Patrick M. Lydon

Patrick is an internationally exhibited artist and writer working to ignite unconventional and critical dialogues on humanity’s relationship with the natural world. His interdisciplinary work involves diverse casts of people; from farmers, to city planners, to artists, rural and urban community organizations, and educational institutions. In addition he curates content for a collective called SocieCity, and is a regular contributing writer to the Sustainable Cities Collective and Nature of Cities.

What the Garden-Hacking Grandmas and Grandpas of South Korea Know

But what if a garden culture could flourish anywhere, regardless of how the structure of a city was designed? And what if, by allowing such a culture to flourish, we could begin to heal some of our most pressing ecological and social issues? During the past five years, my partner Suhee Kang and I have enjoyed the opportunity to engage somewhat deeply with these kinds of places—both in concrete-lined urban corridors and in lush fields of hillside natural farms.

September 8, 2017


What Would Happen if We all Grew Food?

Why GMO? How many people could all the empty yards in a suburban block feed if they were put to use growing food?

May 15, 2015


Solving Soil Loss is Simple, But Requires a Mindset Change

Natural farming, permaculture, regenerative agriculture, agroecology – there are many versions of sustainable agriculture, but the common thread they all tackle is the need to take better care of our soil and the environments in which we grow food.

May 4, 2015


Solving Crime and Inequality, with a Seed

Is it possible for a humble seed and a patch of soil to be the catalysts for stronger, healthier, more equal urban communities?

March 23, 2015

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