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Maddy Harland

Maddy Harland

Maddy Harland is the author of Fertile Edges: Regenerating Land, Culture and Hope and the co-founder and editor of Permaculture International, a magazine which offers practical, innovative solutions and global perspectives. Maddy co-founded Permanent Publications, a publishing company specialising in practical ecological solutions, and the Sustainability Centre in Hampshire, UK, once a military base, and now a thriving immersive learning center. Maddy is an activist, gardener, teacher, community leader, Queens’ Award winning entrepreneur, wife and mother of two daughters. She is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and is a Visiting Knowledge Exchange Fellow of the Institute of Theological Partnerships at the University of Winchester in the UK.

Maddy Harland

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  1. The Biotime Log

    By Maddy Harland

    Biotime or biological time runs at a very different pace or rhythm to human time. It can be observed by recording events in the natural world. These can be as varied as the day the first spring bulb opens, the last frost before summer, or the first sighting of a species of bird or insect in a new habitat. These events can be part of a larger natural rhythm, like the turning of the seasons, or an indicator of slow changes in an ecosystem, like unusual weather patterns or an increase of average temperatures. Gardeners find documenting weather events, especially the first hard frost of the year, very useful. It helps us plan our planting and alerts us to the need to protect our crops. Nature watchers too like to compare notes year on year to record natural rhythms like the migration times of birds and unusual events. On a larger scale, we can also reflect on our own biological rhythms relating to the waxing and waning of the moon and the seasons.

    The Biotime Log provides a sound introduction to biotime and how to keep your own log. Beautifully illustrated, this ready-made book will last for years. Two days are allocated to each page in a month-by-month annual cycle. Over time, by recording events year after year, you build a fascinating record of your local natural world and its rhythms and mysteries. Your observation will deepen your connection with the natural world around you, your understanding of its cycles, and your appreciation of your local ecosystems.

    Paperback $18.95

    PUB DATE October 15, 2018

    PUBLISHER Permanent Publications

  2. Fertile Edges

    By Maddy Harland

    Maddy Harland, the editor of Permaculture magazine, offers a unique, frontline take on the environmental successes and challenges facing this planet and its people over 25 years. She explores the rise of permaculture globally, from its origins in Australia in the 1970s to its current activities in over 170 countries worldwide, and describes positive developments of this global movement and the huge potential it has yet to achieve.

    Amid a wealth of permaculture’s solutions and the ecocide of "business as usual," Maddy interfaces practical permaculture and global transformation with deep ecology. This is a potent and entertaining cocktail. She writes of regenerative culture, earth restoration and social permaculture, long before they become core permaculture ideas and practices. Her deep connectivity with the natural and human worlds – a love for the changing of the seasons, of landscapes and species – and all that our differing cultures and spirits have to offer one another add another dimension of heart. These writings, based on her editorials from the mid-1990s to the current day, are a call to arms amid the enormity of world events and offer pathways to hope and strength in times of crisis. This is a treasure trove of inspiration.

    Paperback $12.95

    PUB DATE November 06, 2017

    PUBLISHER Permanent Publications

  3. Letting in the Wild Edges

    By Glennie Kindred
    Foreword by Maddy Harland

    In this beautifully illustrated book, Glennie Kindred inspires us to celebrate the bounties of our wild native plants and find a richer relationship with the natural world around us.

    Season by season, we are shown how to grow and manage native edible and medicinal plants in our gardens or on the wild edges of the land. Included are foraging tips and many recipes for making kitchen medicines and delicious food from our finds.

    By letting the wild native plants into our lives, Glennie helps us reconnect with our rich herbal heritage and enter into a new relationship with our local environment. She encourages us to forage, grow, and eat our edible natives, season by season, and also to strengthen our health with their healing properties.

    She explores many different ways to mark and celebrate the seasons, especially outside on the land, which support our ability to adapt and grow for the benefit of the Earth and ourselves.

    This is a practical, optimistic and inspirational treasure trove for a more creative, integrated, self-reliant future.

    Paperback $24.95

    PUB DATE August 15, 2013

    PUBLISHER Permanent Publications

  4. The Song of the Earth

    Edited by Maddy Harland and William Keepin

    The Song of the Earth is the fourth and final volume in the Four Keys to Sustainable Communities series and brings together the voices of leading visionaries in science, spirituality, indigenous wisdom, innovative community, and social activism to paint a powerful portrait of new possibilities for the human family.

    People across the globe yearn for a new civilization of harmony and vibrant cooperation among all peoples—living in balance with the Earth. This vision is not a dreamy fantasy; it is the birthright of humanity.

    Stories, interviews, articles, and ideas from all over the world are collected to create an integral worldview for others to build upon. “The Song of the Earth contains voices that need to be heard, voices that affirm the unity of all life.”—Llewellyn Vaughan-Lee

    The Song of the Earth is the attempt to create an integral picture. It is the call to explore the marvelous web of life on our planet. It asks that we consciously design gentle, sustainable lifestyles and communities that honor diversity in all forms. The celebrated list of contributors includes Satish Kumar, Wangari Maathai, Joanna Macy, Chris Johnstone, Duane Elgin, Thomas Berry, Elisabet Sahtouris, Ross and Hildur Jackson, Jetsunma Tenzin Palmo, Llewellyn Vaughan-Lee, David Korten, The Venerable Dugu Choegyal Rinpoche, and Stephan Harding.

    The Four Keys represent the four dimensions of sustainable design—the Worldview, the Social, the Ecological and the Economic. This series is endorsed by UNESCO and is an official contribution to the UN Decade of Education for Sustainable Development. The other books of the series are Beyond You and Me, Gaian Economics, and Designing Ecological Habitats. The Four Keys to Sustainable Communities series was completed in 2012 and is now available in the U.S. for the first time.

    Paperback $29.95

    PUB DATE January 15, 2014

    PUBLISHER Permanent Publications