Planting Change in Egypt from the Ground Up

Planting Change in Egypt from the Ground Up

In-depth: New initiatives in sustainable agriculture and food production foster moves away from dependency on Egypt’s current economic order towards creating social change from the grassroots.

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Farm-to-Table Diary

Farm-to-Table Diary

It’s nearly the end of the season for tender new growth grape leaves. We’re air-pickling them so we can use them in the Farm to Table course coming up this March! The Farm-to-Table Course will cover the five stages of food production from harvesting, processing, storing, packaging, and consumption. This course has a particular focus on the link between farmers, farm communities, ancient food-production practices, and the food we eat. At the heart of this course is the preference for the freshest ingredients supplied directly from Zaytuna Farm.

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6 Magical and Medicinal Trees to Grow in the Tropics

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Truth be told, my wife Emma and I believe that just about any plant we come across has some sort of mystical, medicinal power. Unfortunately, we are well aware of the fact that, whatever that power is, we more often than not do not know it or the extents to which its magic will work. So, it’s no wonder, when we learn that tree bark from such-and-such tree or leaves […]

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Monsanto and the Heirloom Seed

Monsanto and the Heirloom Seed

“Control oil and you control nations,” said US Secretary of State Henry Kissinger in the 1970s. “Control food and you control the people.” World food control is almost in place thanks to the reduction of seed diversity with genetically modified seeds being distributed by only a few transnational corporations. Genetic engineering has made proprietary control through the use of intellectual property rights possible over the seeds on which the world’s […]

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How to Build A Worm Tower

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Building a worm tower is a simple, enjoyable, sustainable way to nurture your garden so that it can continue to nurture you. Earth—the stuff on the ground, not the planet—is essential for life. Anyone who has a garden (or even a house plant!) has seen a microcosm of this in action. The soil isn’t just something we walk on or that plants anchor in. It’s something that nurtures us and […]

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How the Corporations are Being Removed from the Food Supply Chain

How the Corporations are Being Removed from the Food Supply Chain

“Industrial agriculture has created a complex system of interlocking oligopolies that spans seeds, agrochemicals, biotechnology, trading, and retailing and consumer goods companies.” The Poverty of Capitalism The above quote is made by John Hilary, director of the NGO War on Want sums it all in his recent book The Poverty of Capitalism. The industrial food system is characterized by economic focus through an outgrowth of a long and on-going process […]

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When the Reality Sets In and Permaculture Isn’t Paradise

When the Reality Sets In and Permaculture Isn’t Paradise

When I left Belize a month ago, the beginning of a garden that I (my wife and a few others) made was looking promising: Melons, pumpkins, and various types of beans were popping up everywhere, and we were nursing some tomatoes, basil, garlic, and papaya along. Malabar spinach was struggling along the fence lines, and potatoes and ginger had just been planted. Bananas, plantains, chaya, vanilla, moringa, and mulberry were […]

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Permaculture Gardens for NGOs

Permaculture Gardens for NGOs

Greenpeace and WWF are known worldwide for their unrelenting fight against the destruction of the biosphere. They are massive organisations with a global audience watching all of their campaigns. They want the best for the planet, but from a different angle to what permaculture offers. As Bill has always said, in line with Buckminster Fuller, instead of fighting a dysfunctional institution, create the alternative. If done properly, people would transfer […]

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Your Friendly Neighborhood Stingless Bee

Your Friendly Neighborhood Stingless Bee

There are more than 2000 species of bees native to Australia, about 14 of which are stingless. The main species of stingless bees, studied in Australia, are the Trigona Carbonaria and the Austroplebeia Australis. These bees are also known as “Sugarbag” after the unique honey they produce, or “Sweat Bees” for their peculiar habit of collecting human sweat. This is thought to be a source of minerals for the insects. […]

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Achenyo Idachaba: How I turned a Deadly Plant into a Thriving Business

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The water hyacinth may look like a harmless, even beautiful flowering plant — but it’s actually an invasive aquatic weed that clogs waterways, stopping trade, interrupting schooling and disrupting everyday life. In this scourge, green entrepreneur Achenyo Idachaba saw opportunity. Follow her journey as she turns weeds into woven wonders.

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A Tool for a User-Generated Polyculture Pattern Language

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This article describes the efforts of the Apios Institute to use our website to develop a user–generated pattern language of polycultures, sites, and species. It is part of our campaign to raise funds and get new members to make our website the tool we dream it can be. This article lays out quite a bit more about that dream: a tool to help people around the world to more easily […]

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A Global Wiki – A Call to Join

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Designing perennial polycultures (guilds) can be a big challenge. It can be hard to find information on perennial crops and support species. There is a need for information, sample polycultures, and design templates. The Apios Institute is a collaborative network of farmers, gardeners, and researchers focused on integrated perennial-crop agroecosystems (variously known as multistrata agroforests, tropical homegardens, food forests, and forest gardens). Since 2007 we have worked to address these […]

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