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  • 81 Awesome Documentaries for Homesteaders

    From honey bees to tiny houses to TEDTalks on Capitalism and Humanity’s Future, we’ve assembled a complete list of documentaries and shows on Netflix & Hulu that would interest our fellow homesteaders. Leave a comment below and let us know which ones are your favorite, and which programs we missed! Topics Food & Agriculture Documentaries […] More

  • Horseshoe Crab Facts

    Horseshoe crabs are not crabs, they are in the arthropod family and related to spiders and scorpions. They have been on the planet for 445 million years and they’ve changed very little during that time. The oldest land animals date to about 415 million years ago. Those early land residents were scorpions, spiders and insects; […] More

  • DIY Drip Irrigation for Under Ten Dollars

    If you’ve ever come home from work in the summer and found your lovely garden wilted, this DIY drip irrigation system might be just the thing for you. Best of all, it costs less than $10. More

  • Wringing Out a Washcloth in Space

    What happens when you wring out a soggy washcloth in zero gravity? Chris Hadfield on the International Space Station demonstrates. Two high school students from Nova Scotia, Kendra Lemke and Meredith Faulkner, won a national science contest with their β€œRing it out” experiment. Their experiment asks how the lack of gravity on the space station […] More

  • Disposal of Surplus Sodium 1947

    After World War II, twenty thousand pounds of metallic sodium needed to be destroyed. In order to do this, the War Assets Administration dumped the sodium into Lake Lenore – with spectacular results. More

  • Documentary: “A World Without Water”

    As water becomes more and more scarce, it has offset political problems throughout the globe. More than a billion people across the globe don’t have access to safe water. Every day 3900 children die as a result of insufficient or unclean water supplies. The situation looks like it is becoming worse as water becomes evermore […] More

  • Go for a Skinny Dip and Save a River

    New Belgium Brewery, best known for brewing great beer, like Fat Tire and Sunshine Wheat, and for the massive traveling bike carnival Tour de Fat, is also a leader in corporate water sustainability and donating to water advocacy groups. The company’s Skinny Dip campaign helps to promote and provide financial support for groups working to […] More

  • Algae: A Clean Tech Asset or a Health Liability?

    As clean tech research develops fuels synthesized from nature’s ingredients, algae has become synonymous with protecting the environment. However many algal strains are toxic enough to cause massive fish and coral die-offs. More

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    Tap Project: One Dollar Provides a Child with Safe Drinking Water for 40 Days

    Waterborne diseases are the second largest killer of children under five. Each day, 4,200 children die from water-related diseases, and 900 million people around the world are without access to safe drinking water1. UNICEF’s Tap Project is working to change that by raising money to support clean water programs with a simple $1 donation. That […] More

  • World Water Day 2009: Shared Waters, Shared Opportunities

    More than 1 billion people world wide lack access to clean, safe drinking water1. That’s about 20% of the Earth’s population. More than 2.6 billion people lack access to adequate sanitation2. That’s over 40% of the globe. World Water Day is an international day of action and observance to draw attention to their situation, and […] More

  • The Watercone: A Simple, Effective Solar Still

    In many parts of the world, lack of access to clean, potable water is a major issue. Water may be found nearby, but only in a brackish or polluted state. Areas close to the ocean may see miles of water, but not a drop to drink. UNICEF estimates that every day 5000 children die as […] More

  • Dive Into the Ocean with Google Earth 5.0

    Last month, Google announced the launch of Google Earth 5.0 – The Ocean, a new feature that enables users of Google Earth to dive beneath the water surface, explore 3D underwater terrain and browse ocean-related content contributed by leaders in ocean science and advocacy. More

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    We Must Protect Our Watersheds to Preserve Our Most Precious Resource

    A watershed, also known as a catchment or drainage basin, is the area of land where water from precipitation (either rain or snow) drains downhill into a body of water, such as a stream, river, reservoir, wetland, sea or ocean. Protecting these watersheds from pollution, erosion, and runoff of agricultural or industrial contaminants is essential […] More