Permaculture articles

Nov
1
2020
Dave Darby

Review of ‘A Small Farm Future’ by Chris Smaje

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Industrial agriculture and giant monoculture farms dominate our food sector. But does it have to be that way? Could and should we build a new kind of food system based on small farms? This new book, ‘A Small Farm Future’ published by Chelsea Green, outlines what a post-covid, post-capitalist society might look like, built around a repopulated countryside of small farmers. Read more …

May
20
2020
Sarah Young

The 12 principles of permaculture: a way forward

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We share a guest post from Ethical.net, in which Elizabeth Waddington sets out the twelve principles of permaculture. There’s plenty more to it than gardening, we promise! Read more …

May
10
2020
Dave Darby

Our policy on keeping animals & eating meat

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Our topics include vegetarianism and veganism, but also keeping animals (for meat, dairy, eggs, honey, wool, leather, work etc); and also fishing and hunting animals in the wild. Is this incongruous? As a sustainability / new economy organisation, should we be promoting only veganism, rather than the keeping and/or eating of animals? Read more …

May
9
2019
Ele Waters

Fancy joining the Pentiddy Woods family on an immersive 9 month internship?

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Here’s your chance! We hear from Ele and Anthony at Pentiddy Woods about a unique learning opportunity on offer from October 2019. Read more …

Nov
25
2018
Andy Goldring

How can permaculture contribute to building a new economy? Conversation with Andy Goldring of the Permaculture Association

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We’re going to be publishing a range of videos of interviews with key people involved in building the new economy – an economy that is democratic, non-extractive and sustainable.  Read more …

Oct
4
2018
Marit Parker

Why my farm is not a “permaculture farm” with Marit Parker of Just Wild – Garw Teg

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Farmer and permaculture practitioner Marit Parker of Just Wild-Garw Teg shares why she chose not to label her farm in Wales as a “permaculture farm”. Read more …

Sep
28
2018
Steve Hanson

Permaculture pigs: integrating pigs into a permaculture design

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Firstly I should state there is no such thing as a permaculture pig, but rather pigs woven in to a permaculture design. Firstly we have to look carefully at every element we are planning on putting in to our design. Read more …

Sep
6
2018
Dan Hurring

The National Permaculture Convergence is heading for Hulme

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We hear from Permaculture Association’s Dan Hurring about the 2018 National Permaculture Convergence, running 20-23 September in Hulme, Manchester. Will you be there? Read more …

Aug
26
2018
Paul Jennings

What might buildings, settlements and even regions look like through the lens of Permaculture design?

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This is the transcript of a talk given by Paul Jennings to the recent SBUK Big Straw Bale Gathering. Paul has built his straw-bale family home on a ‘One-Planet Development’ smallholding in Wales (costing £12,000). Read more …

Jul
10
2018
Jeffrey Hart

Interested in building with straw? Don’t miss The Big Straw Bale Gathering!

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It’s not too late to join the biggest straw-bale building event of the year this August in Swansea. Jeffrey Hart of SBUK tells us about how you can get involved, learning all about building with straw from an impressive line-up of speakers to hands-on workshops. Read more …

Jun
12
2018
Roxy Piper

Off Grid Festival 2018: another world is possible

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Roxy Piper tells us all about this year’s Off Grid Festival, taking place from 9-12th August in the historic Tapeley Park and Gardens in North Devon, with the theme of Seven Generation Stewardship. Read more …

Apr
12
2018
Jeffrey Hart

The Big Straw Bale Gathering speakers list is now out

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Jeffrey Hart of SBUK shares news about The Big Straw Bale Gathering speakers. A first of its kind event for all things straw-bale building related, find out who’ll be heading to Down to Earth near Swansea from 10-12 August 2018 below. Read more …

Mar
18
2018
Ele Waters

Internships on off-grid, established experimental woodland smallholding: learn how to set up your own project

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Having been WWOOF hosts for over 10 years we have decided to expand what we offer to provide a more focused and valuable experience. The Pentiddy Woods Internship is an opportunity to join our family for 9 months living off-grid on an established experimental woodland smallholding. Read more …

Jan
14
2018
Peter Hall

Debate: how sustainable can an eco-hotel and permaculture community be if it’s for Brits in Portugal?

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We were approached by Peter to ask if we would help promote a proposed eco-holiday complex and permaculture settlement in Portugal. I replied that I didn’t think we could, as I have strong reservations about this kind of eco-hotel development, and explained why. Peter came back with some counter-arguments, and I asked him whether he’d be happy to have this debate in public Read more …

Dec
12
2017
Sophie Paterson

In praise of the wheelbarrow: low-impact transportation at its best?

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Perhaps these days most commonly associated with the garden, there’s more to the humble wheelbarrow than you might think. Sophie Paterson explores its potential, past and present, as a low-impact form of transportation. Read more …

Nov
19
2017
Sophie Paterson

Join our new online community Living Low Impact

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We’re excited to introduce our new Facebook group Living Low Impact – and you’re invited! 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
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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Since December 2016, I, Ludwig Appeltans am the proud owner and custodian of the most beautiful peninsula in Scotland. 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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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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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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