Author Archives: Pavels Melnis

About Pavels Melnis

Independent ecology activist, family farmer, gardener and forestkeeper. Musician: violin, guitar, singing. Hobbies: traveling by bicycle, learning to play different music instruments - accordion, piano, recorder flute, harmonica, drums; languages, theology, prehistory, logbuilding, repairing and recycling. Religious. Ecological. Love all things ethnic and traditional.

A lot of plastic is being burnt in Latvia

People in the world. Please share this information, so that at some point it reaches European Commission or other European institution upon which the Republic of Latvia is dependent as a member state of EU. There is really a lot … Continue reading

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Alūksne region was one step away from having an ecovillage and alternative (knowledge balanced with skills) school

Education system of Latvia is suffering from encyclopedic type of education – mostly we learn only to read and write. Such education system has resulted in unbearable bureaucracy culture in Latvia. There is a lot of office workers and very … Continue reading

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Beauty of old apple trees

One day I heard a terrible crashing noise behind my house. I went to take a look and discovered that an old apple tree collapsed. I don’t know the age of this tree nor the breed. What a pity. You … Continue reading

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How to extend operational life of garden solar lamps

Most of my garden lamps I did not buy. I found them in the trash during my one-euro-job times. Apparently people threw them out as soon as they did not work. But these lamps are very easy to fix. Most … Continue reading

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How to start the fire in the oven or stove with less or no paper

I often heard people say “I am trying to be ecological. Instead of throwing out the paper, I burn it in the oven.” This is of course the worst example of ecology. We should not burn paper, but give it … Continue reading

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Prayer for Standing Rock

Introduction (see the end of article for prayer itself): I always believed in a power of prayer. I admit, it depends on a person. Be it muscle strength or strength of a prayer, it is about practice, how strong you get. This … Continue reading

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How to make hay without tractor on 30 ha of land. Cutting grass – harvesting direct payments. 2016.

This article is about how I made hay on 30 ha small farm without tractor. It is quite difficult to start a farm in Latvia. There is an invisible political force which does not want you to do anything on your … Continue reading

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