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.

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.

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 [...]

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

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

by Rebecca Ellis This article was originally published on my blog on November 2017. It begins to lay out my thoughts for re-visioning permaculture as part of larger anti/despite/post-capitalist movements. It serves as a quasi-manifesto of my podcast and blog.  Permaculture is a philosophy and set of practices aimed at creating regenerative human spaces that [...]

Episode 10: Interview with Starhawk on the promise of regeneration

Episode 10: Interview with Starhawk on the promise of regeneration

In this episode I interview Starhawk, author, activist, and permaculture teacher, about the crisis of climate change and the promise of regeneration.

Permaculture for the People PODCAST!

Permaculture for the People PODCAST!

I know it's been very quiet here at the Permaculture for the People blog. I have spent much of the spring and summer doing fieldwork for my PhD research. Fieldwork for me, as a human geographer, entails spending time with beekeepers and gardeners in their spaces and conducting in-depth interviews. However, I am extremely excited [...]

Permies of the world unite!

Permies of the world unite!

A manifesto for an internationalist permaculture movement Migration, the movement of people over landscapes, is, arguably, one of the defining characteristics of our species. Humans have moved over landscapes in search of food and other resources since before we were a species. And yet in our deeply capitalist society, the movement of most humans is [...]

Care about bees? Don’t vote Conservative!

Care about bees? Don’t vote Conservative!

The provincial election happening June 7 in Ontario has the potential to negatively impact millions of people, especially with the election of Doug Ford, a Trump-Like right-wing, crony capitalist.  This deeply concerns me. But I am also deeply concerned about the impact of a Ford government on both native and honey bees. I believe that [...]

Feminism with claws and teeth

Feminism with claws and teeth

It's International Women's Day 2018 and it seems like women are winning. After all, major corporations are marking our day - McDonalds turned the "M" in the signs at some locations upside down to be a "W" and Mattel is making of a line of Barbies of important women. This is progress right? No. It [...]

Book Review # 1: Growing a Sustainable City?

Book Review # 1: Growing a Sustainable City?

Remember this blog post 50 books in 2018? I still have this ambitious plan to read 50 books (front to back cover) in 2018 and I have decided to do a video review of each book. Here is my first video review of Growing a Sustainable City? The question of urban agriculture by Christina D. Rosan [...]

Minding Animals, Mexico City

Minding Animals, Mexico City

Off to the Minding Animals conference in Mexico City! Plenary speakers will be live-streamed on their website. I will blog about my experiences when I return (and will post a very overdue blog entry about India!)    

Love is not enough

Love is not enough

Is it true that "Love is all we need" and "Love Trumps Hate"? These two slogans are common at protests these days. But I am here to say love is not enough - it will take more than love to create a better world. Furthermore, for women, especially, "love" can be a site of oppression. Recently [...]