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Maddy Harland |
Monday, 28th March 2011
There is little food in my garden at this time of year. The coldframes are full of salads – self-seeders and other leaves that have survived the winter snow in their protected environment. There's a few carrots left, spring onions and some cavollo nero and beetroot. We are still eating jams and preserves from last year and there is fruit frozen in... more
 
Louise Hoskins |
Thursday, 24th March 2011
I volunteer in a beautiful woodland in the Wensum valley, west of Norwich, in Norfolk. I came here as a WWOOFer in February and March 2010. I was humbled and grounded by the variety of habitats and species here, and the intuitive management of the woodlands owner. I am now a part of the team and volunteer here for a few months a year. This site is... more
 
Tim Green & Rebecca Hosking |
Sunday, 20th March 2011
When I say 'earth' what I really mean is soil. I know they are not strictly the same thing but I was quite proud of my clever title. Like almost all farms we have unhappy soil and unhappy soil makes for unproductive soil. Big, industrially efficient farms (particularly arable ones like the one pictured above - not our farm!) tend to have sick,... more
 
Michiyo Furuhashi |
Friday, 18th March 2011
In Permaculture 61 Michiyo Furuhashi introduced us to a Japanese ecovillage, Konohana community, that is almost entirely self-sufficient and is teaching sustainable agriculture to its neighbours near Tokyo. Yesterday her eco-village was at the epicentre of another earthquake and national meteorological agency says there is a 70% probability of... more
 
Alice Griffin |
Tuesday, 15th March 2011
Flushing our waste down the toilet with water seems, to most, a hygienic and easy way to wave goodbye to something nasty. Once it's gone, most people rarely give it another thought. But the amount of valuable water each family literally pours down the drain each year, not to mention the harmful effects of chemical treatments in sewage farms or the... more
 
Tim Green & Rebecca Hosking |
Wednesday, 9th March 2011
To call this just another blog about sustainable living and ecological food production would be essentially correct. What makes this slightly different is that we have 160 acres, a crumbling infrastructure, no money and, on a practical level, are inexperienced. What we do have are many theories, some wild ideas and a lot of ambition... in fact,... more
 
Chris Johnstone |
Monday, 7th March 2011
The Cool Communities Campaign, based on David Gershon's Social Change 2.0 framework, has made an impressive start demonstrating what is possible. Chris Johnstone interviews him to find out more. CJ: Tell me about the Cool Communities campaign.DG: Between 50 and 90% of a community's carbon footprint is from the residential sector, and using our '... more
 
Tim Harland |
Friday, 4th March 2011
Azul-Valerie Thome picked up the Community Award at the inaugural PEA Awards on on Wednesday 2nd March 2011 for her innovative community project that combines rooftop gardening with a retail space at a local London supermarket. Permaculture magazine's editors Maddy & Tim Harland were there to help celebrate. The Community Award encompasses... more
 
Alex Jackson |
Wednesday, 2nd March 2011
The UK Coalition Government fish buying standards have been described as 'an embarrassing failure' by leading fish conservation groups. In a letter to Prime Minister David Cameron, they state that "Fish served to The Cabinet and staff at Number 10 will almost certainly have worse sustainability standards than the pet food served up to Number... more
 
John Seed |
Tuesday, 1st March 2011
?In February, the outstanding activists at the Huon Valley Environment Centre (HVEC) and Still Wild Still Threatened (SWST) organized the Southern Forests Convergence. These folks are the heart and soul of ancient forest protection in Tassie and, as always, it's a great honour to work with them. I have been involved in protecting the temperate... more
 

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