The following message is from Erin Axelrod, Outreach Director for the Permaculture Skills Center in Sebastapol, CA:
I hope your hearts are healing from the loss of our beloved Toby. We here in Sonoma County at the Permaculture Skills Center are missing Toby, yet we are trying to move forward and heal as we strive to carry on his legacy by welcoming in a new cohort of Ecological Landscapers and Farmers in our Immersive permaculture programs that start this June, 2017.
In honor of his wisdom and gifts, we are starting a Toby Hemenway Memorial Library here at the Permaculture Skills Center (PSC). This February, we helped Toby’s wife Kiel transition his library away from her house to its new permanent home at the PSC. One of Toby’s students who is an alumni of our Ecological Landscaper Immersion program commissioned a beautiful inkpad stamp and with it, we marked each book and created an inventory of his extensive collection. This library will be made available to the public and to the hundreds of students that pass through our campus each year. If you are local to Northern California and would like to have access to and/or help steward this incredible community resource, please let us know by emailing us at admin@
We also planted a tree guild here in his honor and will continue to plant more trees throughout our upcoming immersion programs.
As you can see in this video about the Ecological Landscaper Immersion Program, Toby Hemenway was our lead instructor of this program, and we are grieving not having him join us this year, for the first time since the program’s inception three years ago. Even so, we know that he would want his teachings to continue to live on through this program and the many other programs that he helped get off the ground. Because Toby was such a master at getting the word out about this program, we are now asking for your help. If you feel inspired, please help us spread the word about the ELI Program, to keep it alive and growing. Please email us at outreach@
If you or anyone you know is feeling distressed about the state of our world, and want to get connected with a community of practitioners to take permaculture to the next level, please have them reach out to us at outreach@
For Toby, here’s to healing the planet and living a life you love, as he did……
Outreach Director for the Permaculture Skills Center