Spring Gardening with Bees

Ahhh, spring: the leaves on trees are opening, spring flowers are blooming, birds are busy making their nests, and bees are buzzing. Gardeners start to get very excited about getting into our gardens to work the soil and plant flowers, vegetables, and herbs. Spring is the time when we get to make real our winter … Continue reading Spring Gardening with Bees

The militant roots of IWD

Today is International Women's Day - a day that is often promoted as a celebration of women; sometimes promoted as a day of protest; and rarely (in the past few decades) promoted as a day of militancy. This year, after the astonishing success of the Women's March - in which millions of women worldwide took … Continue reading The militant roots of IWD

Gaia’s Garden Forever

On December 20, 2016,  Toby Hemenway the author of Gaia's Garden and The Permaculture City died from cancer. Hemenway was an important voice within the permaculture movement for many reasons but I believe his most important contribution was his belief in and promotion of suburban and urban permaculture. I had heard about permaculture for many years before I … Continue reading Gaia’s Garden Forever

Choosing hope

It may seem wild to propose that we have hope in 2017. Many of us who believe in social and environmental justice are at our most hopeless. Climate change is worsening at rates faster than most scientists predicted; neoliberalism - which I like to think of as capitalism on steroids - is continuing to have … Continue reading Choosing hope

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 … Continue reading Why decolonize permaculture?

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