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Permaculturein Prisons Nicole Vosper shares her unusual pathway to learning permaculture design – in jail – and reports on projects in both the UK and USA that transform lives.
Politics & Economics
AnotherPolitics is Possible Maddy Harland meets Britain’s only Green Member of Parliament to find out why she thinks political engagement is not only worthwhile but a natural extension of being green.
Cover photo Working in wool – Tristanbm / Shutterstock
Regulars 20 Solutions! 21 Product Reviews 41 Permaculture News 67 GEN News 69 Letters 73 Reviews 77 Courses 83 Classified Exchange 86 Subscriptions www.permaculture.co.uk Winter2011
Taleof Transition in 10 Objects Rob Hopkins tells the story of the evolving Transition movement – a shooting star pointing to a better way of living on this planet.
Growing in Urban Spaces Alexis Rowell from Transition Belsize explains how permaculture has taken root in an affluent part of north London. Crafts
Reskiling fortheFuture Practical skills such as needle and woodwork will need to be passed on if we want to survive Peak oil, argues Georgina-Kate Adams.
Howto MakeaPotery Kiln Outof Paper Lisa Gledhill explains some easy ways to make your own pottery, without it costing the earth. People Care
Howto beHappy Chris Johnstone unlocks the mystery of how to be happy and discovers it is rarely associated with materialism.
Farming & Smallholding
Beyond Urbanisation Chris Smaje argues the case for preserving small-scale farms for food security in both the global north and south.
POWERED BYTHESUNpm ing
TheEco-logicalToilet Stuart Anderson disconnects his flush toilet and opts for a compost toilet instead.
A Burning Question Charcoal has a long history of different uses, but could it be an answer to solving escalating climate change, asks Brian Cawley.
Biogas Demystified Warren Weisman explains what biogas is, how it is made, why it is a viable renewable energy for communities to wean us off fossil fuels in the West and how it can prevent deforestation and health problems in developing countries.
G ol d b e r g
TastingtheVision Vanessa Spedding senses the potential of natural living in a Shropshire forest garden of Eden.
TheChildren’s Straw BaleHouse Mary Coaten describes how children and parents at Glen House Montessori School designed and built their own straw bale ‘playhouse’ – without a budget. extra content at www.permaculture.co.uk www.permaculture.co.uk