Climatefarming in northern Senegal

Definition Climatefarming en francais

Definition Climate Farming

Climate farming uses agricultural means to keep carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gasses from escaping into the atmosphere. Like organic farming, climate farming maintains biodiversity and ecological balance on productive, argicultural land. But climate farmers like Hans-Peter Schmidt go a step further and covert leftover organic mass into biochar, a solid carbon compound that can improve soil quality. Biochar production also creates a kind of gas that can then be burned to help generate power. A climate farm could grow food, generate power, and help keep carbon out of the air.

Climatefarming – Pour une agriculture durable

von Hans-Peter Schmidt

Le climatefarming est souvent décrit comme une méthode agricole au moyen de laquelle du CO2 est prélevé de l’atmosphère et stocké de façon stable dans le sol sous forme de carbone. Ceci pourrait permettre de freiner le changement climatique. Mais le climatefarming, c’est également un concept écologique durable pour l’agriculture du future, qui produira aussi bien des denrées alimentaires que de l’énergie et de l’air propre, encouragera la biodiversité et protégera le paysage.

Au travers de leurs feuilles, les plantes prélèvent du dioxyde de carbone contenu dans l’air et le transforment à l’aide de la lumière, de substances minérales et de l’eau en molécules carboniques. Lorsque la plante meurt ou pourrit, ou si elle est mangée et digérée, les molécules longues de carbone sont de nouveau scindées. Ce processus libère de l’énergie et donc du carbone qui, composé à plus de 99% de CO2, s’évapore dans l’atmosphère. (en savoir plus ...)

Google News: deforestation

Climatefarmingprojekt Öfen für Afrika

Mittwoch, 26. Januar 2011

Permaculture Design - Principles And Guidelines For Your Design

Permaculture Design - Principles And Guidelines For Your Design

Permaculture Design

Principles And Guidelines For Permaculture Garden Designs

The permaculture design principles described here are the guidelines that you follow when you plan your permaculture garden.

(If you are new to this site and haven't read, "What Is Permaculture?", do so first and then return here.)

Ideally a site for a permaculture garden is first analysed in depth. The whole garden, the house and the needs of all people and animals living there are considered and integrated into the design before any work or planting is done.

Permaculture design stems from "protracted and thoughtful observation rather than protracted and thoughtless labour".

For anybody designing a small farm or a commercial operation along permaculture principles this is a crucial step that needs to be done by someone who is suitably qualified and experienced. (A permaculture design course is a way to gain that knowledge and experience.)

Thank god you don't need a course or a specialist to design a permaculture home garden. Sure, it would be great, but it's not essential.

You don't have to be a landscape designer or a certified permaculturist to use and implement permaculture principles and guidelines in your home garden.

Your garden is a great place to experiment with permaculture design and experience its power and effectiveness first hand. This site will help you and point you in the right direction.

It also doesn't matter if your garden is already established. You can always improve things, one small step or experiment at a time. I'll show you how.

Permaculture Design Principles And Guidelines

There are more permaculture principles, or maybe I should say more different ways to explain them. Many other principles that you may see mentioned elsewhere follow from the principles that I explained above.

(Some of them already overlap. But hey, some of the things are so important, it doesn't hurt to mention them a few times.)

Also, if you look at the philosophy and ethics of permaculture other principles become obvious. Many of us who care about the planet already follow those principles in our life.

Conservation, careful energy accounting, reducing waste, using "green" resources, recycling, but also a healthy lifestyle, pure and fresh food, clean water and a clean environment to live in... It's all part of permaculture, either as part of the design or as a result of the design.

I will finish my attempts at explaining permaculture here. The rest of the site is dedicated to specific growing advice, design ideas and tips on how even a little bit of permaculture design and thinking can make a big difference in your garden and your life.

Read about the design principles, starting with The Permaculture Zones In A Design

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