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TLP 10 – Get Digging!

The first of a series of posters designed to raise awareness of our current reliance on oil and oil based products.

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As cheap fuel begins to disappear and prices rise our dependence on fossil fuels will become more and more obvious. All areas of our lives will have to change.

The changes that need to be made, rather than being sacrifices, could greatly enhance our lives. We have the potential to create a much more rewarding way of life.

People will soon need to become more self reliant, the work that was done by the oil may need to be done by you.

To give you a real example, and put this all into perspective, here’s a picture of me preparing a bed for planting in the spring. It took the best part of a day to dig this bed over and remove all the weeds.

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Here’s a tractor doing the same thing in seconds…

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And remember, later in the year the tractor will be round again, spraying (oil based) fertiliser, pesticides and the like, and I will be round again, on my knees for hours, individually pulling out weeds and making brews of comfry and nettle tea to feed my plants. I can’t wait! Honest!

Learn some skills, get to know the people around you, grow some food. Get digging.

Download the full sized poster to print out and stick up here

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Loop is slowly coming out of hibernation

It’s the 1st of February and slowly but surely the days are becoming a little longer; the light peeps timidly through the curtains when we wake and spring feels almost within reach. Almost but not quite. The ground is still hard and thoughts of home grown vegetables and warm summer evenings are still but a mere thought in the back of our mind.

The loop project team have been hard at work during our winter hibernation. We may be sleeping a lot and using the long nights to restore our mental and spiritual energy but we have had the fire stoked day and night, the seed catalogues have been read and re-read and preparations are being made for an allotment onslaught once the frosty fingers of winter are pulled away.

We have also been busy in the kitchen making breads. The oven has been full of Apple Cider Vinegar muffins, maize baguettes, white milk loaves, borodinksy rye and scottish morning rolls. Soups with seasonal vegetables from the organic shop in Llanidloes such as Borscht and other warming soups have kept us going during the harsh winter of 2009/2010.

Fermenting is the most exciting thing that is happening food-wise in Loop HQ. We have been busy reading a great book by Sandor Ellis Katz called Wild Fermentation. In it he has detailed fermentation processes from across the world, bringing back processes and techniques that have long been forgotten in some cultures. We started out with a simple sour beet recipe and have also made yoghurt, kefir, kombucha and there are dozens of other things we can’t wait to do. It seems like culture and society were built on fermented foods. Without them humans couldn’t store and process food – nowadays we just stick food and drink into the fridge or freeze. However I really think knowing a little about fermentation could benefit us all. Just think about what is fermented in your normal daily diet…

Plans are also being made for the Summer months. We have bought tickets for our first festival, The Dark Mountain Festival up in North Wales. Then there are plans to help at Sunrise Celebration at the end of May.

We are also starting to realise just how much goes on around Llanidloes. The Loop Project have found a very good place to call home.

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TLP 8 – Website for Artisan Chocolatier

Liverpool based artisan chocolatier, The Chocolate Cellar needed to update their website. A brand new website was created which was more consistent with their branding, and included lots more information on the products and services they offer. Visit www.thechocolatecellar.co.uk to see the full site.

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Once the main website was complete we then set to work on an online store meaning their customers could get their Christmas treats sent direct to their home.

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The client was very happy with the work and we now work closely with them each month to develop the website and create new marketing materials.

The next project for the Chocolate Cellar, “We Care” is a leaflet which raises awareness about how they help local businesses and charities as well as outlining what steps they are taking to minimise their impact on the environment.

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TLP 9 – Pisco “World of Tomorrow”

The third in a series of posters designed to advertise nights ran by Sheffield music promoters “Pisco Presents”. It was to be a “Retro-Future” night taking its inspiration from the likes of 80s TV series, “Tomorrow’s World”.

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