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Maddy Harland |
Thursday, 3rd October 2013
Last month I was invited to speak at the Grow It Yourself Gathering in Ireland (a wonderful Irish veggie fest) where I met John and Sally McKenna. These two foodies are legends in Ireland. In 1991 they gave up their jobs and their flat in Dublin, bought a broken-down Renault 4 and set off around Ireland. In those days most people thought Irish... more
 
Maddy Harland |
Friday, 6th September 2013
Last July I spoke at the Grow It Yourself Gathering in Birmingham. It was a really inspiring day and I met some wonderful gardeners who transform community spaces and grow all sorts of new crops. I also met the marvellous and funny, Mark Diacono and Steve Lamb, who were both really entertaining as well as knowledgeable. One of their sessions was... more
 
Maddy Harland |
Tuesday, 30th July 2013
Hidden down in the woods at The Sustainability Centre is a lovely little handmade building that was built from sawmill waste by kids with a little help from Sean Reeves, one of the Centre's bushcraft and outdoor learning specialists. Inside the building is such a clever and replicable idea that I must share it with you. Do you want to make a... more
 
Maddy Harland |
Monday, 8th July 2013
Sebastiao Salgado's exhibition of photographs, Genesis, explores 32 countries and is a culmination of eight years of work exploring 32 countries. He visits the wildest places on the planet - from Patagonia to Alaska, from Siberia to Ethiopia - and photographs pristine environments and their inhabitants, both human indigenes and wild creatures. He... more
 
Maddy Harland |
Saturday, 29th June 2013
Glastonbury. Billed the greatest festival in the world. A unique mix of headlining bands, new musical talent, wacky benign fun, and the best Green Fields I have ever visited. Where else can you listen to Caroline Lucas, Tony Benn, Billy Bragg, Polly Higgins, Penny Poyzer and Aubrey Meyer in a day and then rock off to a Stones gig later that... more
 
Maddy Harland |
Wednesday, 19th June 2013
With our increasingly unpredictable weather, it makes sense to make the most of your greenhouse. I used to use mine for growing seedlings started in a heated propagator, a crop of tomatoes and indoor cucumber in the summer, perhaps some oriental vegetables like mibuna and mizuma sown in early autumn for a winter crop if the tomatoes had finished.... more
 
Maddy Harland |
Friday, 24th May 2013
This is an adaptation of an ancient method of irrigation that is thought to have originated in Africa 4,000 years ago. It uses the porous nature of clay pots to allow osmotic pressure to suck the water into the soil where it is needed. People use beautiful fired pots called Olla with a narrow neck buried in the soil. Unless you can make them... more
 
Maddy Harland |
Tuesday, 14th May 2013
Recently I reported on how Polyface Farm uses techniques such as mob grazing and mobile farm infrastructure to lock up carbon, build soil and create a diverse set of yields. I also explained how Joel Salatin, his family and his associates market and sell their products to create a $2,000,000 turnover on what is in reality a relatively small... more
 
Maddy Harland |
Friday, 3rd May 2013
How many times have you visited chemical or better compost loos at an event or festival and found the water reservoir has run out and you can't wash your hands? I spotted this clever use of recycled materials at Offgrid Festival in Somerset last year. (Incidently, Offgrid had to be my favourite last year, possibly because I bumped into... more
 
Maddy Harland |
Tuesday, 30th April 2013
Yesterday I described Joel Salatin’s pattern for carbon farming at Polyface Farm. He mob grazes cows and then follows them with chickens to spread the pats around, manure the pasture and eat the bugs, He regenerates pastures and forest areas with pigs in a ‘tractor’, fattening them in the process, grows shiitake under the eaves of shed, offer farm... more
 
Maddy Harland |
Monday, 29th April 2013
Joel Salatin, dubbed by TIME magazine to be the world's most innovative farmer, hit town yesterday and Aranya, who wrote our bestseller, Permaculture Design Step By Step, and runs RegenAg in the UK, invited me along to a one-day seminar hosted at Cowdray Hall in Sussex to learn more. I have long wanted to meet Joel, having heard about his work... more
 
Maddy Harland |
Wednesday, 24th April 2013
Last week the agriculture minister David Heath warned us that Britain may be on the verge of a new food crisis. A growing population, along with more crop failures as a result of increasingly unstable weather conditions, have already led to a significant increase in food prices. The biotech industry tells us that the solution to future food... more
 
Maddy Harland |
Thursday, 18th April 2013
Spring emerges after a cold, snowy and wet winter in our part of the northern hemisphere. Even in January, the green of bluebells and snowdrops began to push out through the snow in the woods and in my garden. My heart lifts as the days become longer and I plan the cycle of planting seeds, cleaning and preparing the greenhouse, adding soft fruit... more
 
Maddy Harland |
Saturday, 13th April 2013
This is sequel to the film, Ecovillage Pioneers, that presented the case for ecovillages and included the story of Lammas Ecovillage's struggle to obtain planning permission. Against the odds, Lammas in Pembrokeshire obtained planning, arguably a significant step forward in low impact development in Britain. It is, in Tony Wrench's words, "An... more
 
Maddy Harland |
Friday, 12th April 2013
Permaculture, a contraction of permanent agriculture but also increasingly permanent culture, means working with natural forces like the wind, sun, water, the forces of succession, animals and other 'natural' energies. These permaculture designs provide food, shelter, water and meet other needs required to build sustainable communities with... more
 

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