Toby Hemenway

Toby  Hemenway

Toby Hemenway wrote Gaia's Garden: A Guide to Home-Scale Permaculture, as well as The Permaculture City, the first major North American book on permaculture. Toby worked as a genetics and immunology researcher for several years after graduating from Tufts University, first at academic laboratories at Harvard and the University of Washington in Seattle, and then at Immunex, a major medical biotech company. He found permaculture, a design technique based on ecological principles that builds sustainable landscapes, houses, and workplaces, around the same time he was becoming uncomfortable with the path biotechnology was headed. Toby and his wife then made a career change and spent ten years in southern Oregon building a rural permaculture property. From 1999 until 2004, he was associate editor of Permaculture Activist, a journal of ecological design and sustainable culture.

His writing appeared in periodicals such as Whole Earth Review, Natural Home, and Kitchen Gardener, and he Read More chevron_right