10 Reasons Why We Need An EarthShip Home - Radically Sustainable Buildings I have never heard of “Earthship” when looking at green homes before, I am so glad I stumbled upon this article as It has really made me think about my own set up and maybe even changed my mind and build one for my family. Basicly an Earthship is a very green, sustainable home. “Earthships can be built in any part of the world and still provide electricity, potable water, contained sewage treatment and sustainable food production. The Most Versatile and Economical sustainable green building design in the world” The great thing about these designs is Earthships catch water from the sky (rain & snow melt) and use it four times. Water is heated from the sun, biodiesel and/or natural gas. Earthships are 100% sustainable homes that are both cheap to build and awesome to live in. 1) Sustainable does not mean primitive When people hear about sustainable, off-the-grid living, they usually picture primitive homes divorced from the comforts of the 21st century. 2) Free Food 4) Warmth & Shelter
Store Potatoes, Onions, Garlic and Squash During the winter months, when the ground is covered by a thick blanket of snow, there’s something particularly satisfying about still being able to eat food from your garden. There are many summer-grown crops including potatoes, onions, garlic, beets, carrots and winter squash, can be stored with relative ease to nourish you right through until the next growing season. Even a modest-size garden can yield a substantial crop of winter keepers. To be successful storing these keeper crops at home, here are a couple factors to keep in mind: Some varieties store better than others, so be sure to seek out the ones that are known to be good keepers. There are so many wonderful kinds and colors of potatoes to choose from: fingerlings, bakers, boilers, white, yellow, pink, red, and even blue. Potatoes can be grown in a standard garden row, in a raised bed or in a container such as a Potato Grow Bag. Onions Onions should be cured before they are stored. Garlic A perfect bulb, just after harvest.
[ZOOM IN] Urban farms give city folk 'food sovereignty' Choi Chang-hwan, a 71-year-old retired worker, right, and his wife show off the rooftop garden of their house in Junghwa-dong, Seoul. By Park Sang-moon When Choi Chang-hwan, a 71-year-old retired oil company worker, wakes up every morning to sweet chirpings of sparrows, his top priority isn't turning the pages of the morning newspaper while waiting for breakfast, like other aged Korean men. After jumping out of bed, Choi goes straight to the rooftop of his two-story house in Junghwa-dong, northeastern Seoul, to check the progress of his homegrown vegetables. "There's nothing like planting a seed, nurturing it and harvesting it", Choi said. "It's amazing to see how vegetables go from my roof to my table. Choi said he needs to check his crops every morning to make sure seeds and vegetables aren't attacked by sparrows, pigeons or bugs. "I don't use harmful pesticides", he said. Choi is just one of a growing army of urban farmers in Korea. Green in the city Benefits of being urban farmers
Eco Architecture - Beauty and Function - What is Eco Architecture? The sustainability movement is making an impact in many areas of daily life, including eco architecture. From utilizing local food sources to reducing energy consumption across the board, sustainability is rapidly becoming mainstream. The idea of being able to maintain, or support processes that are ecologically beneficial is the heart of sustainability. Sustainability now has a defined presence in the world of architecture. Eco architecture seeks to minimize the negative environmental impacts of structures through improved efficiency and the use of sustainable construction materials. The idea of not harming the environment plus using the most ecologically friendly construction materials is becoming the norm for designers and builders around the world. Architects seeking to work with the environment look for the best ways to reuse existing materials or use the most environmental friendly new materials. Eco architecture is no longer a passing fad.
Refugees in U.S. Take Up Farming Among the regular customers at the New Roots farm stand are Congolese women in flowing dresses, Somali Muslims in headscarves, Latino men wearing broad-brimmed hats and Burundian mothers in brightly patterned textiles who walk home balancing boxes of produce on their heads. New Roots, with 85 growers from 12 countries, is one of more than 50 community farms dedicated to refugee agriculture, an entrepreneurial movement spreading across the country. American agriculture has historically been forged by newcomers, like the Scandinavians who helped settle the Great Plains; today’s growers are more likely to be rural subsistence farmers from Africa and Asia, resettled in and around cities from New York, Burlington, Vt., and Lowell, Mass., to Minneapolis, Phoenix and San Diego. With language and cultural hurdles, and the need to gain access to land, financing and marketing, farm ownership for refugees can be very difficult. They were also homesick for traditional food, grown by hand. And Mr.
Permaculture Design Principles The foundations of permaculture are the ethics (centre) which guide the use of the 12 design principles, ensuring that they are used in appropriate ways. These principles are seen as universal, although the methods used to express them will vary greatly according to the place and situation. They are applicable to our personal, economic, social and political reorganisation as illustrated in the permaculture flower. Each principle can be thought of as a door that opens into whole systems thinking, providing a different perspective that can be understood at varying levels of depth and application. Click on each of the principles icons to find out more, including a catchy tune about each of them – available from the album Permaculture: A Rhymer’s Manual. A free poster download of the principles is also available. For a deeper insight make sure you read the Essence of Permaculture, a summary of David Holmgren’s seminal work Permaculture: Principles and Pathways Beyond Sustainability.
Melbourne penalizes city folk who grow veggies on vacant land By Christopher BantickWeekly Times First it was sea-changers then tree-changers that moved into country communities looking for rural bliss. The next migration may be vegie-changers. This is a likely scenario if Melbourne councils continue to whack sky-high rates on vacant land used for vegetable gardens. The latest Melbourne council to penalise – yes penalise – people growing fruit trees and vegetables on their own unbuilt land is Darebin. Why? Well, what use is it having a vacant block when it could be used for housing? It’s a punitive strategy. According to Darebin City Council chief financial officer Kerrie Jordan, upping council rates on vacant land comes with a clear intention. Rates on vacant land in Darebin are three times the levy on residential property. They are, wait for it, $2519 if you grow a few spuds on your own empty land! “We want to encourage land owners to develop vacant land to increase the supply of housing and to enhance the city’s vitality,” Ms Jordan says.
Difference Between Organic Gardening and Permaculture - Permaculture Visions Online Institute The Permaculture garden is a lot more than an organic garden. Intelligent design uses free, sustainable energies and resources. It is energy-wise and collaborative to minimise the impact of a site on the surrounding environment. The permaculture garden is also part of an overall lifestyle of care. Focus on closing the nutrient and water loop by using waste, and reducing the dependence on inputs.Creation of healthier soil and diversity of produce. Responsibility for waste. Permaculture uses organic gardening and farming practices but it goes beyond. There is a significant difference between closed and open food-production systems. Organic Farming promotes the use of natural fertilisers, making use of the natural carbon cycle so that waste from plants becomes the food (fertiliser) of another. The Ideal Permaculture ‘Farm’ brings production of food closer to consumers and the consumer’s wastes back into the cycle. When is Permaculture not Organic? Fostering A Culture of Community Recycling
The Commons as a Different Engine for Innovation I delivered the following remarks on May 11 as part of The Illahee Lecture Series 2011, "Searching for Solutions: Innovation for the Public Good," in Portland, Oregon. This evening, I’d like to get innovative about how we think about innovation itself. The corporate cliché is to “think outside the box.” The subtext of most innovation-talk these days is efficiency and profitability. Worse, conventional markets, in the course of creating new wealth, are generating all sorts of illth, in John Ruskin’s phrase – cost, unintended byproducts that must be put on the ledger sheet in any calculation of our supposed wealth. What this says to me is that we need to reconceptualize and expand the very meaning of innovation. So rather than deal with our grotesque levels of consumption and waste, it’s easier to place our bets on innovative “green technologies.” The compulsion to capture and monetize our shared resources is often known as “enclosure.” But Hardin was not describing a commons.
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