Monthly Archives: July 2014

DIYFS Podcast #21- Interview with Kate Franzman of Bee Public and Growing Places

A couple of weeks ago I got to sit down with Growing Places resident bee keeper and urban farmer Kate Franzman. The subject of our conversation was bees. We talk about their life cycles, how to keep them healthy, Colony … Continue reading

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John Kohler from Growing your Greens on making compost.

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Peter Cundall talking Backyard Permaculture

This is from and Australian Gardening show. Its a bit of a long video, but it demonstrates his full suburban design. The video goes in depth into his water management, integrated pest control, companion planting and the whole gamut of … Continue reading

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City Boy Hens did a comical video about backyard hens.

(City Boy Hens) This video takes a comical view on raising hens in cities that have outlawed the practice. Its all about keeping peace with the neighbors and taking good care of your birds. You know, stuff you should do … Continue reading

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The “Animal Farm” of Permaculture (and other instititutions).

I remember when I was first learning about Permaculture, a couple of the things that really struck me about it was its open source practices and its very egalitarian attitude. Bill Mollison and David Holmgren created a system that was capable of … Continue reading

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DIYFS Podcast #20- Interview with Resilience Writer Shawndra Miller

This week I moved away from the producers and distributors in the local food movement, and backed up and took a broader look with someone who has been reporting on community resilience for the last decade. I have to tell … Continue reading

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AGRO-HAcking Concepts and Principles (full playlist)

(Advancing Eco Agriculture) Permaculture by any other name, is Permaculture all the same.  As anyone who has been around the site for a while will tell you, I am not one to get too wrapped in titles, or even details…well … Continue reading

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Video of a prefabricated vertical grow system.

(Reduce Your Footprint TV) There are a lot of ways to build vertical gardens. We posted this one just to show how simple an install can be, especially for those of you who don’t think you are that handy. Seeing … Continue reading

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Video about some Urban Agriculture projects in Atlanta, Georgia

(Public Broadcasting Atlanta) Here is a video highlighting some urban agriculture projects in Atlanta, Georgia. They have a little bit on empty lot gardening, CSA’s, community gardens and the impacts these things are having on their communities. Besides just making … Continue reading

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A Viewpoint on the Indy Rezone Community Meeting on Urban Agriculture.

As many of you are aware, yesterday (July 16, 2014) The Indy Rezone Team held a couple of meetings to accept feedback concerning the citizens views on the current zoning proposal as it relates to urban agriculture. I took the … Continue reading

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DIYFS Podcast #19- Interview with Andrew Brake of Naptown Chickens

Recently I got to sit down with Andrew Brake of Naptown Chickens and talked about a wide variety of urban homesteading topics. It may be a bit of a surprise but the majority of our conversation centered around chickens, and … Continue reading

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Urban Agriculture Zoning Comment Session- Update of changes and reminder!

Note the change in location for the first meeting. The noon meeting will be held on the platform at City Market. This opportunity to participate in how our city is zoned last came about 45 years ago. Lets make sure … Continue reading

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An awesome garden infographic I ran across today.

(good to be Home) It should be noted that this chart was made for the UK and that he British Isles range from USDA hardiness zones 6 to 9. So for those of us in Zone 5-6, delay planting by … Continue reading

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Webinar on Toby Hemenway’s Ecological Landscaper Immersion Program

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Forget USDA organic- Check out Jack Spirko’s “Agritrue” truth in agriculture program.

(AGRITRUE) In a world where USDA organic has had its meaning watered down and at a time when our lawmakers are in cahoots with “Big Ag” and working to keep us from being informed about what is in the food … Continue reading

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