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Grow Amaranth

Why Should I Grow Amaranth? Amaranth is a native American food crop. It was a primary food source for the Inca, Maya, and Aztec civilizations.  Amaranth grows like a grain but it’s actually a seed. Amaranth is extremely nutritious and also delicious. It’s gluten free, high in protein and fiber, and it contains all the …

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Active Water Filtration

There are lots of ways of thinking about active water filtration. Here is a photo I took of a typical water filtration system in an Earthship at the Earthship Biotecture Academy in Taos. From left to right, the water passes through a series of smaller and smaller meshed permanent water filters. The first stage is …

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Passive Water Filtration

The gold standard for passive water filtration is the Berkey ceramic permanent water filter. You just put rain water, river water, or even well water into the top, and wait for it to gravity feed through the permanent filter. One of these makes enough water for about three people per day. Many of the communities …

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Air Wells

The air is full of water. The world is turning into a desert. Soon, the moisture-farming life of rural Tatooine will be a reality. In some places, it already is. Anyone who’s ever owned an air conditioner knows that they produce a lot of water when they’re running. Most are designed to evaporate this water. …

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Kinetic Gravity Storage

There are several main approaches being developed for storing electric power using gravity. Let’s look briefly at each. The main advantage to all these kinetic gravity storage technologies is that you don’t need batteries. They also provide an alternative to problematic battery technologies. There are many problems with any battery modern technology including limited lifespan, …

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Wells But With Bioswales

Fresh water is a finite, non-renewable resource. A limited supply becomes available each year as a result of rainfall. Climate change and air pollution lead to less rainfall each year. Land use and municipal sewage policy lead to unnecessarily wasted water. Together these factors mean that our limited water supply is shrinking each year, and …

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Horticulture

Houseplants There is a huge market for rare and exotic houseplants. Just look here to see the kinds of prices they sell for, sight-unseen at online auctions. These sold listings will also help you get a sense for what kinds of plants people are buying. You can sell them at auction online, at farmers markets,  …

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Mycoculture

Growing Mushrooms is Fun and Easy Mushrooms are weird. They are not plants; they are actually more closely related to animals. Mycoculture is the science of growing mushrooms. Mycoculture is a fun hobby or microbusiness which can be done cheaply and produce excellent food products to consume or to sell. One of the coolest things …

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Outward-Focus

One of the very important things to consider when building a community is having an outwards-focus. The shared intention and vision should give people a focus on educating others or serving the broader community. This way, community members are focused on the shared project rather than focused on one another. This decreases factionalism and infighting …

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