Harriet Stewart-Jones |
Thursday, 6th April 2017
What do you know about Laos? If, like me, your knowledge is sketchy, you might know that it’s a small land-locked country sandwiched between Thailand and Vietnam, that it was heavily bombed during the Vietnam War, and that it has a communist government. Maybe you or family members have backpacked through on the “banana pancake trail” of South East... more
Chrissie Sugden |
Saturday, 1st April 2017
I have been growing food for many years. It’s fun, therapeutic and I love knowing exactly what I’m eating. I am also aware that there are more pressing reasons to be growing food, such as unexpected weather events, as evidenced in a recent news headline: “A combination of flooding, cold weather and poor light levels in southern Europe is said to... more
Steve Matthews |
Thursday, 30th March 2017
Barcelona’s community gardens tend to be found in the quiet corners and marginal spaces of the city. You find them at the edge of a public square (L’Hortet del Forat), on a disused piece of land where a building has been demolished (L’Hort del Xino) or on the very outskirts of town (Can Masdeu). No two gardens are the same, but all are run by a... more
Emily McCoy |
Thursday, 30th March 2017
Any good farmer will know the value of understanding his or her cows. But what if you take this a step further, what if you evaluate specific cow characteristics and compare them with a picture and a score on a card allowing you to understand how your cows’ digestive system is functioning? It’s on the Cards We all know that what goes inside has an... more
Aranya |
Wednesday, 15th March 2017
Many people are unhappy in their jobs and yet most don’t do anything about it. Discovering permaculture can be the catalyst for us to start considering how we might make that transition to the more positive-impact lifestyle we aspire to. At first it may seem that the only available permaculture livelihoods are as a teacher or food grower, but... more
Josh Davis |
Monday, 13th March 2017
Everything is always changing.  Don’t be afraid to try new things, if they don’t work out change them, the natural world is always constantly shifting like this. Every time you go into the forest it has changed, and it will never be the same forest again. Nothing in the natural world stays the same, including you. Be open to realise that your... more
Paul Alfrey - Balkan Ecology Project |
Wednesday, 8th March 2017
Trees are the bee's knees, and I'm pretty fond of bees too :) Trees are an important, stable source of food for bees and other pollinators providing thousands of flower heads all in one place. I could go on and list their other virtues but the fact you're reading this leads me to assume that you already have a pretty good appreciation of both... more
Josh Davis |
Friday, 3rd March 2017
The edge of the forest is where you find the most diversity, the most wildlife and the most growth. It is where pioneer species thrive, whose job it is to prepare and create the right environment for the other species to take hold. Look at the wildlife in the hedgerows of fields compared to the species in the fields, the edge of the forest... more
Paul Alfrey - Balkan Ecology Project |
Thursday, 2nd March 2017
A few days ago we sowed the tomato seeds for this season's market and home garden. It never ceases to amaze me what little indoor space you need to rear thousands of seedlings. We use two 50 cm x 30 cm x 15 cm trays to germinate approx 150 seedlings from 10 cultivars. When they get bigger we move them into two 1.3 x 8 m beds covered with... more
Eleanor O’Grady |
Wednesday, 1st March 2017
Blinking the sweat out of my eyes, I glance up ahead, willing the summit to be in sight. Bad idea. On the hardest day yet, after two hours of uphill cycling (up-mountain, through the Pyrenees, to be exact) the end is nowhere in sight. The enormous vultures circling overhead seem to be gathering in anticipation of an approaching end... ‘Stop! Halt... more