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Permaculture magazine |
Thursday, 23rd November 2017
The Sustainability Centre in Hampshire, UK (home of Permaculture magazine) had been laying hedges since 1997. The groaning of twisted hazel branches and the splitting of green wood was a common sound for the first decade of the 21st century. But, this came to an abrupt end in 2015 when the courses became no longer feasible. A combination of lack... more
 
Maddy Harland |
Monday, 20th November 2017
What elements of design in permaculture can be linked to agroecological practices and to what extent are they functional in terms of sustainable or regenerative farm productivity and in what context? Agroecology works well with permaculture design: it uses stacking to create multi-functional yields, microclimates, greater edges, biodiversity,... more
 
Guy Lambourne |
Friday, 17th November 2017
What joy! Putting up a tent in a gale and pouring rain. In October. We’d had the same thought – departure after tea might be wise, so had avoided the tent. In fact, the general bonhomie amongst seventy or so coppice workers, intriguing discussions and a fascinating visit to a 700 acre Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust woodland nature reserve,... more
 
Maddy Harland |
Friday, 17th November 2017
What distinguishes permaculture from other holistic design or growing methods is that it aims to create more than a system of sustainable agriculture or organic horticulture; it uses (eco) systems thinking to explore the drivers and ideas behind more lasting, permanent cultures. Its ethics and principles can be applied to living systems (gardens,... more
 
Sjoerd Wartena & Elisabeth Winkler |
Monday, 13th November 2017
It all started in 1972. My wife Elisabeth and I were leading a quite well-to-do university existence in Amsterdam. I worked with medieval manuscripts but was more interested in the present. We were inspired by the back-to-nature movement, and visited communes in the US, then France. In 1973, we started a 25-hectare goat farm from scratch in... more
 
Maddy Harland |
Wednesday, 25th October 2017
Being a permaculture practitioner, I recently visited Sattva Land, a tropical food forest and the Maya Mountain Research Farm (MMRF), both in Belize to learn more about how permaculture design works in tropical climates. Both the projects were built on lands where conventional farming techniques had been used, causing exhausted soils, erosion and... more
 
Healthline.com |
Monday, 23rd October 2017
Adding a little sunshine to your life by getting outside more can relieve anxiety and reduce depression. If you live in higher latitudes with little sunlight, a light box may provide some mood-boosting benefits. From treating skin conditions to strengthening bones, sunlight has other health benefits as well. Sunlight, Serotonin and Mental Health... more
 
Maddy Harland |
Tuesday, 10th October 2017
I am fascinated by natural springs. They are a result of surface water seeping into the Earth and filling a recharge area like a cave or aquifer (a geologic layer of porous and permeable material such as sand and gravel, limestone, or sandstone, through which water flows and is stored). When an aquifer is confined by impermeable rock layers in... more
 
Gustav Milne |
Monday, 2nd October 2017
So what have parks, pets and windows got in common? A lot more than you might think, as we shall see. Let’s start with the room with a view. A study in California suggests that the more daylight a school captures, the more attendance increases, test results improve and learning rates are enhanced. And in hospitals too, windows have significant... more
 
Paul Alfrey - Balkan Ecology Project |
Friday, 29th September 2017
Not many plants offer so much to the grower while demanding so little in return. A tree that requires so little attention and care, that even if there were an RSPP - Royal Society for the Protection of Plants (which there should be judging by the amount of tortured house and garden plants I come across), no-one would ever get prosecuted for Morus... more
 

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