Fermentation Revolution: making allies with bacteria

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Fermented foods – like bread, cheese, wine and beer – have long been dietary staples. But the last few years have seen an upsurge in interest in home fermentation, with cooks making their own kimchi, sauerkraut, yogurt – and more complicated concoctions. Best of all, everybody can preserve at home this way and for cheap ! Homemade fermentation is a low-cost probiotic panacea ! It prolongs the life of your food, revives the immune system, soothes the digestive and nervous systems, regulates metabolism, wakes up your taste buds and brighten all meals! “There are only advantages to fermenting !” That is why food entrepreneurs, authors and all-around fermentation geeks David Coté and Sébastien Bureau teamed up with Possiblemedia. Sharing the ins and outs of traditional fermentation processes with a casual, humorous tone, and recipes that are not particularly rigid. Fermentation Revolution is an educational documentary filmed over several months in Quebec. It offers an unprecedented collection of fermentation methods, with an emphasis on their simplicity and ease of making. After years of refining the tools and techniques, this dynamic duo invites you to discover the result of their work through simple, fool-proof recipes. An invitation to embark on a new and exciting gustatory journey, to retake control over your food, to improve your health and revolutionize your life and your guts with some fermentation goodness! While fermentation may be good for you, Bureau and Côté say their main motivations are getting people to experiment, discover different flavours and have fun in the kitchen. Côté is a believer in not taking a dogmatic, puritan approach to healthy food. “We want to eat healthy, but not hear too much about it,” he says. “It’s really meant for you to play in the kitchen,” Côté says. “Making food is not supposed to be…

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Permaculture Design Core Curriculum Notes

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Write your post here…”Study Nature, Love Nature, stay close to Nature. It will never fail you.” -Frank Lloyd Wright Sharing the release of the ‘Core Curriculum Notes’, an essential synthesis of permaculture design from the core curriculum of the Permaculture Design Course. A book of notes formatted as worksheets being freely offered to the World Community. It functions as part of a learning and teaching toolkit in combination with the Permaculture Design Core Concepts Cards. This is made in British Columbia. The download is a free offering at printable resolution here : http://gaiacraft.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/09/Core-Curriculum-Notes-2017-Final.pdf For anyone wanting a beautiful hardcopy professional book form you can order the book here : http://www.lulu.com/shop/gaiacraft-and-delvin-solkinson/gaiacraft-permaculture-design-core-curriculum-notes/hardcover/product-23314805.html When you buy a book we get $14 towards developing more free open source learning and teaching tools. Those wanting to support us but not purchase the book can donate by paypal to kym@gigglingchitree.com This work is the culmination of 15 years of teaching 25 PDC’s during which time I took 20 advanced courses as well as a PDC with Rosemary Morrow in Greece, Bill Mollison and Geoff Lawton in Australia and Toby Hemenway in Portland. While developing this body of work I have taken a Diploma and Masters Degree with Bill Mollison and the Permaculture Academy, a Diploma with Larry Santoyo and Scott Pittman through the Permaculture Institute, and this version is part of my current Diploma with Looby Macnamara through the Permaculture Association. Done under the mentorship of Larry Santoyo, this represents the culmination of my Doctoral work in Permaculture Education. “Information is the most portable and flexible investment we can make in our lives; it represents the knowledge, experience, ideas and experimentation of thousands of people before us.” – Bill Mollison and Reny Slay Profound gratitude goes to Kym Chi for countless contributions and editing as well…

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Easy to Understand Permaculture – A Book of Solutions

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It takes a teacher to teach. There are many permaculturists, and practitioners that write and teach YET not all of them are writers and teachers. Here’s where Matt Powers shine. He’s a teacher. A performer. A seed saver, and all round exceptional human. And he saw the need as many others have to have a READABLE permaculture book that helps to explain concepts and strategies at an elementary level without devolving into a children’s book (which he’s written as well). The Permaculture Student 2 compiles a host of solutions digested into their most simple forms and presented in this incredible book. In truth, the online version has been more useful than a hard copy as I can search through it. But I’ll let you decided, you won’t be disappointed with this book in your library. Click here to purchase. 

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Cob wall co-design, construction manager / lead

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Seeking a Calgary-based or nearby person with good natural building and cob skills to partner with me in creating a medium-sized cob habitat wall for native, solitary bees (different than honey bees) for the City of Calgary this Summer or Fall near Fish Creek Park. I’m a Toronto-based artist and will need to hire someone to co-design the cob wall and to manage and lead the wall build portion of this project. This project will also involve 6-8 volunteers TBA. I communicate via email (sarahpeebles at gmail) and via tel. Here’s a sample of the general idea: Dwelling (Paint Branch Creek) 2015 – A Habitat Wall for Native Solitary Bees and Wasps, with sensory bee viewing cabinet, at The University of Maryland Arboretum Outreach Center. https://resonatingbodies.wordpress.com/art/amplified-habitats/audio-bee-booths/audio-bee-cabinets/

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Pawpaw: North America’s Tastiest Fruit

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This course teaches everything about the pawpaw, North America’s largest and tastiest native fruit. If you’d like to learn more about regenerative agriculture, permaculture, or grants and cost-share programs for farmers in the USA, upgrading to the Versaland.TV monthly subscription will deliver condensed knowledge to you every month. If you’d like to take just this course for a test drive, you can enroll in it for FREE for a limited time, no credit card required. If you’re ready to start the course, click the here to enroll in the course,

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