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real food diets... the best route to healthier living!
Researchers asked if one diet could be crowned best in terms of health outcomes. If diet is a set of rigid principles, the answer is a decisive no. In terms of broader guidelines, it's a decisive yes.
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sure makes cleaning the bathroom simple!
Kate Fox was fed up of showering in a damp bathroom and using fossil fuels to heat water, so she and her partner designed an off-grid outdoor solution.
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Seems to be the only way things really can change... So not only is personal revolution important, it is potentially the single most effective thing you can do to spark change in the world.  The charge, then, is to embody what you want to see. - See more at: http://ignite.me/articles/culture/microactivism-personal-revolution-can-change-world-2/#sthash.iHGunvt6.dpuf
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When one says "bee". most people think of honeybees.  However, there are hundreds of species of bees, and most don't live in hives, sting, or make honey!
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What issues are at the root of the growing turf lawn problem?  Here's a primer~
Prairies - those critically endangered and complex ecosystems understood by few and misunderstood and destroyed by millions of people. Lawns - those myopically obsessive (and evil) urban, suburban,...
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a fantastic bit of inspiration for you about agroforestry and the transition to building a more sustainable world~
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deepening understanding of permaculture through strengthening the influences that brought you to this point~
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Hey permies!  Tropical gardening dreams?  Check out this job opportunity~ (via EcoFarm job list)

Expert Farmer/Gardener, Liceo Cientifico Dr. Miguel Canela Lazaro
Salcedo, Dominican Republic

There is a unique, interesting job available at a model, magnet, public high school in Salcedo, Dominican Republic, called the Liceo Cientifico Dr. Miguel Canela Lazaro. Please check the video on the website: http://www.liceocientifico.org/.  They are looking for an expert farmer-gardener to produce all of the school’s vegetables, fruits, and also eggs and other animal products – in an organic, sustainable fashion.

The school has large gardening areas (about .5 acre), a commercial-sized greenhouse, about an acre of mixed fruit and other trees planted several years ago by the Ministry of Agriculture, and pasture areas. The soil is typical Cibao Valley – dark and fertile. At the moment very little of this space is being used productively, because this position is new and unfilled. This is not an agriculture school, but does have a strong focus on sustainability and ecology.

The director of the school is Puerto Rican, has a PhD from Columbia University, and speaks fluent English. There are teachers from eight different countries as well as Dominican teachers.

You would:
Have a lot of freedom to design the land and decide production methods in consultation with school staff.
Be paid approx. US$1,190 / month. (This goes a long way in the Dominican Republic).
Work five days a week.
Farm and garden manually in the hot, humid tropical climate
Give direction and receive help from two Spanish-only-speaking gardeners and one maintenance person.
Integrate students into farm/garden tasks when possible
Find housing in town.
Ideal candidates should:
Be able to firmly commit to the position for at least one year
Speak Spanish
Be able to plan and carry out work independently
Have extensive work experience in organic farming, gardening, horticulture and/or permaculture
Have experience in the above in a tropical setting or a developing world setting
Understand that Salcedo is not a beach town! (it’s 1.5 hrs by private car or 3 hrs by public transport to the nearest beach).

Who am I? I am an organic farmer, certified (3x) Permaculture designer and Peace Corps Volunteer; soon to leave the DR after two years in a different community; was invited to take this position but can’t due to other plans. The director has asked me to search of qualified candidates for this position and to vet them before putting them in touch with him. Please send me an email at eric_broberg@hotmail.com detailing why you are qualified for this position and including a resume of relevant work/education experience. Please only apply if you can commit to spending a year at the job. Include any questions about the school or job in your email.
-Eric Broberg
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I think I missed the part where the genes were referred to as "interesting".  My understanding is that they were looking at it from a genetic diversity standpoint. So, just for the sake of argument, if they were only able to keep two giraffes, it would more long term sense to keep two unrelated giraffes with a larger genetic difference than two giraffes that were closely related. I only skimmed the article, but that was the gist I got from it. It ultimately boiled down to whether the giraffe would benefit the breeding efforts or whether it would lead to less robust genetics due to inbreeding.
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fostering a lasting culture of social sustainability through education, innovation, and conversation
Introduction
Permaculture as a practice has largely been relegated to the gardening section of the bookstore, but the truth is that the ideas contained within permaculture are a complete approach to problem-solving which can also be applied to social sustainability.

The permaCulture is a place for people to discuss ways in which to make our world a more harmonious and balanced place which nurtures and protects all its inhabitants.  
Circle this page if you're interested in:
  • alternative energy
  • sustainable business models
  • permaculture definitions and ideas
  • permaculture technique tutorials
  • learning traditional crafts
  • book reviews on sustainability topics
  • homesteading
  • innovative technologies and ideas
  • meeting other like-minded individuals
  • profiles of people and orgs who think permaCulturally
  • and more!
The permaCulture is a community-driven resource started in the hope of both connecting people who are trying to live sustainable lives and promoting a social ethos which supports and cultivates those trying to live in harmony with our planet.  

The permaCulture is managed by Kathryn Brown.  If you have a question you'd like answered or an article or event you'd like posted, you can contact her via her main Google+ page (http://gplus.to/kebiana) or by posting privately to The permaCulture.

If you're already a practitioner and would like to share images of your permaCultural projects, post those images publicly to your profile and tag this page.  There is a growing and committed group of people here happy to answer questions, offer advice, discuss ideas of radical sustainability, and share in your successes (and lessons too!).  

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