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.

Planning for Spring, Part 3: Growing Veggies!

Growing and eating your own vegetables is one of the delights of having a garden. Not only can you grow delicious, interesting, and nutritious food but engaging in the work … Continue reading Planning for Spring, Part 3: Growing Veggies!

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

Planning for Spring, Part 1: Garden Dreaming

Re-posting my 4-part Planning for Spring series. Part 1: Garden Dreaming #permaculture #gardening #organicgardening

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 … Continue reading Strategies for accessing land in cities

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 … Continue reading Composting with worms: a beginner’s guide to vermicomposting

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 … Continue reading Book Review # 1: Growing a Sustainable City?

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 … Continue reading Why vegans should support backyard hens

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 … Continue reading Urban Agriculture and the radical imagination of the possible