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The System of Rice Intensification and Its International Community of Practice

Fri, 23 Sep 2016 11:56:00 GMT


SRI is open-source. It does not belong to anyone, but is shared as a commons. Nobody “owns” either SRI theory or practice.

Photo Essay: Community Gardens Change Lives

Thu, 22 Sep 2016 12:33:00 GMT


Community gardens and urban agriculture projects are a powerful way for people to connect with others for healthy, enriching experiences in their neighborhoods.

Agreeable Agriculture With Eric Toensmeier

Thu, 22 Sep 2016 09:33:00 GMT


Can simply changing how and what we grow really make a difference to a changing climate?

Two Urban Farms in Ohio Offer Hope and Food Access to Community in Need

Wed, 21 Sep 2016 13:14:00 GMT


Two five-acre urban farms in Columbus, Ohio are offering a hardy mixture of hope, employment and improved food access to underserved community members.

Young farmers, Brexit and Future Prospects

Wed, 21 Sep 2016 12:43:00 GMT

(image) While there remains a good deal of uncertainty, it is clear to me that Brexit provides an opportunity to advocate for a more sustainable approach to agriculture, to boost its profile on what will be a new national policy agenda for food and farming.

California Seed Sharing Bill Signed into Law

Tue, 20 Sep 2016 12:03:00 GMT

(image) Seed sharing in California took a major step forward on Friday when Governor Jerry Brown signed into law the California Seed Exchange Democracy Act, an amendment to the California Seed Law. It’s the latest victory in a global movement to support and protect seed sharing and saving.

Why the Food Movement is Unstoppable

Tue, 20 Sep 2016 11:23:51 GMT


In the simplest terms possible, the opposite of neoliberal ideology is not communism or socialism, it is the food movement.

Halt to Dakota Pipeline Is Part of International Resistance to Water Threats

Mon, 19 Sep 2016 12:45:00 GMT


By almost any of the conventional measures of cultural and economic influence, the clash over water security and heritage between a tiny North Dakota Native American tribe and a wealthy and well-connected Texas pipeline operator would appear hopelessly tilted one way.

The Energy-Water Nexus

Mon, 19 Sep 2016 12:34:00 GMT


Energy and water are inextricably linked: It takes energy to supply water, and it takes water to supply energy.

Two Tribes

Mon, 19 Sep 2016 11:19:00 GMT


After two centuries of relentless urbanist propaganda, we’ve almost lost even the very language with which we might plausibly set out radical ruralist alternatives.

Unused Capacity: The Secret Stash that Can Fuel the Next Generation of City Food Entrepeneurs

Fri, 16 Sep 2016 11:14:35 GMT


Thanks to entrepreneurial ability to find and use the resources hidden by mass stupidity, food advocates can almost set the world in the right direction by making use of unused capacity.

Rob 'Hop King': my First Year as a Hop Farmer

Thu, 15 Sep 2016 11:29:59 GMT


I was inspired for some time by the Hop Clubs started in Brixton and elsewhere, in particular by Crystal Palace Transition Town’s ‘Palace Pint’ project, growing hops in many locations across their neighbourhood, including their ‘Tipsy Garden’ in a local pub, and by the Stroud Brewery who do it too.

Capital Questions

Wed, 14 Sep 2016 09:26:00 GMT


The University of the District of Columbia is leading the charge in transforming the food system in a city challenged with high levels of poverty, obesity, and population growth.

Valuing What Really Matters: A Look at Soil Currency

Tue, 13 Sep 2016 09:14:00 GMT


Soil is a vital resource that the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) estimates contributes about USD $16.5 trillion in ecosystem services annually.

Urban Beekeeper Delivers Pollinators by Bike to Community Gardens Across Chicago

Mon, 12 Sep 2016 13:42:00 GMT


The response from the community to Bike a Bee has been 100 percent positive, with most people being pretty excited by the prospect of having a hive in their community garden.

The Great Tear-Down

Mon, 12 Sep 2016 11:48:00 GMT


So I feel a particular sadness watching old barns fall into disuse or being torn down before their time, the wood destined to deck a second home on the lake or, more often, simply bulldozed and burned.

Nutrition in Neo-Peasant Wessex

Fri, 09 Sep 2016 13:35:00 GMT


In my last post I presented a picture of the production on an ‘average’ 10 hectare holding in the future Peasant’s Republic of Wessex. Here I’m going to update that picture slightly in the light of some of the comments I received and then take a look at what sort of diet such a holding would turn out for its inhabitants.

Great Lakes Region Pivots From Fossil Fuels

Thu, 08 Sep 2016 14:35:00 GMT


In shift from coal and oil, water use and quality hang in the balance.

The Big Picture of Wasted Food

Thu, 08 Sep 2016 13:23:00 GMT


If we want to see food waste, we have to look beyond landfill sites.

Rethinking Water

Wed, 07 Sep 2016 11:13:00 GMT


Journalist Judith D. Schwartz turns her attention to one of the biggest socio-economic-ecological issues of the 21st century – water management – in her new book, Water in Plain Sight: Hope for a Thirsty World.

Once the Largest Farming County in US, Los Angeles’s Agricultural Roots Laid Bare in New Book

Tue, 06 Sep 2016 12:43:00 GMT


A timely new book, From Cows to Concrete: the Rise and Fall of Farming in Los Angeles, by Rachel Surls and Judith Gerber explores Los Angeles’s past as the agricultural center of North America, tracing its precipitous path as it developed into a concrete metropolis.

Who Does What in the Soil?

Fri, 02 Sep 2016 11:19:34 GMT


It’s time to come back to earth, and to reverse scales from the mind-bogglingly large to the infinitesimally small.

Good Nutrition Begins in the Soil

Fri, 02 Sep 2016 11:18:18 GMT


For the soil is the gut – the source of nourishment – for the plants we farmers grow. And it now seems there is a vital link between the microbiome of our intestines and the microbiome of the soil.

A Big Bang for Big Soil

Thu, 01 Sep 2016 09:03:00 GMT


Where does soil come from? In keeping with the big-picture perspective of this series, let’s tackle that question from the god’s-eye perspective. We can zero in on the finer points later.

Allotment Holders Cultivate Public Space

Wed, 31 Aug 2016 09:16:00 GMT


Why would the Slovenian Public Radio, the Botanical Garden at the University of Ljubljana and a number of volunteers all express interest in an area along a railway line?