Dave Kilroy |
Monday, 1st June 1998
A credit union is a money co-operative owned and run by its members. It provides a safe and friendly place for savings, and low interest loans to members. It exists for service to its members, not for profit - any surplus it makes is given back to the members. Credit Unions are there to help people save - most credit union members join in order to... more
Tim & Maddy Harland |
Monday, 1st June 1998
We moved into our house on the edge of the South Downs in Hampshire in the mid 1980s, a few years before we discovered permaculture. It was two one-up-one-down 19th century flint cottages knocked together with a hideous 1960s flat-roof extension on the back and side, and a very small garden. It was like living in a split personality: cosy,... more
Siobhan Mitchell |
Sunday, 1st February 1998
Genetic Engineering is now a part of all our lives whether we like it or not - and surveys show we don't. It offers new assaults on old issues of protest, from human rights abuses (particularly those of indigenous peoples) to animal welfare, and environmental issues such as biodiversity. Its impact on our health is as yet unknown. There are also... more
Matt Dunwell |
Wednesday, 1st October 1997
The Forest Food Directory is a new initiative to encourage and celebrate the production of food within the Forest of Dean. It will list producers who are growing or processing local food or drink, and independent retailers who sell local food. As the policy makers try to come to terms with the problems of reducing packaging, cutting freight... more
John Walker |
Sunday, 1st June 1997
Watching 'In Grave Danger of Falling Food' had prompted me to think deeply about forests and natural vegetation systems in general, alongside all I'd ever been taught about digging and other forms of soil cultivation. Being a professional horticulturist at heart, I was surprised at how easily, after a traditional education bestowing the virtues... more
Ken Fern |
Sunday, 1st June 1997
One of the cornerstones of the permaculture philosophy is to establish permanent systems of plantings to provide food and many of our other needs. One of the difficulties of putting this into practice, however, has always been the lack of knowledge about perennial plants to incorporate into the system. Historically, the human race has had a love... more
Andy Waterman |
Saturday, 1st February 1997
A few years ago, I took over an abandoned allotment thick with couch, bindweed, dips, mounds, scrap metal... you name it! I chose it for its position - easy access, near a tap and with a short cut through the cemetery - and its shed. The allotment was to supplement my home garden, but as soon as I threw a fork at the ground and watched it... more
Jay Abrahams |
Tuesday, 1st October 1996
Wastes such as sewage, farm slurries, silage liquor, dairy wastes and washdown water, as well as a range of biodegradable wastes from certain industries, can be looked upon either as a problem or as a valuable resource. The former point of view is the current, conventional one and usually results in a costly and complex mechanical or chemical... more
Maddy Harland |
Tuesday, 1st October 1996
By a beautiful meander of the River Tweed in the Scottish Borders is Tweed Horizons, Centre For Sustainable Technology funded by Scottish Borders Enterprise and the Millennium Commission. The Centre, a converted monastery, is the first of its kind in Britain and was established in 1993 to support a variety of projects in the areas of environmental... more
Patrick Whitefield |
Monday, 1st January 1996
Over the past few years I have developed a style of gardening that suits me well, though it looks a little unconventional. A friend who visited for lunch one day was a bit mystified when, colander in hand, we approached what looked like a jumble of wild plants to pick a salad. In a few moments we had filled the colander with a mix of tasty leaves... more