Can we Love our Political Enemies?

Originally published in Elephant Journal here.  I have friends and, more importantly, community members I depend on, on both sides of the fence.  Because of this, and at the risk of upsetting all of them by saying so, I’m finding myself struggling with the vehemence, angst, and downright inhumane responses toward our fellow humans who […]

The End of a Beautiful Chapter

I started as the Executive Director at Organic Growers School at the end of 2013. June 5, 2020 is my very last day. What a fabulous ride we’ve been on. What a great team. And what tremendous work we’ve done in the world of sustainability education. May the organization live long!   A Farewell Letter […]

Why Grow (and eat, farm, live) Organically

  Thanks to Mountain True & Hendersonville Green Drinks for hosting this event. Industrial agriculture has resulted in a loss of biodiversity, environmental crises, reduced resilience, increased world hunger, and an over-reliance on a globalized food system. On top of that misinformation and manipulation by this corporate agenda leaves people sick and ill-informed. At Organic […]

How might a permaculturist view the COVID-19 pandemic?

Originally published in the SOIL (School of Integrated Living) Newsletter and Blog, here. As the COVID-19 crisis continues to unfold, many of us are eager to glean meaning arising from witnessing this complex phenomenon.  As anxiety mounts, noticeable attitudes of death-negativity and reductionist virus-as-enemy thinking are activated in the cultural narrative.  Fear has a way […]

Lee Warren Radio Interview with McNair Ezzard

Radio Interview by McNair Ezzard of Lee Warren, Executive Director of Organic Growers School on March 25, 2020 found on WPVMFM on their A BETTER WORLD show. They can also be found here on Facebook.  The interview can be found here.    

Community Grief

This article was first published by Communities Magazine, Issue #185, here, in Winter 2019. The article can be seen as a .pdf as published here.  By Lee Warren A Toddler Died A toddler died in our community. It was a tragic five seconds that changed the course of everyone’s lives. Rowan’s mama loaded her car […]

Village-Building Stumbles

A few of the things Earthaven Ecovillage has gotten wrong This article first appeared in Communities Magazine, Issue 184, Fall 2019, here. The theme of the issue is The Shadow Side of Cooperation. I’ve been living in community for half my life. I started visiting and living in intentional communities and ecovillages all over the […]

Nine Doable Investments to Support Regeneration

Originally published in Capital at Play here.  Many of us working in agriculture and nonprofits don’t have extra money to invest outside of our baseline life-supporting endeavors. Yet others in our community are blessed with extra. My big question for these folks is: Do you have investments? And then subsequently… Are those investments supporting soil […]