Since the 1950s we have lost 63 per cent of our orchards through development or neglect, and even though we have been able to grow 3,000 varieties of apple in England, almost 70 per cent of apples we buy are imported. Common Ground has worked to interest local communities in creating and saving orchards to provide fruit and nuts, havens for wildlife and places of beauty.

The Community Orchards Handbook shows how to start your own Community Orchard, from getting support to tackling legal issues, organising … More

“..I was distracted from the frontline, though, by appearance on Top of the Pops one Thursday night of a new group. The sampled Prince Buster screech at the start of the song… Now, Saturday mornings were spent exploring every possible way of exchanging my pocket money for 2-Tone and 2-Tone related products.”

Know Your Place Is a collection of essays about the working class, written by the working class. We had an … More

The Another Dinner is Possible: More Than Just a Vegan Cookbook by Isy Morgenmuffel & Mike Home Brew is back in stock. Mike and Isy are cooks with Brighton’s Anarchist Teapot mobile kitchen, a volunteer collective that cooks for activist and community gatherings and mobilisations across the UK and Europe.

Another Dinner Is Possible is not your average vegan cookbook—It’s a guide to developing a healthier relationship with the food … More

Community gardening is a growing revolution that is taking root in towns and cities all over the world. Groups of likeminded people are transforming neglected plots of land into green, flourishing spaces for everyone to enjoy. In The Community Gardening Handbook, Ben Raskin shares his keen expertise in an invaluable introduction to a new wave of collective self- sufficiency, encouraging a community audience to grow food and to garden together.

A look into the background of community gardening and its benefits is followed by a practical guide: planning advice is … More

First published OTD in 1851, Herman Melville’s Moby Dick. Moby Dick is the story of Captain Ahab’s quest to avenge the whale that `reaped’ his leg. The quest is an obsession and the novel is a diabolical study of how a man becomes a fanatic. But it is also a hymn to democracy. Bent as the crew is on Ahab’s appalling crusade, it is equally the image of a co-operative community at work: all hands dependent on all hands, each individual responsible for the security of each. Among the crew is Ishmael, the novel’s narrator, ordinary sailor, and extraordinary reader.

Digressive, allusive, vulgar, transcendent, the story Ishmael tells is above all an education:in the practice of whaling, in the art … More

All you ever wanted to know about setting up a Housing Co-op – from the nitty gritty of the legal stuff and buying a place through to the first-hand experience of actually living in a co-operatively owned house. Fundraising, accounts, tenancy law and a useful list of further information sources from the good people at Radical Routes who aim to share their many collective years of knowledge and experience.

Why pay rent into a landlord’s pocket when you can create a permanent, secure housing controlled by the tenants?… 2015 … More