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Dorothy Morganna |
Tuesday, 7th May 2019
Six days before Earth Day, the banana stalk in the front yard fell over, spilling out unripe green bananas. That’s when I knew: a party was in order.  Some people say, “Every day is Earth day, so why celebrate?” So, those six days before Earth day were all Earth day too. Dozens of green bananas were boiled and fermented (that’s called fufu and it’... more
 
Nick Gosman |
Wednesday, 24th April 2019
A morning stroll through the greenwood in early Spring reminds us that even in our crowded little island, where much of the land is managed or farmed, we are surrounded by vibrant communities of animals and plants. A closer look at birds fluttering in the trees, deer stalking through the undergrowth and huge solitary bees humming by like areal... more
 
Maddy Harland |
Wednesday, 10th April 2019
In facing the problems of the world head on and seeking solutions, we are frequently told that we need to develop a new narrative. This can seem quite abstract and even a tall order as so much needs to be changed and so quickly if we are to slow down the great challenges of our time like climate chaos and the Sixth Mass Extinction. It may seem... more
 
James Frances White |
Wednesday, 13th March 2019
Over the past few years it has become clear that plants are able to extract nutrients directly from soil microorganisms in their roots. This nutrient extraction process was outlined recently in an article published online in the journal Microorganisms. The process is called the ‘rhizophagy cycle’ (pronounced ‘rye-zo-FAY-gee’). In the rhizophagy... more
 
Permaculture Magazine |
Wednesday, 6th March 2019
We're excited to announce the launch of the second Permaculture Magazine Prize. The Permaculture Magazine Prize 2019 is launched with a fund of £25,000 donated by several generous benefactors. Its aim is to directly help transform communities and regenerate habitats and it will be judged by a prestigious panel of international judges. The prize... more
 
Joanne Walby |
Friday, 1st March 2019
The garden hose rose like a king cobra. A jet of water surged through it and splashed my ankles before I wrestled it toward a parched pear tree. As a new volunteer at Seattle’s Beacon Food Forest, my job was to water the trees, shrubs and plants after a heat wave. Although I lived only a few blocks away, it took a trip to China for me to realize... more
 
Andrew McMillion |
Monday, 25th February 2019
Searching for hardy plants that can adapt to the rapidly changing Norther climates is a challenging but rewarding hunt. The Norwegian Seed Savers have been on this hunt for a decade, lead in large part by the efforts of Stephen Barstow, known as the “Extreme Salad Man” who holds the world record for the salad with the most varieties. Stephen's... more
 
Muneezay Jaffery |
Wednesday, 20th February 2019
In December 2018, Green Shoots Foundation, a UK registered charity, established a training centre for horticulture and rural development on a 0.56 Ha (1.2 acre) piece of land provided by the Provincial Government of an isolated province in the NW of Cambodia. This project has been in the pipeline for 18 months and follows on from horticultural... more
 
Jane Campbell |
Wednesday, 20th February 2019
Women aren’t simply becoming good sustainable builders, these days they are setting up their own companies, leading the way with revolutionary ways to provide affordable green homes to large section of the population and instigating natural building industry standards. We ask them what advice they might have for women aiming to build their own... more
 
Gaynor Grace |
Friday, 15th February 2019
I live in Cape Town, South Africa, and in 2017 our city almost ran out of water. We had three consecutive years of abnormally low rainfall and our dam levels sank lower and lower. Our water restrictions became progressively more severe until we were limited to 50 litres per person per day. The city halved its water consumption but still the dam... more
 

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