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Maddy Harland |
Friday, 2nd December 2016
Last February, Charles Dowding gave me some pieces of yacon (Smallanthus sonchifolius) from one of his crowns and advised me to pot them up and plant them outside in late Spring. I have always wanted to grow yacon so I went home and did just that. About Yacon - why it is good for you Yacon is South American tuber, much bigger than Oca which I... more
 
Alice Griffin |
Friday, 2nd December 2016
Sometimes the online world can feel like a faceless abyss and at times I do reminisce with fondness about days gone by when everything had more of a direct face-to-face feel. However, this world is also the gateway to amazing opportunities when wanting – and needing – to get your crafts on show in front of a greater audience. When we set up our... more
 
Rozie Apps |
Wednesday, 30th November 2016
Illegal loggers and miners are destroying rainforests and ancestral land across the globe every day. Currently in Brazil, the indigenous Surui people of Rondônia, are still fighting against loggers and miners, after 40 years of destruction to their land. It was restored to the Surui people in 1984, following the official demarcation, and is now... more
 
Permaculture magazine |
Thursday, 24th November 2016
The natural swimming pool is a beautiful dream that many of us wish to obtain. To swim in its cool waters, without the harsh chemicals of a conventional pool, knowing that your pool is part of an ecosystem, encouraging wildlife. David Pagan Butler has been building these natural pools for over a decade, beginning with his very own after his young... more
 
Maddy Harland |
Wednesday, 23rd November 2016
Oca is a South American tuber with a lemony taste and pretty leaves. In warm climates Oxalis tuberosa (Oxalidaceae) is a perennial herbaceous plant and can overwinter as underground stem tubers known as uqa in Quechua. The plant is tradionally cultivated in the central and southern Andes for its tubers, which are used as a root vegetable. In New... more
 
Joanna Dobson |
Tuesday, 22nd November 2016
When Michael Smith set out to feed the cows at Incredible Farm in Todmorden, West Yorkshire, on Boxing Day 2015, it was raining hard, but not enough to bother a seasoned grower with a stout pair of wellies. When he started home at lunchtime, water was cascading down the main road and the town centre was impassable. The only way to get back to his... more
 
Rozie Apps |
Friday, 18th November 2016
Reduce your clothing waste, and protect the environment, by wearing and buying secondhand. According to Positive News, "An estimated 10,000 items of clothing are sent to UK landfill every five minutes, equating to more than 350,000 tonnes of wearable clothes being dumped in landfill each year. Most of us own at least one pair of jeans but few know... more
 
Howard Johns |
Monday, 7th November 2016
There is an energy revolution happening, but no, it is not being televised. Around the world people in many countries are working to deploy renewable energy technologies at a scale and pace that is transforming the way energy is used and generated. It is starting to disrupt the existing markets for energy. There are so many stories out there that... more
 
Martin Crawford |
Friday, 4th November 2016
Originating from the great plains of the USA, buffalo berry was long used by Native Americans for food and other products, but has never been commercialised. The plant is related to Elaeagnus and sea buckthorn and the fruits too resemble those of these better-known edibles. The name may have originated when the fruits were used to spice up buffalo... more
 
Ignazio Schettini |
Thursday, 3rd November 2016
There are moments in everybody's life that one can clearly remember as if they just happened. For me, it is leaving London to experience permaculture in Australia. --- ...Bag on my back, my home on my back. A young man on the road, open to new perspectives and to the world - as always, I would say - but with a different look in my eyes and the... more
 

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