Summer 2017 (PM 92)
In Search of Local Beer
Rob Hopkins, co-founder of the Transition movement, combines his passion for localisation and beer, exploring just how local a beer can be.
Saving Your Own Seeds
No Dig experts, Charles Dowding and Stephanie Hafferty, explain the ins and outs on saving your own vegetable seed.
Artisanal Cheesemaking
We asked David Asher to tell us how to make the most natural, permacultural cheese possible.
Growing Edible Polycultures in Containers
Vera Greutink explains how to grow vegetables in organic polycultures in containers by the kitchen door.
Make Your Own Biofertiliser
Why are soil minerals so important and how can we use biofertilisers to remineralise our land? Matt Dunwell and Juanfran Lopez explore the fascinating world beneath our feet.
Self-sufficient Nutrition for Life
Chrissie Sugden, a nutritionist, explores how much land we would need to provide all our essential nutrients.
Bill Mollison
“We are time scouts. Finding places now for what will be needed then.”
What Keeps Visionaries Going?
Maddy Harland asks two very different visionaries how they maintain momentum over decades, even in dark times.
Permaculture Your Money: Designing Financial Ecosystems
How can banking be a force for good? We asked Huw Davies from Triodos Bank to tell us about their approach.
Making Flower Essence Jellies
In the last issue of PM, Susan Tipton-Fox showed us how to tap and make maple and birch tree syrups. Here she’s back sharing the secrets of her deliciously floral essence jellies.
Out of the Everyday Mind
Eleanor O’Hanlon writes of close encounters in the Okavango Delta in Botswana, one of Africa’s few remaining wildlife sanctuaries for lions and elephants.
Empowering Women with Permaculture
Looby Macnamara and Maddy Harland use permaculture design to help women become more empowered. Looby describes some activities to help create your own empowerment design.
How Growers are Adapting to Climate Change
Dr Dorian Speakman set up The Marginal Lands Project to show how permaculture growers and farmers in Britain’s harsh upland areas have adapted to drought, flood and unseasonal weather events.
Foraging for Health
Want to educate your kids, get them eating healthily and exercising away from the screen? Katy Bowman suggests that foraging is more than fun, it stacks all those functions and more.
Building a Children’s Permaculture Movement
How can we launch a global permaculture education programme for children? Lusi Alderslowe has the answer!
Spring 2017 (PM 91)
Open Source Permaculture: How to live well on little
Andrew de la Haye doesn’t think permaculture should be a luxury but should be open source. He describes how he lives well in the alternative economy.
Oiling the Palm of an Industrial Giant
Palm oil production is devastating vast landscapes across southeast Asia and will soon be moving into Africa. Rozie Apps explores the facts and what we can do to minimise its impact.
Regenerative Farming
In the Algarve, Portugal, 43 hectares of abandoned farm with ruined buildings has become a thriving community, Quinto do Vale da Lama, with poly-incomes and a increasingly diverse ecosystem. Walt Ludwick describes the journey.
How to Make Maple and Birch Syrup
Susan Tipton-Fox explains the art if tapping maple and birch for syrup and describes how to make natural taps from sumac.
Will Cuba Remain Organic?
With the potential embargo lift on Cuba from the U.S., will this innovative country retain its urban and rural agriculture that has taught the world so much? Jordan Thomas investigates.
Permaculture Gets Funky
From audiences of military cadets to babies in backyards, Formidable Vegetable Sound System is turning people onto the pure joy of permaculture and regenerative living.
Indigenous Forest Gardening
Steven Elliot Martyn explores the world of wild culturing, green manures and multi-levelled polycultures.
The Rooftop Forest Garden
Tomas Remiarz visits the rooftop forest garden at the Reading International Solidarity Centre (RISC), their solution to an educational garden and a leaking roof.
Measuring the Infinite
The produce yields at the Red Shed are easy to measure but measuring the wellbeing of visitors is more difficult. Sandy James explains their system for measuring this.
Make it Yourself: a reaction, revolt and alternative to fast fashion
Making your own clothes from second hand fabrics gives you unique pieces with minimal costs. Ocean Hampson tells you how.
Creating Resilience in Bangladesh
May East, of Gaia Education, explains how permaculture programmes have created sustainable livelihoods and resilience for communities across Bangladesh.
Permaculture Your Body!
Aranya considers how we can apply a permaculture design approach to the one place where we spend our whole lives – in our bodies.
Food a-plenty
Charlie Gray describes a city project that turns waste food int value added products, preserves and ferments.
The World’s most Magical Forest
Alan Heeks shares his experience visiting the Bale Mountains in Ethiopia, and how we can learn from this magical forest.
Winter 2016 (PM 90)
Permaculture – The Next Generation
Teenager, Huw Richards, wants to see kids studying and practising permaculture. He discovered it by chance, but doesn’t want others to rely on luck.
Why Diversity is Important in Permaculture
Bestselling author and activist, Starhawk, explores the vital role of diversity within communities and in the struggle for social justice.
‘The Peculiar People’
Graham Burnett describes how he was invited to ‘exhibit’ a permaculture garden in a prestigious art gallery as part of an exhibition celebrating Radical Essex.
Be The Change, Be Like Soil
Millions of lifeforms in the soil create a much bigger, important ‘whole’. Neil Kingsnorth explores how we can take inspiration from this when facing the challenges of today.
Agroforestry – Transforming Whole Landscapes and Livelihoods
Anthony Melville describes the benefits of alley cropping in agroforestry in the wet tropics to prevent floods, protect from drought and grow mulch, fertility and food.
10 Things You Can Do To Change the World!
We asked celebrated activist, rainforest campaigner and ‘solutionologist’, Nicola Peel, how to make a real difference. Do you do them all?!
Setting Up a Cider Co-op
Jackie Burgoyne tells the story of her local Dorset cider co-op and explains how to set up your own.
Zen in the Art of Permaculture Design
Stefan Geyer explores systems thinking, and how nothing can exist on its own.
A Castle City Garden for Climbers
Ida Fabrizio shares how she helped transformed a derelict urban space into a flourishing forest garden for the Castle Climbing Centre and local community.
Bill Mollison
Celebrating the life of Bill Mollison, the Father of Permaculture.
Earth Restoration Peace Camps
International filmmaker, John D. Liu, explains how eco settlements can train people to regenerate landscapes and communities anywhere in the world.
From Trash to Treasure
Rozie Apps explores the student-led movement that is cleaning up university campuses through zero-waste recycling projects.
Insulating Old Houses
Mukti Mitchell explains the most important con-siderations when renovating old houses and how to reduce fuel bills.
The Soil Rich, Pest Free Garden

Rebuilding Street Kid’s Lives
Anna Kerby and Nicola Sansom tell how former street children built their own recycled classroom from plastic bottles.
Top tips for PC courses
Last year Delvin Solkinson, Annaliese Hordern and friends went on an unforgettable ‘pilgrimage’ to learn from some of the world’s most reputable teachers. Here are their top tips for taking courses.