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03/2018 posts

Diary of a tree planter

Jessie Watson Brown of | 29-Mar-2018 | 7

During winter, while the animals hibernate and the trees sleep, magic happens on hillsides across the land – forests are created! A brief account of the ups and downs of life for a tree planter this winter… creating a woodland on a farm in Devon. Read more

Lords vs commoners: week of action for land rights, April 14-22

Land ownership in Britain is one of the most unequal in the world. This is a call out to groups and individuals all over the country who think the time has come for us to have more control of our land. Read more

How to make a Japanese plaster hawk for clay plastering

Inspired by the magic of traditional Japanese clay plastering, USA-based natural builder Ziggy Liloia of The Year of Mud shares his step-by-step guide to making a Japanese plaster hawk. Read more

New no-dig, organic market garden for Manchester: how you can help

We are starting a new NO DIG MARKET GARDEN that will bring fresh organic food to Manchester. You can help by joining our crowd funder at Read more

How to use solar power in woodlands and on woodland smallholdings

Andy Reynolds of the Ecolodge | 22-Mar-2018 | 3

I have been running our home for the last decade or so using wind and solar electricity. The experiences of building this system have been distilled into a book, of which we are now in the third edition. Read more

How to grow your own woad: from seed to harvest

A natural dye you can harvest from the garden, textile artist Teresinha Roberts of Wild Colours explains how to grow your very own ‘indigo’ woad plant. Read more

Internships on off-grid, established experimental woodland smallholding: learn how to set up your own project

Ele Waters of Pentiddy | 18-Mar-2018 | 0

Having been WWOOF hosts for over 10 years we have decided to expand what we offer to provide a more focused and valuable experience. The Pentiddy Woods Internship is an opportunity to join our family for 9 months living off-grid on an established experimental woodland smallholding. Read more

The Wool Journey Part 8: wool scouring and drying

In the eighth installment of The Wool Journey with Sue Blacker at The Natural Fibre Company, we learn about the first stage of processing: wool scouring and drying. Read more

Opportunity to live very close to nature, rent-free, in an Irish intentional community and education centre

Mark Boyle of the Happy Pig | 13-Mar-2018 | 25

There are two rent-free bedrooms available (one immediately, one soon) in the farmhouse at An Teach Saor. But this is not a place for people who want to save money. It’s a place for people who want to radically reduce their dependency on it all together. Read more

Who can afford artisan goods? For truly green businesses, we have to kick the money habit

Eloise Sentito of These Isles | 11-Mar-2018 | 25

Hi, how’s business? As an artisan working with wool, January and February are usually peak season for me, but this year they’ve been the worst months on my records, despite the big freeze. Read more

A feast of fermentation: from atchara to zymology

Sophie Paterson of takes a look at the diversity of tastes offered by fermentation, a low-impact form of food preservation which has endured through time and across cultures. Read more

Sunflower Cohousing community looking for members

Our journey into community living started one evening in the Summer of 2009 when we were grouped around a campfire with friends discussing possible future lifestyle alternatives. Read more

How might hunter-gatherers have lived on this land?

Emily Fawcett of the Old Way | 04-Mar-2018 | 0

Emily Fawcett explores what it might be like to live like our ancestors, to live the old way, on this land. What would it mean to experience life and the land like the indigenous people of these islands – as hunter-gatherers, to return to the Old Way? Read more

A beginner’s guide to lambing: from tupping to lookering

Nigel Akehurst of Indie Farmer | 01-Mar-2018 | 1

Adapted from an original post over at Indie Farmer, founder and editor-in-chief Nigel Akehurst shares his beginner’s guide to lambing as smallholders and sheep farmers prepare for one of their busiest times of the year. Read more

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