Radical off grid farm fighting 4 food sovereignty - WWOLFing with Teeth

Sam tony at cultureshop.org.uk
Thu Oct 25 20:35:46 BST 2012

<http://wwolfing.wordpress.com/2012/10/01/fivepenny>Fivepenny Farm


<http://wwolfing.wordpress.com/2012/10/01/fivepenny>29 Oct - 2 Nov

We are a small mixed farm near the sea and very proud of being 100% 
off grid, producing our own electricity from wind turbines. We 
produce delicious ecological veggies, meat, preserves, herbal 
products and cheese.

Come to learn how we do it and to be a huge help to us volunteering, 
creating winter polytunnel beds,  a new goat house from cob, making 
cheese and apple pressing.
We have loads of kids and animals and cider and fun...

No need for a tent - accommodation will be in our timber frame barn 
upstairs (as a group) or a caravan with a wood stove.


Tuck into meals made from our own or local produce - we are an animal 
based farm with our own meat, milk and cheese, but can cater for 
vegans and other special diets.

If you're interested in low-impact developments (like straw bale 
homes on eco-smallholdings) and how the planning system in England 
tends to work against them, we've got lots of experience of the 
joyous planning system. We have links with Chapter 7, which gives 
advice on setting up low-impact developments and how to navigate the 
planning system.

We are also very active in UK food sovereignty activism, the Land is 
Ours and Via Campesina. If you'd like to find out about food 
sovereignty activism, here is a perfect place. Food sovereignty includes:
organic, low-input and agroecological farming
land rights, land access and protection against land grabs
seed saving, seed diversity and heritage varieties
farming that is knowledge intensive and labour intensive, rather than 
chemical intensive
local control of the food system, selling directly to the consumer
solidarity with global peasants' movements such as Via Campesina
Book now! Booking deadline: 20 Oct
Get in touch with Jyoti Fernandes
Email <mailto:jyoti at tlio.org.uk>jyoti at tlio.org.uk or call 01297 560 755
the closest train station is  Axminster, call me to collect you: 07875849754


Jyoti Fernandes: "The problem with international development, in the 
way it was taught, was that it seemed to be always about applying the 
"American path" to developing countries, which I thought was 
inappropriate. So, I dropped out of college, and began to talk to my 
father a lot about India: about the village where his family had come 
from and what their lives were like, and I realized how much he 
struggled with the consumerism of American culture and missed village 
life. I felt I needed to find out about Indian life, my father's 
background: I didn't even speak any of their language.

I travelled in India for about a year. The thing that really changed 
my life was visiting the Narmada Valley, in Gujarat, where there was 
a hydro-electric dam being built. There was a movement against the 
project and the environmental destruction it would create, led by 
activists who were followers of Gandhi's philosophy. Involved in that 
movement I felt more passionate, more at home than ever before: I was 
20 years old, I was working with people involved in non-violent 
direct action, who had their own ideas about development, which meant 
supporting local farmers and communities."

Jyoti's story in full

Fivepenny Farm is a 43 acre low-impact, sustainable smallholding 
where Jyoti Fernandez and her husband Dai Saltmarsh, with friends 
Oliver and Kerry Goolden, grow organic fruit and vegetables, and keep 
a small number of cattle, chickens and pigs. They specialise in 
growing traditional and heritage varieties of vegetables including 
many different tomatoes, selling their seasonal produce in Bridport market.

There is also timber-framed, thatched barn with solar and wind power, 
which provides a local food processing facility for a co-operative of 
mainly organic farmers and producers. They have an orchard, planted 5 
years ago when they bought the land, two small areas of woodland and 
are restoring wildflower meadows.

<http://wwolfing.wordpress.com>See more free radical volunteering 
opportunities at WWOLF: Wwoofing with Teeth


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