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02/2020 posts

Could you be a recorder for the Nature’s Calendar project with the Woodland Trust?

The Woodland Trust share the latest findings from their Nature’s Calendar project and invite you to get involved as one of the thousands of volunteers who make it happen each year. Read more

Small farms, land co-ops and farm housing: Chris Huskins of Fanfield Farm

Chris Huskins of Fanfield Farm | 23-Feb-2020 | 2

Today I’m talking with Chris Huskins of Fanfield Farm – an Ecological Land Co-op plot – who is going to build his own house on his smallholding. He’s also trading using mutual credit, via the Open Credit Network. Read more

Converting an old cottage to ground source heating: how we did it

Living in an older building but keen to heat your house with 100% renewable energy? Simon Lennane shares how he tackled an ambitious project converting his old cottage to ground source heating. Read more

Coming together to build a new economy: Matthew Slater, barefoot economist and Credit Commons co-designer, Part 2

In part 1 I described why a resilient economy needs be to separate from the failing capitalist juggernaut and that we need to start by finding new economic partners from without the Market. Read more

Starting from scratch: Matthew Slater, barefoot economist and Credit Commons co-designer, Part 1

Donald Trump recently derided Greta Thunberg and everyone pleading with government to heed environmental science as ‘doomsayers’. The more imminent peak oil or environmental collapse appear, the more intransigent our political system seems to be. Whatever the reasons for this, responsible citizens can only accomplish so much while the political and economic winds are blowing… Continue reading Starting from scratch: Matthew Slater, barefoot economist and Credit Commons co-designer, Part 1 Read more

A guide to composting: methods for composting indoors

Sarah Young of Ethical.net | 12-Feb-2020 | 4

Thought not having a garden meant there was little point in composting? Think again! Having covered the basics of composting in Part 1 of the series, Ethical.net take a look at different ways of composting indoors. Read more

How to start a co-operative grocery in your town: Debbie Clarke of Unicorn Grocery, Part 2

This is Part 2 of an interview with Debbie Clarke of Unicorn Grocery – a co-operative grocery store in Manchester. In Part 1, I talked with Debbie about what it’s like to work in a co-operative grocery. Here we talk about the “Grow your own Grocery” guide that her co-op has produced for people who… Continue reading How to start a co-operative grocery in your town: Debbie Clarke of Unicorn Grocery, Part 2 Read more

February forage of the month with Ruby Taylor

Ruby Taylor of Native Hands | 05-Feb-2020 | 0

Bramble tips are on the menu with spring approaching, as Ruby Taylor of Native Hands shares her February forage of the month. Read more

Our new compost toilets online course is live – and we think you’ll love it!

Dave Darby of Lowimpact.org | 02-Feb-2020 | 0

We’ve produced an online course on building, using and maintaining a range of different compost toilets. You can purchase the new compost toilets online course here. Read more

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