Category Archives: Tribes

Meghalaya’s Bio-Bridges: Sustainable, resilient architecture

By Rady Ananda

Known as the wettest place on Earth, the eastern area of Meghalaya (a state in Northern India) sees 50 feet (over 15 m) of rain each year, flooding all the rivers. Steep vertical canyons mark the land, some over 3,500 feet deep.  For the past 500 years, this matriculture has dealt with monsoons by building natural bridges immune to rot and white ant infestation.

The Khasis guide roots and vines from the native rubber tree (Ficus elastica) across streams, using hollowed out betel nut trees to guide the roots. When the roots reach the opposite bank they are allowed to take root. Taking 10-15 years to complete (and sometimes much longer), these bio-bridges can last for centuries.

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Bemidji food co-op adds kitchen to boost local food producers

By Jennifer Vogel
Minnesota Public Radio

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Lisa Weiskopf restocks the locally grown onions that the Harmony Co-op in Bemidji, Minn. carries. (MPR Photo/Jon Heller) View full slideshow (3 total images)

Bemidji, Minn. — The kitchen at the back of the new and expanded Harmony Co-op is unfinished, with exposed wiring and the smell of fresh drywall. But soon it will sport industrial refrigerators and double convection ovens and the air will smell of chocolate tortes.

Cheryl Larson Krystosek, a baker and organic farmer, considered making pies at the new kitchen when it opens next April, but says, “It’s the chocolate hazelnut torte that everyone in town is addicted to.” She hopes to be one of the incubator facility’s first renters, once it’s fully outfitted and attains FDA approval.

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