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Open field system. Generic map of a medieval manor, showing strip farming, from William R.

Open field system

Shepherd, Historical Atlas, 1923 The open-field system was the prevalent agricultural system in much of Europe during the Middle Ages and lasted into the 20th century in parts of western Europe, Russia, Iran and Turkey.[1] Under the open-field system, each manor or village had two or three large fields, usually several hundred acres each, which were divided into many narrow strips of land. 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: How-To plastic bottle green house build guide ! Farm tech isn’t a war between good and evil — it’s a quest for whatever works. On Sept. 29, the U.N.

Farm tech isn’t a war between good and evil — it’s a quest for whatever works

Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) issued a call for a “paradigm shift towards sustainable agriculture and family farming.” On Twitter, people interpreted this as a rejection of high technology in agriculture. One anti-GMO campaigner said it was a call for non-GMO alternatives. But that’s not what the FAO was saying at all. Businessinsider. Ethiopia is in the middle of the worst drought in 50 years.


It’s the sort of shock to the system we are likely to see more of with climate change. But Ethiopia is also home to a successful experiment to make the land more resilient to drought. 5. Water harvesting techniques. 5.1 Site and technique selection 5.2 Negarim microcatchments 5.3 Contour bunds for trees 5.4 Semi-circular bunds 5.5 Contour ridges for crops 5.6 Trapezoidal bunds 5.7 Contour stone bunds 5.8 Permeable rock dams 5.9 Water spreading bunds 5.1 Site and technique selection.

5. Water harvesting techniques

Home - Sundrop Farms. 5 new agriculture technologies. There are an estimated 570 million farms in the world and, in a neat twist of number synergy, according to Valoral Advisors, funding rounds in technological innovations along the agriculture and food value chain also raised around $570 million in 2014.

5 new agriculture technologies

While much of this investment is directed at ag-tech startups and disruptive market newcomers, in many ways priorities remain the same as ever – innovation in resource use, especially in terms of land and water (also energy), to boost efficiency and yields. Here are five of the solutions helping to support global growth of sustainable agriculture and food production… For traditional farming models, perhaps the primary determinant of supply capacity is simply the availability and suitability of land. However, any idea of future potential must be built on current data, with what data there is then mapped to tell the story of a region. This story is effectively written in the dirt, the soil. Sustainable Greywater. One of the best aspects about Mon Abri that I have never written about here on DTM is our greywater system…. and the only reason I have so far omitted to do so is because I mysteriously ‘mislaid’ the photos I took of the system way back in maybe 2003 shortly after the slab was poured.

Sustainable Greywater

I’m not one to lose computer data, I usually have multiple copies of everything I’ve ever written or photographed or downloaded on various CDs and DVDs and now memory sticks, it’s just that sometimes I don’t know what I’ve done with them! Last year, I did a talk about this amazing greywater system for Noosa Permaculture, and had to rely on some less than perfect pictures off the internet. Well dear reader, one good thing about cleaning up in readiness for a big move is that you find things you haven’t seen in years, and what a trip down memory lane some of those finds can be….. Greywater is what goes down your drains, usually to sewerage. We’re treating soil like dirt. It’s a fatal mistake, because all human life depends on it. Imagine a wonderful world, a planet on which there was no threat of climate breakdown, no loss of freshwater, no antibiotic resistance, no obesity crisis, no terrorism, no war.

We’re treating soil like dirt. It’s a fatal mistake, because all human life depends on it

Surely, then, we would be out of major danger? Sorry. How to Make a Living From a 1.5 Acre Market Garden. The Drought Fighter - Craftsmanship Magazine. Topics: Climate Change, Drought, Farming, Fertility, Food, Organic Agriculture, Science, Soil Health, Urban Farming Locations: California, Sebastopol Materials: Bugs, Carbon, Compost, Plants, Soil Masters: Paul Kaiser: Drought Fighter Could a controversial farmer in California have found the most effective way to grow food in a warming world?

The Drought Fighter - Craftsmanship Magazine

4. Zones and Sectors – Efficient Energy Planning. The fourth Permaculture Design principle is principle of ‘Zones and Sectors’.

4. Zones and Sectors – Efficient Energy Planning

The design principle of Zones and Sectors is concerned with efficient energy planning, that is, planning the placement of elements in the design, such as trees and plants, animals, structures and buildings, to make to most efficient use of energy. Efficient energy planning can be broken down to the following three categories: A. Zone Planning B. Table of Contents. Farm Hack - An Open Source Community for Resilient Agriculture. Coastal Indian Shelters and Underground Winter Gardening. The Earth Shelter approach to construction has many different techniques that have been learned by necessity and carried on traditions throughout time. In todays society, we make use of the knowledge we learn from other nations and their pasts as best we can. The fact that this shelter is dug into the earth keeps it cool in Summer, and Warm in the Winter. Building A Chicken Coop? Read This First. Vertical 'Pinkhouses:' The Future Of Urban Farming? : The Salt.

This "pinkhouse" at Caliber Biotherapeutics in Bryan, Texas, grows 2.2 million plants under the glow of blue and red LEDs. Courtesy of Caliber Therapeutics hide caption itoggle caption Courtesy of Caliber Therapeutics. handbook_EN.pdf. A Journey of Transition: Becoming a Professional Permaculture Designer Permaculture Forums. By Dan French Photo © Craig Mackintosh Like the title suggests, I’m going to write a few articles about my journey to becoming a professional permaculture designer… if you don’t mind? I’m doing this for a few reasons: to help me articulate and formalize what it is I’m doing; to tell others who might be interested in doing the same about my ups and downs; to gain exposure and fast track my development as a designer; and perhaps, on some sadistic level, to just put a bit more pressure on myself.

A Journey of Transition: Becoming a Professional Permaculture Designer - Part 2 Permaculture Forums. OK, here we go, the second installment of this series regarding my journey to become a professional permaculture designer. In my last article I touched on who I am, what I am doing and why, and discussed some general topics which included defining my services, networking and, on a very general level, the importance of examining price structures for services. A Journey of Transition: Becoming a Professional Permaculture Designer - Part 3. By Dan French Photo © Craig Mackintosh This time, in Part 3 of this series discussing my journey towards becoming a professional permaculture designer, I will be talking about marketing, knock-backs and my progress since the last article.

Part 2 of this series focused on two large issues facing many of us trying to build our own business, commitment and confidence. Open Source Farming. JTED: About Eco-Machines. How to Make a Hanging Gutter Garden. OSCAR - Open Source Simple Computer for Agriculture in Rural Areas. Our main sources of inspiration for this project. The philosophy of free software advocated by GNU and a hardware open source initiative by Simputer Trust sparked the basic idea for an open source project. Open Source Aquaponics ~ Reconnecting with Food. Guidelines for the Selection of Organic Demo and Training Farms. Intro to the SXF design. Solarmax Farm.