Maddy Harland |
Friday, 17th November 2017
What distinguishes permaculture from other holistic design or growing methods is that it aims to create more than a system of sustainable agriculture or organic horticulture; it uses (eco) systems thinking to explore the drivers and ideas behind more lasting, permanent cultures. Its ethics and principles can be applied to living systems (gardens,... more
Sjoerd Wartena & Elisabeth Winkler |
Monday, 13th November 2017
It all started in 1972. My wife Elisabeth and I were leading a quite well-to-do university existence in Amsterdam. I worked with medieval manuscripts but was more interested in the present. We were inspired by the back-to-nature movement, and visited communes in the US, then France. In 1973, we started a 25-hectare goat farm from scratch in... more
Maddy Harland |
Wednesday, 25th October 2017
Being a permaculture practitioner, I recently visited Sattva Land, a tropical food forest and the Maya Mountain Research Farm (MMRF), both in Belize to learn more about how permaculture design works in tropical climates. Both the projects were built on lands where conventional farming techniques had been used, causing exhausted soils, erosion and... more |
Monday, 23rd October 2017
Adding a little sunshine to your life by getting outside more can relieve anxiety and reduce depression. If you live in higher latitudes with little sunlight, a light box may provide some mood-boosting benefits. From treating skin conditions to strengthening bones, sunlight has other health benefits as well. Sunlight, Serotonin and Mental Health... more
Maddy Harland |
Tuesday, 10th October 2017
I am fascinated by natural springs. They are a result of surface water seeping into the Earth and filling a recharge area like a cave or aquifer (a geologic layer of porous and permeable material such as sand and gravel, limestone, or sandstone, through which water flows and is stored). When an aquifer is confined by impermeable rock layers in... more
Gustav Milne |
Monday, 2nd October 2017
So what have parks, pets and windows got in common? A lot more than you might think, as we shall see. Let’s start with the room with a view. A study in California suggests that the more daylight a school captures, the more attendance increases, test results improve and learning rates are enhanced. And in hospitals too, windows have significant... more
Paul Alfrey - Balkan Ecology Project |
Friday, 29th September 2017
Not many plants offer so much to the grower while demanding so little in return. A tree that requires so little attention and care, that even if there were an RSPP - Royal Society for the Protection of Plants (which there should be judging by the amount of tortured house and garden plants I come across), no-one would ever get prosecuted for Morus... more
Keith Pierce |
Sunday, 10th September 2017
Universal Basic Income (UBI) is an economic system whereby every citizen of a country receives a guaranteed amount of money, enough to allow them to provide themselves with the basic essentials of life: food, shelter and safety. UBI is paid to each and every citizen, regardless of age, gender, income or status, without precondition or threat of... more
Annaïk Le Net, edited by Smriti Agarwal (IPC India 2017 team) |
Tuesday, 8th August 2017
IPC India is PM’s Event of the Year. Read the latest details and view a wonderful video about the site and what to expect. From a twenty-year old lush, regenerative food forest, slightly bigger than ten acres, in the middle of an endless tough, dry plain of the Deccan plateau, are voices rising, singing in unison. At the edge of the start of the... more
Paul Alfrey - Balkan Ecology Project |
Tuesday, 8th August 2017
Hazel is a multi-purpose champion of a plant that is super easy to grow, produces delicious nuts, pliable wood that can be crafted into a variety of products, provides early fodder for bees and an encouraging spectacle when flowering during the mid winter.What more can I say...a plant so good people started naming their daughters after it. When we... more