Articles

Jo Hooper |
Wednesday, 5th December 2018
The pungent smell of chopped apples is rife in the air, indicating that I have finally located my destination. I’d been wandering about in the rain trying to find this hidden gem, - the Local Fox cider press. Who knew that Walthamstow’s residential backstreets could be housing a micro-cidery within its residential back streets? Run by national... more
 
Paul Hanson |
Thursday, 22nd November 2018
In 2010 a small group of us set up a Transition initiative in my home town in East Yorkshire which we named ‘Home Grown Hornsea’. Since then we have attempted to put into practice many of the Transition ideas including Visioning Conferences, films, seed swaps, planter giveaways, reskilling workshops, all of which were quite successful; an... more
 
Sebastian Parsons |
Thursday, 25th October 2018
Food and farming have become the focus of the climate debate in the wake of the UN’s recent Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report. Experts have painted a sobering picture of the urgent and rapid change needed to guarantee our planet’s ability to support all life. For the first time, experts are urging countries to “limit demand... more
 
Josephine Hall |
Wednesday, 10th October 2018
It’s a cloudy summer’s day as I drive down the bumpy track lined with hedgerows and turn a corner to see the little green shepherds’ huts of Windsor Hill Wood. Outside a large brick house with solar panels on the roof, people are working in the garden. Children are bouncing on a trampoline, and a few people of varied ages are drinking tea on a... more
 
Maddy Harland |
Tuesday, 9th October 2018
This summer, we had no proper rain for weeks and after a cold, snowy late spring we leapt into the height of summer. It iwas hotter than usual and this gaves us, in the cool temperate north, a holiday feeling, especially those in the PM team who have enjoyed the World Cup! Our modest 360 litre rainwater harvesting system in the veggie patch almost... more
 
Kevin Bayuk and Eric Toensmeier |
Tuesday, 9th October 2018
Paul Hawken, author of Natural Capitalism and Blessed Unrest, is an environmentalist, entrepreneur, author and activist who has dedicated his life to environmental sustainability and changing the relationship between business and the environment. In 2013, he began assembling an international team of scientists and policy makers and asked them to... more
 
Marie-Louise Mederer and Ilse Köher-Rollefson |
Wednesday, 3rd October 2018
It’s December 2017 and I’m looking for a volunteering opportunity in northern India. The International Permaculture Convergence has just been held in India and thus I find myself browsing for places to learn about permaculture in India. As one of the edge events I stumble upon the Marwar Camel Culture Festival. The festival has past, yet I’m... more
 
Paul Alfrey - Balkan Ecology Project |
Monday, 24th September 2018
Last week, Dylan and I set off on a road trip to discover the flora and fauna of the North East of Bulgaria. Our first stop was to Catherine Zanev's farm in Todorovo, North Bulgaria. As those of you familiar with our project may recall, this was a farm I designed in 2013. I had not visited the place for some time and was very excited to see how... more
 
Paul Alfrey - Balkan Ecology Project |
Monday, 24th September 2018
Last year we started a trial to discover the best ways to prepare the ground for tree and shrub planting. We trialed five different methods and recorded the performance of each method looking at how long they took to implement and manage, how much they cost and how effective they are. I'll start the post with why we prepare our ground in advance... more
 
Hannah Thorogood |
Saturday, 18th August 2018
It would be impossible to write an article about raising animals for food without offending or upsetting some folk. I am writing this however, with respect and without gory details as I would really like those who have chosen not to eat meat to feel comfortable reading it.  Permaculture farmers and growers use the ethics and principles of... more
 

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