GOOF Part 2 Grow our own Future

Fruit in Small Spaces/ Natural Pest Control-Why and why not?

  1. Planning; designing a fruit calendar; soil water and sunlight; some research.
  2. Small fruit garden: dwarf varieties; stacking; vertical fruit gardening; fruit tree circle; fruit salad. tree; multiple fruit trees in one hole; pruning; integrated fruit plantings; containers.
  3. Identifying pests: flying, crawling, boring, life cycle, evidence.
  4. Plants: companion planting.
  5. Prevention: soil, companions, predator habitats, spacing, rotation.
  6. Intervention: Inoculants, traps, bait, repellents, garden hygiene, life cycle interrupts.
  7. Organic disease control.

Chickens and other animals (bugs & birds)

  1. The role of animals in your gardens and homes.
  2. Chickens: breeds, selection, feeding, housing, health, needs, yields, protecting your garden.
  3. Attracting beneficial birds: types of birds, feeding, accommodation.
  4. Attracting bees & other beneficial insects.
  5. Habitat creation and plant selection.

Energy

  1. Terms and concepts and Energy Auditing,
  2. Reduce energy use: intelligent design, demand management, generation, efficiency.
  3. Demand Management Strategies,
  4. Home energy production: solar (case study: cooking w sun) wind, biomass, animal, evaporating water.
  5. Improving household energy efficiency : heating and cooling, hot water, appliances, refrigeration, lighting; cooking (Case study: cooking with stored heat).
  6. The way forward

Water

  1. Water management and irrigation: water wise fruit, veg & herbs, Water wise pots, Irrigation terms Factors affecting water requirements, irrigation methods, Greywater
  2. Water collection /storage: Where it goes, Options for reduction, how much rainwater? Rainwater storage, large, small & other options, Choosing site for your tank, rain water harvesting.
  3. Water Audit: process and paperwork.
  4. Water demand management: direct water use, reducing direct water use, water foot print, Indirect water use, reducing indirect water use.

Living Sustainably

  1. Managing your waste: Packaging, toxic chemicals, appliances, clothes.
  2. Waste audit and remediation strategies.
  3. Hidden Costs of Consuming: the true cost of our lifestyle (environment and health).
  4. Consumption audit and remediation strategies.
  5. Black water: Toilets compost, biolytic, anaerobic, Humanure.
  6. Sustainable Transport audit and remediation strategies.

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