At the Oxford Real Farming Conference I attended the session ‘Shaping our future together’ organised by CTRLShift and facilitated by Andy Goldring. Rather than a presentation from the front, this session was designed to create a space for collaboration and planning between organisations, practitioners and networks building on the process started in Wigan, March 2018 at the initial CTRLShift: An emergency summit for change event.
The session began with a brief introduction and then encouraged participants to introduce an area of focus they would like to discuss. Folk then clustered according to which area they found richest and most relevant to them at that time in order to discuss that topic through the lens of three questions: Continue reading “Landscape Scale Land Management”→
Permaculturalist Ed Tyler has been exploring bioregional action and thought up on his own peninsula in Kintyre. With the name of his blog he has coined a new word for the re-inhabitation lexicon: bioregioning.
He goes on to define the word on the blog About page.
Bioregioning: from verb “to bioregion”; act of bringing your bioregion into existence through:-
grounding, connecting, celebrating, belonging
This usefully re-positions what can easily become a philosophic exercise in just thinking about bioregions into an action focussed process in manifesting bioregions.
He continues by inviting us to engage with some activities he associated with bioregioning, which I clumsily summarise as:
Make connections with nature
Make connections with neighbours
But it’s really worth reading Tyler’s longer form descriptions. Similarly he lists what Bioregioning involves:
slowing down, looking and feeling inward and outward to the land, water, creatures and people around you
making music, clothes, buildings, sculptures, relationships, furniture, poems, paintings and other necessities from locally available materials
cycling and sharing resources, money and energy within your region
growing and eating locally sourced, seasonally abundant, food
networking and collaborating with each other to build diverse communities and ecologies
I think that his simple rendering of bioregioning provides a good pointer towards ‘next steps’ after I complete the Bioregional Quiz questions (that’s right, I’ve not forgotten about these!)