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SWR02 Sep 20 '20, 06:19

Independent and multiple award-winning documentary maker Marijn Poels presents his latest documentary "Return To Eden," featuring Allan Savory.

Far away from collective climate hysteria, fear and chaos, there is hope, inspiration and solutions. Across political colours. Averse to framing. Full of deep wisdom from people who approach solutions ecologically. Where the globalised farmer is strangled between government subsidies, banks and buyers and sucked into the core of the problem, the independent entrepreneur grows his local food in an inspiring way, in the middle of the desert. And that may well offer more solutions than just for our food. A healthy, living soil consumes large quantities of CO2. But can it even go a step further? Can healthy soil calm the climate and even prevent hurricanes?

"The boundary between regulating and manipulating is razor-thin," says Poels. "As citizens, we have to guard these lines very critically. Especially in agriculture. Sustainability and CO2, in particular, can indefinitely be misused as tools to push global political agendas. Centralization of power, agriculture and our food is ripping us further apart from our biological and natural balance. Common sense can be quickly confused with spreadsheets and technology. Chaos can grow very well on those. The technological revolution is an exciting direction which is not essentially wrong. But to what extent does our technology now support life? Today's technologies can imperceptibly swallow culture, agriculture, identity and turn our daily system into chaos. Creativity, freedom, innovation and fundamental biological connections are at great risk. “We are the only species on earth rapidly separating themselves from their biological origins. Is that clever and where is the boundary?" That is what Poels is trying to discover in a thought-provoking story which will be online after September 17th.

Filmmaker: https://www.marijnpoels.com/


SWR02 Sep 21 '20, 17:43

In here Chris & Evie describe one of the most important elements of their success: Integrity. What does gardening have to do with Integrity? Lots. Watch to find out. In each video you'll learn something. Maybe small, maybe profound, but you'll be smarter for sure.


SWR02 Sep 29 '20, 01:36

General Mills goes regenerative!?  

This is the first video in a four-part video series on Regenerative Agriculture covering the major challenges facing farmers and food production, what regenerative agriculture is and how it can address these challenges, and what General Mills is doing to advance regenerative agriculture. This video will home in on the Critical Challenges. Narrated by Steven Rosenzweig, PhD, soil scientist at General Mills.



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SWR02 Oct 3 '20, 21:07

UPDATE: Seattle Free Food Project Beacon Food Forest

The Beacon Hill Food Forest in Seattle is a legendary public park, providing fresh food in a food desert to community members who come to tend the landscape. Learn how this group of people is growing food, building soil, enhancing habitat for pollinators and beneficial insects, building community, sharing knowledge, and creating dynamic partnerships on this piece of public land in an urban environment.


SWR02 Oct 15 '20, 22:20

ABC News In-depth For five generations, Charles Massy's family rode on the sheep’s back and nearly destroyed their land in the process. When drought in the 80s and 90s almost sent him broke, the Cooma farmer switched to regenerative agriculture and watched his overgrazed land recover. In his mid-50s, Charles Massy started a PhD, visiting 80 top regenerative farmers to see what they were doing differently. That led to his ground-breaking book Call of the Reed Warbler, a plea to farmers to start working with nature.


SWR02 Oct 16 '20, 23:31

Regenerative farming


Ecosia is the search engine that plants trees: https://ecosia.co/info

For more details on Ecosia’s European regenerative agriculture fund and on how to apply, please go here: https://www.ecosia-regenerative-agric...

Thank you to Benedikt Bösel (Gut&Bösel), Christina Chemnitz (Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung e.V.) and Paul Wöbkenberg (Ecosia) for their insights and time.

A big thank you to Ackerpulco (IG: @ackerpulco_farm), Emanuel Finckenstein (IG: @__finck__) and Benedikt Bösel (IG: @benediktboesel) for offering us their images.

What is Regenerative Agriculture and can it be scaled?

Regenerative agriculture has no rules. Instead, there are general principles and practices of regenerative agriculture, all of which aim to disturb the soil as little as possible and keep it covered at all times.

Three main principles guide the regenerative approach to agriculture:
Don’t till or over-plough the soil, always have a diverse set of plants on your farm, instead of rows of monocultures and keep your soil covered all year round with plants, crops and trees.

The main goal is not to disturb the soil and to always have green cover on it. Only this way can we protect the soil from erosion, damaging floods and from becoming infertile.

Combined with reforestation, regenerative agriculture could even re-capture most of the CO2 emissions out of the air again. That is why at Ecosia we have launched a competition fund for farmers in Europe to support them in their switch to regenerative practices.

From agroforestry, silvopasture, permaculture or intercropping - the practices of regenerative agriculture are varied and which ones or which set of those you apply will depend on the climate, the quality of your soil and trial and errors on any particular farm.

SWR02 Oct 24 '20, 11:59

Meet John Austel of 4J Horse and Livestock a family operated cattle ranch in San Diego, California raising cattle on 100% grass from start to finish. He'll tell us all about how he raises his cows from calf to harvest, the amazing regenerative effect grazing cattle has had on the land and the state run studies done on his land to prove it, among a myriad of other topics related to raising cattle on pasture.

more here!:


SWR02 Nov 24 '20, 07:52

Searching for Bill Mollison: Exploring the Tucson swales

VergePermaculture 42.2K subscribers Rob and Takota explore the Tucson swales, an “oasis” in the deserts outside of Tucson, created in the dirty 30’s as part of a Federal make work project, and the swales are still functioning today! Take a detailed video tour of this amazing swale, and learn how to maximize available water even in an extremely dry climate. Bill Mollison introduced the swales to us in his "Global Gardner" videos (link below), using them as an example of what can be accomplished to bring life to even the seemingly driest of ecosystems. After the swales were constructed in the 1930's, no maintenance has been done, they have just been left to nature.

In this video, Rob and Takota's tour of the horseshoe swale will amaze you with many examples of sustainable biodiversity that the swales have facilitated, then discuss how permaculture principles and concepts of permaculture design could be applied to create even greater abundance in this extremely dry climate!

Some topics discussed 2:104 eco system processes 8:07Walking over the swale - vegetation changes 13:41Takota and Rob discuss their observations of the swale 31:37Applying the 5 step permaculture process to this dry ecosystem The original “Global Gardener” video by Bill Mollison https://vimeo.com/ondemand/globalgard...CCC Swales on Google Maps https://bit.ly/2WWDPkNCivilian Conservation Corps on. Wikipedia https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Civilia...

About Rob Avis and Verge Permaculture: In less than 10 years, Rob & Michelle Avis left Calgary’s oil fields and retooled his engineering career to help clients and students design integrated systems for shelter, energy, water, waste and food, all while supporting local economy and regenerating the land. He’s now leading the next wave of permaculture education, teaching career-changing professionals to become eco-entrepreneurs with successful regenerative businesses. Learn more and connect with Rob & Michelle at https://vergepermaculture.ca/

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SWR02 Nov 24 '20, 23:27


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I wish I could make every lawn owner in the USA watch this! Thanks, Geoff! You are an inspiration.

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SWR02 Nov 26 '20, 00:52

I show you the amazing results of increasing fertility with no dig, and how the garden continues cropping throughout the year. Most vegetables you see were transplanted in summer, after harvests of spring vegetables. We add no compost or feeds before the second plantings. This is a simple, quick, and highly productive way of growing, with few weeds.

Homeacres is my quarter acre/1000sqm, no dig market and teaching garden in Somerset UK, temperate oceanic climate zone 8. Filmed 13th November by Edward Dowding my son, in one take. Edited by him. Mostly he used a motorised gimbel. Helpers are Kate Forrester and Martin Scase.


SWR02 Dec 8 '20, 21:32

What is agorism, how can it impact your life? Are you already an agorist and just don't know it yet. Tune in today to learn how something as simple as a small garden pond can enrich your life in many ways.


SWR02 Jan 2, 00:40

FoodAbundance 35.5K subscribers Go to https://FoodAbundance.comto join the Food Abundance movement. Over 6,000 pounds of food per year, on 1/10 acre located just 15 minutes from downtown Los Angeles. The Dervaes family grows over 400 species of plants, 4,300 pounds of vegetable food, 900 chicken and 1,000 duck eggs, 25 lbs of honey, plus seasonal fruits throughout the year. From 1/10th of an acre, four people manage to get over 90% of their daily food and the family reports earnings of $20,000 per year (AFTER they eat from what is produced). This is done without the use of the expensive & destructive synthetic chemicals associated with industrial mono-cropping, while simultaneously improving the fertility and overall condition of the land being used to grow this food on.

Scaled up to an acre, that would equal $200,000 per year! To follow the Dervaes and their Urban Homesteading activites, you can find them at http://urbanhomestead.org

Urban and near-urban farming can be highly productive, causing whatever size of land you have to work with to produce with more abundance. It is time to solve hunger worldwide, through creating local food abundance.... Anyone can do it, once you learn how. To join the Food Abundance movement, go to https://FoodAbundance.com

SWR02 Feb 8, 00:42

How to find good food. http://eatwild.com/

Eatwild was founded in 2001 to promote the benefits—to consumers, farmers, animals, and the planet—of choosing meat, eggs, and dairy products from 100% grass-fed animals or other non-ruminant animals fed their natural diets. Today it is the #1 clearinghouse for information about pasture-based farming and features a state-by-state plus Canada directory of local farmers who sell their pastured farm and ranch products directly to consumers.

Not content to just spread the word about healthier meat, eggs, and dairy, Eatwild founder Jo Robinson published a new book—Eating on the Wild Side—which soon became a NY Times Bestseller. This book presents 21st-century research about the important health benefits of choosing specific varieties of fruits and vegetables, as well as hands-on advice on how to shop for them, grow them, cook them, and store them maintain their nutritional value. Jo gleaned this information by reviewing thousands of research articles, providing a wealth of information you will not find anywhere else. Read more about this prize-winning book...

Today, Eatwild.com provides research-based information about "eating on the wild side." This means choosing present-day foods that approach the nutritional content of wild plants and game—our original diet. Evidence is growing on an almost daily basis that these wholesome foods give us more of the nutrients we need to fight disease and enjoy optimum health. Few of us will go back to foraging in the wild for our food, but we can learn to forage in our supermarkets, farmers markets, and from local farmers to select the most nutritious and delicious foods available.

In 2016, the Academy of Culinary Nutrition recognized Jo's contributions to healthier eating by selecting her as one of their Top 50 Food Activists.

SWR02 Feb 10, 02:19

The War on (some) Food (growers and eaters).

But FDA has expanded the scope of this provision to cover everyone who manufactures, processes, packs, or holds food.  And the agency interprets those terms to include people who grow the food, i.e. farmers.

The agency has proposed some very small exemptions:

  • Food grown or made solely for personal use.
  • Farms that sell $25,000 of less of produce annually.
  • Businesses that sell $25,000 or less of food annually.
  • Egg producers with less than 3,000 hens.
  • Nonprofit food establishments, such as food banks or soup kitchens.



SWR02 Feb 26, 01:56

Kirsten Dirksen 1.48M subscribers Former Army tech Larry Johnson has spent his career improving computer and telephone systems so when he saw inefficiencies in how we grow our food, he decided to create a new system for farming your yard. His EZGro garden uses aquaponics, stacked towers, and custom pots to create a high-density vertical garden (HDVG) on as little land as a deck, rooftop, or parking space. Johnson says the system will grow 700 plants, using 15 towers, in a space of just 2 by 18 feet. Today, he sells kits ranging from single tower patio gardens to 10-tower deck gardens to commercial-sized set-ups like those being used by a Miami football stadium for concession meals, by a Whole Foods Market in New Jersey, and by rooftop farmers in Lagos, Nigeria.

It all began in 1995 when Johnson began tinkering with his quad pot design, crafting a custom container strong enough to hold tomato plants with over 100 pounds of fruit. He then developed an irrigation system that feeds nutrient-rich water from the top of the towers, drips through the pots, and filters out through tubing below to be reused. This closed-loop system uses less than 10% of the water of a traditional garden.

To create a system robust enough for even off-grid farmers, Johnson has spent the last 2 decades developing his trihelix solar windmill. Solar panels are mounted on top of three turbines, known as the "Tri-Helix", which are twisted like DNA strands to catch even inconsistent wind (turbines start turning in winds of just 2mph). https://ezgrogarden.com/


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