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My name is Shah and my origin is from Kashmir in India, my wife and I have been living in UK for some years now.

Kashmir has been in conflict and politically disturbed for many decades and particularly since last 3 decades. I have lived myself through the conflict at the grass roots level in Kashmir for many years, and now l have been living in the UK for some years.  

We have been always looking for solutions and answers to take back to the home land in order to help the people and natural environment of Kashmir.

This is an update from the People’s Food Policy steering group. Over the past year they have been particularly busy, read on for details and to learn about the progress they are making on the People’s Food Policy document, to be published by May 2017.

Walking down Market Street in Llanrhaedr Ym Monchnant, passers-by might be forgiven for thinking that Dragons gift and crafts is a typical, if slightly quirky, store front catering to weekend tourists. Yet, as soon as one steps through the front door, they can immediately see that gifts and crafts are but the first touch-point of a diverse and integrated effort to put permaculture principles into practice.

Dragons sells fair-trade and eco-products, Ugandan coffee and gluten-free snacks, and hosts a variety of skills workshops. And it is the public face of Dragons Housing Cooperative: a local community of activists accelerating permaculture practice in their hometown and throughout the UK.

This post is a report on a course that explored the ‘fertile edges’ of permaculture action-research.

From 9 - 13 October 2016, Vale da Lama, Portugal. For a total of five days an educational farm and eco-resort was venue to the (probably) first Permaculture Research Design Course of its kind.

The main facilitators Rafter Sass-Ferguson and Hugo Oliveira with their colleagues from Lisbon University lead by Gil Penha-Lopes were taking a considerable risk.

In reality, if compared to ‘the average’ UK resident, our living conditions are pretty poor. We don’t have a flushing toilet. We don’t have hot running water. We don’t have constant electricity. When the hydro gets low, we have to resort to solar, which doesn't power everything so priorities have to be decided (do we power the freezer or the electric heater in our kids room?). And for the first 3 years we lived here, we had to carry water from a far away tap for all domestic purposes. I confess I do have a moan sometimes.