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Oct
21
2018
Dave Darby

Are you ‘radical’, and if not, why not?

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From radish to radical...

I’m using the original definition of the word, not its bastardisation that over the years has come to be used as a kind of insult in some circles. I’ve been called ‘too radical’, and I want to show why that’s an absurdity. Read more …

Oct
18
2018
Jo Cartmell

Jo’s Mini Meadow Part 6: magic of the wool carder bee and leafcutter bee

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Wool carder bee by Jo Cartmell

Jo Cartmell of NearbyWild shares Part 6 of her mini meadow series. This time, she has a close encounter with two very special guests to her garden: a wool carder bee and leafcutter bee. Read more …

Oct
16
2018
Martin Cross

LED lighting: is it the way forward for offices?

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Photo by Jesus Kiteque on Unsplash

With halogen bulbs being phased out across Europe, the future is looking bright for LED lighting. We learn from Martin Cross at INUI about the benefits it has to offer, particularly for office workers. Read more …

Oct
14
2018
Dave King

Is technology the problem? Conversation with Dave King of Breaking the Frame and the New Lucas Plan

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Is technology the problem?

This is a conversation between Dave Darby of NonCorporate.org and Dave King of Breaking the Frame and the New Lucas Plan. Dave (K) is opposed to the ‘technocracy’ that he describes as the root cause of environmental destruction and lack of democracy. Read more …

Oct
11
2018
Sigi Koko

How to build a cob oven in your garden with Sigi Koko – Part 2

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Sigi Koko of Down to Earth Design shares a step-by-step building process to help you build your very own outdoor cob oven using local natural materials. Read more …

Oct
9
2018
Sigi Koko

How to build a cob oven in your garden with Sigi Koko – Part 1

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We learn from Sigi Koko at Down to Earth Design about how to build a cob oven using local natural materials and firewood as fuel. In this first installment, she covers the preparation stages. Read more …

Oct
7
2018
Brian Czech

Gross Domestic Problem on World Animal Day with Brian Czech

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World Animal Day 2018 - photo by Michael Shealy

Thursday 4th October marked World Animal Day 2018. Here, Brian Czech challenges us to face up to the big-picture, systematic erosion of wild animal welfare in the face of a seemingly continual quest for economic growth. 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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Not a permaculture farm ...

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 …

Oct
2
2018
Lauren Simpson

Seeking future farmers for East Sussex: apply to be a smallholder with the Ecological Land Cooperative

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The ELC are seeking future farmers for their site in East Sussex - could it be you?

The Ecological Land Cooperative opens smallholder applications for future farmers at their East Sussex site, continuing the work of generating ecological farming opportunities and rural enterprise. We hear from Lauren Simpson about how you can apply for this unique opportunity. 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
27
2018
Richard Phillips

Ten top tips for running a market stall or craft fayre stall

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Handmade soap at a stall in Mexico - via Wikimedia Commons (https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:6oGastronomica31.JPG)

Today we’re sharing ten tips for running a market stall or craft fayre stall from the folks behind The Soap Kitchen. Read more …

Sep
25
2018
Maresa Bossano

CSA Network UK AGM and inspiring photography exhibition – all in a day!

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Find out at the CSA Network UK AGM 2018 in London on 16 October!

If you’re in London on 16th October, don’t miss out on this fantastic opportunity to celebrate community supported agriculture at the CSA Network UK AGM and be inspired by the Feed the World photography exhibition. Read more …

Sep
23
2018
Matthew Slater

How could we build a viable alternative to the current, bank-controlled money system? Interview with Matthew Slater of the Credit Commons Collective

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Collaborative credit - a viable alternative to the current money system?

This week we’re talking with Matthew Slater of the Credit Commons Collective, working to build a mutualist, credit-based alternative to the current money system. Read more …

Sep
20
2018
Ruby Taylor

Pottery on the wild side: digging your own clay

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Digging your own clay is possible if you know where to look (and don't mind getting wet!)

Digging your own clay – too much hassle or a whole lot of fun? We hear from Ruby Taylor of Native Hands about how to source your own clay, as she does for her wild pottery courses in Sussex. Over to her from here…  Read more …

Sep
18
2018
Jyoti Fernandes

Want better food for all? The Good Food Good Farming march is for you.

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Join the Good Food Good Farming march in London on 14 October!

The Landworkers’ Alliance are joining with others to call for an Agriculture Bill that provides access to healthy sustainable food for all. Join them on Sunday 14 October as they head to Westminster for the Good Food Good Farming March. Read more …

Sep
16
2018
Simon Fairlie

Is eating meat ethical or sustainable? Interview with Simon Fairlie, author of ‘Meat: A Benign Extravagance’

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Is eating meat ethical? And what about dairy?

We are sometimes approached by people asking why we provide information on vegetarianism, veganism and keeping animals. Isn’t that a bit incongruous? We don’t think it is Read more …

Sep
13
2018
Craig Bayne

A woodland classroom for north London – help OrganicLea make it happen!

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Can you help OrganicLea build their new woodland classroom?

OrganicLea are planning a woodland classroom but need your help to make it happen. Craig Bayne tells us more about how you can get involved with this fantastic opportunity to create more space for nature-based learning and food growing skills in north east London. Read more …

Sep
11
2018
Maresa Bossano

Celebrate a bumper harvest at a CSA Open Day this autumn

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Is there a CSA Open Day near you?

We hear from Maresa Bossano about the CSA Open Day events promising fun, friendship and the opportunity to learn about your local community farm this autumn. Read more …

Sep
9
2018
Peter Burke

Living together 5: commonhold for cohousing projects – interview with Peter Burke of A Fairer Society

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Commonhold for cohousing - just one of the options outlined by A Fairer Society

This week we’re talking with Peter Burke of A Fairer Society, a consultancy for people thinking about setting up some sort of cohousing project, from housing co-ops to community land trusts. Read more …

Sep
6
2018
Dan Hurring

The National Permaculture Convergence is heading for Hulme

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2018 National Permaculture Convergence

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 …

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