Russ Grayson

321 Added | 2 Magazines | 5 Likes | 7 Following | 445 Followers | @russgrayson | Journalist, photojournalist and wanderer living in Sydney's coastal Eastern Suburbs.

How To Cross Rivers Safely

2K<p>SHARES<p><b>The waterways around here are still pretty high. How can I tell if they’re safe to cross—and then, how do I do it? –Jack McMasters</b><p>There are …

Hung Up

How to Eliminate Spare Clothing from your Gear List

Many ultralight backpackers bring extra clothing on trips that they never wear and end up carrying for no purpose. Doing this has a ripple effect, …

Backpacking

How to Make a Tin Can Wood Gas Backpacking Stove

by Austin Campbell July 26, 2016<p>MYOG Tin Can Backpacking Stove Guide<p>Todays MYOG project is an ultra light backpacking wood gas stove that can be made …

Grazing Animals May Reverse Man-Made Damage To Grasslands Around The World

As humans tamper with the world's natural grasslands, added fertilizers and other nutrients cause certain grasses to overpopulate, leading to less …

Food Sovereignty and Permaculture - A Reply to David Holmgren

<b>By Dr Nick Rose, National Coordinator, Australian Food Sovereignty Alliance</b><p>In the first issue of <i>Pip</i>, the co-originator of permaculture, David …

Agriculture

How We're Going to Invent New Foods to Feed the World

One of the biggest threats to our future as a species is the looming spectre of famine. With a booming population and agriculture that's already …

Agriculture

From Developing GMOs to Breeding Organic Seeds: A Scientist Makes the Switch

It’s rare when a plant breeder goes from developing genetically modified crops at a major biotechnology company to breeding varieties for organic and …

How to thin fruit trees

90-second gardener: Sarah Raven shows you how to thin your fruit trees<p>1. Fruit trees bearing heavy crops need to have their fruit thinned in order to get a good-sized, quality fruit. Apples and pears and to a lesser extent plums do this naturally in June – ‘the June drop’. After this has happened, …

Gardening

Permaculture Guild

Small Farmers Are Feeding The World on Less Land

Small-scale farmers are using just one quarter, 25%, of the world's farmland to feed the world!<p>This atonishing figure comes from a new report by …

Farming

Analog forestry and permaculture: (not so) distant cousins?

One of the most frequent questions we get when talking about analog forestry is: isn’t that the same as permaculture? The truth is, they’re not so …

Permaculture

5 Tips for Making Small Batches of Tomato Sauce

When it comes to preserving tomatoes, most people think that you have to go big. And while it’s true that during late summer it’s easy to get your …

Italian Food

11% of UK businesses say slavery in their supply chains is 'likely'

Risk in supply chains is something that should concern us all, particularly when recent research conducted by the Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply (CIPS) revealed that 11% of UK businesses polled thought it “likely” that some sort of modern slavery exists in their supply chains.<p>It is …

Measuring chilli heat with the Scoville scale

Like tomatoes, potatoes and tobacco, chillies are members of the nightshade family and come in many shapes, colours and sizes – this page shows just …

Tomatoes

Intoxicating plants from around the world

A new exhibition at Kew examines humans' relationship with mind-altering plants. Here are some of the most fascinating<p>From magic mushrooms to tobacco, we humans have a long history of getting our kicks from powerful plants.<p>A new exhibition at Kew Gardens in London, Intoxication, takes a closer look …

South America

How To Store Fresh Vegetables For Months … Without A Refrigerator

Image source: Preppers101blog<p>If gardeners find spring and summer to be about growing food, they find fall and winter to be more about storing food. …

Nitrogen Fixing Species for Agroforestry Systems

I am currently working on a regenerative landscape design for a site in Todorovo, Bulgaria. The plan is to establish an agroforestry system known as …

Permaculture

Start a Community Food Garden: The Essential Handbook

By LaManda Joy<p>When you have a question, you ask an expert. That's why people contemplating starting community gardens would come to LaManda Joy.…A …

Gardening

"It’s never too late to feel a little more alive," how I quit a 9-5 to travel and connect with nature

Quin Schrock from Temecula in California was working as an accountant when he planned to go on a short road trip to satisfy his travelling urges. But he loved the lifestyle so much that he has never returned.<p>“I was an accountant who spent my days dreaming of adventure,” Quin recalls. “Eventually, …

Travel

No longer 'alternative', mainstream renewables are pushing prices down

While the government insists that renewables have made our grid unreliable, lights have stayed on and prices are dropping<p>On the first day of autumn tens of thousands of Victorians received a welcome surprise from their power company — their electricity bills were going down. Prices were cut 5% …

Renewable Energy

Counter crop patents by freeing seeds to feed the world

Today, just three companies – Monsanto, DuPont and Syngenta – account for about half of all commercial seed sales. More and more, agricultural …

From Patterns to Details

This is all about seeing the wood for the trees. In a physical project it is imperative to look at how the land behaves in order to carry out any …

UK Farms Could Generate 10GW to Country's Energy

UK farms could be a major player in a shift towards a resilient, low-carbon energy system, according to an important report launched this month by …

How to build a self-wicking bed

Here's a step-by-step guide: How to build a wicking bed to conserve water and maximise food production. Sam designed and constructed this 'Wicking …

Permaculture

Build a Rocket Stove - Step-By-Step - UPDATED

The best rocket stove design just got better! Airflow was an issue with the original #10 can rocket stove design. I cut some two inch wide "flaps" …

Compost Wheelie Bin Hot Water

Sourced from www.ecofilms.com.au<p>Here’s a great tip given by a member of the Aquaponics Made Easy Forum on cheap easy to build hot water system using …

Best-Ever Solar Food Dehydrator Plans - DIY

For nearly 20 years, I’ve led research teams as founder and coordinator of the Appropriate Technology Program at Appalachian State University. We’ve …

Woodworking

Hiking Snacks: 6 Recipes to Keep You Energized On The Trail

When you hit the trail for a long hike, you must have a few essentials in your backpack: plenty of water, sunscreen, bug spray. But if you don’t have …

Planting wildflower strips across crop fields could slash pesticide use

Could wildflowers help us cut our use of pesticides? The Guardian reports that colorful strips of flowers have been planted through 15 large arable …

Tens of thousands march in Berlin for greener agricultural industry

Around 33,000 people and 100 tractors took part in the march through the capital. Protesters' demands included banning a controversial weed killer …

Agriculture