How One Startup Sold $6,000 Worth of Charcoal on Kickstarter Name: re:char Big Idea: Utilize organic waste to create carbon-negative charcoal, a substance that pulls CO2 from the air and helps crops grow taller and stronger. Why It's Working: Re:char's mission is about providing farmers — both at home and in developing countries such as Kenya — with conservation-oriented soil-boosting complexes that can double food output compared to traditional farming methods. How do you convince longtime traditional farmers that they could produce 200% more food every crop season if they mix their soil with specially-designed charcoal? "It's hard to get them to do anything out of their routine because it's very risky for them, especially when you're talking about their livelihood," says Aramburu. But once they saw the bountiful corn stalks that re:char could grow on Kenyan soil, they began to listen. The benefits of this charcoal are twofold: The chemical makeup of the biochar pulls carbon dioxide from the air and then feeds it back in the soil.
Tree Hugging Now Scientifically Validated | Spirit of Ma'at Die hard conservatives love to disparage liberals as tree huggers, but it has been recently scientifically validated that hugging trees is actually good for you. Research has shown that you don’t even have to touch a tree to get better, you just need to be within its vicinity has a beneficial effect. In a recently published book, Blinded by Science, the author Matthew Silverstone, proves scientifically that trees do in fact improve many health issues such as Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), concentration levels, reaction times, depression and other forms of mental illness. The author points to a number of studies that have shown that children show significant psychological and physiological improvement in terms of their health and well being when they interact with plants and trees. The answer to how plants and trees affect us physiologically turns out to be very simple. There is one other school of thought are in alignment with this remarkable theory: Taoism.
Hydroponics NASA researcher checking hydroponic onions with Bibb lettuce to his left and radishes to the right Hydroponics is a subset of hydroculture and is a method of growing plants using mineral nutrient solutions, in water, without soil. Terrestrial plants may be grown with their roots in the mineral nutrient solution only or in an inert medium, such as perlite, gravel, biochar, mineral wool, expanded clay pebbles or coconut husk. Researchers discovered in the 18th century that plants absorb essential mineral nutrients as inorganic ions in water. History In 1929, William Frederick Gericke of the University of California at Berkeley began publicly promoting that solution culture be used for agricultural crop production. He first termed it aquaculture but later found that aquaculture was already applied to culture of aquatic organisms. Two other plant nutritionists at the University of California were asked to research Gericke's claims. Origin Soilless culture
Aquaponics A small, portable aquaponics system. The term aquaponics is a blend of the terms aquaculture and hydroponic agriculture. Aquaponics (/ˈækwəˈpɒnɪks/) refers to any system that combines conventional aquaculture (raising aquatic animals such as snails, fish, crayfish or prawns in tanks) with hydroponics (cultivating plants in water) in a symbiotic environment. In normal aquaculture, excretions from the animals being raised can accumulate in the water, increasing toxicity. In an aquaponic system, water from an aquaculture system is fed to a hydroponic system where the by-products are broken down by nitrifying bacteria initially into nitrites and subsequently into nitrates that are utilized by the plants as nutrients. As existing hydroponic and aquaculture farming techniques form the basis for all aquaponic systems, the size, complexity, and types of foods grown in an aquaponic system can vary as much as any system found in either distinct farming discipline. History Plants
» Help Your Kids Fight Addicting Foods By Donna Gates If we’re addicted to food, the addiction often begins in childhood. After all, what are many of our kids eating for breakfast? Wheat, dairy, and sugar are the most addictive foods on the planet. According to Yale Rudd Center’s Cereal FACTS 2012: Kellogg’s Froot Loops made $162,182,800 in sales.Kellogg’s Frosted Flakes made $267,170,500 in sales.General Mills Honey Nut Cheerios made $357,013,600 in sales. Today, we eat over 100 pounds more sugar a year than we did nearly a century ago! The problem with cereal is that it’s made from wheat and coated in sugar; once it’s poured into a bowl, it’s covered in milk. Wheat, dairy, and sugar are the most addictive foods on the planet. In fact, studies have shown that wheat, dairy, and sugar are just as addictive as any illicit or pharmaceutical drug. Unfortunately, these foods are literally the mainstay of the Standard American Diet. Wheat At the National Institute of Health, Dr. Exorphins mimic the natural opiates that the body makes.
Rawfully Organic Co-op Grow The Easiest Garden on Earth So These Actually Exist: Flowers That Look Like Something Else Monkey Face Orchid (Dracula Simia) Moth Orchid (Phalaenopsis) Naked Man Orchid (Orchis Italica) Hooker’s Lips (Psychotria Elata) Dancing Girls (Impatiens Bequaertii) Laughing Bumble Bee Orchid (Ophrys bomybliflora) Swaddled Babies (Anguloa Uniflora) Parrot Flower (Impatiens Psittacina) Snap Dragon Seed Pod (Antirrhinum) Flying Duck Orchid (Caleana Major) Orchid That Looks Like A Tiger Happy Alien (Calceolaria Uniflora) Angel Orchid (Habenaria Grandifloriformis) Dove Orchid Or Holy Ghost Orchid (Peristeria Elata) Orchid That Looks Like A Ballerina White Egret Orchid (Habenaria Radiata) Darth Vader (Aristolochia Salvadorensis)
Vermiculture: How To Build A Worm Bin the Cheap and Easy Way By Gaye Levy Contributing Writer for Wake Up World A couple of weeks ago I wrote about using worms to create compost. The official term for this is “Vermicomposting” and the great thing about it is that it is clean and tidy and does not take up a lot of space. Now that I have you excited about composting with worms – and specifically red worms – I would like to provide you with instructions for building the cheapest worm bin imaginable. The Cheap and Easy Worm Bin Materials: Here are the materials you will need to build your worm bin. * Two 8 to 10 gallon plastic storage bins * Drill (with 1/4″ and 1/16″ bits) for making drainage and ventilation holes * Newspaper * About one pound of red wiggler worms The bins should be opaque and not clear. Also, although you could use larger bins, they will be too doggone heavy to lift once they are full of nicely composted worm castings. Putting it all together: 1. 2. 3. Moisten the newspaper by soaking it in water and then squeezing out the excess water. 4.
Gardening for Life - Discovering New Ways To Feed The World Lichen A lichen (/ˈlaɪkən/, sometimes /ˈlɪtʃən/ ) is a composite organism consisting of a fungus (the mycobiont) and a photosynthetic partner (the photobiont or phycobiont) growing together in a symbiotic relationship. The photobiont is usually either a green alga (commonly Trebouxia) or cyanobacterium (commonly Nostoc). The morphology, physiology and biochemistry of lichens are very different from those of the isolated fungus and alga in culture. Lichens occur in some of the most extreme environments on Earth—arctic tundra, hot deserts, rocky coasts, and toxic slag heaps. However, they are also abundant as epiphytes on leaves and branches in rain forests and temperate woodland, on bare rock, including walls and gravestones, and on exposed soil surfaces (e.g., Collema) in otherwise mesic habitats. The roofs of many buildings have lichens growing on them. Overview The body (thallus) of most lichens is different from those of either the fungus or alga growing separately.
Natural Hebicide How Weed Killers Work Weed killers, both homemade and commercial products, start by killing the above ground foliage. Systemic weed killers, like Roundup, are designed to cause injury to the entire plant including the root system so it will not grow back, according to a guide prepared by the University of California available here. Homemade vinegar-based products lack the oomph of commercial products and only desiccate the above ground foliage. 3 Homemade Weed Killer Recipes A quick search on the internet yielded lots of recipes for homemade weed killer with vinegar the primary ingredient. Weed Killer Recipe #1: Plain vinegar Weed Killer Recipe #2: 1 quart vinegar + 2 tbsp liquid dish soap Weed Killer Recipe #3: 1 quart vinegar + 1 tsp liquid dish soap + 1/4 c salt Application It's important to apply weed killer on a sunny day after the morning dew has evaporated and with no rain in the forecast for at least 24 hours so the product is not diluted with water. My Results