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Incredible edible – community food solutions

What should a community do with its unused land? Plant food, of course. With energy and humor, Pam Warhurst tells at the TEDSalon the story of how she and a growing team of volunteers came together to turn plots of unused land into communal vegetable gardens, and to change the narrative of food in their community.

Incredible edible is a UK based project that is encouraging other communities to follow in their footsteps and develop community based projjects based around food – mainly planting, growing … Continue reading

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Andalucía launches ‘efficient heating’ programme

Heating and cooling is one of the main costs faced by consumers and businesses. The minister for Economy, innovation, science and employment, through the Andaluz energy agency, is offering grants from between 300 and 7,000€, up to a maximum of 25% of the cost of renovating existing systems: heat pumps, water heating and poor efficiency equipment for the lates models that could save between 30 and 60%. Rafael Marquez, Director Genreal of the andaluz energy agency points out that climatisation of a SME can be … Continue reading

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Technology for a more sustainable world

The solar de hydrator

Why a solar dehydrator?
Where we live there are many small farms with fruit trees, that while they are productive are not viable to sell the produce fresh and the trees are left without harvesting. Dehydrating the fruit allows these small farms to create a viable way of exploiting their crops. The dehydration process conserves the food while protecting them from the direct rays of the sun and keeping most of the nutrients. This was traditionally done with figs, grapes and apricots, … Continue reading

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The solar dehydrator – Preserving fruit sustainably

The solar dehydrator project was born in 2010 as part of the renewable energy work group created by community project Coín in Transition. The group was aware that there is a large amount of mature fruit that was not being collected in the fields and fincas of the rural area round Coín. This was a great waste not only because we are losing food that is at its peak of nutritional value but also a lost economic opportunity to use one of our local resources. … Continue reading

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Novateam: Hot Success in an economically cold climate

Hot air into your house directly from the outside wall

Lars Merland, from Denmark, launched a new business which should make many people very happy because the Novateam revolutionary solar panels rid properties of damp and save a fortune on electricity bills. Lars started the business because he was fed up with the damp problem in his own house, how it was affecting his health, damaging the home and costing money. Realising that these are common problems because houses here aren’t built to withstand the damp, … Continue reading

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Change your home change your life

Feng Shui is the study of the connection that exists between humans and the energies around us, with three basic principles: everything is alive, everything is connected and everything changes. By balancing the three energies (heaven, earth and man) we can affect these things and attract prosperity, health and wellbeing. The natural energy flows were well known to ancient civilisations and they used them to benefit their lives. These skills were passed on secretly from master to disciple, reserved for the powerful and their advisors … Continue reading

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Oct 11 – 14: Curso de permacultura en acción

Un curso diseñado para proporcionarte herramientas prácticas y teóricas que te ayuden a vivir de manera sustentable y pacífica con la naturaleza, sus recursos y la gente.
En Caña Dulce experimentamos y disfrutamos de los beneficios de esta ciencia multidisciplinar desde el año 2001, en una finca abandonada desde hacía 13 años y que hemos ido creando desde cero.

PROGRAMA DEL CURSO
El CUIDADO DE LA TIERRA:
+ Introducción a la permacultura.
+ Principios, filosofía y ética de la pc.
+ Zonas, sectores, pendientes.
+ Suelos, acolchados, compost.
+ Diferentes sistemas de cultivo: … Continue reading

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La Chispa web relaunch

La Chispa mandala

This month sees the launch of the new la Chispa web site, overhauled recently to bring us up to date, easier to access and more interactive. Building on the success of previous versions of lachispa.net, the new site retains its high quality content and comprehensive online resource directory, southern Spain’s alternative Yellow Pages, as well as exhaustive events guide to classes, courses, concerts and festivals.

The resource directory now has over 2,000 entries – www.lachispa.net/resourcedirectory, so whatever you are looking for – yoga teachers, acupuncturists, … Continue reading

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Pump it up

Ram pump

Before we harnessed the great energy slave that is oil, for many centuries we still managed to do many things that we needed to using different technology. With the abundance of cheap oil, though, many of these technologies were sidelined and forgotten as we powered everything with the black gold. One of the key principles of the transition town movement is rediscovering different ways of making the things we need in the modern world happen without dependence on fossil fuels.

Eco fair FestiSol 2011, which … Continue reading

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Building a choza

Article looking at building a choza, a traditional Andalucian dwelling

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