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TreeThinker joins the Landworkers’ Alliance

TreeThinker has joined the Landworkers’ Alliance – A grassroots union representing farmers, growers and land based workers. We are proud to be part of this fantastic organisation which is providing small scale producers a voice on the future of agriculture in the UK.

In joining, TreeThinker has signed up to the principles of the Landworker’s alliance, which are:

“We stand for a food system based on the principles of food sovereignty where everybody has access to healthy, regionally produced, affordable food from farmers they can trust.

We stand for a food system that protects the well-being of people here and around the world, the health of the environment and the ability of future generations to provide for themselves.

We want to see power put back in the hands of producers and local communities rather than supermarkets and industrial processors.

We believe that farmers and communities must be at the heart of decision-making and have a strong voice in agricultural policy making.”

 

To find out more visit https://landworkersalliance.org.uk/

Scything

Scything is a traditional way of mowing grass or reaping crops using a scythe – a sharp steel blade at right angles to a long handle.

TreeThinker Scythe - Advantages of scything

Advantages:

Traditional – Scything has been in use in agricultural practices for more than 1200 years, and it’s seeing something of a resurgence of late.

Encourages wildlife – Wildlife has much more of chance to get out of the way, compared to alternatives, and the soil and vegetation aren’t compacted like with commercial mowing.

Low impact – It does not require fossil fuels and reduces the need for selective herbicides. It’s also quieter for the user and has no exhaust fumes.

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Versatile – Scything can be used for a wide variety of tasks, big or small, and with different types of vegetation.

Workout – It’s also a great way to workout; especially for the chest, legs and abdominal muscles.

 

 

Using a scythe, one person can scythe up to an acre a day, and it’s a great way to ensure a thorough connection with the land by experiencing it closely.

What Is Permaculture?

I thought it would be useful, as an organisation which has permaculture at its core, to give a basic definition of permaculture. However, I was stopped short, while there are some great definitions of permaculture out there already, one thing that runs as a theme is that there isn’t really one, singular definition of ‘permaculture’.

At conception, permaculture was a contraction of ‘permanent agriculture’ referring to a sustainable system of crop growth taking into account inter-related internal and external factors for combined tree crop growth. But since then, permaculture has taken on a broader meaning; as a philosophy which can be applied in all situations – the idea is of considering wider inter-related factors with a focus on sustainability. This, very broad, philosophy can be interpreted and applied in many ways; the Permaculture association says:

“Permaculture combines three key aspects:

1. An ethical framework

2. Understandings of how nature works

3. A design approach”

And Permaculture Magazine describes permaculture as:

“1. Permaculture is an innovative framework for creating sustainable ways of living.

2.It is a practical method of developing ecologically harmonious, efficient and productive systems that can be used by anyone, anywhere.”

To bring this to TreeThinker’s application of permaculture and to put it succinctly, it is possible to define permaculture as the implementation of agricultural techniques and design processes which work with nature to be sustainable, not only in terms of local food growth but also in terms of the wider ecosystem.