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February … An agroecological year

A monthly exploration of agroecological farming, folklore and nature by farm coordinator, Fern Towers February begins with St Brigid’s day, or Imbolc in the Gaelic tradition (meaning ‘in the belly’, referring to the lambing season), marking the beginning of spring. Although we’ve had some wild weather this month, spring is certainly in the air at…
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On living ‘inside the environment’

Jubilee’s Aaron Hanson continues his monthly blog on environmental and agricultural topics There is a comedy sketch I enjoy in which a news presenter asks a politician about an oil tanker accident out at sea.  When the politician is asked to comment on the impact on the environment he very firmly responds that there was…
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An agroecological year

A monthly exploration of agroecological farming, folklore and nature by farm coordinator, Fern Towers January … An Introduction to Agroecology In many parts of Britain and Ireland, Plough Monday traditionally marked the beginning of the agricultural year. Falling on the first Monday after the Twelfth Day of Christmas, it was a time to tighten one’s…
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How to be a good Nimbyist

Jubilee’s Aaron Hanson continues his monthly blog on environmental and agricultural topics The acronym ‘NIMBY’ stands for ‘Not In My Back Yard’.  NIMBY-ism is defined as ‘the behaviour of someone who does not want something to be built or done near where they live, although it does need to be built or done somewhere’. It…
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Community Volunteer days 2021

Get into the great outdoors with the third year of our community volunteer days! Enjoy taking part in farm tasks AND getting to know new people, in a safe and socially-distanced manner. Plus we’ll have seasonal organically-grown, chemical-free seasonal vegetables available to buy (cash only). Please note our community volunteer days 2021 are subject to…
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Complexity and stability

Jubilee’s Aaron Hanson continues his monthly blog on environmental and agricultural topics Humans, it is often said, cannot cope with complexity.  Various psychological studies apparently confirm and quantify the claim that we are only able to account for so many variables when totting up numbers in our heads, or to focus on so many things…
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Alternative Christmas Gifts 2020

Buy your loved ones a meaningful gift this Christmas and support the award-winning work of Northern Ireland’s first community-owned farm at the same time. Simply choose your gift(s) from the list below and send us an email to mail@jubilee.coop with your choices. We’ll send you an invoice for payment, followed by a gift card that…
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Economics as story-telling

I recently finished reading Doughnut Economics, an engaging book by Kate Raworth in which she sets out ‘Seven Ways to Think Like a 21st-Century Economist’.  Ms. Raworth clearly illustrates throughout that the underlying ideas or stories which we tell ourselves can exert a profound influence on how we think about ourselves and our world.  Hence,…
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To buy or not to buy

Jubilee’s Aaron Hanson continues his monthly blog on environmental and agricultural topics I love coffee a great deal; there are even some who would say I love it too much. Not so Juan, a hypothetical coffee farmer who, thanks to my coffee-drinking habit, is able to earn a living. But only sort of: in reality…
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Jubilee Farm's field of gold.

Community Farm Coordinator Role Advertisement

Reporting to: Managing Director   Hourly rate: £9.50 per hour  Hours of work: 21 per week (Tuesday, Thursday and Friday) until December 2020; from January 2021, 7 hours each week – the care farming element – is funding dependent.  Annual leave: 30 days per year pro rata  Start date: 1st October 2020  Organisation description: Formally established in…
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