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permaculture-news:

Hi! I’m Vincent Alexander and I am producing a documentary video series. We will be touring permaculture properties through CA, OR, and WA this summer tentative July-Oct, and possibly again in the spring of next year 2015.

If you are passionate about permaculture, videography, and if roughing…

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permaculture-news:

I really enjoyed this podcast, getting to hear Josiah pre-Jack Spirko.

I benefited from the discussion on how to get to X. I am in the process of developing a game plan and then sharing my vision with my wife on how to have more time with the family but it begins with getting out of debt. If…

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Okay, I might be going a little nuts with this, but a friend wanted me to help him build a Hugelkultur and I couldn’t resist, I think I have an addiction to moving soil!

This one is neat because we integrated a herb-spiral into the top corner of the bed - it draining into a water feature.

I just love making these things so much and I am still trying to figure out how to model a business around them.

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agritecture:

China’s Surreal Urban Farms

As its leaders often remind the world, China has 22 percent of the world’s population, but less than 10 percent of its arable land (as much as one fifth of which, it was recently reported, is severely polluted). People find ways to make up for the shortfall. For centuries officials have complained of peasants cultivating marginal lands, and for just as long Chinese farmers have been geniuses of agricultural improvisation, making use of whatever land they could find when they needed it.

Today, the country is in the midst of a massive shift from countryside to city. Much of it has occurred at will, as ambitious migrants have left the fields to seek new jobs and new experiences in the factories of China’s booming cities. But many others do not move at will. Instead, they are expelled from their homes and into strange new lives as city folk as the fields they once tended give way to new roads and shopping malls or slip under the rising waters of newly risen dams. Still others fall somewhere in between. They may find themselves following their children to new lives and new status as members of an urban population that, for the first time, in 2011 exceeded the number of those remaining in the countryside. China’s leaders hope that 70 percent of the country will be urban by 2030.

In cities, old rhythms of life die hard, and even as more and more farmland on the outskirts of urban areas disappears, new transplants and old holdouts continue to find patches of ground to plant.

Tim Franco, a Shanghai-based photographer, has spent time on these “microfarms” in the heart of the megacity Chongqing, where the changes underway across the country appear especially stark. Some farmers grow food to feed their families, others to supplement their incomes, and some because, with the city closing in all around them, it’s the only thing that makes them feel at home. Please click on images to enlarge.

(via mamisgarden)

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Hugelkultur!

I built another Hugelkultur on the very top of the property I work on. I could have gathered more wood but meh it will do for now, this is really just to demonstrate the concept to the farmer I work for.

I can’t believe I did that all in a few hours - goes to show you that if you’re passionate about something it doesn’t matter how large a task is, your passion will see you through it.

Let me know what guys and gals think about it!!

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Go read this article and forward it to all of your lawn-loving friends and family, maybe it will get them at least to remove the toxic gick from their yards.

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permaculturing:

This was a blackberry patch two weeks ago. The pigs ate the shoots and dug up the root system, which they also ate.

That’ll do pig. That’ll do.

permaculturing:

This was a blackberry patch two weeks ago. The pigs ate the shoots and dug up the root system, which they also ate.

That’ll do pig. That’ll do.

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joshpasholk:

Yet another Hugel Spiral I’ve made; this time it’s for a friends’ garden. Gathering sticks that had fallen from the trees in the recent winds, it was enough to barely call it a Hugelkultur.

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paintedgoat:

deeppurplehaze:

Cells undergoing mitosis. So cool.


I can’t stop looking at this. They actually look like that? I thought it was just a “dramatization” for a textbook. This is amazing.

paintedgoat:

deeppurplehaze:

Cells undergoing mitosis. So cool.

I can’t stop looking at this. They actually look like that? I thought it was just a “dramatization” for a textbook. This is amazing.

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urbangreens:

The ultimate whiskey barrel garden? - Fresh Dirt - Sunset.com