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.

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

Planning for Spring, Part 2 Best Plants for a Pollinator Sanctuary

Planning for Spring, Part 2 Best Plants for a Pollinator Sanctuary

Re-posting my 4-part Planning for Spring series. Part 2: Best Plants for a Pollinator Sanctuary #permaculture #organicgardening #pollinators #savethebees #bees

New Year’s Reflections and Resolutions

New Year’s Reflections and Resolutions

I have a type-A personality, I am always busy working on and planning multiple projects and make endless to-do lists and elaborate plans. I try to channel this energy into the creation of a just and regenerative world. One of the aspects of my personality is that I have a predisposition to love New Year's [...]

Permaculture for the People Patreon!

Permaculture for the People Patreon!

If you enjoy the podcast and blog that is Permaculture for the People, I encourage you to consider supporting me on Patreon, if you have a bit of cash to spare. This will help me to afford hardware and software needed to create the podcast and will also give me funds to promote the blog [...]

Permaculture for Post-Capitalism with Becky Ellis

Permaculture for Post-Capitalism with Becky Ellis

I am so honoured to be a repeat guest on the fantastic podcast Vegan Vanguard. You can listen to our interview about post-capitalist futures and permaculture here. I also did an interview about bees with Mexie a few months ago, which you can listen to here. I recommend listening to ALL their podcasts, as they are truly [...]

Episode 1: What is post-capitalist permaculture and why does it matter?

Episode 1: What is post-capitalist permaculture and why does it matter?

In this episode, I introduce myself as the host of the podcast and I outline why I want to see the development of an anti-capitalist permaculture movement. I begin to explore how permaculture can help us imagine post-capitalist futures. Some relevant resources from this episode: The Permaculture on the Edge article where I began to [...]

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 [...]

Thank-you India

Thank-you India

In November 2017, I had the amazing experience of attending the International Permaculture Conference and Convergence in Hyderabad, India. It was my first time at an international permaculture convergence and, more importantly, my first time in India. It was an amazing experience. My only regret is that I didn't get to see very much of [...]

Composting with worms: a beginner’s guide to vermicomposting

Composting with worms: a beginner’s guide to vermicomposting

Worm composting, or vermicomposting, is one of the easiest and most rewarding ways to compost kitchen scraps. The end product of the composting process is sometimes referred to as Black Gold because it is one of the most nutrient rich sources of fertilizer available. The best thing about worm composting is that it is easy, [...]