Redesigning Civilization: Permaculture's Vision for a Just and Sustainable World

Author Toby Hemenway will explore how permaculture can help save humanity and the earth, but not civilization.

When: Friday, April 13, 2012, 7 p.m.

Where: Faulkner Gallery, 40 E. Anapamu St. , Santa Barbara

Cost: Not available

Age limit: All ages

Categories: Lectures


How does Permaculture offer solutions to the fundamental problems of our culture? This event will inspire and engage; urban planners, designers, parents, gardeners, educators, farmers and permaculturists alike! Plus everyone in-between.

It's no secret that our society has become unsustainable. Modern agriculture, industry and finance all extract more than they give back, and the Earth is starting to show the strain. How did we get in this mess? And, more importantly, what can we do to help our culture get back on track? The ecological design approach known as permaculture offers powerful tools for the design of regenerative, fair ways to provide food, energy, livelihood, and other needs while letting humans share the planet with the rest of nature. This presentation will give you insight into why our culture has become fundamentally unsustainable, and offers ecologically based solutions that can help create a just and sustainable society. This is the sequel to Toby's very popular talk, "How Permaculture Can Save Humanity and The Planet, but not Civilization."

Toby Hemenway is the author of "Gaia's Garden: A Guide to Home-Scale Permaculture," which for the last 8 years has been the world's best-selling book on the ecological-design approach known as permaculture. The expanded 2nd edition of the book was named one the top 10 gardening books of 2010 by the Washington Post, and it won the 2011 Nautilus Gold Medal Award. Toby has been on the faculty of Portland State University and was a scholar-in-residence at Pacific University, and teaches permaculture all over the world. He has presented at conferences and universities across the continent, and lives in Sebastopol, California, where he is tending a two-acre food forest amid 7 acres of redwoods and bay laurels.

Cost: Free --$10 suggested donation


Phone: 805-967-7369

Event posted March 22, 2012
Last updated March 22, 2012


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Six weekend Permaculture design course at Fairview Gardens: May 26-27, June 23-24, July 28-29, August 25-26, September 22-23, October 27-28. For more info: oct/

Permaculture Teachers teaching with Toby Hemenway:
Brock Dolman, Director of Occidental Arts and Ecology Center's Water Institute; Warren Brush, Executive Director, Quail Springs Permaculture; John Valenzuela, Cornucopia Food Forest Gardens; Larry Santoyo, Director of EarthFlow Design, ; and Michael Becker, award-winning educator, Hood River, Oregon.


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The Center for Urban Agriculture at Fairview Gardens

The Center for Urban Agriculture at Fairview Gardens is a California non-profit organization that was established in 1997 to preserve and operate Fairview Gardens, the historic farm where our products are grown. Founded in 1895, Fairview Gardens is considered by some to be the oldest organic farm in southern California, and is now preserved in perpetuity through an agricultural conservation easement.

Fairview Gardens is situated in the midst of a growing suburban community in coastal southern California, surrounded on all sides by tract homes, shopping malls, and suburban thoroughfares. As a highly visible agricultural parcel in a dense suburban environment, Fairview Gardens plays a unique role in the community, providing its neighbors with food, educational and cultural events, open space and a connection to the land. The farm also demonstrates the economic viability of small farm operations, and the potential of small, regional farms to feed their communities.


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