Paul Alfrey - Balkan Ecology Project |
Thursday, 25th May 2017
Last summer I was contacted by Teresa Silva and Paulo Matos who having purchased 28 ha (70 acres) of land in Beja, Portugal and are looking towards establishing a regenerative enterprise/homestead on the property. (Lead image - Tojiera Final Concept Design - Illustration by The brief was to analyse the site and identify the... more
Paul Alfrey - Balkan Ecology Project |
Friday, 12th May 2017
We've done a couple of pond installations recently, one for our new perennial polyculture trial garden (Ataraxia) and another for a permaculture farm/orchard I designed for Catherine Zanev and Adjmal Dullo from Venets Ltd. Wildlife ponds in our gardens I thought I'd write a post to share our experience and provide an overview of our... more
Phil Moore |
Friday, 28th April 2017
Elder Farm is an off-grid medicinal herb farm that works to close the loop of growing plants to giving medicine. Alongside cultivation, Elder Farm also prepares, prescribes and promulgates the virtues of herbal medicine. The pill-popping ‘solutionism’ approach to medicine (and food) is at odds with a holistic approach to agriculture practised by... more
Will Hannam |
Thursday, 20th April 2017
My apprenticeship with Ben Law came about in a whirlwind. It started with me booking onto one of his famous roundwood timber framing courses. I was on the website and saw the apprenticeship opportunity and thought “why not??”. At 34 it never crossed my mind that I was too old to start again and work as an apprentice. As a furniture maker my... more
Simon Hurthouse & Will Bonsall |
Thursday, 13th April 2017
In your Essential Guide you write that extreme self-reliance leaves little free time to contribute to our collective life, and adds nothing to the coffers that keep society running and on which we all, like it or not, depend. Do I sense a trace of regret in that statement, and what advice would you give to any aspiring subsistence farmers? Whether... more
Thomas Henfrey and Gil Penha-Lopes |
Wednesday, 12th April 2017
Permaculture is a design system for sustainable human habitats, taking an ecological perspective and rooted in an explicit ethical framework. It was originally conceived in the 1970s by Australian field ecologists David Holmgren and Bill Mollison as a contraction of the term ‘permanent agriculture’. It later expanded its scope to encompass the... more
Harriet Stewart-Jones |
Thursday, 6th April 2017
What do you know about Laos? If, like me, your knowledge is sketchy, you might know that it’s a small land-locked country sandwiched between Thailand and Vietnam, that it was heavily bombed during the Vietnam War, and that it has a communist government. Maybe you or family members have backpacked through on the “banana pancake trail” of South East... more
Chrissie Sugden |
Saturday, 1st April 2017
I have been growing food for many years. It’s fun, therapeutic and I love knowing exactly what I’m eating. I am also aware that there are more pressing reasons to be growing food, such as unexpected weather events, as evidenced in a recent news headline: “A combination of flooding, cold weather and poor light levels in southern Europe is said to... more
Steve Matthews |
Thursday, 30th March 2017
Barcelona’s community gardens tend to be found in the quiet corners and marginal spaces of the city. You find them at the edge of a public square (L’Hortet del Forat), on a disused piece of land where a building has been demolished (L’Hort del Xino) or on the very outskirts of town (Can Masdeu). No two gardens are the same, but all are run by a... more
Emily McCoy |
Thursday, 30th March 2017
Any good farmer will know the value of understanding his or her cows. But what if you take this a step further, what if you evaluate specific cow characteristics and compare them with a picture and a score on a card allowing you to understand how your cows’ digestive system is functioning? It’s on the Cards We all know that what goes inside has an... more