Rewilding, Permaculture, Anthropology

Listening to @senorcoconut and @makinstuff on @meadowsandmakers today, rewilding came up.

Senorcoconut introduced me to rewilding when he interviewed me as a vendor with @homesteaderscoop. It's a hugely progressive step on my path, as it brings together permaculture, foraging, gardening, natural health, and a key missing part: anthropology.

Anyways, in the PAL chat, I found an opportunity to plug Toby Hemenway's Civilization Series of lectures. These have been big for me. I listened to the series at least ten times in the few-week interim between completing my listening to the Wise Traditions podcast and starting on Rewild Yourself from Daniel Vitalis. Of course, I drink up any relevant permaculture podcasts I can find too.

The Civilization Series consists of three lectures by Toby, all revolving around the agricultural history of humans. The first place I found all three was Diego Footer's old podcast called Permaculture Voices. Here they are on his site, you can also listen to them on whatever podcatcher you use:

PV143: How Permaculture Can Save Humanity and the Earth, but Not Civilization presented by Toby Hemenway

PV145: A Look at Agriculture, Horticulture, Permaculture: Why Agriculture Can Never Be Sustainable, and a Permacultural Solution with Toby Hemenway

PV148: Liberation Permaculture by Toby Hemenway

They help tie things together with the idea of a horticultural people. In Toby's words: more gardeners than farmers. And he does a lot of talking about first nations people and their inspiring and intimate work in the american forests. I believe there's a book about this called 1491, but I haven't looked into it yet.

This kind of thing is going to be paramount (listen up @jennislay) as we move forward from agriculture. As a few people have said, we're not moving backwards. That's not what society does. Looking back and learning from the past, before our newfangled, sedentary, technophilic civilization does not mean we're moving backwards. Just that we're being more mindful moving forwards.

Anyways. I'm out at the creek, about to hop in. There's some thought fragments to chew on. Anyone wanting to talk about this kind of stuff, I want to too. Hit me up on discord nateonsteemit#1247

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Great post thanks for sharing! Rewilding is where the name wild homesteading came from. It was based on this idea I had to flip traditional homesteading from being about going into the wild and taming it (old homesteading mindset from the homesteading act time period in the United States) to instead bring the wild back to our homesteads. By doing so I believe you get a lot of benefits beyond helping nature. Rewilding is really at the core of what wild homesteading is meant to be.

Glad you got introduced to the concept! :)

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18.08.2019 01:58

What a great concept, I love that name too. I was wondering about growing veggies and sort of forcing them to go wild in some way. But anyway, I like the idea of bringing the wild back to our homestead 😁.

18.08.2019 16:08

Thanks! Perennial vegetables are a great option. There are some great more wild types.

20.08.2019 21:29

This year we got turned on to wild purslane and lambs quarter, I see them every where now of course!

22.08.2019 15:30

Great post I have only recently got into the notion of rewinding and sign up to a British site but have not found any podcasts so thanks for these another to get deeply into, not enough hours in the day. 💯🐒

18.08.2019 09:42

True... we all only have 24 hours in the day. I jist figured out that we can listen to these podcasts in higher speeds! Been listening to em 1.5x faster and it's suprisingly easy to get used to it.

18.08.2019 16:10

I will have to try it thanks for the tip 💯🐒

18.08.2019 16:15

Never enough hours! I'm lucky I work in a fairly independently operating department where I'm able to listen to podcasts all day while I work. When they outsource us, I'll be in a place where that won't be an option.

18.08.2019 16:19

I could listen at work but i'm in and out of the office a lot and also struggle to concentrate on listening and work to be honest! Music is fine but talking I just can't for some reason. I listen at home mainly considering on my phone but just don't like to much usage of the phone really 💯🐒

18.08.2019 16:36

But you'll also have the option to put yourself in a place of abundance... it'll be time to put all those skills and wisdoms you're cast learning to the test!

22.08.2019 15:33

Hey thank you so much Nate 😁! I will have to bookmark this post so I can listen later to Hemingway. I'm definitely there with Not moving backwards... but for sure learning from our past!

18.08.2019 16:05

He also wrote two books. Gaia's Garden (his most popular book, and a quintessential guide to urban permaculture), and The Permaculture City, a lesser known guide for societal change. I look forward to hearing what you learn and talking with you about his ideas!

18.08.2019 16:16

Heehee thanks again for those guides... I am hooked on the Wise Traditions podcast, I am obsessed with finding real mill now!!!

But I will have a listen soon for sure

22.08.2019 15:28

I might listen to these on the way to work. Must also listen to @senorcoconut.

First heard of concept via @miuntainjewel. Strikes me we have many fancy names for things these days. We SHOULD be looking at past for the future... not that we always take heed. Scattering dandelion seeds this week... Noels. Its raining and when the sun comes out my garden is gonna be as wild as my green heart.

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18.08.2019 20:23

They're great! As are the other podcasts I mentioned lol. Just tell your kids to start listening to podcasts in ever class. The world will get better. No more reading old stuffy books lol

18.08.2019 20:40

OY!!! Watch it you. Books rule.

But podcasts let you do work whilst you are listening. Like gardening and driving and stuff. Driving and reading is bad.

19.08.2019 04:28


I love books. Can't wait til reading season, but I can listen to podcasts sixty hours a week a lot easier than I can read sixty hours a week.

19.08.2019 07:25

Yeah, totally here you! And often you get more value out of a podcast too, it's kinda inspiring as you listen to other people's enthusiasms and interesting lives! Sometimes I can only read a chapter at once and let it digest before reading more.

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19.08.2019 12:14

haha I love the "OY!"... you may be in trouble now nate 😂

22.08.2019 15:38

oooh scattering dandelion seeds!!! Awesome. That brought image in my head of you hopping around the first couple zones around your house throwing handfulls of seeds up in the air like at a wedding or something!

22.08.2019 15:37

Hey @nateonsteemit! You've got me all enthused again with these wonderful podcasts -thanks for sharing!
I feel real fortunate that I moved into the wild and built our homestead in a natural pine meadow. Now I try to have my gardening enhance nature although I do still fall back into my old gardening methods with garden patches and my annual veggie crops.
It's kinda nice to know that when I leave this place the forest will just take over leaving only my metal roofs and such!

22.08.2019 15:50