Geoff Lawton and Zaytuna Farm

Geoff Lawton is one of the leading lights of the permaculture movement. His video “Greening The Desert” is an astounding documentary about the power of permaculture to transform an utterly arid and apparently dead landscape into a vibrant, life-sustaining...

Compost Is Sexy (Part Deux)

I spend a fair amount of time on Reddit.com, which is where you can peruse various subreddits (sites within the site) that are tailored to your interests. One of my favorites is /r/permaculture. Today, a user named dontjudgethename posted this link to the University...

Compost Is Sexy

Think about it. You take a pile of kitchen scraps and mix them with some dead leaves. You throw them on the ground, and millions of bacteria start going at it almost immediately. They reproduce in a mad frenzy of carnality. They don’t give a fig for morals. You...

Public Photography Is Not A Crime

This is a piece I wrote for PEN Canada, which I have cross-posted on Reddit and my Facebook page. I encourage everyone in Canada to read it and share it widely. You should know your rights when it comes to public photography, especially of police officers.

Gangsta-ass Garlic

I grow a variety of garlic that I believe is called German Extra Hardy. If you’re a gardener anywhere in the northern temperate region, garlic is a fantastic thing to grow. It requires practically no maintenance, the deer don’t seem to like it, slugs...