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22Sep2013: Open Day, sustainability and resilience in practice

22Sep2013: Open Day, sustainability and resilience in practice

We are running another one of our SuperHome Open Days on 22nd September 2013, start 2pm, duration 3-4 hours, Cottage Farm, Jacobstow, EX23 0BU. This will be our last Open Day this year

Interested in making your home more environmentally friendly?
Interested in sustainable, organic, environmentally friendly farming?
This is your chance to talk to someone who has done it already!

So, come get inspired at an Open Day on an Organic Farm powered by renewable energy

Cottage Farm is the first SuperHome in Cornwall, a real home where real people have drastically reduced their carbon footprint and their energy bills. Cottage Farm is also a prize winning organic farm powered entirely by renewable energy as well as sustainable Farmer of the Year finalist at the BBC Food and Farming Awards and highly commended at the Cornwall Sustainability Awards.

Since last year Cottage Farm have also gained another prize:
WINNERS of the Cornwall Renewable Energy Awards, Best Small Scale Renewable Energy Scheme in Cornwall.

Located in Jacobstow, just 8 miles South of Bude, the farmhouse demonstrates insulation, renewable energy for water and space heating, cooking, electricity, water, transport and the latest in LED lighting. The farm shows off farming powered by renewable energy with near zero use of fossil fuels, farming without fertilizers, pesticides, herbicides, routine preventative medication of farm animals or other harmful practices. Instead organic and permaculture principles are applied to all aspects of farming, from selection of old native breeds, 'mob grazing' and other restorative farming methods, rich mixture of deep rooted grassland species matching productivity of chemical farming without any of the destructive side effects, to productive management of hedges and trees for mineral rich fodder and energy from wood.

We show our visitors why and how we live and farm with near zero use of fossil fuels and how they, too, may be able to benefit from much lower energy bills. Visitors will be able to touch and feel, see and ask questions about
· the many energy saving steps taken
· the various methods of renewable energy generation employed and its benefits
· followed by a farm walk and discussion of organic farming methods, localised sustainable food production and carbon free distributions of farm produce.
· We may also discuss the Superhomes charity and the Transition Movement and their contribution to increasing local resilience in North Cornwall as well as our motivations and prospects for the future.

This year we have something new. Not only will our new 50kW turbine be up and running by then, but also we will be featuring a device that is a MUST for every PV or wind renewable energy system. This device ensures that the energy you produce gets used in your own house, rather than being exported to the grid, only to be imported back later when you actually need it. All will be explained!

Programme
Arrival time: 14:00 – 14:30 Start time: 14:30

14:00 – 14:30 – coffee and cake
14:30 – 15:15 – presentation and questions – what we do, why we do it and what the benefits are (as given at Royal Agricultural College, Transition Conference, other conferences and in the House of Commons)
15:30 – 16:00 – The Low Carbon House tour: insulation, devices, water heating, space heating, heat store, inverters, electrical energy storage device
16:00 – 16:30 – External tour: PV panels, wind turbine, solar thermal panels, wood processing, bore hole water, bio diesel production
16:30 – 18:00 – Organic farm walk: sheep, cattle, geese, wood, hedges and trees, orchard and more

Attendance will be limited to 16 participants, so it is essential to book as soon as possible to avoid disappointment. A voluntary donation would be appreciated- £10/ person, £15/ couple (to include refreshments)

Hope to see you soon, but hurry and book your place quickly as space is strictly limited. Booking Essential. Contact 01840 230 548 or cottage.farm@tiscali.co.uk
or book on-line at http://www.superhomes.org.uk/superhomes/cottage-farm-jacobstow/

Paul & Celia