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  • Title: Your Portal to the Post-Petroleum, Climate Moderating Future
    Descriptive info: .. Global Village.. Institute for Appropriate Technology.. 184 Schoolhouse Ridge Rd.. /P.. O.. Box 90.. Summertown TN 38483-0090 USA.. TEL: 931-964-4474.. Internet: ecovillage at thefarm.. org.. DX: WB4 LXJ.. Fax: 931-964-2200.. Go to the.. Ecovillage Training Center at The Farm.. Visiting us on a mobile platform? Try our.. Wix site!.. Global Village is a non-profit organization created in 1974 and chartered as a tax-exempt charity in 1984 for the purpose of researching and disseminating promising new technologies that can benefit humanity in environmentally friendly ways.. The philosophy of the Institute is that emerging technologies that link the world together are not ethically neutral, but often have long-term implications for viability of natural systems, human rights and our common future.. We can receive donations directly using any major credit card or your bank account via.. PayPal.. (donate to ecovillage at thefarm dot org and specify your greatest interests, or use this handy link:.. Please visit our growing.. library.. of tools and techniques now in the public domain.. Your.. contributions.. welcome!.. Eco-Iwo by Albert Bates (c) Copyright 1990 by The Book Publishing Company, All Rights Reserved.. Used with permission.. Where we are planting trees right now:.. at the.. Marda Permaculture Farm, Palestine.. providing water, food, fuel, peace and hope to the peoples of the Middle East from the peoples of the Middle East.. $20 from you.. plants 10 trees!.. One tree removes 55 pounds of carbon each year, equal to 1100 miles of car travel or 5500 miles in a commercial airliner (assuming 2 passengers out of 200 on the flight).. Join Starhawk (USA), Klaudia van Gool (UK) and Murad Alkhufash (PA).. 16-30 May 2013 in Marda Village, Salfit, Palestine, for the full Permaculture Design Certification Course.. Read about.. The Palestinian Farmer Who Grows His Own Resistance.. and.. visit out Facebook Site: Marda Permaculture.. Climate Farming.. We are now working with keyline injection of biochar in a compost tea slurry to regenerate degraded soils.. Transition Initiatives.. We are part of the Transition Towns movement.. Our county seat at Hohenwald, Tennessee is the 25th Transition Town in the USA.. We are working with county government, the business community, local charities, and the public to create a resilient and ecologically responsive economic fabric that will endure the turmoil and chaos of.. The Great Change.. now underway.. Learn More.. The Biochar Solution: Carbon Farming.. and Climate Change.. by Albert K.. Bates.. available from.. biocharsolution.. com.. and available in Kindle from.. thegreatchange.. Now Sponsoring.. Culture Change,.. the Sail Transport Network.. and an international.. plastics ban.. protecting the Pacific Gyre while trying to outlaw BPA.. donations welcome.. 2014 STN-Pedal Power Produce wish list.. Equipment and materials:.. Sailboats (purchased, gotten at auction, donated, borrowed, or built).. Bike carts (folding and nonfolding).. Bicycles (folding and nonfolding).. Skiffs, kayaks, lifeboats.. WInd-power generator for boat.. Solar panels for boat (foldable on awnings as well as panels).. Sails, rigging.. Navigation instruments.. Tools for repair and maintenance tasks.. Charts and books.. Materials for outreach (brochures, STN burgees, t-shirts).. Foul weather gear.. Safety equipment.. Work or contributions of time:.. Crew on sailboats.. Accountant.. Data entry clerk.. Fundraiser or Development Director.. Activism director (campaigns, anti-plastics action or reseach on river or ocean, etc.. ).. Marine work (woodworking, fiberglass mending, hauling out vessel, painting, rewiring, plumbing, diving service, mechanic, sailmaker).. Long-voyages research (setting up deliveries from tropical ports to U.. S.. coasts, for example).. Website and other computer programming work (including online match-making for sailors, passengers, captains, CSA subscribers, farmers).. Website forum moderator.. Editor of.. www.. SailTransportNetwork.. com.. (now under development).. Barter coordinator (e.. g.. : food in exchange for a keg of beer, or delivery-service done in exchange for some favor or object).. Farmers, depavers, vendors (for our own Farmers Markets stalls if necessary).. Community and Regional support (Portland E.. A.. T.. , Food Not Bombs or other services).. Cultural outreach: exchanging information, knowledge, art, technology between coastal and island communities.. Housing coordinator: finds boats or bedrooms in houses to stay in, or camping assistance, for visiting crew or activists participating in a voyage or other aspect of STN/PPP or Culture Change or other group such as CIty Repair.. Translators (e.. , for Spanish language interaction).. Cost items having monthly payments:.. Rent for slips.. Insurance costs.. Utilities.. various Fees.. Communications services (phones, carrier pigeons, smoke signals).. Travel for outreach inland (train tickets).. Climate Farming and Financial Permaculture.. Taught by the leading experts in sustainable agriculture and carbon sequestration,.. Darren Doherty, Joel Salatin, Elaine Ingham, Kirk Gadzia, Jeff Poppen, Brad Lancaster Eric Toensmeier.. , our 4-week design course in 2009 put all the pieces together to form a mosaic of ecological design to help rural businesses, farmers and householders produce safe and forward thinking products, and fresh organic produce, while putting carbon into the soil and shifting the trajectory of climate change back towards equilibrium.. In 2010 we said we need a strong step towards putting a price on carbon.. At the end of that year we saw that step taken in Cancun, where our NGO delegation attended the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change.. A pilot carbon farming and biochar stove program we are associated with is now officially certified for carbon credits.. We also published two compendia of the science, history and vision of an agricultural revolution in.. The Biochar Solution.. The Biochar Revolution.. In 2013 we compressed the Climate Farming course into an accessible weekend workshop and offered it in.. North America and Europe.. This year we we will be touring and lecturing again, but much of our time will be spent putting this into practice at home and advancing the art.. Relocalization, Transition, or.. Financial Permaculture,.. are different names used to describe a strategy to build societies based on the local production of food, energy and goods, and the local development of currency, governance and culture.. The main goals are to increase community energy security, strengthen local economies, and to dramatically improve environmental conditions and social equity.. Our Financial Permaculture strategy, which is led by.. Jennifer Dauksha English.. and draws in experts.. Catherine Austin Fitts, Franklin Sanders, Phil Cubeta, Carolyn Betts, Bob Waldorp, John Cloud, Jason Gonsky, David Blume, Luke Staengle, Andy Langford, and Liora Adler,.. is a well-considered response to the haphazard environmental, economic, and political of over-reliance on cheap energy, overshoot of the human population, and the tropism towards excess that seems to be a hallmark of.. homo sapiens.. neurobiology.. It is being offered in various forms and various countries.. We are in a crisis in the evolution of human society.. It s unique to both human and geologic history.. It has never happened before and it can t possibly happen again.. You can only use oil once.. You can only use metals once.. Soon all the oil is going to be burned and all the metals mined and scattered.. M.. King Hubbert, 1983.. The Financial Collapse Survival Guide and Cookbook: Recipes for Changing Times.. now available in Kindle from.. Institute program areas over the past decades have included research into food and energy applied sciences towards the end of improving food security and reducing climate-altering dependence upon fossil fuels; using improved communications methodologies for demonstrations of alternative economic and social experiments; and multidisciplinary research into mechanisms for narrowing the gap between the developed and developing world without undue negative cultural and environmental impacts.. From our crafting of a trike for an orphan of the 1974 earthquake in San Andrés Itzapa Guatemala has now come.. Asociación Maya Pedal,.. building pedal-powered machines, or bicimáquinas.. Our focus is on a convergence of renewable energy, environmental building, sustainable agriculture, biological wastewater systems, community conflict resolution methodologies, holistic community planning, permaculture design, experiential education, natural capital economics, ready access to global information, and a host of emerging modalities for systemic social improvements.. We have received numerous awards and frequent recognition for this work, which has always been at the leading edge of systemic social change, but we continue  ...   to grow bamboo.. for one year.. is less than the area annually being clearcut in the Caribbean rainforests of Belize, Honduras and Colombia.. each year!.. Biochar from Bamboo.. Biochar and organic no-till methods mimic natural ecosystems by helping to close the nutrient cycle.. Biochar serves as a coral reef in the soil, harboring microbial and fungal communities and storing nutrients and moisture for controlled release.. Coupling biochar production with winter hoophouses make its production very economical, especially if the feedstocks are harvested from waste products (local sawmill byproducts, oilseed husks and bagasse) or annual non-food yields (bamboo, leaves, wetland reeds and hyacinths).. Improving soil fertility inexpensively will enable farmers to once again produce the food consumed by a local population without fossil-fuel based inputs.. As we have seen for the past four centuries, conversion of natural vegetation to cropland reduces soil carbon content by one-half to one-third.. However, soil carbon loss can be reversed by agricultural practices that build up the carbon in soils by, for example, reducing the period of bare fallow, planting cover crops, and changing aeration of the soil (such as by no till, ridge till, or keyline planting).. Adding biochar to this mix of strategies provides the potential to take the planet from 386 ppmv CO2 to 350, or even 250 ppmv, on timescales short enough to prevent catastrophic tipping points from exterminating life on Earth.. Bambitat.. ,.. a GVI sponsored organization, is developing unique strategies for lightweight, fast growing bamboo habitats.. In 1983 The Institute financed the creation of a food sciences laboratory which, in cooperation with the USDA, experimented with a number of soyfoods and other ecologically secure ways of feeding the world.. In 1985, the food science laboratory was transferred to a community business, the Tempeh Lab, which today is one of the world's largest suppliers of soy fermentation inoculants.. In the mid-1980s The Institute also created a forest research program to identify ways to give standing forests greater commercial value than saw timber and residential subdevelopments.. That effort created another commercial enterprise for the local community,.. Mushroompeople.. , which is one of the nation's largest mail order suppliers of specialty.. mushroom spawn.. growing supplies.. We continue our work in food science research, producing a widening variety of tasty, nutritious and dietetic new foods from enzymatic cultures retrieved from distant corners of the Earth.. Coming to a store or soup kitchen near you soon may be some of our latest all-organic dairy- and meat- analogs from soy, hemp and other high protein sources.. Look for our Ecovillage label.. Throughout its.. history.. , it has been a goal of the Institute to serve as a living laboratory for developing, incubating, and showcasing new technologies.. The Institute provides the scientific and technical expertise that advances new ideas from paper to practice, and builds and tests prototypes in the real world, in combination with other technologies which affect overall performance.. Once an idea is proven to work, the Institute takes it to the stage of commercial viability.. Today, the Institute's principal work relates to the creation of a prototype.. Ecovillage Training Center.. which offers.. courses.. and immersion.. apprenticeships.. in permaculture, agriforestry, soyfoods, solar cars, constructed wetlands, biomimetic engineering, natural capital restoration, alternate energy, ecological building, conflict resolution, consensus and community,.. midwifery.. , natural nutrition, alternative medicine, healing touch, and many other promising paths to environmental sustainability.. more resilient and self-regenerative communities.. in harmony with the natural environment.. Plenty's.. Kids to the Country Program at the Ecovillage Training Center is now in its 16th year in bringing underprivileged children from low income housing and homeless shelters to a summer vacation of horses, hikes and swimming holes.. Consulting with schools such as Witts University (Johannesburg), Cal Poly Pomona and Berea College (Kentucky), we are designing new green campus population centers to steer universities into the transition to sustainability.. The Institute sponsors the Western Hemisphere hub office of.. the Global Ecovillage Network,.. guided the formation of the.. Ecovillage Network of the Americas.. , and is engaging in many other efforts to foster the expansion of the sustainable community movement worldwide.. The Institute's program partners include the Sarvodaya movement in Sri Lanka, Seoul National University's Sustainable Urban Development program in Korea, Sortavala in Russia, the Green Kibbutz Movement in Israel, Los Angeles EcoVillage, The Tholego Development Project in South Africa, Luna Nueva in Mexico, the Institute for Latin American Permaculture in Bolivia, Columbia, Venezuela and Peru, Reserva Sasardi, the Institute for New Frontiers in Cooperation, Builders without Borders, the United Nations Best Practices program (ECOSOC), Context Institute, Plenty International, Permaculture Institute of Peru, Grupo de Apoyo al Sector Rural, Aztlan Centro De Rescate Ecologico, Ecoaldea en Huehuecoyotl, Asociacion Gaia, Ecovillage Network of Canada, Comunidade Tribal Vale Encantado and ABRASCA (Brazil), the emerging ecovillage communities in Unguia and the Sasardi Reserve in Colombia, the Permaculture Institute of Brazil, Fundacion Darien, 7 Generaciones (Uruguay), La Caravana Arcoiris para la Paz, and many more.. Global Village Video.. is a subsidiary production company which produces instructional tapes and dvds on a variety of subjects.. Since 1994, we have been weaving together the emerging ecovillage movement, which we view as having the potential to bring about lasting change by seeking, as a central organizing principle, a harmonious balance between human habitat and the natural world.. Ecovillages are where the low- and medium-tech experiments of the past half-century merge into integrated human communities, at peace with their cultural and bioregional context, and proactively responsive to the profound agricultural, climatological and social challenges of the coming century.. We offer instruction which includes both the technical transfer side of appropriate technology (how-to and hands-on) and the invisible landscape of community the nuts and bolts of creating consensus and nurturing community social health and conviviality, distributing decisionmaking, and creating culturally-protective economic opportunities.. We work in English, French, Spanish and Portuguese, with further translation to indigenous languages as needed.. Our primary goal is to train trainers who will carry on the work in our absence, and to empower these promoters with the tools they need to network with their peers.. We support diverse cross-cultural networks of environmental interests.. Donate Now.. Donations to the Institute are tax-deductible.. In FY 2006, the Institute raised and spent approximately $240,000.. Its state and federal tax filings and a full disclosure of its financial records are available.. on line.. Consider a Bequest.. Many of us choose to give to charity on a regular basis or to leave a bequest of money or property as a final gift.. These kindnesses merge to create power for good in the world.. If you would like to consider such a gifting, please examine a.. paragraph.. suitable to insert into your testimentary bequests.. US residents can now make unlimited charitable contributions from their IRAs and 401(k) plans.. The possibility that there will a $1 million estate-tax exemption, plus a higher tax rate, in two years makes a compelling case for spreading wealth around now.. The governing body of the Institute is a five-person board, consisting of:.. Albert Bates.. , attorney and author, Summertown, Tennessee (Chairman);.. Alejandra Adler.. , artist and entrepreneur, Tepoztlan, Mexico;.. Lois Arkin.. , community activist and educator, Los Angeles, California;.. Frank Michael.. , engineer and inventor, Summertown, Tennessee; and.. Andrew Langford.. , permaculture farmer and educator, United Kingdom.. I would like to make a donation by fax or mail.. All donations are put to effective and efficient use.. Contact:.. PO Box 90.. Summertown TN 38483.. 931-964-4474.. email: ecovillage at thefarm.. This page optimized for reading by the visually impaired.. It shall be the policy of this organization that no discrimination shall exist toward any person, employee, member, or guest in any program, privilege, activity or facility of this organization on the basis of race, color, sex, religion, physical handicap, or national or ethnic origin.. Article Six of our charter, November, 1974.. Go to.. |.. The Farm Page.. Intentional Communities.. Global Ecovillage Network..

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  • Title: Appropriate Technology Library
    Descriptive info: 184 Schoolhouse Rd.. Summertown TN 38483-0090 USA.. 931-964-4474.. info at i4at dot org.. Bookmark this page!.. Global Services.. Consulting.. Connections.. Courses.. Sections.. Solar Devices.. Mechanical Devices.. Animal Husbandry.. Water Systems.. Chemical Devices.. Agriculture and Agroforestry.. Building.. Rural Self-reliance.. Permaculture Links.. LINKS.. to Resource Sites.. AGRICULTURE.. BEST PRACTICES.. BIO-DIVERSITY.. BUILDINGS AND DESIGNS.. BUSINESS AND INDUSTRY.. CHILDREN.. CLIMATE.. COMMUNICATIONS AND INFORMATION.. CULTURE.. EDUCATION.. ENERGY.. ENVIRONMENT.. FINANCE.. FOREST.. GENDER.. GENERAL.. HEALTH.. HUMAN SETTLEMENTS.. INSTITUTES.. LEADERSHIP.. MICRO-ENTERPRISE.. NATURAL DISASTER PREVENTION AND MANAGEMENT.. PARTNERSHIPS.. POLITICS.. POLLUTION.. POPULATION.. POVERTY ALLEVIATION.. PUBLIC POLICY.. PUBLIC TRANSIT.. SOCIAL JUSTICE.. TECHNOLOGIES.. UN COMMISSION ON SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT.. WATER.. Online Reports.. Solar Basics.. Concentrating Solar Thermal Water Pump.. Expanding Rubber Belt Solar Turbine.. Boiler Feed Solar Engine.. Oscillating Solar Pump.. Solar Radiation Data.. Natural Air Conditioning.. Tin Can Walls.. Optimized Solar Power.. Solar Box Cooker.. Solar Chimney Dehydrator.. Solar Power Generator.. Solar Food Dehydrator.. Solar Water Heater Principles.. Solar Heater.. Solar Energy Map.. Solar Powered Handtools.. Solar Water Distiller.. Lockpicking for the beginner.. Hotwire cars.. Lashing and Cordage.. Electric Arc to Produce Nitrogen Fertilizer.. Human Powered Well Driller.. Cable Release.. Hydraulic Ram Pumping (Water).. Inverter Schematic.. Wonder Wheel.. Valve For Hand-Pump.. Wind Chute Power Turbine.. Communications/Radio.. Homebrew Power Generator.. Wattage Usage For Generators.. Wind Power Chart.. Wind Generators.. Seasonal Engine Maintenance.. Ducks and Guineas.. Honey Bees and Beekeeping.. Raising Chickens.. How To Clean A Fish.. Skinning And Dressing Rabbits.. Basic Fishing.. Raising Rabbits.. Controlling Commensal Rodents.. Homemade Rabbit Cage.. Precautions With Snakes.. Killing and Dressing Venison.. Worms For Bait.. Brooder for Fowl.. Snares And Traps.. Water Power  ...   Igloo.. Strawbale Construction.. Cordwood Masonry.. Ferrocement.. Sawdust Firing Pottery Oven.. Small Chicken House.. Rock Construction.. Outdoor Table.. Homemade Pharmaceuticals.. Edible and Medicinal Plants.. Poisonous Plants.. Dangerous Insects and Arachnids.. Poisonous Snakes and Lizards.. Dangerous Fish and Mollusks.. Clouds: Foretellers of Weather.. Methods of Stalking.. Homemade Moccasins.. How To Make Cheese.. How To Make Soap.. How To Sharpen Tools.. Lehman's Grain Mills.. Sixty Uses Of Baking Soda.. Sixty Uses Of Vinegar.. Herbs For Ailments.. Old Time Cleaning Remedies.. Handyman Tips.. Human Waste and Disposal.. How To Sharpen A Knife.. Metric Conversion Charts.. How To Make Candles.. Simple Oil Lamp.. Self-Watering Sprout Cabinet.. Wind-Powered Gopher Repeller.. Make Water Proof Matches.. Home Canning and Preserving.. Cold Weather Advice.. Outdoor Cooking.. Finding Direction from the Skies.. Home Food Drying.. Emergency Childbirth.. Emergency First Aid.. Food-borne Illnesses.. Freeze Drying.. Heating, Cooking and Lighting.. The Hobo Stove.. Kerosene Lamps.. Grain Milling of Flour.. Build a Smokehouse.. Outdoor Oven.. Tandoor Cooker.. Wash Day.. And No Electricity!.. Wood Burning Basics.. Related sites.. Paolo's Permaculture Page.. The Farm.. Our Global Network.. Contact Us.. Consulting Services.. Our Training Center.. Copyright 2000, 2006 Global Village Institute for Appropriate Technology.. All rights reserved.. Reproduction in whole or in part in any form or medium without express written permission of Global Village Institute is prohibited.. Disclaimer: The information provided here is free and open literature obtained from sources in the public domain and carries no warranties as to sources, veracity, accuracy, libel, privilege, or legality.. GVI accepts no responsibility or liability in respect to information provided on this website..

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  • Title: Women's Leadership Training In Ecuador
    Descriptive info: 89 Schoolhouse Ridge Rd.. TEL: 931-964-4324.. Internet: ecovillage@thefarm.. Women's Leadership Training In Ecuador.. Proposal to.. U.. Department of State.. Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.. Office of Citizen Exchanges.. Program Management Staff.. Washington, D.. C.. 20547.. http://e.. usia.. gov/education/rfps.. Small Grants Competition on Women's Leadership and Disability Issues.. in Latin America, the Caribbean and the Middle East.. ECA/PE/C-01-38.. Executive Summary.. Narrative Proposal.. Detailed Budget.. Final Report Sept 2002.. Resumés of Key Staff:.. Alejandra Liora Adler.. Alberto Ruz.. Beatrice Briggs.. Cynthia  ...   in partnership with:.. Caravana Arcoiris por la Paz (la Caravana).. Centro de Educación y Acción de las Mujeres Otavaleñas (CEAMO).. Federación Indigena y Campesina de la Inrujta (FICI).. 89 Schoolhouse Rd PO Box 90.. Tel/Fax: 931-964-4324 - gen@ecovillage.. org -.. i4at.. email: ecovillage@thefarm.. Global Village is a non-profit organization created in 1974 and chartered as a tax-exempt charity in 1980 for the purpose of researching promising new technologies that can benefit humanity in environmentally friendly ways.. partnering for sustainable development..

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  • Title: 2000 Cultivars
    Descriptive info: Back to i4at.. Each Bamboo listed is annotated for its.. potential.. maximum height, diameter, minimum temperature in degrees Fahrenheit (below which top damage occurs), and sun/shade requirements (1 = full shade, 5 = full sun).. Availability is as of August, 1998.. Most of the listed Bamboos can perform at smaller sizes as herbaceous perennials with adequate mulch in areas where the tops are killed regularly by low winter temperatures.. Note that when they are top killed, the Bamboos will come back smaller than they were and take a few years to size back up.. Where possible, we have used what we believe to be the most botanically valid and scientifically accurate nomenclature.. However, on some of our newer acquisitions where the name is in some doubt, we have used the name under which we received the material.. The same holds true for the performance annotations.. As we learn more we will update appropriately.. V.. = Variegated (leaf and/or culm).. +.. = Wholesale quantities available.. o.. = Available in small quantities only.. -.. = Rare, propagated to order.. x.. = Flowering (not available).. ?.. = New acquisition, performance unknown.. All our Bamboos are hand dug.. We  ...   (?).. 2 to 3.. Bambusa glaucescens (syn.. multiplex).. 35'.. 1 1/2.. 15 F.. 4 to 5.. B.. g.. 'Alfonse Karr' V.. 'Alfonse Karr' midori V.. 'Golden Goddess'.. 10'.. 1/2.. 'Riviereorum'.. 6'.. 1/4.. 1 2 F.. 'Stripestem Fernleaf' V.. 12 F.. 'Tiny Ferm'.. 3'.. 1/8.. textilis.. 40'.. 2.. 13 F.. ventricosa.. 55'.. 2 1/4'.. Bashania fargesii.. 3 to 4.. Brachystachyum densiflorum.. 6 1/2'.. 3/8.. d.. villosum.. densifolia.. (?).. Chimonobambusa marmorea.. C.. m.. varicgata V.. Drepanostachyum khasianum.. 12'.. Fargesia adpressa.. 18'.. F.. dracocephalum.. 16'.. 3/4.. -10 F.. fungosa.. murielae.. 15'.. nitida.. n.. 'anceps'.. 'deBender'.. 'Eisenach'.. 'Nymphenburg'.. robusta.. Hibanobambusa tranquilans.. H.. t.. 'Shiroshima' V.. Indocalamus latifolius.. I.. l.. 'solidus'.. -5 F.. Iongiauritis.. 5'.. tessellatus.. -15 F.. Phyllostachys acuta.. 25'.. P.. angusta.. 22'.. arcana.. 27'.. 0 F.. atrovaginata (was P.. congesta).. 2 1/4.. -10 F.. aurea.. a.. 'Albovariegata' V.. 1 3/4.. 'Flavescens-inversa' V.. 'Holochrysa' V.. 'Koi' V.. 'Takamurai' V.. 3.. aureosulcata V.. 'Alata'.. 'Aureocaulis' V.. 26'.. 1/1/2.. 'Harbin'.. f.. nigra.. 'Spectabilis' V.. bambusoides.. 72'.. 6.. 5 F.. b.. 'All Gold' V.. 'Castillon' V.. 'Castillon inversa' V.. 'Marliacea'.. 'Slender Crookstem'.. 48'.. 'White Crookstem'.. bissetii.. bissetii (dwarf ?).. decora.. dulcis.. 2 3/4.. elegans.. 32'.. flexuosa.. 31'.. glauca.. 34'.. 'Notso'.. 34.. More..

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  • Title: A Different Way of Seeing
    Descriptive info: 'Farm Tech A Different Way of Seeing.. by ALBERT BATES.. originally appeared in.. Communities Magazine,.. 111:.. 49 (Summer 2001).. The year is 1972.. The place is the horse barn at The Farm, one of the three buildings that was there when the three hundred hippies arrived in Lewis County, Tennessee, a year earlier.. One of the other two buildings of that period was the 40-foot log cabin clad with cheap cardboard siding, its tin roof rusted and its paint chipping away, that had been the humble wood-heated residence on Ishmael Schaffer's old cattle ranch.. It was now in the process of transforming into the Farm's business office and Book Publishing Company.. The other was the small, board-and-batten line shack a mile down the dirt road, which would become our community kitchen.. In the year the hippies had been here they had been really busy.. Several dozen structures, only a few of them thought to be permanent (and fewer actually achieving that), had sprung up like mushrooms in the meadows.. Most of these efforts were fairly practical wood additions to the school buses and bread vans the group had brought from California, slabwood cabins, Korean War army tents, and conglomerations of tin, carpet scraps and two-by-fours from dumpsters and construction sites.. Some were homespun utopian six-sided, eight-sided, round with spiraling roofs, split-level, pressed clay brick, mortared creek rock, phone-pole framed, hand-hewn in oak that made up for a lack of structural engineering acumen by their sheer unfettered artistry.. Back to the horse barn.. Industrial space was at a premium in those days.. The repair garage we called the Motor Pool had gone up around the mechanics working in it in 1972, and was now completely filled with trucks on lifts, buses over sunken pits, toolboxes and compressors, engine blocks being disassembled and machined.. The mechanics were a closeknit fraternity of greasy knucklebusters (awarded Golden Bolts for major errors) who worked 12-hour shifts on rust-encrusted antique pickups and combines rescued from junkyards, in miserable cold, rain and mud.. The Motor Pool was their sanctuary.. It was inviolate and inaccessible to outsiders.. So the few of us who dreamt windmills, solar arrays, and waterwheels went to the horse barn to share our imaginings.. The horse barn was also very full, but only in winter.. It did double duty as a stable for the draft and buggy horses and their colts and fillies, and as the Farm's church and meeting hall.. It stored dried popcorn, beans and squash from the summer.. It was where we kept and repaired the horse drawn equipment.. It had that rarest of all commodities, electricity, so in the winter it was home to night corn shuckings and town meetings.. It housed our first flour mill.. But in the summer things cleared out.. There were usually no dried foods to store, the horses and their equipment stayed outdoors, Sunday services were down in the meadow, and the aging barn took on a hollow, deserted air.. So this was where we gathered, we visionaries of the future, and this is to where we dragged our weekly booty of Model-A transmissions, blade bending presses, soldering kits and scrap wire, to keep in a horse stall during the day, and to tinker with at night when our bunkmates were holed up in buses and tents reading dogeared Carlos Castenedas and Chongyam Trungpas by kerosene light.. It was in the horse barn that Todd Anderson, age 16, built the Farm's first windmill, using a Ford three-speed transmission and a Chrysler alternator, propelled by aluminum blades.. We built wind machines from cloth and bamboo and watermills of tin buckets screwed onto plywood rings.. We made photovoltaic arrays from factory-reject solar crystals soldered onto old cookie sheets.. Eventually Doug Cobb and Gerald Boyer set up a serious machine shop in the lower level of the sorghum mill and, between Motor Pool, Print Shop and Soy Dairy parts jobs, started cranking out prototype Sterling, Minto and Rankin cycle engines and the parabolic dishes to power them.. Few of these models ever did any real work, but we got our feet wet and we learned what worked and what didn't.. The electronics skill that came with our need to license a score of ham radio operators led to our FM radio station, WUTZ, our in-house TV station, WNBS (as in No BullShit ), the first dopler fetoscope, and our marriage of the Geiger counter to the Fuzzbuster, which yielded the first pocketsize radiation meter, the Nukebuster, able to run 2000 hours on a single 9-volt battery.. In 1977, Jimmy Carter's new Energy Department came out with the brilliant and as yet unequaled idea of awarding small grants to backyard inventors, even unrepentent hippies such as ourselves, if we could cobble a professional enough proposal to pass muster in our State's Energy Office.. We won four of those marvelous grants over the next two years.. The first was for a Long Distance Electric Vehicle, which in our case built four hybrid prototypes for the combined sum of $5,000: two Datsun station wagons with Toyota pickup 5-speed transmissions that ran on rheostated Air Force jet starter motors, their 12-24-48 variable voltage battery banks periodically recharged by onboard 16-horse internal combustion engines; a gasohol/soybean-oil diesel utility vehicle; and a PV-roofed golf cart rigged with huge outdoor sound speakers and a kickass stereo system (after Doug Cobb's earlier sawtooth PV array showed it could power the stage at antinuke rallies).. Our second grant, another $5000, was for a Low Cost Heat Engine, which turned out to be a succession of prototype Sterlings in the 1-kW range, eventually resulting in a novel turbine that operated on a variety of low-impact compressive fluids.. Our third grant was for a Batch Gasohol Still which involved a 20-foot glass-filled steel fractionating column and rendered fuel-grade alcohol from a variety of grains and legumes.. Our fourth grant was for a Portable Concentrating Photovoltaic Array which explored Fresnel lenses and exotic alloy solar cells before eventually building high-density PV panels which more than tripled the electric output from a square meter of area covered in silicon.. Folded up, it could fit into a suitcase.. Unfolded, it powered remote area electric needs.. In 1982 we worked with various Tennessee environmental groups to develop a low-cost makeover of a Victorian house on the grounds of the Worlds Fair in Knoxville, in the process saving that lovely old structure from demolition.. We created an exhibit we called the Alternative Community Technology Pavillion, which became a remarkable statement for the time.. Today it would be considered an example of ecological architecture or Agenda 21 development.. It had water-filled insulating walls, compact fluorescent lighting, a 20-foot-parabolic solar steam plant, a dish city of solar cookers and concentrators, and a parking lot full of solar and hybrid electric vehicles.. Concentrating arrays powered the tape loops at education stations on the guided tour.. Our solar golf-cart with its powerful speakers musically accompanied a daily parade through the fairgrounds.. We didn't fully appreciate it at the time, but these displays had an important historic role in rescuing key technologies from dark corporate dungeons and releasing them into the light of public domain.. Years later Doug Cobb's Solar Car Company of Melbourne, Florida, a distinguished descendant of our basement experiments, would prevail in a patent rights skirmish over all solar-powered and hybrid automobile rights, by virtue of these open-aired fairground parades in the summer of 1982.. Recognizing the importance of these lessons of our history, today we rush to put any significant inventions into the open public arena as quickly as they come to fruition, rather than lock them up with patent registration and licensing.. In 1974, we began calling our crew Global Village Technology.. Over the following decade, the Farm generated several business enterprises that tried to turn some good ideas to commercial benefit, with only limited success.. Most of these ideas were too far ahead of their time several of them still are.. Solar Energy Works tried to market insulated solar collectors through TVA's efficient homes program in the Carter years.. It fulfilled a series of contracts to build innovative passive and active solar homes for private contractors.. Solar Electronics tried to make a go of installing PV and wind systems throughout the Southeast, but eventually had to retreat into the security of manufacturing pocket Geiger counters during the Reagan years, a business which remains its bread and butter today.. A few World Bank contracts to set up solar-powered communications systems in remote villages in the Indian subcontinent and in Latin America kept hopes alive that we could turn the world towards renewable energy and make a living for ourselves at the same time, but the business  ...   doors in 1995.. Over the past decade the Institute launched its most ambitious effort to date.. It is attempting to draw together the disparate threads of appropriate technologies renewable energies, ecological building, Permaculture, agroforestry and organic gardening, biological waste treatment, the social fabric of intentional communities, deep ecology, and the holistic dynamics of sustainable development into a single setting that merges different elements into a cohesive village-scape, creating and vetting experimental models for the ecological human settlements of the future.. If universities take up David Orr's challenge to become the physical experiments in sustainable systems that lead to the cities of our future, then the Ecovillage Training Center, the Centre for Alternative Technology in Wales, the Folkecenter in Denmark, the Alternative Living and Energy Research Project at the Slippery Rock University, Tlholego Development Centre in South Africa, and many similar efforts will be the chrysalis of this change, engaging and riveting the newfound interest of scholars and designers.. In the spring of 1992, GVI traveled to St.. Petersburg and made a series of multimedia presentations about the historical development of proto-ecovillages and intentional communities in North America and Northern Europe to a large groups of eager young Russians.. Two subsequent visits by Russian study groups to The Farm followed in the fall of 1992.. During the week-long visits to The Farm, these students were able to engage in production of tofu and tempeh, farming of forest mushrooms, and introductions to our work of the previous 20 years.. While these exchanges were highly rated by the participants, they indicated to the Institute a number of deficiencies in the capabilities of The Farm to support such a program over the long term.. We had inadequate guest facilities onsite.. Workspaces within heated buildings for lectures and/or independent desk and telephone access were often unavailable.. We needed an interactive model ecovillage, food service, fully-operational international communications and business hubs, a library of books and papers, salaried project staff, and adequate budgets to support ongoing exchange programs.. In 1994, a planning meeting drew together development professionals, social scientists, nurse midwives, designers of new energy systems, and environmental educators.. Three phases of initial development were envisioned.. In the first phase, the physical location of the Center would be acquired, initial site design completed, and essential food, water, shelter and energy requirements provided on-site.. In the second phase, the elements of the immersion experience would be added in to a sufficient degree to provide a transformative experience for participants, and the curricula would be refined.. In the third phase, the Center would create enough income generation to provide for its own needs and to gradually expand.. In 1994, we began by remodeling an old Farm residence (originally three army tents joined around a frame lean-to kitchen, but later dried in and roofed over) near the Farm School.. We refurbished and painted the house, which we call the Inn, putting in 30 beds, renovating plumbing, heating, and electrical systems, and constructing large decks on east and west sides.. We replaced aging refrigerators and other appliances with energy-saving devices, installed fans and insulation, and downsized our total energy draw by 50 percent, even while increasing population load fivefold.. We edible-landscaped 4 acres, established two frog ponds and a fish pond, transplanted water plants from nearby threatened wetlands, and installed climbing trellises.. We designed and built a large organic garden, enclosed and protected from marauding deer.. We inoculated the tops and stumps of storm damaged native oaks and poplars for continuous production of edible and medicinal mushrooms.. We sawed up the downed trunks at the nearby Amish mill to make decking and timbers.. Between the garden and the mushroom farm, we harvested so much produce that we had to sell it to health food stores so it wouldn't go to waste.. We designed and built a 20 yurt and hosted a yurt workshop.. We designed and constructed a 300 sq.. ft.. straw cabin and hosted a strawbale workshop.. In 1996 another straw workshop added another wing to this cabin.. We added gutters to all our roofs, directing rainwater to several large cisterns.. Cistern water was channeled to the spigot and drip irrigation system in the organic garden.. Cistern overflow, and overflow from the solar showers, was channeled to the swales above the garden and into the ponds.. We designed, sited and constructed the first two kilowatts of an eventual 5 kW solar electric system to power lights and appliances, intertieing to our local utility grid.. We installed solar water heaters on the roof of the Inn.. And, yes, we hosted workshops on photovoltaics and solar construction.. Next to the Training Center, we created a one acre living laboratory with students from The Farm School helping to inventory all observable biota.. We'll be watching that space as the Center develops, to see how our activities affect it.. The goal is to increase biodiversity by the way we integrate our designed habitat into the natural surroundings.. If it starts going in the wrong direction, we'll have to redesign.. In 1997 we broke ground on a large constructed wetland to biologically treat the organic wastes produced on site.. A earthen visitor s center was begun to provide a narrative experience for visitors to the wetlands.. Gardens and greenhouses were expanded and extensive agroforestry plans were laid.. Animals (poultry and rabbits) were added to the interactive garden exhibits.. In 1998 we completed our cob poultry house and redesigned our large strawbale greenhouse.. Between the end of 1994 and the end of 2000, the Training Center hosted several dozen courses, five health conferences, a Native American spiritual gathering, several environmental activist retreats, and numerous tours of school students from around the country.. Each year we hosted three 10-day summer camps for young children from homeless shelters and housing projects in Nashville and Memphis and a 2-day Kwanza celebration for 30 underprivileged children.. In 1999 we instructed courses and workshops for individuals from more than 20 countries.. We produced our 30-minute video on the Global Ecovillage Network, The Habitat Revolution, and translated it into Spanish.. We produced a workshop handbook that sold 60,000 copies.. We began partnerships with Gaviotas, Fundación Darién, Institute for Latin American Permaculture, Living Routes, Natures Spirit, Institute for New Frontiers in Cooperation and 7 Generaciones of Uruguay.. We harvested more than 3000 lbs of produce and we planted 260 trees to compensate for 625,000 passenger-airmiles traveled by our teaching staff.. To keep all the produce we needed through the winter, we constructed a 2000 cubic-foot root cellar.. In 2000 we advanced our biological waste treatment wetlands with the addition of specially adapted bamboo varieties, added an earthbag sauna to our strawbale greenhouse, and began work on our three-story strawbale dry storage building.. We added a rooftop deck to our two-story greenhouse on the Inn.. We conducted extensive training programs for emerging ecovillages in Antioqueña and Chocoana, Colombia and participated in exhibits at Hannover 2000 Expo in Germany and Images of the World in Copenhagen.. The Institute also improved the design of its new, low cost, fuel efficient heating stoves through trials in Native American Nations.. Our present facility provides examples of environmental building techniques, edible landscaping, water conservation, composting, gardening and waste management.. Following the coursework at the Center, our trainees receive support in transferring the experience to their communities.. Our.. apprenticeship program.. earns formal college credit.. We hope to find funding in the future for a subterranean tunnel exhibit below the organic garden, to improve the wetlands technology exhibits, to build a kitchen and dining hall sufficient to serve 30 or more at a sitting, and to improve the nature trails through the surrounding forest.. We successfully raised a budget of $100,000 or more in each of the past three years for the Training Center, but we would like to do much more.. We really can put any amount anyone is considering giving us to efficient and effective use immediately.. In our classes, we provide our students with the conceptual and hands-on skills that equip them to become productive workers, innovators, and decisionmakers for the next century.. We have developed a wide array of features of sustainable living that infuse even chance visitors with the hope of the possible.. The Institute would like to do more educational outreach to include, as part of regular training courses, organizers and activists working to provide examples of sustainable development.. Our concept is to yield a high leverage impact with ongoing effects, year-after-year, as new trainees move through sustainability training and back into their communities.. We eventually envision training centers on these lines being replicated in many communities throughout the world.. We want to see the ideas we develop spreading to universities, cities, and communities around the planet..

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  • Title: Alejandra Liora Adler
    Descriptive info: Caravana Arcoiris para la Paz.. Ecoaldea Huehuecoyotl.. Tepoztlan, Morelos, Mexico, C.. info@lacaravana.. org.. 75 Park Terrace East.. New York, NY 10034.. Tel 212 569-6921.. lioraadler@aol.. Education:.. The Calhoun School, NYC, 1963; Mayor s Award for Leadership; Univ.. of Rochester, B.. Psychology; 1966 Tufts Univ.. , M.. Educational Counseling, 1968; Herbert Holt Institute for Existential Psychoanalysis, Post-graduate studies.. Middletown Community College, Photography with John D.. Loorie, 1974-1976; American College of Holistic Nutrition, B.. Holistic Nutrition, 1995, M.. in progress; Consensus and facilitation training with Beatrice Briggs and Caroline Estes, 1995-1999; Ecovillage Training Center, Permaculture Design, 2000.. Activities:.. 1968-74: Psychologist and Researcher at various institutions for children with behavioral and learning problems.. Co-author of Critical Incidents in Institutional Child Care by Jerome Beker, et al.. NY, 1970.. 1974-82: Investigation of Ecovillages, Alternative Communities, Sustainability movement in Israel, Europe, Mexico and the U.. Photographic documentation.. 1982:  ...   Co-founder of jewelry workshop teaching local craftspeople new techniques, Tepoztlan, Mexico.. 1989-92: Psychologist and Social Worker, Florida Sheriff s Youth Ranch, South County Mental Health Clinic, Delray Beach, Florida.. 1992-4: Reading Coordinator and Librarian, Columbus School, Medellin, Colombia.. Development of innovative programs to encourage reading; Peer tutoring for learning disabled.. 1994-6: Founder of Milenio Nutrition Center and Co-founder of Milenio Health Foods Cooperative.. , Tepoztlan, Mexico.. 1996 to present: Co-founder and coordinator of Caravana Arcoiris por la Paz, a mobile ecovillage and training center traveling through Central and South America.. 1998-present: Board of Directors, Global Village Institute.. 1999-present: Council of the Americas, Ecovillage Network of the Americas.. 2000-present: Board of Directors, Global Ecovillage Network.. Representative to the United Nations.. 1996-present: Leadership workshops in Consensus Decision-making and Facilitation: Colombia, Venezuela, Brazil, Jamaica, Puerto Rico.. Workshops in Holistic Nutrition and Women s Health: Colombia, Venezuela, Brazil..

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    Descriptive info: Global Village Institute.. for appropriate technology.. 3551 White House Place.. Los Angeles, CA 90004.. 213/738-1254.. FAX 213/386-8873.. email: crsp@igc.. apc.. website: http://alumni.. caltech.. edu/~mignon/laev.. html.. Founded Los Angeles Eco-Village Jan.. , 1993 where I've lived since 1980, a two block built-out multi-ethnic lower income central city sustainable community in process.. About 500 people live in the two block area.. Eco-Village activities are coordinated by a 10 member intentional community within the neighborhood.. Just acquired our first apartment building, a 40 unit two-story, courtyard building built in 1922.. We're transit rich (within walking distance of 17 buslines and 2 subway stations), very child friendly (K-2 school is in Eco-Village) and all other urban amenities very closeby.. Co-authored/co-edited 2 books: Sustainable Cities: Concepts and Strategies for Eco-City Development (Eco-Home Media, 1992) and Cooperative Housing Compendium: Resources for Collaborative Living (UC Davis, Center for Cooperatives, 1993).. Coordinate the Ecovillage column in Communities Magazine.. (See current ecovillage theme issue, Summer, '96, which I guest edited  ...   a dialogue, tour and veggie lunch in L.. Eco-Village).. Co-founded Eco-Home Network in Los Angeles, a demonstration home for ecological living in the city whose visionary is Julia Russell; tours available each Sunday, 213/662-5207.. I like to hit tennis balls, hang out on the street with neighbors, participate in community work days, walk, bike for transportation, publicly advocate for a radically different way of living in our cities! I enjoy being silly with other silly folks who are in mutually caring relationships.. Ancient history: BA Anthropology Cal State University at Northridge, born and raised in Detroit, Michigan, was married for 12 years many years ago to a wonderful person (Bill Arkin) now deceased, no children (by choice), I'm 59, worked as a probation officer in L.. County with troubled youth, co-founded Songwriters Resources and Services in 1977 (now known as the National Academy of Songwriters), travelled around the world on a cargo freighter, lived in Spain for a year, blah, blah, blah..

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    Descriptive info: Francis Michael.. 560 Farm Road.. Summertown, TN 38483-0220 USA.. (931) 964-2200.. BORN:.. March 13, 1938, New York City, NY.. EDUCATION:.. , Texas Technical College, 1963.. (physics); M.. , University of California, Davis, 1967.. POSITIONS:.. 1990-present:.. Production Manager, Summertown Food Company (forest resource products).. 1989:.. Visiting mathematics teacher, the Farm School.. 1988-present:.. CEO, Michael-Freeman; consulting and contracting: carpentry, plumbing, heating cooling, general engineering.. 1984-present:.. Director and Secretary, Global Village Institute for Appropriate Technology.. 1981-83:.. Satellite TVRO Systems Technician and International Program Researcher for SE International.. 1981-present:.. Technical advisor, Ethos Research Group, Plenty USA.. 1978-present:.. Appropriate technology consultant: design and manufacture of optimally simple, efficient, and cost effective  ...   development of appropriate technologies, small group interactions, and decisionmaking in an alternate community (Twin Oaks).. 1967-1972:.. Research engineer, United Aircraft Research Laboratories, Hartford, Conn.. : research, design and development of 1) safety testing of critical components of jet engines; 2) chemical analysis of gases in experimental rocket engines, using infrared and optical spectrophotometry; 3) laser holography, interferometry, and research in other phases of coherent optics.. 1963-1965:.. Research engineer, NASA Ames Research Center, Mountain View, California: research, design, and operation of instrumentation of scientific probes for simulated atmospheres of other planets, and for a solar coronagraph in the flying solar observatory; mass spectrometry and x-ray electron densitometry..

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  • Title: Institute for Appropriate Technology: Links to Resources
    Descriptive info: 89 Schoolhouse Rd.. info@i4at.. Sustainable Development Links..

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  • Title: Institute for Appropriate Technology: Links to Resources
    Descriptive info: Information On Agriculture.. AgLinks-Clark consulting International, Inc.. - AgLINKS provides an alphabetically arranged directory of agricultural links listed by subject; from Aguaculture to Emus and Wine.. AgriGator-Agriculture Information.. - This site lists a variety of WWW resources including an Agricultural Conference list; International and U.. Government sites; U.. State sites; Commercial groups; Marketing services; List servers; Almanac servers; and Publications.. Agrisource.. - Agrisource is a commercial site with a list of over two thousand Agriculture Suppliers, Marketers, Commodity Groups, and other Associations.. Also included is a Directory and Calendar of Events.. CIAT-UNEP-Environmental and Sustainable Indicators: Outlook for Latin America and the Caribbean.. - The International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT) is one of the Centers of the CGIAR System.. Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR).. - The mission of the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR) is to harness modern science for the sustainable development of agriculture in developing countries.. Forty-five donor members fund 16 international agricultural research.. Countrywise Communication.. - Media Producers for Agriculture, Food and Rural Development.. GEO 2000.. - A coordinated network of Collaborating Centres is the core of the GEO process.. These centres have played an increasingly important role in preparing GEO reports.. They are now responsible for almost all the regional inputs, thus combining top-down integrated assessment with bottom-up environmental reporting.. A number of Associated Centres also participate, providing specialized expertise.. Four working groups ?on modelling, scenarios, policy and data ?provide advice and support to the GEO process, helping coordinate the work of the Collaborating Centres to make their outputs as comparable as possible.. Other United Nations agencies contribute to the GEO Process through the United Nations System-wide Earthwatch, coordinated by UNEP.. In particular, they provide substantive data and information on the many environmentally-related issues that fall under their individual mandates; they also help review drafts.. Growing Edge.. - A very unique quarterly magazine with a focus on innovative methods of gardening and cultivation of plants.. Institute for Global Communications (IGC).. - The Institute for Global Communications (IGC) is a nonprofit organization that provides alternative sources of information as well as online access and  ...   a subset of the AGRICOLA database, consists of citations of articles in journals and periodicals, and other specialized materials.. John Shelley's Garden Center Nursery.. - Interesting series of ads that are actually monographs on sustainable landscaping.. Modern Arbiculture.. - Everything you could want or need to know about growing trees the organic way.. North Carolina State University Gopher Server - Agriculture.. - This site includes links to: the Advanced Technology Information Network (ATI-NET); Agricultural Genome Gophers; Agricultural Market News; University Agricultural Networks; Internet/BITNET Resources in Agriculture; Libraries;Databases (U.. Department of Agriculture, USDA Current Research Information System (USDACRIS), USDA Economics and Statistics System); United Nations Conference on Environment Development (UNCED); and others.. Organic Farming In Europe:Economics and Policy.. - The research activities of Faculties, Departments and other institutions at the University of Hohenheim focus mainly on: Agricultural and Nutritional Research, Research in International Economics, Research for the Tropics and Subtropics, Environmental Research and European Research.. Rural Advancement Foundation International (RAFI).. - RAFI is an international non-governmental organization headquartered in Winnepeg, Manitoba (Canada).. RAFI is dedicated to the conservation and sustainable improvement of agricultural biodiversity, and to the socially responsible development of technologies useful to rural societies.. RAFI is concerned abut the lose of genetic diversity - especially in agriculture - and about the impact of intellectual property rights on agriculture and world food security.. The Oklahoma Cooperative Extension's Guide to Agricultural Web Sites (Bob's List).. - Maintained by the Oklahoma Cooperative Extension Service, Division of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources, Oklahoma State University.. This list contains a very large number of links to agricultural resources, mostly in and relevant to the United States.. Trees for the Future.. - Trees for the Future is a non-profit organization initiating and supporting agroforestry self-help projects in cooperation with groups and individuals in developing countries.. These projects teach sustainable agriculture.. They increase crop yealds, help maintain the water table, fight deforestation and erosion.. USDA Economics and Statistics System : Data Sets and Reports.. - A gopher server providing comprehensive agricultural statistics and reports for the United States Department of Agriculture.. Click here to choose another Category..

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