Permaculture

Can Human Urine Replace Chemical Fertilizers?

The Rich Earth Institute in Brattleboro, Vermont, is likely the only organization measuring success in gallons of urine. In 2012, Kim Nace, Rich Earth’s administrative director and partner Abe Noe-Hays collected 600 gallons of urine from friends and neighbors. The next year, the organization brought in about 3,000 gallons from 170 human volunteers. Rebecca Rueter,…

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Thinking About Raising Chickens? Start Here.

Whether you decide to keep chickens for eggs, meat, show or just companionship, learning to care for them is easy and rewarding, providing that you know some basics. Local laws, such as zoning and other ordinances, may end your chicken enterprise before it takes flight. The best way to avoid conflicts is to check with…

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10 Homemade Organic Pesticides for Your Farm or Garden

For your own health, as well as health of the environment, it’s important that we move away from the use of chemical pesticides in farming and home gardening.  There are several homemade pesticides that are safe for the environment and they can be equally as effective at fending off pests. Mild soap and water.  One…

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Perennial Garlic – Plant It once and Harvest For 20 years!

There’s a way to grow garlic without replanting each year. A Washington gardener explains how. Joe Capriotti doesn’t plant garlic, but every year he harvests hundreds of pounds from his backyard in Montesano, Wash. His technique goes against the common practice of planting and harvesting garlic each year as if it were an annual plant.…

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8 Vegetables That You Can Regrow Again And Again

Have you ever wondered which vegetables you can regrow or how to regrow them?  Below are eight vegetables that you can regrow again and again. Scallions You can regrow scallions by leaving an inch attached to the roots and place them in a small glass with a little water in a well-lit room. Garlic When…

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Aquaponics 101: How to Grow Fish, Vegetables, Eggs, and Prawns

Aquaponics is a method of food production which utilizes two sustainable technologies simultaneously to create an abundance of food. Aquaculture – Growing aquatic creatures in water Hydroponics – Growing plants without using soil Whereas conventional food production uses chemical pesticides to fertilize and nourish plant growth, aquaponics uses the wastes from one system to fertilize…

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Hydroponics: 90% Less Water Than Conventional Farming

As rising food costs become an increasing burden on people’s lives, more people are seeking ways to grow food for themselves in inexpensive and sustainable ways.  Hydroponics is gardening without soil, where plants are placed in a growing medium and nutrients are fed to the roots directly from water. Not only can you save money…

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Study: Sustainable Farming Proven to Increase Yield at Zero Cost

In potentially “the most important agricultural study this year,” researchers find that sustainable farming methods can help conventional agriculture “shed much of its chemical use,” according to New York Times writer and food author Mark Bittman. The Marsden Farm study, conducted by a team of government and university researchers, is a large-scale, long-term experiment that…

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