Proven Alternative Energy - The Searl Generator Jefferey Jaxen, ContributorWaking Times Monopolies are nothing new to humanity. For industries and corporations whose life blood revolves around their bottom line, it only makes sense to always push to monopolize their market by any means necessary. The Urban Farming Guys Who are we? We are the urban experiment… the seed that died and went into the ground. Urban Pioneers… many who have purposefully uprooted from comfortable suburbia and relocated their homes and base of operations into one of the most blighted and dangerous zip codes in the U.S. 64127, Lykins Neighborhood, Kansas City.
hugelkultur, nature's raised garden beds FOR 25 YEARS I have grown my vegetables in raised beds, but the kind that you need to purchase lumber and bolts and use a saw and hammer to construct, then fill entirely with soil and compost. Lately I’ve been looking longingly at photos of a centuries-old, sustainable way of making raised garden beds called hugelkultur, or hill culture. “It’s like sheet mulching or lasagna gardening,” says Dave Whitinger of All Things Plants, who regularly lectures on the subject, but in hugelkultur, “wood is the first level of your sheet-mulched bed.” In print or my latest public-radio show and podcast, hugelkultur 101 with Dave (whose robust hugelkultur onion bed that is up top). prefer the podcast?
Green Home Business Opportunities: How To Start a Permaculture Design Business Permaculture is an approach to the design and maintenance of landscapes and communities that seeks to mimic the relationships found in natural ecosystems. The permaculture system was developed in the 1970′s by Bill Mollison and David Holmgren, though elements of permaculture design have been used by different cultures around the world for thousands of years. Permaculture has always placed a strong emphasis on sustainability and environmental responsibility. The permaculture method has been used successfully around the world to restore degraded agricultural lands and ecosystems in ways that benefit humans, wildlife, and the environment. For example, in the following video Geoff Lawton, a protege of Bill Mollison and founder of the Permaculture Research Institute, demonstrates his conviction that “you can fix all the world’s problems in a garden” by turning a desolate plot of land in Jordan into a productive and self-sustaining “food forest”: Main Image Credit: sterlic
The Future of Agriculture We have a new website under development that should launch in the next 4 weeks. Please stay tuned! Like this: Like Loading... Tessa Mclean wrote a wonderful piece on us for the Serious Eats website. Scientists Just Created Crystals That Make Breathing Underwater A Possibility Danish scientists are a step closer to significantly helping people who suffer from respiratory ailments, thanks to a revolutionary new absorption crystal. Working out of the University of Southern Denmark, the group has uncovered crystalline materials which are capable of pulling oxygen out of both air and water, a discovery which could eventually mark the end of the need to carry around cumbersome oxygen tanks. The revolutionary crystalline material can bind and store oxygen in high concentrations, then control its release time depending on what the user needs. This new discovery could even benefit deep sea divers, giving them superhero-like abilities to stay submerged for extended periods of time without an air tank.
Organic Mushroom Growing Kits - Mushroom Logs Counter Top - Coffee Table - Desk YOUR MUSHROOM KIT ARRIVES READY TO BURST OUT WITH MUSHROOMS AND INCLUDES EVERYTHING NEEDED FOR GROWING ORGANIC MUSHROOMS IN YOUR HOMEThese Kits can be held for 1 or 2 weeks, but are designed to be started when received! Mushroom Logs may produce mushrooms in 2 or more crops (mushroom flushes)*. hugelkultur: the ultimate raised garden beds raised garden bed hugelkultur after one month raised garden bed hugelkultur after one year raised garden bed hugelkultur after two years raised garden bed hugelkultur after twenty years It's a german word and some people can say it all german-ish.
Clever Tunnel System Makes Chickens Do The Gardening (Video) Image credit: Ecofilms Australia We've already seen how one farmer trains her chickens to eat slugs, and the internet is full of examples of chicken tractors—portable coops that can be moved to allow hens to till, fertilize, and weed a plot while providing pest control in the process. (see also this overview of chicken tractors at Planet Green.) Groundbreaking Energy Ball Wind Turbine for Home Power Swedish company Home Energy developed a wind generator that works slightly differently than your regular, bladed, mechanism. The "Energy Ball" is safer for birds, makes less noise and has increased efficiency due to a principle known as the Venturi effect (the air is squeezed as it enters the ball and speeds up, causing increased spin). Here's one catching some major wind According to the Technical University of Delft in Holland, the machine's utilization of the wind enables it to be 40% more efficient than bladed wind generators of the same diameter. Imaged Credit: