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Maddy Harland |
Sunday, 22nd January 2012
For four decades, Richard Heinberg has been observing why our current growth based economy is unsustainable. He has written seminal books on peak oil and the global effects of the end of easily extracted cheap oil. We are now entering that period in human history. Oil prices are on the rise again and companies are mining oil from less easily... more
 
permaculture.co.uk |
Friday, 6th January 2012
Butterfly Space is a unique community space aiming to bring together passionate volunteers and the local community. Community, self-sustainability and the environment are some of the central principles of numerous projects within the local community that Butterfly is involved in. These include a nursery school, information room, and youth... more
 
Beth Creedon |
Sunday, 1st January 2012
We can spend our time concentrating our thoughts so much on the future or the past that we forget to take stock of what there is to be pleased about in our lives today. So here's an easy five step method of how to bring the feeling of fulfilment into your life.  1.) Take the time to stop and think What do you like about your life right now? Be... more
 
Maddy Harland |
Tuesday, 27th December 2011
2012 is a turning point. Of this be sure. It is our opportunity for positive change, yet most of us sense that the transition from the fossil fuel based hierarchical societies that run this planet will not be easy. There are struggles ahead. One of the most powerful agents of change is information so here are some free sources, plus inspiration... more
 
John Adams |
Thursday, 22nd December 2011
In the middle of topping up my loft insulation to current standards, my wife informs me that she has ordered a new carpet for our downstairs guest room. I had realized long ago that insulating under the floors would make a considerable difference to the comfort of the downstairs rooms, if only because it would stop the drafts through the cracks... more
 
Posted by MH |
Thursday, 15th December 2011
This year Sunseed celebrates 25 years of hard work and play in the oasis valley of Los Molinos, within a natural park nestled among the arid lands of Almería in southern Spain. The challenge of encapsulating the myriad experiences of the thousands of volunteers, visitors and staff who have passed through here is a great one and we have set up a... more
 
John Bell |
Sunday, 11th December 2011
A call to billhooks! Next time you’re out in the woods take a look around the forest floor and count the number of seedlings for a certain area. Look up and notice how much space surrounds the canopy of each tree and whether the trees are crowded and perhaps stunted for it. Now count the number of trees that if cut away would allow a dominant... more
 
Tim Green |
Friday, 2nd December 2011
Obviously the primary function of any roof is to keep the weather out of a building but, in my mind, no roof should be constrained to this single purpose. For the last couple of years, anything I have constructed around the farm has been roofed with that old farmers' favourite, the galvanised roof sheet. It's quick and easy to work with and for us... more
 
Tim Green |
Friday, 11th November 2011
Progress on the grand venture of turning the farm into beautiful, sustainable agro-ecological paradise has been particularly slow of late. It's been the usual stumbling block of the 'Old Boys' unwillingness to accept change or relinquish any control. The basic pattern is always the same; we say something like "Hey, we've been doing some research... more
 
Maddy Harland |
Tuesday, 8th November 2011
I have been slowly reading a book for the last few months, a few pages at a time, like savouring a good meal. It is The Biochar Solution by Albert Bates. I met Albert at the Ecovillage Conference at Findhorn in 1995. He was an established permaculture teacher and leading light of the ecovillage movement and I was an unknown editor. It was an... more
 

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