Award-Winning Author Toby Hemenway to Speak at SOU


(Ashland, Ore.) — Toby Hemenway, whose book “Gaia’s Garden: A Guide to Home-Scale Permaculture” was awarded the Nautilus Gold Medal in 2011 and is the best-selling permaculture book in the world, will introduce his latest book, “The Permaculture City: Regenerative Design for Urban, Suburban, and Town Resilience” at Southern Oregon University’s Center for Sustainability on Wednesday, Sept. 16 at 7 p.m.

“As part of Southern Oregon University’s commitment to sustainability and educational outreach we are proud to host these types of events and encourage the entire community to attend,” according to Mike Oxendine, SOU’s landscape supervisor. “Toby’s permaculture message is meaningful and significant for everyone to hear.”


Hemenway’s presentation will include information on how permaculture’s approach to understanding natural systems can do more to improve how communities grow, produce, and consume goods and food. According to a description on the author’s website, “The Permaculture City” provides “practical examples for creating abundant food, energy security, close-knit communities, local and meaningful livelihoods, and sustainable policies in our cities and towns.”

The presentation is free and open to the public, but space is limited and must be reserved on a first come, first served basis. To RSVP for the event, visit

The SOU Center for Sustainability is located at 155 Walker Ave. in Ashland. Prior to Hemenway’s presentation, a book sale will take place at 6:30 p.m. and a Q&A session and book signing will be held following the presentation. More information on Hemenway and permaculture can be found at


About Southern Oregon University

Southern Oregon University is a medium-sized campus that provides comprehensive educational opportunities with a strong focus on student success and intellectual creativity. Located in vibrant Ashland, Oregon, SOU remains committed to diversity and inclusion for all students on its environmentally sustainable campus. Connected learning programs taught by a host of exceptional faculty provide quality, innovative experiences for students. Visit

About Toby Hemenway

Toby Hemenway has been an adjunct professor at Portland State University, Scholar-in-Residence at Pacific University, and has taught over sixty 72-hour permaculture design courses. He has presented lectures and workshops at major sustainability conferences as well as at Duke University, Tufts University, University of Minnesota, University of Delaware, and many other educational venues. His writing has appeared in magazines such as Natural Home, Whole Earth Review, and American Gardener. He has contributed book chapters for WorldWatch Institute and to several publications on ecological design.