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Toby Hemenway

Toby Hemenway is the author of Gaia’s Garden: A Guide to Home-Scale Permaculture, which was named by the Washington Post as one of the 10 best gardening books of 2010. Hemenway has taught more than sixty 72-hour permaculture design courses. He has presented lectures and workshops at major sustainability conferences such as Bioneers, SolFest, and EcoFarm, and at Duke University, Tufts University, University of Minnesota, University of Delaware and many others. His writing has appeared in magazines such as Natural Home, Whole Earth Review and American Gardener.

After obtaining a degree in biology from Tufts University, Toby worked for many years as a researcher in genetics and immunology. At about the time he was growing dissatisfied with the direction biotechnology was taking, he discovered permaculture, a design approach based on ecological principles that creates sustainable landscapes, homes and workplaces. A career change followed, and Toby and his wife, Kiel, spent 10 years creating a rural permaculture site in southern Oregon. He moved to Portland, Ore., in 2004 and spent six years developing urban sustainability resources there. Toby and his wife now live in Sebastopol, California.