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Winter 2014 (PM 82)
PM82 Winter 2014
LOW IMPACT LIVING...AT SEA
Joshua Msika and his family crossed the Atlantic on a small yacht without an engine and learned the art of resilience and voluntary simplicity.
 
DIY WICKING RAISED BED
John Adams explains how to build a self-watering raised bed for free - well almost - using pallets and other scavenged materials.
 
RESTART - REPAIRING THE UNREPAIRABLE
Janet Gunther describes the Restart Project that fixes consumer electronics, those sleek minimalist boxes you aren’t meant to open!
 
THE 'FAMILY' PERMACULTURE GARDEN
Why permaculture is perfect for the urban family garden by Neil Kingsnorth.
 
THE BEAUTY OF HERITAGE APPLES
Wade Muggleton celebrates the local distinctiveness of the apple and suggests you look close to home when choosing varieties to plant.
 
SILKIES - PERFECT HENS FOR SMALL GARDENSREAD NOW
Kay Hebbourn explains the benefits of the Silkie chicken breed – small, docile and great pest controllers.
 
GUBA: GROWING RESILIENT COMMUNITIES
The story of an inspirational permaculture project in Swaziland told by its co-founder Emma Granville and Guba volunteers.
 
THE NOT SO GREEN REVOLUTION
Kristof and Stacia Nordin describe why the ‘green revolution’ hasn’t worked and present the alternatives.
 
EXTREME GARDENING
Jennifer Lauruol visits a productive garden in the Outer Hebrides, on a steep slope with high winds and poor soil, that proves good gardeners can grow food anywhere!
 
WHAT IS PERMACULTURE?
In the first of a four part series, Maddy Harland explains the three ethics of permaculture: Earth Care, People Care and Fair Shares.
 
CHOOSING SUSTAINABLE TEXTILES
A Guide to Eco Fashion & Ethical Materials by Rozie Apps. Case study by Poppy Nicol.
 
THE ART OF STRAWCRAFT
Amanda Davies explains the many uses of straw and the importance of maintaining the craft.
 
WHERE THE HEART ZONE RULES
Jenni Blackmore lives in Nova Scotia, Canada and lives and gardens by the North Atlantic. She explains why her ‘inner’ permaculture is as important as her outer yields.
 
PEOPLE CARE IN ACTION
Kerry Lane and Deborah Simmonds introduce useful tools and techniques for small gatherings and group work.
 
10 YEARS TO SAVE THE PLANET
Maddy Harland talks to Professor Tim O’Riordan about new science, climate change and transitioning to a low carbon world.
 
Autumn 2014 (PM 81)
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FOOD UNITES US
The Food is Free Project is waging peace through gardening in the USA and beyond, as Crystal Stevens describes.
 
7 WAYS TO THINK DIFFERENTLY
People & Permaculture author Looby Macnamara talks to Maddy Harland.
 
THE PERMACULTURE ECOLOGY OF BEES
Philip Chandler explains the difference between conventional, natural and balanced beekeeping and the need to reappraise the way we keep bees.
 
HORTICULTURAL THERAPY
An inspiring story of how permaculture can be applied to enhance the lives of even the most physically challenged, by Rozie Apps.
 
IS RENEWABLE ENERGY REALLY VIABLE?
Keith Barnham introduces a German project that proves why the lights won’t go out with 100% renewable electricity.
 
IN SEARCH OF THE SIMPLE LIFE
How Steve Golemboski-Byrne and his wife Claire’s dreams of self-building and living in an ecovillage took them instead to a cottage in need of eco-renovation on a smallholding and an existing community in Northern Ireland.
 
I DO THEREFORE I EVOLVE
Mick Collins explores how we, humanity, can step up and solve our global problems.
 
THE DIY ORCHARD
Wade Muggleton explains how to create your own orchard on the cheap by using simple grafting techniques.
 
TYING THE KNOT ON A SHOESTRING
How Matthew Douglas and his wife, Martina, held a wedding blessing and reception for 70 guests with just £1,200 to spend on everything.
 
RESTORING AGRICULTURE IN THE MEDITERRANEAN
Dan McTiernan describes how regenerative agriculture is transforming olive groves in Spain and introduces transnational cropsharing.
 
WANT TO START A REVOLUTION? START A REFORESTATION PROJECT
You think this is too ambitious an idea? Andreas Kornevall urges us all to do it and tells us how!
 
10 TIPS FOR PLANNING SUCCES
Thinking of buying land and setting up a permaculture project? Suki Montague offers advice for planning applications.
 
ZONE 5 - A SPACE FOR NATURE
Permaculture always tries to make space for a wild, uncultivated area, but is this the right way of integrating nature? asks Stuart Anderson.
 
YOUR SMARTPHONE/TABLET DESIGN TOOLKITREAD NOW
Aranya explores the world of apps and rates the ones useful for permaculture design.
 
Summer 2014 (PM 80)
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PERMACULTURE THE GOOD, THE BAD AND THE …
Patrick Whitefield grasps the nettle and explains what permaculture design is and when the principles are applied well ... or badly.
 
LILY COLE’S IMPOSSIBLE
Mark Boyle chats with actress, supermodel and environmentalist Lily Cole, who has set up the gift economy site, impossible.com
 
NOTES FROM A SMALL GARDEN - Part 3 – Six Years On
Wade Muggleton explains how he has adapted his limited growing space by carefully balancing what he grows with what he eats.
 
LESSONS FROM A FOREST GARDEN
Stuart Anderson visits Martin Crawford’s forest garden, learning some common mistakes and savouring the beautiful trees there.
 
FOREST GARDEN RECIPES
Ever find yourself growing unusual food but not eating it? Or not realising you have edible ornamentals? Caroline Aitken is set to change all this with her delicious recipes.
 
5 WAYS TO CONNECT WITH NATURE
Thomas Schorr-kon helps you connect with Nature on the deepest of levels.
 
HOW TO BUILD YOUR DREAM HOUSE
Robert Alcock explores how building your own home makes owning a house more viable.
 
PLANTING WATER, GROWING SOIL
Theron Beaudreau explores the first three principles of permaculture, sharing how he has integrated them into his farm in east Texas.
 
FRIDGE FREEREAD NOW
Suzie Webb asks could you live without your domestic fridge?
 
MAYAN PERMACULTURE
Nicola Peel, visits the IMAP centre in Guatamala.
 
GROWING IN BIOCHAR SOILS
In this third article Ed Revill explains how he uses biochar soils in his market garden.
 
THE RENERATIVE SMALLHOLDING
How Emma and Stuart Goodwin have created a drought and flood resistent smallholding.
 
THE PLANET’S MOST PLAYFUL SPECIES
Mike Jones explores how play can help us develop within the Transition Movement.
 
DARWIN NURSERY
James Murray-White, visits a social enterprise that is a sanctuary for people with disabilities.