New Agrarianism and Permaculture. Reading Group

What values are espoused in the philosophy of New Agrarianism, and how does the concrete practice of permaculture fit into the picture?

Garden, Plants, Flowers, Greenhouse

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"To the diseases and degradations of the modern age, a New Agrarianism is quietly rising to offer remedies and defenses, not just to the noise, vulgarity, and congestion that have long affronted urban dwellers but to the various assaults on land, family, religious sensibilities, and communal life that have tended everywhere to breed alienation and despair."

– Eric Freyfogle

This month we are reading

1. "A Durable Scale" by Eric Freyfogle in The New Agrarianism: Land, Culture and the Community of Life. Island Press, 2012. 

2. “Reconciliation: New Agrarianism and Ecofeminism” by William H. Major in Grounded vision: New Agrarianism and the Academy. University Alabama Press 2011.

3. “Permaculture in the City: Ecological Habitus and the Distributed Ecovillage” by Randolph Haluza-DeLay, and Ron Berezan in Environmental Anthropology: Engaging Ecotopia: Bioregionalism, Permaculture, and Ecovillages. Eds. Joshua Lockyer and James R. Veteto. Berghahn, 2013.

Optional reading consists of a short story by rural author Wendell Berry. You can access it from here.

Check out the blog for a summary of our discussion!

Tags: Environmental Humanities
Published Jan. 15, 2020 8:14 PM - Last modified Jan. 27, 2021 12:10 PM