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Self-sufficiency

An Exciting New Initiative from the Ecological Land Co-operative

An Exciting New Initiative from the Ecological Land Co-operative

  Phil Moore of the Ecological Land Co-operative (ELC) writes about the aims of the organisation and an exciting new initiative they have taken on designed to enable more people to work the land. The changing post-Brexit landscape could well prompt a resurgence in small-scale mixed farming. Could this possibly be one solution to the […]

Living with a Septic Tank

Living with a Septic Tank

If you move away to your perfect country idyll, it’s highly likely that it will have a septic tank. Heidi M. Sands ‘steps in’ with a layman’s explanation of the system and the ‘dos and don’ts’ Like a lot of people with an older property, we live with a septic tank. What this means is […]

By February 23, 2017 1 Comments Read More →
What Cottage Economy says about Making Bread

What Cottage Economy says about Making Bread

In the second part of her series on the relevance today of William Cobbett’s seminal work on self-sufficiency, Cottage Economy, Dot Tyne, co-author of Viable Self-Sufficiency,  considers the role of bread as a staple in the self-sufficient diet, both then and now. See Also: https://homefarmer.co.uk/relevance-cottage-economy-today/ https://homefarmer.co.uk/how-much-land-for-self-sufficient-living/   William Cobbett, author of Cottage Economy agreed that […]

The Relevance of Cottage Economy Today

The Relevance of Cottage Economy Today

Dot Tyne, co-author of Viable Self-Sufficiency, investigates what many (John Seymour included!) see as the original plan for self-sufficiency as she begins a series examining the relevance of William Cobbett and his book Cottage Economy for today’s self-supporters See also: https://homefarmer.co.uk/viable-self-sufficiency-checklist/ https://homefarmer.co.uk/how-much-land-for-self-sufficient-living/ https://homefarmer.co.uk/the-self-sufficient-garden/   One of the most common questions asked by aspiring self-supporters is, […]

The 2016 Royal Welsh Spring Festival

The 2016 Royal Welsh Spring Festival

A celebration of smallholding and rural life, and the largest gathering of smallholders in the UK, the Royal Welsh Spring Festival takes place on 21st–22nd May. The Royal Welsh Showground has always been host to this long-running event, even in its earliest days, when it was just a couple of stands and a handful of diehard […]

Getting through the Hungry Gap

Getting through the Hungry Gap

Dot Tyne, co-author of Viable Self-Sufficiency and writer of the very popular The Smallholder’s Diary in HF looks at ways of growing and foraging to feed the family during the hungry gap months of April and May. See Also: The Viable Self-Sufficiency Checklist How Much Land for Self-Sufficient Living? The Self-Sufficient Garden Planning for a […]

By January 22, 2016 0 Comments Read More →
Viable Self-Sufficiency Checklist

Viable Self-Sufficiency Checklist

Dot Tyne, co-author of our forthcoming book, Viable Self-Sufficiency and contributor writing the very popular Smallholder’s Diary every month in HF,  goes through the Viable self-sufficiency checklist used on their own smallholding every couple of years to make sure they stay focused and every bit of their business is pulling it’s weight. So without further […]

By January 14, 2016 0 Comments Read More →
Countryside Skills

Countryside Skills

Come and join us at Wild Harvest for one day and weekend courses that will not only rejuvenate and restore but teach a new skill. We have a wide range of courses teaching traditional self-reliance skills such as wild food foraging, campfire cookery courses, mushroom growing, natural bee-keeping and chicken-keeping. Plus weekend retreats including our […]

By January 8, 2016 0 Comments Read More →
Making Your Smallholding Pay

Making Your Smallholding Pay

  A smallholding means all things to all people: a lifetime dream, an escape to a more sustainable way of life, or a viable business, to name a few. Author of the popular ‘Smallholder’s Diary’ in Home Farmer, Dot Tyne,  considers the realities of making your smallholding pay. See also: How Much Land to Be […]

By November 10, 2015 0 Comments Read More →
How Much Land for Self-sufficient Living?

How Much Land for Self-sufficient Living?

Dot Tyne assesses how, with hard work and planning, a smaller holding might just achieve self-sufficiency in terms of food for the family and looks at how much land you need to be self-sufficient and how to plan it out. See also: The Self-sufficient Garden   Firstly let’s ask the question: what actually constitutes a […]

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