Purslane – A Nutrient Dense Weed With High Omega 3

Purslane looks like a weed but it's tasty and full of vitamins and omega-3 fatty acids

Chances are, if you live in the city, you’ve seen this little plant growing in crevasses of sidewalks and roads.  If you have a garden, you’ve likely pulled it, tossed it, lit it on fire, sprayed it with herbicide, chopped it with a shovel, or put it in the compost.…

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The Internet of Plants and The Truth Behind Avatar

Plants and trees on Avatar communicate through electrochemical means

Did you know that beneath your feet is an information superhighway built of networked fungi that allow plants to communicate? Recent studies have revealed some amazing information about how plants communicate.  They use a sort of networked fungus called “mycorrhizae”.  The term mycorrhizae means “fungus root”.   These thin strings of fungus attach to…

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Dervaes Family – Urban Homesteading

Devaes Urban Homesteading

Since the mid 80’s the Dervaes family has transformed their small city lot into the sustainable and self-sufficient Urban Homestead project.  On just 1/10 of an acre they supply enough vegetables for themselves as well as a local produce business.  They’ve really set the standard on what possible in an urban…

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6 Reasons to Grow Malabar Spinach

Red malabar vine spinach

1. It’s a Nutritious, Easy To Grow, Dual Purpose Veggie Malabar Spinach (Basella Alba) is high in Vitamin A and C as well as Iron and Calcium. It is low in calories but has a good protein/calories ratio, and plenty of soluble fiber.  It grows without much attention or care.…

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Water Hyacinth – Water Weed or Livestock Feed?

Eichhornia Crassipes (Water Hyacinth) According to the University of Florida, it’s labeled the “Worst Floating Weed“. If you’re not familiar, water hyacinth is a rapidly multiplying floating water plant.  It’s considered invasive in many countries and illegal in many US states.   In favorable conditions it can double in population every 12 days…

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Our Tropical Chicken House Design

The chickens have been the best addition to our sustainable food system yet.  We have 25 Rhode Island Reds and they produce around 20 eggs per day. They have an amazing ability to convert kitchen waste into eggs.  We feed them corn, larvae, water hyacinth and cuttings from the garden.…

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