Category Archives : Practice


Confronting the Context: Permaculture and Capitalism 22

I’ve written before about the challenges faced by permaculture enterprises. Farms, like other land-based permaculture projects, are faced with the formidable task of regenerating ecosystems and communities, while surviving in a system that rewards the destruction of the same systems. Permaculture projects have to compete with degenerative enterprises and institutions that are happy to take […]

Economic Zones & Systems

Permaculture Research Concept Map

the convenience and poverty of simple definitions 30

Now that Toby’s interesting essay (in response to my post on definitions in permaculture is making the rounds, I think it warrants a reply. (Some of this post assumes some prior knowledge of those posts, and a general awareness of agroecology). If you haven’t read Toby’s piece, he’s making an argument that permaculture is really, fundamentally, a design […]


Permaculture and Slavery

  Great, thought provoking article by Rhamis Kent now up at Permaculture Research Institute of Australia. “Permaculture and Slavery: A Systems Analysis” kicks off a welcome and badly needed discussion of the legacy of African slavery in the development of the US economy – all through the energetic lens of systems ecology, long beloved by […]

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This weekend in Fairfield, Iowa: Drought Proofing Your Farm w/ Darren Doherty

Do you think any Fairfieldians would appreciate having a friendly agroecologist on their couch for the weekend? I’d love to go out to Drought Proofing Your Farm, with the inimitable Darren Doherty and I can get a ride with the great folks at Midwest Permaculture - but I’m still working on some el cheapo accommodations. That this trip […]