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Ron Finley: A guerilla gardener in South Central LA

Ron Finley: A guerilla gardener in South Central LA

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Earthship Global Hi Everyone, Earthship Biotecture and Empower Projects are looking to support the people of Kapita (a region of 38 villages) in Malawi to complete their own Earthship Community Centre. Our team kick started the flower design in October last year and completed 2 out of the 8 rooms. The local committee needs our support with materials and transport to finish the build through their own effort. The community centre will house a clinic, a community bank, library, kindergarten, a seed bank and offer meeting spaces for local development committees to gather. Big impact services that will impact over 5,000 lives.

Center for Consumer Freedom – The Home Cook’s Dilemma Michael Pollan, arch-foodie and author of the food-Luddite tome The Omnivore’s Dilemma, has a new book out, entitled Cooked: A Natural History of Transformation. Like his previous efforts, the book calls hard-working Americans to more hard work in the kitchen, because Pollan believes that slaving over a cutting board is better for our souls or our health than allowing industry to help ease the load. To promote the new book, Pollan sat down with his comrade at The New York Times, Mark Bittman. Needless to say, Bittman raves about the work, praising it and the act of cooking as ways to stick it to “the corporations” supposedly ruining everything. Pollan’s “solution” to the non-problem of people occasionally eating out is raising taxes on restaurant food, since in the Church of Foodieism not cooking is a sin. However, before Michael Bloomberg decides to mandate purchase of the book in advance of banning restaurants, there are a few problems with Pollan’s approach.

How Biodiesel Works" If you've read or watched the news lately, you've probably come across some article, snippet or sound bite related to oil and oil prices. Even in your daily routines, there's a good chance of someone mentioning it. Whether it's in automotives, economics, history, geography or politics, oil has managed to filter into almost every aspect of our daily lives. It's one of the most discussed (and controversial) commodities that consumers rely on daily. All of this talk about oil sparks continued interest in gasoline alternatives. Things like electric cars and hydrogen fuel cells are being talked about as feasible alternatives to oil. Research: Building Trust international - Building Trust in academic institutions. This page is dedicated to the academic institutions that either work on Building Trust projects or share our views on design. Through working with students and teachers of design, engineering and architecture we hope to explore themes such as the duty of care, shelter provision, the rapid urbanisation of our built environments, the effects of global warming on design, the developing/ digital Worlds and many more topics that relate to design and its place shaping our collective future. If you represent a college or university and would like to discuss setting a project for your students we would love to hear from you.

Largest Indoor Vertical Farm In The Nation Opens In Chicago Lately, some packages of fresh basil have been showing up at grocery stores around the city stamped with the name "FarmedHere." You may have run into them at Whole Foods, or you may have noticed the FarmedHere brand at the Good Food Festival last weekend. Either way, if you're like us, your first response was: "How are they possibly growing basil in this horrible weather?" The answer to that question officially opens today: the largest indoor vertical farm in America.

Future of Food Like most people, I don’t think I can be easily fooled. But that’s just what happened when I was asked to taste a chicken taco and tell whether the meat inside was real or fake. The meat certainly had the look and the smell of chicken. I took a bite and it had the taste and texture of real chicken, too.

Build a Simple Solar Heater After walking into my workshop one December morning and feeling a bone-chilling 10 degrees, I decided to install a heating system. Given the rising costs of propane and my family’s environmental concerns about using nonrenewable fossil fuels, a solar solution seemed fitting. I’m a retired aircraft engineer, but you don’t need a similar background to tackle this project. In fact, a solar air heater built into new construction or added to an existing building can be an easy and inexpensive heating solution. What do pop-up shops and homelessness have in common? What do the 'DIY urbanism' movement and homelessness have in common? Whether it's a temporary studio, a pop-up shop, a sleeping bag in a doorway or a tarpaulin under a bridge, all are informal responses to the scarcity of space for everyone's needs and ambitions. But while DIY urbanism is hailed as a creative, revitalising force, the homeless are still marginalised in many cities.

India's rice revolution Sumant Kumar was overjoyed when he harvested his rice last year. There had been good rains in his village of Darveshpura in north-east India and he knew he could improve on the four or five tonnes per hectare that he usually managed. But every stalk he cut on his paddy field near the bank of the Sakri river seemed to weigh heavier than usual, every grain of rice was bigger and when his crop was weighed on the old village scales, even Kumar was shocked. This was not six or even 10 or 20 tonnes. Kumar, a shy young farmer in Nalanda district of India's poorest state Bihar, had – using only farmyard manure and without any herbicides – grown an astonishing 22.4 tonnes of rice on one hectare of land.

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Ecological Land Co-op wins planning permission at appeal Planning permission has finally been granted to Greenham Reach Small-holdings as part of the Ecological Land Co-operative (ELC) in Devon after a four year journey. The three residential smallholdings are to be made accessible to people who want to work on the land but normally would not be able to afford the high price of land. They will be built as part of the ELC's aim to save land from being intensively managed. The ELC buy land that has been, or is at risk of being, intensively managed, and convert it into affordable land for people who have the skills to manage the area ecologically. This enables more environmental farming and provides jobs and homes.

Street Skiing—AMAZING! [Weekend Watch] Often architects, developers and city planners try to sell their redevelopment’s with glossy brochures and vibrant mock ups. However, more often than not, these place turn out to either be dead, or sterile places. The problem isn’t always a lack of uses or diversity; rather it is that these places are often planned to the last window awning or flower bed. They lack the ‘messiness’ that make a city livable. The most vibrant cities I’ve lived in or visited share one thing in common.

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Ron Finley started a movement in South Central LA that is inspiring to gardeners everywhere. by emisma May 16

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