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Gangster Gardening: Gardening is My Graffiti

Posted on Mar 12, 2013 in Blog, Gardening, permaculture, soil, Videos | Comments Off on Gangster Gardening: Gardening is My Graffiti

The inner cities of America are often neglected, abandoned, forgotten about, and in need of repair.  People living in these places find themselves in a “food desert,” where access to fresh, local, organic, and tasty food is just not available.  The food selection is limited to cheap fast food and the nearest grocery store is often a liquor store or other convenience type shop. This is the scenario that Ron Finley found himself in while living in South Central LA, but rather than dwelling on the problems he began to create the solution.  In seeing all of the abandoned lots and...

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Solving Climate Change Through Livestock Grazing?

Posted on Mar 6, 2013 in Blog, Videos | Comments Off on Solving Climate Change Through Livestock Grazing?

How many people are familiar with issues of grazing and overgrazing of landscapes?  Here in the Southwestern United States we are all too familiar that uncontrolled livestock grazing degrades land.  We see it as evidence in landslides, lack of vegetation, and deepening gullies.  We see the cows, the sheep, the goats all looking for something to eat and the bare soil all around.  Some of us might even know of places where it is very evident as there may be something like a fence that keeps livestock on one side only.  The livestock side is bare while the other side of the fence without...

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Perennial Polyculture Guidelines for Creating a Food Forest

Posted on Dec 17, 2012 in Blog, How To, Videos | Comments Off on Perennial Polyculture Guidelines for Creating a Food Forest

In this video, Eric Toensmeier, explains how to set up your own perennial polyculture of edible and multi-functional plants.  This is the basis for a highly functional and productive food forest.  Do you have some favorite perennial plants that work in San Diego? In addition to the many fruit trees that we can grow here in San Diego, some of mine are tree collards, artichoke, sweet potato, and African blue...

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Teen Uses Fibonacci Sequence to Improve Solar Panels

Posted on Oct 17, 2012 in Blog, Videos | Comments Off on Teen Uses Fibonacci Sequence to Improve Solar Panels

While many teens are busy watching TV and playing video games, completely unaware of natural systems, this 13 year not only recognized that trees grow in a fibonacci sequence and spiral around, but used this observation to create a new and more efficient solar panel array. Never underestimate the power and creativity of a young mind unhindered by current mainstream norms. Nature again proves to be the supreme teacher of efficiency and...

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The Truth About Bottled Water

Posted on Oct 9, 2012 in Blog, Videos | Comments Off on The Truth About Bottled Water

Water is a precious resource that is essential for life. Here is an interesting perspective examining the 3 main misconceptions of bottled water. Drink...

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How Mushrooms Can Save the World!

Posted on Jul 23, 2012 in Blog, Videos | Comments Off on How Mushrooms Can Save the World!

For years, Paul Stamets has been leading the way on using fungi to repair human damaged ecosystems created from toxic oil spills and even radioactive contamination.  More recently Paul has been using fungi as medicine for restoring human health from viruses and cancer. His vigorous research into these realms is to be commended. The following video features Paul Stamets giving a talk at the Bioneers conference in 2011. Nature is truly...

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