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Agriculture, Horticulture, Permaculture: How a society based on gardens rather than farms offers a sustainable future

Toby Hemenway - Center for Pattern Literacy
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Workshop Level: Intermediate
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It's no secret that our society has become unsustainable. Modern agriculture, industry and finance all extract more than they give back, and the Earth is starting to show the strain. How did we get into this mess? And, more important, what can we do to help our culture get back on track? The ecological design approach known as permaculture offers powerful tools for the design of regenerative, fair ways to provide food, energy, livelihood, and other needs while letting humans share the planet with the rest of nature. This presentation will give you insight into why our culture has become fundamentally unsustainable, and offers ecologically based solutions that can help create a just and sustainable society. This is the sequel to Hemenway's popular talk, "How Permaculture Can Save Humanity and the Planet, but not Civilization."

Speaker Bio

Toby Hemenway has been an adjunct professor at Portland State University, Scholar-in-Residence at Pacific University, and has taught more than 60 72-hour permaculture design courses. He has presented lectures and workshops at major sustainability conferences such as Bioneers, SolFest, and EcoFarm, and at Duke University, Tufts University, the University of Minnesota, the University of Delaware and many other educational venues. His writing has appeared in magazines such as Natural Home, Whole Earth Review and American Gardener. He and his wife now live in Sebastopol, Calif.

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