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…
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.
‘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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‘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.
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.
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Annadana means giving food in Sanskrit,
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…
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…
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…
Reuse, Reduce, Recycle! Three R’s that tell us, it’s worthwhile taking a better look at the daily waste. Learn how to turn your biological waste into rich humus, that will help your plants grow strong and healthy. Which measurements for your pile make sense? Where to locate it? How do you create the best living environment for the decomposers, considering moist, air flow, carbon- and nitrogen supply?
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“Permaculture is about the durability of natural living systes, but this durability paradoxically depends in large measure on flexibility and change.”
Holmgren summarizes the prinziples and concepts of Permaculture, referencing his book “Permaculture Principles & Pathways beyond sustainability”. The Permaculture Design System Flower helps understanding the holistic approach it withholds. Not only the agricultural but also educational, ethic, political and economic ideals that define the movement are further explained in twelve design principles. How do we move away from ignorant consumption towards responsible production? Acknowledge indiginous knowledge instead of imposing “civilisation”?
This article underlines the importance of rethinking culture, monoculture, value…
As the ressources of fossil fuel will doubtlessy run out in near future, the debate about sustainable energy systems has found its way into the media and is probably more present then before, not at last reasoned by the climate change. The accepted and widely taught first and second laws of energy are the basis for more practical understanding of energy flows as well as a reenactment for our global environmental crisis. Holmgren introduces the work of Howard Odum, who researched about the interaction of human and environment, seeing energy as a currency. Holistically he connects human energy input…
These five pages give you all the instructions needed to build your own woodworking bench.
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Chemical fertilizers are a threat, not only to the health of our soil. The danger of pesticides for humans is a fact and caused many discussions about farming and alternatives for a more sustainable solutions, that still offer a stable harvest. Teruo Higo encouraged farmers to consider effective microorganisms as a way to improve the health and quality of the soil and produce high quality crops as well. This document discusses the role of effective microorganisms (EM) and how they can give a perspective of a more sustainable agriculture.
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