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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 …

Sep
8
2019
Dave Darby

Low-impact & the city 14: getting back on a bike after ten years

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Dave is getting back on a bike after 10 years

I’ve never been without a bike until recently. As far back into my childhood as I can remember, I always had one. A bike was always part of my life, part of me. Read more …

Sep
6
2019
Craig Bayne

Turn your grapes into wine with help from OrganicLea

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From vine to wine at Organiclea

It’s that time of year again when the fab folks at OrganicLea invite grape-growing Londoners to join their community wine-making scheme. It’s over to Craig to tell us more, with a useful guide to harvesting grapes to boot. Read more …

Sep
3
2019
Jessie Watson Brown

Getting started with fishing for food: Part 3 – Lobster pots

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Ever fancied fishing for your supper but don’t know where to begin? In Part 3 of her Fishing for Food series, Jessie Watson Brown explores fishing with lobster pots. Possibly a more efficient approach to fishing – once you have put the pot in, it does the fishing for you, leaving you free for a whole tide cycle to do anything else! Read more …

Sep
1
2019
Daniel Scharf

New planning developments might allow a lot more people to build their own home

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There have been some developments in the planning system that might allow a lot more people to build their own home. First, here’s some background. Read more …

Aug
29
2019
Dave Darby

Low-impact & the city 13: How to get lots of fruit from a small garden with no work

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I’m too busy to have a vegetable garden. I don’t have the mental energy to think about when it’s time to buy seeds, to plant them, water them, prick them out into pots, dig the garden, plant them, and then continue to water them, weed them and harvest them. Read more …

Aug
27
2019
Dee Butterly

Get the Good Food March 2019 in the diary – pots and pans at the ready!

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The LWA at the Good Food March 2018

The Landworkers’ Alliance will be joining a host of partners to put farming, food and climate justice centre stage this October. Here’s how you can join them on the Good Food March 2019 in London. Read more …

Aug
25
2019
Cath Muller

The difference between the co-operative movement in the UK and the US: Cath Muller of Radical Routes

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Cath Muller of Radical Routes

This is the second part of an interview with Cath Muller of Radical Routes (here’s the first part). Cath hitch-hiked across the Atlantic on a sailing boat, to visit co-operatives in the States. I talked with her about the differences between co-ops over there and in the UK. Read more …

Aug
22
2019
Jon Halle

Exciting job opportunity: Project Officer with Big Solar Co-op at Sharenergy

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Want to join the Sharenergy team as Project Officer with Big Solar Co-op?

Are you fired up to find practical solutions to the climate crisis? If so, this job opportunity as a Project Officer with Big Solar Co-op could be right up your street. Over to Jon Hallé at Sharenergy to tell us more.

Aug
20
2019
Ziggy Liloia

Scribing wood to stone: how to scribe a wood post to a stone foundation

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Scribing wood to stone

Ziggy of The Year of Mud shares a how-to guide for scribing wood to stone, with a project fitting a wooden timber frame on to a stone foundation. Read more …

Aug
18
2019
Chris Smaje

The elephant in the room is capitalism. Maybe.

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Chris Smaje argues the elephant in the room is capitalism

Chris Smaje of Vallis Veg and Small Farm Future shares his thoughts as to why the elephant in the room is capitalism. Maybe. It’s over to Chris from here…
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Aug
14
2019
Gary Parker

Top tips for tiny home living in a small timber building

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Tiny home living in the woods via https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Cabin-Like_Tiny_Home_in_the_Woods.jpg

Are you keen to downsize and downshift? Chris from Loosehanger Oak shares his top tips for tiny home living in a small timber building. Read more …

Aug
11
2019
Micky Metts

Networking small businesses and co-ops to replace corporations: Micky Metts on the new economy

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We're talking about the new economy with Micky Metts of Agaric

This is part 2 of a conversation with Micky Metts of Agaric – a co-op in Boston, Massachusetts that provides online tools for other co-ops. Part 1 is here. I told Micky about some of the meetings and discussions we’ve been having in the UK with people working to build ‘new economy’ infrastructure, like community energy, housing, worker, land, platform, tech and even transport co-operatives, free software, community-supported agriculture, community land trusts, ‘commons’ etc. Read more …

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