Maddy Harland |
Thursday, 3rd December 2015
Let's not focus on the battles we can't win. Let's focus on today's struggle. Let's turn our full attention to COP21 and what is happening in Paris. It isn't all about world leaders. It is also about the indigenous people, the environmental campaigners, the Transitioners, the inspired, the ecovillagers, the change makers, the voices of the peoples... more
 
Maddy Harland |
Wednesday, 2nd December 2015
Yesterday Britain's prime minister, David Cameron, accused anyone who did not support Britain bombing Syria of being "terrorist sympathisers". He was of course aiming the shot at Jeremy Corbyn, the opposition's man of peace. Cameron also said “non-violent extremism is just as dangerous as terrorism and must be eradicated using all means at the... more
 
Maddy Harland |
Thursday, 26th November 2015
I like to season wood properly. It burns hotter and cleaner, often doubling the potential output of heat (see The Log Book for more details). I cut green wood and season it for at least 2 years before burning. Well seasoned logs mean that we can heat our passive solar retrofitted house from one Clearview wood burner until the depths of winter with... more
 
Maddy Harland |
Thursday, 19th November 2015
Black Friday, on Friday 27th November, retailers everywhere will bombard shoppers with newsletters and special offers to encourage you spend money. At Permanent Publications, the publisher which owns and runs Permaculture magazine and Green Shopping, we have decided to opt out. Literally. We are off outside into the woods – Hazel Hill Woods in... more
 
Maddy Harland |
Monday, 9th November 2015
Earlier this year we released a series of films, Living With The Land, about permaculture in the garden, on the farm, on a rural smallholding, in the city, and in community – with film makers, Permaculture People, Phil Moore and Lauren Simpson. We wanted this series to seed permaculture ideas outside our ‘community’, so we asked well-known people... more
 
Maddy Harland |
Friday, 6th November 2015
For over 20 years film maker John D Liu, has been travelling the world and documenting how to restore broken ecosystems, fix the hydrological cycle, alleviate poverty and disease and create astonishing levels of biodiversity in a short period of time. His passion has been to collect these stories, the information to share with others how this can... more
 
Maddy Harland |
Tuesday, 27th October 2015
Some years ago Achim Ecker from ZEGG ecovillage gave me some peach stones from his own root stock (i.e. ungrafted) peaches. He told me that they are resistant to peach leaf curl, grow 'true' and they fruit every year. He has planted many trees at ZEGG and many of them yield big peaches. I put them in compost and a few sprouted. One I planted in my... more
 
Maddy Harland |
Tuesday, 6th October 2015
Last summer I tried an experiment and it went very well. My friend, Reuben, gave me a few of his 'Puritan' potatoes earlier in the year to try out and I grew a good harvest from them. He highly recommends this variety. I grew them next to a rather dramatic purple variety, Salad Blue (Solanum andigenum), dating back to the 1900s that cropped very... more
 
Maddy Harland |
Friday, 11th September 2015
Jason Heppenstall started life as an economist at HM Treasury, transitioned into a newspaperman in Copenhagen, and then escaped the rat race to Cornwall where he now runs a woodland based permaculture holding. Accutely aware of the dire state of the world, he undertook a journey from Denmark to a national park in Sweden. More than just a camping... more
 
Maddy Harland |
Thursday, 20th August 2015
In the rural Shona African community in Zimbabwe, five villages of 7,000 people have joined together to form the Chikukwa Project, named after their local chief. Twenty years ago their land was deforested, barren, and nothing would grow there in the summer months. When the rains came, they washed down the slopes taking the soil with them. The... more
 
Maddy Harland |
Tuesday, 4th August 2015
This is a permaculture design primer but it is a big one, as indicated by the subtitle. It really does try to look at the ethics, elements and processes that inform permaculture design in the home and garden, but it also has a good stab at including the wider perspectives of community and even how permaculture can change the world. Written by two... more
 
Maddy Harland |
Monday, 29th June 2015
Our ancestors, who relied on their understanding of the land for their survival, held a worldview that acknowledged and celebrated their fundamental interconnection with the natural world. The industrial revolution and our post-industrial society have severed that link and our disconnection is reflected in our agricultural, pharmaceutical, energy... more
 
Maddy Harland |
Monday, 1st June 2015
I have treasured my Mira copper trowel, mainly because it is such a beautifully made tool and it is so versatile. These tools are made of solid bronze (an alloy containing 90% copper and 10% tin) and this are not as hard as steel, but it is sharper (and keeps a good edge) and smoother, so there is less resistance from the soil. The handles are... more
 
Maddy Harland |
Thursday, 21st May 2015
Some years ago, Tim and I were walking on a hot, dry day in the Himalayas to find a monastery in the Punakha District in Bhutan. Located near Lobesa, it stands on a round hillock and was built in 1499 by the 14th Drukpa hierarch, Ngawang Choegyel. The ‘Divine Madman’, maverick saint Drukpa Kunley (1455–1529), had previously blessed the site and... more
 
Maddy Harland |
Wednesday, 22nd April 2015
I recently met Susan Richardson, poet, performer, educator, who lives in Wales but was visiting my local town to recite. She is currently poet in residence for the Marine Conservation Society and has undertaken journeys in the fragile Arctic lands. She is fascinated by metamorphosis, of animals becoming human and of humans becoming animal, and by... more
 

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