Nov
30
2017
Lesley Anderson

Should you keep a rooster with your hens? (and how to deal with a problem rooster)

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I prefer to keep my animals as naturally as possible to allow them to express their natural behaviour and reduce stress, so I have always kept a rooster with my hens. It is true that you do not need a cockerel or a rooster in your flock for your hens to lay eggs. So why would you want this noisy addition who needs just as much food but doesn’t lay any eggs? Read more …

Nov
29
2017
Dave King

GM is about corporate control of our food, not ‘feeding the world’: learn more at an event this saturday

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Posted Nov 29 2017 by Dave King of Breaking the Frame

Are you eating GM food? The fact that you are mostly* not is down to 20 years of inspiring direct action and pressure by anti-GM activists. Read more …

Nov
28
2017
James Brand

How hydroponics could be integrated into restaurants, bars, schools and hospitals

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Posted Nov 28 2017 by James Brand of The Journey's End Inn
Chillies growing in the conservatory thanks to hydroponics

Lowimpact.org’s Sophie Paterson meets hydroponics convert James Brand to hear about his experiences of hydroponics in action at a 13th century free house, the family-run award-winning Journey’s End Inn on the South Devon coast. Read more …

Nov
26
2017
Matthew Slater

How much electricity does Bitcoin consume, and what are the alternatives?

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When an idea grows far beyond its original conception, develops its own culture, factions & internal dynamics, and through implementation compromises with the real world, it can become the very enemy of what it first espoused. Read more …

Nov
23
2017
David Thorpe

How the ‘One Planet Development’ policy is helping people get back onto the land in Wales

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Posted Nov 23 2017 by David Thorpe of The One Planet Life

Something special is happening in Wales. The country is using legislation to shift itself into a very different direction from England. It wants to be more sustainable. It wants to reduce its ‘ecological footprint’ to a level that’s fair compared to the rest of the planet’s population and resources. Read more …

Nov
21
2017
Ruby Taylor

Making an ash pack basket

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Posted Nov 21 2017 by Ruby Taylor of Native Hands
Ruby's finished ash pack basket

In a post kindly shared from the Native Hands blog, our basketry specialist Ruby Taylor recounts a recent trip to the woods to make a beautiful ash pack basket. Read more …

Nov
19
2017
Sophie Paterson

Join our new online community Living Low Impact

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Posted Nov 19 2017 by Sophie Paterson of Lowimpact.org

We’re excited to introduce our new Facebook group Living Low Impact – and you’re invited! Read more …

Nov
16
2017
Christine Page

Cow-calf dairying part 5: creating a bond and first milking

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Posted Nov 16 2017 by Christine Page of Smiling Tree Farm

This is where we get to the nitty-gritty of cow-calf dairying, looking at creating a bond and the first milking; but it’s important that you have understood the whole series so far (see right or click here) before reading on, as much of what is covered here relates to points made before. Read more …

Nov
14
2017
Emma Olliff

What’s the best thing to do with the uplands, in terms of sustainability?

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Posted Nov 14 2017 by Emma Olliff of Regenereat

This is a question asked in an interesting debate on Facebook along the lines of uplands and their appropriate maintenance with regards to grazing. There are several fascinating projects and opinion pieces that were linked to Read more …

Nov
12
2017
Simon Lennane

£30, credit-card-sized, non-corporate, low-energy computers set up to run Linux; any boxes not ticked there?

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These are cheap (£30) mini computers that run Linux and will make a good second computer for children (for example), a media player in another room, or a data server. It might save people buying another laptop and it means you can reuse the peripherals of older PCs (screen, mouse etc). Read more …

Nov
10
2017
Dave Darby

‘Land for What?’ meeting in Leicester tomorrow (sorry for short notice, but it’s worth it)

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Posted Nov 10 2017 by Dave Darby of Lowimpact.org
Land Justice Network logo

Sorry for the ridiculously short notice, but if you’re interested in land issues, and have nothing on this weeked, this is really worth getting yourself to. Read more …

Nov
9
2017
Jessie Watson Brown

Why I walk: a conversation with a walking guide

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Posted Nov 9 2017 by Jessie Watson Brown of Nettleseed

Walking is as old as the hills, and yet so many aren’t getting out in their local areas. On a sunny October afternoon, with the backdrop of birdsong, I spoke to walking guide Emma Cunis about her story with walking and what she offers as Dartmoor’s Daughter; where she runs walks and nature connection events on Dartmoor, Devon.

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Nov
7
2017
Christine Page

Cow-calf dairying part 4: udder development

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Posted Nov 7 2017 by Christine Page of Smiling Tree Farm

Welcome to part 4 of this series on cow-calf dairying, focusing on udder development. By now you will be starting to understand that keeping calves on dairy cows is a fine art; that it is a case of balancing the emotional and physical needs of both cow and calf; and why there are no set rules, just guidelines. Read more …

Nov
5
2017
Sophie Paterson

Historically heating: forgotten ways to keep warm this winter

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Posted Nov 5 2017 by Sophie Paterson of Lowimpact.org

With winter on the way and inspired by a recent visit to the Weald & Downland Museum, Sophie Paterson explores a selection of historical personal heating methods. Could they be adopted in homes today? Read more …

Nov
2
2017
Lesley Anderson

Using pigs for woodland conservation

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At this year’s Scottish Smallholder Festival  I attended a fascinating talk by Jack Flusk and Katie Swift of Conservation Pigs about their pioneering use of pigs for woodland conservation work. With benefits to the pigs, the pig keeper and the woodland this is a practice which could become far more widespread. Read more …

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