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Reverend Rob Brown |
Tuesday, 20th March 2012
What does 'church' have to do with permaculture? Current agricultural practices are unsustainable. Over 60% of farm net income in England in 2009-10 derived from government subsidies; after adjusting for unpaid work the average farm made a loss of over £8,0001. It takes, on average, 10 calories of fossil energy to put each calorie of food on our... more
 
Simon Watkins |
Thursday, 15th March 2012
Winter's more or less over and it's time to refocus on the positive steps I can take as an individual among many which en masse may compensate some of the damage done by big scale political decisions. Time to decide what to do with the front garden, and get it ready for planting this year's veg. I'm still faced with numerous challenges – where to... more
 
Jane Graham |
Friday, 9th March 2012
Soups made from artichokes, celeriac and parsnips. Wild venison patties served with florets of cauliflower. Old-fashioned apple cake served with rye bread soldiers: what sounds like the menu of an upscale restaurant is in fact a meal plan for the trial phase of a Danish dietary research project that, if it makes the grade, could radically alter... more
 
Guy Dauncey, www.earthfuture.com |
Wednesday, 7th March 2012
So here’s the carbon problem, in an organic walnut shell. Every year, we add 10 billion tonnes (10 gigatonnes, 10 Gt) of carbon to the atmosphere by burning fossil fuels, making cement and cutting down the Earth’s ancient forests. This is mostly carbon that’s been stored underground for hundreds of millions of years, that we are releasing in a... more
 
Tim Green |
Monday, 27th February 2012
A while back I wrote a piece about green roofs in which I briefly mentioned inoculating plants with symbiotic fungi called mycorrhizae. My reasoning for doing so was to improve the resilience of the plants to the forced drought conditions that can be a feature of a green roof habitat. At the time I said I'd write about mycorrhizae in more detail... more
 
Maddy Harland |
Thursday, 23rd February 2012
In Permaculture magazine issue 69, I interviewed the barrister, Polly Higgins, who is proposing to the UN that Ecocide, the environmental equivalent of Genocide, becomes the 5th International Crime Against Peace, alongside Genocide, Crimes Against Humanity, Crimes of Aggression and War Crimes. Polly, with a group of UK barristers and lawyers are... more
 
Tim Green |
Monday, 20th February 2012
Over the last couple of years we have started the long process of regenerating our farm's hedgerows. A combination of semi-neglect and overuse of the flail trimmer have left many of them somewhat 'permeable' to livestock, and it is in the nature of sheep to rapidly turn the smallest hole into a major thoroughfare. My newly acquired skill of... more
 
Maddy Harland |
Saturday, 18th February 2012
We have a special tree deep in a beech wood that gives us oyster mushrooms every year, usually after a cold snap. I went there this morning to see if the mycellium was running but it is still dormant. When the muchrooms grow they appear in wonderful fluted abundance and we can never eat them all fresh. Storing Oyster mushrooms do not like sealed... more
 
Alexander Mackie |
Friday, 10th February 2012
A community college in Oakland, California, offers an affordable urban and locally-rooted introductory permaculture course. During a class hike, Merritt College teacher Christopher Shein pointed out a ditch. He explained that a 90 foot waterfall had been covered by concrete to build this drainage system. Further down the ditch, where the water can... more
 
Looby Macnamara |
Monday, 6th February 2012
My journey with permaculture started with a design course in Brighton in 1999. The creative way it was taught immediately demonstrated to me that permaculture had more to offer than just an interesting way of gardening. As well as the permaculture ethic of Earthcare, the ethics of Peoplecare and Fairshares were implicit in how it was run – with... more
 

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