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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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Hay supermarket poll

Hay on Wye is next in the firing line over plans for a supermarket, probably on the school site. You can fill in a poll to register opposition to this plan at:

http://www.hayontv.com/

A Pocket Full of Acorns

A Pocket Full Of Acorns is designed to encourage the planting of trees in designated areas for free. People are invited to gather native tree seeds and saplings, germinate seeds in carrier bags filled with moist soil, left out doors in the garden. Once germinated and grown to above 15cms the bunches of saplings are teased apart and planted directly into the soil. In Cockington Devon, we have a magnificent woodland, which in places is 25 feet tall. The woodland is rich with a wide range of native trees, has deer, badger and squirrels, but most of all the once barren field that was mostly rocks due to run off is now covered with rich fertile soil deposited over the years by deciduous leaf litter.

So there is no excuse for not doing anything to help restore our planet. 

If this approach is used to compliment Operation OASIS in arid coastal regions, anything becomes possible.

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Operation Oasis

The Operation OASIS project website is: http://operationoasis.com. Our organisation is at http://www.FREdome.org.

Ways that individuals can get involved: Please ask major CEOs and key media personnel to attend or send a representative to the UK APPCCG (All Party Parliamentary Climate Change Group) Meeting, "A New Opportunity out of Economic Crisis" at 4pm on 7th March in the Jubilee Room, Houses of Parliament, Palace of Westminster, LONDON SW1A 0AA UK.

There we will be explaining to movers & shakers: our proposal to restore the global carbon-nutrient-water cycle, our project plan and next steps, which they can use their clout to support.

Anyone wishing to attend should contact me in the first instance: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. / +44 1727 823131 / +44 7900 221347

Greg Peachey • T.A.

Campaign for Real Farming conference

Campaign for Real Farming Conference  5 & 6 Janusy 2012

This high powered and wide-ranging event took place in Oxford early in January. Permaculture CEO Andy Goldring was among the speakers on using polyculture in farm scale food production. Below is a summary of the themes of the conference. (A comprehensive programme with biographies of all the individual speakers, can be found in the pdf link at the bottom of this report).

Opening Statement of the conference

Agriculture needed serious re-thinking even before the present crises – financial, political, environmental, humanitarian. Now almost everyone who does not deliberately blind themselves to the obvious can see that the re-thinking is urgent. The Oxford Real Farming Conferences are designed to help this re-thinking – and to encourage farmers to take the lead, because hands-on farmers understand farming best, and yet they are routinely sidelined when it comes to making policy. The ORFC of January 2012 – the third in the series – continues what is already a tradition – but now with the inescapable sense that we must move very quickly beyond discussion and into serious action.

The task is threefold:

1: We must design agriculture as if we truly intended to feed people without wrecking the rest of the world – what has been called “Enlightened Agriculture”, or “Real Farming”. It doesn’t do simply to treat farming as “a business like any other”, with a brief to maximize wealth and make rich people richer.

2: We must ensure that farming has its own momentum and continuity so that it continues to thrive whatever may happen to governments – rather as the world’s banks are able to do, although without their obvious drawbacks. The job of farming is to serve humanity and look after the Earth but to do this it has at least to achieve the kind of quasi-autonomy, the status, that’s enjoyed for example by medicine.

3: To achieve all this, we – humanity as a whole – must in effect rescue agriculture.

The events in Britain alone over the past 40 years illustrate a dozen times over that governments are not to be trusted with it. Small mixed farms, biologically unimpeachable, wildlife-friendly, humane, and serving their communities well, have been replaced by ultra-commercial monocultures. Animals have been deformed and rammed into factories.

Tens of thousands of farmers have been thrown out of work, and the houses where they and their workers used to live have been sold off as holiday-homes. The most fertile land is on sale to the highest bidders, to do as they will. The world’s finest network of agricultural research stations and experimental husbandry farms have mostly been shut down or privatized – the most outrageous act of state-sponsored vandalism since the dissolution of the monasteries. Science, conceived as the disinterested search for truth, has become the hand-maiden of commerce.

We, people at large, Ordinary Joes, should not have allowed this to happen, and cannot allow it to continue. But to achieve the necessary changes we, people at large, must work with those farmers who still retain a sense of what farming ought to be, and with the scientists, however sidelined, who can see what has gone wrong and what needs to be done. Science needs rescuing too.

A sea-change is needed, in short, and we won’t bring this about in two days. But we will certainly help the momentum – and, with luck, we should trigger some new and practical initiatives that really could make a difference.

Conference topics:

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Shropshire Permaculture Network News

Events

New events have been added for the coming year, including a course in making Hugelkultur beds (made famous by Austrian Permaculturalist Sepp Holzer) up at Tankerville Farm in Pennerley, and a weekend course in Forest Gardening with Chris Evans at Karuna, Picklescott. For details go to our events page.

Projects

From the number of phone calls and emails I’ve had over the past year, it seems Permaculture and forest gardening projects have been bubbling up all over the place in Shropshire. It would be really great to get some details up in the project area of our website forum about some of this.

Volunteering

I’m looking at setting up a new section on the website about volunteering, aiming to help network members get help for their projects and to let anyone who wants more practical experience to find out where they can get it through volunteering.

Website

Activity on our site has been low, and there’s the threat that it will be deleted by our hosts. I really would hate for this to happen, as I think what we’ve got is potentially a great resource for sharing information about our various projects, for finding out how to learn new skills through local courses and for finding the help and support we need to keep our projects moving forward.

If you agree and you want to keep the site going, please do use it! Share information on projects, visit the forum and give us your tips or ask questions. Remember the site when you have events or Permaculture news to tell. Think of our video section when you find a great new Permaculture film online or our news page when you find an interesting article in Permaculture Magazine, for example.

Nancy Davies

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