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Free to watch until midnight Saturday  14/03/2020

At more than a dozen film festival screenings so far (where we’ve been honored with a few Best Documentary and Audience Favorite awards), it’s been clear that the underdog heroes in this film resonate with people around the world. And Rosario Dawson’s stellar narration takes the story to another level!

I’m sure you know that the topic is urgent. Our planet’s farmable soils are running out at an alarming rate. And to put it plainly, without healthy soil, we can’t grow healthy food! But as you’re about to see, there IS hope, and there are real solutions.

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Of course all healthy gardens have animals and wild creatures as part of the whole ecosystem – that’s something we no dig gardeners whatever our composts actively encourage. This way of growing is not about excluding animals or soil life, but not using manures from farming and products such as fish, blood and bone. Obviously all healthy soils and composts have animal remains and poo in them, whether it is worm poo or the poo from a passing hedgehog.

Exploring ways of making plant based composts is so useful for all home gardeners and allotmenteers, especially those growing on smaller scales, because for many people composting food waste or accessing bulk animal manures can be difficult. So this article is for everyone, whatever you choose to eat.

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In the search for solutions to our broken food system and looming climate chaos, a revolution — or perhaps a devolution — has begun. In attempts to counteract noted harms resulting from industrialized agriculture, on the land, to the air, animals and people, some farmers are now looking backwards, to traditional methods of food production. Regenerative, organic, and veganic farming each hope to be the answer to the question of how to grow food while also rebuilding soil and trapping carbon. But the debate continues regarding what role domestic animals should play within these systems. 

While both organic and regenerative farming can include breeding, farming and killing animals for food and other products, veganic farming does not generally include the use of domesticated animals or their products in any way. 

Or, are there grey areas? 

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What is the Future of Animal Farmers?

Mainstream media would have us believe that supporters of a plant-based food system and animal farmers are enemies. These two groups of people are often pitted against one another on opposite sides of the climate crisis, although, contrary to this belief, The Vegan Society states: “It is the system that is at fault, not individual farmers, who are just trying to make a living like everyone else”. 

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Get fresh plant-based milks from your local ex-dairy farm

We want to turn all dairy farms into animal sanctuaries and we need you to convince these farmers to join the movement.

We work with farmers to transition from milk production to focus on producing plant based milk and convert their farmland into an animal sanctuary.

We believe that by uniting together with farmers and providing them with the tools they need to move away from the dairy trade, we’re offering a viable new opportunity for their businesses to be part of the growing plant based movement.

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How One Man Turned His Backyard Garden Into a Full-Fledged Community Farmers’ Market 

When Jamiah Hargins moved to the West Adams neighbourhood of Los Angeles in 2015, he planted a backyard garden so he and his family (wife Ginnia and daughter Triana) could enjoy fruits and vegetables. But that small plot produced more than they could eat. Not wanting all the herbs, lemons, and beans to go to waste, Jamiah posted on Nextdoor, the hyperlocal social network, to gauge his neighbours’ interest interest in a crop swap. The turnout was substantial. Read how Jamiah turned that initial meeting into a full-fledged community farmers’ market. 

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Planting fruit tree with Aranya

We know we need to plant more trees. A variety fruit tree is a gift from our ancestors to ourselves, our family and future generations, so it's good to give each one the best chance of success at planting time. Aranya shares the most important things to consider when buying one or more fruit trees, and explains why he and his partner Jules allow around an hour to plant each one in their garden.

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Veganic Gardening Tips for March

  • Make your own potting and seed sowing compost or buy organic peat-free.
  • Wait for soil to warm up thoroughly before sowing later in the month.
  • Prune roses, and give all perennials a feed of home-made compost to help Spring growth.
*We are referring you to Garden Organic's excellent growing know how but please be aware they recommend techniques that are not always veganic in regards to fertility or pest and disease.


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Organiclea has box schemes, courses and volunteer opportunities 

Come to an open day on the last Sunday of every month, from 12-4. Or come and volunteer during the week, on Wednesdays and Fridays 11am-4pm, and Tuesday afternoons 1.30-4pm. Volunteer start dates take place on the 1st Wednesday and 3rd Friday of every month. Contact us for more information about this opportunity.
Organiclea grows all its produce with veganic methods, free from any animal inputs.
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Chyan Wellbeing Fayre

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Volunteers Needed
VON have a number of stalls coming up in Manchester, Leeds and Liverpool.
Please get in touch if you would like to help out  or if you would like to do a stall in your area. 

Free Digital Issue of Growing Green International (GGI44)

GGI is the magazine of the Vegan Organic Network which promotes the growing of healthy food without the use of chemicals or animal inputs to the public and commercial growers.
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