The Sustainable Smallholding is the blog and internet name for the Wolds Woodland Farming Project. A 4 acre Smallholding in Lincolnshire, a Permaculture Association LAND Demonstration project, designed and run using Permaculture Principles.
To those of you who have kept looking for updates on the blog I’m sorry that I’ve not posted any new content for months. I’m currently on a full time college course, preparing to go to University this September (2015). So I’ve been focussed on getting my college work and assignments done, rather than keeping up with the blog.
The good news is that I’ve finished all of my written assignments now (late April), and only have one test to sit in May, so can get some updates written and posted.
For those of you who use Facebook, I do put up stuff on my facebook page. It’s not meant to have the same depth to it, but does allow me to put little bits of information and ‘stuff’ out on a regular basis.
I will deal with the 16 comments sat waiting for me to deal with over the next week or two.
The Sustainable Smallholding Blog
The Blog Page contains over two hundred posts, covering most aspects of smallholding. The posts include vegetable growing, small scale grain growing, chickens, bees, bee plants, hardy bamboo, and of course Permaculture. The best way to access posts on subjects that you are interested in is to use the drop down ‘Category’ menu on the right side of the page.
I was recently awarded the Diploma in Applied Permaculture Design, and my portfolio designs are all listed under the Permaculture Diploma Tab at the top of the page. They include the overall design for The Wolds Woodland Farming Project, my own Permaculture Design Process, my own Permaculture Design Method, my Chicken Scavenging System, and a one acre Forest Garden.
Range of Interests and Posts
I am experimenting with my own Vegetable/Grain Polyculture, trying to devise a method for growing all of our food from the smallest space possible, without importing fertility in from outside of the project. There are posts about Small Scale Grain Growing, composting, and compost tea that relate to this. My focus now is on research, especially Chicken Scavenging Systems, and Sustainable Grain Growing. Both of which will feature more in the coming months. I use Permaculture to design, and combine what I do to make it more efficient. One of the principles of permaculture is that every element should perform more than one function. By carefully combining, and building the designs using permaculture principles, I get more useful functions from everything that I design and do.
There is a Sustainable Smallholding Facebook Page, and I have had articles published in Permaculture Magazine, and in Permaculture Works, which is the magazine of the Permaculture Association.
I welcome comments on the blog posts, and answer all of them. There is an option to subscribe to the blog by email, and I would encourage you to do that. I post less frequently than I used to, so getting an email alert is a good way to stop you having to keep checking for new content.
Finally there is the option to visit us. We are one of three Permaculture Association LAND projects based in Lincolnshire. Why not come and look around a part of Permaculture Lincolnshire?