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.

Strategies for accessing land in cities

Strategies for accessing land in cities

Lack of access to land is often raised as a barrier to participation in permaculture. Land ownership in North America — both rural and urban — is prohibitively expensive for many people but many permaculture practices are based on land ownership including the creation of perennial gardens, the growing of food forests, major earthworks such as berms and swales [...]

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, [...]

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 [...]

Why vegans should support backyard hens

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 [...]

Urban Agriculture and the radical imagination of the possible

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 [...]

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.

Community gardens and human diversity

Community gardens and human diversity

Some important strategies for making community gardens accessible, welcoming, and empowering for everybody. My paper on this topic will be part of a workshop this weekend at Bring Food Home.