Liberation Permaculture – The Concept and The Interview with Toby Hemenway (PVP100)


Toby Hemenway Permaculture Voices


Toby Hemenway’s Talk at PV2: 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.

Key Takeaways from Toby Hemenway:

  • Permaculture systems are difficult to measure.  Is that a good thing?  If it is hard to measure then it is hard to tax and control.
  • “Once you learn to read the land, I have no fear of what you will do to it, or with it. And I know many pleasant things it will do to you.” Aldo Leopold
  • “Wildlife can be restored with the same tools that had heretofore destroyed it – fire, axe, cow, gun, and plow.” Aldo Leopold
  • Some of the old farming settlers were wise enough to leave a percentage of their farms as prairie because they could relay on a yield in times of drought.


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Comments 10

  1. This was a very moving podcast for me. I founded a Food Not Lawns chapter last year – – and sometimes feel that my efforts are not permaculture enough since we deal mostly with annuals and basic gardens. But it’s the community outreach and education that is really the permaculture part of the group. We’ll be putting in gardens for several organizations that provide food and shelter to the homeless this year. We might not even use the term permaculture, but that’s what it will be nonetheless.

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      Thanks for the note Don. Don’t feel pressured to label what you do ‘permaculture’. It can still be significant without have the permaculture label. If it isn’t, it isn’t, and that is OK. More on this in the upcoming episodes..
      Keep up the good work.

  2. I look forward to the new format of how we can make a living at Permaculture. Maybe we should think of the process of Permaculture as an evolution instead of a perfection to be reached; nature is continuously evolving. Thank you for information and leadership. Erik

  3. I’m looking forward to this change for the podcast. I thrive on systems thinking in my profession (IT) so learning permaculture over the last year has been exciting but frustrating. Geoff Lawton’s online PDC and PermaEthos’ online PDC have helped me through the paradigm shifts, but when I talk with other people I find myself saying “restoration agriculture” and “agroforestry” instead of permaculture so these people don’t google it and find people rolling in mud.

    I have high hopes for things like Matt Powers’ Permaculture Student materials and online PDCs because it separates the transfer of knowledge from established communities. Honestly I would’ve never attended a PDC if my first exposure to permaculture was a hippy commune (no offense, but image matters in advertising).

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      Thanks. The planning is already started. PV3 will follow the trend of these episodes. Evolving more into how do you make a living with this stuff type content.

  4. What explosive insights!

    The Way of Nature contains such riches! Not only abundant health-giving food, but also “illegible” and so regulation and tax resistant real wealth of enduring, largely self-regenerating and enriching pleasure gardens and sheltering homes and alive communities. Places where the tax man and the building inspector cannot see a way to do their largely destructive jobs, but where creaters, inventors, lovers of building, of caring for each other, of themselves, and of “all our relations” thrive.

    For they live there in exquisite style that serves them, all they love, and by respecting and learning from Nature herself, become ever more rich, stable, and delightful.

    “Oh, don’t throw us into that briar patch!” said ol’ Brer Rabbit Toby–that clever trickster elder.

    Thank you dear Brother Toby. Thank you for this light on the path in the darkness.

  5. This. I didn’t hear this the first time around, so I’m glad you re-broadcast it. This is the episode that has inspired me to become a Patreon supporter.

    Just thought you should know,


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      Thanks for the support Julia, I appreciate that. Yes, episode 100 was the preview, episode 125 was the presentation. Now I think I need to do another one with Toby on the follow up.

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