Spring 2017

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.
 
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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.