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Non Violent Communication.

Written by on December 2, 2016

Communication can be challenging in every field.
Here on the farm, living and working together, we can also face difficulties. Thus we’ve realised the importance of it for the sustainability of a project like ours.
Good thing is that amazing tools exist to improve communication skills.
The one I’d like to share with you is Marsall B. Rosenberg’s Non Violent Communication.

 

NVC aims to find a way for all present to reach their needs without the use of guilt, humiliation, shame, blame, coercion, or threats. It is a tool that can be used for resolving conflicts, connecting with others, and living in a way that…

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Housing

Tiny house, big quality of life

Written by on October 31, 2016

A family of three decided to minimize their living space and belongings to discover the big advantages of their selfmade, tiny hOMe. A seven day course offers you an idea of the first questions to ask yourself before your own tiny house project.

What are the costs? Which material suits your needs and you environment? Which public authorities will you have to consult in the process?

 

FREE 7 Day Tiny House ECourse

 

 

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PRECIOUS PLASTIC

Written by on October 20, 2016

Already as a kid, I would collect a bunch of trash that I would find in the street or on the beach and keep them as treasures. (Ask my mum, she was the happiest about that.) It was like recycling trash into games.
And now as a ‘grown up’ I see recycling as a duty and magic.

Let me introduce you to a great magician: Dave Hakkens.
The coolest thing is that he gives away his tricks in open source here  precious-plastic-kit-master
For all of us who want to try out becoming magicians.

(We’ll try on the farm and share)
Thanks Dave Hakkens

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Agriculture

Les Moustaches meet Autonomia Project

Written by on October 11, 2016

Marine and Maxime have been cycling through Europe meeting people who are putting together sustainable agriculture and food projects.
They collect information and skills on the way and share them on their site.
They popped by our farm for a couple of days. Intense and rich encounter.
A warm feeling to meet and connect with projects looking in a common direction.

http://www.autonomiaproject.org/

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Energy

Les Moustaches New Blog

Written by on September 24, 2016
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Housing

Step up

Written by on June 27, 2016

For weeks my pages stayed blank while time doesn’t take a break from writing books of memories. Every second is filled with a certain smell, a feeling, a picture painted of an endless variety of forms and colours. How do you squeeze this experience in words, that can at least allow my reader to grasp a clue of this life? And who are my readers? Who is waiting for what we have to share? Who is following us on this bumby road? When we welcome visitors here, I try to put my feet in their shoes, to help them…

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La Guerre des Graines

Written by on June 11, 2016

Depuis 12 000 ans, les paysans sèment, sélectionnent et échangent librement leurs semences. Une pratique en danger face aux multinationales qui privatisent deja 75% des semences agricoles.

Une enquête qui vogue a la rencontre des acteurs d’un mouvement qui cherchent une alternative aux graines de l’industrie.

« La guerre des graines est dans chaque assiette, résume Vandana Shiva. Tant que la liberté des graines sera confisquée, alors notre nourriture le sera aussi. C’est pour cette raison que tout le monde doit être engagé pour réclamer la libération des graines. »

Un film documentaire de Stenka Quillet et Clement Montfort.

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Vegetables

Seed Saving Tips

Written by on June 1, 2016

‘Sowing Seeds of Consciousness’
Seed‐saving is an easy process. A dash of effort and care will germinate the magic seeds of life.
At a time when biodiversity is endangered by hybrid crops it is a way to protect our heritage plants.
Seed saving involves selecting suitable plants to save seeds, harvesting seeds at the right time and storing them properly. Most of all, it is essential to understand some basics on how plants pollinate and cross. The seed saving techniques of many common vegetables are introduced in this manual.
Presented by Annadana association, Soil and Seed Savers in India.
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Seeds Of Freedom

Written by on May 30, 2016

‘Seed is not just the Source of Life, it is the Very Foundation of our Being.’ Vandana Shiva

Seeds of Freedom charts the story of seed from its roots at the heart of traditional, diversity rich farming systems across the world, to being transformed into a powerful commodity, used to monopolise the global food system. Despite this, small-scale agroecological farmers feed the largest portion of the world’s population and they need our support to protect and promote food sovereignty.

Produced by The Gaia Foundation and the African Biodiversity Network, in collaboration with MELCA Ethiopia, Navdanya International and GRAIN.

 

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Seed Sowing, Germination and Planting Techniques

Written by on May 24, 2016

The ANNADANA Project, promotes the conservation, production, multiplication, distribution and exchange of traditional varieties of vegetables seeds in Tamil Nadu, India.
They are favouring the development of sustainable agriculture by learning, adapting and sharing their knowledge about low cost innovative farming techniques.
In this article, they are teaching all about pot mixture, seed sowing, seed beds and trays, transplanting and planting, care, sunlight and moisture; step by step.

Read the article from our database.
Annadana means giving food in Sanskrit,

 

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Energy

Capturing heat – A technical sheet

Written by on May 17, 2016

Although raw food may be healthy and even a trend, what’s better than a warm meal to keep the energy level up? Using a gas or electric oven is quiet comfortable, but lacks sustainability. There are different options to fulfill your needs for cooking technology, that are fed by solar or biomass power. The Aprovecho research center in Eugene, Oregon tested five different kitchen solutions, that you can easily adapt to your own needs and have proven to be not only sustainable but also very efficient. Their approach is not only to give a technical sheet, but also to…


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Housing

Designing Environmental Relations: From Opacity to Textility

Written by on May 12, 2016

We are surrounded by thousands and millions of objects every day that are designed to fulfill our daily needs and often even extended versions of our original human needs. They give comfort, entertainment, luxury or work as a tool to form an identity. But what about the identity of all these things? In a world full of brands and labels, how involved are we with the material of our clothes, our technologies, our goods?

New consideration of the material culture opened a partly heated discussions about the role of things in our society. Anthropologist Tim Ingold and the design and…

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Vegetables

Rainwater Harvesting. Supply from the Sky.

Written by on May 5, 2016

All good things come from above. Rainwater is a gift from the sky, free of salt and other minerals, that might harm the plants. In large scale as well as small gardens it therefore makes sense to collect water. This manual gives all the needed information for a simple harvesting system as well as the more complex ones. How do you find a balance between water supply, demand and storage?

Here, each element of the system is introduced and explained, may it be the catchments, conveyance, storage in pools or tanks or at last the distribution with a pump or…

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