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Hackney City Farm

Just wanting to say a big thank you to Chris from Hackney City Farm for speaking at our Wee Do in store last night.  Everyone who attended really had their eyes opened as to what urban city farming is all about.  From feeding their animals, selling their eggs, teaching local kids who've been excluded from school, making bio fuel, producting food for and running a cafe, making pedal powered cinema, permaculture in the woods, selling second hand bikes, putting on introductory workshops in pottery, having gigs in their courtyard...the list goes on!!!  I would highly recommend going down to the farm and checking out what they're up to.

Chis Hackney Farmp.s. We have our next Wee Do coming up on 28th July... watch this space for future listings :)

Wee Do- Hackney City Farm

Our next Wee Do lecture is fast approaching.  On Tuesday 14th July, we will have Chris from Hackney City Farm coming in to give a talk at the Carnaby Street store.  He will be taking us through the trials and tribulations of running an urban farm, their involvement in the community, why urban agriculture is important, and sharing the story of their particular farm.

 

The evening will run from 7.30 until 9.30pm, with free organic beers and soft drinks.  Please email us (carnabyst@howies.co.uk) or call  0207 287 2345, if you would like us to reserve you a free ticket.  As always there aren’t many tickets available, so let us know as soon as you can to avoid disappointment.

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Check out their website to get an idea of what will be in store.

http://www.hackneycityfarm.co.uk/

 

We look forward to seeing you soon!

Expensive is cheap*

  • Posted by howies
  • 23 June 2009

(*phrase from real madrid chairman)

right now, the brightest, the best leaders, the best thinkers, the most driven don't go into politics. so my question is this: would we get a better calibre MP and therefore better government if we paid them more?

Interesting talks

  • Posted by howies
  • 17 June 2009

http://interesting2009.eventbrite.com/

first set of tickets go on sale

sept 12th.

(they are going to release 50 extra tickets, which would raise £1,000, which interesting spend on a ticket for Do, then they enter everyone who buys an interesting ticket into a draw for a Do Ticket-fingers crossed)

russell davies. genius. and all round top bloke.


Your shoes are

  • Posted by howies
  • 17 June 2009

alright nick

i posted your bike shoes to the bristol shop.

they should be there in the morning.

i think your bike ride around britain is just brilliant.

everyone here is right behind you.

we will miss your talent, energy and calmness for the next couple of catalogues.

will join you for a bit of the welsh section.

on your bike  sir

david

ride a lot, blog a lot

Solar Aid cycle

  • Posted by howies
  • 16 June 2009

Susie Wheeldon, Jamie Vining and Iain Henderson set off from London's City Hall on May 15 to cycle around the world (a 12,000 mile trip!).  The aim of their epic trip is to raise awareness and money for the charity Solar Aid.  It is a charity which aims to relieve poverty by providing solar energy to those in need.  Follow their blog as they go on their mission.  As from the last entry, they were on route to Lybia.  They are due back to the UK in March.  It's a great cause and a great adventure!solaraidcycle

Cooking with the sun

  • Posted by howies
  • 12 June 2009

 

A couple of months ago, I blogged about the environmental impact of primitive stoves across the developing world.  The £75,000 FT Climate Change Challange award was announced in April and the winner is a solar cooker called the Kyoto Box.

The cooker costs $5 to make and it can be used to boil and bake using the power of the sun.  The Norweigen inventor, Jon Bohmer, has also developed a more durable recycled plastic version.

It has gone into production in a Nairobi factory, which is capable of producing 2.5 million stoves a month.

Now that is progress.

Do sponsor

  • Posted by howies
  • 12 June 2009

this is a little do lectures sponsorship document, if you know of any potential sponsor pass it on.

Making China Green

  • Posted by howies
  • 10 June 2009

Windfarm in China

Talk is cheap.  However, according to this article in the Guardian, it would seem that China are making significant progress with regard to drastically increasing their use of sustainable energy. 

Is this the start of a new "Green Energy Race" between China, Europe, and the US? 

It is an interesting position - the Chinese government are able to push ahead with dramatically increasing their use of wind and solar power which, in no small part, is due to the political control they wield.  With few planning considerations, no compunction surrounding the displacement of residents, no shortage of cheap labour, and no political debate - the green revolution can move ahead at a startling rate. 

The question is, how do Europe and the US avoid getting left behind without sacrificing their democratic political systems and practice?  Answers on a postcard...................

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