"Maddy Harland’s work and life are an inspiration to anyone who dreams of devoting their energies to regeneration of land and community, and making a right livelihood from that work. As editor and publisher of Permaculture magazine, she has a global scope and more than two decades of her own thoughtful, protracted observation of the growth and development of the permaculture movement. A really valuable resource!”–Starhawk, permaculture teacher, activist and author of The Spiral Dance.
"Maddy Harland’s regular columns have, in turn, offered inspiration, a shoulder to cry on, rousing calls to arms, space to mourn and lament and signposts to stories to sustain an activist’s heart. They are essential reading for many. Gathered in one place, they offer a fascinating history of the development of permaculture, its ups and downs, its breakthroughs and its epiphanies. To have them gathered in one place is a joy. Give yourself a treat, and swim in their deep, wild waters.”–Rob Hopkins, co-founder of Transition Network, author of The Transition Handbook, The Transition Companion, and The Power of Just Doing Stuff
"About the same time Maddy Harland started penning this collection of essays, I went through a great change in my own life, leaving behind 20 years as a successful environmental attorney (punishing the bad guys) and embarking upon 30 years of permaculture teaching and design (aiding the good guys). Tracing her evolution through these pages I sense us as two vines curling up a trellis. As we reach the overarching part, Maddy has brought forth this truly amazing fruit. It packs lessons learnt along the way into nutrient-dense nourishment for the soul. Have a bite. It’s delicious.”–Albert Bates author of The Biochar Solution, Pour Evian on Your Radishes and The Paris Agreement
"Permaculture magazine has served the good cause of caring for the land and for the people for 25 years under Maddy’s editorship and leadership. Her editorials have been outstanding. Maddy’s thoughts and words are timely, inspiring and filled with wisdom. I am delighted to know that these editorials are now being brought together in a book. It is a wonderful gift. May the permaculture movement go from strength to strength and may this book reach thousands of hands!”–Satish Kumar, author, peace activist and Emeritus Editor of Resurgence & Ecologist magazine
"Fertile Edges charts a movement ahead of its time, whose agenda of growing the ethics of people care, earth care and fair shares is ever more urgent and pertinent. These pages bear testament to Maddy’s role beyond editor of Permaculture magazine as a teacher, author, activist, healer, visionary, nature connector, friend, community builder, feminine leader, systems thinker, mother, gardener and lover of life. Her voice of courage is a clarion call to anyone who has a rumbling in their belly, a hunger for a world of radical care and vital connection."–Looby Macnamara, permaculture teacher and designer and author of People & Permaculture and 7 Ways to Think Differently
"Reading Maddy’s collected thoughts from over the years as she raises her family, documents a growing body of knowledge of immediate and urgent importance, while observing humanity crashing and burning its way through selfish, absurdist, feudal, materialist collapse is breathtaking and strangely rollicking good fun."–John D. Liu, film maker and founder of the Ecosystem Restoration Camps movement
"Set against the enviro-political landscape of the past 25 years, Maddy’s personal tale is fluidly woven throughout Fertile Edges showing a journey of growth and passion that has been reflected in the rise of consciousness of so many who have been effected by Permaculture magazine. The book reminds us of the importance of our individual right livelihood choices to influence our changing planet and provides hope and inspiration for our future.”–Ben Law, woodsman, author and eco-builder.