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
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
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
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?
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
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