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Anenome flowers in the Schumacher gardens

Sue's View: Saving seed

Thursday 17 April, 2014

Sue considers the benefits of saving seeds from your best crop to re-plant, and also how to avoid ‘nitrogen robbery’.

Old Parsonage Farm

Food & Farming: A sustainable future at Old Parsonage Farm

Monday 14 April, 2014

John Channon, Estate Manager at Dartington, provides update regarding the future of Old Parsonage Farm following a busy few months.

Teign Valley train

Mary's Blog: Remembering the Teign Valley railway

Friday 04 April, 2014

As the destroyed Dawlish railway line re-opens after the 2014 UK storms, Mary reflects on the old Teign Valley line, and how her family were involved in both.


LandWorks update: Let's adjourn for lunch

Thursday 03 April, 2014

A new trainee gets the shock of his life when a figure from his past arrives on his first day at LandWorks.

Julia's Hot Cross Buns

Julia's recipe: Hot Crossed Light Buns

Wednesday 26 March, 2014

Julia Ponsonby raids the Schumacher College Kitchen cupboards to bring you a classic Hot Cross Bun recipe for Easter.

'Symbol', by Mic Chambers, in the LandWorks garden

LandWorks update: A question of trust

Wednesday 19 March, 2014

The value of transparency: If Chris isn’t clear on his own motivations in running the project, is it reasonable to expect the trainees to trust him?

Dorothy Elmhirst

Mary's Blog: How Dartington funded a blockbuster

Friday 14 March, 2014

Dartington veteran Mary Bartlett looks back into history, and explains how Dartington came to fund one the West End’s most powerful and successful shows.

Young trees planted by the trainees in the LandWorks garden

LandWorks update: A ripple of transformed lives

Wednesday 05 March, 2014

“Hearing another’s father telling his son for the first time, that he is proud of him” – Chris writes about what the first eight months of LandWorks has meant to him.

Stormy weather (c) Getty

LandWorks update: It's a team effort - but Dave's no help

Monday 24 February, 2014

At the request of his mum, Chris hails everyone who helps make the LandWorks project possible.

Chris Parsons at the LandWorks project

LandWorks update: The curious incident of the chainsaw trousers

Wednesday 19 February, 2014

Sherlock (aka Chris Parsons) tells the tale of the missing chainsaw trousers and reflects on the damaging effects of suspicion and the importance of trust.

Getting warm with Rydan, the super composter!

Sue's view: The power of prill

Tuesday 18 February, 2014

The discovery of a mind-boggling new type of fertiliser complicates Sue’s studies, although not as much as being pelted with horizontal hailstones.


Celia's blog: Abundant Life takes a step forward

Thursday 06 February, 2014

Celia writes to update you on the latest Abundant Life progress.

LandWorks 'bad garden'

LandWorks update: Different worlds collide

Tuesday 04 February, 2014

The LandWorks project is on a collision course with the art world. Will they find common ground, or will it be a disaster?

Sue Webberly with her inspiration, Satish Kumar

Sue’s View: I met my inspiration

Friday 24 January, 2014

Sue meets her inspriation – the ‘fascinating, inspiring, enchanting’ Satish Kumar – and discovers the amazingly edible Chrysanthemum coronarium.

The Schumacher students take a walk around the gardens at Dartington

Sue's view: Terrible territorial squirrels

Thursday 23 January, 2014

Sue’s week culminated in an enjoyable walk around Dartington’s gardens, but there was plenty of weeding to get through first.

LandWorks update: Post-prison challenges

Thursday 23 January, 2014

Chris discusses some of the challenges LandWorks trainees are up against in the difficult period after their release.

Heat propagator at Schumacher College

Sue’s view: Is community growing key for a post-oil world?

Tuesday 21 January, 2014

Sue’s been researching the consequences of our dwindling oil reserves – but there’s still plenty of pruning to get on with in the meantime.

One trainee's tree at LandWorks

LandWorks update: Did you say 'sharp tools'?

Thursday 16 January, 2014

Chris answers a range of often-asked questions about the project – and rights some common misconceptions.

Pruning in the Schumacher College orchard

Sue's view: Farming on a cosmic scale

Wednesday 15 January, 2014

As Sue returns to her studies at Schumacher College, discussions about biodynamic farming are interrupted by the rather cold reality of pruning.


Celia's blog: Could you be a volunteer for Abundant Life?

Friday 10 January, 2014

Celia writes to ask YOU to join us in keeping our ideas and Abundant Life connections going.

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