Farmers’ lack of bees might be solved by going wild

“The findings have important implications for agricultural and land-use policies worldwide, said study leader Lucas A. Garibaldi, an agricultural scientist at the National University of Rio Negro in Argentina: Unless habitats for wild insects are protected and nurtured, farmers around the world could face a future of drastically lower yields.

Scientists have long warned that plowing landscapes into vast, single-crop fields and orchards eliminates the range of soil, wildflowers and other vegetation that is crucial to support multiple species of wild pollinators, including bees, flies, beetles and butterflies. As these insect populations have dwindled, farmers have resorted to using rented interlopers, generally Apis mellifera, during flowering season.

“Honeybees cannot replace the service wild bees provide,” Garibaldi said. “Biodiversity in agricultural landscapes matters and can help increase production.”

To read the full article go here:

http://articles.latimes.com/2013/feb/28/science/la-sci-wild-pollinators-20130301

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The Three Sisters – or is it Four?

Excellent article/excerpt on permaculture plant guilds by Toby Hemenway.  This excerpt comes from the author’s book Gaia’s Garden.

http://www.patternliteracy.com/books/gaias-garden/the-three-sisters-or-is-it-four

Natural Insect Control

Good article from Mother Earth News on natural insect control; you can Google “integrated pest management” for more info. Chances are, between weeds and flowers, you already have a good start!

http://www.motherearthnews.com/organic-gardening/why-natural-insect-control-works-better.aspx

Picking Apples, Choosing Varieties & Pruning with Patrick Whitefield

Permaculture Magazine writes: “Patrick Whitefield takes us on a seasonal journey through his shared apple orchard describing his harvests, his favourite varieties and giving his top pruning tips for healthy trees with good yields.”

http://www.permaculture.co.uk/articles/picking-apples-choosing-varieties-pruning-patrick-whitefield

 

Geoff Lawton Ted Talk on Permaculture

This is a powerful TEDx talk where Geoff Lawton explains about how permaculture can build fertility and have a positive impact on climate change now with what humans can do and society has to offer.  He talks about how education centers teaching permaculture with demonstration sites in both urban and rural centers are the key to make this happen and that the Middle East is a prime opportunity to demonstrate this and has the potential to re-green the desert.
Geoff Lawton is an internationally renowned permaculture expert, consultant, and practioner who studied under Bill Mollison.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-CxP0Thljr4

How To Save Tomato Seeds

Do you have some ripe lovely heirloom tomatoes that you’d like to save seeds for next year’s enjoyment?  Follow this link the a video that clearly explains the process:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g3eS5IyoBX4

Larry Korn Talks About Masanobu Fukuoka’s Farm in Japan

In this video editor and translator Larry Korn discusses Masanobu Fukuoka’s permaculture farm in Japan.

http://www.permies.com/t/17822/permaculture/Welcome-Larry-Korn-editor-translator