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Posts Tagged ‘forest’

Trees: The Fountains of Life

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Trees. They are all around us. They come in all sorts of different shapes, sizes, and colors. They each have a unique scent, a unique feel, a unique purpose. But have you ever really thought about what immense life forces they are? How much power they hold and how much they give to us? The…

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Mesquite: Where There’s Smoke

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Gary Paul Nabhan is an internationally celebrated nature writer, food and farming activist, and proponent of conserving the links between biodiversity and cultural diversity. He holds the W.K. Kellogg Endowed Chair in Sustainable Food Systems at the University of Arizona Southwest Center, where he works with students, faculty, and non-profits to build a more just,…

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Farm the Woods: Grow Food and Medicinals in Forests

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In the eyes of many people, the practices of forestry and farming are mutually exclusive, because in the modern world, agriculture involves open fields, straight rows, and machinery to grow crops, while forests are reserved primarily for timber and firewood harvesting. In fact, history indicates that much of humanity lived and sustained itself from so-called…

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WATCH: Grow a Living Treehouse

Courtesy of our friends at Inhabitat.com, I present for your consideration the living treehouse. Flexible plants, such as ficus, are grown around a lattice structure and molded into powerful, natural (even edible) shapes, like arches, creating a framework around which mossy green walls are grown. Gone are the energy-intensive chainsaws, sawmills, and trucks. Gone are…

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