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Green Gifts Now Available

We are now providing Green Gifts; a great way to support the creation of our organic, permaculture farm whilst giving a gift to someone.

If you’re looking for an ethical gift, our Green Gifts provide a sustainable way of giving a gift and helping the environment at the same time. Through sponsorship of animals and plants at Sharney Bridge Farm, your gift will help support the local ecosystem and encourage life to flourish.

Sponsorships include bat boxes for our woodland, re-homing caged chickens at our farm and the planting of wildflower bouquets.

For more information or to purchase, Click Here.

Top 3 Permaculture books for beginners

A reading list featuring top books for anyone interested in getting into permaculture:

Permaculture Design: A Step by Step Guide
Author: Aranya
ISBN-13 9781856230919
Giving a fantastic introduction to help get started in permaculture.
(To order: https://www.waterstones.com/book/permaculture-design/aranya/9781856230919)

Creating a Forest Garden
Author Martin Crawford
ISBN-13 9781900322621
A wonderful resource for making the most of a forest environment for growing food.
(To order: https://www.waterstones.com/book/creating-a-forest-garden/martin-crawford/joanna-brown/9781900322621)

The Vegan Book of Permaculture: Recipes for Healthy Eating and Earthright Living
Author Graham Burnett
ISBN-13 9781856232012
Useful guide to make the most of your permaculture crop.
(To order: https://www.waterstones.com/book/the-vegan-book-of-permaculture/graham-burnett/9781856232012)

Bonus Book:

The Humanure Handbook: A Guide to Composting Human Manure : Emphasizing Minimum Technology and Maximum Hygienic Safety.
Author: Joseph C. Jenkins
ISBN 096442584X, 9780964425842
A great asset for anyone growing food according to permaculture principles
(To order: https://www.waterstones.com/book/the-humanure-handbook/joseph-c-jenkins/9780964425835)

First month as land owners

After a rough start to our journey to set up a permaculture farm, things have begun to smoothen out.

We had to repriorities slightly, but with the help of some friends we have managed to set up boundary fences around the perimeter. We also managed to get started on planting; we’ve cleared a couple of small areas and planted a little garlic and some hardy spinach – adding mulch to keep it cosy as the cold weather creeps in.

Over the next few months we will be building some raised beds (like the one pictured below), setting up rainwater harvesting equipment and starting a compost pile, to get things ready for sewing next spring.

U shaped raised bed pic

The u-shaped raised bed allows for maximising of space when it comes to raised beds.

Renewable Overview

A brief overview of some renewable technologies are given below.

Solar PV

Solar PV is perhaps the best known renewable technology. It was actually first invented as early as 1860, since then the technology has come on leaps and bounds and the last 40 years, especially, have seen a dramatic decrease in the cost of solar PV at the same time as an increase in efficiencies causing them to become a cheap and reliable technology. The size of the system required depends on your needs and your building.

A typical household can meet all of their energy needs with a 3.5kw system (costing between £4000 – £6000) and with an average annual saving of around £800/year.

Solar Thermal

Solar water heating systems capture the heat from the Sun and use it to heat up water for use in the home.

A Typical system will cost around £3000, provides heating and hot water and can save around £300 per year

Wind

Wind turbines harness the power of the wind to turn a generator, a wind turbine’s output depends greatly on your location but for guidance A 1.5-kW wind turbine will meet the needs of a home requiring 300 kWh per month in a location with a 14 MPH annual average wind speed.

This size of system costs £1500 – £3000.

Heat Pumps

Heat pumps use energy in the ground to deliver heating and hot water. to the home. They work using gas expansion, similar to a fridge but takes advantage of this principle for heating rather than cooling.

As a rule of thumb, a ground-source system is likely to cost about £1000 per installed kilowatt (kW).