Photo by Heather Jo Flores

This site is where I aggregate copies of all of my writing. I write on a range of topics, and had pieces scattered on blogs and social media sites all over the interwebs, as well as piled up in folders at my house. Here you will find memoir, essay, fiction, rants, poetry, songs, paintings, heaps of gorgeous garden pics, and how-to articles on gardening, writing, permaculture design, creative thinking, etc.

To connect with my free online courses in permaculture and creative thinking, go to

To read Food Not Lawns, How to Turn Your Yard into a Garden and Your Neighborhood into a Community, for free, go here.

To listen to my music, go here.

Thanks and see you soon!

Heather Jo Flores

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hint: it wasn’t Bill Mollison and David Holmgren

Photo by Heather Jo Flores

Bill Mollison, often credited as the “founder of permaculture,” was an Australian traveler, scientist, baker, fisherman, gardener, autodidact, and writer who researched and published extensive genealogies of Indigenous Australians, and through this work became inspired to dedicate the rest of his life to learning and teaching integrated ways for humans…

A multimedia gallery of my original work

So much of what I offer y’all is words, please enjoy this exploration of the less-verbal persuasion. I grew these plants, made these paintings, arranged these moments, wrote, sang, and played guitar on these songs, and took all of these snapshots. I am honored that you’re here to share them and I hope you have a lovely visit. If you’d like a monthly loveletter with images and like these, and the stories that go with them, jump on my mailing list.

artwork by Heather Jo Flores

More than 50,000 people have taken my courses. Here’s what a few have written.

Photo by Annie Rose Shapero

“Heather Jo’s courses create a bridge between earth care and people care. I was really struggling to care for myself, while carrying the weight of the world, in terms of environmental responsibility. Heather Jo helped me marry those things in clear, obvious, almost hilarious ways, especially in strengthening my personal…

Oh Portland, we had to break up but I still think you can change.

Stumptown is facing a painful reckoning, and it’s not altogether undeserved.

Dear Portland (and the rest of y’all West Coast libs because you know this isn’t just about Portland),

This is what happens when you sit the fence.

I can’t help but wonder if Portland protesters (and self-identified “activist” communities, in general) could make a breakthrough in their thinking and tactics (and thus achieve success rather than getting inevitably rounded up en masse) if they stop to consider whether…

Heather Jo Flores

Farmer by day, writer by night. #foodnotlawns #permaculturewomen #freepermaculture. FREE online classes for people who love plants @heatherjoflores

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