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John Walker |
Sunday, 1st June 1997
Watching 'In Grave Danger of Falling Food' had prompted me to think deeply about forests and natural vegetation systems in general, alongside all I'd ever been taught about digging and other forms of soil cultivation. Being a professional horticulturist at heart, I was surprised at how easily, after a traditional education bestowing the virtues... more
 
Ken Fern |
Sunday, 1st June 1997
One of the cornerstones of the permaculture philosophy is to establish permanent systems of plantings to provide food and many of our other needs. One of the difficulties of putting this into practice, however, has always been the lack of knowledge about perennial plants to incorporate into the system. Historically, the human race has had a love... more
 
Andy Waterman |
Saturday, 1st February 1997
A few years ago, I took over an abandoned allotment thick with couch, bindweed, dips, mounds, scrap metal... you name it! I chose it for its position - easy access, near a tap and with a short cut through the cemetery - and its shed. The allotment was to supplement my home garden, but as soon as I threw a fork at the ground and watched it... more
 
Jay Abrahams |
Tuesday, 1st October 1996
Wastes such as sewage, farm slurries, silage liquor, dairy wastes and washdown water, as well as a range of biodegradable wastes from certain industries, can be looked upon either as a problem or as a valuable resource. The former point of view is the current, conventional one and usually results in a costly and complex mechanical or chemical... more
 
Maddy Harland |
Tuesday, 1st October 1996
By a beautiful meander of the River Tweed in the Scottish Borders is Tweed Horizons, Centre For Sustainable Technology funded by Scottish Borders Enterprise and the Millennium Commission. The Centre, a converted monastery, is the first of its kind in Britain and was established in 1993 to support a variety of projects in the areas of environmental... more
 
Patrick Whitefield |
Monday, 1st January 1996
Over the past few years I have developed a style of gardening that suits me well, though it looks a little unconventional. A friend who visited for lunch one day was a bit mystified when, colander in hand, we approached what looked like a jumble of wild plants to pick a salad. In a few moments we had filled the colander with a mix of tasty leaves... more
 
Maddy Harland |
Monday, 1st January 1996
John started his journey by contacting a number of aid organisations but found that none used sustainable practises. "The Africans need practical teaching to improve their food production, not just money thrown at them by big organisations," he says. This viewpoint led him first to Katale Agricultural College in western Kenya where he got involved... more
 
Matt Dunwell |
Monday, 1st January 1996
At Ragman's Lane Farm we have roughly 25 head of cattle, 40 ewes, 3 sows and between 25 to 125 chickens. In addition to Jan and myself, three other full time people work on the land - two employed and one self-employed, and a further self-employed blacksmith working from a forge in the farmyard. The long term plan was always to involve more people... more
 
Elaine Bruce |
Sunday, 1st October 1995
The 'Living Foods Lifestyle' goes a step further than a diet of fresh, organic foods with lots of raw vegetables. It is an approach to a healthy diet that is in natural partnership with many of the principles of permaculture. Living Foods is an integrated lifestyle, adopted in whole or part, by increasing numbers of people in pursuit of better... more
 

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