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    Live from the Real Farming Conference: Equality in the Countryside – a rural manifesto

    Dave Darby of Lowimpact.org | 06-Jan-2016 | 13

    I’m blogging from the Real Farming Conference in Oxford, in Oxford Town Hall. This is the seventh annual conference, set up as a counter to the corporate farming conference running at the university in Oxford. I wasn’t expecting such a huge affair – 850 attendees, with some fantastic sessions. Read more

    What will TTIP mean for European farmers?

    David Margolies of Stop TTIP | 05-Jan-2016 | 0

    A new report from the US Department of Agriculture assesses the potential effects of the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership on farmers. It’s pretty difficult to decipher, but our position is that we don’t want an increase in Transatlantic trade when it comes to agriculture. Read more

    Well done for fighting food waste, Hugh; but let’s take it a step further

    Dave Darby of Lowimpact.org | 23-Nov-2015 | 2

    Have you seen any of the TV programmes about food waste, hosted by Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall? He’s trying to highlight the amount of food that gets wasted in the UK – which is truly phenomenal, and a ridiculous waste of land, money, energy and time. Read more

    Why does the planning system make it so difficult for people who want to live on the land sustainably?

    Paul Jennings of Criafolen | 02-Nov-2015 | 17

    Being able to go through the process of making a planning application for a low impact development may be a sign that there has been some progress for those of us who have hitherto lived, to paraphrase, as outlaws on the planning frontier. Read more

    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

    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 Lowimpact.org | 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

    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

    Wanted: new members for a co-operative farm – you are invited to an exploratory weekend

    You are invited to Ffynnon Teilo Farm Activity Weekend, to explore creating a co-operative farm – Saturday 26th & Sunday 27th of September. Activities will include: pond clearing, footpath and step renovation, fire making, campsite cooking and farm tour. Camping space available Saturday night. Read more

    How to preserve pork on a smallholding

    In 2014 we had pigs for the first time. Up until then we had only had chickens. We don’t have a freezer in the woods and where you can eat a chicken before it goes off at fridge temperatures, a pig requires preserving. Read more

    10 reasons our yurt holiday on a farm in Wales was the best ever

    Dave Darby of Lowimpact.org | 11-Aug-2015 | 3

    We got back from a holiday in a yurt at Old Chapel Farm in Powys last night. We were bowled over, and this article is a little advert for yurt holidays on farms and smallholdings in the UK, although several of the points below are specific to Old Chapel. Read more

    Why land, on which to build a home and grow food, is our ultimate security

    Dave Darby of Lowimpact.org | 18-Jul-2015 | 10

    There’s a general feeling – and a growing one I think – that we’re headed for disaster, and that no-one is in control or able to steer us away from the precipice. Here are four categories of reasons that people give for pessimism about the near future: Read more

    Help set up eco-settlements by moving your money and getting a better return than from a bank savings account

    Dave Darby of Lowimpact.org | 08-Jul-2015 | 6

    If we want to: help set up organic smallholdings; allow people to build natural homes on their land; preserve rural skills and livelihoods; and develop a sustainable, non-corporate food supply, we have to do more than just talk about it. Read more

    I’ve joined the board of the Ecological Land Co-operative because I want to change the way land is owned and farmed

    Dave Darby of Lowimpact.org | 19-Jun-2015 | 3

    On Wednesday evening I attended the AGM of the Ecological Land Co-op at Freightliners City Farm in London. I was standing for election to the board after being invited to apply by Shaun Chamberlin of Dark Optimism Read more

    Introducing Yorkley Court Community Farm – you can help them to secure their land with a land trust, and avoid eviction

    Yorkley Court Community Farm is in the Forest of Dean. They contacted us as they’re involved in a legal battle to stay on the land that they’re currently occupying. The ownership of the land is contested, but a lot of damage has been done Read more

    Want to see land shared more equally, and managed ecologically? If so, here’s what to do

    We used to get people on our straw-bale building courses who were amazed at how simple and quick a technique it is. They’d sometimes say ‘wow, I’m going to get a few acres and build my own home!’ and we’d have to inform them that they might have to do it in another country. Read more

    Ecological Land Co-op plan 20 (!) new settlements, and you can get involved – new community share offer launches today

    We’re excited to announce an opportunity to invest in the development of ecological smallholdings in England. Our key aim is to widen the access to land for sustainable use through the creation of affordable low-impact smallholdings. We’d love you to join us in making this possible. Read more

    the Ecological Land Co-op have produced a much-needed, free overview of research on ecological agriculture in the UK

    The Ecological Land Co-operative recently produced an overview of research on ecological agriculture in the UK. We’ve used this to create a new online resource, freely accessible via our website. Read more

    Let’s stop subsidising giant, damaging agri-business – join the Landworkers’ Alliance on April 29th

    Join the Landworkers’ Alliance (LWA) as we celebrate Via Campesina’s International day of Peasant Struggle. Weds April 29th, British Sugar Factory, Bury St Edmunds, 1.30pm Read more

    Ecological Land Co-op publishes its first annual report; feedback welcome

    NB: the Ecological Land Co-op set a precedent in England (following the success of Lammas Ecovillage in Wales) by gaining planning permission for homes on smallholdings outside the development zone (in Devon), by agreeing to abide by strict ecological criteria Read more

    One Planet Development opportunity next to Lammas eco-village in Wales

    Dave Darby of Lowimpact.org | 26-Feb-2015 | 2

    Here’s an opportunity to you potential smallholders / rat-race escapees: A thirty acre field next to the Lammas ecovillage has come up for sale.  Read more

    There’s a crash coming – a slap from Mother Nature. This isn’t pessimistic; it’s realistic.

    The human impact on nature and on each other is accelerating and needs systemic change to reverse.

    We’re not advocating poverty, or a hair-shirt existence. We advocate changes that will mean better lives for almost everyone.

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