Today’s TSP Amazon Item of the day is the book, The Permaculture City by Toby Hemenway. Toby of course passed away of pancreatic and liver cancer yesterday, 12-20-16. That makes this book the last one he completed, in some ways it is his best.
Unlike most permaculture books this one focuses actually more on building resilient towns and communities and larger concepts like local economic development, rather than just growing food. It was during the work he did on this book that Toby found affinity for anarchism.
While this book doesn’t really make a direct case for anarchism, it lays out a blueprint for communities, cities and towns to develop self governed systems that are independent of the state, and that friends is what anarchism is all about.
The Permaculture City provides a new way of thinking about urban living, with practical examples for creating abundant food, energy security, close-knit communities, local and meaningful livelihoods, and sustainable policies in our cities and towns.
The same nature-based approach that works so beautifully for growing food?connecting the pieces of the landscape together in harmonious ways?applies perfectly to many of our other needs.
This book begins in the garden but takes what we have learned there and applies it to a much broader range of human experience. One in which we don’t just garden plants but people, neighborhoods, and even cultures.
My hope in featuring this book today is to encourage you to purchase a copy for your library for several reasons. First it is a great book and if you are permaculture enthusiast you should have it if you don’t already. Toby’s contributions to spreading the message of permacutlure are up there with Geoff Lawton, Bill Mollison and David Holmgren.
Next my hope is that it will serve to help his wife Kiel who now finds herself without her husband and looking to an uncertain future. One thing an author leaves behind to his heirs is some security in knowing that his books will continue to sell. Well if the author was exceptional that is, and Toby certainly was.
So consider adding The Permaculture City to your library today, and if you already have a copy consider buying one as a gift to pass on to someone who might benefit from a new way of thinking.
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