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Kate McEvoy |
Saturday, 1st May 2004
I'm not sure whether it all started with the book, Driving over Lemons, or if it was just coincidence of timing. One moment, everyone looked at the photos of our ruin in Spain and heard about our plans to move there and said politely but dubiously 'well it looks like it has a lot of potential'. A few years later, and British TV is full of 'move to... more
 
Simon Fairlie |
Monday, 1st March 2004
All flesh is grass. Your breakfast, whether it is composed of oats, cornflakes, rice-cakes, toast, sugar, milk, butter, eggs, bacon, or sausages, will be grass, or derived from grass-fed creatures.If you have a holding, hay is the most biodiverse product you are ever likely to produce on it. Unless you have a rye grass and clover ley, your hay is... more
 
Mark Smith |
Saturday, 1st November 2003
When the permaculture bug first took hold of me a few years ago, I was really disappointed that I didn't have enough land to keep the chickens, goats, and sheep that I believed I needed to have a permaculture site. Well, experience has taught me two things – you don't need a zoo to be a permaculturist and almost everyone has the space to keep tens... more
 
Maddy Harland |
Friday, 1st August 2003
The state of our front garden had become legendary in our neighbourhood. Our house eco-renovation had at last been completed, solar hot water was flowing in abundance during summer months, and the back garden was planted up with wildflower meadow, top and soft fruit and some veggies. We were fairly sorted. But years of work had turned our front... more
 
Maddy Harland |
Thursday, 1st May 2003
Walking near the neighbour's house, a rabbit, startled, bounds off into the pasture. I notice how the young broadleaf trees Ben planted about ten years ago are doing, many over ten feet tall. Then up the slope and into the chestnut wood, dark and still on one side, and light and open with freshly sprouting coppice stools on the other.  The path... more
 
Alanna Moore |
Thursday, 1st May 2003
New Zealand is a lush land of green pastures, youthful volcanic soils and plenty of rain. It is an idyllic image of paradise for the tourist, especially one coming as I was, from Australia, a brown parched land of drought and bushfire. It took a while for my eyes to adjust to the mantle of intense green when I visited recently. But all is not well... more
 
Jessica Witchell |
Saturday, 1st March 2003
"When we rise in the morning... at the table we drink coffee from which is provided for us by a South American, or tea by a Chinese, or cocoa by a West African. Before we leave for our jobs we are already beholden to more than half the world." - Martin Luther King Food is an excellent medium to explore how our lives are intricately linked to other... more
 
Michael Guerra |
Friday, 1st November 2002
On the basis of the Arabic numbering system that we use, 10 years is a good time to reflect on the progress of permaculture (though permaculture has been around in Britain for 20 years, and it's been nearly 30 since its inception in Australia). For me also it is a good time to contemplate, as our small urban patch is now 10 years old. So it was 11... more
 
Barbara Jones |
Thursday, 1st August 2002
Building With Straw Bales – a practical guide for the UK and Ireland by Barbara Jones is available from the Green Shopping Catalogue  When designing your own straw bale house, think about what you want it to look like and how you want it to feel inside. Try to forget anything you've been told about building and imagine your ideal space, however... more
 
Patrick Whitefield |
Wednesday, 1st May 2002
Planting a new wood is an exciting project – whether on one's own land or as part of a community project. Trees are the biggest living things on land, and the longest lived. Decisions made now will stand for decades if not centuries, so it's worth taking a great deal of care over the design of a woodland. The Land Not all places are equally... more
 

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