News-in-Transition

26 August 2017

 - The number of Americans producing their own fruits and vegetables has increased more than 25 percent since 2008, growing to 44 million of our friends and neighbors. Yet, many reject growing their own food, worried that home gardening is too large a time, labor, and monetary commitment. Hopefully, the concept of a self-sustaining food forest will inspire people to reconsider their perceptions and investigate how they could make growing food a part of their lives.

So, what is a food forest? A ‘food forest’ is an agricultural concept that takes root in permaculture, a practice that promotes self-sustaining, food-producing ecosystems by emphasizing perennial, low-maintenance indigenous crops that can survive off of natural nutrient inputs, drainage patterns, and climate.

Food forests require little maintenance, but are very fruitful; a perfect combination for the reluctant home gardener.

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24 August 2017

Orange Peel - In the mid-1990s, 1,000 truckloads of orange peels and orange pulp were purposefully unloaded onto a barren pasture in a Costa Rican national park. Today, that area is covered in lush, vine-laden forest.

A team led by Princeton University researchers surveyed the land 16 years after the orange peels were deposited. The researchers report in the journal Restoration Ecologythat they found a 176 percent increase in aboveground biomass — or the wood in the trees — within the 3-hectare (7-acre) area studied.

This story, which involves a contentious lawsuit, demonstrates the power of agricultural waste to potentially regenerate forests and sequester a significant amount of carbon at low cost. “This is one of the only instances I’ve ever heard of where you can have cost-negative carbon sequestration,” Treuer said. “It’s not just a win-win between the company and the local park — it’s a win for everyone.”

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30 April 2015

 - Nothing in this article is meant to argue any of the nuances surrounding climate change/global warming. None. Of. The nuances. In fact, a handful of Chinese researchers went with the current climate change premise - and discovered pleasant results that can put many fears aside.
 
If going on the basis that greenhouse gas emissions are devastating the Earth, and that 35% of them come from agriculture; then we're actually creating more problems by allowing Big Biotech, GMOs and exponential pesticide/chemical fertilizer use to spread unchecked. Based on this premise, these methods create more carbon release. Interestingly, organic farming turns that carbon source into a "carbon sink," which means it absorbs more carbon than it releases.

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29 April 2015

 - A generation ago Ethiopia's Tigray province was stricken by a famine that shocked the world. Today, as Chris Haslam reports, local people are using ancient techniques to turn part of the desert green.

In the pink-streaked twilight, a river of humanity is flowing across Tigray's dusty Hawzien plain. This cracked and desiccated landscape, in Ethiopia's far north, occupies a dark corner of the global collective memory. Thirty years ago, not far from here, the BBC's Michael Buerk first alerted us to a biblical famine he described as "the closest thing to hell on earth".

Then Bob Geldof wrote Do They Know It's Christmas? - a curious question to ask of perhaps the world's most devoutly Christian people - and thereafter the name Tigray became synonymous with refugees, Western aid and misery. The Tigrayan people were depicted as exemplars of passive suffering, dependent on the goodwill of the rest of the planet just to get through the day without dying.

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15 November 2013

- Bounces....from the wujo...a form of exercise.

"Universe will reward humans who concentrate on growing their own foods. Four seasons gardening/perma-culture will be very very very valuable in 2014 and beyond for a number of years. Get smart about growing in our current radiated and chemtrailed environment. And then show others. Remember that everyone you help to become self sufficient now, is one less pain in the ass later." - clif high

Hugelkultur! Watch out...contagious!

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19 May 2013

 - One of my favorite agriculture experiences so far has been learning about hugelkulture. The name translates from German to mean "hill culture", and it's an amazingly simple concept.

The concept of permaculture is to create self maintaining agriculture layouts that are modeled from ecosystems occurring naturally. Mother Nature knows best, after all. Massive rows of engineered plants may produce a bumper crop . . . once, but requires constant work, pesticides and watering, and must be rebuilt every growing season. Hugelkultur is almost the complete opposite. It uses nature's own production to continually hydrate and feed your plants. And it's so simple. Raised beds over rotting wood.

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27 April 2013

 - On a photographic assignment of the 640,000-square-kilometer Loess Plateau in North-Central China in 1995, cameraman John Liu witnessed the ravaging effects of man’s ignorance and greed. But he was amazed to discover that the mindful, purposeful efforts of local Chinese residents had rehabilitated a stark desert area the size of the Netherlands into a lush, green oasis.

He wondered if similarly devastated landscapes had once been vistas of lush, thriving vegetation that include waterfalls, rainforests and fertile valleys – before several thousand years of exploitation had stripped the land of every natural resource.

The epiphany Liu experienced spawned his provocative film, Hope in a Changing Climate.

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20 April 20134

- Making the transition from boring lawn to personal food forest can appear to be rather daunting, but there is an abundance of resources available to learn the basics and the details of the permaculture system.

To help you wrap your head around personal permaculture, here is a very straight-forward, 33 practical, down-home, head-ache saving tips, a great starting point for all.

A growing movement to reclaim, restore, and re-localize our relationship to food is happening all around us, and you can participate by re-thinking what you do with the under-utilized space outside of your home.

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27 March 2013

Bill Mollison - While Bill Mollison is still unknown to most Americans, he is a national icon down under.

"A short, round man with a white beard and a big smile, he is one of the most affable and good-natured people I’ve met. An inveterate raconteur, he seems to have a story — or a bad joke — for every occasion. His comments are often rounded out by a hearty and infectious laugh."

Scott London: A reviewer once described your teachings as "seditious."

Bill Mollison: Yes, it was very perceptive. I teach self-reliance, the world's most subversive practice. I teach people how to grow their own food, which is shockingly subversive. So, yes, it’s seditious. But it’s peaceful sedition.

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13 December 2012

 -  I want a clean house, but I don’t want to poison myself and my family, and I don’t want the waste water from my cleaning to be harmful to the earth, and most certainly not to poison the land where I live. My rule of thumb is ‘if I can’t pronounce it, I probably don’t want to ingest it’.

Nowadays I can buy an increasing array of ‘green’ household cleaning materials but I would far rather save my money and buy another nice book or plant. And so, I have found alternatives that are simple, cheap and functional.

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19 August 2012

 - Seattle, Washington has set aside a seven acre area of city land  to be converted into an “edible forest” that will produce free food for the city’s residents and visitors, human or otherwise.

The perennial permaculture forest project, believed to be the first of its kind in the U.S., will eventually be self-sustaining, much like the way a forest in nature works.

It will provide an array of edible fruit-bearing plants including apple, pear, persimmon, chestnut and walnut trees; and edible berries such as blueberry, lingonberry and raspberry.

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