Hi. My name is Meg McGowan. Welcome to my blog.

I’m a permaculture designer and trainer and a gardener. My favourite things to grow are soil, beauty, habitat for wild things, carbon storage, people and community. We also grow a lot of our own food. In concert with the permaculture designing and training I’m an artist, cartoonist, cook and author. When you live long enough you accumulate all kinds of skills.

I am one of those older people that honestly enjoys the company of younger people. We are all teachers and learners. I learn so much from them.

I write blogs and books and I design environmentally responsible gardens for food, habitat and sheer beauty. My husband and I both teach people all about permaculture and how it applies to every aspect of life (not just gardens). We do most of what we do on a voluntary basis. A lot of the people we teach would never be able to afford paid permaculture courses, and we think permaculture should be available to everyone. If you would like to support our work, or just help me cover the cost of running this blog, there is a ‘donate’ button on the site.

I called the blog ‘smarter than crows’ after reading an article about how clever they are. Crows can remember people’s faces. If you upset one crow, the other crows will somehow also recognise you as an enemy of crows. They can learn to perform complex tasks and they also seem to turn up in my life on a regular basis. Crows don’t need houses or computers or stuffed toys to be happy. They live as part of the natural world. Humans usually suffer from the delusion that we are the smartest creatures on the planet, but we can’t make a solar panel as good as a leaf, and I wonder if we will ever be smarter than crows. Perhaps if we align our behaviour to the ethics and principles of permaculture we might be.

You are very welcome to use anything on this site for your own enjoyment or to design or improve your own permaculture system. You are also welcome to share it (with credit) and include it in any course that is provided free of charge. Please see my copyright page for information about what to do if you are including my material in a paid course or publication.

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This blog is a kind of parking lot of ideas and dreams and bits of things that my brain can’t contain. Most of it is about permaculture but I also veer off into anything that captures my passion from time to time. I can’t promise that any of it will be life changing but I’m sure that at least some of it is interesting. Thank you for stopping by.