR GARDENING CAME TO ...
Converting A Swimming Pool To Grow Fish
Aquaponics is becoming an increasingly popular method of permaculture, probably because it can start with a backyard swimming pool. While creating an ecosystem on one’s own may seem like a daunting task to many, one of the most appealing aspects of aquaponics lies in the fact that nature can d...
Converting Waste Plastic to Ultra-Clean, Ultra-Low Sulphur Fuel
Plastic2Oil® was born out of the innovation of its founder, John Bordynuik. Mr. Bordynuik's data recovery and restoration process has provided the Company access to valuable engineering discoveries dating back to the 1950s.In 2009, Plastic2Oil® began developing its P2O technology with a labo...
Cool Farming: Growing Plants in Africa Without Soil (Video)
Animal Minerals and Allied Ltd - one of the social enterprises in the 2014 GrowthAfrica agribusiness accelerator helping farmers grow fodder and vegetables using Hydroponics. This unique system uses an intensive method of growing hydroponics sprouting barley from seed to feed within 7 using mineral ...
Cool Green House Time Lapse
Building a greenhouse is as easy as it looks.  You just need a few cheap materials including visquean plastic, pvc pipe, some wood for the ends, a means of making a door to get in, and... well watch in high speed......
Could the Earth's Soils Be Our Answer to Global Climate Change?
The University of Edinburgh on April 6th published research that suggests that the world's soils could store an extra eight billion tonnes of greenhouse gases, helping to limit the impacts of climate change. Adopting the latest technologies and sustainable land use practices on a glo...
Cow Dung Is Key To The 'Zero Budget Natural Farming Model' & It's Farmer...
Krishi ka Rishi’ is the title farming communities across the country have bestowed on Subhash Palekar. This agriculturist is the creator of the ‘Zero Budget Natural Farming’ model, a method that has been creating waves in the farming community in India. After a decade of using pest...
Crowdfunding: Top Leaf Farms - Urban Seed Project
Support the urban agricultural revolution! Help us build a incubator facility, nursery, seed farm and train a new crew of urban farmers! Integrated Farming Systems & Climate Adapted Seeds for Urban Agriculture  We have developed a system that wil...
David Pagan Butler is Shedding Light on Natural Pools (Video)
David Pagan Butler talks about how he created his own eco-friendly pool in his back garden. David, 54, a filmmaker from Saxthorpe, Norfolk, built a pool that serves as a fresh water habitat and works with plants and animals to provide hygienic water for swimming. A circulation system driven by a s...
DECENTRALIZED WATER POLICY COUNCIL: Looks to increase CA ability to reuse and conserve water
The Decentralized Water Policy Council (DWPC), a policy initiative by OAEC and California County Regulators, supports the commitment and urgency for a change in water regulation rules acknowledged by Californians across disciplines and roles. OAEC is partnering with the California Onsite Water Assoc...
Desert tower raises Chile's solar power ambition to new heights
Towering 200 metres above the desert, the Atacama 1 will harvest the sun’s energy from a surrounding field of giant mirrors. But the completion of the $1.1bn project, the first of its kind in Latin America, has been thrown into doubt by the financial difficulties of its Spanish owner. ising mo...
Detroit Zoo no longer sells bottled water
(Photo: David Coates / The Detroit News) Royal Oak — Visitors to the Detroit Zoo have one less option if they get thirsty walking the grounds. The zoo no longer sells bottled water, part of a multi-year effort to make changes that are environmentally friendly. It’s an effort other zo...
Diapers Help Your Plants Grow!
This step by step instructional will change the way you think about diapers:  ...
Did you Know You Can Have Fruit Trees Growing On Your Balcony?
Minarettes or Columnars are slender, columnar fruit trees which bear their fruits on short spurs along the length of a vertical stem rather than on long spreading branches. They are perfect for today's smaller gardens because they can be planted as close as 60-90cm (2-3ft) apart as well as being ide...
Digging Deep: The Intricate and Amazing World of Roots
Have you ever wondered what lies beneath the grass, in the soil? If you’ve ever driven past wild prairie grasses swaying in the Kansas breeze and felt a wave of appreciation for America’s heartland, you should know that those visible grasses are just the tip of the iceberg. “We&rsq...
DIY Home Seed Germination Test
Depending on the type of seed and as long as your seeds are properly stored, they can remain viable for years. It is important to know that the seeds you are about to sow are healthy and viable. Purchasing fresh seed from a reputable seed company, like THE SEED GUY is one way. However, if you have o...
DIY Raised Garden Beds With Cinder Blocks
If you are concerned about underground pests constantly messing with your garden, the solution is rather simple: a raised garden bed with cinder blocks. This DIY project can be easily made, especially if you have some blocks used in some other project before and salvaged; the result is the same if y...
DIY Self-Watering Solar Powered Hydroponic Garden
DIY Sprouted Fodder for Livestock
by Sarah Cuthill Sprouting and growing grain for livestock fodder is a simple and efficient way to not only feed your animals a more natural and fresh diet, but is also a practically effortless way to save money. Imagine for a second that the 50 lb. bag of feed you just bought could grow into 300 l...
Do plants have feelings?
A CARROT IS strapped to an examining table. After the experimenter wires it up to a galvanometer, he pinches the vegetable with forceps. The machine registers "infinitesimal twitches, starts, and tremors," according to one report. The year is 1914, the scientist is named Ja...
Do you want to reduce floodings this rainy season? Plant trees!!!
Planting trees around rivers could reduce the height of flooding in towns by up to 20%, new research suggests. A study for the Environment Agency concludes that trees round a feeder stream can slow the rush of rainwater and save properties from flooding. But it warns that natural flood prevention me...
Don't Buy Celery! Reuse The Stalks Like This!
We’ve figured out how to literally re-grow organic celery from the base of the bunch we bought from the store a couple weeks ago. I swear, we must have been living under a rock all these years or just not be that resourceful when it comes to food, but we’re having more fun learning all t...
During the Paris climate talks: The poorest countries put the richest to shame
There were never more global leaders under one roof than here in Paris at the global climate negotiations on The First Monday of the Summit. And they all talked about leadership, about fixing climate change, about not leaving an uninhabitable planet for our children. Many spoke powerful words. The F...
Earthenricher Continuous Flow Worm Bin Harvesting
The base is cut from kiln dried redwood.  I have a professional woodworker do the cutting, drilling and routing.  The parts for each base are cut from the same board so that the colors and grain match.  The parts are lettered to avoid mixing parts. I use pocket screws to connect t...
Easiest Way To Grow Your Own Herbs
Instructions: Spray-paint each planter the color of your choice (optional). Let dry completely, and stick on the letters. Spray-paint over the pot and letters with a different color. Let dry and peel off the letters. Place the largest planter on the saucer. Place the larger bucket upside down inside...
Easy Guide To Mushroom Identification
These are two useful charts with excellent drawings depicting the most important cap shapes, surface features, gill attachments, stem characteristics and veils common to the guilled mushrooms.  These terms are important in describing mushrooms and can greatly aid in a positive identif...
Ecolise: Working towards a Europe of dynamic, resilient communities
ECOLISE is a coalition of organisations engaged in promoting and supporting local communities across Europe in their efforts to build pathways to a sustainable future. The members of ECOLISE include international, national and sometimes regional networks of community-based initiatives, as well as ot...
Edible Forest Gardens: Following Masanobu Fukuoka's Lead
Masanobu Fukuoka (1913-2008) was a farmer and philosopher who was born and raised on the Japanese island of Shikoku. He studied plant pathology and spent several years working as a customs inspector in Yokohama.  While working there, at the age of 25, he had an inspiration that changed his life...
Eliminate the Need for Pesticides With Insect Hotels
Provide a home to pollinators and pest controllers. Tidy gardens, lawns and lack of dead wood, mean less and less habitat for wild bees, spiders and ladybugs. A wildlife stack can harbor numerous beneficial insects and amphibians. This habitat was made up entirely of recycled materials, the support ...
Elon Musk’s brother Kimbal is saving the world too – one organic garden at a time
While Elon Musk is building sexy green cars and space rockets, his brother Kimbal is also saving the world - with sustainable food. Three weeks ago I landed with a gaggle of girls at The Kitchen Next Door in Boulder, Colorado. Having spent the majority of my childhood in South Africa, it was a prou...
Environmentalists in Sydney’s inner west are living off the grid to reduce their carbon footprint
Kylie Ahern is the latest NSW resident to commence work at removing her house from the grid. She is receiving advice from local resident Michael Mobbs. In Sidney Kyle Ahern has become one of the latest environmentalists to turn her home completely off the grid, all of this in an effort to reduc...
Erin Brockovich: Why Do We Stand Around While Monsanto Hurts People?
by Erin Brockovich March 24, 2015 How long must we standby and watch our elected and appointed leaders in Washington DC turn a blind eye to liars, cheats and killers? "We just want to feed the world"...really? Corporate greed hurts farmers and consumers alike. A history of Monsanto lies: ...
Experimental Sunken Greenhouse In Sub-zero Minnesota Is Growing Food!
Greg Strong emerges from inside a Walipini, an underground greenhouse, in Minneapolis. It was a typical snow-covered winter day, but something very atypical was happening — cabbages, broccoli and even strawberries were improbably green and alive in a northeast Minneapolis backyard. “It&...
Farm for the Future
Check out www.theseedguy.com for his package specials Farming or Gardening, and what will be come of us as we plan for oil on the decrease Other great stories from Offgridquest.com Lessons On A Forest Garden In Three Different Climate Regions Aracena - Garden Good Ole' Garden Ingenuity In V...
Fiddlehead Pickin' (Video)
In this video Ma from Facebook's page Ma and Pa Derelict shows us how to pick fiddleheads. Look for a deep, “U”-shaped groove on the inside of the fiddlehead stem, as well as brown, papery scales covering newly emerging fiddleheads. Know what you'repicking. Many ferns have fidd...

Permaculture

A REAL OFF GRID EDUCATION FOR CHILDREN - UNSCHOOLING WITH PERMACULTURE
"If we can't live comfortably off grid, we've accepted that we don't belong on earth. The opposite is the truth: we belong off grid; we are nature, not separate. nature is off grid & we should be too!" Matt Powers BY MATT POWERS After writing The Permaculture Student (www.thepermaculturestu...
Are you New to Permaculture? Here are 7 Steps to Remember
Permaculture is a powerful and practical answer if your goal is to become more sustainable. Embracing permaculture practices in your life is an exciting proposition, but it quickly becomes overwhelming if you don’t  avoid common mistakes. Look at this list of 7 steps that help you succeed...
Beautiful 1 Acre Small Scale Permaculture Farm - Limestone Permaculture Farm
A tour of Limestone Permaculture Farm in New South Wales, Australia. The 1 acre property has been developed into a productive permaculture farm that is currently helping to feed around 50 families. The tour includes a look at the orchard, caravan farm gate, chicken and duck areas, and the shade hous...
Building A Cob Oven Start To Finish At Quail Springs
Sasha, the workshop instructor demonstrates setting the level for the bricks that will form the oven floor and hearth at the opening. A layer of firebricks forms the floor of the oven. Here we fit them tight together on a bed of sand, trying to leave no cracks or crevices for ash to accumulate....
Can Permaculture Feed the World?
Published online for the first time, Patrick Whitefield's timely essay that made people wake up to the potential of permaculture food systems. Today we celebrate his pioneering spirit and dedication to permaculture. Patrick Whitefield was a British permaculture teacher, designer, author, and consult...

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Build Your Own Backyard Living Willow Dome
The supple branches of willow trees are a prime material to start with. We’ve all seen baskets woven from willow branches, but it’s possible to weave the branches while they’re still alive to create almost any conceivable form. People have made living chairs, small bridges, fences,...
Charges Dropped Against Woman for Front Yard Vegetable Garden
Yay!  Victory!  Time Magazine Reports:   Bureaucrats-run-amok saga in Oak Park, Mich., in which a woman faced jail time for planting a veggie garden in her front yard, is over for the time being. After news of the case went viral and the city was hammered with negative publicity, offi...
Chickens In The City: Oakland Renter Grows Food At Her Bountiful Home
Sheila Cassani began farming her rental home while a college student. She started with a small vegetable patch, but it soon spread to keeping chickens and bees and planting produce on nearly every available patch of the small yard not dedicated to the poultry. Cassani and her partner Matthew wake ...
Food For Thought: How A $300 Hobby Saved Me $24K A Year
Today, one man shares how he went from being an organic grocery store shopper to a gardener who grows all of his own produce—saving $24K in the process. My wife, Susan, and I have always loved healthy food, especially the fresh, vine-ripened kind—which is why we routinely spent upwards ...
Free Hot Water! Free Heat! There's Free Energy Everywhere! It's Time To Learn How To Use It!
The book covers the groundbreaking systems Ben Falk, M.A.L.D. and his team have established at the Whole Systems Design research farm over the past decade. The book includes detailed information on earthworks, water systems, rice paddies (likely the first on the planet in such a cold climate), ...