Toby Hemenway

Who Does What in the Soil?

It’s time to come back to earth, and to reverse scales from the mind-bogglingly large to the infinitesimally small.

September 2, 2016


A Big Bang for Big Soil

Where does soil come from? In keeping with the big-picture perspective of this series, let’s tackle that question from the god’s-eye perspective. We can zero in on the finer points later.

September 1, 2016

The Cosmos, the Earth, and Your Stomach: The Story of Soil

When we deeply understand the system we’re working with—be it a garden, a business, a community, or even a personal relationship—we can spot the places where a small, perfectly located nudge will beget a large response.

June 24, 2016


A Permaculture Guide to Choosing Cover Crops

One of my constant refrains is “Permaculture is a decision making tool for arriving at regenerative solutions.” Here I’m going to show how permaculture can help create strategies for deciding what cover crops to use.

April 22, 2016

Mats and Nets – Patterns from the Dunes

Smothered beneath the dunes that blanket 150 miles of the Oregon coast are ancient, dead forests. Yet on these same dunes, the crumbling of delicate mosses and lichens on naked sand builds new soil, launching new forests.

December 22, 2015


Becoming Pattern Literate

The word “pattern” takes us over a vast territory.

November 25, 2015

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