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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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Lime Sulphur - the inside story

How to make Lime Sulphur

 - Eugenio Gras' method

 

Lime sulphur is used to control and prevent infestations including fungal attacks, in crops. It can be made, outside, and with due care, by anyone, see video of Eugenio Gras demonstraing the process to some of his students at:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dfC2B8vSenk

 

For convenient reference, the process and materials are detailed below.

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DIY foliar plant feed

Various recipes are available on the internet for making plant feed and biofertilisers. Interest is growing in farm scale application for non chemical fertilisers you can make yourself (see Events for upcoming 2/3 days in Sussex with Eugenio Gras on Biofertilsers and DIY chromatography testing for fertioity).

 

From the simplest (take some Nori seaweed sheets and shred into a bottle topped upbwith non chlorinated water, steep for a week, dilute and spray on houseplants), to the full 6 week fermentaion job in large barrels taught by Eugenio Gras of the Regenerative Agriculture movement, there is a llot of information available.

 

An easy one to experiment with would be comfrey and brown sugar. This is from Drake Asaurus in Hawaii and exploits the ability of brown sugar to extert osmotic action on greenstuff to extract enymes, plant hormones and nutrients through the cell walls. It's a bit like lacto fermentation with salt. The natural yeats on the plant ferment using the sugar as energy, and in 3-7 days, the feed can be starined off and used, diluted, as foliar feed and soil nutrient source.

 

Fermented liquid plant food

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Soil degradation and regenerative agriculture

How livestock can restire fertility

Decades of over-reliance on chemicals have robbed many arable soils of their life and fertility. With the organic matter gone the chemicals don't work any more. Many believe the best way to bring life back to degraded arable lands is to introduce pasture and grazing. Tom Chapman, is a grazing specialist who wants to bring big cattle herds back to the wheat plains of East Anglia. Read more at:

http://www.pasturepromise.tv/

The EU moves to outlaw heritage varieties

 

Update on the EU plant law, the bill for which was passed on May 6

 

Full details from Ben at Real Seeds here

Real Seeds

and, avaaz petition (please sign) at:

avaaz petition

Although last minute amendments to the bill say that gardeners can save and exchange seed, the bill will go to the EU parliament for approval or modification. If we do not keep the pressure up things could be changed and made even worse. This outcome as it stands will restrict seed supplies and is a disaster. Please network above links.

 

Comment on the EU bill from organic farmer Julian Rose is below:

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Farms and education - conference

Farms for Schools & FACE Joint Conference

Wednesday 5th June 2013 at Coleg Powys, Newtown

 

FACE and Farms for Schools are holding a joint conference on Wednesday 5 June at Coleg Powys, Newtown. It will provide an ideal opportunity to meet and hear from other farmers involved in educational activities. Whether you are just starting off or have been hosting visits for years there will be plenty of tips and ideas on how you can deliver safe and engaging educational days out.

Mae FACE a Farms for Schools yn cynnal cynhadledd ar y cyd ddydd Mercher 5 Mehefin yng Ngholeg Powys, Y Drenewydd. Bydd yn gyfle gwych i gwrdd â ffermwyr eraill sy'n gweithio gydag ysgolion. Os ydych chi'n cychwyn neu wedi bod wrthi am flynyddoedd, bydd digon o syniadau ar gyfer darparu diwrnodau allan sydd yn ddiogel, yn addysgiadol ac yn ddiddorol.

Cost £10 for FACE or FFS members, £20 for non-members. For more details see the attachment.

For further information contact Jane Powell, FACE Cymru, 01970 621530 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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