Pump that runs without electricity


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A pump that doesn’t need electric power to run… "Ram" or water-hammer pump.. an old design that was around before the advent of electric pumps.

http://www.instructables.com/id/Worlds-greenest-water-pump/?ALLSTEPS

I don’t quite understand this one right now, but someone out there might!

Excerpt:

"last season, it hammered over 145,600 gallons of pond water up a steep hill to our garden over 700 feet away and over 100 feet higher than the pond! In the process, it saved us over 485 liters of diesel fuel we would have normally used to drive our diesel tractor to pump and tow the water around our farm.

The pump was built for about $50 worth of plumbing parts and a bunch of stuff that I had sitting in my scrap pile."

Aasvishkaar !! a learning space …


Recently came across the facebook  page of Aavishkaar which is a learning space for young minds to have fun with hands-on science, math, reading, writing and music in a curious and creative way and focus on shifting our educational system from teaching to learning. Working with various schools in the region of kandbari (himachal), AAVISHKAAR  team visits various school promoting practical learning with special emphasis on science and maths and even hosting science fairs or Vigyaan mela’s and are even open for volunteering opportunities.
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Started by a Amazing couple Sandhya and Sarit along with there home-schooled daughter Shyamli.Do check out there facebook page for amazing pics from there journey and any further information:
facebook page – https://www.facebook.com/AavishkaarPalampur
Or e-mail at – aavishkaar.palampur@gmail.com

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Vermicompost project in slum area creates earnings for residents while taking care of organic waste


http://www.wealthywaste.com/kalmanthai-slum

Excerpt:
Vermiculture uses worms in a controlled environment to do what they are best at- converting organic waste into nutrient-rich compost in nature’s way of recycling.

Members of the community groups underwent training and initiated a small-scale trial project investing Rs.2,200 (£29) they had raised from the sanitation blocks. They bought 4,000 red worms, Eisenia foetida, commonly known as the red wiggler or manure worm, which are best suited to composting.

Encouraged by the initial results the community then set up a larger scheme. An area of land by the communal toilet blocks was set aside with a small shed and composting arrangements for the worms.

Now in every 45 day cycle, for an investment of Rs.500, nearly one tonne of compost is produced. The compost is packed in bags and sold for Rs.5 per kilogramme, making nearly Rs.3000 per cycle.

The success has spread to other slum communities and individual households, which are now also carrying out vermiculture projects. The original project now even breeds and sells worms to those wishing to follow its example.

Organic Food is Nutritionally Far Superior to Non-Organic Produce


Organic Food is Nutritionally Far Superior to Non-Organic Produce

A ground-breaking meta-analysis of 343 studies led by Newcastle University, U.K., has found that organic food delivers significantly more benefits compared to non-organic food.

Among these are that organic food contains up to 69% more of key antioxidants and significantly lower concentrations of cadmium (50%), nitrates (30%), nitrites (87%) and pesticides. The frequency of occurrence of pesticide residues in conventionally grown crops was four times higher than in organic produce. This increased to seven times in the case of fruit.

Antioxidants are linked to reduced risk of various diseases including cancer. Conversely, high nitrate and nitrite concentrations in food are considered as potential risk factors for illnesses such as stomach cancer.

The researchers stress the urgent need for further studies specially designed to identify and quantify the health impacts of switching to organic food. The abstract of the study and a briefing note on it are reproduced below as Items 1 and 2.

Why you should take your kids out of school !!


THEY DISAPPEAR FOR HOURS. WHEN THEY RETURN, THEIR BASKETS ARE HEAVY WITH SMALL TREASURES OF THE WORLD AND THEIR HEADS ARE FULL OF SMALL STORIES OF THEIR WANDERING: THE MOOSE TRACKS THEY SAW, THE FORKED MAPLE THEY SAT BENEATH TO EAT SNACKS.

This phrase above mentioned in the article made me remember my childhood days.

As it further mentions:

It is already obvious that unschooling is radically different from institutionalized classroom learning, but how does it differ from more common homeschooling? Perhaps the best way to explain it is that all unschooling is homeschooling, but not all homeschooling is unschooling. While most homeschooled children follow a structured curriculum.

 

The first incidence of compulsory schooling came in 1852, when Massachusetts required communities to offer free public education and demanded that every child between the ages of 8 and 14 attend school for at least 12 weeks per year. Over the next seven decades, the remaining states adopted similar laws, and by 1918, the transition to mandated public education was complete and from there on it spread to world.

With recent rise in awareness about compulsory education, several movements and people have risen up to the challenge to provide better model of education for our people, making industrial model obsolete.

To know more about alternative learning spaces in India scroll down a bit in our Alternative spaces section .

To read this beautiful article about the homeschooling adventures of Fin and Rye “WE DON’T NEED NO EDUCATION”  click here.

Free energy generator from India, another hoax ?


With growing energy crises all around the world, and also search for alternatives there goes parallel search of FREE ENERGY. The concept is not new its mention dates back thousands of years, with its mention found in almost all ancient culture including Vedic, from which the great inventor Nicola Tesla was inspired and there were even claims that he did made possible to trap free energy from zero point.
There have been reports and claims from all around the world about free energy generators, but none came to light or was commercially produced, with added reports of big corporations never wanted such a invention to come out as would devastate their profits.

बिना ईंधन से चलने वाला जनरेटर!
So, well this time here’s another one from India itself, I am not sure if its another hoax or is true invention and this too will be suppressed  by big dominant corporate sector.

A 10th grade failure (failure according to present education system), have made energy generator which charges its own battery.

to read original news  : click here

Article: Why JP Singh is every Indian farmer’s best friend


https://in.news.yahoo.com/why-jp-singh-is-every-indian-farmer-s-best-friend-063823627.html

Excerpts:

How did an unassuming Varanasi farmer and school dropout come to be sought after by farmers, praised by experts and awarded by the government for his famous seeds?

His claim to fame? He develops indigenous, high-yielding and disease resistant varieties of plants. So far, he’s perfected more than 460 types of paddy, 120 of wheat, 40 kinds of arhar dal and three of mustard. He’s also grown a special type of wood apple or bel, one that yields 8-10 fruits in a single bunch, multiplying harvests for poor farmers.

One million farmers in about seven Indian states swear by the seeds he provides. He sells them for Rs 30-40 per kilo, compared to the Rs 200-300 that agents charge for genetically modified (GM) crops. Still, his crops outperform the GM ones on yield. And from their grain, farmers plant for the next harvest – something they can’t do with a GM crop.

How To Build A Solar-Powered Still To Purify Drinking Water


How To Build A Solar-Powered Still To Purify Drinking Water | Off The Grid News.

Step by step instructions to build a simple box that takes in open vessels filled with any impure water. The sun’s heat collecting in the box slowly boils the water, which condenses under the sloping glass top, and is collected in a tube at the edge. What is collected is pure distilled water. This simple device (and once you get the basics you can modify it for any range of needs… ) can deliver basic life-saving drinking water from the most polluted of sources, is inexpensive and does not need too much advanced skill to set up.. just spread the basic idea and you might just save a lot of lives in a disaster.

Permaculture – Free Online Sustainability Course – Regenerative Leadership Institute


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Passive and active solar design

Food forests, trees, and garden design

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Business and financial permaculture

Waste recycling and treatment

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via Permaculture – Free Online Sustainability Course – Regenerative Leadership Institute.

Raju and Shalini Titus : natural farmers in MP, Rishi Kheti


Raju and Shalini Titus have been engaged in no-till farming for over 23 years. Contrary to pop wisdom, their net income has gone up because of increased yields and a reduction in input costs.

Click to see full article: Farm like the rishis!.

Credits: Amita Bhaduri, article shared under CC BY-NC-SA 2.5 IN license from India Water Portal

Millet brings a windfall


http://www.thehindu.com/todays-paper/tp-national/tp-tamilnadu/millet-brings-a-windfall/article5435704.ece

A farmer of Muthukadu in Tamil Nadu has been harvesting a conventional minor millet “kuthiraivali” on his
fields recently.

The minor millet, with duration of 90 days, was raised on three acres of land and he is able to harvest an average 900 kg an acre.
“The kuthiraivali is a minor millet which can be raised on any dry land or wasteland,” says farmer Appavu Balandar.

The crop requires minimum
irrigation facility and is suited for
areas with less or poor rainfall in
the district, he says. It could
withstand drought-prone conditions up to 45 days. Against an investment of Rs. 2,500, the crop is expected to fetch prospective returns anywhere between Rs.11,000 and Rs.15,000 depending
upon the demand in the market as the produce was priced between Rs. 15 and Rs. 20 a kg, according to Appavu .

The crop was being revived through an initiative by Rose, a non-governmental organisation, which has been motivating farmers to re-discover the conventional crops which were raised in this part of the region.
According to Appavu, it could be raised as an alternative to paddy.

The crop is free from any pest
attack or disease. Less expenditure on cultivation and labour were the major advantages of this minor millet. There was a growing demand for the millet as it could be utilised for various dishes on the lines of rice.

Home in Bangalore using solar power and water harvesting


Home in Bangalore using solar power and water harvesting :

http://m.deccanherald.com/content/363491/this-home-free-clutter-power.html/

A wonder farm in Kerala


“Since 2007, this research station has gone from being a sleepy government facility to an engine of innovative agricultural practices – some local, some with far-reaching implications. Much of the credit for this energy and vision goes to Prasanna Rajendran, 53, who heads the ARS with the designation of assistant director of research.

Rajendran’s success has been such that the ARS’s annual income is Rs 2.56 crores. For next year, it has set a target of Rs 3 crores.

Compare that to Kerala Agriculture University (KAU) which earns Rs 8 crores annually from 3,500 acres. The ARS with just 25 acres adds Rs 2.56 crores to the KAU’s kitty.

What has led to this transformation? Rajendran attributes it to “just a little common sense and team work”. He adds: “Whatever we’ve done here is possible in any other research institution.”

Started in 1963, the Anakkayam ARS was once a cashew research station with 25 acres of rain-fed dryland. Only one scientist and five labourers worked here. Every summer, drinking water had to fetched from outside. The station’s annual revenue was a paltry Rs 4.92 lakhs. It had been all but written off.

Today ARS trains youth in agriculture, works with self-help groups (SHGs) and produces a variety of fruits and vegetables, some of which are processed and sold.”

read more at Civil Society Online – A WONDER FARM IN KERALA.

Indian knife innovation


Jugaad has been integral part of Indian life style,  creating useful items from the limited resources is the basis of jugaad technology,   Check out this amazing Indian knife innovation.

 

Nature’s lap – herbal organic products


Looking for a safe and healthy alternative for your household cleaning.Nature’s Lap has come up with a solution that is safe, healthy, ecofriendly as well as effective.Now no more need of those harsh,chemical based cleaners.
Nature’s Lap Herbal Floor Cleaner is a concentrated formula that has powerful and effective cleaning ingredients. It is made of essential oils that makes it a completely natural, non-toxic, environmentally friendly alternative for cleaning floors and surfaces. It is anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, child-safe.Gives a smooth shine to floors and has a pleasant aroma of citronella.It is antibacterial,antifungal,repels mosquitoes and flies. It is cost effective compared to other cleaners – only a few drops required per liter of water. Ideal for use in homes as well as public places like hotels, hospitals and schools. Certified by CSIR CIMAP (Central Institute for Medicinal and Aromatic Plants: a Government Research Institute). does not contain any preservatives, chemicals, Artificial Colors and Fragrances.Usage: Mix 4-6 drops per medium sized bucket of water and mop floor. Can be used to clean surfaces as well. Safe for adults and children of all ages.

Nature’s lap also has other herbal products,
For details check http://www.natureslap.in/products.html
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Countless Uses for Coconut Oil


http://www.realfarmacy.com/countless-uses-for-coconut-oil-the-simple-the-strange-and-the-downright-odd/

This article gives and explains a huge list of uses of coconut oil.

Arthakranti – a socio-economic proposal for better India


The ArthaKranti proposal is a well researched Scientific approach designed to completely transform the current Indian socio-economic scenario. This approach will enable ‘Principled, Prosperous and Peaceful living’ for all citizens of our country.

Apart from strengthening the economy internally India will achieve the prominent position on global canvas. Such a position of strength will enable us to lead the world towards our long cherished philosophy ‘Vasudhaiv Kutumbakam’ or ‘The world as a family’!.

We are sure that the time for this proposal has arrived, keeping in mind the current state of affairs. Of course, the Government will need to be petitioned and pressurised through our elected representatives.

The need of the hour is for every like minded citizen to contribute in speeding the process through their active support.

To know more visit : http://arthakranti.org/

Rainy filters for Rain water harvesting


`RAINY’ First of its kind Dual Intensity Rainwater Harvesting Filters with self cleaning and auto flush out arrangements.

‘RAINY’R Dual Intensity Rainwater Harvesting Filter™ is the result of over 10 years Continuous R&D done by the team of FARMLAND RAINWATER HARVESTING SYSTEM, by studying the pattern of rain fall in rural and urban India, intensity of rainfall, type of houses, pipeline used for rainwater outlets, re utilization, recharging of ground water and Tube well etc. In the past decade we have witnessed phenomenal changes in global weather patterns. The unpredictable and erratic weather patterns have resulted in torrential down pours and rainfalls of very high intensity. These heavy duty Dual Intensity Rainwater Harvesting filters are so designed; keeping in mind the capture of rainfall loads varying from 5mm to 75mm/hour without affecting the efficiency of filter and the operating required less than 0.06 kg/cm2 (2 feet) so the filter can perform even in low Roof areas. The design, stability and filter function efficiency is directly proportional to the intensity of rainfall. Different models of filters were set in place to capture rainwater from varied rooftops. This brought in affordability, to all cross sections of households and Industry.

Rainy filters are designed with self cleaning mechanism and can be fixed to the wall by connecting Rooftop rainwater drain pipes. The rainwater along with dirt particles enters into the inlet of filter through the hollow pipe tangentially to the filter housing and rotating slowly along the periphery of upper housing so as to flow into the SS 304 filter element placed in lower housing of the filter unit in angular motion at specific velocity, which creates cohesive force and segregates dirt particles and clean water individually. However when the intensity of rainfall increases the high volume of water moves in circular motion with high velocity in the upper housing and creates a centrifugal force. In both situations, involving low and high intensity of rainfall , the working principle of the filter based on cohesive and centrifugal force respectively, aids the filter element to divert clean water into the cistern/ recharging well and simultaneously flushes out automatically sand, debris, and dirt particles through the drain outlet.

For more info visit – http://www.rainyfilters.com/rainy-filters.html

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