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How L'Atelier Paysan Cooperative in France Supports Independent Farmers

Shareable - Commons - March 23, 2017 - 11:23am

L'Atelier Paysan is a French cooperative that works with farmers to design machines and buildings adapted to the specific practices of small farm agroecology. In addition to distributing free plans on its website, L'Atelier Paysan organizes winter self-help training sessions, during which farmers train in metalworking and build tools which they can then use on their own farms.

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This Invention Lets Rural Hondurans Clean Their Water — And Own the Treatment Plants

Shareable - Commons - March 22, 2017 - 1:37pm

Doña Reina remembers the water that ran from the faucet at her home in rural Honduras. It was yellowish, opaque, she said in Spanish, and "y sucia," which means dirty. Then, in 2008, her small village of Tamara received its first water treatment plant, a gravity-fed system made of locally sourced materials that was designed by engineering students in the U.S. Today, Reina's water is clean enough to drink from the tap.

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