Maddy Harland |
Tuesday, 15th May 2018
The Oxford Real Farming Conference has become a regular fixture in my calendar. Now bigger than the ‘other’ (National Farmer’s Union) conference taking place in the same city at the same time, it is the go-to event for farmers, smallholders, policy makers, horticulturists, experimenters, environmentalists, campaigners, academics, mainstream... more
Rory Dimond |
Friday, 11th May 2018
It’s no secret that bees are major pollinators of our produce, visiting the flowers of 90 per cent of leading crop types. Alongside other pollinators they help to produce over a third of the food we grow, from apples to aubergines to almonds. This free pollination service rakes in £651 million a year for UK farmers alone. Yet bees have been poorly... more
Travis Tennessen |
Tuesday, 8th May 2018
It’s a Tuesday morning in March. Sunlight pokes through the grey Pacific Northwest sky above Bellingham, Washington. The rain has stopped, for now. Folks trickle into the conference room, propping bike helmets, umbrellas, and rain jackets along the edges, and commiserating about the emergent spring. Someone has seen a daffodil in bloom! We help... more
Sara Tommerup |
Friday, 4th May 2018
In April we ran a course at Coed Talylan in South West Wales, just for women. The course was a carpentry course and introduced women with little to no prior skills to build with timber. Although this may not sound so extraordinary, it is an achievement because of the surprisingly low number of women in the carpentry trade. Apparently only 2... more
Dr. Naomi van der Velden |
Tuesday, 10th April 2018
How would you like to get involved in the biggest ever permaculture citizen science experiment? This will involve growers all over Europe learning and working together, or a simple, single but important task – finding a three sisters combination that suits Europe. This polycultures vs monocultures experiment is happening soon – and you can join in... more
Maddy Harland |
Wednesday, 28th March 2018
As children, we were taught to see patterns and rhythms in two or perhaps three dimensions. Our solar system was portrayed as a collection of planets circling around a central sun and, if we were lucky, we might have seen a 3D version of this at a planetarium. Yet how far from the truth is this old style harmony of the spheres? We now know... more
Marcus Letts |
Wednesday, 28th March 2018
When I first set pedal on Evia Island in Greece, over six years ago, I could never have imagined how this part of the world might one day come to redefine my life story.  Having quit a regular job in London to co-found Brake the Cycle, a low impact adventure travel enterprise, Joe Reid and I were well and truly learning by doing. Saddling up for a... more
Kate Fox |
Friday, 16th March 2018
It was whilst on holiday kayaking and camping in the Scilly Isles, off the southwest coast of England, just after a small series of incidents in our life (including flood, theft and vandalism), that we (myself and partner Andy) suddenly had the revelation that we could change what we were doing and start again. We could sell our conventional two... more
Bethan Lewis |
Friday, 2nd March 2018
For my ninth birthday my parents gave me a copy of a book called Lark Rise to Candleford. It was written by an English woman called Flora Thompson, and was first published in 1945. “I’d like to read this out loud to you in the evenings,” said my mother,” but I know it’s going to make me cry.” She was right – as far as I remember, she read most of... more
Permaculture magazine |
Wednesday, 28th February 2018
To celebrate World Book day, March 1st, the team here at Permaculture Magazine have put together our 10 Classic, Must-have Permaculture books. To learn more about these books visit: * Permaculture Design: a step-by-step guide by Aranya The ultimate guide to design. *... more