Why Gandhi was an A*hole and Why Permaculture has Failed

(Reading time: 4 minutes.) And with that title, I am now officially trolling my own blog.  Ok, so sure, cool, he helped lead anti-oppression movements in multiple countries, inspired non-violent resistance all over the world, fought against classism, and inspired several religious traditions and whatever. So what if hippies like me reread his autobiography every few years for inspiration (because, that’s a thing I do.) Most people look at his EXTREME lifestyle and say: “Wow what a an AWESOME super-human – I could never be like that.”  What do modern Americans tend to emphasize about him?  “He lived in shack … Continue reading Why Gandhi was an A*hole and Why Permaculture has Failed

Vegan Permaculture? at Lillie House?

(Our beauty rat. She is our friend and garden collaborator, not a meat animal.)  Nope. I have no interest in entering the grand debate over veganism. Not going to do it. As per usual, I have no interest in taking sides. Most of the time, the opposite of a wrong idea is NOT a right one, but another wrong idea. In this case, I believe there is a time for being vegan, and a time for not. It is another great tool, which can either be used for good, or misused. So what I am interested in is some discussion … Continue reading Vegan Permaculture? at Lillie House?

The Most (and Least) Important Tasks for High-Value Gardens (and Farms)

(Draft design sketch for a Habitat for Humanity project.) Sure, maybe you’re willing to put in $30 of cash and work for a single tomato because it’s your hobby. But honestly, most people I see start this way end up letting the garden go after a few years because it just isn’t worth the time. From my observations, the people who harvest the most value, satisfaction and, well, produce out of their gardens are those who take gardening seriously. We keep things simple, but we also plan, prioritize and intend to progress over time, becoming better and better growers. Over … Continue reading The Most (and Least) Important Tasks for High-Value Gardens (and Farms)