how to sharpen chainsaw stihl – Google Search [...]

Who knew that sharpening a chainsaw blade was so complicated? Must acquire one of these guides…

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The Future of Precision Agriculture is Decentralized — Anthony Arroyo [...]

In order to make farming more efficient, we should embrace precision agriculture. 
In order to preserve the livelihood of farmers and build a robust food system, that precision agriculture needs to be decentralized.  (Source)

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Launch of the Fund to Fight Desertification a Key Achievement – IDN-InDepthNews | Analysis That Matters [...]

As desertification is the clear and present danger to our landscapes -a transnational issue that governments are seemingly powerless to attack- this initiative could be a harbinger of what is to come, with ground-based initiatives leading the way, and public sector falling in behind with substantial support.

According to the Bonn-based UNCCD Secretariat, the Fund has turned the traditional approach to investment on its head: boldly uniting project leaders, farmers, public and private investors to redefine healthy and productive land as an asset. It has encouraged public funders to secure the risk taken by private investors – to achieve measurable sustainable impact on the ground. (Source)

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Vodafone Portugal backs start-up Smart Forest to prevent fires – Telecompaper [...]

Thursday 21 December 2017 | 16:02 CET | NewsSmart Forest, a Portuguese start-up working on ways to prevent forest fires, has started to be implement a pilot project in Cascais, where equipment will be installed in Quinta do Pisao. Smart Forest was voted one of three winning ideas of this years edition of Big Smart Cities, a competition for entrepreneurship and innovation promoted by Vodafone Power Lab and Ericsson. Cascais municipality will receive a range of solutions from the startup winners to help improve mobility, energy efficiency and waste management in the city.With the installation of IoT sensors at Quinta do Pisao, Smart Forest will gather information critical to preventing fires, such as carbon dioxide levels, humidity, wind power and direction. The data is transmitted by Vodafones mobile network to a gateway that, through an artificial intelligence system, analyzes and interprets the information, triggering alerts in case of fire risk. (Source)

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Tragedy as fires kill scores – The Portugal News [...]

A high-level summary of post-mortem analysis & reaction following the devastating fires of this past summer in Portugal. Dunno why this rates as news NOW, since the government and NGO reports came out some months ago… And it’s noteworthy that they cite just a single theory of immediate cause (i.e. dry lightning strike), when there are competing theories -including organized arson.

Fire experts, meanwhile, pointed to a series of shortcomings in Portugal’s strategy of tackling wildfires, even though the summer blazes have been happening for decades.
There is a broad consensus that more work is needed on fire prevention, starting with forest clearing and the creation of fire breaks.
“In Portugal, the main factor in the scale of wildfires is the unbroken stretches of forest,” Paulo Fernandes, a forest researcher at Portugal’s Tras-os-Montes e Alto Douro University, said.
But he noted that around 90 percent of landowners have smallholdings, making it difficult for authorities to keep tabs on them all.
Xavier Viegas, a wildfire expert at Portugal’s Coimbra University, said Portugal needs a long-term strategy, but changes in government often mean changes in forest and farm policies.
He said a key measure would be the creation of “fire-resilient communities” who receive instructions on what to do when faced with a wildfire and to not act rashly.
“We need to prepare them so that they don’t go dashing off in cars,” Mr Viegas said.
Portugal’s leading environmental lobby group, Quercus, blamed the blazes on “forest management errors and bad political decisions” by governments over recent decades.
It rebuked authorities for allowing the planting of huge swathes of eucalyptus trees – the country’s most common and most profitable species – but one that is often blamed for stoking blazes.
Emergency services were also criticised for not closing the road where most of the deaths occurred. (Source)

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Mandevilla Or Dipladenia: Information About The Care Of Dipladenia [...]

Interesting article on these two kindred-but-different tropical plants (will help me to nail the species of a plant that was gifted to my farm)… But i question some of these assertions about tropical plants. For example: Bougainvilleas must be brought inside for the winter? i beg your pardon, but Bougainvilleas grow to monstrous proportions outdoors here in Algarve, where winter temperatures can get down near freezing. Check this out:

My gardening zone is not at all sultry, warm and humid, but it doesn’t stop me from purchasing a bougainvillea or other tropical plant for outdoor use. The plants thrive in summer but have to be moved indoors in the cooler season. Dipladenia, a favorite, is a South American native that grows in tropical forests. The plant is similar to mandevilla vine and works outside in warm zones, or indoors as an accent houseplant. We will discuss the difference between dipladenia and mandevilla so you can decide which of these amazing flowering vines is the best option for your garden. (Source)

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A Simple Way of Making Charcoal for Terra Preta – One Scythe Revolution [...]

I came across a very simple way of making some charcoal, in a substantial enough volume for your garden beds, in a video on YouTube by Greenpower,. It involves simply burning some dry deadfall branches in your backyard, and then dousing the fire suddenly and thoroughly with water, at the point when you have a nice bed of red coals. (Source)

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Greenhouse gas emissions – Main sources | What\’s Your Impact [...]

This site obviously has an activist agenda, but the info on dynamics of climate change appears both clearly presented and comprehensive -if you trust the sources (not all very current, but at least well-footnoted). Helpful, how they single out water vapor as they primary fast FEEDBACK gas, while the 4 main greenhouse gases (contribution of each quantified) are identified as FORCING climate change. Good way to get readers thinking in terms of classical System Dynamics.

There are 2 ways that greenhouse gas emissions enters our atmosphere. One of them is through human activities. The main human sources of greenhouse gas emissions are: fossil fuel use, deforestation, intensive livestock farming, use of synthetic fertilizers and industrial processes. The other is through natural processes like animal and plant respiration.There are four main types of forcing greenhouse gases: carbon dioxide, methane, nitrous oxide and fluorinated gases. The main feedback greenhouse gas is water vapor.Greenhouse gas emissions trap heat in the Earth’s atmosphere, just as the glass of a greenhouse keeps warm air inside. Human activity increases the amount of greenhouse gas emissions entering in the atmosphere, contributing to a warming of the Earth’s surface. (Source)

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DEHESAS Y MONTADOS IBERICOS [...]

La dehesa (montado en Portugal) es un sistema agrosilvopastoral único, donde se genera actividades económicas y sociales en un perfecto equilibrio con el medio ambiente donde se desarrollan.

Es el producto de la acción del hombre sobre el bosque mediterráneo en zonas donde, por lo general, no son adecuadas otras actividades agrícolas, dando como resultado un sistema basado en un arbolado disperso que permite la formación de pastos.

Su estado actual es el resultado de la acción combinada de factores culturales, ecológicos, económicos, geográficos, históricos, paisajísticos y sociales.[1]

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Tree Planting and Water Harvesting | The Green Belt Movement [...]

If you destroy the forest then the river will stop flowing, the rains will become irregular, the crops will fail and you will die of hunger and starvation.” Professor Wangari MaathaiThe Green Belt Movement uses a watershed-based approach to restore degraded watersheds of key water catchments so as to improve their functions and improve the livelihood of the local communities. (Source)

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My Plan, and Why You Don’t Want it – Quinn Norton – Medium [...]

In my vision of the future we would have to come together to face our debts, and not let our leaders manage them for us. I don’t mean monetary debts, which are largely ridiculous. I mean our bio-diversity debts, our nitrogen and phosphorus debts, our carbon debts, our energy debts. These debts are not just environmental issues, they also describe economic injustice, and access to resources for 4–5 billion people on this planet, and growing. What do you think prosperity is made of? Mostly, as it turns out, nitrogen, carbon, energy, and the space that was once diverse ecosystems. (Source)

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Farmers Sequestering Carbon To Reverse Climate Change – YouTube [...]

> Farmers Sequestering Carbon To Reverse Climate Change

The primary initiative from the French was called the “4 in 1000” initiative, where they are now incentivizing farmers to work towards building 0.4% organic matter on a yearly basis and have done the figures to show 10 years of reversed climate change if we can work towards that goal. Thankfully 22 other countries have now signed on to that initiative. Understand that when you build humus in your soil, when you see an increase in organic matter on a soil test, you didn’t make new carbon. You’ve step into the carbon cycle and sequestered what otherwise would have been in the atmosphere. It is the solution. 1% increase in cultivated lands in the US pulls back over half of their total carbon emissions, and that’s more than what’s required to save the day. It’s absolutely doable, but we’ve got to start doing it and we’ve got to start doing it fairly quickly.

Just talking about the scale of this change, it really has been kind of a revolution that’s now underway, and I’ll just quickly brush over some of these slides. Driscoll’s are the world’s largest berry producers. They are 3.5, 3.57 billion dollar turnover. I’ve spent four days training their growers last year. It’s not that they’re new to this game, because 25% of Driscoll’s production is organic and the interesting thing … and this is, see the old school concept of organic, “Ah yeah, you go organic, you can’t do anything. You fall in a heap and hopefully the extra premiums will cover your losses and make you some money at some point”. That is absolute total rubbish. There is absolutely no reason known that you should have less yields, it’s just a different road to Rome, and here’s the world’s largest organic producers which they are now, almost a billion dollars in organic production who are out yielding … we’re not talking about the profit, because of the higher premium, they are substantially out yielding their conventional division with their organic division. They’re learning so much from that whole biological processes thing that they … and their whole game plan, now five years, 100% organics. And why not? You’re actually out yielding, so it’s understanding this, it’s an old notion to think that you sacrifice by looking at growing more sustainably. It’s simply not the case, it’s just a different way of looking at it and there’s all the tools, you just use them differently.

So everyone knows that this change is coming, and the bigger operators are jumping on board rather than playing catch up. It’s really easy to argue quite compellingly that this biological approach is the shape of the future or there may not be much of one and you do need to understand the seriousness of the situation. There has never been more of a time for people to stand up and do something

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About the Knowledge Hub | Knowledge Hub [...]

A key objective of the UNCCD is to become a global authority on scientific and technical knowledge in the areas of desertification, land degradation and drought (DLDD) and to address negative effects of DLDD on productive land and relevant ecosystems.  By launching the new Knowledge Hub, the UNCCD Secretariat aims to support knowledge-management tasks, together with the Committee on Science and Technology (CST), by providing a framework for organizing scientific and technical information and access to best practices. (Source)

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How Islington Council Uses Google Earth Enterprise [...]

The Open-Source Google Earth Enterprise project (Open GEE) is making inroads into not only big business, but also municipal-level government.

HOW ISLINGTON COUNCIL USES GOOGLE EARTH ENTERPRISE

See how the Borough of Islington used Google Earth Enterprise to transform multiple city operations. Everything from community interaction, maintenance and repair, to crime tracking and innovative crime prevention techniques. (Source)

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Aquaponics at Home: A Modern Farmer Review of Turnkey Aquaponics Systems for All Levels – Modern Farmer [...]

There weren’t many on the market seven years ago when I started tinkering in my garage with visions of fish tacos dancing in my head. Today, though, there are a plethora. Some are suited for raising nothing more than a couple goldfish and a bouquet of herbs in your kitchen. Others are big enough to supplement a market gardener’s income with sales of hydroponic produce and organically grown fish. Here’s a brief rundown of the options. (Source)

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Holistic Management, A New Framework for Decision Making – Google Play [...]

https://play.google.com/books/reader?id=7xZJHZ5aVH0C&printsec=frontcover&output=reader&hl=en&pg=GBS.PA86

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Grafting Cutting Tool (50% OFF + FREE SHIPPING) – Sona Stars [...]

How to do grafting :

After you have selected a good scion(one year old, w/at least 2 sections of joint above) & cut it (wipe grafting tool cutting blade with alcohol) to perfect fit to root-stock (cambium layer must be contacted well), tying with nursery tape or rubber(must be tight joint point).Tip: use a measuring caliper to find close size diameter branch for scion & root-stock.
Apply the environmental friendly grafting tape over the grafting area, overlap 3 to 4 times, make sure it is tight(air tight: prevent rain/water, bacteria or any other disease from getting into grafting area and keeps the moisture inside the grafting/joint area). Also apply tree seal to cover any new-cut expose area(to prevent infection & keep moisture inside scion/root-stock, very important!!), especially on scion’s tip point, must apply seal to prevent die back effect.
Cover the grafting area with clear plastic bag(spray some filtered water into inner bag area, to keep moisture inside bag, Do not spray water at grafting area). If there is direct sunlight over the grafting area, use brown paper lunch bag to cover it for protection.
After 3 weeks, if the scion still look pretty greenish, then it is great chance that you will see the new bud coming out from scion in 4 to 8 weeks depends on temperature & weather. (Source)

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The Food Movement, Rising | Michael Pollan [...]

the food movement starts out splintered. Among the many threads of advocacy that can be lumped together under that rubric we can include school lunch reform; the campaign for animal rights and welfare; the campaign against genetically modified crops; the rise of organic and locally produced food; efforts to combat obesity and type 2 diabetes; “food sovereignty” (the principle that nations should be allowed to decide their agricultural policies rather than submit to free trade regimes); farm bill reform; food safety regulation; farmland preservation; student organizing around food issues on campus; efforts to promote urban agriculture and ensure that communities have access to healthy food; initiatives to create gardens and cooking classes in schools; farm worker rights; nutrition labeling; feedlot pollution; and the various efforts to regulate food ingredients and marketing, especially to kids.It’s a big, lumpy tent… (Source)

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A Holistic Perspective on How the Fires in Portugal Came to be and Where we Go from Here – TreeYo Permaculture [...]

Eucalyptus or pine, would have been much more spaced out in their natural habitats.  While both are also adapted to experience fire in their native ecosystems, which humans even enhanced through controlled burns to create more of a savannah for hunting, planting them at this density is ludicrous especially without animal integration.  While it does afford economies of scale, which is a cornerstone of modern capitalism, it doesn’t see the system holistically.  Thus when fires reach the canopy of such monocultures through ladder fuel of shrubs below and the bark and branches being held up by them, the intensity of fires, the spread of them, the beast that is created is so incredibly dangerous it belongs in a Hollywood Horror movie. But it has been a reality for Portuguese for many years. (Source)

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From heatwaves to hurricanes, floods to famine: seven climate change hotspots | Environment | The Guardian [...]

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For Wolfgang Cramer, scientific director of the Mediterranean Institute for Biodiversity and Ecology in Aix-en-Provence, France, climate change impacts are already visible not only in the vicinity of Murcia, but across much of the Mediterranean basin. If pledges to cut emissions are not met, catastrophe looms. (Source)

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Climate change could flip Mediterranean lands to desert : Nature News & Comment [...]

Seville and Lisbon have thrived for more than a thousand years in a temperate climate. But if global warming continues at the current pace, these cities will be in the middle of a desert by the end of the century, climate modellers report on 27 October in Science1.

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Heat waves expected to increase, says study: Can adaptation outpace climate changes? – CSMonitor.com [...]

> What constitutes ‘deadly heat,’ and who might be affected by it the most? A new study explores these questions, while the lead author acknowledges the superior ability of developed countries to adapt to extreme weather.

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Device pulls water from dry air, powered only by the sun [...]

The prototype, under conditions of 20-30 percent humidity, was able to pull 2.8 liters (3 quarts) of water from the air over a 12-hour period, using one kilogram (2.2 pounds) of MOF. Rooftop tests at MIT confirmed that the device works in real-world conditions. (Source)

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Charlie Price re Aquaponics @ TEDx Warwick, 2011 [...]

Uploaded on Mar 17, 2011Charlie Price from the social enterprise Aquaponics UK, explores the role aquaponics can play in the future of our collective food supply.He provides an insight into both the applications for aquaponics but more specifically a new approach to urban agriculture, turning wastes into resources and transforming disused urban spaces to provide not only food, but resilient communities. (Source)

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Imprinting Soils – Creating Instant Edge for Large Scale Revegetation of Barren Lands – The Permaculture Research Institute [...]

Imprinting is a method for instantly adding what permaculturists call the ‘edge effect’ to soils, utilising a heavy and dimpled/wedged roller to ‘imprint’ soils with patterned depressions. The bottom of these depressions then become collection points for all the crucial elements needed for seed germination and soil building: seeds themselves, water, organic matter (including plant debris and animal manure) and wind-blown silt and clay particles. (Source)

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How to Poach an Egg – YouTube [...]

Given all the eggs we have coming out of our backyard chicken system, this is a must-know technique for getting the most nutritional value out of them.

Published on Apr 14, 2013This cooking tip walks you through preparing a poached egg, and how to do it perfectly every time. This easy three-step process makes egg poaching fool proof. Promise. 1 farm fresh organic egg 8 cups of water or more 1 tablespoon of white vinegar or more 2 teaspoons of salt1. Egg freshness doesn’t matter more than when you are poaching one. Frying, scrambling and hard boiling techniques are fairly easy on the structure of the egg. Dumping one into a pot of boiling water is a whole other story. So if you are going to poach eggs, use very, very fresh ones that are organic. If you don’t, you will be disappointed by the results. Now, using your fresh egg, crack it and place it in a bowl that will make it easy to pour.2. For whatever pan you use, you want at least 1 1/2 – 2 inches of depth with your water. My sauce pan took 6 cups.3. For every 4 cups of water, you want to add 1 tablespoon of white vinegar. Don’t worry, I have a trick on how to remove the vinegar taste once it is cooked. See, the vinegar helps keep the egg together. Without it, it will get all ghosty and break up a bit in the boiling water.4. Bring the water to boil and then reduce it so that it just simmers. Once you achieve that, spin the water with a spoon, creating a whirlpool affect. Watch my video on how to do this.5. Gently deliver the egg into the water and let it cook for about 3 minutes or so if you want yolk runny. Cook it for 5 minutes if you want if firm.6. Once it is done cooking, transfer the cooked egg to a bowl of iced water. This stops it from cooking if you wanted the yolk runny.7. Heat four cups of water and 2 teaspoons of salt over a medium-low heat so that it is just warm. Transfer your poached egg to the salt bath and warm it for about 30 seconds. This will remove the vinegar taste and warm the egg up for serving. This is especially helpful for when poaching large quantities for brunch. (Source)

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Introduction to Ecosystems – Free online course [...]

Recommended as a solid foundation and good frame of reference (common language) for anyone involved in the ERC (Ecosystem Restoration Camps) project: this course produced by Open University:

In this course you will discover how organisms are linked together by complex interrelationships, how such links are studied and how the physical properties of a particular habitat interact with the organisms that inhabit it. Using case studies, you will come to learn how knowledge of ecosystems leads to understanding of their individual importance, and how they can be preserved. (Source)

It features world-class content by such veteran presenters as David Attenborough and John D. Liu, so you know it will be as entertaining as it is enlightening.

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The Trouble with Permaculture – Resilience [...]

I still get irritated with wide eyed, blue sky thinking permies though, who despite knowing sod all about vegetable growing, come and tell us that we are not doing it “right” in our market garden, because if it’s hard work, it can’t be PC. Apparently, you can design hard work out of gardening; in PC Lala land, all you have to do is wander through your food forest with your mouth open and ripe, juicy fruit will just fall in! Isn’t it exactly because of this desire to grow more food with less effort we ended up with industrial agriculture? And is it maybe also because it became so effortless to grow masses of food, we ended up valuing it so little that we waste tons of it every year? (Source)

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“PermOccupy – A Pathway to a Sustainable Future,” by Killian O\’Brien. Interview on PermOccupy with Killian by Willi Paul. Presented by Planetshifter.com Magazine | www.planetshifter.com [...]

> > Why PermOccupy? … “I should clarify. The name just popped into my head down in the Grand Circus Park the night this whole idea occurred to me. It’s just a simple, perhaps catchy way of getting across the idea of intentionally melding permaculture and Occupy to ramp up the transition to sustainability. (Source)

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“PermOccupy – A Pathway to a Sustainable Future,” by Killian O\’Brien. Interview on PermOccupy with Killian by Willi Paul. Presented by Planetshifter.com Magazine | www.planetshifter.com [...]

“PermOccupy – A Pathway to a Sustainable Future,” by Killian O’Brien. Interview on PermOccupy with Killian by Willi Paul. Presented by Planetshifter.com Magazine

Why PermOccupy? … “I should clarify. The name just popped into my head down in the Grand Circus Park the night this whole idea occurred to me. It’s just a simple, perhaps catchy way of getting across the idea of intentionally melding permaculture and Occupy to ramp up the transition to sustainability. (Source)

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Why George Monbiot is wrong: grazing livestock can save the world | Guardian Sustainable Business | The Guardian [...]

> In his recent interview with Allan Savory, the high profile biologist and farmer who argues that properly managing grazing animals can counter climate chaos, George Monbiot reasonably asks for proof. Where I believe he strays into the unreasonable, is in asserting that there is none.

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Eat more meat and save the world: the latest implausible farming miracle | George Monbiot | Environment | The Guardian [...]

> Here’s another one: a miracle technique that allows us to reconcile our insatiable demand for meat with the need to protect the living planet. Better still, it proposes, eating meat could actually save the biosphere. A TED talk which makes this claim has been viewed 2.6m times.

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Agricultural Regeneration of Mediterranean Landscapes – A Wikity Site [...]

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Why Wool? | The Wool Room [...]

Because mother nature invented the perfect solution to all these problems that plague synthetic solutions to the problem of clothing -good luck trying to one-up her by synthetic means! From “The Wool Room,” here are but a few of the benefits:

It’s cool when it’s hot, and warm when it’s not!
Wool is a natural insulator to keep you warm in winter and naturally breathable to keep you cool in summer. Wool fibre helps to keep your body at the optimal temperature zone for comfort and rest. When used in blankets, synthetic fibres, down and even cotton fibres do not breathe as well as wool, and are more likely to trap heat in your bed. Wool buffers the extreme cold or hot air on the outside, keeping your body in the ideal comfort zone. Baa-rilliant!

It’s naturally absorbent!
Wool fibre is the original wicking fibre. Wool fabrics can absorb up to 30% of their weight without feeling heavy or damp. Cotton fabrics begin to feel damp after 15%. The fibres “breathe” by absorbing away moisture from the body and releasing it into the air. This quality makes wool fabrics comfortable to wear in warm and cold weather.

It resists Mildew and Mold, naturally!
Wool’s natural resistance to mildews and moulds comes from the way it repels moisture, and lets moisture pass through it’s fibres without trapping it. Mildews and moulds require moisture to live and grow (Source)

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Permaculture | Vale da Lama Farm [...]

Further to an article in this issue of “Permaculture Magazine” (see PM#91, Spring 2017, article “Regenerative Farming” by Walt Ludwick), this page is to elaborate on some of the topics merely touched-on in that article, not necessarily known to all “Permies”, such as:

  • Ecological tools: like HugelKultur, Holstic Planned Grazing, AgroEcology;
  • Economic tools, such as Business Model Canvas, CSA, Holistic Management;
  • Cultural tools: DragonDreaming, Sociocracy, Holacracy, S3, WorldCafé, Forum. (Source)

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There is a movement afoot to establish in Portugal a node in the Savory Institute Global Network.

Should be more info arising out of Skype chat scheduled for next Wednesday (2017.02.15) at 22h CET.

(FB chat excerpts appended below, for extraction of relevant links)


Hugo
Last summer I went to the paleo convention where I met Christopher. He, together with some other speakers, was part of the “paleo and sustainabily” panel. Presentations where mainly focused on the role of grazing and holistic management in the creation of an healthy and sustainable ecosystem. We had a nice talk and Christopher told me about his interest in the potential that Portugal could have concerning holistic management. I have this feeling that there is a potential group for the setting of a Savory Hub, but more than that, a group that is in its way of applying animal base food sustainability.

I’m writing you all because I believe there could be a good synergy coming out of this conversation.!

Gena
As you know Hugo, my husband and I have a dairy farm that we’re attempting to convert into a raw milk, real foods dairy farm while practicing holistic land management. You can count me in in future exchanges about the subject! Looking forward to what might come of such conversations.
Glad to hear this, Hugo, didn’t know you had this interest. I guess you also know we are practicing Holistic Pasture Management in Vale da Lama; just hosted a course on the subject, as it happens, with some 20 participants. Should they be invited, I wonder?
Julia has the list, I believe.

Gena
Hi Walt…would you be willing to post a link to your FB page if you have one? I’d like to follow what you are doing and be informed of any future courses you might host.
Hi Gena. Will do when I get back to my desk, am mobile this afternoon.

Julia
At the seminar I met Jose and his mother. They have a huge farm (cattle) in the western Algarve, and I think there’s some interest in running it ‘better’. I went to visit it the other day, but unfortunately the mum wasn’t there- she’s running it currently. I feel Jose is very interested in the regenerative aspect, but not so much in the food side of it, as he’s (still;)) a vegetarian – (give me some time ;)). Anyway, the farm would offer a fantastic opportunity to establish a Savory Hub here in Portugal, and I may just contact the Institute to ask for some guidance. XJ

@julia: sounds good… But can you provide any more insight as to what Savory Hub means, in practical terms?

@Gena: FB page for our farm is https://www.facebook.com/valedalama/
Vale da Lama
Quinta de Permacultura – Programas Educativos – Casa Vale da Lama Eco Resort – Sweet Spot Café & Loja da Quinta – Eventos

Christopher
this is a hub….www.3LM.network
@Gena: and your farm, can you say more about where it is at?
thanks for that, @Christopher. Are you affiliated with that hub? a HM trainer? Savory-certified? (i don’t know anything about all this, obviously; just took a short course with Kirk Gadzia at La Donaira ES few years ago)

Christopher
Hi Yes. We run the UK Hub and yes I am an Accredited Professional with Savory Institute. Here is a document that tells the story…https://www.dropbox.com/s/aylf1cn35grhvkw/3LM%20Strategy%20REVIEW%2020th%20Nov%202016%20VSN%201.3.pptx?dl=0

Christopher
Its interesting in that I am not sure how I came to be on this conversation – but please fire any more questions that you might have. It seems that I met Hugo last year at the Paleo event… Well done Hugo for linking me in to this chat. As for what is possible with HM – Simply put this work is applicable in all contexts not just agriculture – we work across the whole supply ecology and we use HM as the Management Framework that can handle the complexity – The Policy Setting approach is superb and we are learning day by day just how elegantly simple this work is. What led me to Savory was the quest for methods that can handle complexity and also to enable me to practically address the issue of poor nutrition – the running of the hub is our contribution to the planet. We are having great fun in this process. Our other web site www.5deep.net offers some insight into what led us to Savory. (One of the earlier blogs). Best to you all and gratitude.
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Gena
Our farm is located on the island of São Miguel in the Azores, Portugal. Here’s a link to our FB page: https://www.facebook.com/The-Farm-261718987505555/
The Farm
We offer raw milk & pasture-fed beef through cow shares. Come take a farm tour & milk our cows, feed calves, & taste our raw milk & fresh cheese!

Christopher
Gena, Im very focused on this issue of the conversion of intensive dairy to a standard beyond organic. In Australia in 2009 this was a big issue and farmers survived by letting go of agro-chem and making a move towards Biological Standards. I led an organisation that showed how to recover and regenerate. Our UK Hub still has contact with the team in Australia with whom we liaise regularly. I am just starting a large project here that will demonstrate such transitions across the UK. Best regards. Christopher

Your work is quite inspiring, @Christopher. If we could get any number of farm owners together in this part of the world, following your example to better manage our lands and food supply in a more regenerative way, that would be a great accomplishment.

Christopher
Gena, Portugal needs a hub too!
It would be fun to do this in Portugal!

Ah, Azores… i should have known. No dairy operations in this brittle climate of S-mainland PT.
Extensive grazing operations here are all about beef and lamb.

Christopher
Also – we are developing land partnership approaches – which links closely to what you are doing. Remember also that Brittle environments respond best to the use of livestock as a tool! If we need a chat lets do so – small group on skype later this week? Best regards. Christopher

Julia
Christopher, this is very interesting! I’m considering becoming an acredited professional, and would love to hear more from you, so yes to the chat. Thanks, XJ

Gustavo
Hello everyone, I’m glad to see so much enthusiasm! Currently I am taking the HM online, as I want to follow this path, and to eventually to become a trainer on HM (I have been working on education for human rights and I really feel that ecosystem regeneration through livestock management is one sure strategy to address the ecological, social and economical issues in Portugal – and elsewhere. And I want to actively contribute with my skills as an educator towards this goal) So this is why I am in this chat

Christopher
For your information – we are running 8 day accreditation course in the UK – the next is in May. The 8 Day intensive, plus the online module – (all 5), plus a practical implementation on a site, plus an exit interview is the requirement to become an Accredited Professional. What is interesting is that the event in May is being hosted on a Scottish Island by a former large scale commercial farmer who made the change about 15 years ago. He now runs an island ‘oasis’. He is also our self appointed farming spokesperson. Here is the link – to show you what’s on offer. We do have people from Cyprus considering also. What an amazing time! http://3lm.network/events/list/?tribe_paged=1&tribe_event_display=listhttp://3lm.network/events/list/?tribe_paged=1&tribe_event_display=list
Events Archive – 3LM – Land and Livestock Management for Life
We are offering a 10-Month Comprehensive Holistic Management Training Programme at Fernhill Farm near Bristol. Enroll for just the foundations programme in March, or enroll in all 5 modules: Foundation of Holistic Management, Holistic Planned Grazing, Ecological Monitoring, Holistic Financial Planni…
3lm.network

Question @Christopher, re Cypress ref above: you mean folks from Cypress are interested in the Scotland course? or interested to host a course in Cypress?

Christopher
At present we are waiting to find out if the Cyprus team will come to Scotland for the 8 day training. I will have an update later this week. Obviously – allowing for language we can train anywhere in the world – especially as we are part of the create additional hubs mission!!

Christopher
Hi everyone – Im sorry I was on another conference call. Yes I can do Wednesday but it will have to be earlier or later – I have another call at 20.00 UK (21.oohrs CET) so can do anything before say 20.00 CET to 20.55 CET or 22-23hrs CET or even later! ? Please discuss amongst yourselves and let me know the time – I have booked out the whole evening just in case! ALSO PLEASE LET ME HAVE ANY QUESTIONS BEFORE HAND SO THAT I CAN PREPARE A CONGRUENT AND MEANINGFUL STORY / PROCESS. In the mean time here is a link that explains the global hub network…of which we in the British Isles were number 14! Seems a lifetime ago and our lives have changed beyond all recognition – My Wife Sheila was a Vegan when we started!! Now as long as quality is known and nutrition is the key we have a flexitarian lifestyle. Gratitude to you all. best Christopher http://savory.global/network
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Christopher
OK It seems that the questions you all pose will keep us awake! best regards. 22 CET is I believe the time. Best Christopher

Julia
Christoph, should we maybe send you a quick intro into who we are and our questions to an email address?

Gena
Hugo, I’m assuming you’re referring to Alfredo from Herdade do Freixe do Meio. If so, would you like me to send you his cell number?

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