At our May Meeting on the 9th, our guest speaker was James Ellson of Hayfield, Derbyshire, James manages a smallholding of 2.5 acres in Hayfield, Derbyshire. There is a large veg garden, an orchard, and a fruit cage. They have solar panels, a wood pellet boiler and spring water. His talk was entitled "15 steps to Self-Sufficiency".
It was a fully illustrated talk which was both informative and inspirational.
*It covered fruit and veg, and also poultry and bees.
*Steps included planting perennials, planning for problems, processing & storing.
*It was full of ideas on self-sufficiency and sustainability (Reduce / Reuse / Recycle).
*There was (a little) philosophy, humour, poetry, and quotes from the sitcom The Good
Life, the self-sufficiency guru John Seymour, and Henry Thoreau’s novel Walden.
*Some content was surprising, and maybe even a little shocking.