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The Farm to Ballet Project is celebrating local sustainable agriculture while introducing new audiences to the beauty of classical ballet. Director Chatch Pregger’s choreography reinterprets classical ballet to tell the story of a Vermont farm during the harvest, beginning with the geese returning in spring as a farmer plans out the crops, and ending with a celebratory farm-share before the geese return south for the winter.

The performances are held against the backdrop of Vermont farms and the surrounding landscape, and many of the performances double as fundraisers to support the work of local farmers and the sustainable food movement. During its inaugural season in 2015, the project’s eighteen volunteer dancers performed for more than 1,800 enthusiastic audience members and helped raise $12,000 to support local nonprofits. Help bring the 2016 season to life here.

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This DIY, year-round greenhouse was designed by Francis Gendron, and it’s ethos is to provide you with an indoor garden no matter what the season or weather outside.

Called “The Greenhouse of the Future”, this walipini-style semi-underground structure can provide enough of a micro-climate inside to enable growth, especially in colder climates.

The greenhouses are easily made from salvaged materials, such as reclaimed metal sheeting also incorporating aspects of earthship construction by using discarded tyres. Indeed Francis himself graduated from architect Michael Reynolds’ Earthship Academy in 2012.

As we become more socially conscious about how and where our food is derived, so too do we look to try and become more personally involved in its production. In achieving this, our location on the planet will greatly inform what can be grown.

According to Gendron, “…the questions people should ask themselves… 

  • Where do I live? 
  • What’s the climate like?
  • How long do I want to produce food throughout the year (6 months, 8 months, or the full year)?
  • Do I have access to a sunny place where I can build?
  • Do I want more than just food production?
    For example, you may want a beautiful place to relax in the sun during the winter.”

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The semi-underground structure of the greenhouse design protects it from strong winds, and heavy snows in addition to benefitting from the passive geothermal energy of the earth.

Gendron has produced a film, ebook and provides plans and designs for building your won greenhouse, which are available here for purchase and download. You can also watch the trailer for the film here.

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Francis Gendron is a public speaker, educator, and passionate promoter of an ethical, resilient and sustainable future.

Francis spent many years as an outdoor guide teaching leadership, outdoor and survival skills in some of Canada’s wildest areas before he became the first graduate of the Earthship Academy in Taos, New Mexico, directed by renowned architect Michael Reynolds. He has led over 100 seminars on the philosophy and practical skills behind the Earthship concept.

He started The Greenhouse of the Future project to create a resilient, organic and local food production solution for any climate.
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Aquaponics: Fish Farming & Water Gardening. 💧🌱💧🐟💧

Hydroculture (water gardening) may date back to as early as the Hanging Gardens of Babylon, the ancient Aztec chinampas, and the ancient Chinese floating gardens. Aquaponics is the combination of aquaculture (raising fish) and hydroponic agriculture (growing plants in water without soil). Plants naturally filter water for the fish, and fish waste provides organic food for growing plants. Some popular fish choices are trout, catfish, bluegill, and tilapia. Plant choices are nearly limitless, except for plants that require an acidic environment. A backyard greenhouse is ideal for sunlight and natural climate control. Aquaponic gardening uses 90% less water than traditional soil gardening, because the water is re-circulated. Aquaponic gardening yields two foods for one input (fish feed). Plants also grow 2 to 3 times faster in aquaponic systems. Start-up costs are completely worth it once balance is established to gain the renewable rewards and self-reliance. What are your thoughts? Would you try aquaponic gardening?

http://www.motherearthnews.com/organic-gardening/aquaponic-gardening-growing-fish-vegetables-together.aspx

http://www.offthegridnews.com/survival-gardening-2/hydroponics-vs-aquaponics-the-pros-and-cons-of-two-soilless-farming-methods/

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Fungi have an amazing power to turn waste into opportunity. 

As the ultimate decomposers, their growth can help turn all kinds of human waste — coffee grounds, cardboard, wood chips — into nurturing, healthy soil. However, mushrooms themselves are just the beginning of the story. To truly harness the waste-reducing power of these little fungi, the “fun guys” at Fungi Alley are prepared to create a full-blown mushroom lab, where mushroom spawn will be cultivated, educational classes will be provided, and they’ll be able to spread the mushroom gospel from coast-to-coast

we’re sticklers for fine details. not just in the products you receive that you’ll wear and use for years to come, but the packages you receive them in. we’re particularly fond of these bags we send out with each of our leather belts, made from 100% organic cotton which prevents pesticides from draining into oceans and waterways.

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Meet Richard Bbaale who designed sustainable sanitary napkins and their business ecosystem

Watching his older sister miss school for a week every month because their guardians could not afford sanitary towels, sowed a seed for a business Richard Bbaale would later start.

In 2011, with a degree in science and engineering, knowledge of local materials and the size of the need, Bbaale designed and made a biodegradable pad from the stem of the banana trees that grow in his native Uganda.

The criteria for a successful product? Comfort, a simple means of production and a low retail price.

Between 2012 and 2014 the resulting effort, BanaPads, had been tested in Uganda, Tanzania and Burundi.

Bbaale’s vision is not just to give rural girls dignity but to create livelihoods for their mothers: “BanaPads are manufactured from locally available organic banana fibers using our own process by women who then also distribute them among other women and girls in the village, via a business-in-a-bag model.”

“This provides independent women micro-entrepreneurs with all the tools they need to launch a thriving franchise. Their startup kit includes a branded duffle bag, uniforms, signs for their home store, a display locker, and basic health and business tools. Couple that with a robust two-week training course and ongoing marketing and mentoring support and you have an array of motivated agents bringing life-changing products to the doorsteps of the poor.”