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PM107 Spring 31 January 2021 PM108 Summer 30 April 2021 PM109 Autumn 31 July 2021 PM110 Winter 31 October 2021

Winter 2020



cover features

11 Preparing our Children for a Regenerative Future Alice Irene Whittaker offers six pillars for raising a child in an age of breakdown.

15 How to Make Biogas Matthew Watkinson and his family live on an off-grid ecofarm in West Wales. Here they share how to build a biodigester for cooking gas.

18 Perennial Lessons for Permaculture Design Ben Falk introduces some easy tips when designing your plot, small or large.

cover story

27 Cultural Emergence – tools for agents of change Looby Macnamara introduces the Cultural Emergence principles that are part of a toolkit that enable us to transform our personal cultures and beyond.

31 Intuitive Gardening Huw Richards introduces a no-rules approach to growing food.

35 Six Strategies for Plot Resilience Wade Muggleton sets out six ways to make our plots more resilient in an era of climate uncertainty.

49 More Art, Fewer Ads Carla Denyer explains how the Adfree Cities network is building towards a permanent culture of community, health and wellbeing.

55 Urban Permaculture Brandy Hall shares how a small, shady, urban garden has been transformed.

Cover photo: © Huw Richards

Looby Macnamara and her family at Applewood Permaculture Centre.

See p.27 for more.

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