Ben Hoyles, Brook Farm

Ben Hoyles, Brook Farm   Ben Hoyles lives at Brook Farm, on the western edge of Butleigh. If you have ever walked along the footpath that takes you from Henley Lane to The White Field – a small nature reserve that used to belong to the permaculture teacher Patrick...

Jem Bendell and Regenerative Agriculture

Jem Bendell and Regenerative Agriculture Jem Bendell’s appearance at Glastonbury Town Hall, and the launch of his book Breaking Together, marked an important shift from his focus on climate change to painting with a broad bright brush a picture of society’s collapse...

Early Days at Bridie’s Farm

EARLY DAYS AT BRIDIE’S FARM I arrived at Bridie’s Farm to meet Bon and Holly the day after their planning application for ‘A Food and Regenerative Farming Centre’ had been acknowledged by Somerset Council. Suddenly the gate was festooned with notices: the big...

No-dig Growing and Compost making

No-dig Growing and Compost making I am lucky enough to have an allotment, though it’s a small one. The traditional size for an allotment is 10 rods, poles or perches – which means 250 square metres. But like most people on the Town Council’s allotment site in...