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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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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.

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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."

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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

Contact Stuart Norgrove at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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.

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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

Posted by Pumpy

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