Land and Nature Stewardship

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Marsha Hanzi

How we transformed 7 hectares of white sand into a vibrant center for agroecology in the Brazilian Drylands.

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Rebecca Laughton

A Matter of Scale is a survey of the productivity of small farms and market gardens in the UK, which is being carried out during 2015. The aim is to understand more about the range of small holdings, what and how much they are producing, and to create a data set which can be compared with the productivity of larger farms. Little is currently known about how much small farms produce per unit area, and the lack of data makes it harder to put a strong case for their role in contributing to future food security.

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Jonathan Code

The study of plants can take on many forms. On the one hand we can take an 'observer' eye and study the plant as an 'other' out there in the life world. We can also engage with plants through a participatory approach, taking our cues from their dynamic unfolding in time and space - their becoming. Furthermore, the developing plant offers us a wealth of impressions and imaginations for contemplation and meditation.

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Paul Kearsley
Dave Boehnlein

During this double-header we will discuss the role of aesthetics and educational design for permaculture landscapes. Then we will head outside to practice designing a space with these considerations in mind.

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Lucie Bradley

85% of the global population still rely on herbal medicine as their primary form of medicine. This tends to be people living in the 'developing' non-industrialised nations where medicine from plants tend to be more reliable in their supply and local availability, safer because of less side-effects and known sources of manufacture.

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Joel Williams

General introduction of the main microbe groups. Functions, roles and interactions of microbes in agro-ecosystems. Nutrient cycling, availability and extraction. Influences on the soil environment. Influences of plant morphology. Environmental and agronomic influences on soil life.

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Graham Bell

This paper will examine the Forest Garden at Garden Cottage, Coldstream, Scotland and how it is possible to grow one metric tonne of food on .1 of a hectare (one fifth of an acre) as well as harvesting all our firewood needs, gathering half our other energy needs  and running a plant nursery. It will use the twenty five year development of the site to illustrate this astonishing level of productivity from less than two days a week work.

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Chris Warbuton Brown

2015 has been made the International Year of Soil, a clear acknowledgement of the growing attention being paid to soil as the foundation of human food production. Throughout the world, soils are becoming degraded as a result of monocutural agriculture, deforestation, overgrazing and climate change, with soil management  often focusing only on soil chemistry. However,  in the last few years there has been a revolution in our understanding of the web of life which underpins healthy soil. This paper will explain some of that new research on soil.

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Paulo Bessa

We are designing a food forest in Portugal, which aims at becoming a heaven of biodiversity and an educational research center. We want to reach 100% food self-sufficiency, thus we are planting both annuals and perennials, in a multi-layer, multi-habitat system.

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Graham Brookman

Permaculture prides itself on the responsibility it shows toward the environment and claims more ‘sustainability’ than conventional design systems. But how many of us really know how sustainable designs or enterprises are?

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