Case Study: Family-Fun Garden

This design shows a garden for a family in USDA Zone 7, Virginia, who want to make the most of their space to enjoy time together before the oldest children leave home, with space to incorporate the interests of family members of a range of different ages, while also growing more food and other resourcesContinue reading “Case Study: Family-Fun Garden”

Case Study: Intentional Community

This concept design is for a planned intentional permaculture community set in farmland and woodland in Idaho, covering around 10 acres at the heart of a site of around 25 acres. The idea behind the design is to create a community of around 25-50 people living in a sustainable way and collaborating to grow foodContinue reading “Case Study: Intentional Community”

Why a Slow Cooker is Great for Sustainable Living

I’m just finishing up work after a busy day and I am reminded once more just how useful my slow cooker is for sustainable living. Some days, when I have been flat out at work (like today) I really don’t feel like cooking an elaborate meal. But as we all know, cooking fresh, local orContinue reading “Why a Slow Cooker is Great for Sustainable Living”

Reducing Energy Bills at Home

Many people at the moment are worried about how much their energy will cost this winter. I won’t get into the energy situation here and now, but I thought it might be helpful to make a few simple suggestions to help anyone, even renters, reduce their energy bills at home: Heat only rooms that needContinue reading “Reducing Energy Bills at Home”

Sustainable Living: How to Find the Time

One of the reasons that people often give for not living in a more sustainable way is that they just don’t have the time. But I have definitely discovered over the past few years that thinking just a little differently can mean that you can ‘find’ more time for sustainable projects and tasks than youContinue reading “Sustainable Living: How to Find the Time”

Perseverance is Important in Permaculture and Sustainable Living

I am certain that I am not unique in having tried a lot of new things in my determination to live in a more sustainable, self reliant and eco-friendly way. Skill building and learning is an important part of making progress in this arena, no matter exactly what path we are on. In the pursuitContinue reading “Perseverance is Important in Permaculture and Sustainable Living”

Sustainable Living Tips: Living Lightly on The Land

Living lightly on the land is one of my key priorities, both in my own personal situation and in my design work. Everything I do is designed to limit imposition and maximise synergy and harmony with natural systems. Living lightly on the land of course involves thinking about many different things – from where yourContinue reading “Sustainable Living Tips: Living Lightly on The Land”

What Makes a Sustainable Home?

There are many different schools of thought in sustainable construction. Some favour an approach which maximises insulation and does not worry too much about the carbon cost of materials used. Others favour an approach where the sustainability of materials comes first. There is, of course, also a middle way, which involves treading the balance betweenContinue reading “What Makes a Sustainable Home?”

Sustainable Coffee?

Fairtrade? Rainforest alliance?… where should you turn when looking for a sustainable coffee for your morning cup? It can be challenging trying to navigate the minefield and find the most sustainable options for all the foods and drinks you enjoy. And when you do not live in a coffee producing area, it is worthwhile alsoContinue reading “Sustainable Coffee?”

Sustainable Living – What Needs To Change as We Return to ‘Normal’?

Today, due to underlying health conditions, I will be receiving my second vaccination. I will be heading out for that shortly. Of course, for most people globally, there will be no return to any form of normal for quite some time to come. I realise even more at times like these how lucky I amContinue reading “Sustainable Living – What Needs To Change as We Return to ‘Normal’?”