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recent content by Maddy Harland

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 a decline in incomes.

 
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 certain orientations, hydrostatic pressure can force water upwards through a network of cracks and fissures and the water eventually emerges at the surface. These are called artesian wells.

 
Maddy Harland |
Wednesday, 14th June 2017

Earlier this year, I attended the Oxford Real Farming Conference (ORFC), two days of inspiration, information and practical sharing of regenerative agriculture, horticulture, food sovereignty and policy. Started as an alternative to the ‘other’ industrial ag conference run by the NFU, it is one of the best and most holistic events I have been to. After the event, I was buzzing with the calibre of the talks, the power of the network, and the generous and friendly atmosphere.

 
Maddy Harland |
Tuesday, 7th February 2017

In these times of great upheaval and moral depravity, we aspiring sons and daughters of the soil need some encouragement to navigate the veggie growing year with a well thought out plan so we don't miss out on any delicious harvests. Charles Dowding, No Dig expert and organic fruit and veg master, has provided exactly this: a week by week dairy to keep you sowing, planting and harvesting throughout the year.

 
Maddy Harland |
Monday, 30th January 2017

What does permaculture have to do with politics? The original contraction of permanent agriculture to permaculture is also the contraction of permanent culture. Having identified perennial systems (treecrops and agroforestry, for example) as vital techniques to restore ecosystems, co-orginators, Bill Mollison and David Holmgren, quickly turned their attention to the ethics of earth care, people care and limits to growth/sharing surplus.

 

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