Toby Hemenway Quotes

Who the Heck is Toby Hemenway?

Toby Hemenway was an American author and educator in the field of permaculture.
Hemenway was a student of Bill Mollison, the founder of permaculture.

Born April 23, 1952
Died December 20, 2016

Best 10 Quotes by Toby Hemenway

“A culture disconnected from wild nature becomes insane.”

Toby Hemenway

“Agriculture is the process of turning eco-systems into people.”

Toby Hemenway

“I like to talk about the idea of "design without design," where we're creating the conditions for the things that we want to see happen rather than trying to force a particular set of outcomes.”

Toby Hemenway

“Permaculture gives us a toolkit for moving from a culture of fear and scarcity to one of love and abundance.”

Toby Hemenway

“Permaculture is not the movement of sustainability and it is not the philosophy behind it; it is the problem-solving approach the movement and the philosophy can use to meet their goals and design a world in which human needs are met while enhancing the health of this miraculous planet that supports us.”

Toby Hemenway

“The most accurate and least muddled way to think of permaculture is as a design approach, and that we are often misdirected by the fact that it fits into a larger philosophy and movement which it supports. But it is not that philosophy or movement. It is a design approach for realizing a new paradigm.”

Toby Hemenway

“Vegetarians may be appalled, but much of gardening is actually raising animals: the tiny ones under the earth's surface.”

Toby Hemenway

“When you are doing work of value, people will support you in a variety of ways, not just money.”

Toby Hemenway

“Yet soil is miraculous. It is where the dead are brought back to life. Here, in the thin earthy boundary between inanimate rock and the planet's green carpet, lifeless minerals are weathered from stones or decomposed from organic debris. Plants and microscopic animals eat these dead particles and recast them as living matter. In the soil, matter recrosses the boundary between living and dead; and, as we have seen, boundaries-edges-are where the most interesting and important events occur.”

Toby Hemenway

"Gaia's Garden" Quotes

“I’m going to argue here that the most accurate and least muddled way to think of permaculture is as a design approach, and that we are often misdirected by the fact that it fits into a larger philosophy and movement which it supports. But it is not that philosophy or movement. It is a design approach for realizing a new paradigm.”

Toby Hemenway
Gaia's Garden