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    Decentralised collaboration, Paul Mason and more: see you at OPEN 2019 next week?

    We hear from Oliver Sylvester-Bradley about exciting opportunities to collaborate at the OPEN 2019 Community Gathering, taking place in London next week. Read more

    Can you detox your plastic life and smash the MCS Plastic Challenge?

    The Marine Conservation Society is challenging people to get through July single-use plastic free. Could you rise to the challenge? Clare Fischer explains how to take part. Read more

    The Mushroom Guide Part 7: preparing mushroom spawn (2)

    Mushroom grower extraordinaire Benedict Noel explains how to prepare mushroom spawn using a pressure cooker, as his Mushroom Guide series continues. Read more

    Reflections on the CTRLshift gathering – an emergency summit for change

    Dave Darby of Lowimpact.org | 16-Jun-2019 | 0

    The stated aim of the annual CTRLshift gathering (that took place in Stoke-on-Trent recently) is to bring key people together to talk about practical steps to help shift power away from central government and multinational corporations, to communities and individuals. Well, you had me at ‘decentralisation’, so I went along. Read more

    Why farm hedge trimming needs to change

    Peter Hull of Natural England | 13-Jun-2019 | 19

    Destroyed habitats, blocked drains and that’s just for starters. After decades working to support farming and agriculture in various government agencies, Peter Hull shares his views on why farm hedge trimming needs to change. Read more

    In the meadow: rediscovering the extraordinary ordinary

    Nick Mann of Habitat Aid | 11-Jun-2019 | 0

    As summertime nears, Nick Mann of Habitat Aid shares a snapshot of a Somerset meadow, rediscovering the extraordinary ordinary of the nature found within. Read more

    Getting started with fishing for food: Part 1 – Gear

    Jessie Watson Brown of | 06-Jun-2019 | 0

    Ever fancied fishing for your supper but don’t know where to begin? In Part 1 of her new fishing for food series, Jessie Watson Brown tackles the gear you’ll need to get started, with the help of Charlie Loram. Read more

    Develop skills at the Hillyfield barn-building project on Dartmoor this summer

    Low-impact forestry hub and much more besides, the Hilliyfield are looking for volunteers to help with their barn-building project on Dartmoor this summer. Doug King-Smith tells us more. Read more

    The Mushroom Guide Part 6: preparing mushroom spawn

    Benedict Noel shares how to scale up your mushroom production, preparing mushroom spawn using grain to then inoculate sawdust bags. Read more

    The Wool Journey Part 13 & 14: single versus plied yarn and the bulking of wool

    The Wool Journey returns, as The Natural Fibre Company’s Sue Blacker explores the question of single versus plied yarn and an intriguingly named tool called the Bulkometer. Read more

    Community Wealth Building: Frances Northrop of the New Economics Foundation

    Dave Darby explores the ‘Preston Model’ and Community Wealth Building in an interview with Frances Northrop of the New Economics Foundation. Read more

    The Mushroom Guide Part 5: inoculating fruiting substrate

    Inoculating fruiting substrate: sounds a little daunting, no? Fear not – Benedict Noel explains all in Part 5 of his Mushroom Guide for beginners keen to grow their own shiitake mushrooms. Read more

    Introducing One Planet Cities: sustaining humanity within planetary limits

    David Thorpe of One Planet Life | 22-May-2019 | 12

    David Thorpe of One Planet Life shares the ideas and aspirations behind his new book One Planet Cities, outlining his vision for sustainable urban communities. Read more

    Revisioning postcapitalism: 10 questions for Paul Mason’s ‘clear bright future’

    Eloise Sentito of These Isles | 19-May-2019 | 2

    Eloïse Sentito of These Isles pens an open letter to Paul Mason, in which she poses 10 questions arising from his book ‘Postcapitalism: a Guide to our Future’, that she hopes will be addressed in his new book ‘Clear Bright Future’. Read more

    You’re invited to the Ecological Land Cooperative AGM 2019

    Taking place in Arlington, East Sussex, on 29th June 2019, the Ecological Land Cooperative AGM 2019 is your chance to learn more about their important work – and check out their brand new barn! Lauren Simpson tells us more. Read more

    The Mushroom Guide Part 4: preparing fruiting substrate for shiitake mushrooms

    In Part 4 of The Mushroom Guide with Benedict Noel, learn how to create your own bags of fruiting substrate for shiitake mushrooms, using sawdust, bran and a pressure cooker. Read more

    Fancy joining the Pentiddy Woods family on an immersive 9 month internship?

    Ele Waters of Pentiddy | 09-May-2019 | 0

    Here’s your chance! We hear from Ele and Anthony at Pentiddy Woods about a unique learning opportunity on offer from October 2019. Read more

    The Mushroom Guide Part 3: harvesting shiitake mushroom blocks

    In Part 3 of The Mushroom Guide, Benedict Noel enjoys the fruits of his labour harvesting shiitake mushroom blocks, as he continues his step-by-step tutorial. Read more

    Moving towards post-capitalism, or: why I’m working on mutual credit

    Dil Green of Lowimpact.org | 05-May-2019 | 9

    Looking ahead to a future post-capitalism, Dil Green of NonCorporate.org shares how and why he’s working on mutual credit as one of its core pillars. This piece was originally published on the blog ‘Digital Anthropology‘. Read more

    The pros and cons of second-hand stoves: what to consider before you buy

    Mark Benson of Bowland Stoves | 03-May-2019 | 7

    Unsure where to start when it comes to second-hand stoves? Mark Benson of Bowland Stoves explores the pros and cons of the second-hand wood and multi-fuel stove market and what you should consider ahead of a purchase. Read more

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