Dan Allen

I’m a high school chemistry teacher in NJ. I’m also a concerned father, organic farmer, and community garden organizer. You can find my previous stories on resilience.org here.


Flowers of the Food Forest: Reciprocity and the Obligation of Gifts

“Action on behalf of life transforms. Because the relationship between self and the world is reciprocal, it is not a question of first getting enlightened or saved and then acting. As we work to heal the earth, the earth heals us.”

April 30, 2019


300 Million Poets: Amateur Poetry and Our Imminent Reconnection to the Land

How do we live our lives, enmeshed as we are in this increasingly-toxic soup of early-stage civilization collapse, to make the most of today and perhaps bestow upon our children a livable tomorrow? And the answer for me comes down to strengthening relationships.

February 1, 2019


Baby Trees on the Winter Solstice

I planted them with the hope
That my foolish culture will soon desist in its
Suicidal efforts to sever the ties
Between humans and the Earth

December 23, 2016


Lessons from a Young Food Forest: Taking Stock of My 12-year Permaculture Adventure

How many humans does it take to re-invent agriculture?  Just one…you!  Or me!  So that’s what I’m trying to do.  Here are some of the things I’ve learned over the past 12 years.

February 8, 2016

Resilience Reflections with Dan Allen

I somewhat slowly learned that I was more the conductor than the builder of the farm; more the gentle nudger & potential inspiration for my family and community than the task-master.

April 22, 2015


Come on Home!: Ecological Agriculture and Sixteen Wonderful Farms that Point the Way

This essay uses over a dozen working farms across the country (& a few other countries) to illustrate some of the key principles of the ecologically-based agriculture that will be required in the transition ahead.  …The next steps are up to you, kid.

February 10, 2014

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