Seedy Sunday in Mach in 2012
2012 will see the return of Seedy Sunday!
We've recently had a wonderful burst of enthusiasm in the Mach seedsaving world, and we'll be entering 2012 with a strong group of active members. This will allow Claire, Anita and myself to take a back seat, and we're very happy to be handing over to a group of such talented people.
To introduce a few of them - At the heart of the Seedy Sunday organising is Rachel (known to many from This is Rubbish and previous DVSS events). Candy and Diane are taking on the task of treasurer, and Jon will be managing the website.
Fracking - what’s it all about?
The film Gasland by Josh Fox is currently doing the rounds. Look out for it in your area. Here is a synopsis:
"The largest domestic natural gas drilling boom in history has swept across the United States. The Halliburton-developed drilling technology of "fracking" or hydraulic fracturing has unlocked a "Saudia Arabia of natural gas" just beneath us. But is fracking safe? When filmmaker Josh Fox is asked to lease his land for drilling, he embarks on a cross-country odyssey uncovering a trail of secrets, lies and contamination. A recently drilled nearby Pennsylvania town reports that residents are able to light their drinking water on fire. This is just one of the many absurd and astonishing revelations of a new country called GASLAND. Part verite travelogue, part expose, part mystery, part bluegrass banjo meltdown, part showdown."
Worcs Permaculture Course
Permaculture Course at Haye Farm, Worcestershire:
11th-13th May - Permaculture Introductory Weekend 8th-10th June - Zone Zero - Permaculture from the inside out September (exact dates tbc) - Two Week Permaculture Design Course 12th-14th Oct - Introduction to apple juicing and cider making 19th-21st Oct - Zone Zero - Permaculture from the inside out More details and information will be added to their website as it becomes available www.haye-farm.co.uk
Provisions Market Plan for Llandeilo
A new plan for the Llandeilo Provisions Market
There will be a public meeting -a People's Assembly - at the Rugby Club on Thursday 19th January to consider the formation of a co-operative of small businesses to bring the Provisions Market back into use as a hub for Llandeilo’s community.
How to test for Aminopyralid in manure
The recent article by Ann Owen on this subject has highlighted concerns over Aminopyralid contamination of horse manure. This post on Permaculture Forum suggest a way you can check for contamintion:
"We were hit with horse manure contaminated with aminopyralid a few yrs ago, I found out later the local allotments had suffered too, complaints had been raised 2 years previously with the equestrian centre in question, yet it still had a sign up saying "free manure" .
I built a no dig potato bed with it, the shoots grew 'clubbed' tops very similar to fern fronts just as they come up. I also used it as a mulch on more potatoes, those were not as badly effected being already well established, tho they did suffer as further growth was halted, I also composted the entire crop after crushing it.
The best method to test for this, is to do a germination tests with tomato seeds, 'clubbed' growth indicates contamination.
The aminopyralid will remain active until ALL the organic matter it was attached to is broken down completely in the soil, then the microbes can get to work on it to break down the
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