http://www.permaculture.co.uk/ writes…

“A range of iPhone Apps to help you design, manage and learn more about gardening.


It’s no secret that technology changes the way we live each day. Good news is it simplifies our lives so much, one could say we hold the world in our pockets.

I am a keen gardener and have been testing out a range off apps that help in the garden. It doesn’t matter whether you are curious or looking for garden solutions, the following are guaranteed life-savers.”

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Straw Bale Village - Open Source Portal Straw Bale Village – Open Source Portal

“One Community is a 501(c)3 non-profit volunteer organization that designs and open source free-shares comprehensive solutions for all aspects of what we feel is a more fulfilled way of living. We make all decisions using a for The Highest Good of All philosophy for global transformation that we expand through win-win collaborative relationships. consciously creating a better world as our children’s children’s planet. We are doing this to evolve sustainability and design self-propagating models for self-sufficient teacher/demonstration communities, villages, and eventually cities. These communities, villages, and cities will not only be model solutions, but solution-creating models that provide even more research, blueprints, and necessary support for successively easier and more affordable and creative duplication everywhere.”

Source: onecommunityglobal.org

permaculture.co.uk writes…

“Masanobu Fukuoka (1913- 2008) was a Japanese farmer and philosopher who had a huge influence on the permaculture movement worldwide. He developed the theory and practice of ‘A Natural Way of Farming’ that involved minimum intervention from the farmer, and no-till, no-herbicide grain cultivationmethods traditional to many indigenous cultures. He wrote the ever popular seminal book The One Straw Revolution in 1975. It is  a manifesto about farming, food, and a radical challenge to the global systems we rely on for our food. You can download it for free at that link.

From 1979 he travelled the world widely, spreading his philosophy and techniques, and began to apply them to re-greening desert area all over the world. He also re-invented and advanced the use of clay seed balls. His work took him beyond framing and he became an early pioneer of whole foods and a more natural lifestyle. This is a short documentary that introduces Fukuoka and his radical, pioneering ideas that permaculturists are still experimenting with worldwide.

The Rodale Press is part of the Rodale Institute. For more than sixty years, have been researching the best practices of organic agriculture and sharing their findings with farmers and scientists throughout the world, advocating for policies that support farmers, and educating consumers about how going organic is the healthiest option for people and the planet.”

treehugger writes…

Open Source Beehives

Open Source Beehives

Combining elements of natural beekeeping, citizen science, open source hardware, and networked smart devices, these DIY beehives could be a powerful tool in the fight against Colony Collapse Disorder.

Honeybees are amazing creatures, because not only are they responsible for producing that jar of honey on your counter by flying tens of thousands of miles and visiting millions of flowers, but they’re also an incredibly important part of our ecosystem, working tirelessly as pollinators. In fact, without honeybees and other bees, our agriculture and food system would look drastically different, as bees pollinate about 70 of the top 100 food crops, and are said to account for 80% of pollination worldwide…

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Wild Food Map

Wild Food Map

  • Discover plants around you.
  • Locate plants on the map.
  • Identify plants via peer and community review.
  • Get suggestions via social and local recommendations.
  • Learn about useful, edible and medicinal plants Share local information on useful plants Connect with fellow plant lovers.

Source: http://wildfood.in/


On a lovely early summer evening at Yandoit Farm in central Victoria, Permaculture co-originator David Holmgren, Very Edible Gardens Director and PermaBlitz co-founder Dan Palmer & Regrarians Director Darren Doherty discuss with Regrarians’ Lisa Heenan the benefits of cooperation for local enterprises, the use of swales and a few other issues.


Milkwood writes…

“It’s fab, it’s new, and the honey flows straight into the jar. It’s so easy. But then, powdered instant potato is easy, too. Does that make it a good idea?

Despite my mission to focus on positivistic messages of change, at Milkwood we’ve got a charter of calling a spade a spade.

And to call yet another plastic beehive addition which does not benefit the bees but only the beekeeper… what it is.

We’ve seen a lot (like, a LOT) of media about the Flow Hive ™ in this last week and after a few hundred questions about what we think of it, we thought we’d spell it out…”

“The best analogy I can think of to demonstrate this point is battery egg production vs pastured egg production.”

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