Roots 'n' Shoots: Free Online Conferences 2014: Food Growing & Whole Earth Summit

Why is RnS Moving to

Google had brought out an algorithm update in May 2017. With previous updates like Panda or Penguin, Mr G had penalized blogs or websites with low quality content and those more focused on aggressive adverts (including multiple ads or pop-up ads in articles). However, many blogs/websites that weren't shady got penalized beyond recovery too and a lot of people lost their income. The May 2017 update has had wide-scale effect on blogs and websites, but without any explanation from Mr G as to why or what it does. RnS has been hit by it too and hard. RnS organic search stats (i.e. users from Google) have dropped by 75% since. Even though RnS is not a source of income, I tried to figure out why RnS is being culled. It seems that it doesn't really have anything to do with RnS per se, but likely because RnS is FREE and not paying for page ranking (via AdWords or Ad Ranking). Now it is likely being aggressively shoved to lower page rankings to accommodate the paid ads.

I cannot rely on Mr G anymore to get RnS' content where it is needed. So I am busy moving RnS to Wordpress where you can find me as Whisker Flowers @

I am also imposing 301 redirects from already moved posts and pages!

- The Shroom - (AKA Whisker Flowers)

Sunday, 2 March 2014

Free Online Conferences 2014: Food Growing & Whole Earth Summit

Food Growing Summit 

To all my readers who are interested; there is a free online summit (talks) from the 3rd - 7th March 2014 about how to start a vegetable garden and growing your own food. The talk is aimed at all growers, farmers and backyard vegetable enthusiasts alike, especially the beginners! Please see their website @

Food Growing Summit

Thank you Ronda @ Down-to-Earth for letting us know! J

- Update 05 March 2014 - 

The online summit is well underway with such a wide variety of talks! For those of you who are late, don't fret you can still register and get access to the talks to come. Also you can access the talks for 24 hours after their initial broadcast which means you can listen to them on your own time!

I am taking notes of every talk and will have a little summary about the summit with all of the take-home messages and additional tips that were shared, which I will post a little later during the year. Therefore any talks you might have missed, I will have their impact points summarised for all my readers as reference! So watch this space! J

- Me Out -

- Update 10 March 2014 - 

For those of you interested there is another summit from the 11th-13th of March 2014 which is hosted by one of the speakers from the Food Growing Summit. You can find more information about the Whole Earth Summit @ Again it is a free online summit with 42 speakers! Unfortunately I won't be able to fit in another summit into my schedule, but it seems this one shares the same topic as the previous with an overlap of several speakers.

 Whole Earth Summit 2014
Whole Earth Summit 2014

- Update 20 April 2014 - 

A online conference about health and healthy food choices, not necessarily about growing food:
Food Revolution Summit, 26 April - 4 May 2014.

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