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Farming & Smallholding


Community Supported Agriculture in Chagford

On Sunday 19th July myself and The Little Goatherd visited the lovely area of Chagford on the eastern side of Dartmoor for a course on cheesemaking. Our hosts were Sylvan and Davon Friend at Chagfarm, (Chagford Community Farm CIC). Over the course of 4 or 5 hours we were able to turn goats' ...

Clip from the film "Pee and Grow" by Lucy Gilliam and Dougal Wilson

Pee and Grow

Climate action campaigner Lucy Gilliam has won a top award in an international short film competition. "One minute to save the world" challenged entrants to make a 60-second video on any aspect of climate change. Lucy and her friend Dougal made an animated film called "Pee and Grow", using ...

A Farm for the Future

Ground breaking film on the links between farming and oil and investigating possible future farming methods. ...

Book cover for "The Carbon Fields" by Graham Harvey

The Carbon Fields

Highly recommended book about making our food production more resilient through smallholdings. It advocates a return to mixed farming based on species rich pastures and explains how this would help to absorb carbon back into the soil [act as a significant carbon sink], improve our health an ...

Book cover for "Stuffed" by Pat Thomas

Stuffed - positive action to prevent a global food crisis

Stuffed presents a global perspective on food production and agriculture and proposes a sustainable and fairly traded path we can follow to secure food for all and protection for the planet. With chapters on your kitchen through to global systems via your garden, schools, community, and a i ...

Cover image for "20 things you need to know about bees" published by Friends of the Earth

20 things you need to know about bees

British bee numbers have fallen dramatically in recent years. And the way we farm our food and plan our towns and cities is making the problem worse. Read about the brilliance of the bees. ...

Hemp - Lifeline to the Future

The Unexpected Answer for Our Environmental and Economic Recovery ...

Neonicotinoids - Bad for Bees

In December of this year the two year moratorium on the use of three Neonicotinoid pesticides comes to an end. Unless action is taken these chemicals will be used again, releasing them into the environment. How do these pesticides work? Neonicotinoids (neonics) are a group of pesticides w ...

Genetic Engineering, Food and our Environment

If current trends continue, within five to eight years most of the foods we eat could be genetically engineered. Multinational corporations want us to believe that this food is safe, nutritious, and thoroughly tested. Critics argue that governments are sacrificing environmental and health safe ...