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The following is a list of all entries from the Agriculture category.

Totem Salmon, Life Lessons from Another Species

totem_salmonBook: Totem Salmon by Freeman House, Life Lessons from another Species. Great read.

Poetic writing, beautifully describes the salmon lifecycle. Awakened in me a love of ancient wild salmon.

Book Review: House found himself banding with other like-minded citizens in an
effort to bring the once-prolific runs back.
Their organization fought for curbs on logging in the watershed and more restrictions for the way timber can be harvested (buffer zones along streams, for example). They planted vegetation on the banks to provide shade and added structure to the river for protection.

Totem Salmon is House’s memoir of
river stewardship. It’s also a blueprint for grassroots environmental
action. And finally, it is a well-crafted and lyrical piece of writing
that treats a regional problem with personal perspective and candor. –Langdon Cook

Amazon: Look Inside
See also Watershed Watch video.


Decentralization Design

We need to get down to get up.

Permaculture on a larger scale, smaller scale. We have big problems. Only by letting them go, can we dream of repairing our psyche, regenerating ourselves and our lives. Reduce consumption. Human have needed to so, maybe it is time that we have enough now to give back. It might not look like it, but having a garage full of ‘useless things”, piles of ‘junk” can still be seen as surplus and we can give all of these abundances away, not to the dump, but to reuse centers, and repair centers, through trade and barter. We can use online free sites to offer our unwanted goods, or excess building material to others nearby who might need it through sites such as freecycle. We can take advantage of local reuse centers such as those run by habitat for humanity, and get stagnant resources back into circulation. The world is abundant, if only we did not want so much.

A new flower is unfolding, and it is hiding everywhere. This week we are presenting about the Principle of Cooperation where cooperation not competition is the very basis of existing life systems and of future survival.

What does that look like?

Personal independence depends on co-operative human society….
only what we share gives us access to all necessary possessions.
~Bill Mollison

Permaculture is the use of ecology as the
basis for designing integrated systems of food production, housing
appropriate technology and community development. It offers a practical,
creative approach to the problems of diminishing resources and threatened
life support systems now facing the world.
~Simon Henderson

The alternative is a design science revolution…
Design science produces so much performance
per unit of resource invested as to take care of all
human needs.
~Buckminster Fuller

flower

The Permaculture Flower, designed by David Holmgren, reprinted from “Permaculture: Pathways and Principles” by David Holmgren.


Permablitz

digging in the dirt

Permablitz Network

Vancouver Permaculture

Vancouver Permaculture at work.


Zerofootprint

Zerofootprint

the Natural Builders

Plyboo

Sustainable Home

Organic Architect

Homez

Shelter Publications, Inc.


What else is there besides a Strip mall?

Is anything else possible?
Do we have to live and work within ugly architecture? Let’s not

We are called to be architects of the future, not its victims.
R. Buckminster Fuller

It is possible to build in such a way that the sun comes in a lot during the winter and not during the summer. It is called Passive Solar Building and what you need is to face your building toward the south. The way Soleri does it is he builds an apse which is a quarter sphere. The lower winter sun shines right in and the high summer sun stays out, the shade a cool place to be.

There are many techniques:
Green Building

Makes a great home or office:
Earthships
Earthships is an amazing place to visit and do an apprenticeship, internship or get a job. There is a small community of people building. They do some prefab, so construction at the site is faster.
These places use and reuse all of their water. It is categorized into gray water and black water. They grow a garden inside and outside the house, and make cisterns re-using bottles.

A designer is an emerging synthesis of artist, inventor, mechanic,
objective economist and evolutionary strategist.
R. Buckminster Fuller

When I am working on a problem, I never think about beauty but when I have finished, if the solution is not beautiful, I know it is wrong.
R. Buckminster Fuller

Let architects sing of aesthetics that bring Rich clients in hordes to their knees; Just give me a home, in a great circle dome Where stresses and strains are at ease.
R. Buckminster Fuller


Are Cars Sustainable?

How can we wean ourselves into a better way to move?

Brazil had a federal mandate: We are going to make the switch. They went into a 5 year recession.
sugar ethanol

Zenn Car Zero emmission no noise:
Zenn

Xtracycle
SUB

for families
Peapod

for those of you with $$$bank
Tesla

Motorcycle engine with a roof for two
Smart

Honda
Civic
Insight
Honda FCX Clarity

Toyata
Hybrids

Watercar
Daniel Dingle’s Project

Japan Has a Water Powered Car

Here are Ford’s latest designs.
What do you think?
Ford’s Fuel Cells

Solutions?
Pacifica Radio


Gaviotas – Colombian Sustainable Village

The Gaviotas Project in Columbia was started by Paolo Lugari because he knew that one day the population would rise so high that People would have live in the eastern wet desert region. He found was to sustain this community. He went to the University in Bogota to ask the students there to help him with his research. He found a tree which would grow there and has since planted 6 Million of these pine trees. The trees have brought birds which in turn have brought the rest of the forest within the seeds in their feces. Lugari and the people of Gaviotas have found that tapping the trees also bring resource to the community, something to sell in the marketplace. “Tapped like maple syrup, the natural resin is used in paints, cosmetics, perfumes, and medicines in lieu of petroleum-based substances. When distilled in Gaviotas’ pollution-free factory, its byproduct is marketable turpentine.” from Mother Jones

Wiki


Ampersand Sustainable Learning Center

These are some friends of mine from Arcosanti, Paolo Soleri’s Urban Labroatory.

They have internships for May and June as well as Volunteer days, and one and two day intensives.

ampersandproject.org


Welcome to ShinyMarble

ShinyMarble is having it’s birth-day. This is day 1.

Here is a few links to get started:

www.arcosanti.org
http://www.arcosanti.org/media/publication/hyperBuilding.html
This Poster is a reproduction of the presentation panel seen on the Arcosanti Tour. The panel was originally commissioned for a Japanese consortium on future urban architecture.

xtracycle.com


City Farmer

in Vancouver BC

Urban Agriculture is a new and growing field that is not completely defined yet even by those closest to it. It concerns itself with all manner of subjects from rooftop gardens, to composting toilets, to air pollution and community development. It encompasses mental and physical health, entertainment,
building codes, rats, fruit trees, herbs, recipes and much more.

-city farmer
cityfarmer.org

Jacob’s Well Video

85 Year Old City Farmer

Parks board says: bugs not drugs
“The ladybugs were at the City Farmer garden with other environmentally friendly methods to illustrate a new city bylaw banning the application of pesticides. Dessureault said pests and weeds can be prevented without using harmful chemicals. She said the parks board, city and Vancouver Coastal Health are encouraging residents to ‘get their yards off drugs.'” April 9, 2006