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Find your People – Meetup – 3/30/15

meetups

Meetups are groups of people with shared interests plan meetings and form offline clubs in local communities around the world. Meet your people in your area, offline. Get together to do something, learn something, share something.

meetup 1The Saint Louis Urban Farm & Sustainable Development Group (Saint Louis, MO)

Meet other local people who are interested in Urban Farms and Sustainable Development. These are urban design movements aimed to reform all aspects of urban development and sustainable living.

meetup 2Data Science for Sustainability (Redwood City, CA)

We’re a group interested in the application of Data Science to issues of sustainability, asking questions such as: what data feeds can improve supply chain sustainability? how can fault detectors be applied to agricultural water conservation? in what ways can building energy efficiency be automated? how can cell-phone data inform transport planning?

meetup 3Lisbon Sustainable Development Meetup (Lisbon)

Do you have a passion for the environment? Do you think sustainable development in Lisbon needs a boost? This group is open to everybody interested in issues related to sustainable development, such as organic food, renewable energy, sustainable building, green technology/innovations, corporate social responsibility, ecodesign and recycling.

meetup 4Dallas Sustainable Living & Organic Gardening (Dallas, TX)

Meet other local people who are making their lives more sustainable–whether in leaps or tiny steps. We are interested in many areas of sustainable living: organic gardening, permaculture, starting a green community, homesteading, lobbying our political leaders to create a more sustainable environment, climate change, peak 0il, and preparedness.

Sustainable Skills Society (Providence, RI)

Come learn some new skills, or share what you know!! The Sustainable Skills Society is a member-to-member skill-sharing collaboration. We are committed to living a simpler, more sustainable way of life which is more connected to our community and invested in the resilience of its members.

7 Foods to Boost Your Immune System Naturally

super food broccoliCold and flu seasons are upon us again. You can fight cold and flu by making your immune system stronger naturally. Here are 7 foods that will boost your immune system naturally. Try to include these in your daily diet.

Overall, your immune system does a remarkable job in fighting microbial organisms that cause diseases.  To fight cold and flu naturally, you need to practice some of the common healthy habits such as washing your hands, getting enough sleep, as well as including some super foods in your diet that boost your immunity.

Rainforests: What’s so Cool About Them?

amazon forestThere are some really cool things about rainforests that you ought to know. It’s not only awe inspiring scenery; forests provide us with two of the essentials for life, oxygen and food. It is also a unique ecosystem of plants, animals, and other living and nonliving things that Mother Nature has perfected through thousands of years of evolution.  

Trees are necessary for our survival on this planet. Trees, like all plants, produce oxygen through the photosynthesis process. Beyond producing oxygen, plants are also primary producers of foods for other living things on this planet. Plants are the base of the food chain and the rest of us are, in many ways, dependent on plants for food, both directly and indirectly.

My First Real Project at Nourish the Planet –...

blog2(2)My second week at NTP was not quite as action packed as my first because I came down with a cold early in the week and couldn’t put in a full day on Wednesday. I did, however, get involved in my first real project, which is making maps of Ben’s Raisin Roots Farm veggie plot, and of the larger Mountain Sky Ranch as a whole.

After only a couple of hours in the morning spent going over details for the map and scoping out the area I went home to rest and work on the map at my own pace, and hopefully avoid getting anyone else sick. I have some previous GIS experience from courses in university but since the program I’d been using (ArcGIS) is prohibitively expensive, I had to get creative.

Fodder For Livestock – Make Your Own DIY Sprouted ...

photo_21518_20120317Feeding your livestock can be a real challenge when you don’t have enough grass on your pasture. During the cold seasons and droughts, there could be shortages of feed and grass for animals to graze on. Buying hay is expensive and prices are subject to change which could run up your feeding cost.

A healthy alternative to your pasture grass could be young grasses grown with your own fodder system. You could easily build a system that grows young grasses within a very short time with minimum resources and water, in a hydroponic system.