A multi-tiered, desert 'forest garden' in Southern Tunisia, a traditional 'paradise oasis' since the pre-Roman era.

The roots of still continuing and evolving Traditional/Husbandry stretch back over more than six millennia in Southern Arabia. These collaborative and holistic principles and practices have also been shared and developed within and beyond the Muslim world since the 7th Century AD. In the UK, the past century has seen this evolving continuum of applied know-how and underpinning intellectual framework further researched, adapted, successfully adopted and thoroughly documented.

Our own continuing, applied research, documentation, demonstration and dissemination in the UK and overseas over the past four decades highlights the underlying, sustainable resilience, productivity and increasing relevance of these approaches in contemporary circumstances.

Indeed, as the world confronts the growing and now recognisably inter-related, major challenges of increasing poverty, population pressures, environmental degradation, unemployment, energy depletion, global warming and local and inter-regional food and economic insecurity, Traditional Husbandry arguably can reassume its fundamental position underpinning that most basic of human activities, the growing of food for the family and local community, that it has held for all but the last few decades since man first tilled the soil.

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ABOUT OUR WORK


The primary focus of our work is to enable disadvantaged communities to tackle their shared, urban and rural environmental, nutritional and educational challenges through their own collaborative, practical activities.

We achieve this objective by supporting the documentation, application and conservation of Traditional Husbandry, including creating or reinforcing the underlying, local cohesion and organisational strengths that are part and parcel of this threatened heritage. In stimulating practical, collaborative action, in carefully selected pilot schemes which typify examples of broader, grassroots and indigenous networks facing similar problems, our aim is to act as a catalyst for wider, practical action, regionally and nationally. Unusually, we also document successful, practical initiatives on broadcast-quality video to raise awareness of Traditional Husbandry in all its holistic elements and to support practical training programmes at the grass-roots.

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ARID ZONE ACTIVITIES


Including: a general introduction about our fieldwork overseas in rainfed and irrigated, traditional husbandry; soil, water, terracing and rangelands protection and household and community nutritional fruit and vegetable gardens

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ACTIVITIES IN THE UK


Including: a general introduction about our fieldwork in the UK, the Community Urban Oases shared by whole neighbourhoods, School Tropicallotments for children, teachers and parents and as 'outdoor classrooms', practical and curriculum-linked work with schools, 'raised bed' packs, seasonal growing instructions, Key Stage 1 & 2 cross-curricular resources, beacon demonstration sites and links between local food, landscape, heritage and rural employment and audio-visual awareness-raising and 'best practice' documentation.

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CURRENT AND FUTURE PROGRAMME


Including a general introduction about our continuing approach to the holistic totality of Traditional Husbandry, through our current and future programme to illuminate the underlying principles and re-establish the necessary, operational framework so that Traditional Husbandry Practice itself can be sustainably and holistically revitalised, demonstrated and disseminated widely thereafter.

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