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March … An agroecological year

A monthly exploration of agroecological farming, folklore and nature by farm coordinator, Fern Towers March fills my mind with one thing … seeds! It is the perfect time to begin sowing for the year ahead. Many growers in Northern Ireland have been struggling with seed shortages recently, because of disruptions related to Brexit. This sudden…
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Prayer Diary March

Pray for the work of Jubilee with this themed prayer diary, compiled by Jubilee’s Chaplain, Rev Gabrielle Farquhar, and designed by Aaron Kirpatrick. Click below to download.

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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