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  When I was driving Elizabeth David around Wales in pursuit of her researches into historic ovens for her bread book in the early 70’s, I did not appreciate her obsessive interest in how ovens worked. Now I get it, at least in relation to cob ovens. These ovens transform the flavour and texture of bread, pizza and roasted vegetables. Radiant heat given off by the clay walls cooks food quite differently from the network of heat-producing electric elements in the metal boxes we call…
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  My passion for good food, nutrition and understanding of its wider impact on our lifestyle stems from my background as a naturopath.   A naturopath's approach to treatment is completely holistic, looking at the whole person, including their lifestyle, and their emotional wellbeing, rather than just their symptoms in isolation.  I suppose, I was looking for a way to help people on another level, while promoting healthy eating and indulging my passion for quality food and …
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  On the 18th August a flock of beacons and pioneers from the Unltd Future sustainable social enterprise incubation pilot programme made their way up to West Lexham to get back to nature and build a community. Hermione Taylor of The DoNation tells us all about her experiences...   Some brief thoughts on our trip up to West Lexham   So much fun. Haven’t giggled so much in ages! Fab to get to know everyone better, as people more than just their projects. Spending the …
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Rockets Stoves Rock!

Aug 18, 2011
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This is the first in the series of "Tools, Skills and Communities for a Sustainable Future" looking at the tools and skills we require in a changing world. Today we are looking at Rocket Stoves because they have the potential to massively reduce deforestation, emissions/pollution and deaths - in my book that makes them totally rock!   Half of the world's population still cooks with wood or coal on open fires and stoves.   According to the World Health Organisation the smoke from…
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Reboot_

Aug 15, 2011
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Have you tried... Real Life? from babycakes romero on Vimeo.   Just one week and counting until Reboot_Camp 2011.  This invigorating weekend getaway is aimed at exploring collective creativity and teamwork and is a chance to unplug, connect, and reboot.  Through action learning and unfettered dialogue, the Reboot team will partake in social design labs that foster innovative responses to challenges.     Rebooters will also enjoy cooking, swimming, hiking, creativit…
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  It was a huge compliment to West Lexham that our achievements should merit an invite to an international festival on sustainability to talk about it as a leading example of localisation and positive change. And who would turn down such an offer?! Not me.    So off I flew (yes the irony, but sometimes its worth it) to the land famed to be the world leader in green living. And what a show! Nestling the blueberry filled forests around a glittering lake the festival made use …
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    ‘You are what you eat’ has never been more critical. With an increase in heart disease, diabetes and digestive problems in the UK, as well as reliance on ‘fast-food’ and ‘ready meals’, now is the perfect time to take control of your health.   If you lack energy, your skin is ageing and you can’t seem to lose excess weight, you are probably not giving your body the fuel it needs to thrive. Living foods are packed with life-enha…
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  With a select group of adventurers  I spent a deeply enriching weekend exploring outer and inner landscapes at West Lexham. After a lovely dinner together on Friday evening and a chance to get to know each other across the flickering flames of the campfire, we began the workshop by taking a leisurely tour of the site, finding the wild places and the nooks and crannies we might visit during our adventure to come. Treasures were discovered along the way- pure white feathers, silken se…
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    One weekend in June a group of us gathered at West Lexham to explore storytelling, and how it might be used to understand and alter the dominant narratives that currently shape our world. For a long time much of the environmental movement has seen its role as shouting the facts in an increasingly loud voice. Certainly facts are important, but standing alone they will only take us so far, and possibly no further than we have got. Crucially, we need to be telling different narrativ…
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