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 Davley Organics – The good stuff –  Davley Organics, using traditional vermiculture techniques, produce extremely fertile organic fertiliser with the use of Tiger Earth Worms, commonly known as Red Wigglers. Every farmer, landscaper, nursery and gardener we convert to using organic fertiliser i.e. vermicast over its chemical counterparts, we see as a huge step forward in improving the soil quality and plant life of the planet. The long term benefits of vermicast added to poor soils are that they will not only be rehabilitated to produce better crops but it will also bind the soil and improve its water retention properties which in turn will reduce soil erosion, a major issue in Africa.

 We specialise in assessing our clients needs, identifying any short-fall in marketing and exposure then personalising a strategy to fill the gaps.

 The Lowveld Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals rescues abused and neglected domestic, farm and wild animals, promotes responsible pet ownership, provides a shelter for strays and a veterinary service for pets of underprivileged people.

Let’s fight crime in South Africa together!

News sites

TED.com – Riveting talks by remarkable people, free to the world

treehugger.com – TreeHugger is the leading media outlet dedicated to driving sustainability mainstream. Partial to a modern aesthetic, we strive to be a one-stop shop for green news, solutions, and product information. We publish an up to the minute blog, weekly and daily newsletters, twice-monthly radio interviews, and regularly updated Twitter and Facebook pages.

 Mother Earth News –  The original guide to living wisely.

The Green Geek – Idea’s for a greener future

Sustainability, Green Tech and Green Politics, Stuff for the Green Consumer, Reader and Thinker Welcome to Ecoble – a blog about Eco/Green Design, Innovation and Sustainability.

TheStyle LogoSTIR is a community-building online magazine that features articles and interviews on radical gardening, community-supported agriculture, climate activism, democratic education, permaculture, the occupy movement, the commons, grassroots sports, food justice, cooperatives, practical philosophy and  more.

 Both in its product recommendations and the sustainable experiences it creates, ecofabulous is a trusted guide and inside source for the well-lived life. Founded by eco expert Zem Joaquin, it’s devoted to providing quick and usable recommendations with the latest need-to-know info. ecofabulous inspires and educates readers who don’t want to compromise style or quality but seek the recommendations of expert editors and designers.

Pinterest – Pinterest lets you organize and share all the beautiful things you find on the web. People use pinboards to plan their weddings, decorate their homes, and organize their favorite recipes. Best of all, you can browse pinboards created by other people. Browsing pinboards is a fun way to discover new things and get inspiration from people who share your interests.
What is The Design Inspiration site

The Design Inspiration is created by a group of designers who are seeking various design inspiration every day. To make every designer’s life easier, we decided to feature the best logos, illustrations, websites, photos and patterns from the most talented designers from all around the world. And we would like to make sure that you are getting the freshest and best quality design inspirations daily.

Inhabitat.com is a weblog devoted to the future of design, tracking the innovations in technology, practices and materials that are pushing architecture and home design towards a smarter and more sustainable future.

What is Dornob dot Com? Dornob is as much an interactive design archive as it is a collection of the latest architectural, interior, furniture designs. The primary focus of this design publication (alternatively: blog) is on works that take form and function to the next level – that defy particular typologies, diverge from conventions and are more than merely consumable objects. In short: this is where you will find out-of-the-ordinary designs that might not make it into your more traditional architectural, urban and industrial design publications – from over-the-top luxury to incredible design innovation

Permaculture Magazine site with articles – http://www.permacultureactivist.net/articles/articles.htm

Books and Education

Watch. Practice.

Learn almost anything for free.

With over 3,100 videos on everything from arithmetic to physics, finance, and history and hundreds of skills to practice, we’re on a mission to help you learn what you want, when you want, at your own pace.

 The Urban Homestead – See Root Simple below.

Free ebooks – http://www.permaculture-media-download.com/2011/11/best-permaculture-homesteading-books.html

open culture Free cultural & educational media on the web – 450 Free Online Courses from Top Universities

ocw consortium home pageAn OpenCourseWare (OCW) is a free and open digital publication of high quality college and university‐level educational materials.  These materials are organized as courses, and often include course planning materials and evaluation tools as well as thematic content. OpenCourseWare are free and openly licensed, accessible to anyone, anytime via the internet.

 Un-cloud your files in cement! ‘Dead Drops’ is an anonymous, offline, peer to peer file-sharing network in public space.

 The Survival Podcast is a daily online audio show about self sufficiency and self reliance in the modern world. Jack Spirko conceived and created this podcast because over the years he has come to realize how fragile the human condition and the United States economy really is.

Duolingo – you learn a language for free, and simultaneously translate the Web.

Welcome to fluentin3months.com, a site packed with encouragement and “language hacks” about speaking languages as quickly as possible, as I travel to learn and speak languages myself.

Wowsociety Wowsociety is a place for helpful people around the world to share and discover everyday opportunities to make things happen. We are creating a homey space for you to share anything you are working on – any personal project or hobby in any field – allowing helpful people anywhere to contribute opportunities publicly or privately within their collective experience and ability. You will also discover other budding projects across your entrepreneurial, creative, academic, civic or other interest, enabling you to share opportunities for people in communities around the world to accomplish things.

Community blogs and forums

Dan’s Adventure follows Dan as he travels around the world. The adventure began in August 2009 when Dan left the UK and flew to Nairobi, Kenya. As Dan travels through Africa, Asia, Oceania, South America and North America, Dan will endevour to share his stories and photos on this travel blog.

Root Simple – Kelly Coyne and Erik Knutzen are the authors of The Urban Homestead (Expanded and Revised Edition): Your Guide to Self-Sufficient Living in the Heart of the City (2008) and Making It: Radical Home Ec for a Post-Consumer World (2011), and founded this blog, which was formerly known as Homegrown Evolution, in 2006.  They live in the heart of Los Angeles, in a little bungalow set on a 1/12 acre lot where almost all of their land is devoted to growing edible or otherwise useful plants and trees. Their obsessions include bees, bikes, beer, chickens, dogs, healthy cities, healing herbs, simple living and good food.

The Urban Farming Guys– Food hitting our plates with who knows what pumped into it and growing economic uncertainty. We took the seeds in our pockets and every square foot we owned and went about like mad scientists testing out innovative ideas from all around world and making them work in one of the most blighted neighborhoods in the US. Everything from urban fish farming to alternate energy. Now let’s pass it on… to our neighborhoods and the nations. We believe you are part of the solution.

 Open Source Ecology – A Network of Farmers, Engineers, and Supporters Building the Global Village Construction Set. The Global Village Construction Set (GVCS) is a modular, DIY, low-cost, high-performance platform that allows for the easy fabrication of the 50 different Industrial Machines that it takes to build a small, sustainable civilization with modern comforts.

 An online community of 33,766 Windowfarmers from around the world.

Bigelow Brook Farm – Located in Connecticut’s “Last Green Valley”, Bigelow Brook Farm was founded in 2002 when a 55 acre farm annex was purchased by a family member. The original farm has been owned by the same family since the late 1800’s and is one of the oldest continuously running dairy farms in New England.

 JMEMantzel on youtube

Vela Creations is a documentation of our experiences and projects living off the grid. We are a young couple striving to fulfill our lifestyles through sustainable means. Our hope is that our experiences will serve as guidence to those interested in the technologies and methods illustrated on this site.

My journey into modern-day homesteading all began with a compost pile. Since then, I have had a sneaking suspicion that most people have a bit of homesteading spirit hidden deep inside of them. I write this blog to encourage you to explore those ideas yourself and return to your roots of self-sufficiency and simple living, whether you live on a sprawling ranch or in a high-rise apartment.

RegenAG is an alliance of farming families who are committed to helping regenerate Australia’s farms, soils, communities and on-farm livelihoods.

We created GardenPool.org to document our journey of converting an old backyard swimming pool in to a way to feed our family and live more self-sufficiently.

Earthshippers – Yahoo Groups Earthship discussion board

Homesteading Today a forum for homesteading topics.

Judy of the Woods – Welcome to my eco-home in Wales – Permaculture * in action

Countryfarm Lifestyles – Homestead Land: What to Look for when Buying Land and Moving to the Country

The Ploughshare – Institute for sustainable culture

Home Shalom – Homestead

Chiot’s Run – A chronicle of an organic garden. This is a journal of my small organic gardens in north eastern Ohio, zone 5(a).

HomeElectric vehicle related discussion, advocacy, and information.

Organisations and Charities

Brighton Permaculture Trust UK – Brighton Permaculture Trust promotes greener lifestyles and sustainable development through design. We run courses and events and apply permaculture principles to our projects.

TheWaterChannel was launched at the WordWaterForum in 2009 in Istanbul as a partnership of MetaMeta Communications, Nymphaea, UNESCO-IHE, and Cap-Net. The idea was to support education and awareness in water by making video material available that is often scattered and easily lost. We wanted to ‘touch’ our visitors and to help inspire them to work towards a world of better water management.

Food and food preservation

National Center for Home Food Preservation logoThe National Center for Home Food Preservation is your source for current research-based recommendations for most methods of home food preservation.

Sustainable, Organic Farming and Permaculture

Vegetable Gardening – How to Grow Vegetables in your Garden. Growing vegetables is easy with these instructions! Below, you’ll find a list of garden favorites with easy instructions for growing vegetables. Growing vegetables in your garden can be simple, enjoyable and rewarding, if broken down into its basic requirements. Each page provides simple vegetable gardening information, and the information you need about how to grow vegetables successfully.

a farmer and his carrots Permies: goofballs that are nuts about permaculture

permies.com is now the largest permaculture site on the internet! Most folks are looking for the full collection of permaculture forums. Within that there is the permaculture forum and forums on green building,organic / sustainable practices, woodland care, homestead and more.

Hello there cow National Sustainable Agriculture Information Service – A program of the National Centre for Appropriate Technology

Soil Association Logo - Click for Home Charity campaign for healthy, humane and sustainable food, farming and land use UK.

Self watering containers – http://www.seattleoil.com/Flyers/Earthbox.pdf

INTRODUCTION TO PERMACULTURE BY BILL MOLLISON, Pamphlet I in the Permaculture Design Course Series, PUBLISHED BY YANKEE PERMACULTURE, Barking FrogsPermaculture Center – http://www.barkingfrogspermaculture.org/PDC_ALL.pdf

A GLOBAL NETWORK FOR PARTNERSHIP AND INNOVATION, The Sustainable Food Lab is a consortium of business, non profit and public organizations working together to accelerate the shift toward sustainability. The Sustainable Food Lab facilitates market-based solutions to the key issues—including climate, soil, poverty, and water—that are necessary for a healthy and sustainable food system to feed a growing world. The Sustainable Food Lab uses collaborative learning to incubate innovation at every stage along the supply chain from producing to distributing and selling food.

Livestock: Chickens, Ducks, Rabbits etc

DebMark Rabbit Education Resource

Vermiculture

Davley Organics – The good stuff –  Davley Organics, using traditional vermiculture techniques, produce extremely fertile organic fertiliser with the use of Tiger Earth Worms, commonly known as Red Wigglers. Every farmer, landscaper, nursery and gardener we convert to using organic fertiliser i.e. vermicast over its chemical counterparts, we see as a huge step forward in improving the soil quality and plant life of the planet. The long term benefits of vermicast added to poor soils are that they will not only be rehabilitated to produce better crops but it will also bind the soil and improve its water retention properties which in turn will reduce soil erosion, a major issue in Africa.

 Vemiculture Wiki – Vermicompost is the product of composting utilizing various species of worms, usually red wigglers, white worms, and earthworms to create a heterogeneous mixture of decomposing vegetable or food waste (excluding meat, dairy, fats, or oils), bedding materials, and vermicast. Vermicast, also known as worm castings, worm humus or worm manure, is the end-product of the breakdown of organic matter by species of earthworm

Water conservation, Grey water, Black water, Reed Beds

 Oasis Design – Oasis Design is a wellspring of decades worth of original designs and content which you won’t find elsewhere. We specialize in the nuts and bolts of sustainability—practical systems for living well, in harmony with nature and each other. These include designs for managing water, wastewater, energy, money and other resources.Our goal is to live really well, on a small amount of well-managed resources, and help others do the same.

Melvin RutterMelvin Rutter runs YES Reedbeds, based in Leeds. We first met him when he installed reedbeds on the second series of It’s Not Easy Being Green. We caught up with Melvin to find out more about these wonder water cleaners.

Hydroponic Bog Garden (Water Recycling)A hydroponic bog garden installed in the UK to clean up sewage water to enable it to be used for irrigation.
This idea came from the work that we do with sewage. Our systems produce a clean water effluent that is clean enough to discharge to ditches ponds etc. we wanted to develop a tertiary treatment system that would allow us to re-use the water for irrigation purposes. Hence the idea formed to create a hydroponic bog garden.

Humanure

Humanure Handbook The Humanure handbook

Aquaponics

tilapia Tilapia is a large genus in the cichlid family (Cichlidae). It used to be even larger, but quite a few species have now been moved from Tilapia to other genera in the cichlid family, primarily the genera Oreochromis and Sarotherodon. For historical reasons, these moved species are still commonly referred to as tilapia fish in everyday speach. The genus Tilapia, as well as closely related genera like Oreochromis and Sarotherodon, belongs to the tribe Tilapiini in the subfamily Pseudocrenilabrinae.

Affnan’s Aquaponics

Backyard Aquaponics Auz based aquaponics company

DIY Aquaponics Forum – Knowledge that can feed the world

PRACTICAL AQUAPONICS – Murray Hallams Practical Aquaponics

Aquaponics UK

Breeding Tilapia in Loxahatchee – YouTube Link

Sustainable Architecture and Eco Building

Natural Homes – Natural home info and worldwide map of homes

 Bigelow Brook Farm on YouTube, fantastic Geodesic Dome project

timberline geodesic domes Timberline Geodesics

Buckminster Fuller Institute – The Buckminster Fuller Institute is dedicated to accelerating the development and deployment of solutions which radically advance human well being and the health of our planet’s ecosystems. We aim to deeply influence the ascendance of a new generation of design-science pioneers who are leading the creation of an abundant and restorative world economy that benefits all humanity.

How to Build A Geodesic Dome

Geodesic Dome calculation site – great resource (Use translate as page is in Russian)

 Earthship Biotecture – Radically sustainable buildings made with recycled materials. “. . . the Earthship is the epitome of sustainable design and construction. No part of sustainable living has been ignored in this ingenious building.” Earthships can be built in any part of the world, in any climate and still provide electricity, potable water, contained sewage treatment and sustainable food production.

Green Building Forum – Join the forum now and benefit from discussions with thousands of other green building fans

earth-fire-wind-water-siteEco Friendly Shelters – At Eco Friendly Shelters, we strive to create efficient and affordable green living spaces that reduce energy and material consumption beginning from pre-construction and lasting throughout the life of the shelter.EcoFriendly is different than most green builders in that we employ a practical approach to get the most “bang for your green buck.” This simply means using conventional green building components more intelligently in order to achieve a high green standard without dramatically increasing costs. A common misconception is that green building is very expensive, and uses only the latest (and most expensive) technology.

You are looking at pictures of a house I built for our family in Wales. It was built by myself and my father in law with help from passers by and visiting friends. 4 months after starting we were moved in and cosy. I estimate 1000-1500 man hours and £3000 put in to this point. Not really so much in house buying terms (roughly £60/sq m excluding labour).

Natural Building Blog – Earthbag etc

 LAS POZAS & EDWARD JAMES

Las Pozas, Xilitla was the creation of Edward James, the eccentric English poet and artist, and patron of the Surrealist movement. Its origins date back to 1947 when Edward, living in semi exile in Mexico, acquired the coffee plantation near Xilitla, San Luis Potosi, – now known as Las Pozas

Architecture for HumanityArchitecture for Humanity is a nonprofit design services firm founded in 1999. We are building a more sustainable future through the power of professional design. By tapping a network of more than 50,000 professionals willing to lend time and expertise to help those who would not otherwise be able to afford their services, we bring design, construction and development services where they are most critically needed.

Renewable energy: Wind power

http://www.windstuffnow.com/main/

 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8MQaT9EbMDQ

http://www.windgenkits.com/Tutorials.htm

http://www.otherpower.com/turbineplans.shtml

Renewable energy: General or multiple topics

 builditsolar.com

Home Power has become the editorial venue for homeowners, business owners, and renewable energy professionals to exchange equipment, design, installation, and system performance experiences. This information exchange has helped create an industry with not only cutting-edge technology, but perhaps more importantly, a common goal: reducing the use of polluting fossil fuels and replacing this generation capacity with the infinite supplies of renewable energy that surround us.

Why is energy saving important to us? With the rising costs of gas, electricity, fuel and food we need to look at ways to reduce our energy bills, waste and our carbon footprint.We have looked at ways to reduce our own energy bills and tried and tested some of the saving energy tips and techniques and to evaluate which products are worth investing in.

Welcome to PESWiki, The community-built resource that focuses on
alternative, clean, practical, renewable energy solutions.

Renewable energy: Solar electric power

Renewable energy: Solar thermal energy

Renewable energy: Bio Gas / Bio Digesters

http://www.drishtikona.com/archives/rural_development/000641.php

http://www.ruralcostarica.com/biodigester.html

Renewable energy: Gassification / Woodgas

Woodgas: Yahoo Groups – community forum – Perhaps you have heated your house, cooked your food, or even warmed your hot water with wood, but have not yet figured out a way to generate your electricity, or run your internal combustion engines with it….yet.

 Swedish woodgas car project blog

Maker Sites: Various projects

 https://sites.google.com/site/reukpower/

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http://saharaforestproject.com/#/ – The production of key resources, such as clean water, clean energy and a sustainable production of food represents some of our time’s greatest challenges. The Sahara Forest Project is a new environmental solution that provides a holistic approach to tackle these challenges.

 http://www.greenpowerscience.com/

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http://www.popularmechanics.com/

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 instructables.com

Make: Projects is a new way to share DIY projects online for a growing maker community that can build, create, hack, discover, share, and connect with each other. Make: Projects was seeded with a collection of projects from MAKE magazine, but it will grow from the participation of the community. Makers can improve an existing project or share a cool new project that nobody has ever seen.

Building Plans – These building and facility plans were developed over many years by engineers at Land Grant Universities. They provide conceptual information that is excellent for planning purposes.

 Arduino is an open-source electronics prototyping platform based on flexible, easy-to-use hardware and software. It’s intended for artists, designers, hobbyists, and anyone interested in creating interactive objects or environments.

 Maya Pedal is a Guatemalan NGO based in San Andrés Itzapa. We accept bikes donated from the USA and Canada which we either recondition to sell, or we use the components to build a range of “Bicimaquinas“, (pedal powered machines).

Industrial and Technical Design

Walker LegsJansen Walker – Beta 2

ART & PHOTOGRAPHY

“African wildlife has never looked so regal and mysterious as in Brandt’s grave photographs. His elephants appear as weighty as the pyramids. His rhinos look more ancient than carbon. His apes know something we don’t. Given the multitude of human disasters in Africa, is it an indulgence to lose yourself in pictures that carry no hint of the wars and famines outside the frame? Not when the pictures are such powerful reminders that Africa is also a magnificent—and endangered—treasure house of animal life.”
– Time Magazine (Time Top Five Photographic Books of 2005)

Joe Fenton's Profile Image Joe Fenton

Chris Bishop is a Washington DC based artist, illustrator & PBS KIDS Creative Director.

azuzephre.net – Pon and Zi, blatantly very simple in design, were originally drawn as doodles on notes, never to be taken more seriously than a side project to the illustration portfolio I’d been building since before their inception.

Business Info

A LIST Apart: For People Who Make Websites Starting a Business: Advice from the Trenches by KEVIN POTTS

Tools

Block Poster– create any size wall posters from any size images. Totally Free To Use!

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