Liberation Permaculture by Toby Hemenway (PVP125)

Liberation Permaculture by Toby Hemenway.

This episode is the rebroadcast of Toby talk from PV2 in March 2015.

Permaculture offers more than a path to a sustainable and just food system. It can move entire segments of our society off the radar screens of state oppressors and help return equality, abundance, and justice to people while restoring healthy ecosystems. This talk will tell you how.

Here’s a hint on how that’s possible. If you can’t measure it, you can’t tax it.

Enjoy it, I hope it gets you thinking…

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More by Toby Hemenway

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GaiasGaia’s Garden by Toby Hemenway

The first edition of Gaia’s Garden sparked the imagination of America’s home gardeners, introducing permaculture’s central message: Working with Nature, not against her, results in more beautiful, abundant, and forgiving gardens. This extensively revised and expanded second edition broadens the reach and depth of the permaculture approach for urban and suburban growers.

Many people mistakenly think that ecological gardening—which involves growing a wide range of edible and other useful plants—can take place only on a large, multiacre scale. As Hemenway demonstrates, it’s fun and easy to create a “backyard ecosystem” by assembling communities of plants that can work cooperatively and perform a variety of functions, including:

  • Building and maintaining soil fertility and structure
  • Catching and conserving water in the landscape
  • Providing habitat for beneficial insects, birds, and animals
  • Growing an edible “forest” that yields seasonal fruits, nuts, and other foods

This revised and updated edition also features a new chapter on urban permaculture, designed especially for people in cities and suburbs who have very limited growing space. Whatever size yard or garden you have to work with, you can apply basic permaculture principles to make it more diverse, more natural, more productive, and more beautiful. Best of all, once it’s established, an ecological garden will reduce or eliminate most of the backbreaking work that’s needed to maintain the typical lawn and garden.


The Permaculture City by Toby Hemenway

Permaculture is more than just the latest buzzword; it offers positive solutions for many of the environmental and social challenges confronting us. And nowhere are those remedies more needed and desired than in our cities. The Permaculture City provides a new way of thinking about urban living, with practical examples for creating abundant food, energy security, close-knit communities, local and meaningful livelihoods, and sustainable policies in our cities and towns. The same nature-based approach that works so beautifully for growing food—connecting the pieces of the landscape together in harmonious ways—applies perfectly to many of our other needs. Toby Hemenway, one of the leading practitioners and teachers of permaculture design, illuminates a new way forward through examples of edge-pushing innovations, along with a deeply holistic conceptual framework for our cities, towns, and suburbs.

The Permaculture City begins in the garden but takes what we have learned there and applies it to a much broader range of human experience; we’re not just gardening plants but people, neighborhoods, and even cultures. Hemenway lays out how permaculture design can help towndwellers solve the challenges of meeting our needs for food, water, shelter, energy, community, and livelihood in sustainable, resilient ways. Readers will find new information on designing the urban home garden and strategies for gardening in community, rethinking our water and energy systems, learning the difference between a “job” and a “livelihood,” and the importance of placemaking and an empowered community.

This important book documents the rise of a new sophistication, depth, and diversity in the approaches and thinking of permaculture designers and practitioners. Understanding nature can do more than improve how we grow, make, or consume things; it can also teach us how to cooperate, make decisions, and arrive at good solutions.


Liberation Permaculture – The Interview with Toby Hemenway

Toby Hemenway joins me to talk about his upcoming talk at PV2 titled Liberation Permaculture.

Permaculture offers more than a path to a sustainable and just food system. It can move entire segments of our society off the radar screens of state oppressors and help return equality, abundance, and justice to people while restoring healthy ecosystems.

This talk, being premiered at Permaculture Voices, will tell you how. If you’ve appreciated Toby’s series on permaculture and civilization, you’ll want to see this significant new chapter.

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Comments 15

  1. This episode was great! I appreciate all of the nitty gritty details that we hear in the more typical episodes. Those are definitely crucial for those of us out here farming. But I also really like the chance to step back and evaluate, thinking beyond just the day to day operation of things. I would love to hear bigger picture episodes like this scattered in with the other great content.

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  2. I loved this episode. Great pieces to chew on. I get a lot out of many of your podcasts but these bigger picture topics pull me out of details and give a fresh perspective of what my work is all about.
    Keep up the good work.

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  3. I also loved this episode. I know that you’re focusing on practical, money-making permaculture info nowadays, but it’s nice to sometimes get the inspirational stuff, too.

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  4. Thank you thank you thank you thank you thank you times 1 million for this podcast. I found this website in an attempt to hang on to anything and everything Toby Hemenway. This planet dimmed and is hurting for this loss but he has spawned new life and new hope across the globe in the hearts of people and families like mine. His legacy truly lives on.

  5. Thank you for this. I greatly appreciated being able to listen to it. The concepts he presented greatly impressed me. I would certainly like to get a transcript if it were made available.

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