nature has no borders

Recognizing this connectivity and the historic opportunities to partner and coordinate our efforts in conservation and preservation across borders, is being played out between the scientific and environmental communities throughout the world. It is a complex question – these political borders that separate us as people – but perhaps we can start tearing down the fear they create by first working to preserve nature and the environment together.

biochar: industry update

As addressed by Kathleen Draper, IBI Board Chair in the 12/2020 newsletter, industry interest in biochar has been limited to agriculture, but recent interest in biochar has come from industries such as environmental engineering and waste management, along with an increasing number of companies, cities and countries that are embracing biochar as part of theirContinue reading “biochar: industry update”

making the cut: fruit trees

For the gardener who grows fruit trees, the purpose is to grow quality fruit in a reasonable quantity, and harvest safely from from healthy trees. Pruning is a management tool that helps align these goals and balances the needs of both tree and gardener.

atomic gardening

I have lived my entire life in the nuclear age. Technically, we no longer label present day as the “nuclear age”, meaning we do not define the present by nuclear technologies, that have been replaced by other disruptive technologies, which strikes me as odd since the world is filled with thousands of nuclear weapons, obtainContinue reading “atomic gardening”

master the garden

part three botany basics: roots In this third installment of botany basics – roots are discussed. Perhaps the most important system of any plant – is the root system. They absorb nutrients and moisture, anchor the plant or tree to the soil, support the stem or trunk, and store food. In some plants the rootsContinue reading “master the garden”

master the garden

Study guide for Master Gardener Programs. Gardening can have impact – positive and negative – on the environment, so take your skill and knowledge to the ‘next level’ and become aware of environmental protection and improvement practices. This series will direct you to becoming a Master Gardener and practice sustainable gardening.

Biochar: cutting-edge technique with ancient roots

Dating back thousands of years to a civilization in the Amazon Basin, soil scientists have analyzed regions of dark rich soil found within historically inhabited areas and found high concentrations of charcoal and organic matter.