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  • TRANSATLANTIC TRADE & INVESTMENT PARTNERSHIP petition

    Can we encourage as many as possible to sign and/or organise petitions - and if possible to attend the "Day of Action" at the Carmarthen Guildhall on Saturday 30th August at 10am.

    If the TTIP goes ahead, as is being discreetly negotiated at present, it will make billions for the US global corporations and ruin our society, economy and environment in the process.

     

     

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  • The new Three Towns Food Network, linking Knighton, Presteigne and Kington to increase local food resilience, will be showing at Knighton Agricultural Show on 30 August (next to the tea tent, with Tene Valley Environmental Group and Knighton Tree Allotments Trust. Read more ...  

  • The 2014 Spring Greens Fair

     

    Bigger, better, bursting with good things green, but still intimate and charming...the 2014 Spring Greens Fair is back this weekend, 3/4 May at the wonderful Court of Noke, Staunton on Arrow. Mid Wales Permaculture Network will be there, of course (perennial forest garden plants for sale and adopt-a-plant with free plants for children. This year there will be even more wonderful food, activities, forum discussions, demonstrations, crafts, performace... see it all here:

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  • FARMERS MARKET

    AND TRANSITION PRESTEIGNE SKILLSHARE

     

    SATURDAY 5TH APRIL

    Memorial Hall, Presteigne, 9am -1pm

     

    LOCAL PRODUCE inc fresh organic veg, local cheeses, meats, eggs, smokerie, scrummy bites, homemade Indian foods, apple juice ...

    A SPECIAL stall for April from Whitton WI

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News

Baking your lawn

The Sustain website has details of a project called 'Bake Your Lawn' which encourages people to plant a square metre of wheat and take it through all the stages from growing to bread baking (and eating!).Parents could get really excited about  doing this with the kids but it could be best suited for communal efforts - buying seed, harvesting days, milling etc.  See: http://www.sustainweb.org/realbread/bake_your_lawn/

There is also information about community supported baking, taking the community supported agriculture idea and applying it to real bread bakeries. If anyone decides t take part, please keep MWPN informed of progress.

Tour de Presteigne

This May the Tour de Presteigne on the Welsh Borders is the place to be for everyone interested in electric bikes.

The weekend of events, hosted by local electric bike business OnBike, will be on the Presteigne Industrial Estate, an ideal place to try out bikes. It will centre round the now well established Workhouse Gallery and Café. There will be a full range of electric bikes including EBCO, Raleigh, Daum, eZee, Batribike, E-Motion and Wisper, and many other suppliers.

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Through the Seasons at Primrose Earth

How to garden for life

through developing sustainable, natural food gardens

Throughout 2011

At ‘The Centre for Sustainable Food’

Primrose Earth Awareness Trust, Felindre, nr Talgarth,

Brecon, Powys LD3 0ST www.primrosetrust.org.uk

This inspiring course will encourage you to take on permaculture principles to produce healthy food from your farm or garden or simply help you to understand how you can live more sustainably. Learning from nature and the Primrose Transition Farming Model.

Each month, we will explore the ideas behind practical gardening activities appropriate to the season and you can see how the wonderful and incredibly productive gardens at Primrose Centre change throughout the year. Sessions are on Tuesdays from 10.00-15.00. We can provide hot drinks, but please bring your own lunch and suitable clothing for practical work.

1st Feb

Designing and planning sustainable + organic gardening and farming systems.  Planting and using willows

This course is ideal for:

  • amateur gardeners, smallholders and farmers
  • anyone wishing to grow healthy food
  • retired people looking for new experiences
  • people who care for the environment

22nd Feb

Edible Forest Garden - design and practice.  Pruning and seed propagation

22nd March

Mulching in the forest garden and organic vegetable garden. Composting

19 thApril & 10 th May

Sowing and planting out - outside and in the polytunnels.

Feeding the soil, soil health, fertility and biodynamics

7 thJune & 5 thJuly

Care of polytunnel crops

Pest and disease management

Harvesting for maximum quality and production

Biodiversity and Wildlife

On the course you will:

  • learn design skills
  • improve knowledge and practical skills
  • appreciate and connect with nature
  • share experiences and make new friends
  • become inspired to feed yourself and your family with healthy and vital food

13 th Sept

Winter ground preparation.

Harvesting and processing.      Green manures.

11 th Oct

Preparing for winter cropping in polytunnels.

Preserving and juicing;              Seed saving

Sprouting tasty & nutritious grains, seeds & pulses

22nd Nov

Choosing plant and tree varieties.

Tree planting            Energy & food production

Course Leader: Dr Paul Benham: Holistic farmer; Project Director, Centre for Sustainable food

Contact: Paul on 01497 847 634 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.">

Cost: £25 per session  or £210 for whole course

Update on A Living Wales

A Living Wales - a new framework for our environment, our countryside and our sea:

Consultation summary and next steps

We all need to rethink the way we view, protect and manage the Welsh environment.

Many people have become disconnected from their surroundings and underestimate the contribution that a healthy environment plays in their everyday lives. So it is not surprising that the environment doesn't feature strongly in many decisions we make about our future or our personal well being.

With everyone's help, we want to change this. We want to make the health and quality of our natural environment a focus for everyone and a key part of decision making.

We have published the consultation responses, our summaries of responses and our statement of next steps.

Many organisations responded to the Welsh Assembly Government’sLiving Wales consultation.  Over 170 responses were received.

Most of the responses welcomed the plan to move to an ecosystem approach to managing our environment, and offered to help us with this. Also many of the responses welcomed the establishment of a single environmental body to oversee it.  However many responses queried how this would happen in practice.

A summary of consultation responses is available here

www.wales.gov.uk/livingwales

Hannah Emmott (DFMC - Communications)

Build a compost toilet - no charge!

Shared Earth trust tells us:

We still have one place left on a free course building a simple Compost Toilet at Denmark Farm near Lampeter. This will take place from Wed 23rd until Fri 25th March, 10am - 4pm each day. Priority will be given to anyone who can do all 3 days but if you can only do 1 or 2 let me know and we can see if there is space for you. Contact me on 01570 493358 or info@shared-earth-trust.org.uk. Lots of other interesting opportunities at Denmark Farm - see www.shared-earth-trust.org.uk

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