Local sustainable food for all

with Toby Hemenway

April 16, 2014, 8:30 – 9:15 a.m.
Keynote speaker at DCCCD Sustainability Summit at North Lake College.


April 17, 2014
Full day workshop 9am-5pm.
At North Lake College: Main Campus
5001 N MacArthur blvd, Irving TX 75038 room H226



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99.00 $

Urban Permaculture: Growing Food, Healthy People, and a Just Society in Cities, Towns, and Suburbs

Permaculture was originally envisioned for farms and rural properties, but it works at least as well in cities and town. Urban permaculturists are finding novel, productive ways to grow food on city lots, but just as important, they are reforming food policy in cities, developing garden-based comprehensive school curricula, reducing energy and water use, legalizing graywater, providing disaster relief, and leading the food justice movement. Growing more food in cities is just the beginning, and turns out to be the easy part of making towns more self-reliant. Permaculturists are changing antiquated anti-farming laws in cities, bringing healthy food to upscale restaurants as well as the urban poor, raising the grades of schoolchildren through whole-systems curricula, providing the basis for the transition movement, and helping to convert sterile parks and office grounds into vibrant, food- and habitat-producing oases.

This workshop will show you how to find, harvest, and integrate the many resources in our cities in sustainable ways, including high-yield, small space gardening methods, getting access to land for gardening, creating business guilds and networks, working with local government and policy makers, learning the pattern language of the city, creating public space in neighborhoods, and building urban ecovillages. This workshop will offer specific techniques and strategies for food production, energy security, and community resilience in metropolitan areas. You’ll learn how permaculture’s principles and design methods apply to the challenging yet rich environments of our cities as well as the sprawling, car-requiring spaces in suburbia, and will provide ways to leverage the special opportunities that cities and suburbs provide


Toby Hemenway is the author of Gaia’s Garden: A Guide to Home-Scale Permaculture, which was awarded the Nautilus Gold Medal in 2011, was named by the Washington Post as one of the ten best gardening books of 2010, and for the last eight years has been the best-selling permaculture book in the world. Toby has been an adjunct professor at Portland State University, Scholar-in-Residence at Pacific University, and has taught over sixty 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, University of Minnesota, University of Delaware and many other educational venues. His writing has appeared in magazines such as Natural HomeWhole Earth Review, and American Gardener. He has contributed book chapters for WorldWatch Institute and to several publications on ecological design.

After obtaining a degree in biology from Tufts University, Toby worked for many years as a researcher in genetics and immunology, first in academic laboratories including Harvard and the University of Washington in Seattle, and then at Immunex, a major medical biotech company. At about the time he was growing dissatisfied with the direction biotechnology was taking, he discovered permaculture, a design approach based on ecological principles that creates sustainable landscapes, homes, and workplaces. A career change followed, and Toby and his wife, Kiel, spent ten years creating a rural permaculture site in southern Oregon. He was the editor of Permaculture Activist, a journal of ecological design and sustainable culture, from 1999 to 2004. He moved to Portland, Oregon in 2004, and spent six years developing urban sustainability resources there. Toby and his wife now live in Sebastopol, California.

Gaia’s Garden: A Guide to Home-Scale Permaculture

Gaia's Garden CoverGaia’s Garden has been the best-selling permaculture book in the world for the last 7 years. The enlarged, updated 2nd edition is the winner of the 2011 Nautilus Gold Medal Award.

The first edition of Gaia’s Gardensparked the imagination of America’s home gardeners, introducing permaculture’s central message: Working with nature, not against her, results in more beautiful, abundant, and forgiving gardens. This extensively revised and expanded second edition broadens the reach and depth of the permaculture approach for urban and suburban growers.


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