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 [...]

Permaculture Women’s PDC

Permaculture Women’s PDC

I am so excited and proud to be the urban permaculture teacher in a new online permaculture design course made up of an all-women teaching team. The course is organized by Heather Jo Flores author of the inspiring book Food Not Lawns and the teachers are, quite simply, amazing. We have been working hard together as an [...]

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 [...]

Engaging Diverse Communities Through Community Gardening

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.

The Black Panthers and Food Security

The Black Panthers and Food Security

Fifty-one years ago today, the Black Panther Party was created in Oakland, California. A revolutionary black nationalist party, the Black Panthers made crucial connections between white supremacy and capitalism in the United States. They are largely known for their struggles over the rights of black people to carry guns in California state without police repression. [...]

Why decolonize permaculture?

Part of the purpose of this project is that I want to help radicalize the permaculture movement both in how it's practiced and how it's conceptualized. It's a complicated issue, some people who practice permaculture would claim that it's not a movement at all and should not be politicized. I disagree - obviously - and [...]

Permaculture for the People!

Permaculture for the People!

The Earth and her people are in crisis. Devastating wars continue to tear apart cities, neighbourhoods, and families; a worldwide and vicious policy of neo-liberalism destroys pensions, fair wages, public institutions, and social programs; and systems of oppression including racism, sexism, and colonialism operate in deep and insidious ways. People are suffering. The Earth is suffering as well: the oceans grow more acidic and plastic-filled each day; a predicted 30% of species will disappear by 2050; and climate change is not only here but is happening faster than predicted. Continue Reading