Choose Sat. April 18 AND / OR Sun. April 19, 2015 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Aisling Keep Farm, Chatsworth, ON CHOOSE EITHER DAY OR BOTH DAYS. The weekend program will build on both days. Learn how to design and manage small or large Orchard Polycultures taught in the Permaculture tradition. Jeff Kitchen will have plants for sale from his Permaculture Nursery. This event will be held rain or shine, so bring appropriate attire, work gloves, boots, and a potluck lunch to share. Drinks and snacks provided. Workshop is open to all levels of experience. Cost: $90 /day or $ 170 for both days
Detailed location map available upon registration. See www.bradpeterson/events for more info.
Industry growth continues with the global organic market valued at $US72 billion, with 43 million hectares of organic agricultural land available worldwide, according to the 2015 edition of the FiBL-IFOAM study, The World of Organic Agriculture.
The positive trend of the past continues as consumer demand increases, reflected in the significant market growth of 11.5% in the US, the world’s largest organic market. More farmers cultivate organically, more land is certified organic, and 170 countries reported organic farming activities (up from 164) as shown in the FiBL-IFOAM study, (Data per end of 2013).
Two scientists from the University of California, Berkeley are using crowdsourcing to help map the location of edible weeds across a number of neighbourhoods in California.
Their findings and those of others on the project are being logged on an app called iNaturalist.
The project hopes to pinpoint the location of edible weeds and also test samples for nutritional content and toxic contamination.
BBC Click’s Richard Taylor talked to Philip Stark and Tom Carlson, two professors of statistics taking part in the Berkeley Edible Weeds Project.