The Magpie Inkcap

The genus coprinopsis indicates a mushroom that appears similar to those within the coprinus genus, which in Latin means ‘living on dung’. Whilst this is befitting for some mushrooms, it is not suited to this particular species, which I found amongst the leaf litter on a walk in the woods last November. Fortunately, the location in which I found the mushroom – a damp shady spot … Continue reading The Magpie Inkcap

Redefining Roundup

Roundup. The infamous herbicide used in agriculture, spreading weed-killing glyphosate on soils worldwide. Owned by Monsanto, which also happens to be the company that produces genetically modified seeds which are tolerant to the chemicals in Roundup. Thus, everything is modified. At first glance it might not seem so harmful: using a molecule to get rid of persistent weeds – no back bending, no fiddling around … Continue reading Redefining Roundup

Olive Picking in Las Alpujarras

November. Last year we were swiftly escaping a rather dramatic workaway in an abandoned village in the middle of nowhere, and were left in limbo as we had little money and nowhere to go. Winter isn’t the best time for WOOFing, (volunteering on an organic farm), and it’s probably quite obvious why. Wind, rain, snow – not ideal conditions for gardening. So for this reason … Continue reading Olive Picking in Las Alpujarras

What is Permaculture?

Permaculture is a word that’s used a lot in the field of working with the land. When we first started using workaway, we’d see a lot of projects using the tag ‘permaculture’, and as it was alongside such labels as ‘self-sufficiency’, ‘eco-living’ and ‘community’, our interests were piqued and we decided to learn more. Who is Permaculture for? Anyone working with the land. In a … Continue reading What is Permaculture?