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2011-06-29 12:02:43

Agroforestry management can improve yields and reduce environmental costs The evaluation of both nutrient and non-nutrient resource interactions provides information needed to sustainably manage agroforestry systems. Improved diagnosis of appropriate nutrient usage will help increase yields and also reduce financial and environmental costs. To achieve this, a management support system that allows for site-specific evaluation of nutrient-production imbalances is needed. Scientists at the...

2011-03-02 15:55:00

SAN FRANCISCO, March 2, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Now entering its 26th year with a bigger, better, and greener approach to outdoor living, nothing says Spring like the San Francisco Flower & Garden Show www.sfgardenshow.com. Twenty installations from top designers, seminars by experts including edible gardening guru Rosalind Creasy, national award winner Jeffrey Gordon Smith, and Yoga for Gardeners teacher Gail Dubinsky all invite attendees to "Get Your Green On" Wednesday, March 23...

2011-03-02 07:25:00

AUSTIN, Texas, March 2, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- As food prices continue to increase sharply, economists warn of food shortages that could be worse than the shortages which prompted food riots in 2008. The combination of soaring commodities prices, increasing oil prices, insufficient crop yields, and an already weak economy are the ingredients for a perfect storm leading to a dangerous international food shortage. Certified permaculture designer and backyard food production expert Marjory...

2011-02-10 01:38:09

ICRAF hails International Year Of Forests Trees growing on farms will be essential to future development. As the number of trees in forests is declining every year, the number of trees on farms is increasing. Marking the launch of the International Year of Forest by the United Nations Forum on Forests (UNFF9) in New York on 29 January, Dennis Garrity, the Director General of the World Agroforestry Centre, highlighted the importance of mixing trees with agriculture, the practice known as...

2011-01-20 11:10:00

ASHEVILLE, N.C., Jan. 20, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College has created a new homesteading program that taps the desire for self-sufficiency and a return to simpler living. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20100908/DC61634LOGO) "The emerging generation is looking to break the current economic model," said Shelley White, Interim Vice President of Workforce Development and Continuing Education. "People are choosing to make their own...

2010-11-09 07:00:00

HILLSBORO, Ore., Nov. 9, 2010 /PRNewswire/ -- Fishy Farm today introduced a new outdoor series of polyculture (aquaponic) equipment that lets families grow plenty of all-natural food in their backyards and the only thing required is feeding the fish. No bending, no weeding, no fertilizing, no composting, practically no work. The innovative system combines horticulture, aquaculture, and vermiculture to create a perfectly balanced ecosystem, capable of producing delicious all natural...

2010-11-02 15:08:14

Call for scaling-up fertilizer trees in fields throughout Africa to fight climate change, increase food security A unique acacia known as a "fertilizer tree" has typically led to a doubling or tripling of maize yields in smallholder agriculture in Zambia and Malawi, according to evidence presented at a conference in the Hague today. The findings were central to the arguments of agroforestry experts at the conference, who urged decision makers to spread this technology more widely throughout...

2010-10-05 08:00:00

OSHAWA, Ontario, Oct. 5 /PRNewswire/ -- Sancor Industries Ltd. (http://www.sancorindustries.com/), a leading manufacturer of composting toilets, has partnered with well known actor and environmentalist Ed Begley, Jr. and his Living With Ed brand. Begley will help promote both the Envirolet® and Santerra Green composting toilet systems as an economical and environment-friendly alternative to traditional sanitation systems. Both Envirolet and Santerra Green systems have...

2010-04-22 16:21:00

POULTNEY, Vt., April 22 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Green Mountain College formally opened a new $5.8 million combined heat and power (CHP) biomass plant this morning. In his remarks to about 300 students, faculty, staff, and community members, president Paul Fonteyn declared that by next year GMC would become the first college in the country to reach carbon neutrality after reducing carbon emissions by more than 50%. Special guests at a 10:30 a.m. ceremony included Vermont Governor James...

2010-04-20 07:29:43

Study determines usefulness of dark-colored plastic mulch and row covers for okra production Plastic mulches have been used in vegetable production in the United States since the 1950s. Black plastic (polyethylene) mulch, which alters the plant's growing environment by generating warmer soil temperatures and holding more moisture than bare soil, is the standard mulch used in vegetable production. A new research study evaluated the effects of colored plastic mulches with and without row covers...


Latest Permaculture Reference Libraries

Sheet Mulching
2013-08-05 12:36:35

Sheet mulching, or lasagna gardening, is the process of turning barren ground into a more nourishing garden without digging. It is a layered system that can be used for a yard garden or a topical box garden. Starting at the bottom is a weed proof barrier, like newspaper or cardboard. On top of that is a twelve-inch layer of compost or mulch material such as old clothes, yard clippings, and manure, which provides for nutrient rich soil. Weed-free soil is added prior to planting the desired...

Forest Gardening
2013-07-31 15:46:47

Forest gardening is a woodland ecosystem that requires little maintenance. Forest gardening is a form of intercropping that is a seven tier, layering system utilizing the space from the sub-ground up to the canopy in order to provide high yielding food production for human consumption in wooded areas. Layering utilizes the photosynthesis to the maximum benefit for each tier within the forest garden. The canopy level consists of the tallest fruit/nut trees with dwarf trees in the...

Three Sisters
2013-05-18 07:30:48

Three Sisters crop is a technique of gardening used primarily by Native Americans, but gardeners of any kind may also use this technique. These crops use three types of plants; in the Tewa tribe, they use four. The traditional seeds used are corn, beans, and squash. There are many benefits from this method, the first being the use of the corn stalks for the beans to grow on. The beans themselves then provide nitrogen for the corn and squash, while giving the corn amino acids, lysine, and...

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Word of the Day
tessitura
  • The prevailing range of a vocal or instrumental part, within which most of the tones lie.
This word is Italian in origin and comes from the Latin 'textura,' web, structure.