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Rainwater Harvesting for Drylands and Beyond by Brad Lancaster

Rainwater Harvesting for Drylands and Beyond by Brad Lancaster
Click here to order Turn water scarcity into water abundance! These books show you how to conceptualize, design, and implement sustainable water-, sun-, wind-, and shade-harvesting systems for your home, landscape, and community. They enable you to access your on-site resources (rainwater, greywater, topsoil, sun, plants, and more), give you a diverse array of strategies to maximize their potential, and empower you with guiding principles to create an integrated, multi-functional resource-harvesting and -enhancing landscape plan specific to your site and needs. These books will help bring your site to life, reduce your cost of living, endow yourself and your community with skills of self-reliance and cooperation, generate renewable on-site power, and create living air conditioners of vegetation that grow beauty, food, flood-control, and wildlife habitat. Stories of people who are successfully welcoming rain into their life and landscape will invite you to do the same!

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Permaculture Courses One of Permaculture’s Holy Cows: the Death of the Swale - Permaculture Courses ‘The best place to store water is in the soil.’ When I first heard this saying, early on in my permaculture education, it was like a light bulb coming on. It just seemed so obviously true. After a couple of decades of practicing permaculture I realise that any blanket statement like that is almost certain to be wrong or at least only right in certain places and at certain times. For me the essence of permaculture is to tune in to the unique characteristics of a particular piece of land and of the people who are inhabiting or using that land. From this flows a design which will meet the needs of both land and people.

ORGANIC AND PERMACULTURE GARDENING Glossary of Soil Science Canadian Soil Information System (CanSIS) Eastern Cereal and Oilseed Research Centre Ottawa (Ontario) Solstice from the Center for Renewable Energy and Sustainable Technology ( CREST) Water Program Programs and Initiatives: Water Program The Water Program works to improve efficiency, ensure basic access to water, and protect the environment. Water is one of our most precious and valuable resources. Without it, we would perish. The Floating Gardens of Tenochtitlán*: The Venice of the New WorldEden's Container When Spanish conquistadors first encountered the capital of the Aztec world, Tenochtitlán (now present day Mexico City) they looked at the homes built on floating island structures known as chinampas and dubbed the city “The Venice of the New World.” At the time of Spanish Conquest, Tenochtitlán was larger than most of the cities in Europe, including Paris and Rome. The population, which was between 15,000 and 20,000, was largely non-farming. To feed this large population, farmers constructed farms directly into the lake districts using the chinampas method. In this method, farmers (called chinamperos) drove posts into the shallow lake bottom. They wove branches between the posts to construct wattle fencing around the perimeter of the chinampas.

What is sustainable development · Sustainable Development Commission "Sustainable development is development that meets the needs of the present, without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs." The concept of sustainable development can be interpreted in many different ways, but at its core is an approach to development that looks to balance different, and often competing, needs against an awareness of the environmental, social and economic limitations we face as a society. All too often, development is driven by one particular need, without fully considering the wider or future impacts. We are already seeing the damage this kind of approach can cause, from large-scale financial crises caused by irresponsible banking, to changes in global climate resulting from our dependence on fossil fuel-based energy sources.

Rajendra Singh: Clean flowing rivers must be a human right The “waterman of India” will walk across five continents to raise awareness for his campaign to have the human rights to river water and access to nature recognised by the UN. “Nature cannot fulfil greed,” Rajendra Singh said on Monday at World Water Week, where he will accept the Stockholm Water Prize on Wednesday. Singh argued that communities facing water crises should resist the money and technological solutions offered by corporations. Instead, he told the Guardian, they must find ways to help themselves. “The companies always bother about the profit, they are not bothered about our common future,” he said. “They use the name of social corporate responsibility – but this is not sufficient for life.

Chinampa II  チナンパ(第二) *See entry below this one for an introduction to chinampasチナンパ入門の方は「チナンパ」エントリーも見てみてください。 A young chinampa with a visible foundation of branches and twigs. Like a floating cold compost pile.比較的新しいチナンパ。 Identifying Plant Nutrient Deficiencies - Permablitz Melbourne Not all plant problems are caused by insects or diseases. Sometimes an unhealthy plant is suffering from a nutrient deficiency or even too much of any one nutrient. Plant nutrient deficiencies often manifest as foliage discoloration or distortion. The following chart outlines some possible problems.

Steps to Create a Community Garden or Expand Urban Agriculture 1. Survey the property and identify potential risks and contaminants for testing. The types of contaminants you are likely to find depend on the history and use of the property. After Dry Wells, Relief for Some California Families State and local aid is helping, but only for a few. Photo © Brett Walton / Circle of Blue Benjamin Luengas and his great-granddaughter Selena stand next to the water tank the family received last October, thanks to a grant from a local bank. Starting Agroforestry on Your Farm with Mark Shepard Upload Markus Laumann Loading... Working...

Creating Community-Based Brownfields Redevelopment Strategies About the Project The American Planning Association was the recipient of a Brownfields Training, Research, and Technical Assistance Grant from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. The result of this three-year initiative, which involved community development corporation (CDC) leaders, community members, and others working to revitalize low-income and disadvantaged communities, is the 2010 guide to redeveloping brownfield sites, Creating Community-Based Brownfield Redevelopment Strategies. It is estimated that there are more than 450,000 brownfield sites in the U.S. In many brownfield redevelopment projects, community groups are frequently left out of the process.

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