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Film show: The Rebel Farmer

Sepp Holzer

December 2: Film show: three short films about the Rebel Farmer, Sepp Holzer: Farming With Nature, Aquaculture, and Terraces and Raised Beds, at The Vestry, Capel Newydd, Crescent Road, Llandeilo. 7.00 to 9.00. Doors open 6.30pm. Cost: £4 or £3.50 concessions.

Sepp Holzer: Amaethwr y Rebel ffermwr radicalaidd
Dydd Gwener, 2 Rhagfyr
Tair ffilm fer: Ffermio Gyda Nature, Dyframaethu, Terasau a Gwelyau a Godwyd.
Y Festri, Capel Newydd, Heol Cilgant, Llandeilo
7.00pm-9.00pm. Drysau’n agor o 6.30pm
£4 neu £ 3.50 cons.

Several local farmers have said to us that they are concerned about the change in weather patterns, the unpredictability of the weather in recent years. With our climate changing, this is going to become more severe in the future, with the additional problem of more extreme weather events. Farmers are wondering how to adapt to these changing conditions.

Pert of the answer may be to diversify, and to embrace different approaches to farming. With this in mind, on 2nd December Transition Tywi is showing three films about the man known as the Rebel Farmer.

He earned this name because he persisted – despite being fined and even threatened with prison – in continuing with certain practices that were not permitted in his part of the world at the time. These practices (and more) have since gone on to become widely accepted as being better adapted to the local climate and more productive.

These practices included, believe it or not, not pruning his fruit trees. Yet in Austria where he lives, unpruned fruit trees survive snow loads that will break pruned trees.

“Agro-Rebel” Sepp Holzer claims that he gets his methods simply by observing nature and working with it successfully. As a result he has built one of the biggest functioning permaculture farms in Europe.

Holzer has created some of the world’s best examples of using ponds to capture the sun’s heat, and of creating microclimates using rock outcrops to protect nearby plants from harsh weather conditions.

His own farm spans over 45 hectares of forest gardens, including 70 ponds, and is said to be the most consistent example of permaculture, or agroecology, anywhere, and he teaches widely.

The three short films are called Farming With Nature, Aquaculture, and Terraces and Raised Beds.

The films will be shown at The Vestry, Capel Newydd, Crescent Road, Llandeilo on Friday, 2nd December from 7.00 to 9.00. Doors open 6.30pm. There will be an opportunity for discussion with members of Transition Tywi’s own permaculture group, with the chance for new members to join. Cost: £4 or £3.50 concessions.

We’re seeking new members!

Care for the environment and people? Live in the Tywi valley?  Join us!

This group as a whole contains active working groups (see links above), but the steering group actively needs new members to organise events. If there’s something you would like to see happening in the area, or if there are films and swap shops you would like to organise, please join us by coming to our meetings for contacting one of the people below. You will make new friends!

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We welcome suggestions for new activities and events, especially if you are willing to organise them.

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