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'Can you dig it?' Africa reality show draws youth to farming

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — As a student, Leah Wangari imagined a glamorous life as a globe-trotting flight attendant, not toiling in dirt and manure.Born …

Chemical-free, low-cost crop storage bags that preserve food longer now commercially available

The internationally recognized Purdue Improved Crop Storage (PICS) bag, a specially designed bag to prevent insect-caused post-harvest losses for …

Raspberry Pi & Arduino are the brains of this automated DIY vertical hydroponic garden

<b>Combining common hardware store parts with readily available micro-controllers yields an automated vertical hydroponic garden system for indoors or</b> …

Method in Modular: 10 Floor Plans Using Shipping Container Architecture

Shipping container architecture has developed its own niche in both design and representation. Colorful or grungy? Economical or gentrified? Either …

How To Stock Your Minimalist Kitchen + List: 16 Pantry Staples

The term “minimalist kitchen” is a bit of an oxymoron, isn’t it? After all, many of us love cooking and the kitchen is one of the most complex areas …

Tiny House Movement

The Tinhouse

Scotland, United Kingdom<p>On the northwestern tip of Scotland’s Isle of Skye is a vacation rental that's inspired by the region’s traditional “crofter style” cottages, but covered with a skin of tin.<p>Designed and built by Gill Smith and Alan Dickson of Scottish practice Rural Design Architects, this …

Architecture

Latest Dezeen Mail features a tiny London apartment and The Guardian's redesign

The latest edition of Dezeen Mail includes a space-saving 19-square-metre apartment in London by Ab Rogers Design and The Guardian's major redesign …

'stedsans in the woods' is a permaculture farm and retreat in sweden

<b>currently under construction in the south of sweden, ‘stedsans in the woods’ is a remote permaculture farm and retreat founded by mette helbæk and</b> …

Everything you need to harness rain and greywater at home

Rain, rain, stow away.<p>Whoever said money doesn’t fall from the sky hadn’t mastered the art of harvesting precipitation. A carefully ­coordinated system can render drizzles and downpours safe to use in all your indoor-plumbing fixtures and water-hogging appliances—and ­augment your home’s reliance …

This Low-Cost Greenhouse Is Designed To Help The Poorest Farmers

Greenhouse in a Box gives Indian farmers a cheap way to make sure their crops are safe from pests and heat.<p>For a small farmer in India, the last year might have gone something like this: She plants tomatoes, and the crop is destroyed by pests. Months of extreme heat mean that she can’t plant …

Farming

10 Prefab Shipping Container Companies in Europe

From start-to-finish, prefabricated shipping container homes are revolutionizing the homebuilding process for the better. Their modern design, affordability, and quick turnaround make for incredible homes that many people enjoy.<p>Browse through these 10 amazing European prefab shipping container …

'France' is a $1,200 tiny house that snaps together in just 3 hours

1/24<p>Tiny House France by Joshua Woodsman<p>Meet France, a tiny and adorable home that can snap together almost anywhere in as little as three hours. …

Mumbai start-up uses solar energy to preserve seasonal produce, tackle undernourishment

A Mumbai-based start-up has used solar energy to preserve seasonal produce, helping prevent undernourishment among rural women and women farmers.<p>All …

Startups

Organic Pest Control: The Best Plants to Attract Beneficial Insects

Organic Pest Control:<br>The Best Plants to Attract Beneficial Insects and Bees<p>Pesticides — even organic varieties — are not the safest, healthiest or …

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Clever Tiny Shipping Container Home

It seems like shipping container architecture is getting a revival of sorts, despite all the drawbacks and criticisms of this form of architecture. …

Off-grid flatpack cabins would assemble like Ikea furniture

The cabins will come clad in a metal shell and be offered in several sizes. The smallest will measure just 191 sq ft (17 sq m) and sleep up to four …

5 contemporary homes for sale in New Orleans right now

Showcasing clean lines, eco-friendly features, and building materials of-the-moment<p>A contemporary home in New Orleans always sticks out amid the shotguns and other historic housing around it. Right now, there are a few homes on the market showcasing clean lines, eco-friendly features, and building …

This shipping container house in Ecuador makes sense

TreeHugger has often been skeptical about shipping container housing; the boxes were designed for freight, not people. (See Does shipping container …

Green building materials 101: The best products to use

California’s leading green building expert offers guidance for buying eco-friendly products<p>Ever wonder if that sheet of plywood or tile sealer that you’re using in your home renovation is bad for the environment or your family? We did the research to assemble a cheat sheet for purchasing more …

7 agricultural innovations that could save the world

Agriculture provided the foundation for civilization, and modern innovations in agriculture could help save it. Industrial monoculture, the farming …

Slick tiny house converted from 40-foot shipping container

When small design trends collide<p>It’s a tiny house...It’s a shipping container...It’s your favorite micro-home trends mashed up into one for $47,900! Whipped up by Missouri-based Custom Contain Living, this 312-square-foot abode is a brand spanking new tiny house converted from a 40-foot shipping …

Biology major faces challenges to build aquaponics system at USD | The Volante

A new, integrated way to grow vegetables and harvest fish at the same time may be coming to Vermillion.<p>Parker Messerli, a fourth-year biology major, …

Aquaponics

9 great container homes you'll wish you lived in

Are you looking for an affordable alternative to housing? Something that you won't end up paying for your rest of your life? Well, a container home …

10 Bootstrapping Tips to Turn Your Idea Into Reality

6 min read<p><i>The following excerpt is from Entrepreneur's book</i> Finance Your Business<i>. Buy it now from</i> Amazon | Barnes & Noble | iTunes<p>The majority of startups are founded without capital injection from venture capitalists or angel investors. The real numbers are eye-opening: Venture capitalists (VCs) …

Small Business

Recycled shipping container is transformed into a chic, modern home

An old shipping container has found new life as a modern small-scale residence at the foot of the ski mountain Massif du Sud in Quebec, Canada. LOKI …

'My home-made battery pack means I heat and light my home for nothing'

A brand-new market is growing for home batteries that make it possible for British homeowners to store energy generated by solar panels and other renewable sources.<p>The “Powerwall” battery, from Tesla, the pioneering automotive company founded by Elon Musk, is now going on sale in Britain.<p>But one …

Struggling to get on the housing ladder? Why not buy with friends

If you’re prepared to share, then two incomes – or even more – can get you on to the property ladder. But make sure you get all the details agreed in writing<p>For the single home buyer, the prospects for getting on the property ladder are not encouraging. The difficulty of saving for a deposit, …

Housing

The coolest container house you'll ever see

Today we will see a project where sustainability equals sophistication! <i>Christina</i> <i>Menezes Architects</i>, based in Brazil, came with the beautiful concept …

Rowdy Mermaid Debuts Kombucha Beers in Boulder

Boulder kombucha brewer Rowdy Mermaid joined the ranks of Colorado's craft-beer brewers with the release of two kombucha beers on Saturday, August …

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