James Hansen on climate justice

Concern about climate change and damage to the natural world was what inspired the Garth garden at its inception. Here is NASA scientist James Hansen, the Grandfather of climate change speaking on the subject of climate justice and the realities of what we are faced with. This is the science,  not the politics and he argues strongly for a carbon tax to help drive down emissions. The implications of this are significant and requires us all to think again about our relationship with energy and fossil fuels.

Hansen talks about getting Co2 levels back to 350 to be able to achieve energy balance again, on a planetary scale. This he states is the only way to stop a warming planet. The implications are enormous, and any soil scientist will tell you the best place to store carbon is in the soils. Organic gardens and local farms are net sequestrators of carbon and will have a big role to play in our future responses to both food security and carbon reduction priorities.

6 part Permaculture course in Llanrhaeadr starts January

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6 alternate weekends in Llanrhaeadr

This 6 part permaculture course presents an ideal opportunity to anyone in the area who wants the full design course experience but cannot find the 2 weeks required for the study. On alternate weekends and starting on teh 30th January, please get in touch directly with Sector39 or Dragons Co-op to find out more.

Courses this winter

Join us in the garden this winter
Join us in the garden this winter
We will be putting on some wonderful courses at the Garth Hillside Organic Garden from December and are looking for some feedback for courses you may be interested in doing…
Course we are planning:
Compost – An introduction, how to make compost, hot and cold composting, making your composting bin with tips and examples
The Domestic Alchemist- A course over several months run by the acclaimed author and teacher Pip Waller, herbal medicine practitioner: herbalists guide to healing, herb identification, plant spirit medicine, hedge witchery, healing salves, hedgerow recipes and heathy tips and tricks
Hedge Laying- A day of active involvement laying hedges at Garth
Wood and Straw-Bale Roundhouse Building- get involved at the Garth Hillside Organic Garden, learn how to construct an eco-building and enjoy being part of our exciting new development.
Let us know if you would be interested in attending and if you have any ideas for new courses for the new year : )

Food Inc and Farm the future

I have added this movie to the film section and recommend it to anyone who has not seen it yet. Made a few years ago now, but still cutting edge it exposes the way agri-business has transformed the food industry and farming practices in just a few short decades.

Here is the antidote, a look at the alternatives and a permaculture, ecologically sensitive approach to food production

Re launching the website

Garth garden was reclaimed from a gorse covered hillside.
Garth garden was reclaimed from a gorse covered hillside.

Running volunteer days each Thursday along with everything else keeps Jude busy most of the time. For projects like Garth Organic, with involvement from a wide but constantly changing pool of volunteers and community members jobs like maintaining the website can often be a job too many.

New content and up date info is what keeps a site interesting and engaged with an audience, otherwise they quickly fall into a torpor from which it can be hard to recover. With that in mind Garth Organic have teamed up with 39internet, a local service provider who host, manage and update sites for community and environmental groups.

39internet are based at Dragon Co-operative in Llanrhaeadr and have worked with a great many community groups over the years setting up affordable and easy manage websites and blogs.

Garth Organic is all about collaboration and building strong links across our communities and we appreciate some and support and help from another permaculture inspired community enterprise.