Balancing out individual carbon budgets

Finding real solutions to global warming is THE challenge of our time. So far, we have achieved nothing of significance in reversing the trend to runaway global warming. There are growing cracks in the techno-optimistic belief that a shift of the economy over to renewable energy will save us. Increasingly, faith in consumerist, production focused, globalized,…

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Peasants right to sell seeds

Most people I talk to are unaware that the UN General Assembly adopted “The Declaration on the Rights of Peasants” (UNDROP) in December 2018. The declaration aims, among other things, to improve living conditions and strengthen the food sovereignty of peasants in the fight against climate change and aims for the preservation of biodiversity. Through…

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Wwoofing on the Farm

After years of growing on my own, it was with some hesitance that I decided to create a wwoofing account to add more workers to the farm. Wwoofing stands for world-wide opportunities on organic farms and is a platform for connecting organic farms with workers who, in exchange for room, board and education, work about…

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Locally Adapting Pumpkins

  The perennial plant breeder Wes Jackson once said, “If your life’s work can be accomplished in your lifetime, you’re not thinking big enough.” The joy of working on something that is bigger than you and which connects you to the web of life is shared by all plant breeders. Being linked to the reproductive cycles in…

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Around the World in 20 Plants

Stephen Barstow´s Around the World in 80 Plants profiles in detail the 80 best plants that Stephen recommends for growing in his near Arctic conditions at the 63rd parallel. Being several degrees south at the 59th, the following plants are the ones from his book which I have connected to and which I recommend. But…

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Ecosystems Resonance

Surfers instinctively know when they are aligned with their environment. Like a church-bell that resonates with all its overlapping frequencies at precisely the right volume, they ride waves of energy with effortless ease. At a different frequency and a much slower pace, plants in a sense are also surfers trying to catch waves as their…

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Ecological Bottlenecks

By Andrew McMillion 02/04/2021 For the past ten years I´ve been gardening in what I would describe as a harsh environment. Humans have historically survived in the Nordic region primarily as small fishing, hunting and gathering communities with agriculture being a relatively peripheral endeavour primarily linked to livestock. The story of my ancestors who farmed…

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