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New research: synthetic nitrogen destroys soil carbon, undermines soil health. Mini Agros. Seeds at Risk in AgroBusiness. Agros Technica. O Cultura. Spring Vegetable Planting Dates. Crop Planning for CSAs — Start Farming. When to Plant Vegetables. Gardens Delight. Seeds. Seeds - Saving, Trading, Buying. Almanacs. Homesteading Garden. Food Organizations. We Are What We Eat. True Farmers. Home Worx. Self Sufficiency. Antarah Organica. SS On the Farm. Aquaponics. Fish Diva Maggot Bioconversion Indonesia. Permaculture. Rather than 'Figure Out More Ways to Blow People Up', Former NASA Engineer Seeks Solution to Feed World. February 21, 2013 | Melonie Magruder When NASA ended its space shuttle program in 2011, a lot of the engineers and systems technology staff ended up heading to defense industry contracting firms.

Rather than 'Figure Out More Ways to Blow People Up', Former NASA Engineer Seeks Solution to Feed World

But Douglas Mallette, founder and CEO of Cybernated Farm Systems, says he wanted to help feed the world rather than “figure out more ways to blow people up.” So he founded Cybernated Farm Systems with the idea of building a fully self-generating and sustainably-operating greenhouse growing system that could feed precisely 634 people for 30 years, leave a small carbon footprint and provide nutritious, organic, fresh food in a world of rising poverty and hunger. FlourishFarms. Permaculture Design for Small Farms and Homesteads - Sustainable Farming. Conventional agricultural ecosystems (i.e., farms) are inherently fragile: Their productivity can be sustained only if fossil fuel subsidies, in one form or another, are employed as inputs.

Permaculture Design for Small Farms and Homesteads - Sustainable Farming

Most farms entail, as well, other very serious environmental costs. Clearly, we need to create new food raising systems that will conserve soil, water, and nutrients ... minimize the use of fossil fuels, chemical fertilizers, and synthetic pesticides ... and lead to regionally self-reliant food systems. Alternative farming practices—known variously as organic, biological, or biodynamic methods—come closer to meeting such a criterion of sustainability. Nationwide, an estimated 30,000 farmers now rely on crop rotation, animal manures, legumes, green manures, mechanical cultivation, mineral-bearing rocks, and biological pest control to maintain soil productivity and tilth, supply plant nutrients, and control insects, weeds, and other pests.

Concept Plan for a Sustainable Farm. Here is a sustainable-living concept plan for a 1/4 acre home in an urban setting.

Concept Plan for a Sustainable Farm

I hope you can get some good ideas from it for your own home! Following this plan is a concept plan for a home on acreage. Click on the plans for larger views! An adventure in Permaculture. An illustration on permaculture (from Chico Permaculture Guild) Anyone who knows me, knows I love to learn new things.

An adventure in Permaculture

I am the perennial student studying not only perennials but arboriculture, irrigation design and now I’m adding Permaculture. I’ve been dipping my toe in this subject for some time and now I’ve finally dived into an intensive certification course at the LA Arboretum. Permaculture is essentially the use of sustainable design principles in the creation of human habitats.

Aggie Horticulture. Propagation of Plants by Stem Cuttings - Rainyside.com. When we first become gardeners we rush out in spring to buy annuals in six packs and start a few seeds in the ground.

Propagation of Plants by Stem Cuttings - Rainyside.com

As we become more knowledgeable, we venture out and start planting perennials, shrubs and vines. Our pocketbooks become lean from the expense of buying plants from the nurseries so we start to wonder how we can save money and still have a beautiful garden. One inexpensive way to obtain new plants is by taking cuttings. Many of us have successfully started new plants by rooting houseplant stems in water on our kitchen windowsill. How to Rotate Your Vegetable Crops. Planning Succession Crops. Succession planting will allow you to plant several times throughout the growing season for a continuous supply of fresh vegetables.

Planning Succession Crops

To plan succession crops you must know two things: • The number of weeks of growing season in your garden. The length of the growing season is the number weeks between the last frost in spring and the first frost in autumn. The local cooperative extension office can tell you the length of the growing season in your location or you can ask an experienced gardener at a nearby garden center. How to Grow Garlic: Organic Gardening. Soil preparation: Garlic will tolerate some shade but prefers full sun.

How to Grow Garlic: Organic Gardening

While I've seen cloves sprout in gravel pits, garlic responds best in well-drained, rich, loamy soil amended with lots of organic matter. Raised beds are ideal, except in very dry regions. Planting: To grow garlic, you plant the cloves, the sections of the bulb; each clove will produce a new bulb. The largest cloves generally yield the biggest bulbs. 27 Medicinal Plants Worth Your Garden Space. 27 Medicinal Plants Worth Your Garden Space Please be sure to Join our email list and receive all our latest and best tutorials daily – free!

27 Medicinal Plants Worth Your Garden Space

10K+ Background milk thistle photo – © Vladimir Liverts – Fotolia.com We’ve discovered a fantastic article listing 27 of the top medicinal plants – together with details of their potential uses. These plants can be really handy to have around if you know their value. One thing I would suggest is to print out the full article (you might need to do a little copy-pasting and tidying up) and then keep the printout together with your first aid kit. How to Grow Ginger.

Ginger is popular in American food, but it’s practically a staple in Asian cuisine.

How to Grow Ginger

Not only is it easy to grow and delicious in recipes, but studies show that ginger packs powerful health benefits. Although it is a tropical plant, it will adapt easily to indoor and container planting, making it possible for anyone to enjoy fresh ginger throughout much of the year. Here’s what you need to know to bring this favorite into your own kitchen. Before You Plant Choose the Right Type of Ginger: Perennial Vegetables: Years of Bounty. Perennial vegetables—crops that you plant just once and harvest year after year—are relatively rare in North American gardens.

Perennial Vegetables: Years of Bounty

With the exception of asparagus, rhubarb and artichokes, most gardeners are probably unaware of the tasty, extremely low-maintenance bounty that can be harvested when many annual crops aren’t available. A Brief History of Perennial Crops According to Perennial Vegetables by Eric Toensmeier, most North American gardening and farming traditions come from Europe, where there are very few perennial crops except fruits and nuts.

Cold and temperate Eurasian agriculture centered around livestock, annual grains and legumes, and early European settlers to North America simply brought their seeds and their cultivation methods with them, including draft animals for plowing up the soil every year. How to Grow The Top 10 Most Nutritious Vegetables in Your Garden. By Colleen Vanderlinden Treehugger A perfectly ripe, juicy tomato, still warm from the sun. Sweet carrots, pulled from the garden minutes (or even seconds!) How to Save and Store Your Heirloom Garden Seed. Cubit's Organic Living » How to: Save Heirloom Tomato Seeds.

Saving your own tomato seeds is rather fun and has all sorts of benefits. Preserving heirloom seeds, ensuring a supply of your own favourites for next year, helping protect seed diversity, making a giant mess of stinky fermenting goo, it’s all there! It’s also pretty easy. As part of our seed selling business we save fairly large quantities of tomato seed but the process is the same whether you are saving from a pile of heirloom tomatoes or from a paticularily tasty one you just sliced up for lunch. First things first, you need to get your tomato seeds out of the tomato. You can slice them in half, in quarters, scoop some out of the one you’re eating or just use my preferred method: Squishing. Next the seed pulp is ready to be combined with water in a container. How to Save Your Seeds.

I think the practice of saving seeds is due for a revival. Seed saving is rewarding in so many ways. How to Save Seeds – Save Garden Seeds – Save Vegetable Seeds. How to Preserve Fruits and Vegetables: Canning, Drying, Pickling & Making Jams and Jellies. 10 Plants That Repel Garden Insect Pests. Please Share This Page: Neem Insect Spray: Making And Using Neem Garden Spray. Flax & Linen. A3681.PDF. Triticale. Index | Search | Home. Management. 10 essential garden tools. Do you have a favorite garden tool? The Half-Acre Homestead: Tools.

Why winter is a smart time to garden. Cold Frame Gardening.