Building a better wind turbine

“Many commercially available small wind turbines with plastic blades and steel towers are infamous for their low reliability, high embodied energy, and limited power output……Building them out of wood can address these issues”

from Reinventing the Small Wind Turbine by Kris De Decker

This interesting article includes reference to wooden bladed “Hugh Piggott” turbines of the sort that we will be building at the Trust this Autumn.

A hand built, wooden bladed wind turbine

It talks about how small wooden bladed turbines can be produced locally, are aesthetically appealing, are more reliable and have a lower embodied energy then commercially available small turbines.

Spreading the skills to build a better wind turbine

We’re keen to help spread the skills needed to build these turbines, which is why we have invited Jonathan Schreiber over to lead our workshop.

We have also created a bursary fund to support greater access to the workshop. Applications are welcome from anyone who thinks they might benefit from the workshop but would find it hard to raise the full cost.

If you would like to support our bursary fund, you can donate via our fund page – www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/wind-turbine-bursary

Thanks

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Roundhouse Building Workshops

14th-20th July & 18th-24th August
at Dyfed Permaculture Farm Trust, SW Wales

We are building a beautiful events space! Join us to build a 5m roundwood frame with a reciprocal turfed roof and cordwood walls

Week one – 14th – 20th July

Foundation, frame and rafters.

Week two – 18th – 24th August

Reciprocal roof, floor and cordwood walls.

These workshops are part grant funded, so available at the bargain price of £100 per week! This covers all meals, tuition and on site camping. For more information and to book contact Michelle on scythecymru@yahoo.co.uk, 07813 464990/ 01559 371485

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Wind Turbine Building Workshop

We are really excited to be offering a Wind Turbine Building Workshop this Autumn! It is led by Jonathan Schreiber from PureSelfMade.

Full details of the workshop can be found here

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All Year Round Solstice Moth Celebration and Camp

Buff Tip

Join the All Year Round group from 4pm on Saturday 22nd June

…for an afternoon of fun and activities (including wildflower labyrinth, flower identification and a bat detecting walk) followed by a bring and share supper and camp fire. We will set up a moth trap at dusk.

Moths!

Those who would like to camp over in the wildflower meadows are welcome; otherwise come back early on Sunday 23rd June to help identify the moths that have been trapped and release them back into the wide world.

The moths are amazing and beautiful – if you have never experienced the hidden wonder of what flies at night you are in for a treat!

To give you a taste of what to expect, some lovely pictures of the beauties we have seen in previous years can be seen below or by following this link

All Year Round ask for donations of £3 per child to cover costs, with sliding scale of discounts for families with more then one child. If you would like to camp, a suggested donation of £7.50 per family can be made to Dyfed Permaculture Farm Trust.

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Volunteer Workday, Saturday 18th May

Our next volunteer workday will be on Saturday 18th May.

We will be giving the Forest Garden / Perennial beds around the barn their annual spruce up and carrying out some maintenance on the compost toilets – stabilizing the bases and building some new steps.

If you would like to come, please get in touch for more details and directions. Please bring food to share for lunch.

A warm welcome to all! Creoso Cynnes i Bawb!

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Open Meadow Morning, Saturday 29th June

Dyfed Permaculture Farm Trust will be holding an Open Meadow Morning on Saturday 29th June.

This year we would like to encourage local people and groups to come along and let other people know what they do.

If you have got something that you would like to promote, please get in touch and I’ll send you more information.

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Volunteer Workday, Thursday 11th April

Below are some photos from our last workday

The willow sculpture was given a very thorough haircut in the glorious spring sunshine and a shared lunch was enjoyed by all.

The next Trust workday will be Thursday 11th April.

We will be carrying out annual maintenance on the yurt. Putting linseed oil on the woodwork, waterproofing the canvas, fixing the roof wheel cover and having a most enjoyable social get together :).

The following workday will be Saturday 18th May – activities to be decided

If you would like to come, please get in touch for more details and directions. Please bring food to share for lunch.

A warm welcome to all! Creoso Cynnes i Bawb!


The yurt willow in April last year

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Farm Produce

Lovely things that are grown or produced at Dyfed Permaculture Farm Trust.

http://dyfedpermaculturefarmtrust.org.uk/farm-produce/

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All Year Round – Spring Equinox

All Year Round will be gathering to celebrate the Spring Equinox on Sunday 24th March

Indigo dyed yarn

We’ve missed a few celebrations, so we’d like to make this one really special 🙂

I’ve got an indigo vat bubbling, so we can make tie-dyed bunting flags.

Emily is bringing snacks to cook on the fire. Plus the usual chat, fun and games.

Come and see the newly refurbished barn kitchen. Oh and cwtch the little goat kids!

Parkin the goat kid

All Year Round will meet from 2pm until about 5pm.

If you want to have a go a tie-dyeing, please wear old clothes.

We ask for a sliding scale of donation to cover the cost of the event –  £3 for first child, £5 for two or more

Creoso Cynnes i Bawb!

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Volunteer Workday, Saturday 9th March

You are invited to join us for our next volunteer workday on Saturday 9th March, 10am until about 4pm.

We will be pruning the willow tunnel around the camp fire and reweaving the top to create a good structure. There will be plenty of willow poles created – if anyone is interested, cuttings could be taken home to establish your own willow sculpture.

If you would like to come, please get in touch for more details and directions. Please bring food to share for lunch.

A warm welcome to all! Creoso Cynnes i Bawb!

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