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Toby Hemenway

Toby Hemenway is the author of the first major North American book on permaculture, Gaia's Garden: A Guide to Home-Scale Permaculture, and an adjunct assistant professor at Portland State University. He wrote the foreword for Heather C. Flores' Food Not Lawns.

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 spent ten years creating a rural permaculture site in southern Oregon. He was associate editor of Permaculture Activist, a journal of ecological design and sustainable culture, from 1999 to 2004. His current project is developing urban sustainability resources in Portland, Oregon, where he now lives. He teaches permaculture and consults and lectures on ecological design throughout the country. His writing has appeared in magazines such as Whole Earth Review, Natural Home, and Kitchen Gardener. He is available for workshops, lectures, and consulting in ecological design.

Visit his web site at www.patternliteracy.com

    Toby's Upcoming Events

    • Toby Hemenway at National Heirloom Expo
      National Heirloom Expo, Santa Rosa CA
      September 9, 2014, 12:00 pm

      Toby Hemenway will speak at the 2014 National Heirloom Expo at the Sonoma County Fairgrounds on September 9-11. More details to come.

    • Toby Hemenway at American River Ranch
      2140 Chase Dr., Rancho Cordova CA
      October 25, 2014, 9:00 am

      As a part of Soil Born Farms Grow Your Groceries and Harvest Sacramento Edible City Initiatives, they will be hosting a Permaculture Design course (PDC) with lead instructor Toby Hemenway. Held over six weekends from October through March, this 72-hour course will teach you the principles of permaculture, as well as strategies and tools for designing regenerative homes, landscapes, businesses and communities. Upon successful completion of the course, participants receive a certificate from the Permaculture Institute USA. Registration required. This course is recommended for homeowners, farmers, gardeners, homesteaders, design professionals, community leaders and activists; in short, if you are looking for the tools and strategies to create a sustainable future, this course is for you. Course Dates: October 25 & 26 November 22 & 23 January 3 & 4 January 31 & February 1 February 28 & March 1 March 28 & 29

    • Toby Hemenway at Northeast Permaculture Convergence
      Northeast Permaculture Convergence, Frelighsburg Quebec
      July 18, 2015, 12:00 pm

      Lecture at Northeast Permaculture Convergence, Frelighsburg, Quebec, July 18-20, 2015.

    Toby's Books

    Gaia's Garden, Second Edition

    A Guide to Home-Scale Permaculture

    The first edition of Gaia's Garden sparked 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.

    Gaia's Garden

    A Guide to Home-Scale Permaculture

    With a depth of information to engage the most passionate master growers and the enthusiasm to inspire beginners to start how they can, Gaia's Garden demonstrates the pleasure of gardening and landscaping in harmony with ecological systems.

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