An Army Vet Finds Rutgers’ Agricultural Programs and a Future in Growing Things – News from Rutgers

An Army Vet Finds Rutgers' Agricultural Programs and a Future in Growing Things
News from Rutgers
Under Mark Robson, dean of agricultural and urban programs, the curriculum has been modernized and expanded. Twenty new courses have been added, including one in agroecology, in which students learn to farm with a minimum of external inputs, like

IISD Publishes Reports on Adaptation Strategies in the Dominican Republic … – IISD Reporting Services

IISD Publishes Reports on Adaptation Strategies in the Dominican Republic
IISD Reporting Services
The report recommends CRM strategies, including: building water reservoirs; climate-proofing access roads; implementing agroforestry systems; promoting reforestation through payment for ecosystem services (PES) systems; increasing irrigation efficiency

Macroinvertebrate metrics and their integration for assessing the ecological status and biocontamination of Lithuanian lakes

Available online 28 February 2013
Publication year: 2013
Source:Limnologica – Ecology and Management of Inland Waters

We present an assessment system for determining the ecological status (eutrophication and land use pressures) and non-indigenous macroinvertebrate species (NIMS) specific deviation from naturalness of Lithuanian lakes, using semi-quantitative sampling of littoral macroinvertebrates. This system includes two integrated indices, the multimetric Lithuanian Lake Macroinvertebrate Index (LLMI) and the Fauna Autochthony Index (FAI). The LLMI, developed for the assessment of ecological status, averages four metrics: the conventional Average Score Per Taxon (ASPT) and the first Hill’s number (H 1 ), as well as the newly validated number of Coleoptera, Ephemeroptera and Plecoptera taxa (#CEP) and the proportion of Coleoptera, Odonata and Plecoptera individuals (COP). Furthermore, the metrics of biocontamination were transformed into the WFD-compliant FAI for the NIMS-specific naturalness evaluation. The LLMI had significant correlations with total phosphorus, total nitrogen, chlorophyll a , biochemical oxygen demand, water transparency, the morphoindex and the combined trophomorphoindex. Relationships between the LLMI or its core metrics and biocontamination were not found; thus the LLMI and the FAI are not interdependent and have the advantage of separately accounting for pressures requiring different management techniques. Variation of the LLMI and the FAI did not differ between stony/pebbly and vegetated littoral mesohabitats suggesting that any of the mesohabitats or a multihabitat sampling technique can be suitable for a reliable evaluation of lake status. Aquatic beetles revealed themselves as good indicators of the trophic status, while caddisflies and conventional macroinvertebrate metrics ETO and EPT proved unworkable. The ineffectiveness of the latter metrics may be due to the relatively low trophic level in most of the studied lakes which resulted in an increment of caddisfly metrics with an increase of nutrient loads, as well as due to the susceptibility of caddisflies to the invasive species, the zebra mussel Dreissena polymorpha and amphipod Pontogammarus robustoides .

Edible gardens guru hosts first workshops at permaculture home – My Sunshine Coast (press release)

Edible gardens guru hosts first workshops at permaculture home
My Sunshine Coast (press release)
“I'm so happy that I can finally bring people to my place and host workshops – the floods last year just wiped out the property, but with a lot of help from friends, my one-and-a-half acres is again my permaculture dream which gives me extensive space

Fairtrade Fortnight | Free Articles From Routledge Development | Offer Ends March 8


February 25 marked the start of Fairtrade Fortnight, two weeks each year when fairtrade principles are highlighted, products promoted, and consumer and producer links emphasized.To aid access to research on this topic Routledge Development Studies has created an exclusive collection of free articles discussing all things fairtrade. These articles are only free until March 8, 2013. Don’t miss out! 

Click here to access the articles. We’re proud to say that CAN researcher Christopher Bacon’s article, Who decides what is fair in fair trade? The agri-environmental governance of standards, access, and price is included in this collection.

How agroforestry schemes can improve food security in developing countries – The Guardian (blog)


The Guardian (blog)

How agroforestry schemes can improve food security in developing countries
The Guardian (blog)
Agroforestry – the integration of trees and shrubs with crops and livestock systems – has strong potential in addressing problems of food insecurity in developing countries. Done well, it allows producers to make the best use of their land, can boost

DAR commits P81.2M projects for residents of Sitio Lacobe in Makilala – Philippine Information Agency

DAR commits P81.2M projects for residents of Sitio Lacobe in Makilala
Philippine Information Agency
P34 million worth of agri-business projects on rubber production to cover 1,072 hectares, coffee production worth P5.1 million to cover 225 hectares, goat production worth P500,000, cattle breeding worth P500,000 as well as agro-forestry project

AgroEco® Coffee Tour Reflections


AgroEco® Coffee Tour Reflections:

I write this final update on the plane returning from Nicaragua. Just nine days ago, 15 people began a journey to learn about coffee, the people who produce it, and the environment where it’s grown. During our time together, we learned from the people we met and engaged with and from each other. Our hosts at UCA San Ramón — Denis Gutierrez and Ramon Garcia Cooperatives — inspired us with their mission and goals for social justice, gender equality, and food sovereignty.

The three days we spent with the farm families of Denis Gutierrez Cooperative were profound. We were moved by their sense of family, commitment to the environment, and their daily struggle to sustain and provide for themselves. Daniel, Xomara, and Juan Pablo, our young guides from the two communities we visited were inspirational. All three are committed to staying in their communities and working with families there to improve their livelihoods while keeping the values and dreams of the cooperatives.

In opening up to us and sharing their dreams and goals, we saw the next generation of youth leaders taking on responsibilities and building an intercultural bridge to the future where these communities can better sustain themselves by producing food locally, for their own families and community, and through programs like agroecotourism.

Our tour connected the coffee producer and consumer in a supply network where both learned from each other and put “real people” behind each cup of coffee. As the tour participants sat around the dinner table on our last night together, we shared how meaningful this journey was, our desire to stay connected with each other and the families we met, and our goals to find ways to support the challenge ahead to create a global economy where people and the environment come first.

AgroEco® Coffee Tour | Day 6 Highlights

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Day 6 Highlights:
The first five days of the AgroEco® Coffee Tour we explored what’s behind our cup of coffee: we connected with the farmers who grow the coffee we drink and followed the processing of the beans from harvest to export. During this time, we saw how dependent the farmers are on the income they earn from the sale of the coffee they grow — at the expense of their families for they grew very little of the food they need to sustain themselves. In fact, the farm families at Denis Guiterrez, like coffee farmers throughout Latin America, do not have enough food to eat for the three months prior to the next harvest. Typically, this is the time when all of the harvest money has been spent.

On our last day in the coffee growing region of San Ramón, we visited Ramon Garcia Cooperative, another farmer cooperative of the Union of Agricultural Cooperatives in San Ramón (UCA). We explored how CAN, in partnership with UCA, is collaborating with farmers to produce more food for their own and local consumption.  Here, with funding from Green Mountain Coffee Roasters, CAN and the UCA have been working in collaboration with the farmers on food security and sovereignty projects. Through these projects, families will grow a diversity of produce for their own use. Here the president and vice-president of the cooperative and the youth leader of the project, Juan Pablo, greeted us. They, along with several families, showed us around the cooperative.

Juan Pablo explained that over the past two years he has been working with families in his cooperative to establish large gardens with technical assistance from the UCA. Their work has included installing a manually operated irrigation system and creating composting and vermicomposting systems. Juan Pablo’s own garden serves as a model where he conducts various experiments for the farmers to observe. Here we saw an innovative drip-irrigation system made of a recycled plastic bottle and corn-cob stopper with water dripping through it.

We were amazed at gardens, which included trellises of passion fruit to be sold on the local market, tomatoes, squashes, herbs, carrots, papaya, citrus, and other fruit trees. We were not only struck by the diversity of foods being grown, but also the beauty of the gardens and the joy of the families in sharing their gardens with us. This is a new venture for Ramon Garcia and one that will expand to Denis Gutierrez and other cooperatives of the UCA in the year ahead.

In the evening, we celebrated with our guides and friends from the UCA as we reflected on the people we connected with and the experiences that we shared — bringing together the people who farm the coffee and the people who drink it.

 

PLEASANT HILL RAMBLINGS: Seaberg to share local benefits of permaculture – Crossville Chronicle

PLEASANT HILL RAMBLINGS: Seaberg to share local benefits of permaculture
Crossville Chronicle
CROSSVILLE — What is permaculture? Permaculture means learning from nature. The aim is to make our lives more sustainable and more productive while reducing the work and energy required. Nature is used as the model for designing houses, gardens,

Book Review – Grabbing Power: The New Struggles for Land, Food and … – Upside Down World

Book Review – Grabbing Power: The New Struggles for Land, Food and
Upside Down World
Aguan movements may not have rejected oil palm production or fully embraced agroecology, but they are engaged in an ongoing discussion about food sovereignty among themselves and with transnational movements like Via Campesina. But in the Aguan

AgroEco® Coffee Tour | Day 5 Highlights


Day 5 Highlights:

This is our third day at Denis Guiterrez cooperative and our second day with our homestay families. We were finding our way around and enjoying our time with our families. We no longer felt like tourists and were able to share life stories — we got to know each other as individuals, families, and a community.

Part of our group got up at 5 am and climbed to the forest reserve with Daniel Lira to see the howler monkeys. Their bellows woke us each morning (along with the roosters). Those of us who chose to sleep in gathered at 8 am to take part in making nacatamales, a Nicaraguan specialty. Nacatamales has a masa made of corn and potatoes, giving the tamal a very different flavor and texture than the Mexican tamale. We each prepared at least one tamal, wrapping the ingredients in banana leaves taken from the trees right outside the kitchen. Even though we started at 8 am, these special delicacies were not ready for us to enjoy until 12:30 pm!

We shared music and dance as our visit to Denis Guiterrez came to an end. Four guitars played along, accompanied by Agroeco® Coffee Tour participant Gabrielle Stocker on recorder. We listened and danced to Nicaraguan music along with all of the friends we made here. We left with a deep connection to the families and land where AgroEco® Coffee is grown and a commitment to keep that connection strong. We experienced the power of bringing the farmer and consumer together on a global level, where two very different life experiences meet over a cup of coffee.

 

AgroEco® Coffee Tour | Day 4 Highlights


Day 4 Highlights:

Denis Gutierrez cooperative is part of the UCA’s ecotourism program. About eight families have constructed simple brick rooms with bathrooms as guest rooms for visitors. Our groups spread out among these families with a unique opportunity to experience their lives. As always, magical matches happen! For example, the musician in our group found herself in the musical family. They communicated through their music and we all enjoyed the results!

After breakfast with our families, we visited the one-room schoolhouse and had fun interacting with the teacher and students, who were between ages 3-12. The students began with traditional dances. Then we traded songs back and forth. We ended by giving supplies to the school including baseballs, soccer balls, paper, and pencils. Next was time for the campo!

We went to the field to work in the coffee nursery. We filled bags with soil to prepare them for transplants. This season’s goal is to prepare 4,000 bags — we prepared 800. This is all part of the cycle that’s the story behind a cup of AgroEco® Coffee.

Our afternoon held more adventure. Daniel Lira, our local guide, led a group up the mountain to a forest reserve that the cooperative has established. This forest reserve is the source of their water and home to howler monkeys, orchids, and much more. Later in the afternoon, we helped — actually, we watched — one of the farmers roast coffee his own dried coffee beans. This process was a sensory delight — from watching him remove the outside skin to roasting over a wood fire to smelling the aroma of this freshly roasting coffee. After a very full day, we retired to our rooms and visited with our families.

AgroEco® Coffee Tour | Day 3 Highlights


Day 3 Highlights:

Yesterday we observed coffee growing in Denis Gutierrez cooperative — today we followed the coffee through its preparation for export. What a process that is!

UCA is a member of the export cooperative, CECOCAFEN, which oversees the coffee from the time it leaves the farm until it is packed into a shipping container and trucked to a port to be shipped to its destination. Solcafe, the processing plant, is the first stop for the coffee. Here it is laid out on concrete patios to dry in the sun. Workers rake and turn the beans so the humidity is uniformly decreased. When the beans are ready, the coffee is moved to the warehouse where it goes through the sorting process. There are several machines to sort the beans by size, weight, color, and quality. It was amazing to watch!

This labor-intensive work includes men carrying two sacks, each weighing 152 pounds, on their backs from location to location. At multiple steps throughout the process the coffee is cupped (a process similar to professional wine tasting) to determine the qualities and grade of each cooperative’s coffee. CECOCAFEN is also responsible for at least six certification processes including Fair Trade and Organic. As consumers, we know how complicated the certifications are for us and now we learned the complicated steps the farmers have to go through to verify that they meet the standards of the various certifications. We all felt like we are in the same boat: systems of certification set up to benefit the farmers and educate the consumers are complex for both ends of the supply chain.

We returned to the Denis Gutierrez cooperative in the evening for a two-day homestay with a deeper understanding and many questions. We each met our families and settled into their homes.

 

 

Tree planting as an innovative solution to broader societal problems – Inquirer.net

Tree planting as an innovative solution to broader societal problems
Inquirer.net
“This arrangement will eventually develop into a three-canopy agro-forestry plantation,” explains Andy Pestaño, Intex Community Relations and Development Office manager, says. “And since banana and coffee require two years to propagate and rubber four

Willows hold promise as renewable bio-energy Building crop – Regina Leader-Post

Willows hold promise as renewable bio-energy Building crop
Regina Leader-Post
Van Rees, an agroforestry professor at the University of Saskatchewan, is exploring the potential of farming willow for biomass for locally-produced energy to heat everything from greenhouses to schools and municipal buildings. When he started looking

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Soap pesticide found in MN lakes

Minnesota lakes contains triclosan, say researchers. An anti-bacterial pesticide found in soap, toothpaste and many other products, triclosan is currently being (slowly) evaluated by both EPA and FDA. Meanwhile, many companies have already pulled it from their list of ingredients in response to concerns about the chemical's health and environmental harms.

University of Minnesota scientists analyzed sediment from eight lakes to understand trends in contaminant levels over time. They found that levels of triclosan and its byproducts have gone up steadily since the chemical entered the market in the 1970s.

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Kids are at risk. What’s the hold up?

Something's rotten in Denmark. Well, in DC actually. That's where the decision's been made — again and again and again — to keep a nasty insecticide called chlorpyrifos on the market. The result? A generation of kids is sicker and less smart.

I'm truly not being melodramatic, though I admit the story of chlorpyrifos does make me hopping mad. I'm particularly riled at the moment because EPA is taking another look at this pesticide, and is once again overlooking known dangers to children's health and developing minds. What's up with that?

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Regionally, Croatia has achieved the most with permaculture. [AFP] – Southeast European Times

Regionally, Croatia has achieved the most with permaculture. [AFP]
Southeast European Times
Permaculture, or permanent agriculture, is a unique mixture of sustainable agriculture, design and architecture with the idea of creating a less consuming and more sustainable and eco-friendly lifestyle. It involves cultivating land traditionally

The One Vegetable You Should Buy at the Farmers’ Market – Men’s Health News

The One Vegetable You Should Buy at the Farmers' Market
Men’s Health News
While research leans toward the idea that organics are more nutritious, the jury is still out, says John P. Reganold, Ph.D., a professor of soil science and agroecology at Washington State University who has studied conventional and organic fruits. And

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The One Vegetable You Should Buy at th… – Men’s Health News

The One Vegetable You Should Buy at th…
Men’s Health News
While research leans toward the idea that organics are more nutritious, the jury is still out, says John P. Reganold, Ph.D., a professor of soil science and agroecology at Washington State University who has studied conventional and organic fruits. And

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The One Veggie You Should Buy at the F… – Men’s Health News

The One Veggie You Should Buy at the F…
Men’s Health News
While research leans toward the idea that organics are more nutritious, the jury is still out, says John P. Reganold, Ph.D., a professor of soil science and agroecology at Washington State University who has studied conventional and organic fruits. And

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Elgin library hosts permaculture gardening talk; Volunteers sought to build … – Austin American-Statesman

Elgin library hosts permaculture gardening talk; Volunteers sought to build
Austin American-Statesman
For years, Lady Bird Johnson handed out cash awards for particularly winning roadside landscape projects. The LBJ Foundation, Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center and LBJ School of Public Affairs are reviving the practice but with a wider field of entries.

Big 6 undermine Hawaii’s ‘right to know’

This month, the pesticide industry has been showing its muscle in Hawaii. The “Big 6”  seed and pesticide corporations — and their front groups — have undermined two public efforts to provide better information about pesticides and genetically engineered (GE) seeds and foods.

Industry successfully undermined two GE-related bills in the state legislature. One  requires labeling of genetically engineered foods. The other requires pesticide applicators to keep track of and report use of hazardous pesticides, providing valuable data on how much GE crops are driving up the use of pesticides. But both are now much weaker than they started out.

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Farm and Garden Fall Plant Sale

Title: Farm and Garden Fall Plant Sale
Location: Corner of Bay & High Streets, base of the UCSC campus
Description: Fall is a wonderful time to plant vegetable crops to extend your gardening season and give perennials a good head start for spring. The region’s best-suited varieties of organically grown winter vegetables and landscape plants will be available. Friends of the Farm & Garden receive 10% off all purchases. For more information, contact 831.459-3240 or casfs@ucsc.edu.
Start Time: 10:00
Date: 2013-09-07
End Time: 14:00

Fall Harvest Festival

Title: Fall Harvest Festival
Location: UCSC Farm, UC Santa Cruz
Description: Join us on the UCSC Farm and celebrate the fall harvest with music, food, tours, workshops and much more. $5 general admission, free for current UCSC students, children 12 and under, and members of the Friends of the Farm and Garden. Call 831.459-3240 or email us at casfs@ucsc.edu with questions. Additional details will be posted this summer.
Start Time: 11:00
Date: 2013-09-29
End Time: 17:00

Fall Gardening Workshop

Title: Fall Gardening Workshop
Location: UCSC Farm, UC Santa Cruz
Link out: Click here
Description: Gardening instructor Trish Hildinger will teach you how to plan ahead and extend your gardening season with timely tips on what to plant and how to plant it for harvest in November and through the winter. This workshop is designed for beginning and intermediate gardeners. Wear comfortable shoes and bring a snack. $20 for Friends of the Farm & Garden members, $30 for general public, $5 for UCSC students. Pay online at http://fallgarden.bpt.me, or at the workshop (cash or check only). For more information, contact 831.459-3240 or casfs@ucsc.edu.
Start Time: 10:00
Date: 2013-08-25
End Time: 13:00

Camagüey Undertakes Agro-forestry Projects to Alleviate Climate Change – Radio Cadena Agramonet

Camagüey Undertakes Agro-forestry Projects to Alleviate Climate Change
Radio Cadena Agramonet
Camagüey, Feb 20. – A study carried out by the Aexperimental Agroforestry Station in Camagüey province aiming at alleviating the impact caused by climate change is among the many actions benefiting the forestry development in Cuba. The research

Goresbridge Horse Sales is to once again embrace technology to help clients … – Irish Independent

Goresbridge Horse Sales is to once again embrace technology to help clients
Irish Independent
Agroforestry: A unique pathway to securing a more sustainable future. The term 'agroforestry' is one of the newest buzzwords circulating in the organic sector at the moment. It is an integrated land use system that combines elements of agriculture and

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Crowds pack punchestown for ftmta machinery show – Irish Independent

Crowds pack punchestown for ftmta machinery show
Irish Independent
Agroforestry: A unique pathway to securing a more sustainable future. The term 'agroforestry' is one of the newest buzzwords circulating in the organic sector at the moment. It is an integrated land use system that combines elements of agriculture and

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Agroforestry: A unique pathway to securing a more sustainable future – Irish Independent

Agroforestry: A unique pathway to securing a more sustainable future
Irish Independent
The term 'agroforestry' is one of the newest buzzwords circulating in the organic sector at the moment. It is an integrated land use system that combines elements of agriculture and forestry in a sustainable production system.

Golden rice is no silver bullet: hunger needs a political solution – The Conversation

Golden rice is no silver bullet: hunger needs a political solution
The Conversation
They found that agroecology and locally based food economies are the best strategies for combating poverty and hunger. The UN's Olivier de Schutter has made similar calls. But these ideas receive short shrift from global policy makers and the industry.

CAN’s AgroEco® Coffee Tour Takes Off!


CAN’s AgroEco® Coffee Tour to Nicaragua is off to a great start. While we come from diverse backgrounds — retired minister, retired educators, café owner, lawyer, and coffee roaster — the 13 of us have bonded together over our love of AgroEco® Coffee and our commitment to social justice.

DAY 1:
On our first day we drove from the lowlands of Nicaragua to the mountainous coffee growing region of Matagalpa. Our first stop was to visit with CAN’s partner organization, the Union of Agricultural Cooperatives in San Ramón (UCA San Ramón). We were guests at a delicious luncheon — members of Ramon Garcia cooperative, where CAN partners on a food security project, prepared the meal. After lunch we learned about the UCA and its 22 member cooperatives. Participants were immediately caught up in learning about the many projects and services the UCA provides to coffee growing families. We came here to learn the story behind AgroEco® Coffee — our education had just begun.

Day 2:
On our second day, we began our trek to follow AgroEco® Coffee to the source. We traveled down a dirt road to Denis Gutierrez cooperative. This is where the farmers and families who grow the coffee for AgroEco® Coffee Nicaragua live. Our guide to the community was Daniel Lira, a youth who grew up here, received his degree in tourism, and has returned home to promote local agroecotourism .

Our time with the farmers included seeing the shade-grown coffee and discussing the importance of the direct relationship — coffee from the farmer to the roaster to the consumer — with the farmers. Our discussion was followed by lunch and a special treat —listening to four of the members play guitar together. We topped it off by enjoying a cup of coffee with them!

Here we are in the land where AgroEco® Coffee is grown, drinking coffee with the farmers who grew it! Our connection was sealed and our commitment to work together was elaborated — all over a cup of coffee…and the people behind it. We left knowing that we would return again to spend some more time working with them, enjoying the natural surroundings and being guests in their homes.

New approach alters malaria maps

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. – Identifying areas of malarial infection risk depends more on daily temperature variation than on the average monthly temperatures, according to a team of researchers, who believe that their results may also apply to environmentally temperature-dependent organisms other than the malaria parasite.

Supreme Court battle: Farmer v. Monsanto

Today, 75-year-old Indiana soybean farmer Hugh Vernon Bowman will face off with Monsanto in front of the Supreme Court. Five years ago, Monsanto sued Bowman for seed patent infringement and won. Now the high court will hear the farmer's appeal.

Monsanto's aggressive pursuit of patent infringement lawsuits like Bowman v. Monsanto is well documented in a recent report by the Center for Food Safety and Save Our Seeds. As of January 2013, the company had filed 144 suits against 410 farmers in 27 states. Corn and soybean growers across the country will be watching the outcome of today's case very closely.

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Argentina Profunda: Extractivism and Resistance – Upside Down World


Upside Down World

Argentina Profunda: Extractivism and Resistance
Upside Down World
The Chaco Argentina Agroforestry Network (REDAF) – a collective that brings together NGOs, grassroots organizations and technicians – investigates and surveys the conflicts. In their most recent report of data from August 2011, they recorded (in the

Ben Law’s Woodland Year documentary to be made | Permaculture Magazine – Permaculture Magazine


Permaculture Magazine

Ben Law's Woodland Year documentary to be made | Permaculture Magazine
Permaculture Magazine
Litmus Films is to film a year in the life of Sussex woodsman Ben Law. Ben's Woodland Year follows the life and work of the woodsman Kevin McCloud calls 'an extraordinary man – not exactly a warrior for his cause, more the quiet victor' and Hugh

Ben Law’s Woodland Year documentary to be made – Permaculture Magazine


Permaculture Magazine

Ben Law's Woodland Year documentary to be made
Permaculture Magazine
Litmus Films is to film a year in the life of Sussex woodsman Ben Law. Ben's Woodland Year follows the life and work of the woodsman Kevin McCloud calls 'an extraordinary man – not exactly a warrior for his cause, more the quiet victor' and Hugh

Sahel region learning to reap benefits of shade – Business Mirror

Sahel region learning to reap benefits of shade
Business Mirror
WASHINGTON, D.C.—In Africa's Sahel region, agroforestry techniques using traditional plantings known as “fertilizer trees” to increase soil fertility, as well as harvesting and grazing regulations, are offering new solutions to both food and human

Several projects set for Kalabugao Plain – Philippine Information Agency

Several projects set for Kalabugao Plain
Philippine Information Agency
One is the economic sector where livelihood, organic agriculture production, agro forestry, irrigation canal, animal dispersal, fisheries or fishponds among others, are seen to provide sustainable income to community members. Second is the environment

Preventing partnerships: Timber companies & indigenous groups grapple over … – Reuters AlertNet (blog)

Preventing partnerships: Timber companies & indigenous groups grapple over
Reuters AlertNet (blog)
emphasises that the forestry industry is currently littered with cases like this, which could benefit from effective community-company partnerships. This research was carried out as part of the CGIAR Research Program on Forests, Trees and Agroforestry.

Los Gatos shorts: Composting, solar system classes coming up – San Jose Mercury News

Los Gatos shorts: Composting, solar system classes coming up
San Jose Mercury News
Retired LGHS AgroEcology instructor Les Kishler leads the course and will explain why compost is known as "black gold" and also as the "heart of the garden." The course costs $36. Register online at lgsrecreation.org or call 408.354.8700. Local student

The Sun joins Lily Cole as she campaigns to save 1 billion Amazon trees – The Sun


The Sun

The Sun joins Lily Cole as she campaigns to save 1 billion Amazon trees
The Sun
Farmers such as 58-year-old Francisco Dario Barrosso have planted fruit and crops among the trees in a technique known as agroforestry. He tells Lily: “I may not be a rich man, but I have a great life. We have an occupied forest and we want to protect

Permaculture education collective to raise money for demonstration farm – Portland Daily Sun

Permaculture education collective to raise money for demonstration farm
Portland Daily Sun
From 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Saturday, March 16, Resilient Roots, a permaculture education collective founded in 2012 in Southern Maine, seeks to raise funds and gain support to break ground on a new Permaculture Demonstration Farm in North Yarmouth,

Direct Seed Workshop slated for March 7 in Idaho Falls – Idaho State Journal

Direct Seed Workshop slated for March 7 in Idaho Falls
Idaho State Journal
Featured speakers include Ray Archuleta who teaches throughout the country the principles of soil quality and agro-ecology. He has 23 years of work experience with the Natural Resources Conservation Service, according to a news release. Elston Solberg

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Oswald to focus on growing wildfire problem in The Netherlands at SFA Regents … – SFA The Pine Log Online

Oswald to focus on growing wildfire problem in The Netherlands at SFA Regents
SFA The Pine Log Online
His research focuses on fire ecology, silviculture and agroforestry. Oswald, professor of forestry, joined the SFA faculty after teaching at Alabama A&M University. He was named the Hunt Distinguished Professor of Forestry in 2007. Oswald has served

Cut food waste to help feed the world, experts say – Christian Science Monitor


Christian Science Monitor

Cut food waste to help feed the world, experts say
Christian Science Monitor
decade and an expected world population of 9 billion by 2050, global food production and supply is going to be highly affected,” Dennis Garrity, United Nations drylands ambassador and senior fellow at the World Agroforestry Center told AlertNet in

People organizations to look after reforested areas – DENR – Philippine Information Agency

People organizations to look after reforested areas – DENR
Philippine Information Agency
Areas covered include the 70 hectares for agro-forestry; 10 hectares for assisted natural regeneration; and five hectares for mangrove. Penro likewise maintains another 174 hectares for area development and is being implemented in the following

Shipping Container Home for Orphans Inspires Environmental Awareness – Jetson Green

Shipping Container Home for Orphans Inspires Environmental Awareness
Jetson Green
Founded in 2000 by two sisters, Anna and Phina Mojapelo, the current facilities include nurseries, dormitories, a communal kitchen and dining area, a crèche, a Montessori preschool, play area, and a permaculture vegetable garden. Container Home Build 9

Climate resilient rice offers hope to Indian farmers – Responding to Climate Change


Responding to Climate Change

Climate resilient rice offers hope to Indian farmers
Responding to Climate Change
Changing the way rice is grown, from planting it in flooded paddy fields to drier soil cultivation, is dramatically increasing yields and reducing greenhouse gas emissions. The results of trials in eleven countries show that yields increased by an

AgroEco® Coffee Tour Article | Santa Cruz Sentinel | February 16, 2013

Posted in: News   Topics: About CAN, Coffee, Events,


Check out yesterday’s Santa Cruz Sentinel and the article about our AgroEco® Coffee tour. Participants arrive today (February 17) and will spend 10 days learning about AgroEco® Coffee, meeting the farmers who grow the coffee, and spending three days living with host families. We’ll be posting updates from the field throughout the trip.

If you aren’t drinking AgroEco® Coffee, click here and place an order! We love it — and we think you will, too!

Debra Atlas: Company aims to save the world’s rain forests one pair of shoes … – Record-Searchlight

Debra Atlas: Company aims to save the world's rain forests one pair of shoes
Record-Searchlight
For this project, Etnies partnered with Trees for the Future, a nonprofit organization that plants trees worldwide through seed distribution and provides agroforestry training and in-country technical assistance A tree will be planted for any pair of

Santa Cruz group taking community members on AgroEco coffee tour in Nicaragua – Santa Cruz Sentinel

Santa Cruz group taking community members on AgroEco coffee tour in Nicaragua
Santa Cruz Sentinel
The trip has been arranged by Bronson Baker, owner of Santa Cruz Coffee Roasting Co., his daughter Sarah deSousa, and Roberta "Robbie" Jaffe and Steve Gliessman, who co-founded the Community Agroecology Network a decade ago after seeing coffee

RDC tackles issues on coffee production in CAR – Philippine Information Agency

RDC tackles issues on coffee production in CAR
Philippine Information Agency
During the meeting, Professor Val Macanes, director of the Benguet State University – Institute of Highland Farming Systems and Agroforestry said the local demand on coffee could not be met. The Cordillera region produces about five metric tons

Summer Fruit Tree Pruning Workshop

Title: Summer Fruit Tree Pruning Workshop
Location: UCSC Farm, UC Santa Cruz
Description: Join us on Saturday, July 27 to learn the basic skills of summer fruit tree pruning. This workshop will be taught by Matthew Sutton, owner of Orchard Keepers. $30 general admission, $20 Friends of the UCSC Farm and Garden, $5 UCSC students. For more information call 831.459-3240 or email casfs@ucsc.edu
Start Time: 10:00
Date: 2013-07-27
End Time: 13:00

Poetry and Music in the Garden

Title: Poetry and Music in the Garden
Location: Alan Chadwick Garden, UC Santa Cruz
Description: Join us on Saturday, June 22 for one of our favorite events of the year as regional poets and musicians gather in the historic Alan Chadwick Garden to share their work. Free admission.
Start Time: 12:00
Date: 2013-06-22
End Time: 14:00

Selecting, Growing and Arranging Cut Flowers

Title: Selecting, Growing and Arranging Cut Flowers
Location: Alan Chadwick Garden, UC Santa Cruz
Description: Join us on Sunday, June 9 for a day-long workshop on selecting, growing and arranging cut flowers. Chadwick Garden manager Orin Martin and Zoe Hitchner of Everett Family Farm team up to teach this workshop at the historic Alan Chadwick Garden. $85 general admission, $75 Friends of the Farm & Garden, $40 UCSC students. Pre-registration required. For more information call 831.459-3240, or email casfs@ucsc.edu.
Start Time: 09:30
Date: 2013-06-09
End Time: 16:00

Garden Cruz Weekend Gardening Intensive

Title: Garden Cruz Weekend Gardening Intensive
Location: Alan Chadwick Garden, UC Santa Cruz
Link out: Click here
Description: Join Chadwick Garden manager Orin Martin along with Zoe HItchner and Sky DeMuro of Everett Family Farm for this weekend course on organic gardening skills. Learn the basic suite of skills necessary to start and manage your organic garden. $250 general admission, $225 for Friends of the Farm & Garden members, $150 for UCSC students. Details and registration information at http://gardencruz.bpt.me. Pre-registration required, class size limited.
Start Date: 2013-04-27
Start Time: 09:30
End Date: 2013-04-28
End Time: 16:00

Holcim supports Davao River watershed conservation – Business Mirror


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Holcim supports Davao River watershed conservation
Business Mirror
The project also aims to build on the gains from its first year, which started in 2011 and involved 50 families, by teaching the initial beneficiaries new skills, such as agroforestry, organic-fertilizer production, crop-house development and duck raising.

Debra Atlas: Company aims to save the world’s rainforests one pair of shoes at … – Record-Searchlight

Debra Atlas: Company aims to save the world's rainforests one pair of shoes at
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For this project, Etnies partnered with Trees for the Future, a nonprofit organization that plants trees worldwide through seed distribution and provides agroforestry training and in-country technical assistance A tree will be planted for any pair of