Articles

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Paul Alfrey |
Tuesday, 5th January 2016

If I were to tell you of an apocalypse proof asset that is 100% guaranteed to increase in value, both in the short (3yrs) and long term (300yrs), will contribute to your good health, provides aesthetic pleasure to your surroundings, has the potential to replicate itself exponentially and has...

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David Pritchett |
Monday, 4th January 2016

“I am a settler in this land, too,” Randy says. We are sitting in a talking circle on the back porch of the farmhouse of Edith and Randy Woodley. This is the beginning of a day-long workshop on forest gardening at the Woodley’s 4-acre homestead. Before I taught about forest garden...

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Michael Mehaffy |
Saturday, 2nd January 2016

Christopher Alexander is famous for his book on architecture, A Pattern Language. What is not so well known is that Alexander has spent at least as much of his life in building as in writing, and he and his colleagues have produced some 300 buildings as well as gardens, neighborhoods...

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Maddy Harland |
Wednesday, 23rd December 2015

I have long been a composter and a hot composter at that but I haven’t ever had a slow rot bin. These serve a very useful function. They are filled with leaves, plant matter and prunings that would take too long to rot down in a conventional composting system. No more intact sticks mixed in...

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Jon Middleton |
Wednesday, 23rd December 2015

There was a time when being literate was a mark of your social standing. The vast majority of people couldn’t read or write. Not one word. Words were all around them and yet they had no way of unravelling their mystery. Now pretty much everyone can read and write, but whilst educational and...

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Stephanie Hafferty |
Wednesday, 23rd December 2015

Working in the polytunnel on a grey, dismal December day as the rain fell steadily outside, offers the advantages of fresh air and and gardening without having to wear wellies and waterproofs.

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Matt Prosser |
Tuesday, 22nd December 2015

What would be your chances of entering an Indonesian prison without being a prisoner? Not many, I can assure you. And what would be your chances of designing and creating a permaculture veggie garden in that prison? Probably once in a lifetime!

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Jeremy Menefee |
Friday, 18th December 2015

When I was growing up on a small farm in Virginia we used untreated biochar on struggling soils, though we didn’t call it biochar then. I was told that it should only be used on weak soil that we weren’t using for cash crops in the next year or two.