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
 
Maddy Harland |
Wednesday, 1st April 2015
This idea was given to me by John Adams. As such it comes with a proviso. John is brilliant at DIY, especially modifying pallets. He writes about pallet benches, raised beds, even how he made an Arondack chair in Permaculture magazine. I am practical but no pallet upcycling genius and I knocked his idea together in 10 minutes by eye. I should have... more
 
Maddy Harland |
Friday, 27th February 2015
It is with great sadness that we announce that permaculture teacher and author, Patrick Whitefield, died peacefully this morning (27th February) at his home in Glastonbury, Somerset. Patrick was loved and respected by the permaculture community worldwide for his books and teaching methods that defined temperate permaculture design. He leaves a... more
 
Maddy Harland |
Thursday, 5th February 2015
The launch of The Unselfish Spirit – human evolution in a time of global crisis by Mick Collins took me to the city of Norwich last summer. Professor Tim O’Riordan had written the foreword and I was intrigued to meet an eminent scientist who was so prepared to put his name to a book about psychology and becoming more conscious through spiritual... more
 
Maddy Harland |
Monday, 12th January 2015
It is often said that we have most of the solutions to restore the Earth, it is people and our relationships that get in the way. With political failure at COP15 and Rio+20 weighing heavily on many activists' hearts and struggling to work together on a local level taking up time and energy, it is ever more important to learn social skills as well... more
 
Maddy Harland |
Wednesday, 31st December 2014
The 72 hour design course is quite an undertaking to organise. Teachers have to hire venues, provide food for students for two weeks, book field trips, teach an intensive course and market it. It all costs - and that means course fees can be high unless they are subsidised. I really understand about not having much money. I don't earn much working... more
 
Maddy Harland |
Friday, 12th December 2014
Visiting Rapanui requires crossing the water twice. First, we catch a ferry from Southampton docks to Cowes on the Isle of Wight, famous for building boats and yachting. Then from Cowes, Tim and I walk on to a little chain ferry, a remnant of another age with its wooden benches and charming glass framed advertisements now populated by artwork from... more
 
Maddy Harland |
Thursday, 11th December 2014
I have long had an interest in copper tools, as I have done successful experi­ments with copper in the garden. Firstly, with some (expensive) bought copper rings to protect seedlings. Then, I made my own rings from old copper sheets. I am told you can also cut and flatten copper piping to make rings or even cut up a redundant hot water cylinder,... more
 
Maddy Harland |
Tuesday, 2nd December 2014
"If you want to build a ship, don't drum up the men to gather wood, divide the work and give orders. Instead, teach them to yearn for the vast and endless sea." Antoine de Saint-Exupéry takes me beyond the horizon of day-to-day concerns, practicalities and obligations and into the expanded world of dreaming. Permaculture can be earnestly serious,... more
 
Maddy Harland |
Monday, 1st December 2014
I have always made compost. Currently, I have a wormery plus a Hotbin chugging away in my greenhouse. These make weed free potting compost and the glorious 'worm wee' that fertilises the greenhouse crops. I also have a stack of three tractor tyres that composts large quantities of organic matter plus four black bins that were sold very cheaply by... more
 
Maddy Harland |
Thursday, 13th November 2014
This month we (Permanent Publications) are publishing The Vegan Book of Permaculture by permaculture teacher and author and our good friend, Graham Burnett. As publishers of Meat by Simon Fairlie and supporters and promoters of Regenerative Agriculture you are would be justified in asking: Why are we promoting veganism? This is why. I believe... more
 
Maddy Harland |
Thursday, 9th October 2014
Ever needed a post box but balked at the price? Whilst on holiday in Connemara out on the west coast of Ireland, I came across a wonderful idea for repurposing a microwave oven. It is so simple. It consisted of a pole, with a platform on which the microwave sits. The pole is stabilised by two cross slats. I came across this ingenuous reuse of an... more
 
Maddy Harland |
Tuesday, 23rd September 2014
We recently published Looby Macnamara's second book, 7 Ways to Think Differently. This little book is like good medicine - it is potent - it goes a long way. I couldn't attend the book launch at the UK Permaculture Convergence because my better half, Tim, was recovering from an operation so I wrote a short speech about how thinking shapes our... more
 
Maddy Harland |
Wednesday, 17th September 2014
I love blackberries - straight off the vine from the juicy hybrid variety in my garden or out of the hedgerow opposite - on to my breakfast muesli or in a crumble. But if time eludes you here is a recipe for blackberry liqueur that is so quick and easy even the most time poor person can fit it in! Ingredients All you need is: A litre (2.2 pint)... more
 
Maddy Harland |
Thursday, 11th September 2014
We planted a Shropshire damson in our hedgerow over 20 years ago and allowed it to grow into a standard. On my side of the hedge it competes with a particuarly productive Kentish cobnut and so the damson grows tall above the hedge, making it hard to harvest. My neighbour has allowed the tree to grow unpruned and its laden boughs droop low into her... more
 

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