Charlie Gray |
Thursday, 5th January 2017
According to the ‘Love Food, Hate Waste’ campaign, around 50% of food thrown away in the UK comes from our homes; that’s seven million tonnes of food, more than half of which could have been eaten. Pretty shocking! WRAP (Waste and Resources Action Programme) figures show a similar statistic across the food industries: in 2013, three studies showed... more
Josh Davis |
Wednesday, 4th January 2017
Everything in the natural world is an expert at storing energy… except us. Animals are constantly conserving energy and ensuring they are fit and healthy for when they need to use that energy. While we have developed some amazing technologies that help save and reduce energy, we have, at the same time, created technologies that waste enormous... more
Josh Davis |
Sunday, 1st January 2017
January is often a time for resolutions, change, or as permies like to call it 'redesign'. Using the end of the calendar year as a chance to push the reset button. A time to start again and implement the changes we wish to see in our lives. Often these well meaning plans and ideas show initial promise but are eventually overgrown, and overshadowed... more
Christopher & Sheila Cooke & Ludwig Appeltans |
Friday, 30th December 2016
In 1974, two pioneers, Bill Mollison and David Holmgren, gave birth to permaculture during the heyday of industrial agriculture. Permaculture has been quietly developing at its own pace ever since, like a message in a bottle. It is time for humanity to read this message: permaculture can feed our hungry planet in a way that does not poison the... more
Paul Alfrey - Balkan Ecology Project |
Thursday, 22nd December 2016
For the previous three years we have been testing the practice of growing vegetables and herbs in polycultures (or what is known as guilds within permaculture circles). We have been using our home garden for these tests and recording the inputs and outputs from the growing seasons. Our aim is to discover whether or not growing in polycultures... more
Andrew Ross |
Thursday, 22nd December 2016
Compound life. Here the families of the compound are removing the groundnuts from the plants. Large quantities of biomass are brought into the compound and could make excellent compost. Note the citrus trees, which is a pleasing and productive development, but notice too all the bare swept ground and the scrubby area close to the wall, so typical... more
Paul Alfrey - Balkan Ecology Project |
Thursday, 22nd December 2016
Inspired by the work of Lawrence D Hills (1911–1991) who undertook extensive research on comfrey during his lifetime, we decided to start some comfrey trials of our own to see just how much biomass these plants can produce for us, how well they fertilise our crops, how attractive they are for garden wildlife and whether they have a beneficial... more
Delvin Solkinson, Annaliese Hordern |
Thursday, 22nd December 2016
It was a beautiful blue day in the grassy hills near the border of Wales and the beginning of an unforgettable learning adventure. Our group of bright eyed students and aspiring teachers had set off on what would be a life changing journey into education, a Planetary Permaculture Pilgrimage. Our mission is to apply permaculture to learning and... more
Paul Alfrey - Balkan Ecology Project |
Tuesday, 20th December 2016
We have planted a fair bit of Japanese quince - Chaenomeles speciosa - in our gardens over the years, all of them grown successfully from seed. Initially I was disappointed by the rock hard, sour fruits that arrived in the fourth year after sowing, but have always had an appreciation for the profuse beautiful reddish pink flowers that appear in... more
Shaun Chamberlin |
Monday, 12th December 2016
I confess! I love Magnum ice creams! But surely as a good, responsible eco-citizen, I must be aware that these relatively cheap, beautifully packaged nuggets of deliciousness are inescapably products of the industrial system that is destroying all that I hold dear? That Magnums are produced by Unilever, not only the world’s biggest ice cream... more