Sep
28
2017
Sue Blacker

The Wool Journey Part 4: wool attributes amongst breeds, natural colour and health

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In The Wool Journey Part 4, Sonja Bargielowska of Blacker Yarns at The Natural Fibre Company considers wool attributes amongst breeds, natural colour and the importance of a healthy flock. Read more …

Sep
26
2017
Jessie Watson Brown

It’s a mast year!

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Posted Sep 26 2017 by Jessie Watson Brown of Nettleseed
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In case you hadn’t noticed… it’s a mast year! Read more …

Sep
24
2017
Christine Page

Cow-calf dairying part 1: the difference between conventional and humanely-produced milk

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Posted Sep 24 2017 by Christine Page of Smiling Tree Farm

This is the first in a series of articles looking at the practicalities of producing ethical, cruelty-free milk by allowing dairy cows to keep their calves. In this post we cover why conventional dairy cows don’t keep their calves and why humanely-produced milk using cow-calf dairying is rare and costs much more to produce. Read more …

Sep
21
2017
Sue Blacker

The Wool Journey Part 3: wool attributes – length, crimp and lustre

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Blacker Yarns products

In the third of The Wool Journey installments based on an original post by Sonja Bargielowska at Blacker Yarns, The Natural Fibre Company leads us to consider length, crimp and lustre. Read more …

Sep
19
2017
Sue Blacker

The Wool Journey Part 2: wool attributes – thickness

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Wool from different varieties of sheep

In the second installment of The Wool Journey guest blog posts from Sue Blacker and colleagues at The Natural Fibre Company, we learn about a key attribute: thickness. Read more …

Sep
17
2017
Dave Darby

Why the banks have so much power and how we can take it away from them

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Posted Sep 17 2017 by Dave Darby of Lowimpact.org
Goldman Sachs: an example of a prime player when it comes to the power of banks

I mentioned a while ago that I’m enrolled on a MOOC (massive, open, online course) about banking and the money system. As promised, I’m blogging about some of the things that I’ve learnt (we’ve covered the definition and history of money so far). Read more …

Sep
14
2017
Linda Kaucher

The Trump administration is going to attack us if we try to restrict the imports of US genetically-modified food in any way

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Posted Sep 14 2017 by Linda Kaucher of Stop TTIP uk

Linda Kaucher of Stop TTIP UK recently alerted us to the fact that the US government is determined to go into battle with any country that tries to restrict imports of its genetically-modified food. Read more …

Sep
12
2017
Lesley Anderson

How the study of animal behaviour (ethology) can help you keep livestock more ethically and sustainably

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I want to talk about something which can help us design more ethical and sustainable ways of keeping our livestock. It is a subject that has always fascinated me and, if you keep animals, I think you will find it fascinating too. It is the is the study the behaviour of animals, particularly in their natural environment, known as ‘Ethology’. Read more …

Sep
10
2017
Sue Blacker

The Wool Journey Part 1: what is wool?

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In the first of a series of guest blog posts from Sue Blacker and colleagues at The Natural Fibre Company, we invite you to embark upon The Wool Journey, exploring the what, how and why of all things wool. Read more …

Sep
7
2017
Dave Darby

Could the ‘paperpot transplanter’ be a boon for small farmers or is it just a gimmick?

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Posted Sep 7 2017 by Dave Darby of Lowimpact.org

How about a human-powered tool that allows you to plant out 264 young plants per minute (!) without bending over? The paperpot transplanter, developed in Japan, allows you to do just that (if 264 seems a bit precise, it’s because each little paper chain contains 264 pots). Read more …

Sep
5
2017
Tomas Remiarz

Should we be reliant on cheap foreign labour to work on our farms, or is there a better way to feed ourselves?

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Vital foreign labour in action: Romanian workers harvest the grape crop in an English vineyard in Sussex.

Recently The Guardian ran an article by John Harris called “They say after Brexit there’ll be food rotting in the fields. It’s already started.To summarise, John is saying Brexit has made the UK look an unfriendly place to our European neighbours and with the increasing financial fortunes of eastern European nations, farm workers are now choosing not to come to this country. Read more …

Sep
3
2017
Chris Smaje

So you want to be a farmer? Thirteen words of wisdom from me to myself

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Posted Sep 3 2017 by Chris Smaje of Small Farm Future
Vallis Veg squash

In this post based on an original at Small Farm Future, farmer Chris Smaje relates words of wisdom curated as part of a talk he gave at the Oxford Real Farming Conference in 2016. Read more …

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