The power of seeds

Buying a packet of seeds and planting them in the ground may seem like a fairly mundane act. But corporate control of seeds is one of the most important political, social, and environmental issues facing humanity. In many ways,  the attempts of corporations to copyright, patent and otherwise own seeds is a new forms of the enclosure … Continue reading The power of seeds

On activist fatigue

So much has happened since the Inauguration of Donald Trump on January 20. As Trump signs multiple heinous "executive orders", millions of people have taken to the streets in the United States - and around the world - in protest, solidarity, and resistance.  There is so much to say right now about these amazing social … Continue reading On activist fatigue

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

The Permaculture Garden – mid-January

January is a time for gardeners (in the Northern Hemisphere) to dream. It's a time to think about what you want to do with your garden this coming year - and maybe to also think about what community projects and initiatives you want to create or join. It is a great idea to keep a … Continue reading The Permaculture Garden – mid-January

Radical Roundup – Week of January 9

What a week! As people and movements get ready to confront a Trump presidency, here are some of my favourite reads this week. A call for Marxist Identity Politics by activist Albert L. Terry, that highlights how crucial it is for Marxists - and other radical activists - to take race not only seriously but to put … Continue reading Radical Roundup – Week of January 9

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?

Gardening with bees

As gardening season draws to an end - or mostly to an end - in my part of the world (southwestern Ontario), it is important to consider how you can create spaces in your garden for bees so that next year you can garden with bees. Before I start giving practical advice on how to … Continue reading Gardening with bees

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