Team:Farming and gardening

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Farming and gardening (coordinators: Ziggy)

Activities: Exploring and documenting experiences with small-scale farming and gardening practices

This is the Wiki page for The RBE10K Project's Farming and gardening Team. See the full list of teams.


[edit] Objetives

The Team of Farming and gardening is the small scale version of the upcoming Farming team. It's purpose is documenting experiences and about small scale farming on gardens, or gardening for non-edibles. This information is intended to be shared and discussed by anyone interested in the field, and to provide ideas and know-how for the large main Farming teams.

[edit] Garden farming

Garden farming is the planting of small scale edibles in a garden. This would include herbs, spices, squashes, tomatoes, leafy greens, and even small trees like lemons and mandarins.

[edit] To Do

  • Create a Facebook group for the team
  • Invite more people to join
  • Categorise the experiences by type of plant
  • Research and follow-up on ideas documented

[edit] Gardening

Gardening includes the planting of any non-edibles found on a garden, such as flowering plants, bushes, etc. The objectives for The RBE10K Project are finding plants that both look pretty and have some kind of practical use also.

[edit] Examples of practical use of gardens

  • In Earthships, certain types of bushes are required to be planted on the outside of the building, right on top of sewage outpours. The bushes help breaking-down the sludge, helping to turn it into grey-waters, suitable for off-flowing to the inside gardens. On the inside, these gardens, partly aquatic with fish, assist with breaking down those materials even further, causing a full recycle from waste to almost perfectly pure water. This water, once filtered, is suitable for drinking.

[edit] Plants

Possible plants to grow:

  • If we pick South America as the location, maca might be a great crop. It seems to grow easily, repels root crop pests and is very nutritious. More info: [1]

[edit] Aquaponics

Aquaponics is a sustainable food production system that combines a traditional aquaculture (raising aquatic animals such as snails and fish in tanks) with hydroponics (cultivating plants in water) in a symbiotic environment. In aquaculture, effluents accumulate in the water, increasing toxicity for the fish. This water is led to a hydroponic system where the by-products from the aquaculture are broken down by nitrogen fixing bacteria, then filtered out by the plants as vital nutrients, after which the cleansed water is recirculated back to the animals.

Instructions for setting-up a kit can be found online at the following locations:

[edit] Members

Permaculturalist, gardening enthusiast and researcher
Gardening enthusiast and researcher
Guerrilla farming in York city
Gardening enthusiast and researcher
Team coordination and research

[edit] Requests

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