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    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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    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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Small is beautiful in Poland

A model envisioned in "Small Is Beautiful" is possible in reality - welcome to the Polish countryside.

In the early 1970s, Fritz Schumacher wrote the book'Small Is Beautiful' and proposed small scale, flexible and ecologically sensitive developments as the long term solution for preserving the planet and the quality of life of its populace. Three decades on, we seem to be no nearer to applying the wisdom inherent in Schumacher's work.


Fortunately there are still some relatively undistorted examples that we can draw from when searching for models for rebuilding our lives: in Poland there are around 1.5 million self-sufficient, small peasant farms, averaging approximately 10 ha. We run a small demonstration centre, based on a peasant farm, called Ecocentre ICPPC, with clay/straw buildings, solar energy production, and a household recycling clean water system. Organic fruit and vegetable production and herb garden are part of this centre. For accommodation we cooperate with Potoczek smallholding and other small farms near us. We have been showing that the model envisioned in "Small Is Beautiful" is possible in reality. Join us!

Potoczek and Ecocentre ICPPC are located in the traditional village Stryszow, 45 km from Krakow, in the Province of Malopolska (south Poland). It is a great place to visit if you are in Krakow or for a holiday in the Polish countryside. You can stay in the comfortable farmhouse Potoczek, and, if you wish, join in one of the ecological workshops:

"Discover healthy Polish peasant food and farming", "Clay and Straw Ecological Houses", "Photovoltaics in theory and practice", "Traditional Country Skills", "Healthy Home - protection against harmful microwave radiation" and many more.

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We would like to welcome you to join us in a very special experience right in the heart of the Polish countryside where ECOCENTRE ICPPC is located. Come to stay with us in a the therapeutic atmosphere of our small holding 'POTOCZEK' near Krakow and join our workshop "Quit the Matrix Build the Ark".



20 July (Saturday) 2013 From from 14:00 accommodation in small holding POTOCZEK 19:00 dinner from local organic produce

21 July (Sunday) 2013

8:30 - 9:30 breakfast from local organic produce

9:30 - 10:30 "Quit the Matrix Build the Ark - In Three Steps" introduction by Sir Julian Rose, author of the book "Changing Course for Life. Local Solutions to Global Problems"

10:30 - 11:30 "Loan-Free, Energy Saving and Healthy House", presentation by Krzysztof Wietrzny, expert practitioner of ecological technology and creator of ECOCENTRE ICPPC 11:30 - 12:30 Our Ark (part I) - visiting ECOCENTRE ICPPC, guide by Krzysztof Wietrzny

12:30 - 13:30 "Micro-scale energy independence systems for production of green energy for heating and electricity in the home" - presentation by Krzysztof Wietrzny, expert and practitioner of ecological technology, creator of ECOCENTRE ICPPC 13:30 - 14:30 Lunch from local, ecological products

14:30 - 16:00 Our Ark (part II) - "On the Way to Food Independence" - guided visit to the farm and workshop (how to grow and preserve food, making compost, save seeds) - Jadwiga Łopata, the leading Polish activist and peasant and Sir Julian Rose, UK organic farming pioneer.

16:00 - 16:30 Summary

19:00 dinner from local organic produce

22 July (Monday) 2013

8:30 - 9:30 breakfast from local organic produce

ATTENTION: You can stay longer or come earlier. Please let us know before-hand if you wish to do either!

Lectures and workshops in Polish and English

PRICE: 160 Euro (include two nights, two breakfasts, two dinners and one lunch).

Workshop will be near by in ECOCENTRE ICPPC 


Jadwiga Łopata


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ICPPC - International Coalition to Protect the Polish Countryside,

34-146 Stryszów 156, Poland tel./fax +48 33 8797114

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