My guest today is the adventurer, activist, and humanitarian Rob Greenfield. Rob joins me to talk about the Food Freedom project he launched in Orlando, Florida, where he is growing and foraging for all of his nutritional needs.Find out more about Rob, his work and other projects, including those mentioned during his introduction, at RobGreenfield.TV. ResourcesNational Farmers Market Directory (USA)Trash MeGreen RidersFree RideOrlando Permaculture Meetup GroupShad Qudsi - Atitlan Organics
My guest today is Akiva Silver of Twisted Tree Farm in Spencer, New York. He joins me to talk about his life and the experiences that lead to his book Trees of Power from Chelsea Green Publishing. You can find Akiva, his farm, and work at twisted-tree.net and you can find his book, Trees of Power, at chelseagreen.com. Resources Twisted Tree Farm Trees of Power (Chelsea Green) Tom Brown Jr. Tracking School The Graves Tree - Arthur Graves Chestnuts Empire Chestnut Company (Route 9 Cooperative)...
In this guest episode, the final in this series, naturalist and writer Shane Sater, shares his insights and thoughts on kochia as it relates to sparrows; a reflection on how an introduced plant species create novel ecosystems and adaptations. And that was Shane Sater. You can read more of his nature writing and view the photographs from his journey in the natural world at WhatsGoingOnBlog.org.
In this episode, Chris Knapp, one of the founders of Maine Local Living School in Temple, Maine, returns to talk about their immersive educational experience, The Understory. During our conversation, Chris shares how this program came to be, his influences, and the knowledge, skills, and encounters he and his fellow instructors seek to impart to students during the multi-week, onsite program. If you are interested in permaculture and what permaculture education can look like beyond the...
My guest today is Chris Knapp, an instructor and one of the founders of Maine Local Living School, a homestead and education center in Temple, Maine.In this conversation, Chris shares how he came to develop a deep love for the land and created a connection to the place he calls home. This is an experience he seeks to share with each of his students, whether school-aged children, young adults transitioning to adulthood, or adults seeking a change in their path on their journey through...
This is the second in a series of three guest episodes from Shane Sater. A naturalist and writer based in Montana, USA, Shane shares his deep passion for nature and community through writing and recordings like this one, bringing together his education in environmental science, botany, and field biology with his experiential work in community, integrating the wonder embodied relationship with nature to the human experience. In addition to this work and with a love for all creatures, Shane...
My guest for this episode is Sam Thayer, the expert forager and author.You can find Sam's personal experience working with wild foods in his books, The Forager's Harvest and Nature's Garden. Resources Sam Thayer The Forager's Harvest Nature's Garden Edible Wild Plants: Wild Foods from Dirt to Plate
My guests for this episode are Violet Brill and her father “Wildman” Steve Brill. Violet and Steve are foragers from New York. Violet assists her father on his plant tours, leading groups of people and teaching them about wild edibles. You can find out more about Violet and Steve at wildmanstevebrill.com.
Chef and writer Sara Bir joins me to share her work as a foodie and author of The Fruit Forager’s Companion, from Chelsea Green Publishing.Using her book and those experiences as a place to start, we explore her interest in wild fruit and foods, including first falling in love with the paw paw, and about how shared experiences, in the forest or around the table, bring us together. You can find Sara on her website sausagetarian and her book at Chelsea Green. I also recommend following her on...
This episode is the first in a series of guest permabytes from Shane Sater. Shane, a naturalist and writer based in Montana, USA, has a deep passion for nature and community which he explores through his writing where he brings together his training in environmental science, botany, and field biology with his lived experiences in his community, speaking to wonder and the embodied relationship with nature that all of us can have. Throughout his journeys, Shane feels a special affinity for silk...
Katrina Blair shares her work as a forager and the 13 plants she sees as essential for human survival.
Stephen Barstow, author of Around the World in 80 Plants, shares how he grows over 2,000 edible plants, in a small garden space in Norway.
Nathan Carlos Rupley shares his thoughts on how plants, and our interactions with them, represent an act of people care within permaculture practices.
My guest for this episode is Tradd Cotter, a microbiologist, and mycologist who, along with his wife Olga, owns and operates Mushroom Mountain near Greenville, South Carolina. He is also the author of the book Organic Mushroom Farming and Mycoremediation from Chelsea Green Publishing. In this interview, we talk about his book, the science of microbiology and mycology, entrepreneurship, and also touch on the power of mushrooms for remediation.
My guest for this episode is Ben Goldfarb who joins me to talk about his book, Eager: the surprising, secret life of beavers and why they matter. Drawing from his work and our experiences in resource management, conservation, and environmental education we talk about the role beavers had in creating and shaping the landscape, history, and people of the United States, and the importance of reintroducing and protecting beavers to return the world to the wetter, boggier place it once was....
My guest for this episode is Sandor Katz, author of Wild Fermentation, The Art of Fermentation, and The Revolution Will Not Be Microwaved. If you’ve practiced any kind of fermentation and went looking for a recipe, a reference, or just read about the wee yeasties and bacteria that transform our foods with their microbial magic, then you’ve probably read something by Sandor, and I recommend reading even more.
Resources:Wild Fermentation (Sandor's Website)Wild Fermentation (The Book)The Art of...
The second half of my conversation with Shaun Chamberlin, editor of Lean Logic and Surviving the Future, on the work of David Fleming.
Shaun Chamberlin, the editor of Lean Logic: A Dictionary for the Future and How to Survive It and Surviving the Future, joins me to discuss the life, work, and importance of the late David Fleming (1940 - 2010). Resources Lean Logic (Chelsea Green) Surviving the Future (Chelsea Green) David Fleming (Wiki) Shaun Chamberlin The Transition Timeline Rob Hopkins and The Transition Town Movement (Interview) Transition Network Transition US Richard Heinberg Michael Meacher (Former UK Environment...
Giulianna Maria Lamanna, of The Fifth World, drops a huge two-part question in this episode:
Are there people in the permaculture community talking about climate change and the impact of global warming on invasive species?
Is it our responsibility as permaculture practitioners to create new ecosystems for the changing climate?
This leads to a conversation where we discuss:
Preserving native ecosystems
The creation of novel ecosystems
The role of exotic species
The influence of human...
Today's guest, in an interview recorded by co-host David Bilbrey, is the microbiologist and soil researcher Dr. Elaine Ingham. In this episode they look at:
The microbiology of soil
The impact of this life on the health of our plants and agricultural system
How we can be citizen scientists
The power of a microscope to bring all these ideas together, right in front of our eyes.
All wrapped in a framework so we can understand the importance of healthy, living soil for human well-being, as...
Over more than a decade, The Permaculture Podcast has explored the landscape-based practices which lead to permanent agriculture, as well as the invisible structures necessary, as individuals and in our community, to create permanent culture.Today’s episode examines our ability to create culture and continues the 12th-anniversary celebration of The Permaculture Podcast, as Alasdair Stuart joins me to share his insights on how media and culture influence the community and countries we live in,...
For nearly 40 years, Rosemary’s work as a teacher has brought permaculture directly into the lives of her thousands of students. As an author, she has touched innumerably more. As her students became teachers and other teachers used her works in their classrooms, her ideas and methods continue to ripple through the world and reach even more.
With this reach, her work touched has touched my own, first as a student, through her book Earth User’s Guide to Permaculture, and later as an...
An old friend returns to relax and celebrate the 12th anniversary of The Permaculture Podcast with me, Scott Mann.
In preparation for a new conversation with my friend Erin Harvey, here is our first interview about how she started her farm The Kale Yard, recorded and released in the Winter of 2013.