Who we are and what we're trying to do.
What Patch of the Planet is about
Patch of the Planet is a smallholding nestled in the working rural community of North Pembrokeshire, on the Southern foothills of the Preseli hills.
It's also a project, where we try to reduce the impact we have on the natural world, and find ways to live better.
Our belief is that every patch of the planet that us humans make a mark on, however big or small, should be nurtured and treated as the living, thriving part of this planet that it is.
We think we should be trying to live alongside and as part of the natural world and managing the land and our lives in harmony with nature.
To achieve that means we're trying to do a few things differently to the norm.
trying to live more simply and questioning what we need a bit more.
trying to waste as little of everything as we can and produce as much of what we do feel we need from what we have available.
growing everything organically, working to support the life in our soil and treating animals with care.
designing for nature as well as for us, in everything we do
innovating and finding new ways to provide the products, flavours and experiences we seek, instead of automatically buying them.
designing ways to live that reduce dependence on big industrial systems.
And trying to live in line with what we call "ecolocalisation" - supporting and being a part of an independent, local economy that sees the whole living area - wild and human - as one.
We want to put some of these ideas and experiments out there to share and discuss, so as well as running a blog, we run courses and events to share some of it, and to learn from others in return.
Who we are
Patch of the Planet is run by Dina, Neil and our daughter, in close collaboration with a collection of hens, ducks, sheep, microbes and plants.
We have been together a fair while. As well as achieving some things things we're individually pleased with, we also jointly ran a successful garden design company in the North West. It used permaculture principles to create domestic gardens that supported wildlife as well as people. That company was called Patch of the Planet, a name we carried to our own patch right here.
We also collaborate on the much more important job of bringing up and home educating our daughter.
Dina has had fun doing all manner of things, from acting to researching fungi in labs, coordinating a Friends of the Earth group, to teaching high school biology and psychology. She likes painting, singing and being a maker of things. Her finest creations are four wonderful humans.
Neil has been Head of Activism at Friends of the Earth, ran the national community orchard charity The Orchard Project and has been a campaigner for CND and Global Justice Now (then known as the World Development Movement). He has a certificate in Permaculture Design and is close to completing the Diploma in Applied Permaculture. He writes songs, likes dogs and is trying to find a legitimate reason to have a pig.