Choosing a Wood-Burning Stove for Your Home - Tools Related Content The Woods are on Fire Whenever I see wild fires on the news, it reminds me of when I was growing up in rural Arkanas. Whil... If you’ve picked up this magazine, you’re probably the type of person who likes to do things for yourself: You’ve taken steps to become more self-sufficient and rely less on big industry. With the garden in place and the livestock munching grass in the field, it might be time to turn your attention to the farmhouse and its systems, and explore some ways to become more sustainable there. Our sacred values vs. mining pollution - Minnesota Women's Press - St. Paul, MN What is sacred to you? And does Minnesota's failure to control sulfates and other mining pollution damage what you hold most precious? For the Ojibwe people, natural wild rice (manoomin) is sacred. Wild rice is an integral part of culture, connecting the people and their Creator.
Stacking Wood - The One-Acre Farm Blog As a young man, back in the days of dinosaurs and stone tablets (according to the teens who know me today), I stacked far more wood than I care to recall. And stacked it all by hand. The old, two-this-way and two-that-way was, my grandfather insisted, the only way to properly dry wood for burning. Essential Outdoor Survival Skills - Farm And Garden Years ago, I led wilderness expeditions for college students, and then later for troubled youth. As we taught the participants, my colleagues and I could see that some were able-bodied students, some struggled along the trail, and some would not fare so well if a true survival situation ever occurred while on their own. But regardless of your physical state, knowing a few basic outdoor survival skills gives you an edge if a survival situation were to ever arise.
Common Greywater Mistakes and Preferred Practices An ongoing effort to counter the tidal wave of grey water misinformation on the web Excerpted from Create an Oasis with Grey Water (book) By Art Ludwig Why you can trust this information Greenpeace to Bid For Germany Coal Plants, Mines The environmental activist group Greenpeace announced Tuesday that it plans to buy four coal-fired power plants and their corresponding mines in eastern Germany so it can shut them down and prevent the mines from being expanded. Swedish power company Vattenfall, wholly owned by the Swedish government, currently owns the lignite (also called brown coal) plants and mines that Greenpeace said it will attempt to purchase. “Vattenfall and the Swedish government must take responsibility for their emissions also outside the Swedish borders.
Filter your Laundry Graywater with Marsh Plants! To get started, find the space next to your clothes washer. In this space, I originally had a wash tub, but replaced it with a large barrel to hold laundry water. The original water-lines and drain are still there. In this case, we are NOT going to use the drain, but rather, install a new pipe that leads to a water storage unit. Pawpaws: America's Best Secret Fruit This wild fruit is worth tracking down. [Photographs: Samara Linnell] If you're lucky, America's best secret fruit might be growing on a tree close to your backyard.
Phytoremediation: Marsh Plants that Clean Grey Water Iris plants can help remove heavy metals. Photo: Galileo55 / CC by 2.0 Filtering Grey Water: Species of Wetland Plants Cattail, bulrush, reed and sedge species are all common in constructed wetland ecosystems, and each plays a specific role: Some remove heavy metals, while others are more skilled at removing organic matter. Phragmites australis, the common reed, is often used in water treatment in Europe to remove nitrogen, but it can be invasive in North America and Australia. Duckweed (Lemnoideae family) also removes nitrogen and phosphorus. Radical Catholic Rabble-Rouser Dorothy Day Pope Francis's much-vaunted comments to U.S. Congress on Thursday included a message of praise for "daughter of this land" Dorothy Day, a radical writer and activist who uplifted the dignity of the poor and was repeatedly jailed for protesting wars, racism, and the denial of women's suffrage. "In these times when social concerns are so important, I cannot fail to mention the Servant of God Dorothy Day, who founded the Catholic Worker Movement," the Pope declared. "Her social activism, her passion for justice and for the cause of the oppressed, were inspired by the Gospel, her faith, and the example of the saints." Francis praised Day as one of four commendable "representatives of the American people"—placing her alongside Abraham Lincoln, Martin Luther King Jr., and Thomas Merton for her commitment to "social justice and the rights of persons."
From Laundry to Landscape: Tap Into Greywater - Green Homes In the United States, the average person uses about 40 gallons of water per day to bathe, wash dishes and clean clothes. Unfortunately, this water almost always goes straight down the drain. But this “greywater” could be put to good use to irrigate fruit trees and other plants. Greywater refers to all used household water except water from toilets, which is called “blackwater.” Historically, state laws have dealt with water from your sink, shower or washing machine in exactly the same way as water from the toilet — it’s all considered sewage that requires treatment. Consequently, home systems that use greywater for irrigation are sometimes illegal.
Hedgerows and hedgerow networks in landscape ecology Hedgerows originated and coexist with agriculture. Their internal structure and species diversity vary widely with origin (planted, spontaneous, or remnant), farming practices in adjacent fields, and the refined art of hedgerow management. Most hedgerow species are forest-edge species, and apparently none is limited to hedgerows. Wide hedgerows composed of trees and shrubs appear to function as corridors for movement of many plants and animals across a landscape. The reduction of crop loss, by dampening pest population fluctuations with hedgerow predators, remains a hypothesis for study. Humanure Handbook: Chapter 9: Alternative Grey Water Systems "When dealt with appropriately, graywater is a valuable resource which horticultural and agricultural growers, as well as home gardeners, will increasingly come to appreciate." Carl Lindstrom There are two concepts that sum up this book: 1) one organism's excretions are another organism's food, and 2) there is no waste in nature. We humans need to understand what organisms will consume our excretions if we are to live in greater harmony with the natural world. Our excretions include humanure, urine, and other organic materials that we discharge into the environment, such as "graywater," which is the water resulting from washing or bathing. Graywater should be distinguished from "blackwater," the water that comes from toilets.
The art and science of the hedgerow HawthornBill VaughnYale Univ, $30.00 It’s a testament to doggedness that people through the centuries have extracted any benefit at all from the hawthorn tree. It’s a gnarly, unforgiving thing with spikes.