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Toby Hemenway

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. 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 at 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. 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.

He lives in Sebastopol, California.

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Toby Hemenway Events

September 14th, 2016 - 12:00 am

Toby Hemenway at North American Permaculture Convergence

Location: 13771 S Hwy 101, Hopland, CA, 95449 | Authors: Toby Hemenway

Toby Hemenway will present at the 2016 North American Permaculture Convergence. This year's event will take place at the Solar Living Institute in Hopland, CA from September 14-18. Regular and late registration is available for various segments of the convergence.

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Category: Business & Economy | Transition, Homesteading & Community Resilience | Politics & Public Policy
Format: Workshop 
Book: Born on Third Base - A One Percenter Makes the Case for Tackling Inequality, Bringing Wealth Home, and Committing to the Common Good 

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