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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

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Allotment update

In about me, eco-friendly, garden, gardening, good life, сад, organic on December 12, 2013 at 12:35

Hopefully it is ready for the winter. I am not very experienced gardener but I love to experiment.  Lucerne and Alexanders are sown as green manure,  soil is covered by autumn leaves. 
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Young broccoli and cauliflower plants plus salad leaves are covered by glass jars,  soda plastic bottles and some bubble wrap on top. As people say it in Russia, “голь на выдумки хитра” / “poor are inventive”.

My autumn sown Scorzonera is doing well. Apparently its young leaves make tasty salad and it is slug proof!
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The “Lights on” night

In about me, art, color, my artworks, oil pastel, painting on November 29, 2013 at 17:34

The Market and the shop are open till late today. There is music & fairground in town but the Market it dark, cold and quiet. .. A corner of a new commissioned painting in progress is at the bottom right.  It’s a Mediterranean house in oil pastel. I had a productive day in the studio,  I’ve talked to interesting people, but haven’t seen much of my family and haven’t earned any money.  Which,  as usual,  makes me wonder if I am doing the right thing?
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A North Wales photo card is sold

In card, photography, photomanipulation, print, sales on November 27, 2013 at 17:18
Thank you!

In Uncategorized on August 8, 2013 at 23:13

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In Uncategorized on August 8, 2013 at 09:18

#dreamy #skies. .. #Newtown #NewtownPowys #Wales #clouds #sky #небо #clouds #cloudy #chasingsummer #1977 #linandara_sky #сегодня #linandara_retro #linandara_trees #leaves #foliage #nature #nature_lovers #natureonly #beautiful #eerie #moody #artishfolk #Britain #UK #lookingup #ash

In Uncategorized on August 8, 2013 at 05:58

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In Uncategorized on July 20, 2013 at 23:11

A shape… #Newtown #NewtownPowys #Wales #path #all_shots #invitingroads #grass #green #lawn #town #road #linandara_abstract #linandara_vista #artishfolk #Britain #UK #summer

In Uncategorized on July 19, 2013 at 13:31

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In Uncategorized on July 19, 2013 at 08:12

Yesterday. .. #Newtown #NewtownPowys #Wales #clouds #sky #небо #закат #облака #sun #nature #beautiful #nature_lovers #sunset #evening #all_shots #linandara_sunset #artishfolk #Britain #UK #picoftheday #chasingsummer

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