Hefted Farmer


Author: Susan Haywood,Barbara Crossley

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781904524205

Category: Farm life

Page: 134

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This book acts as a good example of hefted work as it is written, edited and published within a hefted community. The Hefted Farmer is jointly authored by Susan Haywood and Barbara Crossley - the actual title comes from a champion of rural causes, HRH The Prince of Wales.

Animal Disease and Human Trauma

Emotional Geographies of Disaster


Author: I. Convery,M. Mort,J. Baxter,C. Bailey

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 0230227619

Category: Social Science

Page: 184

View: 5369

Many disasters are approached by researchers, managers and policymakers as if they have a clear beginning, middle and end. But often the experience of being in a disaster is not like this. This book offers non-linear, non-prescriptive ways of thinking about disasters and allows the people affected by disaster the chance to speak.

Inspiration in Science and Religion


Author: Michael Fuller

Publisher: Cambridge Scholars Publishing

ISBN: 1443843830

Category: Religion

Page: 180

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All sorts of things may be described as ‘inspired’: a mathematical theorem, a work of art, a goal at football, a short-cut home from the shops. What lies behind all these? Where does ‘inspiration’ come from? Does it derive from a source external to the person inspired, or is it the end result of sheer hard work – or is it purely serendipitous? Within the fields of science and religion, the word ‘inspiration’ might be thought to carry very different connotations. But is there a degree of overlap? If scientists and religious thinkers alike may acknowledge the power of inspiration, do we have here an important area of convergence between two important areas of human discourse which are all too often believed to be opposed to one another? These were some of the issues considered at the 2011 conference of the Science and Religion Forum, held at Cumberland Lodge near Windsor. This book presents papers from that conference, including contributions from such major thinkers as Lord Winston, Linda Woodhead and John Hedley Brooke, among other leading scientific and theological practitioners. Their wide-ranging studies – and very diverse conclusions – will be of interest to a wide readership.

Anglo-Saxon Farms and Farming


Author: Debby Banham,Rosamond Faith

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

ISBN: 0199207941

Category: History

Page: 336

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Farming was the basis of the wealth that made England worth invading, twice, in the eleventh century, while trade and manufacturing were insignificant by modern standards. In Anglo-Saxon Farms and Farming, the authors employ a wide range of evidence to investigate how Anglo-Saxon farmers produced the food and other agricultural products that sustained English economy, society, and culture before the Norman Conquest. The first part of the volume draws on written and pictorial sources, archaeology, place-names, and the history of the English language to discover what crops and livestock people raised, and what tools and techniques were used to produce them. In part two, using a series of landscape studies - place-names, maps, and the landscape itself, the authors explore how these techniques might have been combined into working agricultural regimes in different parts of the country. A picture emerges of an agriculture that changed from an essentially prehistoric state in the sub-Roman period to what was recognisably the beginning of a tradition that only ended with the Second World War. Anglo-Saxon farming was not only sustainable, but infinitely adaptable to different soils and geology, and to a climate changing as unpredictably as it is today.

British Sheep Breeds


Author: Susannah Robin Parkin

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 1784420816

Category: Technology & Engineering

Page: 72

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Sheep have been farmed in Britain for hundreds of years and more than thirty million sheep now inhabit these islands. The many breeds developed over this time have been carefully matched to their surroundings – from the hardy, seaweed-eating North Ronaldsay to the tough hill-dwelling Swaledale and the docile Dorset Down of the lowlands. Susannah Robin Parkin here explains the main differences between the various breeds and the qualities of their appearance, temperament, meat and wool, and also outlines the history of sheep farming and the way the industry works. Illustrated with beautiful colour photographs throughout, this is an essential introduction and guide to the main breeds and their classification into upland, hill and lowland varieties.

The year of the pyres

the 2001 foot-and-mouth epidemic


Author: Judith Cook

Publisher: Mainstream Publishing


Category: History

Page: 190

View: 8147

Early in February 2001 a young vet, examining animals at an Essex abattoir, discovered a case of foot and mouth disease. His discovery was to lead to the biggest epidemic of the disease the world has ever seen, the slaughter of nearly four million animals, the virtual closure of the countryside, major pollution of the environment from pyres and burial pits, the abolition of a whole government department, and the postponement of a General Election. The Year of The Pyres follows the story of the epidemic, and documents how mistake after mistake was made initially, thus helping the disease to spread. The policy of mass slaughter, promoted by government scientists and statisticians, has been described by many colleagues as "medieval." This book covers the cases for and against vaccination, along with many personal, and often tragic, stories. It also includes input from a variety of experts on the subject, and ends with the questions that need to be asked and suggestions as to how to ensure the tragedy never happens again.

The Cheating Classes

How Britain's Elite Abuse Their Power


Author: Sue Cameron

Publisher: N.A


Category: Authoritarianism

Page: 259

View: 1200

The cheating classes are among the most privileged members of our society. They are people with clout. Often they are wealthy - lawyers, bankers, politicians, bureaucrats. Few think of themselves as cheats. Yet rarely a day goes by without some of these influential individuals inflicting injustices, great and small, on ordinary men and women. THE CHEATING CLASSES tells the stories of eight individuals whose lives have been turned upside down by such unfairness: a pensioner is thrown into jail for failing to pay her council tax; a homeowner finds his dream house plummet in value and his business declared bankrupt all because of a planning blight; a father battles with cancer while the bank tries to repossess his house; a farmer's flock of sheep is needlessly slaughtered during the Foot and Mouth crisis, but he can get no answers. Asserting that the elite does not know better than we do, former Newsnight presenter Sue Cameron dares to challenge an antiquated and corrupt system and asks how we can retaliate against such self-interest and incompetence. Outraged and deftly argued, THE CHEATING CLASSES is a controversial and insightful probe into the true state of Britain at the start of a new millennium.

The Parliamentary Debates (Hansard).

House of Lords official report


Author: Great Britain. Parliament. House of Lords

Publisher: N.A


Category: Great Britain

Page: N.A

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Farm City

The Education of an Urban Farmer


Author: Novella Carpenter

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 9781101060179

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 288

View: 2411

Urban and rural collide in this wry, inspiring memoir of a woman who turned a vacant lot in downtown Oakland into a thriving farm Novella Carpenter loves cities-the culture, the crowds, the energy. At the same time, she can't shake the fact that she is the daughter of two back-to-the-land hippies who taught her to love nature and eat vegetables. Ambivalent about repeating her parents' disastrous mistakes, yet drawn to the idea of backyard self-sufficiency, Carpenter decided that it might be possible to have it both ways: a homegrown vegetable plot as well as museums, bars, concerts, and a twenty-four-hour convenience mart mere minutes away. Especially when she moved to a ramshackle house in inner city Oakland and discovered a weed-choked, garbage-strewn abandoned lot next door. She closed her eyes and pictured heirloom tomatoes, a beehive, and a chicken coop. What started out as a few egg-laying chickens led to turkeys, geese, and ducks. Soon, some rabbits joined the fun, then two three-hundred-pound pigs. And no, these charming and eccentric animals weren't pets; she was a farmer, not a zookeeper. Novella was raising these animals for dinner. Novella Carpenter's corner of downtown Oakland is populated by unforgettable characters. Lana (anal spelled backward, she reminds us) runs a speakeasy across the street and refuses to hurt even a fly, let alone condone raising turkeys for Thanksgiving. Bobby, the homeless man who collects cars and car parts just outside the farm, is an invaluable neighborhood concierge. The turkeys, Harold and Maude, tend to escape on a daily basis to cavort with the prostitutes hanging around just off the highway nearby. Every day on this strange and beautiful farm, urban meets rural in the most surprising ways. For anyone who has ever grown herbs on their windowsill, tomatoes on their fire escape, or obsessed over the offerings at the local farmers' market, Carpenter's story will capture your heart. And if you've ever considered leaving it all behind to become a farmer outside the city limits, or looked at the abandoned lot next door with a gleam in your eye, consider this both a cautionary tale and a full-throated call to action. Farm City is an unforgettably charming memoir, full of hilarious moments, fascinating farmers' tips, and a great deal of heart. It is also a moving meditation on urban life versus the natural world and what we have given up to live the way we do.



Author: N.A

Publisher: N.A


Category: Agriculture

Page: N.A

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