Monday, November 12, 2012
Renowned author and international speaker Toby Hemenway, spoke in Sarasota on November 2nd to a very attentive audience, hosted by Transition Sarasota.
Toby – author of Gaia’s Garden: A Guide to Home-Scale Permaculture - gave everyone a fascinating history lesson about how we arrived at the destructive practices of conventional agriculture. More importantly, he talked about how we, as a community, can convert to the more sustainable practice of horticulture, or “tending to plants,” as opposed to what we do now, agriculture, or “tending to fields.”
Having traveled internationally, Toby said he has witnessed many cultures with few resources and materials at their disposal create beautiful permaculture gardens to feed their families and neighbors.
But is it possible for a modern society like the United States to adopt a more natural, sustainable way of providing for our food? A mild-mannered and humorous man, Toby made no grandiose claims that we should demand agriculture be abandoned immediately, but rather that people begin transforming their yards, neighborhoods, and communities into “food forests,” providing for our own needs as much as possible, and working with nature instead of fighting against it.