permaculture For those in this list using Google products: Google+ Is Being Phased Out Slowly. What This Means for Bloggers

For those in this list using Google products: Google+ Is Being Phased Out Slowly. What This Means for Bloggers

Google may be slowly phasing out all its social media. This means that Blogger and Google+ will go away. This will be good for Ello and those who still run email-based (mailing lists) discussion forums. Non tech/industry web forums are not that useful or popular so they will not likely fill the gap.

My reaction will be to go full tilt developing my Ello pages and hoping Ello developers will implement new and useful features that (hopefully) directly replace the most valuable ones in Google+.

Here’s more:

Google+ Is Being Phased Out Slowly. What This Means for Bloggers http://awesomelytechie.com/google-plus-phased-out-bloggers/

“Google Plus came on the scene, and we all collectively tilted our heads trying to figure out what a circle had to do with anything.

Since its debut, early adopters have tried to convince us that Google+ was fetch, especially for bloggers. However, the word on the Internet streets is that the big G is phasing out its social network. This means Google+ will be dissolving into two separate entities: Google Photos and Google Hangouts.”

“1. Diversify your traffic sources

For the handful of you who have sung Google+’s praises at conferences and to your blogger friends about how much traffic you get from it, it’s time to spread your traffic around a bit. You should never rely on just one site or one source of traffic for your blog anyway, especially one as wishy-washy as Google, since it seems like they change the rules every single day. Start ramping up your efforts and your presence on other social networks. Some of the same people who you’ve connected with there are elsewhere online too.

2. Migrate to WordPress

With the news of Google+ shutting down, there’s been chatter about what Google product is next to get the axe. Good ol’ Blogger could very well be the next to get the boot. You’ve probably been told that you need to move over from Blogger to WordPress for a host of different reasons, but this should light the fire under you.

As a newbie blogger, the Blogger platform is a great start. But if 2015 is the year to step your game up, you have to move on to bigger and better things. A self-hosted WordPress site allows you the freedom to do more with your site than you could under Google’s strict terms of service and platform limitations.

3. Export your data

Because I was never sold on Google+, I never truly built out an audience on there. I posted links and a couple pictures, but that was it. However, if you’ve been busy, be sure to export your assets. Although the network will be splitting in two (Google Photos and Google Stream), if you plan on learning the ropes for both, you may be fine. However, things like your Insights for your brand’s page, you’ll want to capture those numbers so that you still have something to show for future partnerships.

4. Use Google’s other products

The fact of that matter is, Google is still the Magic Konch of the Internet. So just because this product is going away doesn’t mean you can’t benefit from others. Become more familiar with Google Analytics, start vlogging on YouTube, and play around with Hangouts. Those are products that Google has an easier time convincing people that they work, because they do. What you were achieving on this network, you can achieve on the other.

As of right now, there’s no definite shut down date for Google+. But you should start your strategy to move on from it now rather than later. You don’t want to be the one who gets dumped.”

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permaculture Latin American Organizations Campaign to Ban Monsanto | News | teleSUR English

[no more cosmo flux…….]

Latin American Organizations Campaign to Ban Monsanto | News | teleSUR English
http://www.telesurtv.net/english/news/Latin-American-Organizations-Campaign-to-Ban-Monsanto-20150429-0014.html

Doctors, scientists and environmentalists in Argentina, and across Latin America, are demanding a ban on Monsanto products. Over 30,000 doctors and health professionals in Argentina are the latest to add their voice to the fight against Monsanto, asking the federal government to ban its products after recent studies found they may contain carcinogens, press reports stated Tuesday. Other social organizations and researchers across Latin America have also spoken out against Monsanto’s products, signs of a larger and more ambitious campaign to ban the agrochemical company from the whole region. The demands come after the World Health Organization (WHO) released a report last month with the findings that glyphosate, the active chemical in Monsanto product Roundup, “probably causes cancer.” The chemical is also sold by other companies under the names Cosmo Flux, Baundap, Glyphogan, Panzer, Potenza and Rango. According to Argentina’s union of medical professionals, Fesprosa, glyphosate, “not only causes cancer. It is also associated with increased spontaneous abortions, birth defects, skin diseases, and respiratory and neurological disease.” RELATED: Monarch Butterfly Population Alarmingly Low Due to Monsanto’s Roundup “In our country glyphosate is applied on more than 28 million hectares. Each year, the soil is sprayed with more than 320 million liters, which means that 13 million people are at risk of being affected, according to the Physicians Network of Sprayed Peoples (RMPF),” said Fesprosa in a press statement earlier this month. The union, which represents over 30,000 doctors and health specialists in the country, also asked for the chemical to be banned from the country, and force agribusinesses to change their structure in order to not be dependent on chemicals. This includes stop using genetically modified plants. Glyphosate is used mainly on genetically modified crops – which have been adapted to tolerate the chemical so farmers can spray it on their fields to kill weeds but not their crops. The product is common not only in Argentina, but all of Latin America. According to Carlos Vicente, a representative of GRAIN, a non governmental organization that promotes sustainable agriculture, glyphosate was first introduced to the region in the 1970’s and its use spread rapidly through the use of Monsanto products. According to Greenpeace Andino, the use of agrochemicals in Argentina in particular has increased by 858 percent over the last 22 years. Today, there are some 50 million hectares of genetically modified soy crops in Latin America, where 600 million liters of the chemical are used each year, Vicente told Inter Press Service. RELATED: Monsanto Pays US 600K for Underreporting Use of Toxins Roundup Ready crops are particularly common in Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Paraguay, and Uruguay. These five countries alone comprise of 83 million hectares of genetically modified crops, according to Javier Souza, coordinator of Latin American pesticide action network, RAP-AL. “We believe the precautionary principle should be applied, and that we should stop accumulating studies and take decisions that could come too late,” Souza told Inter Press Service, referring to a principle that precautionary measures sure be taken against a product that is believed to pose a threat to health or environment, even if a definitive cause-effect relationship has not been established. However, the pesticide is not only used on genetically modified crops, but also on vegetables, tobacco, fruit trees and plantation forests of pine or eucalyptus, as well as in urban gardens and flowerbeds and along railways. Souza, who is also the head of the Argentine Center for Studies on Appropriate Technologies, has called for an all out ban of the product in the region. “We advocate a ban on glyphosate which should take effect in the short term with restrictions on purchasing, spraying and packaging,” said Souza. Greenpeace also demands a ban of the product in Latin America, which it says is “damaging to both the soil and our health,” and advocates for cleaner agricultural production techniques. “We cannot allow the business interests of a North American multinational to be more important than the health of the people of our region. Governments should promote the technology and practices of organic farming to protect growers, consumers and the environment,” said Franco Segesso, coordinator of the campaign at Greenpeace Andino.

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permaculture Symbionticism: A blog about symbiosis and one of Life’s great rules – Out of Many, One – by Dr. Seth Bordenstein

Symbionticism
http://symbionticism.blogspot.com/
A blog about symbiosis and one of Life’s great rules – Out of Many, One – by Dr. Seth Bordenstein

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permaculture Symbionticism: Margaret McFall-Ngai waxing on the Beauty of Small Things

Symbionticism: Margaret McFall-Ngai waxing on the Beauty of Small Things

*Published on Apr 3, 2015*
Recent technological advances have presented a new view of the world to biologists, one in which obligate alliances between animals and microbes are the rule rather than the exception. The microbial partners, while sometimes occurring at such densities as to be visible to the naked eye, are often best studied with the use of powerful microscopes. The combination of the subject matter and the microscopic methods render the images startlingly beautiful.

In a November 2014 lecture at Mann Library, Margaret McFall Ngai reflects on new research that has dramatically changed our understanding of the ways in which microbes are crucial to the well-being of plants and animals, and explores the new ways that both scientists and artists are finding to express the beauty of this symbiotic relationship.

Dr. McFall Ngai is Professor of Medical Microbiology and Immunology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and affiliate professor at the University of Hawaii. One of the foremost life scientists in the fields of immunology, symbiosis, and marine biology, she is also serving as Andrew Dickson White Professor-at-Large at Cornell University through 2017.
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Symbionticism
http://symbionticism.blogspot.com
A blog about symbiosis and one of Life’s great rules – Out of Many, One – by Dr. Seth Bordenstein

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permaculture PP:684 Sad news

Steve,
I don’t have words to express my regret for you – his friends, who stay to live on this planet. I didn’t know Martin, but I feel very sad and send you strength to sustain to the pain …

Donka

On Tuesday, April 28, 2015 10:45 AM, Steve Hart wrote:

Martin Martin Martin Martin Martin…… may you now be in peace. Martin was very close to Leo, Martina and me helping build The Permaculture College of Europe. It was a shared passion which excited him. We spoke collectively together of his health issues that he shared with us. I have tears in my eyes as I write this. We worked together well. I share all the responses offered here. Depression is a difficult illness which is very rarely shared. I know full well for I experience it often myself and have been saved a number of times by those close to me. We will remember him for all his warm, positive and constructive energy. Martin Martin Martin Martin Martin you will always be with us my friend…love Steve Hart

On 28 April 2015 at 06:40, Klara Hansson wrote:

> Oh, ay. I am so sorry to hear this, thank you for sharing Gaye! >
> This weekend while spending time with Transition folks in a hot water > pool, I was thinking of Martin and all the fun we have had while swimming > our way through the EPT-meetings together. He was a secret fish and a > wonderful soul. I was ready for more adventures with him and all you others > spread out over the land!
>
> I’m deeply grateful for the connection we have. I will not loose you, and > the memory of Martin will stay for a long, long time.
>
> Peace,
> klara
>
> 0704-406504www.gemeko.se
>
> Luis Amaral skrev den 2015-04-27 17:52:
>
> I´m sadly shocked and overwhelmed.
> I just have no words to express my sorrow.
>
> Be strong dear friends.
>
> Martin is a shining light we all will keep on loving.
>
>
> *Luís Amaral **__________*
> (+351) 939 257 254
> (+351) 960 325 785
>
> 2015-04-27 14:03 GMT+01:00 Noelia Jiménez : >
>> Sad and shocking indeed…
>> Such a beautiful human being, always helpful and supportive, he >> certainly made a difference in the EPT and I will miss him. In editing and >> publishing we could always count on his IT expertise and good disposition >> to give a hand. I remember the nice stretches he did to many us in Friland, >> taking us up from the armpits. Such a kind and constructive character. >> May he rest in peace wherever he is now, and we learn and treasure all >> the good stuff he shared with us.
>> Noe
>>
>> tradymas.wordpress.com
>>
>> 2015-04-27 14:01 GMT+02:00 Monika Frank : >>
>>> shock, sadness, anger, and all the rest of it. anger because of “damn >>> zone 0 thing that we consciously hide from others”. In the (virtual and >>> real) sense of community that we created in the EPT, there can be space for >>> this as well.
>>>
>>> I remember Martin´s smile and a late-night-subversive discussion with >>> him in Friland. I am thankful to have met Martin, who was a patient, >>> creative and lovely person.
>>>
>>> ****************
>>>
>>> from the “Eschatological Laundry List/ A partial Register of the 927 >>> (or was ist 928?) Eternal truths: (by Sheldon Kopp, american therapist) >>> No. 30. “we have only ourselves, and one another. that may not be much, >>> but that´s all there is.”
>>>
>>> how sad, that truth No.31 did not reach Martin any more “How strange, >>> that so often, it all seems worth it.”
>>>
>>>
>>>
>>> Moni
>>>
>>>

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permaculture Closed-Loop Aquaponics With Applied Permaculture Design – Complete Training Backyard, Family & Commercial Systems May 29 – June 1 2015

Closed-Loop Aquaponics
With Applied Permaculture Design – Complete Training
Backyard, Family & Commercial Systems
May 29 – June 1, 2015
Willits, California
Learn One of the Most Sustainable
Food Production Systems in the World!

http://www.livingmandala.com/Living_Mandala/Commercial_Aquaponics_With_Applied_Permaculture_Willitts_2015.html

* Use up to 90% Less Water
* Save Labor, Time and Money
* Permaculture Focus for Greater Self-Sufficiency
* Off-Grid Systems & Aquaponics for Homesteads
* Design for Diverse, Climates, Ecologies, & Cultures
* Create a Thriving, Regenerative Business!

Course Overview
Wether you are a beginner, a backyard hobbyist, a homesteader or a skilled professional wanting to start a career in Aquaponics this course has something to offer. This course is will provide you with a solid foundation, in depth information, and hands-on experience for designing and building cutting-edge Permaculture based Aquaponics Systems. Wether you want to grow food for you and your family, a small business or a fully commercial operation, this course will give you the foundational tools, information and experience you will need to support you in whatever Aquaponic endeavor you are interested in for years to come. At a time of global climate change, depletion of resources, pollution of water and huge losses of top soil worldwide, there has never been a more important time to learn about Aquaponics.

Learn from Over 30 Years of Combined Collective Experience!
This training will be led by our incredible team of Aquaponics instructors, professionals and educators from around the world: Including:

•Max Meyers of Nor Cal Aquaponics – lead instructor, known for combining the sciences of Aquaponics & Permaculture
•Rob Nash of Austin Aquaponics – bringing over a decade of experience with large scale Aquaponic farming techniques and hybrids
•Samantha Rodriguez of EZ Farms & Fish – who brings beauty and abundance to backyard systems and beyond
•Jon Parr of Fishnet Aquaponics – who is presently building California’s largest commercial Aquaponics system of over 8 acres of Aquaponics in greenhouses
•Bock Doleman of Occidental Arts and Ecology Center – known globally for his work with watershed restoration and regenerative water system designs as well as the wealth of knowledge on aquatic ecology and permaculture.

Course Description
Aquaponics is one of the most sustainable and productive farming systems in the world. It combines Aquaculture and Hydroponics to create more self-sufficient, closed-loop, systems that use only a fraction of the water, labor, energy, etc. that other methods use. Combining Permaculture Design with Aquaponics creates an even more sustainable, dynamic, productive & regenerative system. In this training you will learn some of the most cutting-edge pioneering aquaponics systems from various successful experts in the field, and gain a solid foundation from which to create your own Aquaponics System, Farm & thriving Green Business appropriate to your climate, ecology, dreams, & desires.

Course Details
This Course includes:
•Detailed exploration and overview of the science of Aquaponics – how it works
•System designs from all over the world; design, functions, adaptability, uses, variations and improvements.
•A detailed 100 page Aquaponics Course Manual covering all aspects of Aquaponics including: ‣Day-to-day operation of the system
‣Design checklist
‣Field tested formulas, calculations, estimates and guidelines. ‣Complete designs, plans and materials lists.
‣And much more!
•NorCal Aquaponics Systems step-by-step construction manual with variations and site specific applications intended to make it easy for anyone to build an Aquaponics system.
•A set of detailed construction plans, including site plans, and piping schematics.
•Commercial Aquaponics Greenhouse System detailed designs from Rob Nash or Austin Aquaponics. •Personal Q & A with successful experts in the field

* This training will include all of the above as well as a design element focus on how to design a system specific to your individual climate, ecology, dreams, and desires – wether it is for a small personal system or a more large scale commercial system. Our intention is to empower you with cutting-edge information to get started in this promising new Green Career of the Future, and technology of the ancient past.

Permaculture & Aquaponics
By bringing Permaculture Design principles and practices into Aquaponics, we are closing many loops, inefficiencies, and energy drains that exist in more conventional systems, as well as integrating the system appropriately into the larger landscapes and ecologies it is a part of, making it a much more holistic and sustainable enterprise. Closed-Loop Aquaponics focuses on designing aquaponics systems that that produce as much of the system’s needs (water, energy, fish, feed, heat, gas, etc.) on-site and within the system itself as possible. Products of the systems can include; solar electricity, solar heated air, solar heated water, fish, prawns, vegetables, fruit, aquatic plants, algae, minnows, snails, worms, dry and liquid fertilizers, methane gas, and more. By using the Permaculture Design process, we learn to design systems appropriate to diverse climates and unique ecological niches to meet various needs, dreams, and desires.

Student Testimonials
“The highest praise I can give this course is the ability to take it home and immediately apply the principles. I received a thorough understanding of the subject and feel I could build my own system with the information given.” – Anne, Santa Cruz, May 2012

“I was looking for a course to help me start my system, and was a little worried this wouldn’t cover everything… but boy was I wrong! It covered everything I expected and so much more! I’m excited to go home feeling fully capable to build my system, and perhaps 3 or 4 others I had no idea about before!” – Mike, Santa Cruz, May 2012

“This course was so jam-packed with information my head felt like an over soaked sponge! I feel like the amount of info I received will continue to ooze out my ears and inform a lifetime’s work in this field. I highly recommend it for any and all persons interested.” – Susan, Ukiah, May 2011

“This course is a must for anyone wanting to engage in urban agriculture.” – Matthew, Santa Cruz, May 2011

“This course topped all my expectations and is the best aquaponics course I have taken. The information delivered was exceptional, beyond what I have seen, and more than I ever thought possible for aquaponics. Max and the Living Mandala support staff are very friendly, knowledgable people doing great work in the world. Thank you for this offering.” – Gary, Ukiah, Aug 2010

“Max is a brilliant designer, an extraordinary human being, and a natural teacher. His breadth of experience, passion, integration of regenerative design principles, creativity, depth of knowledge on the subject, and freedom of sharing information, are truly a gift.” – Palika, Santa Cruz, May 2012

“This course is all about empowering each of us with the tools and techniques to take responsibility for our future by creating a sustainable food source and sharing this on so many levels.” -Susan. Santa Cruz, 2012

Tuition & Registration
Includes Aquaponics Certification, Course Materials (including 100 page course manual), Detailed Designs), and Hands-on Experience.

Standard Tuition: $1295

Early Bird: $995 – (for those making less than 50k annually – Ends April 1!)

Permaculture Design Course Graduates, Aquaponics Course Grads, & College Students: $895
To support the permaculture movement and our commitment to further empower local sustainability efforts, we are offering a special discount to Permaculture Design Course Graduates, Aquaponics Course Graduates, and college students.

* There will be a small registration fee in addition to the above prices.

To Register for the Aquaponics Course Click Here.

Meals & Lodging
Course tuition includes beverages and light snacks and lunch during the course. Participants are responsible for their own dinner. Lunch will not be included on the additional optional hands-on day on Monday, May 12. The venue is located in downtown Willits, and their are several local restaurants near by. There local hotels, camping options, and other possibilities available. We will send you more information on local lodging options in the registration packet.

Aquaponics Facts
•AQUAPONICS USES 90% LESS WATER THAN CONVENTIONAL FARMING DOES!
•AQUAPONICS IS ENERGY-EFFICIENT: IT REQUIRES ONE-THIRD OF THE ENERGY OTHER FARMING SYSTEMS USE!
•AQUAPONICS HAS EIGHT TO TEN TIMES MORE VEGETABLE PRODUCTION IN THE SAME AREA AND TIME!
•LABOR IS REDUCED AS MUCH AS 40% AND MANY USEFUL BYPRODUCTS ARE CREATED THAT CAN BE USED TO FARM OTHER CROPS, TREES, SOIL, WATER AND ENERGY!
•A PERMACULTURE INSPIRED SYSTEM PRODUCES ALL OF THE SYSTEM’S NEEDS (WATER, ENERGY, FISH FEED, HEAT, ETC.) ON SITE!
•PRODUCTS OF THE SYSTEM INCLUDE; SOLAR ELECTRICITY, HEAT, FISH, PRAWNS, VEGETABLES, AQUATIC PLANTS, ALGAE, SNAILS, WORMS, FERTILIZER, EVEN METHANE GAS!

Why Aquaponics?
Growing our food in closed systems that require no soil allows us to farm soil and water outside the system. We plant soil and water in our damaged and depleted landscapes which not only aids in the restoration of the soil, groundwater and native forests, but has the added benefit of offsetting greenhouse gases by removing carbon Dioxide from the atmosphere. This is one of the practices used in what we call “Carbon Farming”. Soils contain approximately 75% of the carbon pool on land — three times more than the amount stored in living plants and animals.

Did you know that 1” of healthy top soil spread over 1 acre of land sequesters the same amount of carbon a healthy forest of the same size does annually? It is estimated that our crop and range lands lose 4 tons of topsoil every year for every person alive! That’s 21 gigatons of soil washed or blown out to the sea and lost for productive use on land, releasing vast amounts of carbon in the process (New Scientist, December 2006).

Being able to use land considered “Undesirable” by conventional farming, Aquaponic farmers have the added benefit of access to cheap lands and lease agreements. Often using otherwise unused space such as fill, gravel, concrete, abandoned commercial sites, even roof tops.

The Only Limit is in the Mind of the Designer

Watch a Video of Max Meyers of NorCal Aquaponics Featured in Time Magazine On-Line

Watch a Video of Rob Nash of Austin Aquaponics Featured in Central Texas Gardener

https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?v=919967824692988

Contact
For questions and more information regarding the course
e-mail: aquaponics(at)livingmandala.com or
call: (707) 285-7231

To Register for the Aquaponics Course Click Here.

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HERE
Instructors

Max Meyers
Maximillian Meyers is an Ecological Designer, Permaculture Teacher, Commercial Aquaponic System Designer/Installer, Rainwater and Greywater System specialist, Farmer and the Executive Director of the Mendocino Ecological Learning Center – a nonprofit educational organization and ecological reserve offering green job training and sustainable living skills to the public. In addition to the work at MELC, Max provides Ecological design services through his businesses Osiris Designs and NorCal Aquaponics. He is passionate about all things related to a more just and sustainable world. He has been studying, practicing and teaching Permaculture and Ecological Design for 14 years. Since graduating from College with a B.A. degree in Culture, Ecology and Sustainable Communities, Max has become a certified Permaculture designer/teacher, water systems specialist and working professional. He has been fortunate enough to study with people like Bill Mollison, Geoff Lawton, Sepp Holzer, Tom Ward, Jude Hobbs, John Valenzuela, Penny Livingston, and many others in places like the United States, New Zealand, Australia, Thailand, Mexico, Colombia, Brazil and Hawaii. Some of his fields of study and practice include: Natural Building, Organic Farming, Integrated Rainwater Harvesting, Alternative Transportation, Mushroom Cultivation, Sustainable Forestry, Beekeeping, Animal Husbandry, Renewable Energy, Biogas Production and use, Greywater Systems design and installation, Vermiculture, seed saving and many other sustainable technologies, methods and skills. He has experience teaching Permaculture, Natural Building, Cob Construction, Renewable Energy, Organic Farming, Beekeeping and others. His work has been featured in the best selling book Gaia’s Garden: A Guide to Homescale Permaculture, as well as radio and television programs.

Lead Instructor

Rob Nash
Rob Nash is the owner/operator of Austin Aquaponics and HannaLeigh Farm based out of Austin, Texas. He has been designing and implementing commercial scale aquaponic systems since 2007. Rob combined his years of hands on experience with training from Dr. Rakocy on the UVI model and at Nelson & Pade aquaponics, to pioneer one of the first commercial operations to implement the popular, integrated or media-raft-hybrid commercial systems. Rob’s passion for and dedication to educating others about this industry has allowed him to become a sought-after source of knowledge in the southern region, where he has taught hundreds of students. His farm and aquaponic systems have been showcased on The Central Texas Gardener and InfoWars.com in 2013. He currently offers training workshops, consultation, and build/design of aquaponic systems for the beginner to advanced gardener, as well as commercial-minded aquapon. Rob is a one of the original founding members of the aquaponic association, and has served as a chairman sense its formation in 2011.

Lead Instructor

John Parr
Jon Parr, a leader in the emerging Aquaponics movement comes from a background of fine craftsmanship, specializing in granite. Since his early childhood, Jon has been an avid fisherman of the California waterways. As a fish hobbyist, Jon has befriended many of California’s aquaculture community. Those connections with the fish community has helped many aquaponics farmers fill their fish tanks.

Jon discovered aquaponics overcoming a problem with ground squirrels at his home in the Santa Cruz mountains. Jon left the craft / construction trade to pursue the aquaponic arts full time. During the years of research and real-world application, Jon developed numerous expansive aquaponic systems. He pioneered new methods, practices, equipment and understanding, many of which have become the standards of the Aquaponic industry today. Jon pioneered one of the largest commercial aquaponics systems in the world – an 8 acre farm under greenhouses in Watsonville, CA. Jon’s hands-on approach to real-world application of sustainable permaculture and aquaponic production have made him a popular circuit speaker and one of the elite aquaponic industry experts. John’s current projects can be found at: http://www.fishnetaquaponics.com & SchoolGrown.

Guest Instructor

Brock Dolman
Brock is a co-founder of the Sowing Circle, LLC Intentional Community & Occidental Arts and Ecology Center (www.oaec.org), where he co-directs the Permaculture Program and the WATER Institute (www.oaecwater.org) in Sonoma County, California.

He is a wildlife biologist, permaculture designer, educator and watershed restorationist. Brock has been the keynote presenter at numerous conferences and has taught Permaculture internationally in Costa Rica, Ecuador, U.S. Virgin Islands, Spain, Brazil, China, Canada, Zimbabwe & and widely in the U.S.A. He was one of the core co-facilitators for the International Permaculture Convergence 8 (IPC8) PDC in Sao Paulo, Brazil and has co-taught at least 70 PDC’s since 1995. In 2013, after hosting over 40 PDC’s OAEC gave out their 1000th PDC certificate. Recently he has been invited to be one of the co-facilitators of the upcoming PDC during the International Permaculture Convergence 11 (IPC11) in Cuba in November 2013. He has been featured in the award winning films: The 11th Hour by Leonardo DiCaprio; The Call of Life by Species Alliance; and Permaculture: A Quiet Revolution by Vanessa Shultz. In October 2012 he gave a City 2.0 TEDx talk: (). For over a decade he has served as an appointed commissioner on the Sonoma County Fish & Wildlife Commission. In 1992 he completed his BA, graduating with honors from the University of California Santa Cruz with the Biology Department and Environmental Studies Department.

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permaculture MANY Useful Links || Kansas City IMC: newswire/5850

http://lists.ibiblio.org/pipermail/permaculture/2005-November/022872.html

[permaculture] MANY Useful Links || Kansas City IMC: newswire/5850

Sneak Attack on Organic food standards by USA Current rating: 0 by Anita G. Bush
(No verified email address) 26 Nov 2005
Industry sneak attack on organic standards rammed through congress. organic food SOS – Despite receiving over 350,000 letters and phone calls from OCA members and the organic community,
Republican leaders in Congress October 27 attached a rider to the 2006 Agricultural Appropriations Bill to weaken the
nation’s organic food standards in response to pressure from large-scale food manufacturers. To see full report go to
link below.
link – http://www.organicconsumers.org/sos.cfm
http://www.bhopal.net

FREEDOM from the OIL PIRATES and ROBBER BARONS

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