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Jun
27
2017
Stuart Yendle

Building your own sea kayak part 1: forms & ‘strongback’

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I’m going to post three articles about how I built my own sea kayak, followed by some articles about the adventures you can have once you’ve built it. The idea is that you buy some detailed plans and follow them carefully. They will guide you through every step of the build. Read more …

Jun
25
2017
Dave Darby

B-corporations – yes or no?

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What do you consider the correct approach towards multinational corporations – tame them, or start to get rid of them? And what do we mean by ‘tame’ exactly? And what are the problems with multinational corporations in the first place? Read more …

Jun
22
2017
Sophie Paterson

The great Human Power Plant experiment

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Components of the Human Power Plant

Taking pedal power to a whole new level, an ambitious project will see the conversion of a 22 floor building into an entirely human powered community of 750 students at Utrecht University in the Netherlands. Dubbed the Human Power Plant, Kris de Decker of Low-tech Magazine and artist Melle Smets will lead a team exploring the feasibility of modern human energy production in what promises to be both a technical and social challenge. Read more …

Jun
20
2017
Dan McCallum

Wind farm open day, July 4th: see what it’s like inside a giant turbine, and ask questions in the pub afterwards

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It’s Community Energy Fortnight from June 24th – July 9th and all over the country there are events to galvanise support for clean power. To celebrate this and to draw attention to Global Wind Day, we are opening up one of Awel’s turbines for people to see inside a wind turbine. Read more …

Jun
18
2017
Sigi Koko

Waste not want not: 5 tips for collecting salvaged building materials

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Using salvage building materials brings new life to otherwise discarded items.  Reusing materials can inspire creativity and reduce construction costs. But you need to have a plan, or you risk spinning your wheels and burning out from all the leg work involved. Read more …

Jun
16
2017
Libby Cameron

Opportunity to achieve a permaculture livelihood on a couple of acres on Devon/Cornwall border

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Hi, I have a small piece of land (approx. 1.75 acres)  with small barn on the Devon-Cornwall border that I would really like to make available to someone committed to creating a permaculture lifestyle.  Read more …

Jun
14
2017
Walter Lewis

In sight of Pendle Hill: a glimpse of life at Gazegill Farm

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Organic raw milk production at Gazegill Farm

We’re delighted to introduce the first in a series of posts by photographer and researcher Walter Lewis of Feeding Body and Soul. He will be sharing a selection of stories from his journey exploring local sustainable food production in England and Wales, beginning with Gazegill Farm in Lancashire. Read more …

Jun
11
2017
Sophie Paterson

Groundswell: an agricultural show for no-till, organic farming with cover crops and grass-fed animals

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Cows in a meadow

A groundswell of farmers around the world are working out how to farm in a more ecologically-friendly way. One the farmers leading the farming revolution in the UK is John Cherry, who has set up a 2-day conference on his farm in Hertfordshire, 28th and 29th of June. Read more …

Jun
9
2017
David Thorpe

Seeking a venue: course on how to create a ‘one planet’ development

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I am seeking venues around the country to run an exciting course that will help participants prepare for starting and living on a ‘One Planet’ Development. Read more …

Jun
7
2017
Phil Moore

Ecological Land Co-op share offer extended after exceeding target: help us change the way land is owned in the UK

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WOW! We’ve surpassed our initial maximum target of £340,000, and there are still FOUR days to go. Our new investors are helping us continue our work supporting small-scale, agro-ecological farming. Thank you! Read more …

Jun
6
2017
Dave Darby

In a perpetually-growing economy, what will limit the number of cars in the world?

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I come back to the subject of economic growth reasonably regularly, or to be more specific, the concept of perpetual, constant, infinite growth. And I’ll keep doing it until this absurd idea is consigned to the same historical category as phlogiston or a geocentric universe. Read more …

Jun
4
2017
Sophie Paterson

My plastic-free life: an interview with Kate Armstrong

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Plastic-free - better for trees?

You may remember from our post in May that the month of June marks The Marine Conservation Society’s Plastic Challenge. But what is it actually like to give up plastic? We spoke to campaigner Kate Armstrong of plasticisrubbish.com about her decade-long journey towards and campaign for a plastic-free existence. Read more …

Jun
2
2017
John Harrison

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

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June is one of my favourite months in the tunnel or greenhouse. The majority of crops are planted by now and the responsibility of watering your seedlings every day is nearly over. You can enjoy tending your crops and observe how they develop. Read more …

Jun
1
2017
John Harrison

Fruit & vegetable growing guide for June

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Flaming June should bring us a hot sunshine-filled month with the risk of frost passed and those in more northerly parts should be able to catch up with those in the south. We’re also moving towards the longest day, June 21st being the summer solstice so there is plenty of daylight to let you get on with things. Read more …

May
28
2017
Sophie Paterson

Resilient networks: building a low-tech internet

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A Freifunk WiFi-node is installed as part of a low-tech internet network in Berlin, Germany - via Wikipedia Commons.

A solution to the absence of high-speed wireless networks across some developing countries and increasingly appearing in the form of WiFi based community networks in numerous countries in Europe, building a low-tech internet could have benefits for all. With excerpts from an original Low-tech Magazine article by Kris De Decker, we explore how a less resource-intensive and more energy-efficient approach to internet access could provide a resilient cooperative network with renewable energy at its heart. Read more …

May
25
2017
Dave Darby

Part-time work available in the Lowimpact.org team

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low-impact

We are offering a little part-time job. It’s only around 10 hours per month, so it could fit in nicely with what you’re doing already. It involves looking after a category on the Lowimpact.org site, and keeping everything updated. Read more …

May
24
2017
Scarlett Penn

Fantastic volunteering opportunity with the Permaculture Podcast – could it be you or someone you know?

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Daniel Tyrkiel is so dedicated he gets up at 4am every single day. On weekdays it’s so he can to study how to regenerate soil in order to store carbon, clean water, prevent flooding and produce nutritious food, without the need for any chemicals. On weekends it’s to edit his brilliant podcast series, which documents what’s happening with permaculture in the UK. Read more …

May
21
2017
Dave Darby

Can you imagine a world without money? Summary of the ‘credit commons’ idea and how it could be achieved

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Last week I blogged about a potentially world-changing idea that could be labelled ‘credit commons’, or the catchy ‘global mutual credit system’. It’s a system of exchange that involves no money. It’s difficult to grasp at first, but the more you think about it, the more you realise that a) it’s implementable, and b) if implemented, it could end poverty, war and environmental destruction. Read more …

May
18
2017
Joe Musialowski

Step by step stickmaking: how to craft a ram’s horn crook

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Stickmaking : from ram's horn to finished crook

The modern ram’s horn shepherd’s crook has come a long way since it was first fashioned by shepherds in their crofts: from a purely practical tool with which to catch sheep with by neck or foot to a highly decorated piece of art work for stickmaking shows and competitions. Read more …

May
16
2017
Dane Beckett

The pros and cons of burning different types of wood for heating

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Burning wood is a highly sustainable and environmentally friendly heating method. Burning wood on a high efficiency stove can create less CO2 than letting the same wood rot on the floor of a forest. Read more …

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