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Tue 13-Jul-10
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Danny
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We have the idea to list a very selective number of great sites that contribute something tangible and worthwhile to the greater good for self-sufficiency. Like the clay oven site by Simon Brookes that Shereen unearthed.

Feel free to list your nominations here in this thread. We will add the best of them to a Resources section in the left hand panel of the main blog. We will be very picky, so please do not be offended if one of your favourites doe not make it. Just try again!

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Wed 14-Jul-10
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SandyC
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Do you mean that the site must have the info online or that the site offers courses elsewhere?

We have found the answer to our cherry problem At Brogdale farm RHS experimental farm....we are booking one of their orchard courses.

River Cottage site has lots of courses.

The more people I meet, the more I love my animals!

Wed 14-Jul-10
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The magazine Home Farmer run quite a few courses besides having quite a good magazine for those starting out.

The Centre for Alternative Technology has a lot of resources too, such as books and courses as well as some online factsheets.

Practical Action is an organisation for tackling poverty in developing countries with appropriate technologies but they also have fact sheets that show you the low tech solutions they come up with.

Well they are the ones that spring to mind Whistle

Wed 14-Jul-10
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Danny
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Sandy - I am not sure what I mean! Most likely sites that provide detailed instructions for a really practical solution that solves some self sufficiency need and ideally at zero or very low cost. Joanna - fact sheets fit the bill. I will browse those sites you mentioned later today.

HFW's is an excellent site but it is a commercial venture and courses cost money. Anyway, I think everybody knows about HFW. I am after more hidden gems really.

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Wed 14-Jul-10
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Have you met Atomic Shrimp?

 

http://www.atomicshrimp.com/st/content/projects/

 

 

For advice... practical, fun or downright barmy...

 

Best wishes

Celia

 

PS: have you had rain yet at the Cottage-Smallholding? Here at the Cochinery we've had two trivial showers, not enough to wet the soil below 1mm.

 

 

 

Wed 14-Jul-10
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Celia, how good to see you here.  You were very naughty to post that link - I now have to spend a lot of time there!

We had quite a lot of rain here yesterday, you could almost hear the gardens sighing in relief.

 

I'll try that again!

Wed 14-Jul-10
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That looks really interesting and worthwhile, Celia. He has lots of useful stuff on hedgerow foraging.

We had a shower for 45 minutes yesterday afternoon. But I am sure that the true British Summer (!) is just around the corner. I wonder if this has been the best summer so far since 1976?

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Wed 14-Jul-10
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Hi Danny

 

Driest first 6 months of the year for 81 years, apparently!

 

The driest place in the country is Higham, which I think is nearer to you guys than it is to us. There's an agricultural research company that keeps stats:

http://www.rothamsted.ac.uk/broom/weather/July.php

 

The plus side is we may (please, please let it be true!!!) get our much longed for bumper crop of figs Laugh but just don't tell the squirrels or birds.

Celia

Thu 15-Jul-10
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Here's another site for you Danny, lots of good reading.

I'll try that again!

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