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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 |
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
 
Maddy Harland |
Tuesday, 9th October 2018
This summer, we had no proper rain for weeks and after a cold, snowy late spring we leapt into the height of summer. It iwas hotter than usual and this gaves us, in the cool temperate north, a holiday feeling, especially those in the PM team who have enjoyed the World Cup! Our modest 360 litre rainwater harvesting system in the veggie patch almost... more
 
Maddy Harland |
Friday, 8th June 2018
I am dreaming ... I am dreaming that I am in a rainforest. I can feel the tropical warmth on my skin and hear the rich soundscape of the jungle. My sight is filled with wonderful, vibrant growth where every niche is inhabited, from the highest canopy of flowering trees in which hummingbirds flit and drink to the darker lush recesses of the jungle... more
 
Maddy Harland |
Friday, 25th May 2018
Being Salmon, Being Human starts with a wonderful, evocative foreword by Stephan Harding, describing what it means to consciously realise in every cell of our body that we are living on a sentient, interconnected planet as opposed to in a dead Cartesian machine. This sets the scene for Martin Mueller who takes us on a journey from the vigour and... more
 
Maddy Harland |
Tuesday, 15th May 2018
The Oxford Real Farming Conference has become a regular fixture in my calendar. Now bigger than the ‘other’ (National Farmer’s Union) conference taking place in the same city at the same time, it is the go-to event for farmers, smallholders, policy makers, horticulturists, experimenters, environmentalists, campaigners, academics, mainstream... more
 
Maddy Harland |
Wednesday, 28th March 2018
As children, we were taught to see patterns and rhythms in two or perhaps three dimensions. Our solar system was portrayed as a collection of planets circling around a central sun and, if we were lucky, we might have seen a 3D version of this at a planetarium. Yet how far from the truth is this old style harmony of the spheres? We now know... more
 

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