NMB TN Newsletter – 29/06/2011



                                                    Newsletter 29/06/2011


 Supporting Local Business Just Makes Sense
Last week I came across emails and articles about our local dairy, Bushy Park Farm Dairy, having to close down. I find this rather disturbing considering the bumpy road we are on in terms of rising energy costs. If our local dairy goes, and the input costs continue to soar (if not the whole system collapsing), where will we get our milk, cheese, and ice cream from? I don’t know about you, but I have no intention of parting with my ice cream! So in response, I wrote this short article on the need to support local businesses within the context of today’s challenges including peak oil, climate change, and economic instability.

Support Local Business, Support A Stronger Local Economy:  https://nmbtransitionnetwork.wordpress.com/2011/06/29/support-local-business-support-a-stronger-local-economy/
(at the bottom of that post is a link to an excellent article by Rob Hopkins on the UK Guardian website about localisation)

After finishing the above article, I received a link from architect, Tim Hewitt-Coleman, to one he had recently written for The Herald which touched on many of the same points. One issue he raises is that “we have developed the idea that we need outside investment or an export programme to get our local economy to work.” Of course this idea is extremely flawed. Dependence on foreign capital will leave our local economy even more vulnerable to collapse. Read his full article here:  

Some other links you might like…

Tim suggests at the end of his article we could start growing our own food. Here is a 20min video clip done by Transition Forest Row looking at food initiatives in their area.

Whether you are just starting out with growing your own food, or have years of experience, it may be useful to keep a journal about your food garden to keep track of progress, designs, ideas that work and some that don’t.  It may well become a valuable resource for friends and the next generation that gets to enjoy that space.

Some clever recycling…
Upcycled wine corks to make bath mats: http://www.dailydanny.com/?p=4366

Giving that old denim new life: http://www.treehugger.com/files/2011/06/legendblues-recycled-denim-furniture.php

Bamboo is an impressive material. Its fast growing, and versatile in its use. Its a beautifulmaterial to use, especially in architecture. Here is school in Thailand with classrooms constructed from bamboo, where children are being educated about sustainability.

This is quite similar to Green School in Bali which I mentioned in one of our previous newsletters:  http://inhabitat.com/the-green-school-showcases-bamboo-construction-in-indonesia/

Upcoming events:

So the long awaited National Arts Festival kicks off in Grahamstown tomorrow and there are, as always, a number of interesting things taking place. Two things that may appeal to you:

  • A debate on Fracking In The Karoo. Panelists include Jonathan Deal of TKAG and two pro-frackers, Philip Lloyd and Ivo Vegter. This event takes place on Saturday 2 July, at 10am in Seminar Room 2 at Eden Grove

click to view program

  • Re-Imagining Creative Practice in Sustainability events
    The Re-imagining Forum consists of a series of lectures, workshops, exhibitions, performances and crafts that explore collective understandings of contemporary environmental concerns and creative practice in sustainability. View the program here

A little closer to home we also have the Kirkwood Wildsfees taking place this weekend.
In its commitment to environmental awareness, the Absa Kirkwood Wildsfees will be hosting the inaugural Growing Green Expo: Ethical and Sustainable Agriculture and Gardening. The expo will contain the latest practices and products of the Permaculture and Biodynamic movements. You can read more about the Growing Green Expo at  http://www.wildsfees.co.za/growinggreen.htm or view the full program here

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