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Mar
29
2017
John Harrison

Fruit & vegetable growing guide for April

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By April spring should be well and truly underway, the soil warming up nicely and everything growing away. Don’t be complacent though, it’s been known for a cold snap with snow to strike even in the sunny south of England. Read more …

Mar
28
2017
Nick Weir

Very worthwhile and interesting job available with the Open Food Network

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Are you interested in helping create food sovereignty in the UK? Would you like to help create food systems in which everyone has access to affordable, nutritious, culturally-appropriate food? Read more …

Mar
27
2017
Sophie Paterson

University meets WWOOF: An Interview with student and WWOOFer Iona Desouza

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Hours spent in the library? Check. Essay and assignment deadlines flooding in? Check. Tractor driving, wool spinning and weeding at weekends? Check! Read more …

Mar
23
2017
Steve Last

Why does Donald Trump scorn renewable energy when it’s so good for business?

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US President Donald Trump seems to be locked into a crusade to deny that carbon dioxide in the atmosphere is the cause of climate change. While it is always possible that 97% of the scientific community have got it completely wrong, it would seem unlikely that they have. Read more …

Mar
21
2017
Hilary Chester-Master

Would you like to be a chef on an organic farm / cafe, with a small cottage available too?

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Sinking into a bit of a depression about both the British and American situation this winter a wise friend kindly reminded me that these issues are merely a distraction from more important things in our everyday lives. Read more …

Mar
19
2017
Daniel Scharf

Will we reach ‘peak car’, after which we can begin to reduce the number of cars on the roads?

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As a baby-boomer I have lived through a 50 year period where life has become dominated by and dependent on the use of the private car.  I wonder whether other people are sharing my expectation that there will be a very much shorter period, equivalent  to a revolution,  where the car moves into the background? Read more …

Mar
16
2017
Dave Darby

Is democracy obsolete, and can we ever achieve it as long as we have to keep feeding ‘the beast’?

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In the West, there’s a word that usually accompanies ‘democracy’, and that word is ‘liberal’. Liberal democracies – that’s what we have in the West. That’s liberal, as in liberty / freedom; and that’s certainly what classical liberalism stood for in its infancy. Read more …

Mar
14
2017
Sophie Paterson

Career change? Interview with Amanda James about becoming a dry-stone waller

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In a society increasingly out of touch with the joy of crafting and building by hand, making a transition to gain new skills and work within a traditional rural craft can seem at once appealing and daunting. Read more …

Mar
12
2017
Jan Zalud

What we’re losing: the joy and satisfaction of crafting things by hand

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puppet-maker

The video below shows various stages of the production and finish of a 1-metre tall puppet by Jan Zalud. Jan makes all sorts of things – crafted by hand from wood. Read more …

Mar
10
2017
Andrew Rollinson

How the corporate goldrush for incineration, gasification and pyrolysis of waste generates more consumption, more waste and more pollution

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‘When waste to energy companies propose to build incineration/gasification plants they stipulate that contracts be in place which lock-in local authorities to providing them with a fixed tonnage of waste over the lifetime of the plant (often about 25 years). Read more …

Mar
8
2017
Dave Darby

Low-impact & the city 11: buying a laptop without Windows – with Linux or with no operating system at all

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This is the last in a series of articles to help you to jettison Windows and corporate software generally. Read more …

Mar
6
2017
Dave Darby

Low-impact & the city 10: how to install Linux on your hard drive (alongside Windows)

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This is the latest in a series of articles intended to help you become Windows- and corporate-software-free. Read more …

Mar
4
2017
Andy Reynolds

Why self-reliance is so important as part of a secure, low-impact life

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I am Andy Reynolds, a long-term practitioner of low-impact living, smallholder, author, forester, teacher, carpenter, builder. I’ve been working with Lowimpact.org since the early noughties, and I’d like to share my philosophy on self-reliance with you. Read more …

Mar
2
2017
James Dexter

Come and join us on our organic, off-grid smallholding in 2017

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We are James and Sukamala, tenants at Wild Geese Acres, Greenham Reach, which is an off-grid, low-impact farming project established in north Devon by the Ecological Land Coop  (ELC) – see website. http://ecologicalland.coop. Read more …

Feb
28
2017
Jenny Steel

Nature in March – what to look out for

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The beginning of March is always a really exciting time in my garden as there are changes almost daily especially in the day length. One thing I look forward to with great anticipation is a warmish night as I know that it will bring all the male Frogs out of their hiding places Read more …

Feb
27
2017
John Harrison

What to sow, plant and harvest in your polytunnel or greenhouse in March

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You will really feel the warmth in your greenhouse or polytunnel now and so do your plants. They start to grow quite rapidly now but be aware that the nights are still quite cold and there is still a high risk of frost. Read more …

Feb
26
2017
John Harrison

Fruit & vegetable growing guide for March

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March is the month when things really start to move in the growing season. In fact the start of the year used to be Lady Day, the Feast of the Annunciation, 25th March until 1752 in Britain when we adopted the Gregorian calendar and started our year on the 1st January. Read more …

Feb
24
2017
Barbara Jones

Can you help Barbara Jones and Straw Works set up a National Skills Centre?

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Barbara Jones of Straw Works / School of Natural Building is the country’s top straw-bale builder. She is the author of Building with Straw Bales, and is the star of our straw-bale building online course. Read more …

Feb
23
2017
Laurie Walters

Interested in setting up a local food co-op? Mobile shop for sale, with free training thrown in

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We are a real food co-op in Dorset, and we have been delivering food via our trusty mobile shop, ‘the Charmouth Dragon’. We’re now taking the shop online with the good folks of Open Food Network UK Read more …

Feb
21
2017
Paul Battye

Want to join a new Midlands co-op with plans for self-build homes for its members?

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A growing Northamptonshire based business is looking for individuals who wish to become part of an ethically based worker’s collective. The current business owners, Paul Battye and Melanie Cutler, are looking to turn their business into the new collective to share with like minded individuals Read more …

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