Articles

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
 
Aranya |
Wednesday, 15th March 2017
Many people are unhappy in their jobs and yet most don’t do anything about it. Discovering permaculture can be the catalyst for us to start considering how we might make that transition to the more positive-impact lifestyle we aspire to. At first it may seem that the only available permaculture livelihoods are as a teacher or food grower, but... more
 
Josh Davis |
Monday, 13th March 2017
Everything is always changing.  Don’t be afraid to try new things, if they don’t work out change them, the natural world is always constantly shifting like this. Every time you go into the forest it has changed, and it will never be the same forest again. Nothing in the natural world stays the same, including you. Be open to realise that your... more
 
Paul Alfrey - Balkan Ecology Project |
Wednesday, 8th March 2017
Trees are the bee's knees, and I'm pretty fond of bees too :) Trees are an important, stable source of food for bees and other pollinators providing thousands of flower heads all in one place. I could go on and list their other virtues but the fact you're reading this leads me to assume that you already have a pretty good appreciation of both... more
 

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