Articles

Jonah Reynolds |
Monday, 1st November 1999
The Hut Earthship is earthquake proof and hurricane resistant. It offers quick and immediate shelter that is strong and easy to build, catching water from the sky and providing clean water for the inhabitant. Earthship Architecture is designed to be modular, to grow, to open like a beautiful flower. The 'Hut' is the smallest Earthship type... more
 
Paul Allen |
Monday, 1st March 1999
As 1999 gets underway, many people around the globe will be wondering what this year's weather will bring. Even before 1998 came to a close, it was clearly one for the record books. Average global temperatures broke all records. China was swept by its worst floods in three decades, two thirds of Bangladesh was underwater for most of the summer. At... more
 
Malcolm Burgess |
Thursday, 1st October 1998
Imagine living in the middle of a 400 acre ancient oak wood. As I write this in May, I'm listening to singing wood warblers, redstarts and recently fledged tawny owls. The wood is teeming with life and bursting with spring growth. Following the path through the wood you come to an open barn, the working area of the wood. The path continues past.... more
 
Dave Kilroy |
Monday, 1st June 1998
A credit union is a money co-operative owned and run by its members. It provides a safe and friendly place for savings, and low interest loans to members. It exists for service to its members, not for profit - any surplus it makes is given back to the members. Credit Unions are there to help people save - most credit union members join in order to... more
 
Tim & Maddy Harland |
Monday, 1st June 1998
We moved into our house on the edge of the South Downs in Hampshire in the mid 1980s, a few years before we discovered permaculture. It was two one-up-one-down 19th century flint cottages knocked together with a hideous 1960s flat-roof extension on the back and side, and a very small garden. It was like living in a split personality: cosy,... more
 
Siobhan Mitchell |
Sunday, 1st February 1998
Genetic Engineering is now a part of all our lives whether we like it or not - and surveys show we don't. It offers new assaults on old issues of protest, from human rights abuses (particularly those of indigenous peoples) to animal welfare, and environmental issues such as biodiversity. Its impact on our health is as yet unknown. There are also... more
 
Matt Dunwell |
Wednesday, 1st October 1997
The Forest Food Directory is a new initiative to encourage and celebrate the production of food within the Forest of Dean. It will list producers who are growing or processing local food or drink, and independent retailers who sell local food. As the policy makers try to come to terms with the problems of reducing packaging, cutting freight... more
 
John Walker |
Sunday, 1st June 1997
Watching 'In Grave Danger of Falling Food' had prompted me to think deeply about forests and natural vegetation systems in general, alongside all I'd ever been taught about digging and other forms of soil cultivation. Being a professional horticulturist at heart, I was surprised at how easily, after a traditional education bestowing the virtues... more
 
Ken Fern |
Sunday, 1st June 1997
One of the cornerstones of the permaculture philosophy is to establish permanent systems of plantings to provide food and many of our other needs. One of the difficulties of putting this into practice, however, has always been the lack of knowledge about perennial plants to incorporate into the system. Historically, the human race has had a love... more
 
Andy Waterman |
Saturday, 1st February 1997
A few years ago, I took over an abandoned allotment thick with couch, bindweed, dips, mounds, scrap metal... you name it! I chose it for its position - easy access, near a tap and with a short cut through the cemetery - and its shed. The allotment was to supplement my home garden, but as soon as I threw a fork at the ground and watched it... more
 

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