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    Land & freedom? launch of a new land project

    Dave Darby of Lowimpact.org | 23-Feb-2013 | 0

    Are the US and the UK free countries? Can there be true freedom if too much wealth (including land) is allowed to accumulate in too few hands? Imagine 100 households living on 500 acres. Read more

    How to make a 7-course meal for 12 people for free

    Scarlett Penn of WWOOF UK | 09-Feb-2013 | 0

    Recently some friends and I were served a sumptuous seven-course meal with a twist: every single ingredient came from the bin of a top-end retailer. Well, everything apart from the road-kill rabbit spotted on the way home. Read more

    Who says green/spiritual/progressive ideas aren’t represented in the mainstream?

    Dave Darby of Lowimpact.org | 04-Feb-2013 | 0

    When we complain that green/spiritual/progressive ideas are not represented in the mainstream, let me tell you about the Jonathan Ross show on Saturday night (and you can’t get any more mainstream than that – it’s the epicentre of mainstream). Read more

    Overland to Australia 4: yurts/gers in Mongolia

    Sam Ryan of Lowimpact.org | 25-Jan-2013 | 0

    Sam Ryan worked for Lowimpact.org in the UK for a year, and is now on his way overland, with his partner Dani, back home to Australia to set up Low-impact Australia over there. He’s sending us a few blog articles en route. Read more

    Craftivism: new year’s revolution!

    Barley Massey of Fabrications | 17-Jan-2013 | 0

    New Year Revolutions! Revolution = A turning, change (dictionary definition). It’s the start of a new year again, many of us will have made resolutions, usually to give something up – like smoking. Read more

    What’s the potential for the Permaculture, Co-operative and Transition Movements to bring about real change?

    Dave Darby of Lowimpact.org | 07-Jan-2013 | 0

    What I want to argue is that these are superb movements, promoting as they do, ways of living that are oriented towards nature, co-operation, and face-to-face contact in local communites. Read more

    Twirligro small-space vertical gardening

    Iain Findlay of Whirligro | 04-Jan-2013 | 0

    The Twirligro crowd fund (http://www.bloomvc.com/project/The-Whirligro-vertical-food-planter) aims to raise £4000 by January 19th to help fund an initial run of a new product aimed at the burgeoning interest in vertical gardening. Read more

    Why access to land matters

    Well, the world didn’t end yesterday, so let’s make it better in 2013. A crucial element of a just and sustainable world is land reform. Why should so few people own so much land? Here’s a great blog from Shaun about why access to land is so important. Read more

    Shale gas: it’s not about fracking earthquakes!

    Dave Darby of Lowimpact.org | 15-Dec-2012 | 0

    With thanks to Paul Mobbs. On Dec 13th, Energy and Climate Change Secretary Ed Davey gave the green light to fracking in the UK to extract shale gas. Read more

    Self-build solar lighting for Africa

    Norman is our tutor for our build your own solar pv panel course, running in March, May and September next year. He’s developed a way of building small solar electric panels from the scrap from the photovoltaics industry Read more

    The laya: wonder tool

    Phil Miller of Bizipoza Tours | 28-Nov-2012 | 0

    Soil management is a big subject. It seems to require the balancing of; drainage, crop rotation, enriching with compost and turning mechanically. It can be approached as a science or an art because it consists of both. Read more

    Recent findings on glyphosate, and why we don’t need GM food

    Dave Darby of Lowimpact.org | 21-Nov-2012 | 0

    Do you know what glyphosate is? It’s a herbicide developed by Monsanto, sold under the trade name Roundup – the most widely-used pesticide in the world. Genetically-engineered (Roundup ready) soy has been developed to tolerate glyphosate. Read more

    Affordable, natural, homes for smallholdings: how you can help

    First some background, then below is Zoe’s appeal for letters of support. Wouldn’t it be good if people were allowed to put up their own natural home on their own land, to produce food for themselves and for the rest of us. Read more

    Overland to Australia 3: Trans-Siberian Railway

    Sam Ryan of Lowimpact.org | 05-Nov-2012 | 0

    Sam Ryan worked for Lowimpact.org in the UK for a year, and is now on his way overland, with his partner Dani, back home to Australia to set up Low-impact Australia over there. He’s going to send us a few blog articles en route. This third one is about the trans-Siberian railway. Read more

    Can multinational corporations ever be green?

    Dave Darby of Lowimpact.org | 28-Oct-2012 | 0

    This is my response to a marketing lady I met at the Royal Festival Hall last week, who will remain anonymous (unless you want to reveal yourself). You are very intelligent, and you care – our target audience, in other words. Read more

    How to build a DIY thermal store

    A thermal store is used to solve the following problem: you have a wood stove, but in the mornings, by the time you’ve lit it, and the place gets a bit warmer, you’ve left the house. Read more

    Norfolk Solar’s van is powered by the sun

    Lee Rose of Solar Hot Water | 05-Oct-2012 | 6

    Anyone who knows me will tell you I am a person whose private life is smothered by my work. I work in the renewable energy industry – more specifically, I’m a solar energy specialist. Read more

    Woodheat community share offer: 10% left

    Jon Halle of Sharenergy | 26-Sep-2012 | 0

    Woolhope Woodheat are now up to 90% of their share total with 2 days to go. Thats £27,000 more we need with a mighty £247,650 already subscribed for by 127 prospective members. Read more

    Kevin McCloud’s man-made home

    Adrian Leaman of Wholewoods | 22-Sep-2012 | 0

    I first heard of Kevin McCloud’s plans for a new self-build project whilst exhibiting on the Lowimpact.org stand at Grand Designs Live last October. In December Optomen TV, the production company, hired me to project manage the building of Kevin’s rustic eco-cabin Read more

    So, is having a smallholding like being in prison?!

    Dave Darby of Lowimpact.org | 11-Sep-2012 | 0

    Here’s the story. The Ecological Land Co-op are trying to start a little cluster of smallholdings with eco-dwellings on the Devon/Somerset border. We support this venture wholeheartedly Read more

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