A Birthday Gift

Dear Friends,

In just a few days, I’ll be sixty-six years old. Maybe I should be retiring—but with the Arctic melting and a climate change denier in the White House, it doesn’t seem like the moment to sit back and crochet afghans. Climate change is not just carbon—it represents massive ecosystem degeneration—and ecosystems include people, […]

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 […]

City of Refuge--The Kickstarter Campaign Begins!

“Bird dreamed of a fortress. Impregnable, formed of cold blocks of gray stone, it towered above him. A bugle blew. The gates opened, and legions of soldiers poured out. Masked and helmeted, armed and shielded, they marched in lockstep, left, right, left, an invincible force.

““But how do we fight this?” Bird […]

Not So Simple Living Fair 2015

In just a couple of weeks, I’ll be at the Not So Simple Living Fair! The Anderson Valley Food Shed presents The 6th annual Not-So-Simple Living Fair July 24-26 2015 Mendocino County fairgrounds, Boonville

Join us for a full weekend of rural living skills education, back to the land demonstrations, and much more. This is […]

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 […]

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. […]

International Permaculture Convergence 11 in Cuba!

Cuba—in late November and early December I spent two weeks there to attend the International Permaculture Conference and Convergence and participate in the related tours…Some of the highlights: hearing from the Cubans how they survived the ‘Special Period” after the Soviet Union fell by growing food in and around their cities and shifting to organic agriculture. […]