How to make a really cheap worm farm

Of the vast array of creatures that live on Planet Earth, the earthworm is probably the most important for humans. Few creatures, such as earthworms, are so essential for good plant health and growth, and therefore indirectly they are very important for human health. Earthworms excrete a substance called humus. Humus is a dark brown/black…

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Nikolai Vavilov – Hero of Seeds

Seeds, they are the beginning and the end. Protecting plant varieties and maintaining diversity is a constant challenge. A challenge that Nikolai Vavilov took seriously. Nikolai Vavilov, a Russian agronomist, is still recognized as one of the most prominent plant breeders. He assembled the largest collection of seeds approximately 400,000 from five continents. Vavilov led…

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The Buddha Connection

On my travels, I can’t help but notice how the western house and garden is being influenced by oriental philosophies. Buddhas of every kind and dancing Shivas decorate lounge rooms, offices and front yards.  Health shops are filled with traditional Asian remedies to cure, to beautify, to keep us subtle. We have the luxury of…

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Add Permaculture to your toolbox

From news reports, we are bombarded by signals of distress of toxic wastes, famines and expiring species, of wars and climate change. Never have so many systems vital to the earth’s habitability been out of equilibrium simultaneously. So why not awaken to the urgency of this global challenge? As a strategy to accelerate the transition…

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Making Eco bricks

For most of the lower grade plastics we use, there is no market to recycle, meaning that they are currently being sent to landfill.  So it’s up to each individual to start taking responsibility for there own trash. The easiest thing is to refuse to buy products that have lots of packaging. Yet if you…

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The 10 R’s of Sustainable Living

Exciting times ahead. Climate change is now a part of the mainstream media. Environmental groups agree, it’s now or never!  And there’s thousands of people ready to change their mindset to become more sustainable. The question that we are often asked is “where do I start?”  So here are a few guidelines to get you…

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Take it personally

Urban sustainability is a huge challenge considering that every two seconds, one person joins the planet’s expanding urban population. As expansion continues apace, problems such as urban planning, waste management, collective infrastructure, and transport are creating enormous strains on ecosystems and the environment. The global crisis faced by humanity is a reflection of collective values…

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