Friday, 2nd December 2016
Last February, Charles Dowding gave me some pieces of yacon (Smallanthus sonchifolius) from one of his crowns and advised me to pot them up and plant them outside in late Spring. I have always wanted to grow yacon so I went home and did just that.
About Yacon - why it is good for you
Yacon is South American tuber, much bigger than Oca which I... more
Wednesday, 23rd November 2016
Oca is a South American tuber with a lemony taste and pretty leaves. In warm climates Oxalis tuberosa (Oxalidaceae) is a perennial herbaceous plant and can overwinter as underground stem tubers known as uqa in Quechua. The plant is tradionally cultivated in the central and southern Andes for its tubers, which are used as a root vegetable.
In New... more
Tuesday, 1st November 2016
Yesterday I published Albert Bates' Commonwealth post about an unprecedented event: a group of the world's most innovative, practical thinkers, researchers and activists were invited to the Commonwealth Offices to brainstorm about ways in which to restore our global climate. The Secretary-General, Baroness Patricia Scotland (she prefers to be... more
Friday, 21st October 2016
Last September, I was fortunatle to attend the European Permaculture Convergence in the beautiful medieval town of Bolsena in Tuscany. The event was a heady mixture of being with like minds and old friends, some excellent workshops and presentations, Italian hospitality, a beautiful landscape, and a sense of proximity with pre-Roman, Etruscan... more
Thursday, 20th October 2016
The Sustainability Centre in Hampshire, UK, home of Permaculture magazine and Permanent Publications, has created a lasting tribute to Bill Mollison, the co-founder, pioneer and 'father of permaculture' to be launched in 2017.
The tribute will be in the form of an annual bursary funded by centre's Charity - the Earthworks Trust - to enable at... more
Wednesday, 12th October 2016
Eric Toensmeier, a leading North American expert on carbon farming is in the UK for just 2 days at the end of October. Eric has kindly agreed to host a special talk and panel discussion about carbon farming, permaculture and climate change solutions on October 25th.
Eric's book, The Carbon Farming Solution, explains in detail how... more
Wednesday, 12th October 2016
Eric Toensmeier, a leading North American expert on carbon farming is in the UK for just 2 days at the end of October. Eric has kindly agreed to host a special talk and panel discussion about carbon farming and climate change mitigation.
Eric's book, The Carbon Farming Solution, explains in detail how permaculture and agro-ecology... more
Friday, 16th September 2016
Today the Terra Genesis team have released an important white paper, 4 Levels of Regenerative Agriculture. Written by Ethan Roland Soloviev (author of 8 Forms of Capital) and Gregory Landua, it describes how Regenerative Agriculture can begin as a single technique on a farm but quickly evolve into a movement for global systemic change.
Friday, 2nd September 2016
A couple of years ago Tim and I visited author and activist, Mark Boyle, in the wilds of county Galway, Ireland. Called An Teach Saor, Gaelic for 'the free house', it is a permaculture and gift-based smallholding.
He was mid-way through converting a disused piggery - built with breeze blocks and corrugated iron - to a natural building that would... more
Friday, 29th July 2016
Industrial agriculture is one of the processes that spews carbon and other greenhouse gases into our atmosphere. Carbon farming, a collective term for regenerative forms of agriculture that build soil and biomass and sequester carbon in both, has been largely overlooked by policy makers as a means of carbon capture. Yet as Eric Toensmeier explains... more
Tuesday, 19th July 2016
This is a time of great disillusionment and fear. The agenda for a more peaceful, ecologically balanced world is at its lowest ebb in decades.
In the UK, for example, the government has cancelled its specialist department for climate change and merged it with business and industrial strategy. We may joke about the fox being in charge of the hen... more
Monday, 18th July 2016
We have had a full Bonfire Outdoor Kitchen set for some time and have enjoyed cooking outside with the stewpot. It is great for larger groups of people and for parties and provides a real focus to an event with the added benefit of a fire pit after the main feast.
We hadn't had a chance to test the BBQ grill until last weekend when Tim and I... more
Thursday, 30th June 2016
I kept on spotting this book on the review copy pile and thinking it looked interesting. The cover particularly jumped out at me. Yet it took me a while to open the pages and start reading. I needed to go on holiday first and have time to read at the pace this book deserves.
The Other Side of the River is published by Womancraft, a new small,... more
Monday, 20th June 2016
Last night I had a dream.
I was flying over a landscape and as I looked down I saw a lake. I could see the shoreline with beaches and inlets. There, at every place where the slope up from the water to dry land was gentle and sandy, a huge fish as long as my body was emerging.
I wanted to look more closely at these large muscular creatures. As I... more
Tuesday, 12th April 2016
I first learned about Biological (bio) time, also called Phenonological time, during my PDC with Lea Harrison back in 1992. Biotime can be partly defined as events in the ‘natural calendar’ that can be used to guide planting times in the vegetable garden or on the farm. So long before the days of books or blogs a grower would carry the lore of his... more