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Briefly Noted: Farewell Toby Hemenway

By Greta Belanger deJong

We were eager to tell you more about the Permaculture Design lecture and workshop we announced last month for February.

Venerable instructor Toby Hemenway, author of the first major North American book on permaculture, Gaia’s Garden: A Guide to Home-Scale Permaculture and, in 2015, Permaculture City (Chelsea Green Publishers) was going to teach us how to turn our underutilized outdoor spaces into food forests.

Sadly, instead we report that on Winter Solstice, 2016, Toby passed away. He was 64 years old. He died at home of pancreatic cancer.

Last month, we published “Becoming Pattern Literate: How pattern literacy can unlock some of nature’s deepest mysteries,” adapted from a chapter of the book he was working on at the time of his death.

We are very sorry for everyone’s loss. GBdJ

This article was originally published on January 18, 2017.