Permaculture Farm Teaches The Community An Invaluable Lesson — How to … – Press Release Rocket


Press Release Rocket

Permaculture Farm Teaches The Community An Invaluable Lesson — How to
Press Release Rocket
It is a 36-acre organic, self-sustaining, permaculture farm that provides the community with quality food. Owners, Angela and Pascal Peladeau, hope to expand the workshop and training they provide into a larger space and into a classroom setting. To

Conference highlights agroecological development in Africa – Agri-View


Agri-View

Conference highlights agroecological development in Africa
Agri-View
Mark the calendar for May 7 for a conference featuring speakers working on agroecological development projects in Africa. The conference Community Solutions: The Agroecology of Development in Africa will take place from 2:30 to 6:30 p.m. at the …

Ecotourism project in the works for Green Island – Wadena Pioneer Journal


Wadena Pioneer Journal

Ecotourism project in the works for Green Island
Wadena Pioneer Journal
It has agroforestry projects such as a pine plantation, several small apple orchards, currant beds, native and domesticated fruit trials, a small seedling nursery, carbon sequestration and carbon credit sale. Wildlife enhancements at Green Island

Soil and vines: Some grape growers on the Central Coast use less water than … – Santa Maria Sun


Santa Maria Sun

Soil and vines: Some grape growers on the Central Coast use less water than
Santa Maria Sun
For this retired UCSC professor who essentially started the school's Center for Agroecology and Sustainable Food Systems program, the journey started in Mexico—Tabasco, to be exact—in the 1970s, during something he calls the “Green Revolution.

CAN Youth Network Capacity Building Exchange

April 13-19, 2015: Nicaragua

The first internal capacity building exchange of CAN’s network this year took place the week of April 13-19, 2015.  More than 25 women and youth leaders from CAN’s partner organizations VIDA AC in Veracruz, Mexico, PRODECOOP and CII-ASDENIC in Las Segovias, Nicaragua, and the UCA San Ramón in San Ramón, Nicaragua joined together for 7 days of exchange and training. The aim was to build skills and knowledge around building sustainable food systems in coffee-growing communities. The exchange, which included activities in both San Ramón and Las Segovias, Nicaragua, built on the themes covered during the Intercambio event held in Santa Cruz, California in February 2015. The exchange included workshops and activities related to the topics of:

  • building artisanal water cisterns for water catchment and storage;
  • making organic fertilizers like effective microorganisms, biomineral applications, and other soil fertility preparations to help combat la roya agroecologically;
  • women-led rural enterprises, including the experience of the women’s coffee-roasting business and women’s café in San Ramon;
  • crop diversification in coffee forests;
  • natural medicine using garden plants; and
  • community-based rural tourism experiences.

Important outcomes of the exchange included 12 cooperative youth leaders trained in the construction of artisanal water cisterns; more than 20 women trained in making natural medicines from plants found in home gardens; increased knowledge of the potentials of community-based rural tourism, coffee-forest diversification, and innovative soil fertility techniques in building resilient families and communities.

An early outcome of this exchange was the drafting of a resolution consolidating the group’s commitment to agroecological coffee as a sustainable food system, with the following collective objectives identified:

  1. Initiate a dialogue about the definition of Agroecological Coffee;
  2. Receive feedback and support from CAN to generate a collective identity regarding an Agroecological Coffee Farmer;
  3. Analyze the importance of an Participatory Agroecological Certification as a strategy to strengthen the organizations and communities we work with; and
  4. Analyze the idea of creating a collective brand of women’s coffee to promote the economic empowerment of women.

Our partners have specifically requested CAN’s accompaniment in reaching these objectives. CAN is excited to support the furthering of these objectives that will benefit thousands of smallholder coffee growing families in Nicaragua and Mexico.

Presentation at SCAA Meeting in Seattle, Washington

Community Agroecology Network’s (CAN) Food Security & Sovereignty in Las Segovias, Nicaragua project was selected as a finalist for the 2015 Specialty Coffee Association of America (SCAA) Sustainability Award. Roseann Cohen, executive director of CAN, Maria Eugenia Flores, project manager, Christopher Bacon, CAN affiliated researcher and assistant professor in the Department of Environmental Studies and Sciences at Santa Clara University; and Merling Preza, general manager of PRODECOOP traveled to Seattle for the awards presentation at the SCAA 2015 annual meeting. While there, Maria Eugenia also presented the project at the Innovations in Sustainability Panel.

CAN’s project contributes to the long-term sustainability of the coffee industry in three ways. First, it promotes food sovereignty in coffee growing communities, which means healthy and stable families and communities who are able to stay on their land and make a livelihood from coffee and food production, and benefit from improved nutrition. This in turn makes the coffee supply stable. Second, this project supports improved coffee quality and long-term ecological sustainability of coffee production by promoting improved soil fertility and improved coffee shade management practices that also result in increased availability of diverse foods at the farm level. Finally, the project promotes stronger farmer cooperative organizations and their capacity to enhance the well-being of their members.

Project Details

The Food Security and Sovereignty Project in Las Segovias, Nicaragua is a collective initiative funded over the last 5 1/2 years by Keurig Green Mountain and implemented through a long-time partnership model integrating participatory action research and agroecology with cooperatives between CAN, PRODECOOP. R. L, a second level coffee cooperative, CIIASDENIC, a local nonprofit organization, and Nicaraguan and U.S. based universities. It aims to reduce and eventually eliminate seasonal hunger with 1,500 family farmers in 18 smallholder cooperatives. Core strategies includes sustainable solutions managed and owned by the cooperative to re-localize control over the local food system and reduce vulnerability to climate shocks.

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Kenya’s Karura Forest, symbol of GreenBelt Movement, suffering death by 1000 … – Mongabay.com


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Kenya's Karura Forest, symbol of GreenBelt Movement, suffering death by 1000
Mongabay.com
If the government was on the job, the World Agroforestry Centre couldn't have built their headquarters on 7.8 hectares (19.3 acres) of Karura Forest in 1989. Nor could the more recently constructed Village Market exist. It is presently the biggest

Is 2015 The Year Soil Becomes Climate Change’s Hottest Topic? – ThinkProgress


ThinkProgress

Is 2015 The Year Soil Becomes Climate Change's Hottest Topic?
ThinkProgress
“Many studies have also shown that the agroforestry system can help mitigate climate change by helping with carbon sequestration. compared to other type of cropping systems, the trees are sequestering carbon and increasing above and below ground …

Tractor safety program reaches milestone in Pennsylvania

A program designed to reduce tractor-related farm injuries and deaths by helping farmers pay for the installation of rollover protective structures, or ROPS, recently reached a milestone in Pennsylvania. Administered by Penn State Extension, the ROPS Retrofit Program for Pennsylvania Farmers funded the installation of the 100th ROPS since the initiative began in 2011.

Designing a Homestead for the Future Permaculture Design Course – Alaska Dispatch News

Designing a Homestead for the Future Permaculture Design Course
Alaska Dispatch News
He recently co-authored a book called "Integrated Forest Gardening." His emphasis is on designing sustainable homesteads. He will be joined by local expert, Cindee Karns, from the Alaskan Bioshelter and Permaculture Center. Participants will be trained

Agribusiness And The Four Horsemen Of The Apocalypse – RINF Alternative News


RINF Alternative News

Agribusiness And The Four Horsemen Of The Apocalypse
RINF Alternative News
The solution ultimately lies in taking manipulated markets and rigged trade rules out of farming and investing in and supporting indigenous knowledge, agroecology, education and infrastructure, instead of inappropriately diverting funds to

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Social movements: “Embed agroecology in Brazil’s new investment plan” – News from AgriCultures Network

Social movements: “Embed agroecology in Brazil's new investment plan”
News from AgriCultures Network
April 2015: Social movements and NGOs in Brazil are calling upon their government to anchor agroecology firmly in the national policy agenda on the years to come. They propose that agroecology get a central place in the country's upcoming Pluri-Annual …

Penny Livingston to conduct permaculture design course at Green School Bali – eco-business.com

Penny Livingston to conduct permaculture design course at Green School Bali
eco-business.com
The Kul Kul Farm at Green School Bali is honoured to be welcoming international permaculturist and herbalist Penny Livingston Starke to teach a Permaculture Design Course and a Herbal Medicine Making Workshop at The Kul Kul Farm on the tropical …

Year of Soils – Arab News

Year of Soils
Arab News
One approach, so-called agro-ecology, is based on small farmers' traditional knowledge and experience, making it readily adaptable to local conditions. A study of agro-ecological farming practices by Jules Pretty in 2006 examined 286 sustainable …

Students present wide range of humanities research – Cornell Chronicle


Cornell Chronicle

Students present wide range of humanities research
Cornell Chronicle
Nadile suggested that agro-ecology, in which natural predators are used instead of pesticides and monocultures are avoided, also could help the island gain food sovereignty. Other students discussed the African queer community, how to redevelop a slum

Has agroecology been hijacked by activists more concerned about anti-GMO … – Genetic Literacy Project


Genetic Literacy Project

Has agroecology been hijacked by activists more concerned about anti-GMO
Genetic Literacy Project
Agroecology is a both a movement and a science—a fuzziness that leads to confusion over what the term really means. It resists any affiliation with agribusinesses and large scale agriculture and consequent and often exaggerated negative implications, …

Your Car Tires Are Running Over Orangutans and Other Endangered Species – TakePart


TakePart

Your Car Tires Are Running Over Orangutans and Other Endangered Species
TakePart
The other problem is that, across Southeast Asia, there's enormous variation in how rubber is grown, from vast monoculture plantations where almost no native species can survive, to small agroforestry holdings that can still provide high-quality

Probing Question: What is the difference between ice cream and gelato?

“The basis of all frozen desserts is sugar syrup containing various characterizing ingredients and flavors,” says Bob Roberts, head of Penn State’s Food Science department. “When only a flavor — and no dairy — is added to the sugar syrup, the product is commonly referred to as a water ice, also known as Italian ice or sorbet.” Adding a bit of milk makes the product a sherbet. “Further fortifying the product with some cream and condensed or powdered milk to deliver at least ten percent fat results in the product we know and love as ice cream.”

DENR assesses multi-stakeholders’ capabilities on forest mgt programs – Philippine Information Agency

DENR assesses multi-stakeholders' capabilities on forest mgt programs
Philippine Information Agency
… management strategy to rehabilitate the degraded forestlands through establishment of forest tree, agroforestry plantations and conservation of cultivated agricultural lands; improve the socio-economic condition of the upland and downstream communities; …

“Embed agroecology in Brazil’s new investment plan” – News from AgriCultures Network

“Embed agroecology in Brazil's new investment plan”
News from AgriCultures Network
April 2015: Social movements and NGOs in Brazil are calling upon their government to anchor agroecology firmly in the national policy agenda on the years to come. They propose that agroecology get a central place in the country's upcoming Pluri-Annual …

Muslims and permaculture design – MuslimVillage.com (press release) (blog)


MuslimVillage.com (press release) (blog)

Muslims and permaculture design
MuslimVillage.com (press release) (blog)
Humanity has collectively submitted to the idea that the highest aims are material wealth and technological advancement. This philosophy of economic materialism is what shapes the infrastructure and technology of our societies and such infrastructure

College students interested in ag studies have several options – Augusta Free Press


Augusta Free Press

College students interested in ag studies have several options
Augusta Free Press
“Especially when you're talking about organic production. Or perhaps agro-ecology, which is the fusion of the ecological sciences and agricultural systems all rolled into one. I think that's really going to be our defining niche in the coming 10 to 15

Western Connecticut To Plant Permaculture Garden At Midtown Danbury Campus – The Daily Voice

Western Connecticut To Plant Permaculture Garden At Midtown Danbury Campus
The Daily Voice
DANBURY, Conn. — A permaculture garden being launched by the Jane Goodall Center for Environmental Studies at Western Connecticut State University will be planted on the midtown campus in Danbury behind the science building on Monday, April 27, …

Payment for Ecosystem Services crucial tool for PH — Sec. Acosta – Philippine Information Agency

Payment for Ecosystem Services crucial tool for PH — Sec. Acosta
Philippine Information Agency
The five-year master plan of MILALITTRA aims to reforest 832 hectares, while 816 hectares will be allotted for agroforestry. VEST, the social marketing arm for PES, highlights people's participation and a paradigm shift to the “new normal” to prevent

Neighborhood Board Elections; Stolen and Looted Art Returned; Creative … – Hawaii Public Radio-HPR2

Neighborhood Board Elections; Stolen and Looted Art Returned; Creative
Hawaii Public Radio-HPR2
Civic engagement often begins at home, or in this case, in the neighborhood. Elections for neighborhood board members begin today and the all-digital contest is the only one of its type in the nation. The Elections have already won an award from

Guest blog: Toward safer malaria control solutions

A new World Malaria Day is around the corner and we at PAN applaud the strides made to combat this deadly disease over the past year.

Next month we’ll be closely following discussions at the Conference of Parties of the Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants (aka the “POPs Treaty”) in Geneva. This is the body that banned DDT globally back in 2004, except for limited and specific uses for malaria control.

At the upcoming meeting, the use of DDT for malaria control will be reviewed — and it’s continued use will likely be recommended.

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Bull named head of Plant Pathology and Environmental Microbiology at Penn State

Carolee Bull will become head of the Department of Plant Pathology and Environmental Microbiology in Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences, effective Sept. 1. Bull currently is a research plant pathologist for the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Agricultural Research Service at its Crop Improvement and Protection Research Station in Salinas, California.

Permaculture: A Vision for Regenerative Food Systems topic of May 20 talk – Kennebec Journal & Morning Sentinel

Permaculture: A Vision for Regenerative Food Systems topic of May 20 talk
Kennebec Journal & Morning Sentinel
Sustain Mid Maine Coalition's Education and Community Outreach Team will present Permaculture: A Vision for Regenerative Food Systems from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, May 20, at Colby College, Diamond Building Room 141. The forum will focus on how …

Q&A with the Class of 2014 college deans

Recently, Penn State Today sat down with the Class of 2014 college deans — Amr Elnashai of Engineering, Marie Hardin of Communications and Rick Roush of Agricultural Sciences — to ask them about their views and experiences as the academic year draws to a close.

Who Granted The “GMO Evangelists” The Monopoly On Compassion? – Center for Research on Globalization


Center for Research on Globalization

Who Granted The “GMO Evangelists” The Monopoly On Compassion?
Center for Research on Globalization
Indeed, agroecology is at the centre of a struggle for sustainability, land, food security and self-determination. It's not a fad. It has fed the world for centuries. However, industrialised global agriculture has taken control of food and land and has

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Land and Resource Grabs: The World Bank’s Long War on Peasants – Center for Research on Globalization

Land and Resource Grabs: The World Bank's Long War on Peasants
Center for Research on Globalization
As La Via Campesina celebrates its hard-fought struggle for food sovereignty, agroecology, and the right to land with actions around the world, it reminds us that farmers and peasants refuse to buy the Bank's notion of their inevitable disappearance.

Who Granted The GMO Evangelists The Monopoly On Compassion? – RINF Alternative News


RINF Alternative News

Who Granted The GMO Evangelists The Monopoly On Compassion?
RINF Alternative News
Indeed, agroecology is at the centre of a struggle for sustainability, land, food security and self-determination. It's not a fad. It has fed the world for centuries. However, industrialised global agriculture has taken control of food and land and has

and more »

Jolie-Pitt Rosé Suffers the Sincerest Form of Flattery – Wine Spectator


Wine Spectator

Jolie-Pitt Rosé Suffers the Sincerest Form of Flattery
Wine Spectator
Trinity Oak's One Bottle One Tree program is still growing. Over this past year, the winery has continued to plant one tree for every bottle of wine sold, while simultaneously investing in an expansion of partner Trees for the Future's agroforestry

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DA releases P24.8M in funding for Davao City – BusinessWorld Online Edition

DA releases P24.8M in funding for Davao City
BusinessWorld Online Edition
The funds will support sustainable agroforestry development (P7 million); output upgrades for vegetables (P2.8 million); rice (P3.5 million); and corn (P1.6 million); the municipal fishery development project (P4.5 million); restocking efforts for

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With agroecology we can build soils for life! – News from AgriCultures Network

With agroecology we can build soils for life!
News from AgriCultures Network
There is a growing number of farmers who practice agroecology and have long known the importance of healthy soils. In many cases these practices are being re-learnt and adapted. In the International Year of Soils, the AgriCultures Network explores and …

On Earth Day, a look at environmental problems facing 20 Latin American … – Inside Costa Rica

On Earth Day, a look at environmental problems facing 20 Latin American
Inside Costa Rica
… climate smart agricultural landscapes via diversified cropping, improved livestock, agroforestry, and forestry systems for resilient and enhanced productivity and ecosystem services; implementing emergency response plans and early-warning alert

Hazelnut industry on the grow in southwestern… – www.norfolknews.ca/


www.norfolknews.ca/

Hazelnut industry on the grow in southwestern…
www.norfolknews.ca/
“Tobacco soil would be good for hazelnuts,” said Todd Leuty, agroforestry specialist for the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs. “Hazelnuts prefer sandy loam – deep, sandy loam soil. Access to irrigation is important. Not as

Grow Where You Are: Community Partnerships Support Local Food Production – Mother Earth News


Mother Earth News

Grow Where You Are: Community Partnerships Support Local Food Production
Mother Earth News
Naturally, young people are directing their efforts to working as advocates rather than learning the skills of agroecology or veganic agriculture. Would this trend change if more local growers were becoming landowners and viewed as valuable community …

Birding Cup and Native Plant Festival at Shaver’s Creek set for May 1 and 2

Shaver’s Creek, in partnership with the Pennsylvania Native Plant Society, will co-host the fifth annual Central Pennsylvania Native Plant Festival from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, May 2. The 18th annual Birding Cup, which awards prizes for the most bird species spotted in a 24-hour period, will take place the same weekend beginning at 7 p.m. Friday, May 1.

#EarthDay: traditional farmers take a stand against GM crops – Equal Times

#EarthDay: traditional farmers take a stand against GM crops
Equal Times
It is against this background that Yadira de los Santos defends agroecology. “We have seen that harvests are better with organic products,” insists the specialist, whose organisation produces natural pesticides and fertilisers. This article has been

The Polish Ambassador Returns to Oakland for Permaculture Action Days + … – Your EDM


Your EDM

The Polish Ambassador Returns to Oakland for Permaculture Action Days +
Your EDM
We love The Polish Ambassador. Not only does he create some of the most unique and funky-fresh tunes on the dance music spectrum, he is also supremely invested in making the world a better place for the community as a whole. His art is his platform, …

Earth Day 2015: Find Out What Environmental Problems 20 Latin American … – Latin Times

Earth Day 2015: Find Out What Environmental Problems 20 Latin American
Latin Times
… climate smart agricultural landscapes via diversified cropping, improved livestock, agroforestry, and forestry systems for resilient and enhanced productivity and ecosystem services; implementing emergency response plans and early-warning alert

UW Professor Helps Sheridan College Team Advance to National Innovation … – University of Wyoming News

UW Professor Helps Sheridan College Team Advance to National Innovation
University of Wyoming News
The state of Wyoming matched funding from Whitney Benefits to create the E.A. Whitney Professorship in Agriculture position, designed to implement at Sheridan College an enhanced degree completion program within UW's agroecology curriculum and to …

GMO debate outdated, argues food security lobbyist – Capital FM Kenya (press release) (subscription) (blog)


Capital FM Kenya (press release) (subscription) (blog)

GMO debate outdated, argues food security lobbyist
Capital FM Kenya (press release) (subscription) (blog)
NAIROBI, Kenya, Apr 21 – Agricultural campaign organisation Green Peace Africa has called on the government to move away from the Genetically Modified Foods debate and invest in ecological farming techniques. Green Peace Agriculture Campaigner …

Instead of chemical pesticides, a traditional remedy is saving crops around … – Quartz


Quartz

Instead of chemical pesticides, a traditional remedy is saving crops around
Quartz
In Nairobi, Kenya, a few hours north of Arusha, the research organization World Agroforestry Centre, or ICRAF, has held workshops on pesticidal plants that have been driving interest among farmers in Kenya and surrounding countries. ICRAF research …

Rights to Water and Land, a Common Struggle Movements – International Viewpoint

Rights to Water and Land, a Common Struggle Movements
International Viewpoint
Equal distribution of land and water, and gender equality are central to our vision of food sovereignty, based on agroecology (as outlined in the Declaration of the International Forum for Agroecology in Nyéléni, in February 2015), local food systems, …

Beijing Begins Cottonwood Control through Injecting Medicine – CRIENGLISH.com


CRIENGLISH.com

Beijing Begins Cottonwood Control through Injecting Medicine
CRIENGLISH.com
These trees were chosen for their ability to thrive through resistance to the cold, droughts, flooding, poor soil conditions as well as pests and insects. Willow trees have been used across China for a number of means, including timber production

Supporting Sustainable Urban Agriculture From the Ground Up – CSUF News


CSUF News

Supporting Sustainable Urban Agriculture From the Ground Up
CSUF News
This academic year, 20 students are investigating such issues as food security, childhood nutrition, food safety, waste diversion, agroecology and techniques of urban agriculture. Lorenzo Vinluan IV, and his classmates, called the Green Team, are

Environment Minister Seeks Partners for Sustainable Development Projects – AllAfrica.com

Environment Minister Seeks Partners for Sustainable Development Projects
AllAfrica.com
The two agreed on the drafting of a memorandum focusing on the treatment and valorisation of the residues, promotion of rural tourism and ecotourism, agro-ecology, environmental technology and decentralisation policies. In this regard, Morocco has

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Permaculture in Malawi: using food forests to prevent floods and hunger – The Guardian


The Guardian

Permaculture in Malawi: using food forests to prevent floods and hunger
The Guardian
Design the forests along holistic permaculture principles and you will achieve much more: water harvesting, fuel wood, high-quality timber, indigenous forest restoration and highly diverse food production. In a country where almost half the children

Permaculture in Malawi: use food forests to prevent floods and hunger – The Guardian


The Guardian

Permaculture in Malawi: use food forests to prevent floods and hunger
The Guardian
Design the forests along holistic permaculture principles and you will achieve much more: water harvesting, fuel wood, high-quality timber, indigenous forest restoration and highly diverse food production. In a country where almost half the children

Drought Turns a Light on Farming Methods – Santa Barbara Independent


Santa Barbara Independent

Drought Turns a Light on Farming Methods
Santa Barbara Independent
Far away in Malawi, the Soils, Food and Healthy Communities project (with which I've had the privilege of collaborating) has taught agroecological methods in hundreds of Malawian villages over the last 15 years, and the results have been impressive.

The Impact Of Climate Change On Farmers And Food – Live Trading News


Live Trading News

The Impact Of Climate Change On Farmers And Food
Live Trading News
… safe and inexpensive agroecological management practices that emphasize diversity, traditional knowledge, agroforestry, landscape complexity, and water and soil management techniques, including cover cropping, composting and water harvesting.