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May 30, 2020
Can you live an enjoyable, self-indulgent life while remaining thrifty and at the same time not overtaxing Earth’s resources? To have all of that sounds too good to be true. If you follow what Annie Raser-Rowland suggested in her book The Art of Frugal Hedonism, however, the answer rings out as a resounding Yes! There […]
May 27, 2020
This weekend I was talking with a friend in the permaculture community when we realized we’d had the same experience. When we completed our Permaculture Design Course we were excited and enthusiastic but weren’t sure what to do next. We had a certificate, but the only paths presented were to design or teach. We were […]
May 23, 2020
My guest today is Eloisa Lewis. Eloisa is an American permaculture consultant, community building artist, activist and healer. With her work as a project manager and educator she helps guide communities of individuals into holistically regenerative paradigms, and specializes in communal practices of decolonization. Eloisa joins me today to talk about her experiences in radical […]
May 16, 2020
Rhonda Baird, the editor of Permaculture Design Magazine and teacher and designer at Sheltering Hills Design, LLC., joins me to continue our conversation about creating change. In our first interview, we spoke about the way that we can work on ourselves as individuals. Today we move from the inside to the out with how we can organize and support others […]
May 9, 2020
My guest today is Rob Avis, a permaculture practitioner from Calgary, Canada, and one of the founders of Verge Permaculture. He joined me during the Covid-19 pandemic to discuss what we can do to creatively respond to this and other crises.  This includes our role as teachers and leaders while others are struggling for security, […]
May 2, 2020
My guest for today is Rhonda Baird, editor of Permaculture Design Magazine, and designer and educator at Sheltering Hills Design, LLC. We talk about the social side of permaculture and what we can do, as individuals and a community, to create boundaries that lead to deeper respect for ourselves and each other. To fight for […]
April 24, 2020
In this episode co-host David Bilbrey sits down with the teacher, activist, and permaculture practitioner Kanyon Sayers-Roods, also known as Coyote Woman, to talk about her work on the land at Indian Canyon, California to educate and inspire others in their understanding of the natural world, the connections between individuals and communities, and what we […]
April 17, 2020
My guest today is William Padilla-Brown, a mycologist, teacher, and social permaculture practitioner. I’ve known William for a long time and as you’ll hear us mention, we’ve wanted to do this interview for years. I’m thankful that we finally had the opportunity. He has a unique background as a citizen scientist and educator working to […]
March 28, 2020
My guest today is Chris Gilmour. A permaculture practitioner and emergency manager, Chris works with individuals and organizations to map their community assets and help prepare for uncertain events We recorded this conversation during the emerging COVID-19 pandemic to discuss practical solutions we can apply right now to make sense of the situation and prepare […]
March 24, 2020
I’m joined by Robyn Mello, a permaculture teacher and designer, as well as the singer, songwriter, and herbalist, behind Edenspore. She spoke with me while I am currently self-isolating and wanting to record new interviews. I’ve known Robyn for many years. As a past guest of the show, we started the conversation before I had […]
March 21, 2020
My guest for this episode is Holly Brown of Island Creek Farm, a small permaculture farm located in Huddleston, Virginia. Holly and I sat down at her home on a mild day in October to talk about her origins as a farmer and what it is like to run a permaculture-based farm on imperfect farmland […]
March 14, 2020
My guest is Natalie Bogwalker, the visionary behind Wild Abundance, a permaculture skills center and homestead near Asheville, North Carolina. As a primary instructor at Wild Abundance, she teaches a variety of classes, including tiny house building workshops, women’s carpentry, and permaculture design courses. She likes to share her passion with others to help them […]
March 7, 2020
To honor the release of Pascal Baudar’s new book, Wildcrafted Fermentation, I’ve re-mastered and re-released our conversations about his earlier works. Today, you can listen to our interview about The Wildcrafting Brewer. The episode posted last week covered his first book, The New Wildcrafted Cuisine. Thanks to the great folks at Chelsea Green Publishing, who […]
February 29, 2020
To celebrate the release of Pascal Baudar’s new book, Wildcrafted Fermentation, this and the next episode are about his earlier works, The New Wildcrafted Cuisine and The Wildcrafting Brewer. As this episode comes out, all three books are on sale at ChelseaGreen.com.   Thanks to our friends at Chelsea Green, I am also giving away […]
February 22, 2020
In this episode from 2014, one of my favorite people from the permaculture community, Karryn Olson-Ramanujan, joins us to share a pattern language she’s identified for women in permaculture, which we can use to create a constructive permaculture movement so that together we can design a world with ever greater beauty, abundance, and inclusivity. The […]
February 15, 2020
Joel Salatin shares his thoughts on farming, the importance of experience, and the role of mastery over ourselves and our chosen discipline. These topics layout the major themes of the conversation that follows but touch only on the barest of the depth you’ll hear. Together  Joel and I explore land access for new farmers, living frugally, […]
February 8, 2020
My guest for this episode, which originally aired in 2014, is Mark Shepard, owner of New Forest Farm and author of Restoration Agriculture. This is the final piece in a series of three interviews Mark and I recorded to talk about Restoration Agriculture practices and to answer listener questions. In this episode we discuss four […]
February 1, 2020
(Originally Aired: 17.September.2014) My guest for this episode is Mark Shepard, owner of New Forest Farm and author of Restoration Agriculture. This is the second of three pieces that Mark and I recorded together to talk about Restoration Agricultural practices and to answer listener questions. In this episode we discuss four topics based around listener […]
January 25, 2020
(Originally Aired: 16.July.2014) My guest for this episode is Mark Shepard, author of Restoration Agriculture. As you might expect from this show we start with his biography and background, work our way through a call to action for permaculture practitioners and a need to be realistic in our efforts, and finally wrap up this conversation […]
January 18, 2020
(This episode first aired on 10.December.2018) My guest today is the renowned animal behaviorist Fred Provenza, who joins me to talk about how we can reconnect with the foods that feed our bodies and reclaim our nutritional wisdom. Visit Our Partner: Food Forest Card Game Drawing on decades of research with animals, upon retirement from […]
January 10, 2020
Each winter, in those weeks between Christmas and the new year, I sit down and look forward to what the year ahead holds. For 2020 my main focus is on finishing The Possibility Handbook. Until that project is complete, I’m visiting the podcast archives to re-release some of the very best of the show from […]
December 16, 2019
My guest today is Andrew Slack. He joins me to share his thoughts and personal experience on how to use storytelling to create social change. A climate activist and former head of the non-profit Harry Potter Alliance—which used the collective fandom of J.K. Rowling’s Wizarding World to create a movement of good-will in the real-world—we […]
December 10, 2019
(Originally Released: December 10, 2016) Today is part two of the conversation with Shaun Chamberlin (Part 1 ), editor of Lean Logic and Surviving the Future, on the work of David Fleming. This time we focus on Shaun including his background, current activities, and what it means to bear David’s Legacy. Along the way, the […]
December 1, 2019
(Originally Released: December 14, 2015) Enjoy this episode? Become a Patron. In this conversation, that arises from a listener question posed by Amelia, Ethan shares ways that we can transform our holiday experience from a consumption-driven exchange to one where gifts are given based on need or in service to others. He also stresses the […]
November 25, 2019
(Originally released: November 20, 2016) My guest today is Shaun Chamberlin, the editor of Lean Logic: A Dictionary for the Future and How to Survive It and Surviving the Future, both of which are based on the work of the late David Fleming (1940 – 2010). The conversation is as much a discussion of these […]
November 12, 2019
(Originally Released: May 25, 2017) Giulianna Maria Lamanna, of The Fifth World , drops a huge two-part question on us in this episode, a continuation of the MAPC 2016 Q&A. 1. Are there people in the permaculture community talking about climate change and the impact of global warming on invasive species? 2. Is it our responsibility as […]
October 29, 2019
This episode looks at what brought David Holmgren to the present moment and writing RetroSuburbia. From David Bilbrey’s questions, David Holmgren shares the past and ongoing influences that guided the development of permaculture from those first days in the 1970s through to how this work continues to grow to the current day. You can find him, […]
October 10, 2019
In this episode recorded by co-host David Bilbrey, David Holmgren returns for the first of a two-part conversation about his latest book RetroSuburbia. Visit Our Partner: Food Forest Card Game This work and the discussion today looks at how people are and can adapt in-place, as individuals and communities, by retrofitting where many of us […]
September 30, 2019
  Today, Michael Judd joins me to discuss his newest book: For the Love of PawPaws: A Mini Manual for Growing and Caring for PawPaws – From Seed to Table. During this in-person interview, we start with what he’s currently working on, including where he’s gone with natural burials and his exploration of chestnuts as […]
September 19, 2019
My guests for this episode are Joshua Hughes and Amanda Wilson of VerdEnergia Pacifica and Blacksheep Regenerative Resource Management. On the ground practitioners of permaculture practitioners engaged in restorative business, Joshua and Amanda are the founders and, respectively, the CEO and CMO of Black Sheep Regenerative Resource Management. Together they’ve co-managed VerdEnergia Pacifica, a permaculture […]
July 31, 2019
“What have you seen through your lived experience and via your increasing network that gives you not only aspirational hope, but also “perspirational” perspective & confidence of moving past demonstration projects and moving toward broader-scale impact?” Posted by Christopher Kopka during the May Ask Me Anything on Patreon. I don’t see the land and agriculture-based permaculture […]
July 13, 2019
2018 was terrible for beekeepers, with up to 40 percent of hives across the United States dying off, one of the worst losses since we started tracking honey bee health. Recently, the USDA suspending the Honey Bee Tracking Survey indefinitely. Earlier this year, the bee-harming pesticide sulfoxaflor, sold under the trade names Closer and Transform, […]
July 5, 2019
(Pictured: The Design Squiggle, by Damien Newman as mentioned in this interview. CC BY-ND 3.0 US) Today I’m joined by Rob Avis and Takota Coen, two Canadian permaculture designers and teachers, who, working together, created a systemized approach to permaculture and landscape design. This process, called The Adaptive Habitat Program, reduces drudgery and simplifies complexity […]
May 29, 2019
In this episode, my guests are Meg Toben, the co-founder and director of The Eco-Institute at Pickards Mountain, and Jimi Eisenstein, one of the facilitators for the Rising Earth Immersion course. They join me to discuss this ten-week, on-site intensive offered at The Eco-Institute, located near Chapel Hill, North Carolina. Donate via PayPal Donate via […]
May 20, 2019
My guest today is Emmet Van Driesche, author of Carving Out a Living on the Land: Lessons in Resourcefulness and Craft from an Unusual Christmas Tree Farm. He joins me to share his life transitioning to farming. How he became a Christmas tree farmer, who coppices softwood balsam firs rather than cutting and replanting. How […]
May 10, 2019
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. Make a One Time Donation Become a Patreon Supporter Visit our Affiliate Partners During the conversation Rob […]
April 30, 2019
In this episode, David Bilbrey sits down with Melissa Peet to talk about her work in learning to trust one’s inherent knowledge. As the first of a two-part conversation, she provides the background to her research and establishing trust in our personal understanding; that which we already know and that which others might draw out […]
April 20, 2019
This episode continues co-host David Bilbrey’s exploration of regenerative business and permaculture as he sits down with Kevin Jones to talk about Gather Lab, Transform 19, and the need to create something more than a conference, but rather events that include action. In the case of Transform 19 those are modeled in the form of […]
April 10, 2019
In this conversation moderated by Ben Weiss of Susquehanna Sustainable Enterprises and Robyn Mello of Edenspore, Jon Darby, Alyson Earl, and Wilson Alvarez discuss their work at Horn Farm Center and regenerating the land. This includes how they came to sustainable agriculture; the dream projects they’re working on; how their ancestral and cultural history impacts […]
March 30, 2019
My guest today is Tim Krahn, a Canadian engineer, builder, and author of Essential Rammed Earth Construction from New Society Publishers. Donate online to the Winter to Spring Fundraiser Tim joins me to share his thoughts and experiences with rammed earth as a natural building method. This includes the distinction between raw and stabilized rammed […]
March 20, 2019
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 new book Trees of Power from Chelsea Green Publishing. Starting with his beginning as a tracker and forager, we move into his work on getting his […]
March 10, 2019
Today’s guests are Ryan Rising, of Permaculture Action Network, and Leah Song, of Rising Appalachia, who join me to talk about how they use the work on-stage and off to organize communities to participate in a permaculture action day. How they blend permaculture and activism with music and merriment. From their experience bringing together more […]
February 28, 2019
My guest today is Zev Friedman, founder of Co-Operate WNC, a mutual aid organization in Western North Carolina. A long-time permaculture practitioner, Zev’s current area of interest is similar to my own: supporting people, communities, and organizations to see the long-term implementation of Earth restoring and human healing systems. One of those ways is through […]
February 20, 2019
In this episode, Kirsten Lie-Nielsen, author of So You Want to be a Modern Homesteader, joins me to share her journey in becoming a modern homesteader and the advice she has for anyone interested in pursuing a similar path. Residing in Maine, I like her story because of how she and her partner had this […]
February 10, 2019
In this episode of The Permaculture Podcast, Rob Avis, of Verge Permaculture, joins me to talk about rainwater harvesting. This conversation is based on his new book from New Society Publishers, Essential Rainwater Harvesting. Rob wrote this book along with his wife and Verge Permaculture Partner, Michelle. Though they began their professional careers as engineers […]
January 30, 2019
In this episode co-host David Bilbrey sits down for a group interview the co-founders of Propagate Ventures, with Ethan, Jeremy, and Harry. Together they share how they bring agroforestry to existing farms using direct investment. Through these efforts they also show that farming, agriculture, and regenerative business hold a place in the portfolio of the […]
January 20, 2019
In this interview by co-host David Bilbrey, Warren Brush returns to the show to share his work about fostering a vision for the next 500 years. During their time together Warren walks us through the mentorship he’s received, the mentoring he provides, and his own discoveries of how to live a fulfilling life now and […]
January 10, 2019
Rhonda Baird, the editor of Permaculture Design Magazine and teacher and designer at Sheltering Hills Design, LLC., joins me to continue our conversation about creating change. In our first interview, we spoke about the way that we can work on ourselves as individuals. Today we move from the inside to the out with how we […]
December 31, 2018
Welcome to the final episode of 2018. In a few hours we’ll transition to the New Year. As I do every year as what was comes to an end, this is a time to look back over everything that has happened in the preceding twelve months and prepare for those ahead. Sometimes I’ve put together […]
December 20, 2018
Where has our relationship with money and capital gone wrong as individuals and as a society? What do we have to do to get right with that relationship? In the last interview of the year, co-host David Bilbrey sits down with Joel Solomon to examine those questions and talk about how we can change the […]
December 10, 2018
My guest today is the renowned animal behaviorist Fred Provenza, who joins me to talk about how we can reconnect with the foods that feed our bodies and reclaim our nutritional wisdom. Visit Our Partner: Food Forest Card Game Drawing on decades of research with animals, upon retirement from Utah State University he turned his […]
November 30, 2018
My guest today is Lindsey Bender, the chief mycologist for Field and Forest Products, Inc., a mushroom spawn and supply company located in Wisconsin. I met Lindsey at the Pennsylvania Mother Earth News Fair in 2018 when I stopped to check in with Laura of Field and Forest, who I’ve gotten to know over the […]
November 20, 2018
My guest today is Karl Treen of Food Forest Card Game. He joins me to share where his life has gone since our interview last year. Support the Podcast on Patreon A longtime permaculture practitioner, Karl is one of the people whose work I follow off the air and I find quite a bit of […]
November 10, 2018
In this episode co-host David Bilbrey sits down with the teacher, activist, and permaculture practitioner Kanyon Sayers-Roods, also known as Coyote Woman, to talk about her work on the land at Indian Canyon, California to educate and inspire others in their understanding of the natural world, the connections between individuals and communities, and what we […]
October 30, 2018
Clare Kenny of The Mudgirls Natural Building Collective joins me to continue our conversation about how she and the other of the group come together to create community and opportunity with natural building, and the lessons they share through The Mudgirls Manifesto, a book they wrote together which was released earlier this year. From those […]
October 20, 2018
This is an atypical episode of the show as you can probably tell from the title. In this conversation, I sit down with Joshua Hughes of VerdEnergia Pacifica and Blacksheep Regenerative Resource Management to talk about the intersection of permaculture and politics to engage, get involved, and change the system to create the world we […]
October 10, 2018
Thank you to everyone who has supported this show over years, as this episode marks the 8th anniversary of the podcast. You’ve donated, joined Patreon, shared episodes with your friends, listened to your favorites with your co-workers, left reviews on iTunes, Stitcher, Podcast Addict, or wherever you listen to this show. You’ve shared your comments […]
October 5, 2018
In September I had the opportunity to attend the 2018 Mother Earth News Fair in Seven Springs, Pennsylvania. While there I recorded two in-person interviews, a full-length conversation with Jereme Zimmerman about his new book Brew Beer Like a Yeti, which is the 8th-anniversary release out on October 10th. Cyndi Ball of National Ladies Homestead […]
September 30, 2018
Today guest host David Bilbrey sits down with Hunter Lovins to talk about Natural Capitalism Solutions and Hunter’s new book,  A Finer Future – Creating an Economy in Service to Life. During their conversation David and Hunter talk about the problems facing humanity, from climate change to economic policies, and how we got into this […]
September 20, 2018
What does it mean to go back to the ground and learn the fading skills necessary to work the forest with our hands? To read the land assisted by tools we sight with our own eyes? To create new visions of old roles, such as a land steward or cottager? I explore those thoughts and […]
August 30, 2018
Nearly every episode of the podcast, including this one, ends with the final statement, “Until the next time, spend each day creating the world you want to live in by taking care of Earth, yourself, and each other.” What does it mean, however, to take care of ourselves, or one another, in a meaningful way? […]
August 20, 2018
Today co-host David Bilbrey sits down with Gregory Landua to talk about Regen Network and how they are using blockchain technology to create transparency and accountability for regenerative businesses. This allows those who use these systems to decentralize how to account for the use of natural resources and how we can, with these tools and […]
August 10, 2018
Ben Goldfarb joins me to talk about his new 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 […]
July 30, 2018
Our guest for this episode is the carpenter, architect, and builder Kelly Hart. He joins me today to talk about Earthbag Construction, the subject of his recently published book Essential Earthbag Construction from New Society Publishers. Learn more about my Moment of Need In this interview, Kelly walks us through many of the steps required […]
July 25, 2018
For the last several years I’ve run a Summer-to-Fall fundraiser in order to ask those listeners who can to donate to the show and keep the podcast freely available and frequently updated. This year I need to begin the campaign a little early as I am in need of urgent oral surgery due to an […]
July 20, 2018
Author, teacher, and forager Pascal Baudar joins me to discuss his exploration of primitive brews and fermentation, the basis for his latest book The Wildcrafting Brewer. He shares with us the way we can combine local ingredients as flavor, with water, sugar, and yeast to create sodas, beer, wine, and mead with local flavor and […]
July 15, 2018
In this episode co-host David Bilbrey continues to explore the intersection between permaculture, regenerative business, and the paradigm of capitalism by speaking with Alex McIntosh and Mario Garcia of Thrive Natural Care. Together they talk about how a company with a strong ethos can influence their competitors in the marketplace, while still caring for their […]
July 10, 2018
My guest today is Victoria Redhed Miller, who joins me for the second part of our conversation on Craft Distilling, this time to talk about the art of the process which turns fermented sugars, whether from grains, fruit, molasses, or honey, into tasty, tasty liquor. Along the way she tells us about the process of […]
June 30, 2018
My guest today is Sara Bir, chef, writer, 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 […]
June 25, 2018
My guest today is Leslie Crawford, author of Spring the Rescue Pig, a children’s book about the journey of a pig on his trip from industrial agriculture to a sanctuary, and Rory, the child who helps him along the way. Using that book and story as a starting place, Leslie and I talk about agriculture, […]
June 20, 2018
Today’s guest, in an interview recorded by co-host David Bilbrey, is the microbiologist and soil researcher Dr. Elaine Ingham. During this conversation, David and Elaine explore the microbiology of the soil, the impact of this life on the health of our plants and agricultural system, how we can be citizen scientists, and the power of […]
June 15, 2018
In this short interview, David Bilbrey sits down for an in-person interview with Kevin Jones, recorded at the ReGen18 conference in May 2018. During their time together they discuss what we can consider when we hear the phrase regenerative business; what the future holds as we transition to these models; how this emerging economy seeks […]
June 10, 2018
My guests today are five members of the Mudgirls Natural Building Collective, a Canadian women-owned and operated group of builders who focus on materials and techniques like cob, earthen plaster, earthen floors, and livings roofs, and authors, together, of the recently released Mudgirls Manifesto from New Society Publishers. In this episode, we take our time […]
June 5, 2018
In this short interview David Bilbrey, co-host of The Permaculture Podcast and founder of EcoThinkIt.com, sits down for an in-person interview with Joel Solomon, recorded at the ReGen18 conference in May 2018. Joel is the author of The Clean Money Revolution: Reinventing Power, Purpose, and Capitalism. That work, and Joel’s thoughts on what we can […]
May 30, 2018
My guest is Victoria Redhed Miller author of Pure Poultry and her latest From No-Knead to Sourdough. These books pull on her experiences as an off-the-grid homesteader in the Pacific Northwest and are available from New Society Publishers. Our conversation today, however, comes from her second book, Craft Distilling, as we discuss what is involved with legally crafting […]
May 27, 2018
In this short interview David Bilbrey, co-host of The Permaculture Podcast and founder of EcoThinkIt.com sits down for an in-person interview with Stuart Cowan, recorded at the ReGen18 conference in May 2018. Stuart holds a Ph.D. in Complex Systems, a form of applied mathematics, from the University of California, Berkeley, and uses that background to […]
May 20, 2018
My guest today is Paul Hellier of Fair Food Forager, who joins me to begin an ongoing series of conversations to talk about what we can do reduce waste, change our consumptions patterns, and decrease our ecological footprint. To get this series started we begin by looking at what we can do to eliminate single […]
May 10, 2018
In this episode Co-host David Bilbrey continues to explore the edge between permaculture, business, and social change by sitting down with Dr. Otto Scharmer. Together they talk about Dr. Scharmer’s work on Presencing and Theory U, the development of effective organizations, and how each of us can become more powerful changemakers. Find more of Dr. […]
April 30, 2018
My guest for today is Rhonda Baird, editor of Permaculture Design Magazine, and designer and educator at Sheltering Hills Design, LLC. We talk about the social side of permaculture and what we can do, as individuals and a community, to create boundaries that lead to deeper respect for ourselves and each other. To fight for […]
April 20, 2018
My guest today is Oliver Goshey, founder of the regenerative design and natural building company Abundant Edge, and host of the Abundant Edge podcast. During this interview we talk about natural building and designing for disasters, including the nature of and increase in these problems; the role of our ecological impacts on what is occurring; […]
April 10, 2018
My guest today is Amy Stross, blogger at TenthAcreFarm.com and author of The Suburban-Microfarm. I wanted Amy to join me for an interview to hear her perspective on creating integrated spaces where people are and will continue to live for the foreseeable future: in cities and suburbs. Drawing on her years of experience in the […]
March 30, 2018
Visit Our Episode Sponsor: Harvesting Rainwater The guest today is Philip Ackerman-Leist a professor at Green Mountain College and author of A Precautionary Tale: How One Small Town Banned Pesticides, Preserved Its Food Heritage, and Inspired a Movement, from Chelsea Green Publishing. I’ve wanted to speak to Philip for a number of years, ever since first […]
March 20, 2018
Co-host David Bilbrey returns to speak with Julie Mettenburg of Tallgrass Network, a hub of the Savory Institute that serves 25 million acres across Kansas and Missouri once dominated by the tallgrass prairie. Julie and the other families in the network practice holistic management to serve as an example to others that handling resources in […]
March 10, 2018
My guests today are Jill Lorenzini and Brad Lancaster of Desert Harvesters, here to discuss the new bioregional cookbook Eat Mesquite and More! We use that as a frame to talk about how to learn more about our natural world, to invite ourselves into wild spaces, and to deepen our sense of place through connection […]
February 28, 2018
Karen Lanier shares what she learned while writing The Woman Hobby Farmer, a book that helps us look inside of ourselves and to decide whether we are ready to farm and to ask the question, “Why do I want to farm?” That core question arises from Karen’s life experiences with an aunt who farmed, continuing through the […]
February 20, 2018
Avery Ellis, of Colorado Greywater, joins me to talk, in a conversation recorded live at a local coffee shop, about aquaponics, water harvesting, and his entry into the world of community politics when he joined the stakeholder process that changed the laws around how people can collect and use water in Colorado. From these experiences, […]
February 10, 2018
“We will not fight to save what we do not love.” Emma Huvos joins me to talk about her role as an educator who blends together her time as a classroom teacher with the forest and outdoor school models of Europe to create a hands-on, experiential, student-driven early-childhood learning experience that is Riverside Nature School. […]
January 30, 2018
In this episode guest host David Bilbrey sits down with Jacqueline Smith, the founder of Central Grazing Company, to talk about her entry into the world of animal agriculture, after having no previous experience with farming or even family ties to a farm or the land. They then talk about Jacqueline’s experience building up Central Grazing […]
January 20, 2018
How do we prepare for end of life? How do we honor the dead? How do we care for the living, through our rites and rituals, after a loved one passes? Michael Judd joins me to answer these questions as he shares the very personal story of his father’s passing, and how his family went […]
January 10, 2018
How did animals and people influence the landscape for hundreds of thousands, and even millions of years, before the rise of civilization? That question provides the framework for Wilson Alvarez and his current work, The Reintegration Project, which examines the prehistoric ecosystem engineers of the Eastern United States as a way to understand how permaculture […]
December 30, 2017
A highlight of the year behind, the current state of the show, and what’s coming up. Highlighted Episodes 1725 – Joel Salatin on Farming, Experience, and Mastery 1735 – Permaculture in Perspective: Fertile Edges with Maddy Harland 1727 – Mastering Cheesemaking with Gianaclis Caldwell 1724 – Holistic Goat Care with Gianaclis Caldwell 1733 – Drawing […]
December 20, 2017
To know where we are headed, it’s important to know where we are and where we come from. As Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. wrote in his book Strength to Love, “We are not makers of history; we are made by history.” With that in mind, in the conversation that follows Maddy Harland provides a […]
December 10, 2017
As I was reminded of in a recent conversation with Emma Huvos, we protect what we love. As the ethics of permaculture call for us to care for Earth and people, then practicing permaculture can be a political act requiring activism. In this conversation facilitated by guest host David Bilbrey, John Seed shares his work […]
November 30, 2017
How do we limit the damage of the greatest terrestrial environmental disaster ever, climate change? By drawing down carbon.   How we do that, and the most effective ways possible, form the base of this conversation with Eric Toensmeier, as he shares his ongoing research about the impacts of agriculture and how we can use […]
November 20, 2017
With smartphones, tablets, and other always-on, always-connected devices at our fingertips, finding a piece of information becomes easier and easier, if we have a few keywords to search for. When it comes to a subject as off the well-trod path as permaculture, how can someone find this information? As practitioners, what outlets do we have […]
November 10, 2017
Image: Kai Sawyer at the Peace and Permaculture Dojo. (Source:YouTube: Peace and Permaculture Dojo Tour)   “The more generous we are, the more relaxed we’ll be, the more wealthy we’ll feel, and the more gifts these will cycle.” – Kai Sawyer As we embody our values and live ever differently, how do we change the […]
October 30, 2017
My guest today is Karl Treen, the creator of Food Forest Card Game, a deck of cards designed to teach the needs, yields, and connections of plants and animals within a food forest and within nature, so players can then take what they learn and apply them to gardens and the world around them. All […]
October 20, 2017
This interview contains a conversation on Haudenosaunee (Iroquois Confederacy) beliefs reflective of popular rather than historical views. For more detailed information on the history and culture of these First Americans visit:  http://www.haudenosauneeconfederacy.com/ In this episode, David Bilbrey returns to sit in the host chair during this conversation with Lisa Stokke, one of the founders of […]
October 10, 2017
My guest today is Viktor Zaunders, one of the creators of localfoodnodes.org, a website designed to directly connect food producers and consumers. During the conversation, he shares with us the background for this project, the importance of building relationships in our food system, and how you can get involved and start your own food node. […]
September 30, 2017
Gianaclis Caldwell is the author of a modern classic on cheese production, Mastering Artisan Cheesemaking from Chelsea Green Publishing, and her new book to help get anyone started, Mastering Basic Cheesemaking from New Society Publishers. These books and her expertise form the basis for our conversation today about animal cheeses, whether you start with goat, […]
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