Lately we've been researching two ideas. We have been looking in to Carbon Gardening - creating a carbon sink in your own garden via Hugel Kultur,s Sequestering Carbon, No Till Gardening, and Composting in your local environment. There are many ways us residents can SINK a better CARBON SINK in to our back yards.
I also had another business idea around sourcing Organic Flowers in Melb ie. posies and flower arrangements sourced from organically produced flowers. There is a supply issue. Organic flowers are a boutique industry in Australia so it is not easy to source the organic flowers, grown fair distances from Melbourne. This is a grave shame as pesticides, herbicides and fertilisers are used en masse in the agricultural industry. Run-off from these pesky soil and plant chemicals from crop production causes contamination to ground-water and riparian systems so that's where organic flower production may belong moreso in a Utopian world.
With broad acre farming, agricultural soils are being rapidly depleted of biota/ nutrients. With loss of topsoil, and erosion, salinity and desertification are all major worries for farmers and environmentalists across the world. We need to be encouraging crop rotation, green manuring, companion planting, to allow the soil to replenish itself. Broad acre farming just isn't sustainable in the long-term. See relevant labels from previous posts.
I've also been spending a lot of time on our Education Pages of our other Website - Converse Conserve.com and our Facebook page. There are Slide shares as well to pique an interest in sustainability - and in the Powerpoints are activities and games for teachers to try in their lesson plans.
Speaking of education and inculcating a love of nature and interest in sustainability - here is a blog - Live In Art - Ten Natural Garden Ideas for Children. There is a growing movement internationally to get children back out in the garden - and off their computers and I Pads.
|Vertical Garden at International Flower and Garden Show|