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by Matt Dunwell

Over the last month we have been working on the first video translated to English from Columbian farmer and scientist Jairo Restrepo, a world expert in Biofertilisers and soil regeneration. Aptly titled Harvesting the Sun and filmed at Ragmans Jairo talks about the wonders of cow manure, soil microbes, trace elements, and their link with increased soil, plant and human health.

My name is Julie, and I am currently travelling in Scotland, visiting different permaculture projects in various places as part of a research project on the interactions between principles, values, and concrete practices in permaculture. I plan on visiting six or seven projects before the end of June, and to write a blog article on each of them, to tell you more about my experience, and to highlight some of my key findings and/or thoughts on different subjects. It is meant to be personal, and you may disagree with some of my opinions – I am looking forward to receiving feedback!

Here we explain each element performs many functions, a principle of permaculture from Bill Mollison and Reny Mia Slay's Introduction to permaculture. The second section first appeared in the Spring 2017 issue of our members' newsletter, Permaculture Works.

There’s plenty of '48hrs in...' guides around this time of year, designed to make most of us feel like we’re not really hip and happening. But what if we were to suggest you spend 48hrs in Goffin Land, Exeter this summer, immersed in permaculture and surrounded by like-minded people, great speakers, inspiring countryside and delicious local food? 

What does a post Brexit agriculture in England look like? Could the Ecological Land Co-operative’s model of small clusters of starter farms provide one (of many) solutions to how we feed ourselves and manage the land?

Us permaculture practitioners pride ourselves on a healthy medley of techniques, styles and plants. A la Holmgren’s principle, ‘use and value diversity’. Permaculture as a style of land mangement, using polycultures side-by-side a suite of techniques, treats farms as ecosystems and regards agriculture as a positive contributor to the biosphere.