A Victory Garden’s First Year in Six Slide Shows (North Carolina, USA)

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November 2010-November 2011 went by quickly with a lot of hard labor double digging our compacted clay to see us produce a fair amount of veggie in a short period of time. After the summer months, we begin cover cropping. by Joshua Finch We started here in 2010: November 2010: One section of our typical… Read more »

Adventures in Hugelkultur in Australia

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A while back, the Permaculture Research Institute of Australia presented an article on hugelkultur raised beds (see also here and here). I found the idea of planting out raised beds made of tree saplings covered in a bit of soil and woody mulch to be intriguing. I’d never heard of hugelkultur before, but living surrounded… Read more »

Food Forests, Part 4: Humanure (black water)

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Poo. We all do it. Even the smallest microbes do it. However, when you are connected to a centralised sewerage system, unless it stops working – which is not much fun – you don’t have to think about it much at all. A quick flush and off it goes, somewhere else, to be processed at… Read more »

Compost Teas and Extracts: Brewin’ and Bubblin’ Basics

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by Rob Avis Permaculturists everywhere are crazy about their compost teas and extracts. They have turned building compost tea brewers into a science and concocting the perfect tea recipe into an art. We love our compost brews too, and since we’re always getting questions about the compost tea process, we thought it was time to… Read more »

Pasture Cropping: an Integrated Approach to Grain and Pasture Production

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Harvesting oats as green native perennial pasture grows up between the cereal rows (Seis, 2006) Pasture cropping is a farmer-initiated land management system that seamlessly integrates cropping with pasture production, and allows grain growing to function as part of a truly perennial agriculture. Annual winter growing (C3) cereal crops are direct drilled into living summer… Read more »

Background on Our ‘How to Make Your Own Natural Fertiliser’ Soil Science Course

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Paul Taylor, the main teacher of our ‘How to Make Your Own Natural Fertilizer’ biological soil science course, is the managing director of Trust Nature Pty Ltd. Paul has been working as a recognized educator and sustainable design consultant for the past 30 years. Paul has Australian Federal Government FarmReady approval as an educator, is… Read more »

Maya Mountain Research Farm Update: Pigs and Biochar

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Maya Mountain Research Farm (MMRF) is a small NGO and working farm located in southern Belize. The farm has about 20 acres of managed land, with the remaining 50 acres managed for limited extraction of timber, fuel wood and medicinals and as a wildlife corridor between the Columbia River Forest Reserve and the Columbia river…. Read more »

APC11 Presentation: Albert Bates on Biochar (Video)

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Albert Bates talks about biochar at APC11 (Turangi, New Zealand) Photo © Craig Mackintosh I’m personally unsure about biochar. This is not because I have anything significant to say against it (at the small, localised scale, at least), but rather just because I find it hard to promote a technique I’ve never, myself, seen developed… Read more »

The Frontiers of Crop Science

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by Nico Snyman: B.Sc. Agric (Agron.)Pret. Six years after we started farming in the tropics, in the upper catchment areas of the Congo basin, North Eastern Zambia, we discovered why farming in the tropics always goes along with constant deforestation. With cultivation, the nutrients are lost because everything captured in the biomass is removed. What… Read more »