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Blast away winter blues with herbs

Seeing as I’m running workshops at a city farm to help people move to a simpler lifestyle, I’ll start sharing some of the learnings here. I’ve covered lots of different subjects in my workshops this year: growing on balconies and containers; … Continue reading

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On foraging

I’m writing this in response to a recent column in the Independent on foraging. The column by CJ Schuler was prompted by destructive, commercial foraging of wild garlic at a local ancient woodland in south London.  Any foraging, let alone … Continue reading

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Simplicity and wildflowers Part 1

In my part-time day job, I attempt to sow wildflowers, food and inspiration in built-up urban areas. The idea is to make them healthier to live in, for both humans and other beings. Despite the huge benefits, there are many … Continue reading

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urban foraging

Rich pickings: hunt for a cold frame (and a digression on local autonomy) One of the advantages of attempting self-sufficiency in the city (rather than the country) is the sheer quantity of stuff left lying around. In the past this would … Continue reading

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The New Home Front

Most people are concerned about the climate change threat and know that not enough is being done enough to avert it. And yet our politicians dither and fail to act. If all the collective pledges made the Copenhagen Accord to cut carbon were actually … Continue reading

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Allotment Culture

I was overjoyed when I heard I’d been allocated an allotment a few months back. I’d been on the list for so long I’d almost completely forgotten that I was waiting for one. Instead, I’d started growing veg in a … Continue reading

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