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.

Beating the Blues with ‘Bloom’

The Garth Hillside Organic Garden is delighted to hear that they have received funding from Health Diverse, with monies raised through the Health Lottery, to deliver an exciting new project – Bloom.   We’ll be using gardening and the unique features of the community garden to address mild to moderate depression and anxiety or just general low mood. Sessions will include some gentle gardening, mindfulness, preparation of a shared lunch with produce from the garden and wellbeing action planning. Another benefit is the opportunity to connect with like minded people and learn more about the 5 ways to wellbeing.


The course will be delivered over 12 weeks and our first starts in March 2013. For more details and how to get involved contact: Project Lead Jenny Naylor on 07946 596092 or email: garthorganic@gmail.com


Life after Growth: Economics for Everyone


Directed, Written, Shot, and Edited by Leah Temper and Claudia Medina


The economic crash of 2008 revealed not only the frailty and vulnerability of the economic system, it also showed the false basis that the growth economy is built on – the financial bubble grows bigger and crashes bigger, but we don’t seem to be getting any happier. To the contrary, we suffer from greater job insecurity and environmental chaos threatens.

The prescription from the mainstream economists is more growth – but is this just taking more of what ails us?

Has growth become uneconomic?

Is there another way?

This film is part of an ongoing project to document the rise of a new movement – calling not for more economic growth, but LESS. The degrowth movement, or “mouvement por le decroissance”, argues that through a voluntary reduction of the economy we can work less, consume less and live better, fuller lives.

Many have been pointing out that our current economic system is leading us to an environmental
and social catastrophe. “Life After Growth” begins to point to the people and communities who are looking for ways out. These are the pioneers who are rethinking the role of economics in our lives, and are engaging in different types of economic activity, right now.

The D word is still taboo in many circles – politicians are loath to go against the growth orthodoxy that our society is based on. But everywhere people are engaging in degrowth type activity – the beginning of a wave that is laying the groundwork for a post-capitalist future…

Because it’s not the size of the economy that counts, it’s how you use it!


This film was made with the support of the Fundació Autònoma Solidària,
Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona

Plants for Healing – Berries! … a workshop. 6/10/2012, 10am-4pm

A day exploring the medicinal properties of the plants that surround us with a practical session in their application.

Following on from the success of our previous courses at The Garth Hillside Organic Garden, Glyn Ceiriog, Pip Waller will be holding her third workshop at the garden on Saturday, 6th October, 10.00-16.00. This will cover an exploration of the medicinal properties of the garden and the surrounding area, plant spirit medicine and practical sessions in appropriate means of utilising these herbal properties.  There will be a particular focus on all of the wonderful berries that are available to us at this time of year.   Pip’s courses are really popular and places are limited so we recommend booking early!!

Organic dinner and drinks included. Cost £35* discount available to Garth Hillside members

Ring Jude on 01691 718127 or Charlotte on 01691 770628 or email garthorganic@gmail.com to secure your place