Facilitating Diversity

As I sit down to write this post, I’m taking a break from preparing for our Passover Seder here at the ranch—a ceremony that’s an amalgam of my Jewish roots, Pagan practice, and our very down-to-earth desire to give thanks and celebrate another season of baby lambs and kids. The goat kind, that is. I’m […]

A Wild and Diverse Earth Activist Training!

Our Earth Activist Training students on a visit to our Golden Rabbit Ranch.

Pandora Thomas on our site visit.

 

 

 

 

 

Our January Earth Activist Training opened with the sound of clapper sticks and flutes, and the steady beat of a Pomo drum. Our old friend Neil, who has spent many years doing solidarity work with local tribes, had arranged for two dance […]

Maya Mountain Research Farm--My Permaculture Adventure in Belize

Part of my thinking when I agreed to co-teach a permaculture design course at the remote Maya Mountain Research Farm in Belize was that this was an adventure I could still do. My days of trekking the Himalayas or backpacking the Inca trail are probably over, unless I get a new pair of […]

Off To Teach in Belize Tomorrow

Off to Belize very, very early tomorrow morning, for our permaculture course at Mountain Maya Farm! So excited to be teaching with Christopher Nesbitt, Albert Bates and Marisha Auerbach, and to connect with the local indigenous folks who will be in the course!

And the first time I’ll be teaching somewhere I have to get […]

Solidarity Statement from the Permaculture Community

Here’s a statement written jointly by Earth Activist Training and the Black Permaculture Network:

Solidarity Statement from the Permaculture Community

We, the members of the undersigned permaculture groups and organizations, wish to publicly state our support for the BlackLivesMatter movement and the ongoing fight to end all police violence against communities of color. Permaculture is […]

Permaculture Solutions for Climate Change

The solution to both our social and ecological solutions is the same: community. Restore the community of caring and sharing, understand that community means the interconnection of people with the environment and natural communities that sustain us, restore power and resources to communities, and trust in the resilience of the community of life. We have already altered the world, and it will never be the same again. But if we take action to stop the damage and employ the solutions, if we partner with nature and our great earth-healing allies, it can still be a beautiful, thriving, life-sustaining place for ourselves, for the life around us, and for future generations. […]

Earth Activist Training: January 2014

How do we bring the skills and tools of ecological design and permaculture into the communities that most need them? That’s the question we ask ourselves at Earth Activist Training—then we do two basic things. First, we support organizations within those communities that are already working on issues of social, environmental and food justice, sharing resources and building relationships. Then, we go out and fundraise like hell to offer scholarships to our residential trainings to people from those communities. […]

Permaculture in Palestine

In the afternoon, we walk down through the village to the permaculture demonstration farm Murad has established…I tell the group what I see in at the farm—the diversity of trees and food plants, designed so that if one crop doesn’t do well others will fill in. The many levels of planting, from the upper-story trees to the smaller bushes, the low annuals and perennials, the ground covers—a classic forest garden. […]

Permaculture in Palestine

The olives are flowering on my land in California right now, just as they are in the olive groves of Palestine. In a few weeks I’ll be heading there to coteach a permaculture course at the Marda Permaculture Farm on the West Bank, together with Klaudia van Gool from England and Murad Al-Khufash, who runs the demonstration farm and who is bringing the tools and insights of permaculture to Palestine…we need to raise five thousand dollars to support the costs of the course and to make it available for Palestinians who suffer many economic privations under the Occupation. Donate online here: http://www.thefarm.org/etc. […]

January 2013 Earth Activist Training in Pictures!

I’ve been wanting to write about our Earth Activist Training but made the mistake of actually taking a few days off, afterwards— But here’s pictures! It was an amazing training—our most diverse yet, because we had a little money left over from a grant, so I decided to offer diversity scholarships to people of color who are working on environmental and food justice. […]