Maddy Harland |
Monday, 14th January 2019
I have always been blessed with privilege. I grew up in a family with two parents, with a dad who gave up his nationality of birth to become British and subsequently had a very successful career. I have always had enough to eat, a roof over my head, good health, family, a good education and a white skin. Permaculture teacher and renowned author,... more
Laura Pardoe - Field Fresh Skincare |
Friday, 4th January 2019
Turning to nature for our skincare ingredients we find offerings from all corners of the world, skin secrets waiting to be discovered and deployed. But are the real benefits to be found closer to home? Exotic ingredients are curious and, by definition, different and unusual. They excite and entice, but do they also present a challenge for our... more
Paul Alfrey - Balkan Ecology Project |
Friday, 4th January 2019
Here are the results from the fourth year of our Market Garden Polyculture Study. This study looks at the differences between growing annual vegetables and herbs in polycultures vs growing them in traditional blocks. In this post you will find an overview of the trial garden and the polycultures we are growing, a description of what we record and... more
Andrew McMillion |
Friday, 14th December 2018
Finding real solutions to global warming is THE challenge of our time. So far, we have achieved nothing of significance in reversing the trend to runaway global warming. There are growing cracks in the techno-optimistic belief that a shift of the economy over to renewable energy will save us. Increasingly, faith in consumerist, production focused... more
Delvin Solkinson |
Thursday, 13th December 2018
"It is a challenge to educators to revive the meaningful geometries, songs, and dances that gave us, and our work, meaning." Bill Mollison Education is evolving through the influence of Permaculture Design. Teachers everywhere are exploring alternatives to lecture based learning. Bringing education into the garden and forest gives it a new life... more
Jo Hooper |
Wednesday, 5th December 2018
The pungent smell of chopped apples is rife in the air, indicating that I have finally located my destination. I’d been wandering about in the rain trying to find this hidden gem, - the Local Fox cider press. Who knew that Walthamstow’s residential backstreets could be housing a micro-cidery within its residential back streets? Run by national... more
Paul Hanson |
Thursday, 22nd November 2018
In 2010 a small group of us set up a Transition initiative in my home town in East Yorkshire which we named ‘Home Grown Hornsea’. Since then we have attempted to put into practice many of the Transition ideas including Visioning Conferences, films, seed swaps, planter giveaways, reskilling workshops, all of which were quite successful; an... more
Sebastian Parsons |
Thursday, 25th October 2018
Food and farming have become the focus of the climate debate in the wake of the UN’s recent Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report. Experts have painted a sobering picture of the urgent and rapid change needed to guarantee our planet’s ability to support all life. For the first time, experts are urging countries to “limit demand... more
Josephine Hall |
Wednesday, 10th October 2018
It’s a cloudy summer’s day as I drive down the bumpy track lined with hedgerows and turn a corner to see the little green shepherds’ huts of Windsor Hill Wood. Outside a large brick house with solar panels on the roof, people are working in the garden. Children are bouncing on a trampoline, and a few people of varied ages are drinking tea on a... more
Maddy Harland |
Tuesday, 9th October 2018
This summer, we had no proper rain for weeks and after a cold, snowy late spring we leapt into the height of summer. It iwas hotter than usual and this gaves us, in the cool temperate north, a holiday feeling, especially those in the PM team who have enjoyed the World Cup! Our modest 360 litre rainwater harvesting system in the veggie patch almost... more