Sarah Spencer, Director of Whistlewood Common |
Tuesday, 13th June 2017
We founded Whistlewood Common in South Derbyshire in 2013 as a permaculture project seeking to demonstrate ways to live more sustainably.  When ten acres of land came up for sale, Melbourne Area Transition wondered how we could afford to buy this field to realise those ideals. We came across the Community Benefit Society model as a way for the... more
Susan Tipton-Fox |
Tuesday, 6th June 2017
We are a small farm and we stick mainly with the traditional crops that have always been grown here in the mountains (Western North Carolina).
 Although, we try to find more economical ways of growing, processing and/or marketing those crops...which tends to be non-traditional ways. 
I'm a genealogy nut so I love to find out what my ancestors were... more
John D. Liu |
Monday, 5th June 2017
“Crossing the river by feeling the stones beneath our feet”. This Chinese saying, that Deng Xiao Ping used in the 1980s as China was emerging from poverty and isolation, meant that we will have to improvise as we go because we have not been this way before. It is a great idea for small groups to find purpose and meaning by living sustainable... more
Rozie Apps |
Thursday, 25th May 2017
To celebrate the regenerative work of projects from around the world, the organisation Lush, set up the Lush Spring Prize. People across the world are creating ways of living in tune with nature and their evironments. From people orientated projects to restoring ecosystems, there is plenty to be positive about. The LUSH Spring Prize has awarded 11... more
Paul Alfrey - Balkan Ecology Project |
Thursday, 25th May 2017
Last summer I was contacted by Teresa Silva and Paulo Matos who having purchased 28 ha (70 acres) of land in Beja, Portugal and are looking towards establishing a regenerative enterprise/homestead on the property. (Lead image - Tojiera Final Concept Design - Illustration by The brief was to analyse the site and identify the... more
Paul Alfrey - Balkan Ecology Project |
Friday, 12th May 2017
We've done a couple of pond installations recently, one for our new perennial polyculture trial garden (Ataraxia) and another for a permaculture farm/orchard I designed for Catherine Zanev and Adjmal Dullo from Venets Ltd. Wildlife ponds in our gardens I thought I'd write a post to share our experience and provide an overview of our... more
Phil Moore |
Friday, 28th April 2017
Elder Farm is an off-grid medicinal herb farm that works to close the loop of growing plants to giving medicine. Alongside cultivation, Elder Farm also prepares, prescribes and promulgates the virtues of herbal medicine. The pill-popping ‘solutionism’ approach to medicine (and food) is at odds with a holistic approach to agriculture practised by... more
Will Hannam |
Thursday, 20th April 2017
My apprenticeship with Ben Law came about in a whirlwind. It started with me booking onto one of his famous roundwood timber framing courses. I was on the website and saw the apprenticeship opportunity and thought “why not??”. At 34 it never crossed my mind that I was too old to start again and work as an apprentice. As a furniture maker my... more
Simon Hurthouse & Will Bonsall |
Thursday, 13th April 2017
In your Essential Guide you write that extreme self-reliance leaves little free time to contribute to our collective life, and adds nothing to the coffers that keep society running and on which we all, like it or not, depend. Do I sense a trace of regret in that statement, and what advice would you give to any aspiring subsistence farmers? Whether... more
Thomas Henfrey and Gil Penha-Lopes |
Wednesday, 12th April 2017
Permaculture is a design system for sustainable human habitats, taking an ecological perspective and rooted in an explicit ethical framework. It was originally conceived in the 1970s by Australian field ecologists David Holmgren and Bill Mollison as a contraction of the term ‘permanent agriculture’. It later expanded its scope to encompass the... more