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The image (left) shows the cyclist motif typically representing me traversing the African landscape. The animals indicate the wilderness of my mind as I join them in their unity, beautifully represented here as if they were emerging from the soil of Africa. This journey started in Catalonia and passed through the north and west of Africa encountering the Atlas mountains in Morocco, the Saharan desert of Mauritania, and the Savanah of Senegal and The Gambia.

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    The olive trees and land are looking pristine with a close-up of olives (above) for pressing. We have at least 4 types of olive including the renowned arbequina which makes a most delicious olive oil. Cold-pressed and chemical-free our oil is also available in the Market with discounts for bulk orders. See also link above for other Bum Products and this weblink Molí d'Oli Tradicional for more in-depth historical information and the location where we press for our oil.


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    The front cover of the new books (right) entitled The Carob Pod: An Anthropological Guide to Permaculture and Petriarchy: The Law of the Land. Click on the images to read a 4,000 word preview to the first, and in the second an excerpt of the latest book in journal format, broken down into 8 editions including photos and diagrams. The new journal to be released starting April (2013) also includes my journey to the Middle-east on a bicyle and is open to contributions. Copies are available in the Market section of the website or contact SLP directly. A full synopsis and personal CV is available for VOLUME 1 and a short précis for VOLUME 2 also. See below also for the new Volume in the process of being written. Both Volumes 2 and 3 have been serialised in our journal. Go to the Market page to order a copy.

  • Look at the Market Place and you'll find an opportunity to advertise your wares. My sole motive here is to get more people reading this site. I have a few things to offer and in the future we hope to participate in the creation of a food cooperative that delivers to remote places. In the meantime I need to get the network more active, so here is the opportunity to advertise for the cost of a 1st-class stamp and a 10% cut on all sales. Give it a go!

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  • Even though we encourage the support of farmers to grow food and make a livelihood from it regardless of what political or philosophical association they might have, SLP remains a spiritual organisation for the purpose of developing the awareness of Providence and belief in God. Thus, future international contact will show no bias towards any particular religion or spiritual organisation. As well as this we have our own products for sale including olive oil and carob. I consider our very own Catalonian olive oil to be the best in the world, and I have tasted a few. All SLP products will go under the trade name of Bum. Go to Bum Products for a fuller description of our products and philosophy regarding the understanding of food and why I consider it asexual for the promotion of health and good toilet manners. Alternatively email SLP for a personal explaination. Please note, all products can be bought in bulk. Inceasingly I find that Virgin and non-Virgin oil is difficult to sell. And due to better practice it is unlikely that I will stock it in the future. Enquire within.

    Bulk orders of 5ltrs at £50/42/34 (plastic £2 refundable bottle) Extra Virgin/Virgin/non-Virgin subject to availability.

    Bum non-certified organic Extra Virgin, Virgin, and non-Virgin, cold-pressed Olive Oil in sealed dorica 750ml, 500ml and 250ml bottles. (Refills also available for 1 ltr and 750ml bottles provided by the customer.)

    1ltr £12 / 10 / 8 (refills only)
    1ltr £13 / 11 / 9 (not yet available dorica bottle)
    1ltr £11 / 9 / 7 (retailer's price - not yet available)

    750ml £9 / 7.50 / 6 (refills only)
    750ml £10.50 / 9 / 7.50 (50p refundable dorica bottle)
    750ml £9 / 7.50 / 6 (retailer's price)

    500ml £7.50 / 6.50 / 5.50 (50p refundable dorica bottle)
    500ml £6.50 / 5.50 / 4.50 (retailer's price)

    250ml £4 / 3.50 / 3 (50p refundable dorica bottle)
    250ml £3.50 / 3 / 2.50 retailer's price)

    Bum carob pods picked straight from the tree.
    Non-certified organic 1kg bag (£6/5 Mem)

    Enquire within concerning cheaper floor-collected and unwashed items, or bulk purchases. Watch this space for olive leaf tea, almond oil and honey in the future.

  • SLP's project facilitation. The idea was born from the work done at the Sceaux Garden Estate where the fire that caused the death of 6 innocent victims gave rise to a community voice. In particular this voice was about how to breathe life back into a community, especially since neighbours were still living within the vicinity of the buildings or even in the buildings themselves. The horror of those moments are preferred to be forgotten, but the reliving of fond memories is something a commemoration can achieve; a commemoration need not be about death. One may like to commemorate the life achievements of a friend, even an ancestor. It could be a national event like a British victory in sport. Or maybe political in which, for instance, one gains assylum.

    Possible areas include private as well as public spaces, and in all cases expertise will be given for the tree's maintenance in respect of permission to plant. We would welcome other potential sites and request that you contact us sooner rather than later at South London Permaculture.

  • South London Permaculture would like to thank the following organisations for their precedented support towards us during the years:
    Spike Community
    Evelyn Community Gardens
    Urban Green Fair Community Interest Company
    Food Up Front
    Purple Broccoli Theatre Company
    Pure London Honey
    Transition Town Brixton
    Roots and Shoots
    Woodlands Farm
    Festival of Life
    Oasis Urban Project
    Vaidas Bicycles
    Finches Emporium
    Kitchen Buddy
    Cummin Up
    Barcelona Botanical Gardens

  • SLP have for a time had a page on the excellent ProjectDirt platform but has never really utilised its full potential. Go here for current news of events also. Likewise, I have a personal Facebook page and a couple of community pages, DestinationAfrica and my sister project in Catalonia, SolteriologicGarden if one would like to see what I am up to around the place. It is very graphical and includes some musical recordings, videos and photos of my previous two journeys around Europe and Africa. For photos and videos of the presentation of £250 to the Abolicao Trust at the Lambeth Country Show collected in sponsorship from the Africa journey click this Facebook link or here for the capoeira video.

  • This seems to be occupying most of my time as my hands grind to the stone in sunny Catalonia whilst the mornings and evenings are pleasantly tapping away on the laptop. Of note are the newsletters which rely on contributions and keep the reader informed of current affairs. It can be very political and contentious. See the listing (right). Please donate (above) to receive a free copy. Normal price is 25p each but you can purchase a bundle for free distribution.

    Secondly, the journals are progressing with very good articles and contributions. They include my first on-line book of my journey to Palestine on a bicycle, also available here at I am Augustus Caesar Merlyn Peter of the House of Elias Jacob, Son of Richard, Conqueror of the 15 nations, and Descended of Mother Earth. (Due to the Posterous platform terminating the blogsite has been uploaded to Wordpress in a rather haphazard way.) The last journey to Africa, Destination Africa, is also being serialised. A powerpoint presentation of these and other long bike rides can be available and will cover many aspects of the journeys, including political, ecological, religious, geographical, archaeological, recreational, and survivalist. Talks and exhibitions are available at £150 and £250 per day plus expenses, broken down into one-hour, and three-hour discussions respectively with illustrations and a break in between. These, and my books can be found in succesive editions of my journal, Destination God. Incidentally, there is also a song I wrote for the Palestine journey with the same title and can be found on YouTube by clicking the video link here. Likewise, a radio broadcast with Alternative Maniax was made just before leaving and can be dug out from here Alternative Maniax. I give a background on my permaculture studied at Middlesex University, and later talk about the journey to Palestine. I play a few songs but alas, they are okay. I always get sticky fingers when I am being recorded. And I always perform better without a mike. Anyhow, enjoy.

    Finally, any prospecting publishers should contact me directly here.

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  • My dissertation title ran as follows, "If land economies are the ecological imperative of the rise of the modern environmental movement, may one find an historical precedent in the origins of Christianity?" There are extensive appedices to look over, and modern day movements like Permaculture and Transition Town get more than a welcome. Due to the mass of academic material left over from my studies much of it has found its way into my recent books. As well as revising and thoroughly improving the thesis due to the rushed nature of completing the degree program there is an extended essay (15,000 words) available from the appendix entitled "Christianity, science and technology as indicators of humanity’s changing relationship with its environment". Future copies are printed in A5 format and as a special offer, anybody buying the thesis will get a free copy included with it. Please indicate on the application form or online market page. A4 bounded versions of the thesis are also available for sale at £9 each to members. Again, go to the Market page under education to order. For further publications available in print only as well as on-line essays see the link for Solteriologic Garden

    Of recent I was going through some old folders and I found this video amongst a stock of photos given to me by one of my former students, Mada. She was a superb photographer and it must have passed me by why I hadn't used it before. Anyhow, I have uploaded it to YouTube and you can play it here. Click this link Permaculture Design Course 2006/7 to view it. Other exciting developments include the new sister website for my activities abroad Solteriologic Garden and assumes the name of my former project. I have also set up a chat forum in which you don't have to be a member to contribute. Many of the ideas that will be aired can be found in my literature and new website. To engage in chat go to SLP's chat forum.

  • Many people ask me, 'How was the journey?' And I reply, 'It was an experience.' I point people to my Facebook page for all the videos and photos, but for those who actually sponsored me, well I have a dialogue and a responsibility towards them. Generally I discuss the issues of my health having traversed 5,500km across Morocco and the Atlas mountains, the desert of Western Sahara and Mauritania, and the black country of Senegal and The Gambia. Of course, I shouldn't forget the east coast of Spain, beautiful in its national parks and rugged coastline. I was the healthiest I think I have ever been up to the point at which I entered Mauritania where I drastically plummeted in will and energy, whether that was from the change of goat's milk to camel milk, or the soft, fantastic ground water that lies just beneath the sand in its many underground rivers, or the debilitating sand storms that truly define a greenless scorched environment, or food-posing from the many persons who took it in their stride to feed me.

    I think the Gendarme police force and the military had a deeper respect for what I am. It ended up like a cat and mouse game - how to be left alone to experience nature in its full wonder; the freedom of the cyclist. It was nature: the raucous wind and waves of the Atlantic, the enveloping peace of the night and the lamp of the moon, the snowbound finger-mumbing mountain peaks. These provided the inspiration for some of the best poetry I could write. My guitar as usual provided the visa and friendly banter between me and the Muslim world, as much of it was even though it paid its way through Spain also where on such short funds I managed to leave the country at Almeria having made a profit from busking. I couldn't leave quick enough then, the factory tourism of British holiday resorts and kilometers of plastic polytunnels squatting over the landscape like martian colonies.

    There were some interesting ecological advantages I discovered en route. For instance, I came across the only Aloe Vera farm in the south of Spain with something like 40,000 plants. I thought about the business prospects here as I did for the saffron and the argan trees that grow in the central and west of Morocco. All these are potential crops that could be implemented in Catalonia in spite of its dry climate. I hope to work closer with the botanical gardens in Barcelona in the future. Further south I continued collecting date seeds, free food for the traveler, and then on entering Senegal started experiencing a real change as the great rivers brought along irrigation water for rice paddies and mango groves. In the sub-tropics the diversity increases dramatically with farms and horticultural enterprises strewn across their landscapes. I thought about the possibility of cashews, their long fruiting season providing sweet juice and nuts for a by-product. Not least though Senegal is renowned for music such that I recorded some beautiful moments which in the future I will compile the hundreds or so recordings into a video book. For now look at this beautiful man and his friend from Guinea explaining the lute.

    The culmination of the journey would not have been complete had I not visited two farms, MyFarm run by a European NGO, and Home Farm financed by an English patron educated in holistic and permaculture systems. There I lived with a small family among chickens and bananas and got to know the village life where black women dress in fantastic flowery garments when going to the market or a local festival. I saw how they made fedges out of palm fronds. Arriving just before the rainy season my inconsistent toilet habits tugged at me to return to Spain, where I duly recovered. As part of those farms I ran an introductory to permaculture. MyFarm in particular was an astonishing center for learning, employing about 15 persons where they make soaps, wax candles from the bee hives they keep, and a selection of moringa products including creams, teas, and food additives. This, more than any other product, stood out as the real food crop I could grow in Catalonia under partial-drought conditions. As a gift I was given a seed press, a little worn but easily reparable, as I imagined my fourth potential crop after carobs and honey. A full reading of the journey is available on my community Facebook page at DestinationAfrica. And as an ongoing enterprise, one may still donate here at Solteriologic Garden when I intend to run a full permaculture design course in collaboration with other teachers.


  • With the view that SLP is going international I will be posting updates from abroad regarding any sustainable developments, including my prior activities in Spain and the increasing possibility of developing a market. This is all in concordance with my natural travel program of going back and forward to our land in Catalonia where we grow mainly olives among carob and almond. Of course, Catalonia offers a variety of nuts and dried fruit like hazels and figs. Maybe in 20 years time I'd like to think that I could be making a regular income from it, tax free of course.

    Volunteer camping opportunities for one or two individuals at a time to help work the land in a beautiful part of Spain. Access to the sea and neighbouring towns, and a shared caravan. Self-catering but many benefits include trips to regional mountainous and valley beauty spots, as well as direct rail services to Valencia, Tarragona and Barcelona. Cycling is a must in this country. The project is the beginnings of an eco-settlement illustrated in the books below. The first phase building the large cistern is progressing. Other learning experiences include dry-stone walling, walking and mountaineering, olive and carob cultivation, biochar and vegetable production. Only companions are sort and must be of a spiritual disposition. Please contact the editor for further details or go to our sister website Solteriologic Garden.


  • More information will be posted in the future regarding setting up an exchange between Africa and Spain. For now you can click on the poster above and print out a Volunteer form to join the venture in The Gambia on a 1ha moringa and mango farm. After filling in the small CV and posting it to us you must register overseas membership with SLP on the Market page. Watch this space!

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