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04/2018 posts

Why flushing away ‘waste’ water is a bad idea, and what better options exist

Like many things in modern life, the vast majority of our current water and wastewater infrastructure is completely dependent upon fossil energy to keep the toilets flushed and the taps running. Read more

Edible seaweed season has started, but the British still don’t get them…

Wild food author and expert Geoff Dann explores the overlooked edible seaweed as a delicious and nutritious addition to the wild food table and shares one of his seasonal recipes. Read more

Jo’s Mini Meadow Part 2: our beautiful and vital insects

Jo Cartmell of Nearby Wild | 24-Apr-2018 | 0

In the second instalment of Jo Cartmell’s mini meadow series, she takes us on a magical journey to meet the insects who inhabit it, illustrated with her own beautiful photos along the way. Read more

How to make a chicken coop from a repurposed plastic barrel

Lesley Anderson of | 22-Apr-2018 | 13

Wooden chicken houses can be a nightmare, especially when they are infested with red mite: hiding in every crack and crevice and tormenting your hens. Those recycled plastic chicken houses can be expensive though and even they have some design flaws! Read more

The Wool Journey Part 9: the first stages of preparing to spin

In Part 9 of The Wool Journey guest blog series from The Natural Fibre Company, Sue Blacker takes us through the first stages of preparing to spin, featuring the Fearnaught machine and more. Read more

Free build camp to construct a roundwood timber-framed barn with living roof for a community organisation

Adrian Leaman of Wholewoods | 16-Apr-2018 | 0

This is a REAL, FULL BUILD on-site, so we need everyone taking part in this free build camp to be physically fit, strong and competent with tools. You will also need to be robust and self-sufficient as we’ll be living outdoors in basic conditions. 18yrs +. Read more

The Big Straw Bale Gathering speakers list is now out

Jeffrey Hart of SBUK shares news about The Big Straw Bale Gathering speakers. A first of its kind event for all things straw-bale building related, find out who’ll be heading to Down to Earth near Swansea from 10-12 August 2018 below. Read more

Life in an intentional community – a healthier and more sustainable way to live

If I hadn’t fired up my vision to form and live in an intentional community some 45 years ago I wouldn’t have learnt cheese making, selected and planted an orchard of rare species of fruit trees, co-organized arts festivals, learnt and practiced conflict resolution and given my three sons an opportunity to broaden their horizons. Read more

Public debate featuring yours truly: is capitalism the best system for a sustainable future?

Dave Darby of | 08-Apr-2018 | 3

If you’re in London on April 18th, there’s a public debate you might be interested in, upstairs in a pub in Tooting. I’ve been asked to put the case against capitalism. There will be initial presentations, rebuttals, questions from the audience, and then a summing up. Read more

How we escaped suburbia by embracing exchange and life on the road

Visual artist Emma Moody-Smith shares the story of how she and her partner Shawn have spent the past 9 years downshifting, swapping suburban England for life in a motorhome and, crucially, embracing exchange. Here she offers insight and advice to others looking to do the same. Read more

Reclaiming our ancient indigenous wisdom and a sense of ‘the village’

Rebecca Card of Nature Wisdom | 03-Apr-2018 | 3

I think I am unusual. I can find a confidence inside that allows me to take risks. This confidence allows me to initiate things that I feel passionate about and because I see their worth in the world. I can do this even if I think I don’t know what I’m doing. Read more

Making raw cultured butter from grass-fed Jersey milk

I made some winter butter this winter from the raw milk of my grass-fed Jersey cows. Butter made in the depths of the bleak midwinter from winter milk is a deeply flavoured, rich, indulgent treat. Read more

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