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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
 
Eliza Pearson |
Friday, 25th February 2011
The Soil Association, the largest organic certifying body in the United Kingdom recently held a two day conference (9 - 10 February 2011, Manchester Town Hall) to discuss the future of food. A colourful mix of individuals from professors to farmers gathered to engage in a debate about soil health, localization, diversification and human scale... more
 
John Adams |
Thursday, 24th February 2011
Gransfor Bruks make some of the best axes in the world. The range runs from the diminutive Mini Hatchet designed for lightweight backpacking, through the Small Forest Axe, made popular by Ray Mears, to the impressive Splitting Mauls. All are hand crafted in Sweden and each head carries the stamp of the individual who forged it. I like all of them... more
 
Maddy Harland |
Thursday, 24th February 2011
There are so many compelling reasons for growing even a little of your own food in the garden or allotment, on the patio, or even on the windowsill. Take for instance the humble lettuce. On average of over 11 pesticides are sprayed on lettuces, more than any other vegetable crop. In one study by what is now the UK Department of the Environment,... more
 
Mark Boyle |
Wednesday, 16th February 2011
I'm not going to sit here and say that eating meat is right or wrong. As we all do, I've my own personal opinions on the subject, but that doesn't suddenly make me some all-knowing, all-seeing, fictitious character in the sky. One thing I feel we would all be wise to do, however, is to question conditioned mindsets – often anthropocentric – and to... more
 
Simon Fairlie |
Monday, 14th February 2011
The Government is consulting on a new national planning framework for England until 28th February. All the planning policy statements, such as PPS7 on the Countryside and PPS1a on Climate Change are likely to be replaced by one document. The Government is allegedly looking to reduce several hundred pages of guidance into ten or twenty pages. This... more
 

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