Winter Solstice 2012: biochar revolution

Winter Solstice 2012

Come and volunteer between Fri 21st and Sun 23rd December

Weather permitting, help prepare next years vegetable raised beds, replace a shed wall with cordwood and cob and build a biochar producing cob oven.

Shared accomodation in straw bale guest house.

If too wet to work, there are great beaches and walks round here.

Bring sleeping bags, surfboards if you can and bring wellie boots.

I will feed you with CO2 negative vegetarian food grown here, food contributions welcome.

I will demonstrate ovens and heaters which produce biochar and persuade you that biofuel watch are wrong on this one; cooking and heating with biochar stoves will be part of the shift to food and energy sovereignty.

I will need to know in advance, numbers limited. For more info, see Soil Carbon Regeneration.

Ed, 07765510030

Land & Freedom Gathering at Runnymede, London


You are invited to the Land & Freedom Gathering which is taking place at
Runnymede Eco-Village, near Englefield Green, Surrey on Saturday 24th
November. All ages are welcome.
A full schedule of the days event can be seen below.
For directions, transport information and a map please visit:

Schedule for the Land & Freedom Gathering.

Hot drinks will be available. Please bring food and refreshments if you can.

12-4 p.m workshops.

-Spoon Carving & Green Wood-working. Julian.
-Clay Sculpture- Stephen Vince.
-Make your own waterproofing naturally- Phillipa Auton.
-Introduction to Permaculture- Andy B + Matyas.

4-6 p.m Talks in the Geodome.

up to 20 minutes each + questions + discussion.
-’Why land rights are civil rights’: Kevin Cahill author of Who Owns Britain.
-’The radical history of Egham + Diggers’: Prof Justin Champion Royal Holloway
-’Planning law, land and livelihoods’: Mike Hannis, The Land Magazine.
-’Internet livestream feed from Ghana’: Mawukofi, Communities of Resistance,

6.30-7.30 p.m spoken word & music jam.

7.45-9.00 p.m bike powered cinema

About Runnymede Eco-village:

Runnymede Eco-village is home to a group of people attempting to live in a low
impact sustainable community established on Friday 15th June. It is located on
the disused land of the former Brunel University Runnymede Campus which has
remained vacant since being purchased by property developers 7 years ago.
Since being on the land, we have built low impact structures, dug a well and
set up renewable energy production systems.

For more info on the project, please visit:

Reoccupy the ZAD, France

We are alrady appealing for communal kitchens, marquees, musicians, batucudas, hut kits, materials, tools, tractors… looking forward for the reoccupation.

All enquiries to:

For info, see

English version of the poster (black and white)___________________________________________________________________________


Notre Dame des Landes (FR)/ Facing the expulsions

Demonstration of reoccupation !

To rebuild – against the airport !

Pitchforks, wooden beams, planks, nails and tools in hand

Meeting Saturday November 17th in the morning To read the call online or dowload posters, flyers…

The struggle against the airport project of Notre-Dame des Landes kept on growing in the last years. Among other initiatives, an occupation movement has spread on the houses and farmland threatened. A year ago, facing increasing threats on the different houses, huts and gardens, inhabitants of the ZAD and solidarity collectives called for a mass demonstration of reoccupation in case of evictions. .

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A radical off grid small farm

Fivepenny Farm

29 Oct – 2 Nov

We are a small mixed farm near the sea and very proud of being 100% off grid, producing our own electricity from wind turbines. We produce delicious ecological veggies, meat, preserves, herbal products and cheese.

Come to learn how we do it and to be a huge help to us volunteering, creating winter polytunnel beds,  a new goat house from cob, making cheese and apple pressing.
We have loads of kids and animals and cider and fun

No need for a tent – accommodation will be in our timber frame barn upstairs (as a group) or a caravan with a wood stove.

Tuck into meals made from our own or local produce – we are an animal based farm with our own meat, milk and cheese, but can cater for vegans and other special diets.

If you’re interested in low-impact developments (like straw bale homes on eco-smallholdings) and how the planning system in England tends to work against them, we’ve got lots of experience of the joyous planning system. We have links with Chapter 7, which gives advice on setting up low-impact developments and how to navigate the planning system.

We are also very active in UK food sovereignty activism, the Land is Ours and Via Campesina. If you’d like to find out about food sovereignty activism, here is a perfect place. Food sovereignty includes:

  • organic, low-input and agroecological farming
  • anti-GM
  • land rights, land access and protection against land grabs
  • seed saving, seed diversity and heritage varieties
  • farming that is knowledge intensive and labour intensive, rather than chemical intensive
  • local control of the food system, selling directly to the consumer
  • solidarity with global peasants’ movements such as Via Campesina

Book now! Booking deadline: 20 Oct
Get in touch with Jyoti Fernandes
Email or call 01297 560 755
the closest train station is  Axminster, call me to collect you: 07875849754

Jyoti Fernandes: “The problem with international development, in the way it was taught, was that it seemed to be always about applying the “American path” to developing countries, which I thought was inappropriate. So, I dropped out of college, and began to talk to my father a lot about India: about the village where his family had come from and what their lives were like, and I realized how much he struggled with the consumerism of American culture and missed village life. I felt I needed to find out about Indian life, my father’s background: I didn’t even speak any of their language.

I travelled in India for about a year. The thing that really changed my life was visiting the Narmada Valley, in Gujarat, where there was a hydro-electric dam being built. There was a movement against the project and the environmental destruction it would create, led by activists who were followers of Gandhi’s philosophy. Involved in that movement I felt more passionate, more at home than ever before: I was 20 years old, I was working with people involved in non-violent direct action, who had their own ideas about development, which meant supporting local farmers and communities.”

Read Jyoti’s story in full

Fivepenny Farm is a 43 acre low-impact, sustainable smallholding where Jyoti Fernandez and her husband Dai Saltmarsh, with friends Oliver and Kerry Goolden, grow organic fruit and vegetables, and keep a small number of cattle, chickens and pigs. They specialise in growing traditional and heritage varieties of vegetables including many different tomatoes, selling their seasonal produce in Bridport market.

There is also timber-framed, thatched barn with solar and wind power, which provides a local food processing facility for a co-operative of mainly organic farmers and producers. They have an orchard, planted 5 years ago when they bought the land, two small areas of woodland and are restoring wildflower meadows.

Harvest Heathrow: free foraging workshops

In 2010, a derelict car scrapping yard became a thriving organic community garden, with aubergines under greenhouses and potatoes in stacks of old tyres, all in the path of the proposed third runway at Heathrow.

Now we are delighted to launch a fortnight of free wild food workshops. The whole family can learn to make seed bombs, nettle soup, rosehip syrup, pickled spicy seeds and horseradish sauce for free. And what a delicious dinner those ingredients would make together! Take home a free nettle bracelet you’ll have made yourself; it’s softer than cotton and harder-wearing. I promise it  won’t sting! (Gloves are provided.)

Harvest Heathrow

26 September – 10 October

Date Time Workshop
Wed 26 2pm – 5pm Wild food walk around Grow Heathrow, discussion of foraging law and safety, and make and taste nettle soup
Thu 27
Fri 28 2pm – 5pm Horseradish sauce
Sat 29 10am – 12pm. 12pm: join bike tour Seed bombs. At 12pm, join CAAT’s bike tour
Sun 30 10am – 5pm Nettle bracelets and nettle soup
Mon 1 2pm – 5pm
Tues 2 2pm – 5pm Guelder rose jelly
Wed 3 5pm – 7pm Dried fruit: hawthorn berry leather
Thu 4
Fri 5 2pm – 5pm Apple and pear scrumping with trailers and panniers
Sat 6 10am – 5pm
Sun 7 10am – 5pm Gardening day
Mon 8 2pm – 5pm Preservation including pickling
Tues 9 2pm – 5pm Elderberry pancakes
Wed 10 2pm – 5pm Rosehip syrup and dried rosehip tea

No need to book – just drop by.

The timetable will change nearer the time, depending on which crops are the most abundant in autumn. Stay up to date with the latest calendar at

We are also now well on our way to a position of self-reliance. We produce our own food, use solar and wind power meaning we’re completely off grid, we collect water from the greenhouse roofs to feed the plants, fruit and vegetables, we use the rocket stove invention to heat our water and are equipped with four fully functioning compost toilets. Grow Heathrow accepts and is grateful for voluntary donations from guests for the continued running of the project.

Volunteers can get involved in the daily running of the community garden.  This will be mainly focused on fruit and vegetable production including tasks such as seed sowing, digging beds, tending to growing plants, watering, and composting. Other tasks around the site include sustainable construction work, feeding the chickens and cooking. On arriving at  Grow Heathrow, we will work out together where people’s interests are, and what work we can do.

Volunteers will have a place to sleep in the Grow Heathrow Guest Cabins.

Email Grow Heathrow at, or phone us on 07890751568.

Photo credit: Ealing Transition


Our address is Grow Heathrow, Vineries Close, Sipson, West Drayton, UB7 0JG.

From Central London: Travel to West Drayton in TfL zone 6 in 20 minutes by train from Paddington. From West Drayton either take the 222 bus towards Hounslow and get off in Sipson Village or follow the cycle path towards Sipson. Our site is a 1 minute walk from the King William Pub which is in the middle of town

Date Time Workshop
Wed 26 2pm – 5pm Wild food walk around Grow Heathrow, discussion of foraging law and safety, and make and taste nettle soup
Thu 27
Fri 28 2pm – 5pm Horseradish sauce
Sat 29 10am – 12pm. 12pm: join bike tour Seed bombs. At 12pm, join CAAT’s bike tour (see below)
Sun 30 10am – 5pm Nettle bracelets and nettle soup
Mon 1 2pm – 5pm
Tues 2 2pm – 5pm Guelder rose jelly
Wed 3 5pm – 7pm Dried fruit: hawthorn berry leather
Thu 4
Fri 5 2pm – 5pm Apple and pear scrumping with trailers and panniers
Sat 6 10am – 5pm
Sun 7 10am – 5pm Gardening day
Mon 8 2pm – 5pm Preservation including pickling
Tues 9 2pm – 5pm Wild food cycle to Cranford Park
Wed 10 2pm – 5pm Rosehip syrup and dried rosehip tea

Yorkley Court: Food Sovereignty in the Forest of Dean

We are recruiting for a team wolf-like activists that want to be involved in an exciting new project that challenges land rights and the status quo to promote food sovereignty in the Forest of Dean.

Yorkley Court

9-22 July

Yorkley Court is a grass roots project in Yorkley, near Lydney. We are creating a multifaceted project on an unused, unregistered, unowned piece of land. The project promotes ideas of a home cooperative, community land trust and community supported agriculture in conjunction with art and education to create a vibrant community hub.

This project is in its early stages so there is a lot of work to be done. You will need to bring camping equipment, wellies, any special food requirement stuff and a willingness to work. We will eat a largely vegan diet with skipped dairy and, if we’re lucky, game to supplement.

Come between the 9th to 22nd of July.

We currently keep pigs, bees and chickens. We are composting and practice no-dig bed growing. Come and learn permaculture techniques, foraging, growing and propagating, basic animal husbandry and natural building. Learn about our cob oven and compost toilet, help build a rocket stove shower and sing songs around the fires. We plan to run a permaculture design course in August or September and would love the chance to explore our teaching program with willing volunteers. This is a chance to come and learn about land activism, land rights, activism 101. We are building community links and plan to have a community open day on the 14th of July.
Contact us if you’d like to join the wwolfing fun
07588258503 (text message is best due to poor reception)

Be a steward at radical eco-festival of music and arts

Cloud Cuckoo Land is delighted to announce exciting opportunities to join our growing collective of boundlessly creative thinkers and doers to Wwolfers and Reclaim the Fields. Cloud Cuckoo land is a radical community-focused performing arts festival run exclusively by volunteers and never for profit, with every penny donated to small, radically localised community building initiatives.

Cloud Cuckoo Land

3-5 August

Exciting roles include: Festival Volunteer, Inspired Trader, On Site Creative Director and Minister of Misinformation. All have limited places.

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free baker’s hat

A genuine white baker’s hat, original collector’s item from Take The Flour Back anti-GM action in May 2012, will be offered FREE as a prize!

The best blog written by a participant on a Wwolf trip about their experience by June 30th will win the hat! Email wwolf AT riseup DOT net. Any questions? Comment below!

Eco-village occupation in Windsor from 9th June

Stand Up Ye Diggers All!


On Saturday 09th June, we will be walking from Syon Lane Community Allotment in West London to Windsor.  We will be camping for one night on the route.

Our aim is to start a community on a piece of disused land on the Crown Estate.

We plan to grow our own food, make shelters and live sustainably: to show an alternative to our system of crisis. We call for the right for everyone to be able to use the disused land to live on, free the yoke of debt and rent.
If you share our vision, and you are willing to work to achieve it, we welcome you to join us.

Meet Samson the horse: a farm of the future

Reclaim the Fields are delighted to invite you to volunteer at Chagfood and Steward Wood from 7-16 May.

A four-year-old Welsh cob cross Dartmoor pony is revolutionising farming. Samson is the heart of a project that keeps time-tested skills alive and proves that resilient low impact farming in the UK can be profitable. This is a taste of the the future of British farms amid peak oil: Chagfood.

Steward Wood, four miles away, is a pioneering permaculture project which fought the planning system and won permission for their community to integrate conservation woodland management techniques with organic growing, traditional skills and crafts and low-impact sustainable living.

7-16 May

Samson with Ed Hamer at Chagfood

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