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216: Titanic Lifeboat Academy — Navigating a Path to Resilience

Saturday, July 21st, 2012

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Caren Black and Christopher Paddon couldn’t find mentors to teach them self-reliant living when they became aware of peak oil. So they created a homestead and opened their doors to training others. People can take a personalized Lifeboat Course online or in person, where hands-on learning includes food production with domestic animals and gardens, renewable energy, and carpentry skills. “We’re all in this together,” Christopher notes, so the couple educate, volunteer and share to also make their community more resilient. [titaniclifeboatacademy.org]

 

Watch high quality video. Download on iTunes. Listen to Audio. Read Janaia’s journal: Climb Aboard the Titanic Lifeboat Academy.

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203: Soccer Mom Prepares for the Unexpected

Monday, October 17th, 2011

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pm203_200.jpg“I have a ball preserving food with my friends!” And at the same time Kathy Harrison is making sure her kids can eat if storms knock out power or roads. The author of Just in Case: How to Be Self Sufficient when The Unexpected Happens gives practical tips on storing food without getting overwhelmed. She looks at dehydrating, canning, and root cellaring; finding and preserving local food, and buying food at discount. For Kathy, preparedness is an empowering, community activity. (justincasebook.wordpress.com)

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Read in Janaia’s journal: Taping Authors Keith Farnish (Time’s Up) and Kathy Harrison (Just in Case).

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198: How Many Community Gardens?

Thursday, July 28th, 2011

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pm198_200.jpgHaving learned “How Much Food Can I Grow Around My House?” (Peak Moment 87), Judy Alexander kept right on going. As chair of the Local 2020 Food Resiliency Action Group in Port Townsend, WA, she helped initiate 25 community gardens in her county within four years. Sitting in her own neighborhood’s garden, she talks about the power of cooperative gardens compared with individual plots. There’s something for people of all ages and skills to do (even non-gardeners), while enjoying learning from one another, and building closer neighbors and a more secure community. [www.L2020.org]

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179: Fences Down! Fostering Community in an Urban Neighborhood

Thursday, September 23rd, 2010

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pm179_150.jpgGardens replace driveways, a chicken coop replaces a garage, and personal relationships are deepening. Meet the residents of three adjoining houses, who removed the fences and talk about shared projects (and their one auto!), meals together, ecological living, and treasured conviviality. This idea could transform urban and suburban neighborhood life anywhere.

Listen to Audio. Read in Janaia’s journal “Fences Down: Creating Community in the City” about taping this conversation. Read a great review on TreeHugger by Sami Grover.

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178: Beyond Back Yard Sustainability

Sunday, August 29th, 2010

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pm178_150.jpgFour years ago (in episode 51, “An Experiment in Back Yard Sustainability”), Scott McGuire asked “how much food can I grow in my back yard to feed my family?” In this episode, we learn the results, and that food supply is not an individual project — it takes a community to feed one another. Scott’s garden later became a CSA (community-supported agriculture) for eight families.

Scott is a co-creative gardener — he asks the plants where they want to grow. When plants participate in the design of a garden, they build in energy meridians (like acupuncture lines in our bodies) for optimal vitality and health. (www.scottallenmcguire.com).

Listen to Audio. Read Janaia’s journal about taping this conversation, “Meet Scott McGuire, “Maniacal” Co-Creative Gardener.”

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171: A Permaculture Course for Busy People

Friday, May 21st, 2010

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pm171_150.jpgBill Wilson and Wayne Weiseman pour their hearts into their permaculture design courses, changing lives as well as landscapes. In a unique format, students do initial course work online and then attend a one week hands-on course.

In this chat along with Sivananda Yoga Farm sponsor Vidya Chaitanya, Wayne discusses principles starting with with observing elements like wind, water, sun and topography in a specific property.

Bill provides alarming information on “peak soil.”  Together they note that permaculture’s goal is to create small, intensive ecologies, a foodweb where everything is exchanging with everything else.

“Eat and Be Eaten, and Share the Bounty.” Listen to Audio. Watch Bill Wilson in “The Heart of Permaculture”(Peak Moment episode 157).

pm171_vidya_80.jpgVidya Chaitanya: www.sivanandayogafarm.org

pm171_bill_80.jpgBill Wilson: midwestpermaculture.com

 pm171_wayne_80.jpgWayne Weiseman: permacultureproject.com

 

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168: Four Acres and Independence — A Self-Sufficient Farmstead

Saturday, May 1st, 2010

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pm168_150.jpgTake a tour, accompanied by curious sheep and geese, of Mark Cooper’s self-sufficient small farm. Over several years, he transformed a rundown house and hillsides of berry brambles into pasture and gardens where he produces and preserves most of his family’s food. Visit the Goose Grotto in a constructed pond, a heritage fruit tree orchard, logs producing shiitake mushrooms, and a cheap-and-easy container kitchen garden. Mark gives us a close-up view of the solar dehydrator he constructed from salvaged materials — and his tips on food drying. He has husbanded up to fifty animals at a time, including two Tibetan yaks! This farmstead in Rough and Ready (CA) lives up to the town’s name — and is a testament to hard work, wide-ranging construction skills, and love.

Listen to Audio. Read “Handy Guy Transforms an Edible Landscape” in Janaia’s blog about taping this show.

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157: The Heart of Permaculture

Wednesday, December 9th, 2009

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pm157_150.jpgFormer truck driver Bill Wilson tells an insightful story about the energy packed in a gallon of gas — which we won’t always have in cheap abundance. Now a permaculture educator, he sees permaculture  as a viable, realistic way to use nature to provide the abundance we really need — harvesting sunlight, food, wind, water and more. Can you guess what the magic stuff is that we all can’t live without? (No, it’s not oil.)

In his classes, Bill not only passes on a bounty of practical, common sense ideas, he also inspires people to experience being alive on the planet, finding their connectedness with life, their passion and ways to make a world that works for everybody.  (Midwestpermaculture.com). Listen to audio.

We met Bill in 2007 when we videotaped his presentation “A Permaculture Perspective: Living in Authenticity During Energy Descent at “A Renaissance of Local” in Colorado.

Watch Bill plus two other guests in “A Permaculture Course for Busy People” (episode 171).

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153: How Do I Invite You to Grow Food?

Wednesday, October 7th, 2009

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pm153_150.jpgJenny Pell’s infectious enthusiasm will sweep you up into creating a future that’s beyond sustainable — to one that’s “additive.” This lively permaculturist suggests that you belong where you live and get (re)connected to your “chain of inputs and outputs”. She invites us to to regain skills, especially in food production, and to participate in creating abundance, which is “the only way forward, the only way for the human family to survive.” (www.permaculturenow.com). Listen to audio.

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143 Corporate Couple Become Permaculture Activists

Thursday, March 5th, 2009

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pm143_150.jpgAsking “wouldn’t it be wonderful if our city could feed itself?” Joe Leitch ponders everybody in Portland planting a chestnut tree. Pam Leitch relates how they both left the corporate world after reading the book “Your Money or Your Life”. As educators on sustainability and resource depletion, permaculture and social justice, they soon learned of Peak Oil. Pam initiated bringing a Peak Oil resolution to the Portland City Council, who passed it unanimously in 2006 and set up a citizen task force to make recommendations for city action. See a bit of the permaculture farm Pam and Joe are creating in residential Portland, cultivating fruit trees, vegetables and compost, rainwater catchment, and innovative neighborhood cooperation. If every city were full of such projects, maybe they really could feed themselves!  (www.portlandpermaculture.com)

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