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CASE STUDY: Cuba Leads Organic Agriculture Worldwide

When you think of agriculture, you probably don’t think of Cuba. You should. Out of necessity this country made the fastest transition from chemical agriculture to organics, beginning back in the early 1990s. Today Cuba is a model of what’s possible in the realm of real-world organics, urban gardening and a way to produce food that’s just plain inspiring.

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INSULATION HELP: One-Stop Info for Canadian Financial Help Programs

Canadian governments and utilities across all provinces offer financial help for homeowners, business owners and industry to increase energy efficiency. The challenge is finding the details. It’s not that easy to see what’s available where you live, when the programs […]

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DESIGN: Five strategies for better renovations

Design is a make-or-break issues when it comes to renovations and new homes, but too often ideas about design come too small and too late. To make your place better, you need to think about the big design ideas you’ll find here and you’ll need to think about them early on, when they can have an influence on how your place feels and functions.

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Wood-Free Woodworking: Composite Lumber for Outdoor Projects

Wood isn’t the only material you can plane, rout, mill and join to create refined workshop projects.  Composite deck lumber can also be used for fine “woodworking”, despite the fact that it’s designed for outdoor use supporting deck chairs, barbecues and people relaxing. Even though I’ve worked with composites for more than ten years – including the construction of simple outdoor furniture – I didn’t realize the full potential of composites until I was asked to tackle an unusual project.

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