Spring Gardening with Bees

Ahhh, spring: the leaves on trees are opening, spring flowers are blooming, birds are busy making their nests, and bees are buzzing. Gardeners start to get very excited about getting into our gardens to work the soil and plant flowers, vegetables, and herbs. Spring is the time when we get to make real our winter … Continue reading Spring Gardening with Bees

Why I support rapid transit

The debate over the proposed Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) has been raging in London, Ontario for weeks, recently including a highly contentious public meeting as well as instances of online name-calling and attacks. For non-Londoners, it is important to note that a better plan for light rail was already rejected. Although it is easy to … Continue reading Why I support rapid transit

Women’s Strike 2017

I made a video about why I participated in the women's strike on March 8, focusing especially on the struggles of working women. It didn't get shared for the media outlet I made it for so I am sharing it here instead. It took me at least two hours to figure out how to make … Continue reading Women’s Strike 2017

Permaculture and activism, part 1

I am working on a presentation about permaculture as a social and environmental justice movement for this amazing conference Organizing Equality. For this presentation I have been doing some research about permaculture and activism and have come across some fantastic resources. First, check out this video of a Decolonizing Permaculture session at the Building Resilient … Continue reading Permaculture and activism, part 1

The Cheerios #bringbackthebees campaign is a greenwash

It seems that everyone on Facebook is sharing the news that Cheerios is giving away wildflower seeds as part of their campaign to "bring back the bees". While planting pollinator-loving plants is important for both honey bees and wild bees this campaign by a Cheerios is a greenwash and by sharing it, you are helping them … Continue reading The Cheerios #bringbackthebees campaign is a greenwash

The militant roots of IWD

Today is International Women's Day - a day that is often promoted as a celebration of women; sometimes promoted as a day of protest; and rarely (in the past few decades) promoted as a day of militancy. This year, after the astonishing success of the Women's March - in which millions of women worldwide took … Continue reading The militant roots of IWD

The power of seeds

Buying a packet of seeds and planting them in the ground may seem like a fairly mundane act. But corporate control of seeds is one of the most important political, social, and environmental issues facing humanity. In many ways,  the attempts of corporations to copyright, patent and otherwise own seeds is a new forms of the enclosure … Continue reading The power of seeds

On activist fatigue

So much has happened since the Inauguration of Donald Trump on January 20. As Trump signs multiple heinous "executive orders", millions of people have taken to the streets in the United States - and around the world - in protest, solidarity, and resistance.  There is so much to say right now about these amazing social … Continue reading On activist fatigue

Gaia’s Garden Forever

On December 20, 2016,  Toby Hemenway the author of Gaia's Garden and The Permaculture City died from cancer. Hemenway was an important voice within the permaculture movement for many reasons but I believe his most important contribution was his belief in and promotion of suburban and urban permaculture. I had heard about permaculture for many years before I … Continue reading Gaia’s Garden Forever