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Jun
22
2019
Oliver Sylvester-Bradley

Decentralised collaboration, Paul Mason and more: see you at OPEN 2019 next week?

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We hear from Oliver Sylvester-Bradley about exciting opportunities to collaborate at the OPEN 2019 Community Gathering, taking place in London next week.
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Jun
21
2019
Clare Fischer

Can you detox your plastic life and smash the MCS Plastic Challenge?

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Plastic bag floating off Cornish coast via https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/9/9f/Plastic_bag_jellyfish.JPG/2048px-Plastic_bag_jellyfish.JPG

The Marine Conservation Society is challenging people to get through July single-use plastic free. Could you rise to the challenge? Clare Fischer explains how to take part. Read more …

Jun
18
2019
Benedict Noel

The Mushroom Guide Part 7: preparing mushroom spawn (2)

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Harvesting shiitake mushroom blocks on newspaper

Mushroom grower extraordinaire Benedict Noel explains how to prepare mushroom spawn using a pressure cooker, as his Mushroom Guide series continues. Read more …

Jun
16
2019
Dave Darby

Reflections on the CTRLshift gathering – an emergency summit for change

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2019 CTRLshift gathering

The stated aim of the annual CTRLshift gathering (that took place in Stoke-on-Trent recently) is to bring key people together to talk about practical steps to help shift power away from central government and multinational corporations, to communities and individuals. Well, you had me at ‘decentralisation’, so I went along. Read more …

Jun
13
2019
Peter Hull

Why farm hedge trimming needs to change

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The result of farm hedge trimming in a photo by Bob Embleton via Wikimedia Commons

Destroyed habitats, blocked drains and that’s just for starters. After decades working to support farming and agriculture in various government agencies, Peter Hull shares his views on why farm hedge trimming needs to change. Read more …

Jun
11
2019
Nick Mann

In the meadow: rediscovering the extraordinary ordinary

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A Somerset meadow photographed by Habitat Aid

As summertime nears, Nick Mann of Habitat Aid shares a snapshot of a Somerset meadow, rediscovering the extraordinary ordinary of the nature found within. Read more …

Jun
6
2019
Jessie Watson Brown

Getting started with fishing for food: Part 1 – Gear

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Charlie Loram of The Old Way fishing from a boat

Ever fancied fishing for your supper but don’t know where to begin? In Part 1 of her new fishing for food series, Jessie Watson Brown tackles the gear you’ll need to get started, with the help of Charlie Loram. Read more …

Jun
4
2019
Doug King-Smith

Develop skills at the Hillyfield barn-building project on Dartmoor this summer

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Barn-building projects underway at the Hillyfield on Dartmoor

Low-impact forestry hub and much more besides, the Hilliyfield are looking for volunteers to help with their barn-building project on Dartmoor this summer. Doug King-Smith tells us more. Read more …

May
30
2019
Benedict Noel

The Mushroom Guide Part 6: preparing mushroom spawn

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Hand holding a grain of wheat

Benedict Noel shares how to scale up your mushroom production, preparing mushroom spawn using grain to then inoculate sawdust bags. Read more …

May
28
2019
Sue Blacker

The Wool Journey Part 13 & 14: single versus plied yarn and the bulking of wool

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Yarn and sheep

The Wool Journey returns, as The Natural Fibre Company’s Sue Blacker explores the question of single versus plied yarn and an intriguingly named tool called the Bulkometer. Read more …

May
26
2019
Frances Northrop

The ‘Preston Model’: Frances Northrop of the New Economics Foundation

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Frances Northrop of NEF discusses the Preston Model with Dave Darby

Dave Darby explores the ‘Preston Model’ and new municipalism in an interview with Frances Northrop of the New Economics Foundation.
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May
24
2019
Benedict Noel

The Mushroom Guide Part 5: inoculating fruiting substrate

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An awesome shiitake mushroom harvest!

Inoculating fruiting substrate: sounds a little daunting, no? Fear not – Benedict Noel explains all in Part 5 of his Mushroom Guide for beginners keen to grow their own shiitake mushrooms. Read more …

May
22
2019
David Thorpe

Introducing One Planet Cities: sustaining humanity within planetary limits

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One Planet City

David Thorpe of One Planet Life shares the ideas and aspirations behind his new book One Planet Cities, outlining his vision for sustainable urban communities. Read more …

May
19
2019
Eloise Sentito

Revisioning postcapitalism: 10 questions for Paul Mason’s ‘clear bright future’

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Paul Mason, author of Clear Bright Future

Eloïse Sentito of These Isles pens an open letter to Paul Mason, in which she poses 10 questions arising from his book ‘Postcapitalism: a Guide to our Future’, that she hopes will be addressed in his new book ‘Clear Bright Future’. Read more …

May
17
2019
Lauren Simpson

You’re invited to the Ecological Land Cooperative AGM 2019

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The new barn at the ELC Arlington site in East Sussex

Taking place in Arlington, East Sussex, on 29th June 2019, the Ecological Land Cooperative AGM 2019 is your chance to learn more about their important work – and check out their brand new barn! Lauren Simpson tells us more. Read more …

May
15
2019
Benedict Noel

The Mushroom Guide Part 4: preparing fruiting substrate for shiitake mushrooms

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Why grow shiitake mushrooms? Here's why!

In Part 4 of The Mushroom Guide with Benedict Noel, learn how to create your own bags of fruiting substrate for shiitake mushrooms, using sawdust, bran and a pressure cooker. Read more …

May
9
2019
Ele Waters

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

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The Pentiddy Woods internship depicted in illustrated form as a living tree

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 …

May
7
2019
Benedict Noel

The Mushroom Guide Part 3: harvesting shiitake mushroom blocks

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Harvesting shiitake mushroom blocks on newspaper

In Part 3 of The Mushroom Guide, Benedict Noel enjoys the fruits of his labour harvesting shiitake mushroom blocks, as he continues his step-by-step tutorial. Read more …

May
5
2019
Dil Green

Moving towards post-capitalism, or: why I’m working on mutual credit

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Solidarity economic zone in a world post-capitalism

Looking ahead to a future post-capitalism, Dil Green of NonCorporate.org shares how and why he’s working on mutual credit as one of its core pillars.
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May
3
2019
Mark Benson

The pros and cons of second-hand stoves: what to consider before you buy

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Unsure where to start when it comes to second-hand stoves? Mark Benson of Bowland Stoves explores the pros and cons of the second-hand wood and multi-fuel stove market and what you should consider ahead of a purchase. Read more …

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