Plant Seeds Using Eggshells | 17 Apart: How To: Plant Seeds Using Eggshells We were excited when our Sprout Robot alert went off that it was time to start broccoli seeds indoors this weekend for our zip code. With the move and being in the midst of colder months, we are seriously lacking in the gardening department, except for our avocado sprouts (which we have an exciting update on coming tomorrow). We located our organic broccoli seed packet from last year's garden and hit up our gardening Pinterest boards (mine & hers) where we've been collecting ideas for creative planting all winter. We had one particular idea we'd seen pinned in mind and couldn't wait to try for ourselves — eggshell seed planters. Evidently, eggshells make the perfect size seed starters, are natural, biodegradable, can be planted directly into the soil after being cracked a little, and supply nourishment to the plant and surrounding soil (not to mention they're free). After saving the shells from this week's eggs, we set out to make our eggshell planters. You'll Need: 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8.
Rethinking Agriculture | Biodynamic Association American Botanical Council: Homepage Update: Login to ABC Website For a limited time, you can access all of ABC's content without a password, so no login is required. The search button has been restored on all pages. Euromed Adopts Milk Thistle through ABC's Adopt-an-Herb Program The American Botanical Council welcomes Euromed's adoption of milk thistle (Silybum marianum, Asteraceae) through ABC's Adopt-an-Herb botanical research and education program. Read more here. Botanical Adulterants Prevention Program Publishes Grape Seed Extract Laboratory Guidance Document The ABC-AHP-NCNPR Botanical Adulterants Prevention Program announces the publication of a new Laboratory Guidance Document on Grape Seed Extract. ABC Announces Annual Herbal Community Builder Award Recipients The American Botanical Council (ABC) has announced the recipients of its annual ABC Mark Blumenthal Herbal Community Builder Award. ABC Publishes Monograph on Scientific and Clinical Research on Pycnogenol
1,300 New Species Discovered: Conservation International Celebrates 20 Years Of Rapid Assessment Program (PHOTOS) Conservation International (CI) is celebrating two decades of its successful Rapid Assessment Program (RAP), which has led to the discovery of over 1,300 new species, by releasing a list of its 20 "RAP Stars" -- the new species that have become international sensations with nicknames like "Yoda bat," "Dinospider," "Walking shark," and "Pinocchio frog." A new book, "Still Counting," details the program's progress over the past two decades. From CI: Launched in 1990, the idea behind the creation of CI’s Rapid Assessment Program was to build a team of the best field biologists from different disciplines, and create what CI founder, CEO, and Chairman Peter Seligmann described in the foreword to the book as “An ecological SWAT team that could accurately assess the health of an ecosystem in a fraction of the time it would normally take”. The organization's program has grown to include 10-30 scientists per expedition, and over 80 surveys have been completed in 27 countries. Part of HPMG News
Monsanto-Free Seed Companies In 2005, Monsanto purchased Semenis which was (and is) the world’s largest seed company and now they own thousands of conventional seed companies in addition to their GMO seed business. Monsanto now owns 40% of the conventional seed market in the US and 20% of the worldwide market, including organics and heirlooms. It’s not terribly easy to avoid them, which is why we’ve compiled the list below list with the help of readers and some experts from the field, both to help you navigate through things as well as encouragement for companies to take part in the boycott so that they may also qualify to have their names included. Here they are, and please let us know of any companies we may have missed and we will add them to this list. Adaptive Seeds*All Good Things Organic (SW)Amishland Seeds*Annie’s Heirloom SeedsThe Ark Institute*Backyard Beans and Grains ProjectBaker Creek Seed Co. Canada: Europe: Garden Organic (UK)Seed Site (Italy)The Real Seed Catalogue (UK)
Growing Solutions Farm | The Julie + Michael Tracy Family Foundation In May, 2014, we launched our expanded 1.2 acre vocational garden in the Illinois Medical District. The plans included 28 16-foot raised cedar beds, 50 smart pots, 48 earth boxes, a full time Grower and Farm Operations Manager as well as a Vocational Coordinator. Additional spaces include educational sheds and a shipping pod for storage, a wash-pack processing center and a shaded outdoor classroom area. Teachers, volunteers and agency staff engaged in daily work together with garden interns to develop the soft skills and resumes which will lead to future success in the workplace. While a majority of harvested produce is donated to area food pantries, we used some for instruction in our teaching kitchen at Project 1212, as well as offering some for sale at our farm-stand as the summer progressed. In 2013, our 900-square-feet pilot garden taught us that we could increase independence and productivity among young adults with ASD while teaching vocational horticulture skills.
Biomimicry Institute - Home The Biomimicry 3.8 Institute is a not-for-profit organization that promotes the study and imitation of nature’s remarkably efficient designs, bringing together scientists, engineers, architects and innovators of all ages who can use those models to create sustainable technologies. The Institute was founded in 2006 by science writer and consultant Janine Benyus in response to overwhelming interest in the subject following the publication of her book, Biomimicry: Innovation Inspired by Nature. See Janine’s TED Talk video for her groundbreaking introduction to biomimicry. Today, the Biomimicry 3.8 Institute focuses on three areas: Developing our online database of nature’s solutions, AskNature.org.Hosting our annual, international Biomimicry Student Design Challenge.Growing our Global Network of regional biomimicry practitioners. See examples of biomimicry in action! Meet executive director Beth Rattner, our staff, and the Institute board.
Loss of Top Animal Predators Has Massive Ecological Effects ScienceDaily (July 14, 2011) — "Trophic Downgrading of Planet Earth," a review paper that will be published on July 15, 2011, in the journal Science, concludes that the decline of large predators and herbivores in all regions of the world is causing substantial changes to Earth's terrestrial, freshwater, and marine ecosystems. The paper claims that the loss of apex consumers from ecosystems "may be humankind's most pervasive influence on nature." The research was funded primarily by the Institute for Ocean Conservation Science at Stony Brook University with support from The Pew Charitable Trusts. The review, conducted by an international team of 24 scientists, illuminates the patterns and far-reaching impacts of predation and herbivory on the structure and dynamics of global ecosystems. "By looking at ecosystems primarily from the bottom up, scientists and resource managers have been focusing on only half of a very complex equation," said Dr.