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How a ‘chicken tractor’ can clear and improve soil, as well as getting rid of pests

Paul Jennings of Criafolen | 30-Oct-2015 | 1

My vegetable field has some problems. It’s not that vegetables don’t grow there; over two seasons I’ve had some notable successes, it’s just that there’s verdant weed growth throughout, more slugs than you can shake a stick at, and the soil needs improving Read more

Starting your own business: how to sell hand-made soaps

Want to start selling your home-made soap? Katrina McKenzie of Small World Soaps explains how to sell hand-made soaps in the UK and turn your hobby into a business. Read more

The impossibility of perpetual economic growth in four easy steps

Dave Darby of | 26-Oct-2015 | 3

Step 1: perpetual material growth in the economy is impossible on a finite planet. Read more

‘The Tyranny of Structurelessness’: some thoughts

Dave Darby of | 24-Oct-2015 | 0

The Tyranny of Structurelessness is a seminal essay by Joreen Freeman (above), written in 1970. I read it for the first time recently, but I’ve known about it for many years, and in fact, I lived in an intentional community where it was regularly mentioned, and at least some of us lived by its main… Continue reading ‘The Tyranny of Structurelessness’: some thoughts Read more

Why international investors (i.e. ‘the 1%’) couldn’t care less about politics

Dave Darby of | 22-Oct-2015 | 0

Bloomberg recently covered a Credit Suisse report on the concerns of international investors in the US, in Europe and in Asia. What they found was very interesting – that their concerns were entirely economic. They just couldn’t care less about politics – and especially who gets elected in which country. Read more

Overview of TTIP, and why Europeans are very unhappy about it

Dave Darby of | 20-Oct-2015 | 0

I don’t know who slipped these anti-TTIP posters onto London Underground trains, but respect to them. If you don’t know about TTIP, here’s some basic information. Read more

Communities in Scotland may soon be able to purchase land even if the landowner doesn’t want to sell; where do you stand?

Dave Darby of | 17-Oct-2015 | 18

There are radical changes on the table when it comes to land ownership in Scotland. The Land Reform Scotland Bill is intended to address the huge disparity in land ownership in Scotland – but there is one clause that is making some people extremely hopeful, and other very worried. Read more

Brighton’s iconic earthship: appeal for upgrade of energy and water systems

Earthships are self-contained living vessels that don’t rely on mains water or energy from big companies. Earthships use natural systems to provide all their own utilities — solar energy for heat and power, and rain for water Read more

The price of the average wedding is now over £20k; how to do it for much less and give the finger to ‘Brides’ magazine

Flanked by an advert for the Ocean Club honeymoon resort in the Bahamas, with young bride and groom toasting a glass of champagne, Brides – “the UK’s number 1 bridal magazine” announces to its readers that “Planning your wedding starts here” Read more

Rebels vs the Empire: why real life is like Star Wars

Dave Darby of | 11-Oct-2015 | 5

My brother is not politically or philosophically motivated, not particularly well read, and doesn’t keep up with current affairs. Most people are like that. Let’s call them ‘the mainstream’, if that’s not disrespectful. I don’t think it is – he’s my brother, after all. Read more

One Planet Development arrested: my attempts to build a home on a smallholding in Wales

Paul Jennings of Criafolen | 08-Oct-2015 | 123

We moved to Wales because of an extraordinary Welsh Government policy. I shan’t lie, despite all experience and political conviction to the contrary, we were optimistic. One Planet Development seemed to be the kind of advance for low impact living and sustainable land use that we had been hoping for Read more

Cycle lanes bring more revenue to local businesses than car parking spaces – so why do so many businesses think they don’t?

Dave Darby of | 06-Oct-2015 | 1

Here’s the story – Enfield borough has received £30 million in funding from Transport for London to install dedicated cycle lanes on some of its main roads, removing on-street parking, adding zebra crossings and trees. Read more

How much should a loaf of bread cost?

Dave Darby of | 04-Oct-2015 | 10

You can now get white sliced bread in supermarkets for around 50p a loaf; or you can get hand-baked, organic loaves from independent bakers for around £3.50. We can also bake our own bread. What’s the best option, do you think? Read more

Career change: how I left software development to become a natural builder

When I was young I wanted to do a lot of different things, but the core ambition was always to do something that would help our environment, not make it worse. Read more

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