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July Flower of the Month: The Chaste Tree (MT: Siġra tal-Virgi)
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July Flower of the Month: The Chaste Tree (MT: Siġra tal-Virgi)

Purple and lilac are once again the colours of this month’s featured flower thanks to the spectacular blooming of the Chaste Tree (Vitex agnus-castus)  which occasionally has pinkish lighter flowers.  Known with various names in both Maltese (Għadiba, Bżar tal-Patrijiet) and English (Chasteberry, Monk’s Peppers) this deciduous Mediterranean species is one of the only indigenous...

Urban permaculture and mental health during and after the pandemic
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Urban permaculture and mental health during and after the pandemic

One can feel that Heaven is here on Earth, especially when we look at and consciously connect with Nature and its immense complexity and intelligence. Many of us who practise permaculture or organic gardening have known for a long time that being in Nature is healing and lifting the Spirit. Just this last year researchers from...

How can we have a better food system?
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How can we have a better food system?

In recent years, EU citizens have become more sensitive to the effects of healthier food, especially from local and organic production chains[1]. It should be noted, though, that in general, healthier food products such as those from organic farming are not accessible to all populations. These products are often sold at a higher price than...

Everything comes from the soil, and returns to the soil’ Satish Kumar.
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Everything comes from the soil, and returns to the soil’ Satish Kumar.

‘As humanity hangs at a precipice, we need shifts that can be made by each of us, with far reaching implications for the planet and all people’. Vandana Shiva We are all becoming increasingly aware of how our daily actions are contributing to the destruction of our planet. The younger generation holds a stronger desire...