In life as in permaculture, everything is interconnected.
If you have good links and resources on any of the subjects below please don't hesitate to propose adding them on!
- Permaculture page with great resource
list arranged by zones.
- Home page for the Bullock brothers on Orcas Island, Washigton. They have an amazing property that they have cultivated using permaculture methods for over 20 years. They also do consulting, design and landscaping. Check out their links
- "The Activist is North America's leading permaculture periodical offering articles on permaculture design, edible landscaping, sustainable agriculture, bioregionalism, aquaculture, natural building, earthworks, renewable energy, and much more. It provides a current listing of upcoming permaculture design courses and serves as an valuable global networking tool linking students to teachers and information, homeowners to designers and consultants, homeseekers to community, organisms to habitats, life to soil, and hope and help for all who imagine a culture that cares for the Earth and people." The Permaculture Institute
- "A non-profit orgnaization devoted to the promotion and support of the sustainability of human culture and settlements."
Permaculture International Ltd.
- Permaculture International Limited (PIL) provides services to members in support of their work in permaculture design and permaculture related activities. Permaculture Magazine
- Practical thought provoking articles on organic gardening, sustainable agriculture, agroforestry, eco-villages, alternative technology, eco-architecture and building, community development and much more, written by leading experts, plus useful tips from readers. Packed with informative articles, illustrations, designs, news, reviews, book,tool and product reviews, letters, contacts, and details of courses.
"Why Bother With Permaculture?
" - Essay by Ted Trainer argues that although the planet cannot be saved without Permaculture, not enough people in the movement realise where Permaculture has to fit into the solution.
Urban Permaculture Guild
- SF Bay area group that: "educates and inspires communities and individuals to creatively transform how they live and the urban places where they live. We facilitate artistic and ecologically-oriented placemaking and educational projects that honor the interconnection of human communities and the natural world." Perma-Kids
- Permaculture page for young children. DMOZ Open Directory
on Permaculture "Sustainability in a Nutshell"
- short essay by Starhawk
Bill Mollison: interview
Educational Centers, Courses and Organizations:
Lost Valley Educational Center
- Lost Valley Educational Center is a non-profit educational center and intentional community on 87 acres in the Willamette Valley, about 1/2 hour from Eugene, Oregon. Their focus is exploring sustainable ways of living and passing on the knowledge to others. They are a permaculture design site, host annual permaculture gatherings, certification courses and teacher training courses. They publish Talking Leaves
magazine (a Journal of our evolving ecological culture), offer internship and apprenticeship programs in organic gardening, and present Naka-Ima, a personal growth workshop designed to explore honesty in communication and provide support to individuals pursuing their visions.
Central Rocky Mountain Permaculture Institute
Permaculture Institute of Northern California EAT: Earth Activist Training
- A Permaculture training, counseling, research and development center. The Institute is part of an alliance of Permaculture activists on the cutting edge of agroforestry and other newly discovered methods of organic farming. Hands-on demonstration site tours, an on-site edible landscaping nursery and Permaculture courses and seminars and various consulting services.
- Permaculture design course taught by Starhawk, Penny Livingston-Stark and Eric Ohlsen. Permaculture Credit Union
- PCU utilizes a unique strategy of combining sound financial business practice with earth care ethics to supply its members with a growing set of financial services. The Mendocino Ecological Learning Center (MELC)
is a nonprofit educational organization and demonstration site where people can come and see examples of living in ways that conserve resources, create diversity, increase self sufficiency, and promote profound understandings of the relationships between ourselves and our planet. We use Permaculture, Ecological Design and a wide array of tools, principals and techniques to educate and inspire the public free of charge. We offer tours, workshops, classes, courses and programs relating to sustainable living skills.
General Sustainable Agriculture:
Food not Lawns
- Rip up your lawn! Seed savers, swappers and sellers, and much more. Eugene, Oregon. Growing Gardens
(pdx) - Portland non-profit founded in 1996 with a mission to promote food gardening for improved nutrition, health, and self-reliance while enhancing the quality of life of individuals and communities.
- A non-profit research and education organization certifying organic farmers, processors, retailers and handlers throughout Oregon, the United States, and internationally.
Home Orchard Society
- Home Orchard Society is a nonprofit educational organization dedicated to assisting both novice and expert growers and promoting the science, culture, and pleasure of growing fruit. The Ecological Farming Association
- Formerly the Committee for Sustainable Agriculture A non-profit educational organization that promotes ecologically sound agriculture. Sustainable Farming Connection
- Lots and lots of useful information for the farmer. Sustainable Agriculture Network
- A network of US groups involved in sustainable agriculture. Have a lot of very good publications, fund research and run a mailing list. WWOOF
(World-Wide Opportunities on Organic Farms) - Travel the world and work trade at sustainable farming projects!
dealing with the pros and cons of treated lumber for raised beds Gardening As An Anarchist Plot
Brilliant site with loads of organic/holistic/permaculture friendly garden ideas & techniques plus pages titled 'The Year of the Urban Terracist' and instructions on downloading your own dinosaur. Fungi Perfecti LLC
- "Fungi Perfecti® is a family-owned, environmentally friendly company specializing in using gourmet and medicinal mushrooms to improve the health of the planet and its people. We are leaders in a new wave of technologies harnessing the inherent power of mushrooms and fungal mycelia worldwide. Fungi Perfecti® is Certified Organic by the Washington State Department of Agriculture. In business since 1980, we offer everything for the mushroom enthusiast."
- Soil testing and research company based in Corvallis, Oregon.
- Worm Digest published by and is a project of The Edible City Resource Center, a non-profit educational organization in Eugene, Oregon, involved in the promotion of sustainable organic agriculture.
Plants for a Future
- A searchable database of 7,000 useful plants with a focus on perenials. "There are over 20,000 species of edible plants in the world yet fewer than 20 species now provide 90% of our food. Large areas of land devoted to single crops increase dependence upon intervention of chemicals and intensive control methods with the added threat of chemical resistant insects and new diseases. The changing world climate greatly affecting cultivation indicates a greater diversity is needed." There is also a huge and wonderful list of permaculture links
on this page. "Weeds -- Guardians of the Soil"
- Book by Joseph A. Cocannouer. Publisher's Preface: "So far as we are able to determine this is the first book to be written in praise of weeds." Part of Journey to Forever's On-Line Library. "Weeds as Indicators of Soil Conditions"
- Essay by Stuart B. Hill and Jennifer Ramsay. eNature Online Field Guides
- They offer regional wildlife and plant guides for the US containing thousands of entries with photos and information. Can be searched by zip code as well as by plant, animal, insect, fish, seashell, etc
NW Native Plants:
: a 501(c)3 non-profit corporation working to reduce the number of homeless companion animals in Oregon by offering a statewide spay/neuter referral and assistance service. The money for these services is raised through individual donations and through the sale of donated plant material at Recycled Gardens Native Plants List
Native Plant Resources
for the Pacific Northwest
Pollination: The Pollination Scene
- Lots of info about bees an pollination.
Livestock: Medicinal Plants for Livestock
Urban Agriculture: Urban Wilds
- Oakland, CA group that documents urban sustainable agriculture and community garden projects. Their book "Urban Wilds: gardeners' stories of the struggle for land and justice" is a collection of interviews and stories by and about urban gardeners transforming cities into vibrant green spaces and taking back the right to cultivate the land.
Path to Freedom
- Urban Ag. site out of Vancouver BC with tons of information and links.
- An urban homesteading webpage. They have a great link
directory with over 1,000 links on many subjects.
Centers etc: OSALT
- Oregon Sustainable Agriculture Land Trust is a charitable nonprofit organization with a fourfold purpose:
- holding rural and urban agricultural lands in trust for future generations
- making those lands available for future generations of growers
- utilizing trust and other lands for short and long term research focused on the sustainable production and distribution of agricultural bounty
- conducting education programs International Institute for Ecological Agriculture
- Have a Farm, Run Courses, and a good list of US PC groups, and a recomended reading list.
General Food: Food First
- The Institute for Food and Development Policy/Food First and the Transnational Institute. Articles relevant to small-scale farming and global productivity, as well as a vast list of links to human rights/ sustainable agriculture/ global solutions sites.
"The Politics and Economics of Food
" essay by Sally Fallon (author of "Nourishing Traditions") Organic Consumers' Association Local Food Networks:
- This group maintains a definitive and reliable "living" public nationwide directory of small farms, farmers markets, and other local food sources. Their search engine helps people find local sources of sustainably grown food, and encourages them to establish direct contact with family farms in their local area.
and Slow Food USA
- The opposite of fast food, of course. A movement dedicated to enjoying and preserving local and traditional food culture around the world.
- Companion page to the book by Sandor Ellix Katz
. Be sure to check out the extensive links
page, including many many fermentation links. National Center for Home Food Preservation
- Your source for current research-based recommendations for most methods of home food preservation.
Wild Food Adventures
(pdx) - Provides expertise in wild edible plants through workshops, expeditions, teaching events, presentations, outdoor guiding, and outfitting anywhere in North America. Technical advising, curriculum development, and custom research services are also available. Emphasis is on the past, present, and future uses of wild edible plants and other foragables.
- How to identify and prepare wild foods such as fiddleheads, ramps, and chanterelles. The Feral Forager zine
- A guide to living off nature's bounty in urban, rural and wilderness areas.
Portland Fruit Tree Project
- Their mission is to increase equitable access to healthy food and strengthen communities by empowering neighbors to share in the harvest and care of city-grown food resources. Located at 1912 NE Killingsworth in NE Portland, 97211. Contact them at [email protected]
(pdx) - Northwest Resistance Against Genetic Engineering (NW RAGE) is a non-violent, grassroots organization dedicated to promoting the responsible, sustainable and just use of agriculture and science. We are working toward a ban on genetic engineering and patents on life. Our efforts focus on education, community building, advocacy and action. True Food Now!
- Aims to ban GM food and phase out industrial farming in favor of organic techniques Genetically Engineered Food Alert
- Coalition of seven organizations committed to testing and labeling genetically engineered food. Resistance is Fertile!
- Activities celebrating local organic food and opposing genetically engineered food and industrial agriculture.
"The Idea of a Local Economy
" essay by Wendell Berry Culture Change
- We demonstrate alternatives to sprawl and petroleum dependence while fighting unwise development such as new road construction. Rather than market-oriented economic data, we provide concepts and solutions that involve the whole community. Our network and news coverage access key data and sources.
(pdx) - "The Public Square is the Heart of the Community. We create gathering places because sharing time and space with each other is the starting point of community. By helping people reclaim their urban spaces to create community-oriented places, we plant the seeds for better neighborhood communication, community empowerment and revitalized local culture." City Repair host several subsites relating to sustainable community and sponsors the Village Building Convergence. Check out their links
page for extensive community-building resources in the Portland area. PPG would like to give a special thanks to City Repair for helping us get started!
Village Building Convergence
(pdx) - An offshoot of City Repair, The Village Building Convergence is a Cyclical Event for the Restoration of Communication and Sharing, Working Together to Rebuild our Common Culture, and to Transform the City into a Network of Ecological Village Places.
Coalition for a Livable Future
(pdx) - A network of organizations creating a more equitable and sustainable Portland metro region.
The Center for Livable Communities
- Is a national initiative of the Local Government Commission (LGC) that helps local governments and community leaders be proactive in their land use and transportation planning, and adopt programs and policies that lead to more livable and resource-efficient land use patterns. Center programs can help jurisdictions expand transportation alternatives, reduce infrastructure costs, create more affordable housing, improve air quality, preserve natural resources, conserve agricultural land and open space, and restore local economic and social vitality.
- Oakland, CA group was founded in 1975 by visionary architects and activists who believed that cities should serve both people and nature. From the beginning, Urban Ecology has used urban planning, ecology, and public participation to help design and build healthier cities.
Traditional and Indigenous Culture: Native Web
- NativeWeb is an international, nonprofit, educational organization dedicated to using telecommunications including computer technology and the Internet to disseminate information from and about indigenous nations, peoples, and organizations around the world; to foster communication between native and non-native peoples; to conduct research involving indigenous peoples' usage of technology and the Internet; and to provide resources, mentoring, and services to facilitate indigenous peoples' use of this technology.
EF Schumacher Society
- Named after the author of Small Is Beautiful: Economics As If People Mattered
, is an educational non-profit organization founded in 1980. Thieir programs demonstrate that both social and environmental sustainability can be achieved by applying the values of human-scale communities and respect for the natural environment to economic issues. Check out their local currency page
webpage - Participatory Economics (parecon for short) is a type of economy proposed as an alternative to contemporary capitalism. The underlying values parecon seeks to implement are equity, solidarity, diversity, and participatory self management. The main institutions to attain these ends are workers and consumers councils utilizing self management decision making methods, balanced job complexes, remuneration according to effort and sacrifice, and participatory planning.
Alternative money systems links and articles page
... and another
LETS System page Open Money
- Open money is a means of exchange freely available to all. Any community, any association - indeed, any body - can have their own money. Open money is synonymous with LETS - an invitation to come inside and play, as in open door and open house; collaboration as in open hand and open for all; attitude as in open mind. The purpose of the open money project is to bring together and organize the people and resources necessary for the development and propagation of open money everywhere. Arguments
for Local Currency Ithaca Hours
- A very successful local currency system in Ithaca, New York. Local Currency Gallery
- They're all definitely much prettier than our money!
Ecovillage Network of the Americas
- ENA serves as the Western Hemisphere representative of the Global Ecovillage Network and works to unite cultures from North, Central and South Americas and the Caribbean to become a unified force in the ecovillage and sustainability movements.
Federation of Egalitarian Communities
- A network of communal groups spread across North America. We range in size and emphasis from small agricultural homesteads to village-like communities to urban group houses. We share a set of core principles including nonviolence, egalitarianism, and participatory decision-making. Sustainable Communities Network
- Imagine what a safe, livable, healthy community might look like. Around the country citizens are coming together to create a vision of what their community might be and to develop steps toward making these visions come true. Alternatively called "healthy," livable" or sustainable communities, these efforts are integrative, inclusive and participatory. In many communities -- large and small, rural and urban -- issues are being addressed in an interconnected manner. They are demonstrating how innovative strategies can produce communities that are more environmentally sound, economically prosperous, and socially equitable.
- An autonomous community that started 33 years ago following the civil occupation of an unused area, then owned by the Ministry of Defence in Copenhagen, Denmark. Unfortunately, the government is planning to close it down in the near future.
PDX Alternative Media:
FM 90.7 - Portland community radio station.
Portland Alliance - Oldest local progressive newspaper
PDX Worker Collectives:
: Portland Alliance of Worker Collectives
Cafe - 614 E Burnside - Worker owned cafe
Alberta Cooperative Grocery - 1500 NE Alberta Redwing Cafe
- 1700 SE 6th Ave. - Worker owned cafe and coffee roaster Citybikes
- 734 SE Ankeny Ave and 1914 SE Ankeny Ave - Worker owned bike shop
Q is for Choir - 2510 SE Clinton St. - Worker collective record store. FreeGeek
- 1731 SE 10th Ave - Computer recycling and education. Stumptown Printers
- 1115 SE Morrison - Environmentally friendly and aesthetically beautiful printing. Liberty Hall
- 311 N. Ivy - Community event and organizing space. Portland Collective Housing
- 4327 SE 25TH Ave. - Collective, affordable housing
To Work or not to Work?: Creating Livable Alternatives to Wage Slavery (CLAWS)
- "CLAWS is a nonprofit support group, as well as a resource clearinghouse providing access to books and other educational materials. Our main purpose is to encourage people to re-think the old ways of viewing work, jobs, and leisure in our lives."
Possum Living - How to live well without a job, and (almost) no money.
Experiments in Sustainable Urban Living
(pdx) - Maitri and Ole Ersson's website. They are Portland, Oregon pioneers in urban permaculture. They cover many things from rain water collection to sawdust composting toilets. Sustainability Institute
- Focus on understanding the root causes of unsustainable behavior in complex systems to help restructure systems and shift mindsets that will help move human society toward sustainability. In Context
- An online archive of humane, sustainable culture, which was a magazine in the 1990s. One can still access all the articles online. Real Goods
- Products for an ecologically sustainable future.
A number of tool lending libraries have popped up throughout Portland. Currently, one can borrow tools (from hoe to hacksaw) for projects at one of the following locations. Contact them for their current hours:
North Portland Tool Library
- Located in the basement of the old Kenton Firehouse, 2209 N. Schofield in Portland, OR 97217 (503)823-0209
Green Building Primer
Natural Building Resources - Has a good overview of the main natural building methods
Northwest Ecobuilding Guild (pdx) - The EcoBuilding Guild has professional and non-professional members who meet monthly to promote and build eco-friendly structures of all types.
Primitive Skills: Primitivism - Critique of Civilization
- Primitivism is the pursuit of ways of life running counter to the development of technology, its alienating antecedents, and the ensemble of changes wrought by both. This site is an exploration into primitivist theory, as well as various works that contribute to an understanding of the tendency. Hollowtop Outdoor Primitive School
- Along with promoting it's wilderness schools and primitive living, the site contains interesting information on sustainable construction
, weeds, wildflowers, and insects as a food source.
Harvest the Sky
- Harvest The Sky advocates harvesting rainwater from rooftops and using the water for irrigation or other uses. This is called rainwater harvesting or rainwater catchment. This is one way to reduce the amount of stormwater generated from buildings and directed to fragile creek or river ecosystems. An added benefit of rainwater harvesting is that it both reduces the stormwater reaching the nearest water body, and it also provides free water for use on site. Rainwater harvesting saves the environment and it saves you money too. Rain Barrel Guide
- A guide to collecting rainwater for your lawn and garden.
Portland Bicycle Resources:
- Portland bike advocacy group.
Community Cycling Center
- Non-profit organization that uses the bicycle as a tool for teaching positive life skills to youth.
North Portland Bikeworks - Non-profit bike shop with earn-a-bike programs and educational opportunities.
The Dirt (pdx) - Portland area environmental events list and listserve
Northwest Environment Watch - An independent, not-for-profit research and communication center based in Seattle. NEW's mission is to promote an environmentally sound economy and way of life in the Pacific Northwest, also called Cascadia. NEW puts out a "Scorecard" to monitor progress toward that goal in the region.
World Watch - Very useful annual report called "World Watch", filled with environmental facts.
Earth Island Institute - Life on Earth is imperiled by human degradation of the biosphere. Earth Island Institute develops and supports projects that counteract threats to the biological and cultural diversity that sustain the environment. Through education and activism, these projects promote the conservation, preservation, and restoration of the Earth.
Environmental Organization WebDirectory - A great directory to environmental organizations on the web.
Wilderness Awareness - Wilderness Awareness School is a national non-profit environmental education organization founded in 1983 and based in Duvall, Washington. We are dedicated to caring for the natural world and our children by fostering understanding and appreciation of nature, community and self.
EarthFirst! Journal & EarthFirst! Worldwide - Earth First! was founded in 1979 in response to a lethargic, compromising, and increasingly corporate environmental community. Earth First! takes a decidedly different tack towards environmental issues. We believe in using all the tools in the tool box, ranging from grassroots organizing and involvement in the legal process to civil disobedience and monkeywrenching.
"The Final Empire: The Collapse of Civilization and the Seed of the Future" book by Wm. H. Kottke online. An excellent overview of "empire culture" and our current environmental and social predicament as well as potential solutions.
David Holgren on Energy Descent
BARK (pdx)- Bark watchdogs federal land agencies to make sure they manage the forest in the public interest. Bark aims to halt all logging and forest destruction until permanent protection of public forests is achieved.
Cascadia Rising - A regional network of environmental organizations in the Pacific Northwest (aka Cascadia). They seek to approach the problems of environmental degredation at a bio-centric manner.
Ecology and Deep Ecology:
- The mission of Sacred Lands is to remind the people of the Earth about the interconnectedness of all life by promoting community, sustainability, diversity, and ecological balance. The Virtual Library of Ecology and Biodiversity
- The Virtual Library of Ecology and Biodiversity division of The Virtual Library Project specializes in reviewing internet information sources pertaining to ecology and biodiversity based on their educational value. Northwest Earth Institute
(pdx) - NWEI develops innovative programs in Portland, transports them to Northwest communities where they are offered through their chapters or local volunteer groups, and replicated in other regions through autonomous groups. Founded in 1993 by long-time activists Jeanne and Dick Roy, NWEI initially brought a single course, Exploring Deep Ecology, into mainstream workplaces to engage people in earth-centered conversation. Great River Earth Institute
- A national nonprofit organization based on the Northwest Earth Institute dedicated to fostering personal and cultural transformation through grassroots study and discussion that encourages individuals to examine their deeply held values, accept responsibility for the Earth and choose to live in ways that are as ecologically friendly as possible.
Deep ecology info and references
, more info
, and more info
Deep ecology bibliography
Deep ecology index
Foundation for Deep Ecology
on deep ecology and ecofeminism http://www.joannamacy.net/html/deep.html
Deep ecology in Cuba
Deep ecology articles
Biodiversity: Biodiversity and Conservation
- The origin, nature and value of biological diversity, the threats to its continued existence, and approaches to preserving what is left.
- The Biodiversity Project works to make people aware of the importance of biodiversity and to build their commitment to saving it. Our task is to engage and empower people to act by making the connection between biodiversity and people's daily lives and basic values. The Biodiversity Project meets this challenge by developing communications strategies that motivate people to protect biodiversity. Primal Seeds
- Not really permaculture but focuses on bio-diversity and food security. Offers a good critique of the monoculture practices. With news, actions etc.
International Plant Genetic Resources Institute
- IPGRI is an international research institute with a mandate to advance the conservation and use of genetic diversity for the well-being of present and future generations. It is a Centre of the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR)
2002 Vandana Shiva Interview
discussing her book "Water Wars"
(pdx) - Exploring environmental issues through the creative arts.
Orion Magazine - Orion
explores an emerging alternative world view. Informed by a growing ecological awareness and the need for cultural change, it is a forum for thoughtful and creative ideas and practical examples of how we might live justly, wisely, and artfully on Earth. Since 1982, Orion
has worked to reconnect human culture with the natural world, blending
scientific thinking with the arts, engaging the heart and mind, and striving to make clear what we all have in common.
Wendell Berry - The farmer, poet, novelist, essayist, and teacher, Wendell Berry, is a lover of the land. His appreciation and love for the land is expressed in both his life and works. Berry is the author of thirty-two books of essays, poetry and novels. He has worked a farm in Henry County, Kentucky since 1965. He is a former professor of English at the University of Kentucky and a past fellow of both the Guggenheim Foundation and the Rockefeller Foundation. Page
of interviews, poetry and essays Essay
: "The Idea of a Local Economy" Interview Interview
Chellis Glendinning - A psychologist and author whose works include the acclaimed "My Name is Chellis and I'm in Recovery from Western Civilization", the Pulitzer Prize-nominated "When Technology Wounds", and "Off the Map (An Expedition Deep into Imperialism, the Global Economy, and Other Earthly Whereabouts)". Her writings address both the ecological and human costs of technological progress and the psycho-spiritual promises offered by a renewed relationship to the natural world.Chellis currently lives in a small New Mexico village. She has turned her back on "Western civilization" and has moved in with an indigenous community maintained by subsistence agriculture. Introduction Interview
: "Technology and its Discontents"
: "A Lesson in Earth Civics" Lecture
at the EF Shumacher Society Interview
: "Collective Recovery" Interview
: "Locating Chellis"
Ivan Illich - Ivan Illich can be considered one of the most radical political and social thinkers in the second half of the twentieth century. His aim is to analyze the institutional structures of industrialized society and to provide both rigorous criticism and a set of alternative concepts. The books "Deschooling Society", "Tools for Conviviality", and "Energy and Equity" made Ivan Illich one of the most important theorists of the radical ecology movement of the 1970s. About and Bibliography Writings Archive
More Writings and Interveiws Book
online: "Deschooling Society" Book
online: "Tools for Conviviality"
Derrick Jensen - A Northern California author, has published several books, including "The Culture of Make Believe" and "A Language Older Than Words", and many essays. Jensen's work emphasizes the hate, dishonesty, and destructiveness in contemporary industrialized culture. He argues that this culture will soon collapse because of the damage being done to the planet. Jensen proposes that a different way of life is possible, and perhaps historically more "normal" than "modern" life. This different way of life is characterized by honesty, appreciation of beauty, and connectedness with the natural world. Homepage
Chris Maser - Homepage Essay
: "Global Imperative: Harmonizing Culture and Nature: What Do We Mean When We Speak of Sustainability?" Jerry Mander - Considered by many to be today's most articulate and outspoken critic of technology and economic globalization. His books include "Four Arguments for the Elimination of Television", "In the Absence of the Sacred", and, most recently, "The Case Against the Global Economy" (co-edited with Edward Goldsmith).
Helen and Scott Nearing - Well known back-to-the-landers. The roots of the movement can be traced to the 1954 publication of Helen and Scott Nearing's book, The Good Life
. The Nearings began their simple life on a farm in Vermont in 1932. In 1952 they moved to Forest Farm on the coast of Maine where they lived until their deaths. The cycles and rhythms of nature were their guide as they successfully provided for over 80 percent of their own needs. Their approach, which has been replicated by thousands of "pilgrims", was distinct in the equality that they gave to work and play. The Good Life Center
Daniel Quinn - Daniel Quinn is best known as the author of Ishmael, the novel that in 1991 won the half-million-dollar Turner Tomorrow Fellowship, established to encourage authors to seek "creative and positive solutions to global problems." Homepage
Kirkpatrick Sale - Sale is the man who made the word "Luddite" respectable, with his history of the Luddite movement, Rebels Against the Future, and he has written many other books and articles about the "Green Revolution", the limits of technology as well as bioregionalism.
Paul Shepard - Avery Professor of Natural Philosophy and Human Ecology at Claremont College, Claremont Graduate University, and Pitzer College for more than twenty years. His influential books helped shape the development of human ecology and the "deep ecology" movement. Index
Vandana Shiva - Dr. Vandana Shiva is a physicist, ecologist, activist, editor, and author of many books. In India she has established Navdanya, a movement for biodiversity conservation and farmers' rights. She directs the Research Foundation for Science, Technology and Natural Resource Policy. Some recent books are: "Water Wars", "Biopiracy: The Plunder of Nature and Knowledge" and "Stolen Harvest: The Hijacking of the Global Food Supply".
Third World Traveller page
Gary Snyder - Beat poet, Zen Buddhist, Bioregionalist
"Four Changes" essay
Starhawk - is one of the most respected voices in modern earth-based spirituality. She is also well-known as a global justice activist, permaculturist and organizer, whose work and writings have inspired many to action. She is the author or coauthor of ten books, including The Spiral Dance: A Rebirth of the Ancient Religion of the Great Goddess, long considered the essential text for the Neo-Pagan movement, and the now-classic ecotopian novel The Fifth Sacred Thing. Starhawk's newest book is The Earth Path: Grounding Your Spirit in the Rhythms of Nature.
Lannan Foundation audio archive
with conversations between
people like Wendell Berry and Gary Snyder, Howard Zinn
and Arundhati Roy, Eduardo Galeano and Sebastiao
Salgado, Jerry Mander and Vandana Shiva.
Managing Wholes - A frequently updated set of articles on whole system design, esp forestry and sustainable agriculture.
Homestead.org - Great resource site for homesteading.
Open Directory Project - The largest, most comprehensive human-edited directory of the Web. It is constructed and maintained by a vast, global community of volunteer editors. Great resource on almost anything.