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The future of agriculture in Wales

In eco-friendly, garden, good life, healthy life, Uncategorized on October 4, 2016 at 13:50

Here’s my contribution to the debate

Many small scale experiments for a more resilient future

Now that we have an opportunity to rethink the future of agriculture, land management and the life of rural communities in Wales, let people to experiment and to find out what will work. There is no need to play havoc with all of the rural economy at once but please allow innovation and initiative on a small scale, as long as there is no clear and obvious risk to people, animals and the environment. There must be people willing to experiment, creating all sorts of new businesses, eco-villages, homesteads and seasteads, various intentional communities. Give them a good fighting chance then take evidence-based decisions, not affected by fads or overrated opinions of the most vocal of lobbies. Even then, no government should ever place all eggs in the same basket (be this sheep farming or timber). Diversity in business models and lifestyles improves the resilience of any economy just like biodiversity helps ecosystems to survive changes and hard times.


alexfarmboysmallWhy the contribution is important

Presently there are lots of things going wrong with our lives. Our towns are surrounded by countryside but people may feel very distant from it. The farmland creates backdrop to their lives but is inaccessible due to lack of footpaths, public transport and human connection to the farming community, lack of internet – and lack of interest too. This is not a healthy relationship. The people are suffering, stuck to cities and towns with ridiculously small gardens and manicured parks. People need real nature and countryside for mental and physical health. People need fresh quality food, need connection to the land and to the community. So, we need our intelligence to develop a way of living in harmony with nature, surrounded by nature everywhere where we are. I am thinking in the direction of sustainable small scale farming, food forests, “garden cities”, decentralisation, edible landscapes, living roofs and walls, passive houses, forest farming, green burial sites, silvopasture, permaculture, aquaponics, real community gardens serving real communities, etc. – whatever works. I believe human activity and flourishing could be conducted within a healthy ecosystem made of us, our stuff, wide variety of plants and animals.

I am an artist and a geographer interested in creating a prototype semi-rural intentional community (an eco-village, an eco-block or an eco-neighborhood), an ongoing experiment for a better way of living, more sufficient and efficient, closer to Nature, working with the help from newest technology. An open lab of an honest, creative and compassionate life, strong friendly community, better health and well-being. Doing research into reintroducing wildlife, into more efficient food production and waste recycling systems, into automation, working on the new ways to get energy, new building methods, new educational systems, restoring useful agricultural and building practices from the past, and so on. People of various interests and abilities creating better lives for themselves, their friends, neighbours and families, ultimately, for the whole Earth. In the world obsessed with divisions this should be a place of honest enquiry, free of prejudices and any party rhetoric.

What we need is relaxing of planing permissions and other regulations for experimental / alternative communities, eco-villages, or self-built houses; we need land and we need grants. It is vitally important that public money won’t go to some smoke screen / green wash projects for clever bureaucrats but to real people building real future. There also should not be any exploitation of vulnerable and gullible “volunteers”, like in some modern social enterprises. People who will be living and working in those future communities are also the best candidates for building them.

The wast green spaces of Wales are treasures. We have a chance to make them also different to all other rural parts of the world in being a magnet for innovation and future-friendly experiment, brain-and skill- gain rather than drain, place for openness and cooperation, honest work for common good.


If you are interested in participating, please join the New Good Town project athttp://goodnewtown.uk/ and our Facebook page athttps://www.facebook.com/groups/goodnewtown/

by AlexandraCook on October 04, 2016 at 11:27AM


In Uncategorized on July 1, 2013 at 12:11

#camomile @ #myallotment #flowers #floral #yellow #petals #Wales #Newtown #NewtownPowys #цветы #white #green #linandara_plants #plants #garden #today #allotment #PenDinas #community #gardening #emeraldworld #artishfolk #life #ромашки #огород #сегодня (at Coleg Powys)

Tradition vs Freedom?

In crafts, folk art, freedom, good life, healthy life, people, traditions, travel on June 2, 2013 at 20:06

Local customs, costumes, crafts, foods… It’s all seems to melt gradually into some new globalised uniformity. In a way, this is a sad picture, a loss of our beautiful diversity. Western people often feel touched looking at tribal portraits, especially of children, in exotic attires.  But what these people from distant lands would prefer themselves, given choise? Modern living with its salaries, doctors, schools, pensions, benefits, equality and human rights or posing for tourists for a few coins? Is wearing those heavy earring painful? Did that beautiful bride choose her future husband herself? How old is she? How well is she educated? Do we have to stay in a fantasy land? Why so many people are migrating to cities and leaving traditional way of life behind?


The solution to the loss of traditional cultures seems to lay in our free will to explore them and carry their achievements into the future. Lets enjoy the color and sound, lets experiment without being afraid of onlookers. Lets celebrate free creative life. Nobody should ever try to force anybody into the past. Rather we should help to grow a free and equal for all future – firmly rooted in the best from our past.

Stone throwers

In good life, philosophy, relationship, religion on May 24, 2013 at 07:31

Imagine walking along a cliff. If a stone falls near you it may hurt. But there is another situation when it hurts so much more. Even if the stone didn’t actually hit you. It happens when a stone is thrown at you by somebody. Yes. This is one reason why the day I’ve  left religion was my happiest one. Not just every random misfortune vent from an all-powerful god but ultimately I have been forced to think that I deserved it… Life is beautiful when random is left alone for what it is.

In Uncategorized on January 30, 2013 at 15:48

Your worth consists in what you are and not in what you have. T.A.Edison #Shrewsbury #Market #people #indoors #shopping #stalls #lights #life #latergram #all_shots #linandara_people #linandara_retro #рынок #люди

Holiday memories

In winter on January 25, 2013 at 17:22

As the snow melts under the rain I recall how,  just before we went on holidays in December, I’ve been posting our greeting cards to the neighbours.  Early morning.  Time to run for the train – very fast.  In the first house in our row I couldn’t open the gate and had to live the card on the fence,  under the rain. .. In the second house they literally barricaded their letterbox.  Few days before the Christmas.  But I managed somehow to squeeze very crinkled card  inside.  I thought I was lucky with the third house: I managed to open their gate,  the letterbox wasn’t blocked,  but as soon as the card hit the ground two dogs started barking madly. .. At 6 a.m. on Saturday.  Our  neighbours probably hate us 🙂

I’ll be back. ..

In art on January 5, 2013 at 13:45

I’ve been doing an experiment since last spring: having an art and craft market stall. Knowing what the current economic situation is plus being in a small non-touristy town – well, I didn’t expected much profit. Internet sales were probably better so far.  I did sold some artworks in my shop, I’ve got my studio space,  but more importantly, I’ve started to feel living among people again.  Being in almost complete isolation since 2007 when we moved to Wales has been hard on me. I’m at least busy trying to earn money. Having one Market shop also feels more real than maintaining ten online ones and this makes me happy too.

I’ve also joined two community gardens and a group called “I love Newtown” to completely kill that feeling of alienation that have been with me for a while.

So far so good.  One strange and initially heartbreaking thing was the behaviour of some shoppers. Far too many of them.  These people were very sure of themselves.  “I will come back tomorrow (or on another day) and I will buy that painting / bring you photos for a commission” – they were saying. To begin with I took it extremely seriously.  On a day when I was ill (or one of my kids was ill) I would still come and desperately waited in this cold half empty Market hiding tears of despaire… Why did they do this to me? I never had a shop before so I don’t know how typical this behaviour is. Was it because of my accent people didn’t care?  Or they always are so insensitive to small business owners? Or they think that lies somehow make things better?  I don’t know. Most of them pretended nothing happened next time I saw them. Two honest ones apologised. 
Funny thing is that neither me nor the people I consider friends would ever lightly promised anything looking in somebody’s eyes in the first place.  So there wouldn’t be any embarrassment afterwards.

Well I’ve got over this and learned to ignore promises.  That’s a lesson and any lesson is good. It was particularly hard also because at the same time I was trying to join the local Shropshire Visual Art Network, my application got lost for several months, I was desperately waiting for reply and wondering why I’ve been ignored. .. It’s all too got recently sorted, fortunately.

So, I have lots of hopes for 2013 and wish everybody all the best!  And let’s carry on laughing at all these stupid prophets of doom who never seem to get their end of the world they desire so much.

In Uncategorized on December 26, 2012 at 07:38

Do you see that tree? It is dead but it still sways in the wind with the others. I think it would be like that with me. That if I died I would still be part of life in one way or another.
― Anton Chekhov #tree #trees #winter #all_shots #linandara_trees #linandara_retro #baretrees #mextures #treelove #treeporn #leaks #etherial #moody #dark #mono #monochrome #life #old #dreamy #linandara_mono #деревья

In Uncategorized on November 30, 2012 at 06:54

One must work & dare if one really wants to live. -V.van Gogh. #alexanders #seeds #autumn #mygarden #closeup #close_up #plant #fall #seedhead #nature #umbrella #linandara_plants #blue #green #life #семена #smyrnium #umbrelliferae #all_shots

In Uncategorized on October 31, 2012 at 18:12

sorry, another #halloween picture. It has been a crazy day so far… Looking for any #pumpkin in all shops in town, then taking down my library ehxibition (50 paintings, two trips up a steep hill with a big suitcase – we haven’t got a car). Then taking my daughter for a #trickortreat party to her friends. (Dear husband is on a business trip) All under persistant Welsh rain… We had even crazier Halloween 5 years ago when we were moving to this house and only a counpe of train stops before Newtown we had a confirmation that the house is finally ours… And yes, there is a #DrWho poster in our #kitchen. And my son #carved a #melon instead 🙂 #knives #orange #linandara_stillife #jackolantern #scary #funny #life #lifeisbeautiful #android #fruits #vegetables #stillife

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