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- Thrifty times series: One pot cooking
Explains how one pot cooking can play a part in sustainable and permanent culture of the future.
- Sharing your surplus to create abundance
Shows how sharing fruit cuttings can provide a large volume of sustainable fruit in an area.
- Allotment tips and Diary: 25rd March 2012
looks at the progress of my allotment two plots as I move them towards a permaculture system for the future.
- Thrifty times series: wine making and beer brewing
Looks at home wine and beer making within the context of localized low impact future.
- Film: Permaculture allotment plot project update: April 2012
This piece looks at the development of a permaculture plot with a future of scarcity in mind.
- Thrifty times series: Keeping Chickens
a piece about keeping chickens as part of future ecological local food supply.
- Thrifty times series: Baking your own bread
home bread baking and the use of different grains to make the bread of the future
- Thrifty times series: Grow, coppice and scavenge your own wood fuel
explores the use of reclaimed or home grown wood fuel.
- How to make cheap cider
Learn how to make great cheap cider with this easy to follow video.
- Redefining work in an age of late Capitalism
this piece briefly explores the idea of redefining work for a future permanent culture
- Urban Foraging in Bolton
This piece takes a brief snapshot of an urban foraging event that we held in may 2012
- Do we eat enough fruit and vegetables?
Do we get enough nutrients in the modern day diet, is convenience food making us ill, read more to find out
- Taking control of our food supply
Can we control the our food supply in the future, or are we powerless over it, read this to find out more.
- Useful traditional skills: An introduction
An introduction to the useful traditional skills series, learn new techniques from old skills.
- Useful traditional skills 1: Grow your own food!
The first piece in the traditional skills series, looks at growing food the most traditional skill out there.
- Useful traditional skills 2: water harvesting
This piece in the traditional skills series looks at water harvesting.
- Useful traditional skills 3: Providing your own source of heat
Want to find out more about how you heat yourselves using traditional skills, read this to find out more.
- The Sow and Grow project, part 2
this is the second piece about the sow and grow project
- The sow and grow project: Part 3
this is the final piece about the Sow and Grow project
- Climate change and human diet
this piece looks at how climate change effects our food supply and how we can grow other plants to replace energy hungry crops
- Offshoots Permaculture project
about Offshoots permaculture project in Burnley
- Allotment tips and diary: 2012 A year on the plot
A brief look back over 2012 and the work on my allotment plot
- Reclaiming our Food series 2: Food as social control
Food has always been used as social control throughout history, our times are no exception to this rule. If you cut off the food supply to a nation or community they are at the mercy of those who control and have power over food
- Reclaiming our food series: An introduction
Reclaiming our food is crucial to developing not only sustainable futures, but also control over our lives, this new series looks at home we can do that for the benefit of us all.
- Reclaiming our Food series 3: Big food, the Major players
this piece looks at some of the major players in the food industry
- Reclaiming our Food series 4: The food fight back
The most simple and direct way that we can fight back against the control of our food supply is by growing as much of our own as possible
- 1. Occupy permaculture series: the state of play
this is the first in the occupy permaculture series explaining where we are situated in the present context
- 2. Occupy permaculture series: learning and connecting
this is part 2 of the occupy permaculture series that looks at community building
- 3. Occupy permaculture series: Community action plan
this is the third piece on the occupy permaculture series
- A Gift From Above: Capturing Rainwater for Green Irrigation
please welcome a guest writer to the website who has written about the importance of water harvesting
- Part 1 - All about potatoes
this first piece in the series looks at potatoes, where do they come from? and why are they so popular?
- How to make a low carbon outdoor kitchen for free
How to build an outdoor low impact kitchen using rocket stoves and cob
- Introduction to self reliance essentials
This is the first piece in a series that looks at community self reliance and how we can bring this about
- Part 2 – How to grow potatoes
in this piece we get down to the business of planting potatoes
- The re-emergence of Horticultural communities
Fossil fuel based agriculture is struggling to feed the world, as community gardeners and local food growing projects grow exponentially
- 1. Structures for community self reliance - Self reliance essentials
This second piece in the series on self reliance looks at some of the organizational structures that can be applied to form fair and cohesive working groups
- 2. Sustainable healthy seedstock - Self reliance essentials
Seeds are really important for developing a self reliant community, read this to find out more.
- Food not Tennis courts – the dairy of a community garden developing
This is the first piece in a series following the development of a community food growing project on a disused tennis court site in Bolton
- What does work mean to you?
this piece looks at the idea of work and we can change it for the better of ourselves and community
- Precious Water
this piece briefly looks at some of the issues surrounding our water supply the most vital of human resources, cheers' Steve
- Urban Permaculture series: creating resilient small scale Cities for the future
this piece explores the idea and practice of urban permaculture as a means of helping to bring about a permanent culture based on sound ecology and abundance.
- Community food growing groups: Bolton urban growers
a short piece explaining the work that Bolton Urban growers do as a means of working towards a localised and sustainable future.
- community self reliance: the end of Employment?
this piece looks at community self reliance and the end of employment
- Gardening Wednesday: Jobs for autumn
Gardening Wednesday is Our weekly look at gardening where we share tips and practices.
- How to Pickle Rat tail Radish pods
how to pickle rat tail radish pods, preserving food in times of price rises and scarcity
- Bolton Urban Growers series - food inclusivity
this piece follows the work of Bolton Urban Growers who are attempting to get people in social and council housing to grow their own resources
- Gardening Wednesday: End of the season reflections
A few thoughts and reflections on the garden as move head on into autumn
- Community roots permaculture project
This piece looks at the Community Roots permaculture project and its development
- Gardening Wednesday: Grow your way out of Austerity
this piece takes a look at how we can combat the effects of the imposed economic austerity measures
- Be feral, be Human!
I have read with interest over the last few months about people attending re-wilding courses here in the UK and in the States. Though I have never attended anything like this in my life, I feel a…
- Seed Economics
this exploratory and experimental piece looks at the value of seed saving and sharing as an economic model in its own right and as a way of supporting the local resource based economies of the future.
- Thrifty times series: One pot cooking