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Apr
27
2017
Dave Darby

Why an economy that’s not dominated by the corporate sector would be much better for individuals, communities and nature

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Lowimpact.org is an organisation that was founded by two people in 2001 because of concerns about ecological damage and what that might mean for the future of humanity. The focus has always been on individual lifestyle change Read more …

Apr
24
2017
Dave Darby

Let’s build a sustainable, non-corporate world; but what exactly does ‘non-corporate’ mean?

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This is the first of two articles examining the non-corporate sector, and its advantages for ecology, democracy, communities and individuals. Here’s a checklist of the benefits of reducing the reach of the corporate sector, but first, let’s work out what kind of organisations comprise the non-corporate sector. Read more …

Apr
22
2017
Andy Reynolds

That knotty problem: how to prune trees to produce quality timber

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After reading the excellent article in Smallwoods magazine (issue 61) on formative pruning by Steve Woollard, I thought to build on that article with a perspective from a timber user. Read more …

Apr
20
2017
Sophie Paterson

Period of adjustment: the case for reusable feminine hygiene products

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Natural menstrual products

Katherine Blacklaws and Harriet Parke make the case for reusable feminine hygiene products, re-blogged with kind permission from an original post at Isonomia.
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Apr
18
2017
Rowland Keable

Clayfest, June 12-17: let’s build more homes with earth rather than bricks and cement

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The renaissance of earth building in the UK reflects not only the beauty and utility of the material but also the pressures of rising building costs and the need for lower energy use and waste in building products. Read more …

Apr
16
2017
Ludwig Appeltans

How to stop slugs in your allotment or garden, naturally

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There are many tips on how to fight these invertebrates circulating around allotments and gardens – some are fables, some are more effective than others. The reality is that no single thing does the trick. In short, the solution is to create an ecosystem in your garden that will help to create a balance. Read more …

Apr
13
2017
Sophie Paterson

Smallholding with heart: advice about getting and running a smallholding from Janet Jenkins of Cuckoo Farm

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Boots and tea

Embarking on a new life in the countryside, away from the trappings of urban existence, is a dream increasingly common to many. This week we interviewed Janet Jenkins about her and her family’s smallholding journey, putting the heart back into the land at Cuckoo Farm. Read more …

Apr
11
2017
Linda Kaucher

Two things you can do to help stop the encroachment of GM crops into the UK

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Glyphosate is the key ingredient in Monsanto’s ‘Roundup’, the product that farmers have to buy to apply to the genetically-modified crops that they’ve bought from Monsanto. Half of Monsanto’s profits come from Roundup sales. Read more …

Apr
9
2017
Dave Darby

Dump Skype, switch to Jitsi: non-corporate, open source, nothing to download, no harvesting of your data

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Here’s a free, open source programme for online chat / video chat. The corporate equivalent is Skype, which is now owned by Microsoft. Read more …

Apr
6
2017
Dave Darby

Why the ‘natural’ in natural soaps is so important

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True soaps can be made from a range of oils and butters which come from plants, trees and in the case of some oils such as tallow and lard, from animals. These oils and butters are chemically classed as mild acids. Read more …

Apr
4
2017
Dave Darby

New Ecological Land Co-op share offer launched: here’s a chance to help bring about change in land ownership in the UK, and receive 3% interest for your trouble!

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Please share this as widely as you can. I’m on the board of the Ecological Land Co-op, and so I know how much hard work has gone into this – it’s an opportunity for people to shift their money to help change the nature of land ownership in the UK, and receive 3% interest for doing so. Read more …

Mar
31
2017
Jenny Steel

Nature in April – what to look out for

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As we move through April towards May, woodlands and waysides start to burst with late spring flowers. One of the most notable of these is the Bluebell which is opening its glorious blue nodding bells this month. We are famed the world over for our bluebell woods Read more …

Mar
30
2017
John Harrison

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

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April is one of the busiest months and one filled with immense responsibility. All your crops are now sown and you care for them as if they are your little babies. Read more …

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 …

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