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Maddy Harland

Maddy Harland is editor and co-founder of Permaculture Magazine, an international quarterly in print, digital and online at permaculture.co.uk. Maddy co-founded Permanent Publications in 1990, a publishing company, and the Sustainability Centre in Hampshire, UK, in 1995, once a military base, and now a thriving immersive learning centre. She is a founding member Gaia Education who developed the Ecovillage Design Education course endorsed by UNESCO. Maddy is an adviser to the Ecosystem Restoration Foundation and a trustee for Common Earth, a joint initiative between the Cloudburst Foundation and the Commonwealth, a climate action programme aimed at supporting member states to adopt regenerative solutions to address climate change. Maddy has one of Britain's most establish edible forest gardens in Hampshire. She is the author of Fertile Edges: Regenerating Land, Culture and Hope and The Biotime Log.

Maddy Harland |
Thursday, 2nd December 2021
We have recently undertaken a process that you might consider very corporate, namely rebranding. But for us, it is just a new way of presenting ourselves to the world, a way that reflects our values rather than tries to sell you even more stuff you don't want. Years ago we tried to find a face that integrated the three aspects of our work:... more
 
Maddy Harland |
Wednesday, 1st December 2021
When I first read about Jem Bendell’s Deep Adaptation work I didn’t want to face the possibility that humanity would not draw back from the brink of climate catastrophe. I wanted to believe we have the solutions on hand and that growing mass consciousness would tip world leaders into acting wisely. Now we are straying towards a catastrophic... more
 
Maddy Harland |
Monday, 4th October 2021
Permaculture is a design system based on ethics and a set of principles modelled on Nature. When we consider the millions of years of evolution and adaptation to conditions by species, we can glimpse how Nature has the best R & D lab in existence. A deep observation and an understanding of natural systems can teach us many things. The science... more
 
Maddy Harland |
Thursday, 29th July 2021
Every issue of PM is an opportunity to express our gratitude to all our subscribers, readers, contributors, partners, stores and distributors for your continued support in what are challenging times. We have survived by a process of swift adaptation (especially when all of our stores closed in many parts of the world overnight in March 2020), a... more
 
Maddy Harland |
Wednesday, 9th December 2020
COVID-19 has been an extraordinary experience, an event so incredibly difficult and at the same time surreal, in that it has forced everyone to consider what life is about. My local village filled with families from nearby towns, unable to work or go to school, going for walks in our local woodland and surrounding countryside. Villagers who had... more
 
Maddy Harland |
Wednesday, 20th May 2020
In 2018, I was offered £10,000 to start a permaculture award. I could decide the criteria and how to give the money away, what I couldn’t do was pocket any of the cash for the set up and admin work. Within months the Permaculture Magazine Prize had attracted another £15,000 that included a £5,000 Youth in Permaculture Prize for outstanding people... more
 
Maddy Harland |
Friday, 17th April 2020
Where is our home and how do we travellers in space and time find our way back to it? That is Mark Boyle’s lifetime quest and this is the latest episode in his journeying. Mark is famous for living without money for three years and for writing The Moneyless Man and The Moneyless Manifesto. He got a lot of stick for daring to make his life an... more
 
Maddy Harland |
Thursday, 2nd January 2020
As we enter a new decade, the world is experiencing a huge shift in awareness. Many are hearing the Call, some for the first time; Greta has chastised the UN; XR continues to take to the streets; the proroguing of the British Parliament that subverted the world’s oldest democracy was judged illegal; Trump risks impeachment (again); every hour the... more
 
Maddy Harland |
Tuesday, 26th November 2019
Albert Bates has focussed on climate change, biochar and permaculture solutions for years. Here he joins with scientist Kathleen Draper to present the latest, most innovative thinking and experimentation on removing carbon from the atmosphere. First of all they set the scene: The science behind why there is currently a 93% chance that the planet... more
 
Maddy Harland |
Thursday, 10th October 2019
There is no doubt we are live in challenging times. There is a 93% chance that the planet will be more than 4ºC warmer than today by 2100. June was the hottest recorded month ever. The hottest single day was so intense that temperatures were as much as 10ºC higher than normal across France, Germany, northern Spain and Italy. In 2009, the Four... more
 
Maddy Harland |
Thursday, 8th August 2019
In his extraordinary book, The Spell of the Sensuous, about First Nation cultures and their active relationships with animals, plants and natural phenomena (mountains, rivers, winds, and weather), David Abrams explores how human beings have severed their ancient reciprocity with the natural world and how we can recover a sustaining relation with... more
 
Maddy Harland |
Thursday, 9th May 2019
Where is our home and how do we travellers in space and time find our way back to it? That is Mark Boyle’s lifetime quest and this is the latest episode in his journeying. Mark is famous for living without money for three years and for writing The Moneyless Man and The Moneyless Manifesto. He got a lot of stick for daring to make his life an... more
 
Maddy Harland |
Wednesday, 10th April 2019
In facing the problems of the world head on and seeking solutions, we are frequently told that we need to develop a new narrative. This can seem quite abstract and even a tall order as so much needs to be changed and so quickly if we are to slow down the great challenges of our time like climate chaos and the Sixth Mass Extinction. It may seem... more
 
Maddy Harland |
Monday, 14th January 2019
I have always been blessed with privilege. I grew up in a family with two parents, with a dad who gave up his nationality of birth to become British and subsequently had a very successful career. I have always had enough to eat, a roof over my head, good health, family, a good education and a white skin. Permaculture teacher and renowned author,... more
 
Maddy Harland |
Tuesday, 27th November 2018
The Bees is a strange and disturbing novel which anthropomorphises honeybees. It takes you deep inside an orchard hive, a palatial, hierarchical wax edifice commanded by the Queen and awash with coded scents of the Hive Mind. I couldn’t help drawing parallels with aspects of a Borg ship yet there is far more sensuality, pheremones and beauty here... more
 

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