Some of the LandBase team went along to OffGrid festival this year, and we'd like to share with you some interesting organisations pioneering off-grid sustainable living and farming...
neld just outside of Exeter at Goffin Farm, the site is part of The Biophilia Project offgrid project.
The festival is focussed on skills sharing and community with workshops on basket weaving, rope spinning, jewellery making, knitting/crochet, forging, kiln making to name just a few! It was good to see these skills still being used and passed on.
It was spread out over a 4 days and we only made the Saturday so weren’t able to see all the interesting talks, however, here are the highlights from our day…
Stephanie Hafferty gave a talk on Charles Dowding’s 'No Dig Approach.' And Charles is leading one of the workshops on our Market Gardening course in September. There are still places left so book your place here…
There were innovators in off-grid technologies and we managed to go on a DIY Solar Panels Workshop with Ian Westmoreland from ‘Demand Energy Equality’ to learn about making our own household solar panel. We hope to offer some of Ian’s courses through LandBase in the future.
Another highlight was a discussion group lead by Joanna Dornan from the Agroecological Land Trust trying to find solutions for low impact, land based cohousing and land ownership. She shared her wealth of experience and discussed the successes and failures of community projects. Looking at the models of the Ecological Land Co-Op in Devon managing planning & permissions for 3 small holdings. And also methods from the Biodynamic Land Trust.
She also drew on Bill Knight’s talk the previous day on Restorative/Regeneration Settlements, and the importance of looking after our soils through sustainable small-scale agriculture with biochar methods by Ed Revill at Soil Carbon Regeneration in Swansea, Wales.
LandBase is organising an event on the themes discussed here - looking at the issue of land access in the UK, especially focussing on the gap between the amount of land available and the amount of people looking for it. It will be held on Saturday 7th October at Monkton Wyld Court, Dorset. Keep an eye out for more information on our facebook page and news page. Or email is at firstname.lastname@example.org
The Community Convergence tent was set up by wetheuncivilised as a beautiful outdoor cinema showing inspirational films and talks. If you haven’t seen it already watch the wetheuncivilised film – “A Life Story.” It is a story searching for our lost connection with nature and the land, and challenging the self-destructive system of western civilisation.