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Ed Hamer and horse, hard at work. Photo: Chagfood.

Horsepower - the future of farming?

Andrew Wasley

28th January 2014

A radical experiment in community supported agriculture is attempting to break farming's reliance on fossil fuels and unsustainable practices. Andrew Wasley met green farmer Ed Hamer for this exclusive extract from The Ecologist Guide To Food. more...
Doña Pascuala’s houses and yard, Lancaya. Photo: Sian Cowman.

Bolivia: harshening climate meets traditional knowledge

Sian Cowman

30th December 2013

High altitude regions near the equator are highly vulnerable to climate change - as are marginalised communities. Sian Cowman reports on how resilience strategies - old and new - are helping one Andean community to survive a changing climate. more...
The Peace Community of San José de Apartadó

Colombia: a community resists land-grabbing and conflict

Gwen Burnyeat

11th November 2013

Gwen Burnyeat tells of her encounter with a unique peace community in Colombia, who are promoting systems of local sustainability and guardianship that protect both people and the environment. more...
veg boxes

Five of the best…organic veg box schemes

Ruth Styles

16th January, 2012

Whether you’re looking for seasonal veg or slaughter-free milk, Britain’s box schemes make avoiding the supermarket a cinch more...
plant and soil

Greeks reclaim the land to ease the pain of economic austerity

Beatrice Yannacopoulou

10th January, 2012

A group of community-minded gardeners have turned a former Athens airport into a blooming vegetable plot, showing how Greece's eroded soil holds the keys to a revival in farming and a way to buck the jobless trend more...
Community farm in Surrey

How a community farm for London could end 'madness of flying and shipping in food'

Sarah Bentley

1st August, 2011

More than £800,000 has been raised towards the cost of setting up a unique farm - complete with green houses, polytunnels, irrigation system, woodland, orchards and a shop - that could help meet the capitals' future food needs more...
Warren Carter

How ethical food production can change troubled lives

Jan Goodey

26th April, 2011

From Slough to the Moulsecoomb Forest Garden & Wildlife Project in Brighton, Warren Carter is a radical food grower on a mission to transform the lives of troubled youngsters. Jan Goodey meets him more...
Community garden

Life without supermarkets: community action is the best way to beat them

Laura Laker

10th August, 2010

A hypermarket victory in Hackney demonstrates how local groups can help protect community shops... more...
Medway Court

How to start growing food on social housing estates

Christine Ottery

30th July, 2010

Estate community gardens are springing up in our cities - here's how to transform a derelict urban space into a food growing hub more...
Money

Life without supermarkets: forget posh organic shops; check out food co-ops

Laura Laker

13th July, 2010

To keep prices down, Laura shops around and gives food co-ops a whirl... more...

How to campaign for better food

Zofia Walczak & Matilda Lee

29th June, 2010

Concerned about the state of your food? Here are some ways to tackle the problem at root - from community gardens to animal welfare more...
Community shops

Saving and rebuilding community shops

Eifion Rees

1st June, 2010

Mourning the loss of your beloved local shop? With a little help from the Community Shops Network, you can set up and run your own shop and post office...
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Saving our perry pears, plums and cider apples for the future

Eifion Rees

4th May, 2010

How one group is restoring the lost lustre of England's fruit orchards, and why a landfill site turned out to be a blessing in disguise more...

Reclaiming a derelict site to create a community garden

Matilda Lee

23rd March, 2010

The story of how a group of dissatisfied residents pulled together, got funding, and created a blooming community garden where the work, and the rewards, are shared more...

The London Orchard Project: bringing fruit to car parks

Jason Gleeson

17th March, 2010

Fruit consumption levels in London are woeful, and as a nation we import huge amounts from abroad. Why not grow more, closer to home, amongst the communities that will most benefit? more...
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CASE STUDY: growing fruit and veg in the city

Ben Willis

3rd March, 2009

A host of communal vegetable gardens are springing up in the concrete heart of East London. Ben Willis meets the woman coaxing life from the urban jungle more...
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Urban Composting

The Ecologist

1st February, 2005

Imagine you could turn 30 per cent of your household waste, at no cost, into high-quality compost for your plants, while also reducing toxic emissions from incinerator plants...
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All hands to the plough

Ed Hamer

7th August, 2008

The community supports the farmer and the farmer supports the community. Why isn't everyone taking part in the latest agricultural revolution, wonders Ed Hamer more...
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A lot of fun - why allotments are good for the soul

Tony Baldry

19th June, 2008

Allotments are good for the soul and enjoying a resurgence in interest, says Tony Baldry, which is why local councils and developers should be required to grow their own
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Small and local saves the rainforest

News

19th July, 2007

Small, local initiatives are the best way to preserve tropical rainforests but are being ignored by governments, a new study has shown. more...
Investigations

The Barker Review of Land Use Planning

Simon Fairlie

8th March, 2007

Last December's Barker Review replaces democracy with economic growth. Ex Ecologist editor Simon Fairlie claims our land is being sold to the highest bidder more...
Investigations

England Vanishing

22nd September, 2006

How do we define ourselves in time and space? A new book England In Particular suggests it is the commonplace, the local and the distinctive that tells us where we are more...
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Boycott Coca-Cola

Max Keiser

1st February, 2005

Boycott Coca-Cola and make money for the victims of Coca-Cola. How much can we make?
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Seeds of Hope

Nicola Graydon

1st December, 2003

Ladakh is framed by the Karakoram mountains to the north and the Himalayas to the south. Yet even in this remote environment the forces of global consumerism are intruding. Nicola Graydon reports on the locals' inspiring defence of their culture more...
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Adopt a veg

Alexandra Abrahams

1st October, 2003

Have you ever heard of – let alone tasted – the Rats Tail radish, the Crookneck squash or the Prince of Prussia pea? We report on what’s being done to save Britain’s rich agricultural heritage.

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