Episode 213. Glyphosate, The Gut & A Surprising No-Dig Benefit!

This is the World Organic News for the week ending 11th of  May 2020.

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As a bit of a follow on from last week when I recommended the resources at NCAT ATTRA which are now free to download, link in these show notes too, I listened to their podcast this week. I listen to most of theirs unless the episode revolves around US Tax law or something equally not relevant to me. Continue reading “Episode 213. Glyphosate, The Gut & A Surprising No-Dig Benefit!”

Episode 212. Resources and Heresy!

This is the World Organic News for the week ending 4th of  May 2020.

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Back in 2007/8 when the financial crash hit government funding in the US, yes and everywhere else too, but this is a US story for the moment, so the US cut funding to NCAT and especially to their ATTRA program which I think stands for Appropriate Technology Transfer for Rural America? Of something like that. I’d used this site for years as a resource for sustainable ag articles, ideas and techniques. Anyway their funding was chopped about and they started charging a couple of dollars for each download. The other day at work I thought I remembered a resource on organic asparagus. A quick google wang had me there. Continue reading “Episode 212. Resources and Heresy!”

Episode 211. Science, Biomimicry and Gardening

This is the World Organic News for the week ending 27th of  April 2020.

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Given the current wooha we are exposed to of late, I thought it might be a good idea to look at the science behind No-Dig gardening. 

As long time listeners will know, I’m a big fan of biomimicry. This combined with the scientific method – hypothesis, experimentation, data collection and contemplation – allows us to proceed from a solid starting point. As new information is received we can adjust our hypothesis and test again. Continue reading “Episode 211. Science, Biomimicry and Gardening”

Episode 210. Redesigning The Food System

This is the World Organic News for the week ending 20th of  April 2020.

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We have a great opportunity at this strange time in world affairs. In my own world, the complete lack of clients has led to great leaps forward in the garden space at work. One person with the time and the seeds can make a difference. As I’ve mentioned before, I am employed by a disability day program service and three residential units are in the same location. I’ve been able to supply them with silverbeet, tomatoes, cucumbers, pumpkins and winter squash. Continue reading “Episode 210. Redesigning The Food System”

Episode 209. The Tightening

This is the World Organic News for the week ending 13th of  April 2020.

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Hello listeners! We have had our local hospitals closed for two weeks and they are scheduled for a deep clean. These facilities are the centre of COVID-19 cluster here in the North West of Tasmania. The numbers are small compared to other places on the globe, so Mrs World Organic News and I are relieved these measures have been taken. Herself has been home for three weeks and as I’m classified as an essential worker because I’m in the disability sector, I’ve been out in the community. The drive to work is along back roads and work itself is isolated from the rest of town anyway so we are relatively safe. The only contact with the rest of the world is food shopping. People are doing the right thing and my hands are now almost 90% alcohol from the hand sanitiser. So we remain hopeful and carry on. I hope you all stay safe. Continue reading “Episode 209. The Tightening”

Episode 208. No-Dig for Victory

This is the World Organic News for the week ending 6th of  April 2020.

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Folks we are in a battle, more than that we are in a war. Opportunity often comes disguised as adversity. 

The long decades of struggle against pollution, against Monsanto, against fossil  fuels and the mindless idea of continual consumption could be coming to an end. I do NOT see the suffering of this time, the infected and the deceased as a positive. I sit in empathy with Mrs World Organic News as she weeps during news reports covering death tolls and abandoned nursing homes and the incompetence of some responses. I am livid at the mindless bullshit spreading across social media. Let me put that clearly. Continue reading “Episode 208. No-Dig for Victory”

Episode 207. Quick Response Gardens

This is the World Organic News for the week ending 16th of  March 2020.

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In reference to last week’s episode #206  Two Different No Dig Garden Systems, I called for any listeners who understood the carbon drawdown effects of lasagna gardening structures I was talking about. A big thank you to Peter McCarthy for his response. Continue reading “Episode 207. Quick Response Gardens”

Episode 206. Two Different No-Dig Garden Systems

This is the World Organic News for the week ending 9nd of  March 2020.

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This week we’re delving into the worlds of lasagna and straw bales. 

Lasagna Gardening

Lasagna gardening is a variation on the No-Dig system described in the World Organic News No-Dig Gardening Book. It involves the standard steps of edging and laying down a barrier between the garden space and the soil/lawn below. So far so straightforward.

The variation begins with the growing media. The blog Homegrown Hillary has a post entitled: (and this will come as a surprise) Lasagna Gardening Continue reading “Episode 206. Two Different No-Dig Garden Systems”

Episode 205. Regenerative Farming With Chickens

This is the World Organic News for the week ending 2nd of  March 2020.

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Why Chooks?

This week I’m diving deeply into the humble chook. Known outside of Australasia as the chicken or hen, Here they are chooks. Get used to the word as it’s just what I use. Maybe you could spread this practice to where you live? A little linguistic trading. Continue reading “Episode 205. Regenerative Farming With Chickens”

Episode 204. First Principles Continued: Mindset

This is the World Organic News for the week ending 24th of  February 2020.

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The growing of soil, the apparent apathy towards action on climate change in some parts of the world and the need to do something, now has me in a reflective state today. 

Mindset is critical to the process of removing weeds from the land you are caring for. It takes time, it takes the correct actions too but essentially it’s a matter of mindset. Yes I have weeds to deal with, no I probably won’t solve the problem overnight, in a week or even a season but I will work with the ecology of the weed to remove that weed. It all sounds a bit jedi but it really works. Holding onto the plan based upon the lifecycle of the weed when everyone else in the district is splashing about with the glyphosate takes some courage of your convictions. Continue reading “Episode 204. First Principles Continued: Mindset”