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Journey to Forever

Journey to Forever
Journey to Forever is an overland expedition through Asia and Africa to Cape Town, South Africa. We'll be reporting on environmental conditions along the way and working with local groups on community projects, and creating new networks among the groups we work with. It's organised by Handmade Projects, a small international non-profit organisation that also runs a small organic research farm and appropriate technology development centre, and operates this website. The aim is to help people fight poverty and hunger, in this richest-ever world where there's more food than there's ever been before – more food per capita than most people could eat – and to give individuals everywhere the means to opt out of the vicious global economic system that rules our planet and is destroying it. The focus is on appropriate technology, sustainable energy, sustainable farming, family nutrition and local self-reliance. Think globally act locally

Foot-powered washing machine made from recycled materials costs just $4 Living in the developing world has its own perks that includes access to clean water, electricity and appliances that make our lives a lot easier. However, the conditions are just the opposite in many parts of the developing world where people have to work hard for even the most basic of facilities. According to research people living in the rural parts of Africa have to walk for many hours just to get clean water.

Permaculture Sources: Jeff Nugent’s audio DVD of the Stanley, Tasmania, Bill Mollison 1983 PDC, In Grave Danger of Falling Food and the permies of Permaculture at Occupy Wall Street Confrontation of the criminal class responsible for the corporate coup of the US, is vital and long overdue. But there is also a need to take responsibility and design intelligent, local strategies, to prevent the same problems of scale from repeating themselves. FarmHack: Collaboratively Retooling Agriculture FarmHack is a network for sharing open source know-how amongst the distributed fringe of DIY agricultural tech aficionados and innovators. In the same vein as Appropedia or Open Source Ecology, a collaborative digital knowledge-base facilitates the harvest of crowd wisdom to address challenges and inefficiencies in modern ecological (and economical) farm operation. It is a project of Young Farmers Coalition and somewhat angled to the exuberant and tech-savvy eco-preneurial demographic, but inclusive and supportive of all open earthy inhabitants. A primary focus of the organization is toward intensive development meet-ups, teach-ins, and hackathons, in person, on the farm. Just after landing at my new rural summer farm home and hack-factory in Vermont, I learned of one such get-together nearby on Lake Champlain. Close to 30 attendees converged from across New England, bearing pedigrees ranging from electrical engineering to graphic novel artist.

Permaculture - Problems to Solutions SUBHEAD: Part 4 of a 6 part series on Permaculture Design Guidelines. By Birgit Bradtke in Tropical Permaculture in 2010 - ( Image above: The Opiuma tree (Pithecellobium dulce) is one I take down if its growing nearby. It thrives in Hanapepe Valley and in ten years can be a problem.

Wood pulp extract stronger than carbon fiber or Kevlar The Forest Products Laboratory of the US Forest Service has opened a US$1.7 million pilot plant for the production of cellulose nanocrystals (CNC) from wood by-products materials such as wood chips and sawdust. Prepared properly, CNCs are stronger and stiffer than Kevlar or carbon fibers, so that putting CNC into composite materials results in high strength, low weight products. In addition, the cost of CNCs is less than ten percent of the cost of Kevlar fiber or carbon fiber. These qualities have attracted the interest of the military for use in lightweight armor and ballistic glass (CNCs are transparent), as well as companies in the automotive, aerospace, electronics, consumer products, and medical industries.

Feral Pig Biology Distribution | Habitat | Behaviour | Impact Origin The feral pig in Australia is a descendant of various breeds of Sus scrofa, the domestic pig. In the north of Australia there is some indication that a number of other species of pigs were also brought to Australia, including Sus celebensis and Sus papuensis. Records indicate the presence of domestic pigs immediately following the arrival of the First Fleet. Pigs were kept by settlements unrestrained and in semi-feral conditions. Biostruct - High-Performance Building Materials for Energy Efficient, Sustainable, Passive Solar and LEED Construction Though it is less sexy than its modern counterparts, industrial hemp has entered the conversation as a material with an exciting future. It is showing up in products with uses that range from ultra-specialized to everyday. But can industrial hemp compete in a world focused on high-tech solutions? If you follow Amory Lovins (and the Rocky Mountain Institute) at all, you know Lovins’ new book “Reinventing Fire” (which we’ve reviewed previously ) covers many exciting technologies that could help us reduce our reliance on fossil fuels and wean our economy off oil, coal and nuclear energy. Former U.S. President Bill Clinton said of the book “My friend Amory Lovins knows that the most important question of the twenty-first century is the “how” question–how we turn good ideas into working solutions.

Water Harvesting and Storage Permaculture Research Institute - Permaculture Forums, Courses, Information & News by Adrian Buckley, Permaculture Designer, B. of Community Design, Calgary, Canada Good soil is nothing without water! Fortunately, there are simple and inexpensive methods available to us for capturing and storing rain water to meet our irrigation needs. It all starts from a firm understanding of how water flows on your property and designing to make the most use of it. Water, Access, Structures Permaculture design always starts with water, then access ways are planned, and finally, structures.

Open Tech Forever - R&D Factory for Open Source Industrial Hardware Open Tech Forever - R&D Factory for Open Source Industrial Hardware is sponsored by which supports projects that help people share. Let's Help Create the Open Source Economy! "Open Tech Forever is essential to building the collaborative society that we should be striving for." - Daniel Fernández de Córdova, co-founder of Machina