Articles by Heather Humus

  • Avant Gardening for Fun and Nutrition was commissioned for a forthcoming book on urban permaculture, and includes a history of Food Not Lawns, an outline of our activities, and a proven recipe for making seedballs. Adds up to a great primer on how to jumpstart your own collective: "post some flyers around town announcing when and where you'll be working and people will come to help you...some of them will know less than you do about whatever the topic is, and some people will inevitably show up who know more."

  • Biological allies for the garden guerilla appears in the Fall 2001 issue of Disorderly Conduct. A short but detailed list on easy-to-find urban food and medicine plants; and plants that tear up concrete, and detoxify the soil and air.

  • Guild it and they will come, appears in the October 2001 issue of Oregon Tilth, and describes how to craft a plant guild: "From a Permaculture perspective, the art of guilding is an essential skill for establishing the lush low-maintenance perennial food-providing gardens we all love to live in!" Tho' written for a Pacific Northwestern bioregion, the fundamentals apply everywhere. A companion piece to Nick's Bringing Back the Spirit of the Wolf (see below).

Honor yourself, honor the dirt

Articles by Tobias Policha

  • Food Not Lawns, Can you dig it!?!? appeared in the Winter 2000 issue of Green Anarchy. A sweeping yet concise take on the Food Not Lawns vision: "In an age when genetically-engineered entrees are served to diplomats and heads-of-state at the White House, can we expect this dominant culture, with its apparent goal of destroying the biosphere, to provide us with the nourishment that we need to over-come and transcend that very same system?" FNL in a nutshell.

  • A Conversation on Biodynamics: an interview with Dennis Klocek, appeared in the Spring 2001 issue of Oregon Tilth. Dennis is one of the most highly regarded biodynamic practitioners in the country. Toby got the chance to go heart to heart with Dennis when he visited Oregon: "I wonder if you could say something about the Biodynamic world view and how it is different?"

  • Water. You can't live without it! appears in the October 2001 issue of Oregon Tilth. A long and highly-detailed report on the Advanced Permaculture Design & Keyline Water Management course Toby attended in August. Touches on the whys and wherefores of responsible water use - a theme emerging as a defining priority of our movement.

Imagine a Lover's Meadow

Articles by Nick Routledge

  • "Cities to Gardens", a brief article which appeared in the May 2000 issue of The Front Porch News, the Whiteaker community newsletter, provides a Jeffersonian take on how our efforts interface with today's socio-political fabric.

  • Finding Work that Works: A Journey Toward Right Livelihood appeared in the July, 2001 Permaculture Activist, an issue devoted to Good Work and Right Livelihood. An autobiographical take that touches on the esoteric dimensions of Paradise Gardening: "I began to sense why the English mystics spoke of peace with such authority: they were informed deeply by English gardens."

  • "Garden Symphlans Infest Willamette Valley Soils: Oregon Tilth Growers Share Strategies" is a long article appearing in the October issue of In Good Tilth, the newspaper of Oregon Tilth, one of the country's foremost organics research and certificiation bodies. The garden symph is an interesting and mightily confusing critter with potentially massive implications for the direction of U.S. monocultures. The article tackles the symph story in some detail.

  • "Bringing back the Spirit of the Wolf" is a second piece on the subject of the garden symph, written for the layperson as well as the experienced ag practitioner. In essence, the piece describes a radical rethinking of conventional agricultural practices and the contribution of Toby Hemenway, author of the recently published Gaia's Garden, to this understanding.
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