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The modernization of dairy farming

The last time you sat down to a grilled cheese sandwich or attended a wine-and-cheese-pairing soirée, chances are you weren’t thinking about how those delicious morsels of dairy goodness ended up on your plate. Most of us have never been up close and personal with a real, live cow — let alone had the chance to witness the fascinating dairy farming process first hand.This is something that the new web series Acres and Avenues aims to change, giving city slickers everywhere the inside scoop on farm life. The series features two people—one urban, one rural—who get the chance to experience each other’s lifestyle. In the show’s premiere episode, an urbanite gets a behind-the-scenes glimpse at life on a tech-savvy and eco-friendly dairy farm in Modesto, CA: Fiscalini Farms.

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Windspire: 1 kW Wind Turbine for Your Backyard : TreeHugger

With its sleek, bladeless design and capacity to produce nearly 2000 kilowatt hours per year, the Windspire might just inspire some YIMBYism — that’s Yes, In My BackYard — about wind power. At 30 feet tall and 2 feet wide, the propeller-less design is bird-safe, relatively quiet — it produces about 25 decibels of noise at five feet, roughly equivalent to the average noise of a residential neighborhood at night — and doesn’t take much breeze to get it spinning; it fires up at 8 mph, and is rated to survive 100 mph gusts. It comes with a wireless modem that connects to your computer, so you can sit back and watch the energy in action at any time.At about $4,000, it ain’t exactly cheap — at 10 cents a kilowatt, it’ll take about 20 years to get any return on your investment — but it sure is cool and sure beats getting your energy from coal-fired power plants, which pretty much suck. Learn more about Windspire — performance & installation specs, maintenance required (not much), test data, etc. — over at Mariah Power’s website. ::Windspire via ::Materialicious

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