Oct
31
2017
Sophie Paterson

The great Human Power Plant experiment: an update

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Posted Oct 31 2017 by Sophie Paterson of Lowimpact.org

Regular readers of our blog may recall an earlier post about an exciting experiment taking place in the Netherlands in the form of a hydro-pneumatic human power plant harnessing human energy. Here’s an update on progress so far. Read more …

Oct
29
2017
Phil Moore

Opportunity to rent (or cropshare) 7 organic acres in Sussex

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There are 7 acres on offer with this rental rent or organic cropshare opportunity in Sussex (postcode TN35 4AP). It’s across the road from the village of Fairlight and a 5 minute drive to Hastings. Read more …

Oct
26
2017
Christine Page

Cow-calf dairying part 3: calf rumen development

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Posted Oct 26 2017 by Christine Page of Smiling Tree Farm

Here, in part 3 of our series on dairying without removing calves from their mothers, we look at the importance of managing a calf’s nutrition in order to support the effective calf rumen development, essential to her long-term health and productivity. Read more …

Oct
24
2017
Linda Kaucher

Can you offer your IT skills to help build a website to challenge the pro-corporate bias in UK trade deals?

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Posted Oct 24 2017 by Linda Kaucher of Stop TTIP uk
Could you be part of a team working to challenge pro-corporate bias in UK trade deals?

Website help needed: with Brexit, the UK will be heading into international ‘trade’ deals, which are likely to be as much about establishing corporate rights and diminishing democracy as the EU/US TTIP – a deal that is now on the back-burner. Read more …

Oct
22
2017
Jenny Liddle

Omelettes, sticky ribs and Scotch eggs at the Midlands vegan festival next weekend

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The 10th annual West Midlands Vegan Festival is set to be a feast for your palette as well as your eyes. Taking place in Wolverhampton on 28th and 29th October, the event will feature a wide range of global vegan foods, the latest innovations in alternatives for dairy lovers plus the hottest vegan fashion, footwear and beauty products Read more …

Oct
19
2017
Sue Blacker

The Wool Journey Part 5: harvesting the wool

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Harvesting wool through shearing

In The Wool Journey Part 5, Sue Blacker of Blacker Yarns and The Natural Fibre Company explains the process of harvesting wool with an in-depth look at sheep shearing. Read more …

Oct
17
2017
Jessie Watson Brown

Is leather tanning ethical?

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Posted Oct 17 2017 by Jessie Watson Brown of Nettleseed

Traditional hide tanner, Jessie Watson Brown, offers her thoughts on the ethics of leather tanning, from large-scale industrial tanning, to home-scale natural tanning. Read more …

Oct
15
2017
Dave Darby

Is it ethical to eat meat, or to keep animals for meat or dairy?

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Posted Oct 15 2017 by Dave Darby of Lowimpact.org

This is a very important question for us here at Lowimpact.org, because we have courses, books, magazines, links etc on keeping animals and on game. We also have vegetarianism and veganism as topics – because we recognise the environmental benefits of eating less meat. Read more …

Oct
12
2017
Jeffrey Hart

The Big Straw Bale Gathering 2018

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Big Straw Bale Gathering 2018

Straw-bale Building UK (SBUK) presents The Big Straw Bale Gathering 2018 with the theme of sowing the inspiration, growing the industry & harvesting the knowledge of all things related to building with straw. Read more …

Oct
10
2017
Linda Kaucher

Post-Brexit trade deals explained: how they will hand more power to multinational corporations – at our expense

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Posted Oct 10 2017 by Linda Kaucher of Stop TTIP uk

With Brexit the main aim seems to be to have trade agreements with as many countries as possible and as soon as possible. Little attention is paid (none?) to the content or purpose of those post-Brexit trade deals – and for whose benefit they would be. Read more …

Oct
8
2017
Jeffrey Hart

A natural building bookshelf with Jeffrey the Natural Builder

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Part of a collection of natural building books

In this post, Jeffrey the Natural Builder shares his top reading recommendations based on an original natural building books post on his blog. It’s over to him from here. Read more …

Oct
5
2017
Andy Smith

How to build or repair a dry stone wall

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Dry stone walling involves either stripping and rebuilding existing walls that have fallen into disrepair, or gapping – repairing gaps where the wall has collapsed. Fewer new walls are built, although foundations sometimes have to be relaid. Read more …

Oct
3
2017
Christine Page

Cow-calf dairying part 2: how cows produce and give milk, and why they need their calves

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Posted Oct 3 2017 by Christine Page of Smiling Tree Farm

In this second post in the series from the Smiling Tree cow-calf dairy we focus on how milk is synthesised and, importantly for cow-calf dairying, what triggers the release or ‘let down’ process. Read more …

Oct
1
2017
Ludwig Appeltans

Would you like to become a member of a nature-based permaculture community on the Isle of Skye?

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Posted Oct 1 2017 by Ludwig Appeltans of Earth Ways

Since December 2016, I, Ludwig Appeltans am the proud owner and custodian of the most beautiful peninsula in Scotland. Read more …

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