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Rebecca Hosking & Tim Green |
Sunday, 3rd April 2011
It was around this time last year I walked into one of our old barns and sat on a bale looking at the dwindling hay supply and thought, "There has be a way round this." Most are familiar with the lean winter months in a garden; that time when only kale and chard seem to grow and your sick to the back teeth of stored roots. Well, 'the hungry gap'... more
 
Graham Burnett |
Wednesday, 30th March 2011
Inspired by the work of Transition Town Totnes and Transition Town Brixton, a small group of friends and activists met in 2007 to discuss ways of responding to the challenges of climate change, peak oil and financial insecurity in South East Essex. We agreed that one of the most appropriate functions of any similar project in this heavily... more
 
Maddy Harland |
Tuesday, 29th March 2011
One of my favourite trees in our garden is the Plum Myrobalan, Prunus cerasifera . It is robust enough to be used as a hedge plant but if you let it grow as a standard within a hedgerow, it will grow to 25 feet in 20 years. In March, its branches are alive with honeybees enjoying the nectar from the abundant pure white flowers. It is the first... more
 
Maddy Harland |
Monday, 28th March 2011
There is little food in my garden at this time of year. The coldframes are full of salads – self-seeders and other leaves that have survived the winter snow in their protected environment. There's a few carrots left, spring onions and some cavollo nero and beetroot. We are still eating jams and preserves from last year and there is fruit frozen in... more
 
Louise Hoskins |
Thursday, 24th March 2011
I volunteer in a beautiful woodland in the Wensum valley, west of Norwich, in Norfolk. I came here as a WWOOFer in February and March 2010. I was humbled and grounded by the variety of habitats and species here, and the intuitive management of the woodlands owner. I am now a part of the team and volunteer here for a few months a year. This site is... more
 
Tim Green & Rebecca Hosking |
Sunday, 20th March 2011
When I say 'earth' what I really mean is soil. I know they are not strictly the same thing but I was quite proud of my clever title. Like almost all farms we have unhappy soil and unhappy soil makes for unproductive soil. Big, industrially efficient farms (particularly arable ones like the one pictured above - not our farm!) tend to have sick,... more
 
Michiyo Furuhashi |
Friday, 18th March 2011
In Permaculture 61 Michiyo Furuhashi introduced us to a Japanese ecovillage, Konohana community, that is almost entirely self-sufficient and is teaching sustainable agriculture to its neighbours near Tokyo. Yesterday her eco-village was at the epicentre of another earthquake and national meteorological agency says there is a 70% probability of... more
 
Alice Griffin |
Tuesday, 15th March 2011
Flushing our waste down the toilet with water seems, to most, a hygienic and easy way to wave goodbye to something nasty. Once it's gone, most people rarely give it another thought. But the amount of valuable water each family literally pours down the drain each year, not to mention the harmful effects of chemical treatments in sewage farms or the... more
 
Tim Green & Rebecca Hosking |
Wednesday, 9th March 2011
To call this just another blog about sustainable living and ecological food production would be essentially correct. What makes this slightly different is that we have 160 acres, a crumbling infrastructure, no money and, on a practical level, are inexperienced. What we do have are many theories, some wild ideas and a lot of ambition... in fact,... more
 
Chris Johnstone |
Monday, 7th March 2011
The Cool Communities Campaign, based on David Gershon's Social Change 2.0 framework, has made an impressive start demonstrating what is possible. Chris Johnstone interviews him to find out more. CJ: Tell me about the Cool Communities campaign.DG: Between 50 and 90% of a community's carbon footprint is from the residential sector, and using our '... more
 

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