Agriculture

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40 maps that explain food in America

CSA - Community Supported Agriculture

Las Vegas Community Garden
6 min

Inside a CSA program, part 1 RodaleNews

Permaculture

The Goal of Permaculture 5 Min


TEDx Talk: Homestead Resiliency, Food Systems Regeneration 24 min


25-Year Permaculture Project 28 min


Perennial Paradise-Zaytuna Farm 32 min


Geoff Lawton Urban Permaculture


The Case for Permaculture - 2 Hr


The Overstory Book

BioIntensive Farming and Gardening

For great soil quality and space saving in the garden, consider biointensive gardening. The biointensive method is another great way to produce healthy organic food in your farm and/or garden. The people at Ecology Action: GROW BIOINTENSIVE have come up with eight essential aspects that are the foundation of GROW BIOINTENSIVE:

✧ Double-Dug, Raised Beds ✧ Composting ✧ Intensive Planting ✧ Companion Planting ✧ Carbon Farming ✧ Calorie Farming ✧ The Use of Open-Pollinated Seeds ✧ A Whole-System Farming Method

The following 9 part video series entitled GROW BIOINTENSIVE: A Beginner's Guide from John Jeavons and Cynthia Raiser Jeavons is available by clicking here

Click the following link to learn more about the HISTORY OF ECOLOGY ACTION

The following link will Teach Yourself the Basics. On this page you will find three tabs that will give a an introduction, a self-teaching handbook, as well as how-to videos. You can also watch them from YouTube.

The The Unconventional Farmer website details how to use every-day items like milk, sugar, common plants and natural habitat to create fertilizers, inoculants, etc. to grow plants larger and healthier, keep pigs and fish at much greater densities without disease, reduce odor, enhance flavor of vegetables/fruits and more.

Keyline Principals or Concepts

Keyline design is a technique for maximizing beneficial use of water resources of a piece of land. The Keyline refers to a specific topographic feature linked to water flow. Beyond that however, Keyline can be seen as a collection of design principles, techniques and systems for development of rural and urban landscapes. Keyline design was developed in Australia by farmer and engineer P. A. Yeomans, and described and explained in his books The Keyline Plan, The Challenge of Landscape, Water For Every Farm and The City Forest.

The following is from Wikipedia

Percival Alfred Yeomans (1905 – 1984) was an Australian inventor known for the Keyline system for the development of land and increasing the fertility of that land. As a mining engineer and gold assayer, Yeomans had developed a keen sense of hydrology and equipment design. Upon his brother-in-law’s death in a grass fire, PA Yeomans assumed management of a large tract of land he later named Nevallan in New South Wales. Here he developed improved methods and equipment for cultivation. His designs won him The Prince Philip Design Award in 1974.

His Keyline principles or concepts (Keyline Design) have been adopted by farm owners in almost every country in the world. Yeomans’ Keyline concepts are now part of the curriculum of many sustainable agriculture courses in colleges and universities across the world. His ideas have also been a key factor in the development of permaculture design. P.A. Yeomans wrote four books; The Keyline Plan, The Challenge of Landscape, Water For Every Farm and The City Forest.

Farming

The Industrial Egg vs The Permaculture Egg

Working Farm - with good information from start up to profit [1]

Regeneration

DescriptionRegeneration of Our Lands: A Producer’s Perspective, Gabe Brown min 16:24

Published on Mar 29, 2016

The United States is in crisis. The health of our soil resource has declined to such a point that it is not only negatively affecting farm and ranch profitability, but it is also having a devastating impact on everything from our water quality to our communities and even to our health. North Dakota rancher Gabe Brown walks us through a common sense solution to this crisis.

Gabe Brown is one of the pioneers of the current soil health movement that focuses on regenerating our resources. Gabe, along with his wife, Shelly, and son, Paul, own and operate a diversified 5,000-acre farm and ranch near Bismarck, ND. Their operation focuses on farming and ranching in nature’s image.

The Browns holistically integrate their grazing and no-till cropping systems, which include a wide variety of cash crops, multi-species cover crops along with all natural grass finished beef and lamb. They also raise pastured laying hens, broilers and swine. This diversity and integration has regenerated the natural resources on the ranch without the use of synthetic fertilizers, pesticides and fungicides.

The Browns are part owners of a state inspected abattoir which allows them to direct market their products. They believe that healthy soil leads to clean air, clean water, healthy plants, animals, and people.

This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at http://ted.com/tedx

Animal Husbandry

How to green the world's deserts and reverse climate change | Allan Savory

Description How livestock is the salvation of the earths fertility Time 22.

"Desertification is a fancy word for land that is turning to desert," begins Allan Savory in this quietly powerful talk. And terrifyingly, it's happening to about two-thirds of the world's grasslands, accelerating climate change and causing traditional grazing societies to descend into social chaos. Savory has devoted his life to stopping it. He now believes -- and his work so far shows -- that a surprising factor can protect grasslands and even reclaim degraded land that was once desert.


"fire also leaves the soil bare, releasing carbon, and worse than that, burning one hectare of grassland gives off more, and more damaging, pollutants than 6,000 cars. And we are burning in Africa, every single year, more than one billion hectares of grasslands..."


One calculation put the burning of one hectare of grass at 14 cars, not 60. But that is looking at the carbon alone. [1]

The release of "oxygenated volatile organic compounds (OVOCs)" could be far higher and closer to the 60 car number.[2]

Quibbling over the numbers may counterproductive. There are about 2.8 million registered cars in Africa. Burning "one billion hectares of grasslands" which would release as much carbon as 14 billion cars and if you count the "oxygenated volatile organic compounds (OVOCs)" the damage could more than double or triple even with these incomplete figures.


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See also Running out of Time | Documentary on Holistic Management

Description documentary https://youtu.be/q7pI7IYaJLI How livestock is the salvation of the earths fertility Time 47.

http://savory.global | This in-depth documentary explores Allan Savory and how he has used Holistic Management to completely transform his land in Zimbabwe.

Holistic Management was made popular in Savory's 2013 Ted Talk, How to Fight Desertification and Reverse Climate Change.

This documentary was produced by Trevor Langham and his crew at Fig Multimedia Tech in Zimbabwe. We share this video in hopes that Trevor's amazing work will reach a wider audience to honor his memory.

Dairy Cows

Meat Preservation

Meat Preservation without refrigeration

Gardens

Back To Eden Official trailer Full film

TEDx: The Subversive Act Of Backyard Gardening
18 min

Symbiotic relationships of plants and microbes [2]

Hand Well Pumps


Seed Swaps

Join HHC Seed Share Project

The Living Network - Seeds of Life

Seed Lady Network

Companion Planting


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Do it Yourself Home Projects

Ant Free Feeding Station

Wood splitter
  1. The African grass species Pennisetum purpureum was measured to produce 40 tons of dry biomass per hectare per year, of which about 44% is purely carbon. Does releasing the CO2 of 18 tons of carbon produce the equivalent CO2 as 6000 cars?
    CO2 has an atomic weight of 44, compared with 12 for C. So 18 tons of C will become 44 X 18 / 12 = 65 tons of CO2. That CO2 emission is equivalent to 14 cars according to the EPA estimate of 4.6 metric tons / year, much less than 6000 cars.
    But this is purely on the basis of CO2.
  2. The original claim was regarding "more damaging" pollution, which indicates emissions other than what's found abundantly in nature, like CO2. Therefore this claim cannot be evaluated on the basis of carbon alone.
    Scientists in 2003 provided this study, which highlighted the need to evaluate many other compounds in evaluating pollution from burning grasslands, specifically oxygenated volatile organic compounds (OVOCs). By contrast, fuel combustion in cars is very clean in places where gasoline must be produced according to emissions regulations, such as the United States.