NANOCLAY TURNS DESERT TO FERTILE SOIL

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Growing Power

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Desert Control claims they can turn desert into fertile soil for agriculture in seven hours.

 

Desert Control, run by the Norwegian father and son Kristian og Ole Morten Olesen, have been developing NanoClay since 2008. After winning the Climate Launchpad award recently it is finally ready to be released. NanoClay is produced by combining clay and water in a patented mixing process.

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Agriculture in the desert
NanoClay is natural type of clay and also have a unique ability to retain water and soil is like a sponge. The patented mixing units are applied directly into the irrigation water and use sprinklers to spread it. The mix sinks into the soil, creating a 40-60 cm deep layer, which retains the water like a sponge.

Agriculture in the desert
NanoClay is natural type of clay and also have a unique ability to retain water and soil is like a sponge. The patented mixing units are applied directly into the irrigation water and use sprinklers to spread it. The mix sinks into the soil, creating a 40-60 cm deep layer, which retains the water like a sponge. This layer stops water from evaporating and ensures optimal growing conditions for anything you plant in it.

To cultivate sandy soil into fertile land normally takes 7-15 years, Desert Control does it in 7 hours. One application lasts a minimum of 5 years.

With the continuing rising temperatures and changing rain patters make the invention timely. Devastating droughts destroy harvests, make soil infertile and allow deserts to increase in size. Combining this with a continuous growing population the NanoClay has the potential to be a very valuable invention.

Many benefits
The NanoClay is said to be completely organic and does not use any chemicals.

It will save users between 1/2 to 2/3 of the water they are currently using to irrigate their land.Tests have shown a significant yield increase on anything planted in soil treated with NanoClay and fertilizer.

More so, turning desert to green land lowers the surface temperature around 15°C and reduces CO2 emissions by 15-17 tons per hectare.

It will be interesting to see if the duo is able to scale the use of its NanoClay.

SOURCE : https://arnfinno.wordpress.com/2015/12/05/nanoclay-turns-desert-to-fertile-soil/

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A $300 underground greenhouse offers a year-round DIY growing sanctuary

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BY: TYLER FYFE

For growers unlucky enough to be living at high elevations or further than arms length from the equator, frost and cold relentless winds are constant enemies. Twenty years ago in the mountainous regions of South America, frustrated growers set out to pull the arrow from the Achille’s heel of productive year-round growing in cold climates and temperate climates. Their solution? A DIY greenhouse that can be built for less than $300.

The walipini was designed to grow food year-round in the colder and more temperate climates for less than $300.

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Traditional greenhouses composed of glass walls are typically as expensive as they are fragile. And while “common sense” would lead you to believe that maintaining the heat necessary for optimal growing conditions would be stretching closer to the sun or manufacturing its rays with an expensive lighting system, designers of the walipinidecided to make use of an alternative natural source of heat. A walipini is a passive-solar heating structure that burrows closer to the magma that flows beneath the earth’s crust. Actually, walipini is the Aymara Indian word for “place of warmth”.

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By digging just six to eight feet below the earth, growers can take advantage of what is called a thermal constant. The design uses a wall of compressed earth at the spine of the building and a shorter wall as its chest. This makes an angle for a plastic sheet roof that is permeated by the sun’s rays to create the ideal temperature for plant growth. The design should incorporate an entrance that is slightly deeper underground than the grow floor to prevent warm air from exiting the environment. This is because cold air sinks downwards.

The DIY walipini is built six to eight feet underground in order to take advantage of the thermal constant to keep the environment warm enough to grow plants.

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The in-earth greenhouse should stretch longer on the east and west and be shorter on the north and south to maximize the solar harvest. Eaves troughs can even be incorporated on the roof to harvest rainwater. Additionally, you could take notes from Earth Ships and line the walls with rubber tires to create additional insulation or incorporate ventilation to use the wind as a natural cooling system on unusually hot summer days. Ladybugs and pollinating insects can also be introduced.

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The Benson Institute is an organization concerned with using locally-available resources and community efforts to solve food security issues. Using volunteer labour, they built a community-sized walipini that stands at an astounding 74 feet by 20 feet for just $300. The beauty of the walipini is that its simple but effective design can be built by anyone with a small budget and a few free weekends. Not only is locally sourced food better economically and nutritionally, but as shifting climate affects soil-fertility, permaculture initiatives are a regressive solution to the problems permanent agriculture is currently experiencing.

Walipinis are cost efficient and simple solutions to the current problems faced in agriculture, and are economically and nutritionally better for communities.

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Image sources: pinterest.com,  wordpress.com,  naturalbuildingblog.com

SOURCE : http://www.theplaidzebra.com/a-300-underground-greenhouse-offers-a-year-round-diy-growing-sanctuary/

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Learn How This Family Grows 6,000 Lbs Of Food on Just 1/10th Acre

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Ever thought of growing your own food but didn’t think it was possible? It’s more that possible! It might even be the way of the future. If the Dervaes family can do it while living in Los Angeles, I think you can to.

The Dervaes family live on 1/10th of an acre 15 minutes from downtown L.A.. In itself that’s not strange. What’s crazy is that they manage to maintain a sustainable and independent urban farm. Complete with animals!

In a year they produce around 4,300 pounds of veggies, 900 chicken , 1000 duck eggs, 25 lbs honey, and pounds of seasonal fruit. There are over 400 species of plants. What?! They have everything they need to ‘live off the land.’ From beets to bees. Chickens to chickpeas.

What the family doesn’t eat they sell from their porch, making around $20,000 a year. Local organic food is so popular that they don’t have any problems finding customers. Even chefs/owners from local restaurants seek them out.

I tried to figure out how big 1/10th (0.1) of an acre is in perspective to other things . I used this website, findlotsize.com, and put markers around my ‘house.’ I got a rough estimate that mine is 0.062, but my math seems wrong since my place looks way smaller. It’s interesting to know all the same. Check it out … if you’re curious to learn what size yours is.

Here’s the video… Enjoy!

Source: “Learn How This Family Grows 6,000 Lbs Of Food on Just 1/10th Acre,” from themindunleashed.org

Video creditFoodAbundance

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