Rising baker from Hay on Radio 4
Local artisan baker Alex Gooch [Gooch Organics] is featured on the R4 Food Programme this week with his wonderful bread and baking: he has been voted winner of Best Food Producer category of the BBC 2010 Food and farming awards. Alex's bread is available at farmers' markets in the area and several small and local retailers.
Radio Four Food Programme: Listen Again
Denmark Farm - new 2011 programme now out
In 2011 we have merged our traditional conservation courses with our increasingly popular craft workshops, to create a varied and exciting programme consisting of over 30 courses. From spoon carving to beekeeping and identifying mammals or insects to restoring wildflower meadows, there is something to suit everyone. You can now also buy training vouchers for yourself or as gifts. Although our training offers very good value for money this is a great way to spread the costs or introduce people to a new interest. Please see website or enquire for details www.shared-earth-trust.org.uk
Cae Poeth Update
Tthis weekend's VOLUNTEERS' WEEKEND at Cae Poeth Nature Reserve is taking place on Friday and Saturday. 10-4 each day. The Sunday has been cancelled, sorry to anyone who was planning to come up then.
WE'll be admiring the river in full spate and building dead-hedge, woven willow and 'rustic' fencing from materials found on site, also enjoying the warmth of the fire and beauty of the landscape in Winter.
Hope to see you there, please phone for details - directions are at the bottom of this email.
How to Escape 9-5: go to London for a weekend!
Sat 30 April - Sun 1 May 2011; How To Escape The Nine to Five with Tom Hodgkinson (The Idler) and Graham Burnett
Venue; The Idler's Academy, 81 Westbourne Park Road, London W2. Tubes: Royal Oak, Westbourne Park or Notting Hill. Buses: 28 and 328
Summary: "With very few exceptions the world of jobs is characterized by stifling boredom, grinding tedium, poverty, petty jealousies, sexual harassment, loneliness, deranged co-workers, bullying bosses, seething resentment, illness, exploitation, stress, helplessness, hellish commutes, humiliation, depression, appalling ethics, physical fatigue and mental exhaustion." - Tom Hodgkinson, 'How To Be Idle'
"Pollution and work are both unnecessary results of an incompletely designed or unnatural system" - Bill Mollison, 'Permaculture A Designers Manual'
Tom Hodgkinson of the Idler and Permaculture teacher Graham Burnett lead a fascinating weekend designed to give you the mental energy needed to reconstuct your everyday life.
Exciting new programme at Coed Hills
Jess Clynewood reports that Coed Hills has a series of three Forest Gardening courses and an Introduction to Permaculture course coming up from March - May.
Coed Hills Forest Gardening Courses
January - March 2011
With Jess Clynewood, Charly Le Marchant, Rich Wright and Stephen Watts
Coed’s Forest Garden 2011 course programme offers another opportunity to learn all of the aspects of Forest Gardening. From the dark roots in contact with the mycorrhizal fungi, the many intricately designed layers, to the beneficial insects including the honey bee, a Forest Garden is one of the best examples of how to use what we know about natural systems to design living systems that work for the benefit of people, other creatures and the planet.
There will again be much opportunity for hands-on experience through planting and developing the existing plantings, as there is still much work to do in establishing this forest garden.
Forest Gardening is a way of growing food based on combining plants and trees together in natural woodland-like patterns that forge mutually beneficial relationships, creating a highly productive garden eco-system.
An established forest garden will give high yields of diverse produce such as fruit, nuts, vegetables, herbs, medicines, fuel, fungi and animal fodder, at the same time as needing less maintenance than a conventional vegetable garden. An emphasis on perennial plantings means that the Forest Garden will be largely self-fertilizing, self-watering and be a healthy eco-system rich in habitats for beneficial insects, birds and animals.