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Kipper |
Friday, 2nd September 2016
Anyone who has recently followed the development of the Ghana Permaculture Institute knows: the warm-up phase ended long ago, now the game is in full swing and first milestones have been reached. The finish line is in sight: establishing the first Ecovillage as the core of a West African Permaculture-Network. The Institute, moving surely and... more
 
Maddy Harland |
Friday, 2nd September 2016
A couple of years ago Tim and I visited author and activist, Mark Boyle, in the wilds of county Galway, Ireland. Called An Teach Saor, Gaelic for 'the free house', it is a permaculture and gift-based smallholding. He was mid-way through converting a disused piggery - built with breeze blocks and corrugated iron - to a natural building that would... more
 
Joan Bailey |
Friday, 26th August 2016
It’s hard to believe I’m in Kathmandu for many reasons, not the least of which is the place where I find myself: Sunrise Farm.  I’m weeding on the second of four terraces of their forest garden that runs up the hill to an elementary school. Overhead the trees – palmello, pear, apple, Nepali plum, avocado, mikan and mulberry – stretch grey trunks... more
 
Farm Africa |
Tuesday, 23rd August 2016
Around one third of Tanzania is forested and it is estimated that approximately 1% of that forest is lost annually to deforestation, with large swathes of woodland cleared daily for farming, livestock grazing, timber and firewood. In Tanzania’s Nou Forest, international development charity Farm Africa has been introducing economic incentives to... more
 
Joe Reid |
Wednesday, 17th August 2016
We were stuck in Istanbul. The Arab Spring had truly sprung, Syria was in turmoil and all ferries to Egypt were cancelled, barring our route south. That was the end of our Camden to Cape Town charity cycle adventure, it was time to wave goodbye to the dreams of hippos, lions and African savannas. But all was not lost. We’d organised a Lands End to... more
 
Emily McCoy |
Friday, 12th August 2016
The health of soil, plant, animal and man is one and indivisible. Lady Eve Balfour, a founder and first president of the Soil Association1 95-99% of our food comes from the soil,2 yet globally we seem to have lost touch with this vital resource. Experts have estimated that we only have 100 harvests left. Permaculture seeks to maintain the balance... more
 
Steph Hafferty |
Monday, 1st August 2016
I try to pick early in the morning when everything is freshest, especially in the polytunnel which can get too hot to be comfortable in the afternoon. In contrast with the winter polytunnel, where most things (salads, herbs, carrots, etc.) are quite low growing, my summer polytunnel resembles an undercover food forest! There is a grape vine and... more
 
David Small, Shining Light Records |
Thursday, 28th July 2016
For years I've been dreaming about (and saving up for) building a recording studio. After some blood, sweat, and unanticipated costs, I just finished construction. It has been a wild ride bringing the vision to life - and I thought I would share what I learned along the way. I'm writing this article to help anyone who wants to build an eco-... more
 
Emma Goodwin |
Wednesday, 20th July 2016
Stuart and Emma Goodwin bought 8.5 acres of unimproved pasture next to a cycle track 10 mins from Forest Row, East Sussex in 2010. In 2014 they crowd funded and barn raised a 13m x 8m wooden shed to act as agricultural administration building, wwoofer accommodation, class room and affordable housing for agricultural workers and a family of 4. With... more
 
Maddy Harland |
Tuesday, 19th July 2016
This is a time of great disillusionment and fear. The  agenda for a more peaceful, ecologically balanced world is at its lowest ebb in decades. In the UK, for example, the government has cancelled its specialist department for climate change and merged it with business and industrial strategy. We may joke about the fox being in charge of the hen... more
 

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