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Paul Kingsnorth |
Monday, 30th April 2012
How often do you find yourself using a tool which, in one form or another, dates back at least a millennia, and yet which outperforms its modern equivalents in pretty much every way that matters? How often do you find yourself using a tool whose basic principle can be traced back almost to the dawn of agriculture, and yet which, with a lot of... more
 
Tom Moggach |
Saturday, 28th April 2012
For me, it’s all about greed. I love to cook, and aim to discover and grow less familiar plants that are star ingredients in the kitchen. Here’s my pick of current favourites from my new book The Urban Kitchen Gardener: Growing & Cooking in the City. All pack punchy flavour, are easy to grow, demand little space and are often difficult or... more
 
Rebecca Hosking |
Tuesday, 24th April 2012
Over the past few of weeks I've been reflecting on those common cultural barriers and mental blockers that we feel have hindered our progress toward a sustainable, resilient future on our farm. I've already had a go at 'Received Wisdom' and 'Money and Fossil Fuel' so this week I'm going to try to address the last one on the list, "What the... more
 
Simon Watkins |
Monday, 23rd April 2012
"I grow courgettes at my house," the boy proudly tells me as he clutches the football he has just retrieved from my front garden He is one of a team of small children whose game of street football is the main event in the cul-de-sac today. It's the umpteenth time the ball has strayed onto my patch – not to mention bouncing off neighbours' front... more
 
Sam Meegan, University of Leeds Business School |
Thursday, 19th April 2012
Emily Cummins is one the UK's brightest young inventors. During her time at the University of Leeds, Emily received numerous awards in recognition of her talent including being named as one of the Top Ten Outstanding Young People in the World in 2010 and winning a Barclays Woman of the Year Award in 2009. Whilst studying at the University's... more
 
Aranya |
Friday, 13th April 2012
Discovering permaculture was an epiphany for me. It gave me hope in a world seemingly gone mad. I finally had a framework for positive action. Sure, I knew we needed to plant trees and to 'feed the world', but now I had a way to figure out the where, when and how, to go with the what. I'd discovered something that could really make a difference.... more
 
Rebecca Hosking |
Wednesday, 11th April 2012
Last week I started to discuss those common cultural barriers and mental blocks that have hindered our progress in preparing for an uncertain future on our small family farm. We realised these barriers fall into four categories and I started with 'Received Wisdom'. This week I thought I'd try tackling the next two on our list. These two are very... more
 
Cameron Leckie |
Wednesday, 4th April 2012
Narratives define our society. Pick any significant issue and it is the narrative, rather than the 'facts,' which define it. Narratives have been part of the human experience for millennia and no doubt will continue to do so for millennia to come. They drive how we view the world, the way we live and the decisions that we make. Narratives do not... more
 
Rebecca Hosking |
Tuesday, 3rd April 2012
When we came back to my family farm a few years ago, we knew that our approach to farming would need a huge rethink in order for the farm to survive in these times of economic and climatic uncertainty. Since then we have spent an inordinate amount of time researching, designing and trying to establish new, holistic, low energy approach to many a... more
 
Simon Watkins |
Thursday, 29th March 2012
For the first time in my composting career I've produced a rich, dark pile of beautifully crumbly compost teeming with worms. On the face of it, this shouldn't have happened. It's in a loose hippo sack in a shady corner on top of a concrete patio – no sunlight, no warmth, no soil underneath. The only reason I put it there was because it's close... more
 

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