Category Archives: Permaculture – Garden design and education consulting in Edmonton, Alberta

Permaculture design is the creation of self-maintaining systems inspired by nature and modelled after the patterns of ecology. Usually applied in the context of agriculture permaculture can be applied in any networked system; cities, social networks, communities, and organizations.

Can Genetic Engineering Be Used For Good?

Can genetic engineering be ethical?I’ve been doing a lot of thinking and reading about GMO’s lately and am wondering what you think. Is genetic engineering inherently destructive and bad for ecology, the planet, and us? Or are there circumstances in which GMOs could be used ethically?

If you have an opinion (I suspect that many of you do) please share it in the comment board. If the genetic engineering is inherently wrong, why? If not than under what conditions should genetic engineering be considered? I welcome your thought!

Redefining Nature: Why broadening our definition to include cities, the internet, and technology can help save us.

Nature isn’t natural… or, at least, the way that we currently think about it isn’t. As a society, I believe that we’ve got it all wrong and that we create a lot of problems, as a result. I might even go so far as to say that the closer we can align our guiding principals with the way that the world works, the better off we (and nature) will be. Continue reading

Use Ecology To Capture Resources

Using Ecology to Capture, Store, and Slowly Release Water.     Curb Cut Swale

Masdar, a renewable energy company based in Abu Dhabi asks “What steps can individuals, businesses or world leaders take to address the most pressing and often interrelated water and energy challenges?” Continue reading

The Ethical Carnivore: Why Eating Meat Is Ethical (Or Could Be)

Let’s face it, meat is resource intensive and we could feed more people if we all just ate veg, right? Well, not necessarily. Under an ecological model of agriculture, I will ague that eating a combination of meat and plants is the most balanced and ethical choice. Continue reading

Inspired By Ecology: Connections Create Resiliency

Here’s a permaculture Pecha Kucha (Japanese for ‘chit-chat’) talk that I did in September of 2010 in Edmonton. The talk contains twenty slides at twenty-seconds a piece (so it’s fast paced) during which I argue that resiliency is a measure of connectedness and draw on examples from building the courtyard food forest at Jasper Place High School.

Eliminate Work And Waste

It’s About Connections

The technique of Needs and Yields Analysis stems from the permaculture idea that, in nature, everything is connected and that the end of each process (yield) is the beginning of another (need). In this way, we can see work as unmet needs and that problems are unused yields; by connecting elements in a design, we believe, that it is possible to eliminate and or minimize work and problems. Continue reading