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Salt-grown potatoes could revolutionize crop production. Common knowledge dictates that most food plants can’t grow in areas fed by salty sea water.

Salt-grown potatoes could revolutionize crop production

But a group of researchers in the Netherlands has found that perhaps that isn’t necessarily the case. Those researchers discovered that the humble potato can not only survive, but thrive in salty soil, and it could spell a food revolution. Salt-grown potatoes are sweeter than normal potatoes, with a hint of salt. Salt-grown potatoes could revolutionize crop production.

Build a $300 underground greenhouse for year-round gardening (Video) Growers in colder climates often utilize various approaches to extend the growing season or to give their crops a boost, whether it's coldframes, hoop houses or greenhouses.

Build a $300 underground greenhouse for year-round gardening (Video)

Greenhouses are usually glazed structures, but are typically expensive to construct and heat throughout the winter. A much more affordable and effective alternative to glass greenhouses is the walipini (an Aymara Indian word for a "place of warmth"), also known as an underground or pit greenhouse. First developed over 20 years ago for the cold mountainous regions of South America, this method allows growers to maintain a productive garden year-round, even in the coldest of climates. Here's a video tour of a walipini that shows what a basic version of this earth-sheltered solar greenhouse looks like inside:

Collective-Evolution article on Earthships. An Earthship is a remarkable housing innovation that creates a completely off-grid and full-featured sustainable home.

Collective-Evolution article on Earthships

Utilizing passive solar as its main source of energy, earthships also collect and treat their own water, keeps the climate warm and cool when necessary, and has the ability to grow enough food for a small family. Earthships can be built in any climate and overall the design has been becoming very popular as of late. Especially since they use a great deal of recycled materials making the cost of construction quite cheap. But what if you needed more space to grow food year round? Grow Everything Better - Naturally. Wave goodbye to global warming, GM and pesticides. Updated 25 August 2013 09:56 AM The technology – radio wave energised water – massively increases the output of vegetables and fruits by up to 30 per cent.

Wave goodbye to global warming, GM and pesticides

Not only are the plants much bigger but they are largely disease-resistant, meaning huge savings in expensive fertilisers and harmful pesticides. Extensively tested in Ireland and several other countries, the inexpensive water treatment technology is now being rolled out across the world. The technology makes GM obsolete and also addresses the whole global warming fear that there is too much carbon dioxide in the air, by simply converting excess CO2 into edible plant mass.

Developed by Professor Austin Darragh and Dr JJ Leahy of Limerick University's Department of Chemistry and Environmental Science, the hardy eco-friendly technology uses nothing but the natural elements of sunlight, water, carbon dioxide in the air and the minerals in the soil. Just another WordPress site. The Russians Prove Small Scale Organic CAN Feed the World. From Alchemy to Ecotechnology. Agriculture Library Index. Ecological Land Co-op wins planning permission at appeal. Planning permission has finally been granted to Greenham Reach Small-holdings as part of the Ecological Land Co-operative (ELC) in Devon after a four year journey.

Ecological Land Co-op wins planning permission at appeal

The three residential smallholdings are to be made accessible to people who want to work on the land but normally would not be able to afford the high price of land. They will be built as part of the ELC's aim to save land from being intensively managed. The ELC buy land that has been, or is at risk of being, intensively managed, and convert it into affordable land for people who have the skills to manage the area ecologically. This enables more environmental farming and provides jobs and homes. The ELC bought land in Devon in 2009 and have encountered various challenges along their journey to transforming the land. Eudea: A WikiTown.

Largest Indoor Vertical Farm In The Nation Opens In Chicago. Lately, some packages of fresh basil have been showing up at grocery stores around the city stamped with the name "FarmedHere.

Largest Indoor Vertical Farm In The Nation Opens In Chicago

" You may have run into them at Whole Foods, or you may have noticed the FarmedHere brand at the Good Food Festival last weekend. Either way, if you're like us, your first response was: "How are they possibly growing basil in this horrible weather? " The answer to that question officially opens today: the largest indoor vertical farm in America. Ron Finley: A guerilla gardener in South Central LA. Earthship Global. Hi Everyone, Earthship Biotecture and Empower Projects are looking to support the people of Kapita (a region of 38 villages) in Malawi to complete their own Earthship Community Centre.

Earthship Global

Our team kick started the flower design in October last year and completed 2 out of the 8 rooms. The local committee needs our support with materials and transport to finish the build through their own effort. The community centre will house a clinic, a community bank, library, kindergarten, a seed bank and offer meeting spaces for local development committees to gather. Big impact services that will impact over 5,000 lives. India's rice revolution. Sumant Kumar was overjoyed when he harvested his rice last year.

India's rice revolution

There had been good rains in his village of Darveshpura in north-east India and he knew he could improve on the four or five tonnes per hectare that he usually managed. Tirewall - Home Page. Homesteading Self Sufficiency Survival. The Mind Gardens Project. Windowfarm at the American Museum of Natural History. Toronto Earthship Event. No posts to display.

Toronto Earthship Event

About Earthship Biotecture Earthship construction drawings are designed to meet standard building code requirements so you can get a permit no matter where you are. Earthship Biotecture is beyond LEED Architecture. Earthships are green buildings that meet standard building codes. Windowfarms. IKEA's New Mini Greenhouse Lets Anyone Create Their Own Indoor Garden.