Episode 17: Permaculture Pandemic 3 – Mutual Aid for Collective Futures

Episode 17: Permaculture Pandemic 3 – Mutual Aid for Collective Futures

In the third instalment of the Permaculture Pandemic Podcast series I discuss the concept and practice of mutual aid, including it's history (my version), how it relates to permaculture and why people are finding it so helpful and, dare I say, hopeful in this crisis. Let's use mutual aid, solidarity, and cooperativism to build collective [...]

Planning your garden in the face of climate breakdown

Planning your garden in the face of climate breakdown

In the face of climate breakdown, the task of cheerfully planning one's garden may be filled with sadness, anxiety, or confusion. The snowy picture of my backyard looks lovely and wintry but until yesterday, it was freakishly mild. I know other parts of the world are experiencing much more serious climate chaos. However, the creation of spaces in which people and non-human nature can flourish is more important now than perhaps ever before.

Small-scale farmers – not lab foods – can help save the planet

Small-scale farmers – not lab foods – can help save the planet

George Monbiot’s recent article in which he celebrates the rise of lab-based foods and the end of the agrarian age is highly problematic. It ignores social scientific and scientific research about agricultural systems and minimizes the practices and struggles of small-scale, organic farmers.

Radical change & radical patience: lessons from my garden

Radical change & radical patience: lessons from my garden

Sometimes we have to spend time nurturing things even though we don't know when and if they will flourish. This is true for gardens and it's also true for social change and social movements. Maybe there are movements that, like my native wildflowers, seem to have died but will grow back stronger and more beautiful than ever. Maybe there are forms of social change that I will nurture for years like my Paw Paws, possibly never getting to eat the fruit myself but creating the conditions so that others can.

Other worlds are possible but only through struggle

Other worlds are possible but only through struggle

I have certainty about one thing: it will be better to collectively struggle for freedom against this brutal, life-destroying system than to struggle alone. The most amazing moments of exhilarating joy will be collective.

Permaculture for the People update

Permaculture for the People update

After announcing the new direction of the podcast, I have been quiet online. This is partly because I did some amazing work on my PhD dissertation (I wrote the full crappy first draft in six weeks- it was intense!). It is also because I am getting ready to relaunch and reformulate the whole blog and [...]

Don’t show your cleavage: A rant

Don’t show your cleavage: A rant

“Don’t show your cleavage.” I have heard this advice from: A professor leading a required grad course on professionalism in academia (she also told the women when the appropriate time to get pregnant and have children)A blog post for grad students attending their first conferenceAn editor of a leading journal in my discipline giving advice [...]

Episode 12: The Re-enchantment: in-against-and-beyond capitalism

Episode 12: The Re-enchantment: in-against-and-beyond capitalism

In this episode, I announce the new podcast name, which I will be rolling out over the next month, and I discuss the climate strike and Canadian elections! Resources from this episode Check out Silvia Federici's book Re-enchanting the World: Feminism and the Politics of the CommonsCheck out Crack Capitalism by John HollowayConfused when I [...]

Urban bee keepers can help save wild bees

Urban bee keepers can help save wild bees

Check out my recent article in The Conversation Urban bee keepers can help save wild bees. If you find it interesting please share! When will the podcast be back? Mid-May. I have started a new job and am doing other amazing things that have kept my energy from the podcast for longer than expected!! But it [...]

Episode 11: The Global Insect Decline

Episode 11: The Global Insect Decline

In this episode I explore the implications the global insect decline. Why are insects in decline and, more importantly why should you care? What actions can we take in cities and in rural areas to support insect flourishing? Resources Study 1: More than 75 percent decline over 27 years in total flying insect biomass in [...]

Podcast update!

Podcast update!

The Permaculture for the People podcast is on a very short hiatus as I write an article, revise an academic paper, and present at two international conferences. The next episodes will be on March 18 and April 15, before resuming the regular bi-weekly schedule. I know this is not ideal for a podcast but I [...]

Create a garden in which pollinators flourish

Create a garden in which pollinators flourish

Pollinators - the special group of animals that assist plants in reproduction by moving pollen from the male part of the plant to the female part of the plant, are in decline around the world. Non-insect pollinators, such as some birds and fruit-eating bats, are declining alarmingly. Many species of insect pollinators, including bees, butterflies, [...]