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Nov
13
2019
Sarah Young

How to start a small garden in your apartment (Part 1)

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The beginnings of a small garden in an apartment

Living in an urban flat with no access to outdoor space and yearn for greenery? Our friends at Ethical.net have got it covered with their guide to how to start a small garden in your apartment. Read more …

Nov
10
2019
Lynn Foster

How the REA / Value Flows model can change the world: Lynn Foster of Mikorizal (Part 2)

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Lynn Foster explains the value flows model

Here’s the second part of our interview with Lynn Foster of Mikorizal and the Value Flows model. Part 1 is here. Read more …

Nov
6
2019
Ziggy Liloia

The differences between insulation and thermal mass

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A cob wall: insulation or thermal mass?

As the winter months approach here in the UK, natural builder Ziggy Liloia of The Year of Mud goes back to basics to explore the differences between insulation and thermal mass, and why they matter. Read more …

Nov
3
2019
David Thorne

Debate: to fly or not to fly; or ‘the plane’s going anyway’

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Giving up flying: the debate

We’d love to know what you think about this debate, between David, treasurer of Transition Town Tooting, and Dave of Lowimpact.org about whether giving up flying has any effect on climate change. Read more …

Oct
30
2019
Sharif Adams

The Bowl Gathering: preserving and reviving an endangered craft

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The Bowl Gathering in action

Sharif Adams, traditional bowl turner and spoon carver tells the story of the Bowl Gathering, from humble beginnings to a thriving gathering of craft revival.

Read more …

Oct
27
2019
Lynn Foster

Understanding the REA / Value Flows model: Lynn Foster of Mikorizal (Part 1)

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Lynn Foster explains the value flows model

Today Dave Darby of Lowimpact.org / NonCorporate.org is talking with Lynn Foster of Mikorizal and the Value Flows model. We’ve heard some very good things about her work, together with her partner, Bob Haugen. Read more …

Oct
23
2019
Nick Mann

Why hedgelaying makes a better hedge

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Hedgelaying in progress by the Fosse Way

Providing safe passage for wildlife and a sturdy windbreak, Nick Mann of Habitat Aid shares his views on the rich rural tradition of hedgelaying and why he’s such a fan. Read more …

Oct
15
2019
Sigi Koko

How to plaster straw-bale walls with clay: the second coat

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How to plaster straw-bale walls with clay

Sigi Koko of Down to Earth Design shares her tips and tricks for how to plaster straw-bale walls with clay, this time tackling the second coat. Read more …

Oct
10
2019
Ruby Taylor

October forage of the month with Ruby Taylor

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October forage of the month : blackberries

Ruby Taylor of Native Hands shares her forage of the month for October with a delicious fruit leather recipe we can’t wait to try… Read more …

Oct
8
2019
Alice Brown

Job opportunity: VegBox Logistics Coordinator at Sutton Community Farm

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VegBox Logistics Coordinator at Sutton Community Farm

Love veg and love organising things? Sutton Community Farm are on the lookout for a VegBox Logistics Coordinator to cover maternity leave. Over to Alice Brown to tell us more. Read more …

Oct
6
2019
Dave Darby

We’re on the Extinction Rebellion main stage in central London on Thursday afternoon

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Extinction Rebellion

I’m excited to report that we’ve been given an hour on the main stage at Extinction Rebellion in the Mall on Thursday afternoon from 2pm. When I say ‘we’, it will be me and Oliver Sylvester-Bradley of the Open Co-op – we’ll speak for 10 minutes each, then take questions for 40 minutes. We’ll be talking about an ‘economic rebellion’ – practical steps that people can take to help build a new kind of economy that doesn’t damage nature and doesn’t concentrate wealth. Read more …

Oct
3
2019
David Willis

How to make wood fire baked sweet chestnut bread

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As autumn draws in, sweet chestnut season is soon approaching. Bushcraft teacher David Willis shares how he bakes tasty roasted sweet chestnut bread on an open fire in a cast iron Dutch oven.

Read more …

Sep
30
2019
Sophie Paterson

Straw bale, strohballen, strobaal: reflections on the European Straw Bale Gathering 2019

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European Straw Bale Gathering 2019 reflections

Hosted by the UK for the first time last month, Lowimpact.org’s Sophie Paterson shares her reflections on the European Straw Bale Gathering 2019. Read more …

Sep
29
2019
Alice Brown

The future of community-supported agriculture: Alice Brown of Sutton Community Farm (Part 2)

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Alice Sutton on the future of community-supported agriculture

This is part 2 of a conversation with Alice Brown of Sutton Community Farm. In Part 1 we talked about why CSA farms are such a good idea. This time we talk more about Sutton Community Farm and the future of community-supported agriculture within the food industry. Read more …

Sep
22
2019
Dave Darby

Does anybody fancy a free, one-day course on the viable system model (VSM)?

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An illustration of the viable system model

I recently interviewed Trevor Hilder, a specialist in the viable system model. I’ve been interested in it for a while, since I heard from credible sources that it could be a valuable tool for building the new economy. Read more …

Sep
20
2019
Sigi Koko

How to plaster straw-bale walls with clay: the first coat

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How to plaster straw-bale walls with clay

Sigi Koko of Down to Earth Design shares her top tips for how to plaster straw-bale walls with clay, beginning with the first, or base, coat. Read more …

Sep
17
2019
Nick Mann

How to store apples over the winter: a brief guide

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Apple harvest

You’ve picked your apples but what to do now? Learn how to make the best of the harvest with Nick Mann’s brief guide to how to store apples over the winter. Read more …

Sep
15
2019
Alice Brown

Why community farms are such a good idea: Alice Brown of Sutton Community Farm (Part 1)

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Alice Brown and team: why community farms are such a good idea

Today I’m talking with Alice Brown of Sutton Community Farm. I’m interested in looking at how we produce food in the new economy. The current system is a disaster in terms of environment and wealth concentration. Read more …

Sep
14
2019
Alice Brown

Job opportunity: fancy delivering veg boxes for Sutton Community Farm?

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The Sutton Community Farm team

Here’s a delivery job with a difference, on offer from Sutton Community Farm in south London. It’s over to them to tell us more. Read more …

Sep
10
2019
Ruby Taylor

September forage of the month with Ruby Taylor

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Nettles make a great forage of the month for September

Ruby Taylor of Native Hands shares her forage of the month for September, with stress-busting nettle seeds the star of the show as autumn approaches. Read more …

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