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Small West Yorkshire town aims to be first town with food self-sufficiency by growing all its own vegetables (NaturalNews) Different local authorities throughout the USA have been harassing homeowners for growing veggies or herbs in their front lawns. But in the small town of Todmorden, England, a grass-roots food movement has been started by one woman who grew veggies in her front yard and let neighbors pick them free. It took six months before neighbors and passers-by got the notion that Mary Clear's lowered fence and signs encouraging people to pick veggies from her lawn was for real. Mary, a 56 year old grandmother, kicked off a scheme thought up with local Bear Cafe owner Pam Warhurst and others to engage in local guerrilla agriculture. Soon, others joined in and they called the movement Incredible Edible. Small West Yorkshire town aims to be first town with food self-sufficiency by growing all its own vegetables
Goodbye to All That: Reflections of a GOP Operative Who Left the Cult | Truthout Goodbye to All That: Reflections of a GOP Operative Who Left the Cult | Truthout Barbara Stanwyck: "We're both rotten!" Fred MacMurray: "Yeah - only you're a little more rotten." -"Double Indemnity" (1944) Those lines of dialogue from a classic film noir sum up the state of the two political parties in contemporary America. Both parties are rotten - how could they not be, given the complete infestation of the political system by corporate money on a scale that now requires a presidential candidate to raise upwards of a billion dollars to be competitive in the general election?
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Straw bale workshops, Earthship tours, green living at Blue Rock Station. The result is this inexpensive, strong, extremely functional tool. We had a few criteria in the design. It had to be cheap (as we are), strong (don't want these things breaking - ever), comfortable (we have sensitive hands) and actually do what it is designed to do. Straw bale workshops, Earthship tours, green living at Blue Rock Station.
Recycled plastic bottle sheds Recycled plastic bottle sheds If you're really keen to go down the green shed route, here's an ambitious project for you - build it out of recycled plastic bottles. Above is an example belonging to Crafty People's Sister C at the historic St Anns Allotments. Built around a timber frame, the bottles were collected from friends and family before being cut to size (there's a good explanation of how that's done on her site). Alternatively, try doing one without any timber at all like Jane Burt's installation below. Her ‘Green Green House’ was made with more than 1,000 recycled plastic bottles collected from friends and the local recycling centre.
Author: Lucy Debenham BA (hons) - Updated: 30 November 2012| Comment So why on earth would you want to make your own greenhouse out of plastic bottles? Well, we all know that the British weather can be less than reliable. So for green-fingered Brits, a greenhouse tends to be a vital piece of kit if you want your growing endeavours to prove successful. And although the price of a greenhouse has become more affordable in recent years, they can still be expensive to maintain. Make Your Own Plastic Bottle Greenhouse - Making Your Own Make Your Own Plastic Bottle Greenhouse - Making Your Own
My plastic bottle greenhouse First off I bought the "plastic fantastic" booklet from Earthship Fyfe (see link below). I then set about collecting the parts together, namely : Fenceposts, reasonably thick wire, and of course empty 2 litre plastic bottles. For this I turned to Freegle, and after 6 months I had a garage full of bin liners of plastic bottles, some fence posts, and I bought some garden wire from ebay and Wilkos. Whilst I was still collecting bottles I started to process what I had, which involved taking the labels off the bottles, cutting off the bottoms and stacking them together. I stacked most them in 3's initially as they then fitted back into the bin liners nicely, but some went on bamboo canes in my garden to see how they would fare over the winter. My plastic bottle greenhouse
How-To plastic bottle green house build guide ! How to construct a Greenhouse using Plastic Water bottles !! Well I think from the picture you have already seen, I reckon you will have a good idea as how to make your greenhouse, however take a look here à(http://www.reapscotland.org.uk/reports/greenhouse%20v1.pdf ) there were certain points on the site that I didn’t like, so I adapted my construction a little different to theirs, since my 1st green house I have adapted even more. also I used only 1.5 litre water bottles that friends on the island collect for me, in 3 months I had collected over 7000 bottles, fortunately most had easy peeling labels, the rest are awful to peel, but hey! It’s all for a great cause. Did you know, it takes over 100 years for a single plastic bottle to completely decay? 1)You need a terrific amount of storage space to keep your collected bottles, the greenhouse I made measures 2mtrs x 2mtrs and 1.9 high and took a little over 1000 bottles to make ! How-To plastic bottle green house build guide !
Flojak Hand Well Pump - Backup Hand Pump for Well Flojak Hand Well Pump - Backup Hand Pump for Well We manufacture a series of easy-to-install "Narrow-Profile" deep-well pumps, engineered to install in the well alongside your existing electric pump system. All of our systems can be permanently installed for daily use, or stored and ready for loss of power. There are two basic pump styles: EarthStraw is an innovative, low cost, extremely narrow system that installs in minutes because it is preassembled from the factory.
Our conservative Christians (identical these days with the Republican Party) are all about American Exceptionalism; they like to talk about America as a divinely ordained nation, chosen by God to be special, as Israel was once special, a vehicle for his divine plan (whatever that might be). Witness Tom DeLay back in ’08: I know that America was created by God and it was created by God, not for wealth, personal wealth. It wasn’t created by God so that we would have the resources that we now have. Demythologizing American Exceptionalism Demythologizing American Exceptionalism
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Oregon farms press forward on organic seeds Corn variety trials at Gathering Together Farm A handful of Oregon farmers are teaming up with Oregon State University as part of a nationwide effort to broaden the availability of organic seeds. Responding to new pressure from organic food certifiers, the effort is aimed at testing new seed varieties on organic farms in hopes of luring companies to produce the seed commercially. "There are a few companies out there that produce seed that is certified organic," said Jim Myers, a professor in the Department of Agriculture at Oregon State University. But organic seed can otherwise be tough to find, he said. Oregon farms press forward on organic seeds
Seed Companies - Seeds and plants for gardens - Safe Seed Pledge All these companies have signed the Safe Seed Pledge. A listing of other companies that have signed the pledge is available at Gene-Watch Org http://www.gene-watch.org/programs/safeseed/sourcebook.html . Agriculture and seeds provide the basis upon which our lives depend. We must protect this foundation as a safe and genetically stable source for future generations. For the benefit of all farmers, gardeners and consumers who want an alternative, we pledge that we do not knowingly buy or sell genetically engineered seeds or plants.
A Strong Link in the Organic Supply Chain Organic Partners International, LLC (Organic Partners) is a new company that brings together a powerful network of Organic Sourcing Agents and Primary Suppliers of Organic Ingredients for Industrial Bulk Buyers. The market for Organic products is exploding as mainstream manufacturers and retailers join the traditional organic leaders in the marketplace. The major brake on this growth is the lack of sufficient and reliable supplies of ingredients. Organic Partners fills this void. Organic Partners International
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At Oregon Sugar Beet Seed Farms, It's Organic Agriculture Vs. Genetic Engineering The Cold War phrase "peaceful coexistence" has been revived in a new context: as a potential solution in the clash between organic agriculture and genetic engineering. This agricultural battle is global in scope, but one place where the tension is most tangible — and where its consequences are most concrete — is the valley along Oregon's Willamette River. hide caption"This valley is not big enough to have genetically engineered crops and normal crops growing together without cross contamination happening," says Frank Morton, an organic farmer who grows Swiss chard for seed. Dan Charles for NPR "This valley is not big enough to have genetically engineered crops and normal crops growing together without cross contamination happening," says Frank Morton, an organic farmer who grows Swiss chard for seed.
Oregon's organic farmers fight genetically modified seeds Torsten Kjellstrand/The OregonianHank Keogh (center, in white) joins Karen Morton (left) and her sons, Taj and Kit, as they stomp and whack a pile of gold chard to loosen the organic seeds grown at Gathering Together Farm in Philomath. PHILOMATH -- Critics of genetically modified crops have warned about "frankenfood" and "superweeds" for years. But today, more than four-fifths of the nation's corn, cotton and soybean crops are altered to resist pesticides and insects.
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We are outside Oregon City, in Beavercreek, 20 miles from Portland, Oregon. Our farm is dedicated to providing the most sustainable, amazingly fresh, humanely, all pasture raised, breeding stock, heritage meats, eggs, and heirloom seeds to the Portland, Oregon and the surrounding areas. For genetic diversity purposes we do ship our seeds & day old ducklings to 49 states and Canada, March through September.At Boondockers Farm the focus is rare Heritage Poultry, specifically the Ancona, and Saxony for ducklings, breeding stock, hatching, eating eggs, and heritage meat when available. We also raise Delaware chickens for the same dual purpose abilities as the ducks. Home
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