Bless the bees!

While preparing my talk for the IPC India Convergence, I came across some bee videos I took on my phone in the summer. I cannot wait until next spring when I am reunited with these lovely beings. Enjoy! Video # 1: A bumble bee and a sweat bee (?) on Blue Lobelia Video # 2: … Continue reading Bless the bees!

Off to India!

The blog will be quiet for a couple weeks as I am off to the International Permaculture Convergence in Hyderabad, India! You can follow me on Instagram for pictures of the IPC - @earthygrrrl. I will write a blog post about my experiences in December.

Why vegans should support backyard hens

First: a disclaimer: I would love to have hens in my backyard (currently prohibited in my city) but if I had hens, I would not eat their eggs. Not because they will become "baby chicks" - they won't be fertilized without a rooster so there would be no likelihood of that - but because I … Continue reading Why vegans should support backyard hens

Permaculture on the edge: building an anti/beyond/despite-capitalist movement

Permaculture is a philosophy and set of practices aimed at creating regenerative human spaces that mimic natural eco-systems. The concept was developed by two Australians, Bill Mollison and David Holmgren, in the 1970s based on their observations of the ecological systems created by Indigenous and “traditional” communities around the world. The philosophy of permaculture offers … Continue reading Permaculture on the edge: building an anti/beyond/despite-capitalist movement

Urban Agriculture and the radical imagination of the possible

Urban Agriculture and the radical imagination of the possible As I explored in an earlier blog post, the lawn remains a powerful symbol of class domination, racism, and colonialism. Understanding the socioeconomic role of the lawn means that solutions to the problems it causes cannot be found in private backyards. As a classed and moralized … Continue reading Urban Agriculture and the radical imagination of the possible

Engaging Diverse Communities Through Community Gardening

You can read the entire paper I wrote for the Bring Food Home conference here. It will be the basis of a participatory workshop this weekend and may form the basis of further research. The image for this post is from the Milky Way Garden in Parkdale, Toronto.

Lawns, class, and colonialism

Lawns – highly managed monocultures of turf grasses – seem to most people but the most ardent environmentalist to be a relatively benign phenomenon. However lawns are highly political landscapes, tied to the emergence of capitalism and settler colonialism. Lawns, as opposed to biodiverse meadows, prairies, and pastures, emerged only about 500 years ago as … Continue reading Lawns, class, and colonialism

Globalize struggle, globalize hope!

This is an incredibly important document just released by the international peasants' rights organization La Via Campesina in which they put forward a program for an international, agrocecological movement firmly rooted in social justice and popular feminism. Worth not only a read but deep engagement. I will be exploring the themes raised in the document … Continue reading Globalize struggle, globalize hope!