Feb
28
2017
Jenny Steel

Nature in March – what to look out for

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Posted Feb 28 2017 by Jenny Steel of Wildlife Gardening

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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Posted Feb 27 2017 by John Harrison of Allotment & Gardens

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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Posted Feb 26 2017 by John Harrison of Allotment & Gardens

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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Posted Feb 24 2017 by Barbara Jones of Straw Works

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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Posted Feb 23 2017 by Laurie Walters of P.E.P.C. Real Food

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 …

Feb
19
2017
Adrian Leaman

Free timber framing training on building projects for good causes

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Posted Feb 19 2017 by Adrian Leaman of Wholewoods

Making beautiful natural buildings affordable for charities, community groups, trusts and pubic organisations who put other people and the environment first. Read more …

Feb
16
2017
Dave Darby

Low-impact & the city 9: learning to use Linux

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Posted Feb 16 2017 by Dave Darby of Lowimpact.org
Learning to use Linux

Remember the previous two blog articles about switching to open source / free software? The first was about switching to free / open source programmes whilst still using Windows, and the second was about downloading the Linux operating system onto a datastick so that you can play with it and familiarise yourself with it, but keep Windows in the mean time. Read more …

Feb
14
2017
Dave Darby

How to misrepresent Adam Smith: review of P. J. O’Rourke’s ‘On the Wealth of Nations’

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Posted Feb 14 2017 by Dave Darby of Lowimpact.org
On the Wealth of Nations by P.J. O'Rourke

I don’t know if you’re familiar with P. J., but he’s an excellent writer, and he’s extremely, acerbically funny. With this book, as with his Give War a Chance, several times he made me spit my tea out and have to stop to wipe tea off the page. Read more …

Feb
9
2017
Fran Blockley

Career change? How about making your living from making and selling baskets?

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Posted Feb 9 2017 by Fran Blockley of Old Chapel Farm

This is an interview with Fran Blockley of Old Chapel Farm about the potential for making your living from making and selling baskets. Read more …

Feb
9
2017
Paul Edwards

Is modern life a mistake?

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Posted Feb 9 2017 by Paul Edwards of Sodium Haze

I was back recently in my old stomping ground of Bicester in Oxfordshire – it was not a happy visit. Read more …

Feb
7
2017
Daniel Scharf

If ‘agroecology’ is such a good idea, how can we get the planning system to promote it?

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Posted Feb 7 2017 by Daniel Scharf of Dan the Plan

The planning system doesn’t currently differentiate between different types of agriculture, and maybe it should. The type of agriculture we prefer could be labelled ‘agroecology’ – but the problem is how to define it and how to get the planning system to recognise it, let alone promote it. Read more …

Feb
5
2017
Dave Darby

Why we’d be better off living like the Saxons (with a few mod cons)

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Posted Feb 5 2017 by Dave Darby of Lowimpact.org
saxon-village

If you spend your life trying to promote low-impact living, you sometimes get asked the most ridiculous questions. More than once I’ve been asked something along the lines of: ‘you want to take us back to the Middle Ages, don’t you?’ Read more …

Feb
2
2017
Ian Dowson

Wood-fired pizza van: free to a good home

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Posted Feb 2 2017 by Ian Dowson of Proved Wood-fired Pizza
Ian with his wood-fired pizza van

I’ve had six years of self-employed catering with Proved Wood-fired Pizza, alongside working full-time in the housing and homeless sector. I originally wanted to sell the van/business to help fund going back to university as a full-time student. Read more …

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