Permaculture on the edge: building an anti/despite/post-capitalist movement

Permaculture on the edge: building an  anti/despite/post-capitalist movement

by Rebecca Ellis This article was originally published on my blog on November 2017. It begins to lay out my thoughts for re-visioning permaculture as part of larger anti/despite/post-capitalist movements. It serves as a quasi-manifesto of my podcast and blog.  Permaculture is a philosophy and set of practices aimed at creating regenerative human spaces that [...]

Permaculture for the People PODCAST!

Permaculture for the People PODCAST!

I know it's been very quiet here at the Permaculture for the People blog. I have spent much of the spring and summer doing fieldwork for my PhD research. Fieldwork for me, as a human geographer, entails spending time with beekeepers and gardeners in their spaces and conducting in-depth interviews. However, I am extremely excited [...]

Permies of the world unite!

Permies of the world unite!

A manifesto for an internationalist permaculture movement Migration, the movement of people over landscapes, is, arguably, one of the defining characteristics of our species. Humans have moved over landscapes in search of food and other resources since before we were a species. And yet in our deeply capitalist society, the movement of most humans is [...]

Love is not enough

Love is not enough

Is it true that "Love is all we need" and "Love Trumps Hate"? These two slogans are common at protests these days. But I am here to say love is not enough - it will take more than love to create a better world. Furthermore, for women, especially, "love" can be a site of oppression. Recently [...]

Happy New Year!!

Happy New Year!!

  2017 was a difficult time for many people as well as for the Earth and her non-human inhabitants. We witnessed the intensification of climate chaos through hurricanes, wildfires, floods, droughts, and other extreme weather with little to no real action on the part of governments or intergovernmental organizations.  Throughout 2017 the world has teetered [...]

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 [...]

Women’s Strike 2017

Women’s Strike 2017

I made a video about why I participated in the women's strike on March 8, focusing especially on the struggles of working women. It didn't get shared for the media outlet I made it for so I am sharing it here instead. It took me at least two hours to figure out how to make [...]

Permaculture and activism, part 1

Permaculture and activism, part 1

I am working on a presentation about permaculture as a social and environmental justice movement for this amazing conference Organizing Equality. For this presentation I have been doing some research about permaculture and activism and have come across some fantastic resources. First, check out this video of a Decolonizing Permaculture session at the Building Resilient [...]

The Cheerios #bringbackthebees campaign is a greenwash

The Cheerios #bringbackthebees campaign is a greenwash

It seems that everyone on Facebook is sharing the news that Cheerios is giving away wildflower seeds as part of their campaign to "bring back the bees". While planting pollinator-loving plants is important for both honey bees and wild bees this campaign by a Cheerios is a greenwash and by sharing it, you are helping them [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]