Dyfi Valley Seedsavers Survey Orchards
DVSS are interested to know how people are getting on with fruit growing in our beautiful, but damp land.
We think the people and wildlife of Powys could benefit from the planting of more orchards. But successful fruit growing takes careful planning and it seems that more advice is needed. This need has inspired the “Powys Orchards for Biodiversity” project, funded by Glasu.
Do you own an orchard or grow fruit in Powys? Apples? Pears? Damsons? Soft fruit?
We have been talking to orchard managers and visiting orchards since summer 2009, but we hope to gain much more information now the survey is online. Here you can enter info about the health of your
The Farmers' Handbook is now online
The Permaculture Association reports that 'The Permaculture Research Institute of Australia have uploaded Chris Evan's excellent Farmers' Handbook aimed at "everyone interested in improving the well-being of small farmers",
'Fix the Food Chain' appeals for support
HOWFOE the local group for Friends of Earth, are backing the National campaign 'Fix the food chain': HOWFOE says
‘The government holds the key to planet -friendly farming. Factory farming of meat and dairy is helping push the planet to the brink of runaway climate change as forests are being cleared to grow soy for animal feed.
Meat and dairy farming can deliver planet-friendly food but to do so farmers need to be supported to move away from imported feeds so that thy can graze their animals and feed them home grown diets. They also need to be protected from supermarket bullying. Please help fix the food chain by removing the barriers to thriving and sustainable UK farming.’
Local FoE organiser Janine Wilbraham informs us that ‘the group has postcards to send to Friends of the Earth head office in support of the campaign; this helps add your support for a new law to measure and reduce the global environmental impacts of the UK's meat and dairy consumption by signing parliamentary motion EDM 194.’
Growing Trials Focus on Protein and Carbohydrate
New Trials in Mid Wales Need YOU!
The idea for these trials came out of thinking about our future food security and how we are going to meet this challenge. At present, most of the vegetables and fruit we consume in this area are imported, either from other parts of Britain or from abroad. The main reason for this state of affairs is mostly to do with economics; it is cheaper and easier to import our food. Given ongoing climate change and the expected rise in fuel costs, this situation is not sustainable.
How then are we going to feed ourselves in the future? Leaving
Pioneering zero carbon community carshare
Talybont Energy has purchased two community 'green' cars which represent different sustainable transport alternatives: electric and biodiesel.
They say : In a rural area like ours, car travel can account for around 1/3 of the 10 tonnes of carbon we generate per person per year. To address this, the project will explore (a) cars which use alternative