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226 Inspiration Farm - Cultivating Nourishing Food and Creativity

Monday, January 21st, 2013

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“Changing times calls for changing lifestyles.” says Brian Kerkvliet. “So [we’ve] put more energy into the land… The more you get your fingers in the soil, the more endorphins rush through your head. You get excited by all of that.” Using permaculture and biodynamic practices, Brian’s family is endlessly experimenting and innovating to find what works. His wife Alexandra and daughter Rosalie introduce us to the goats, pigs, and cows who are essential players in their farm’s web of life. Don’t miss the outdoor shower with water heated by microbes in the compost pile! (Episode 226). [inspirationfarm.com]

 

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206: Awakening the Village Heart and Mind

Thursday, December 8th, 2011

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pm206_200.jpgFrom their “Zero Mile Meal Eatery” to zoning and financing innovations, O.U.R. Ecovillage in BC, Canada has paved the way for many communities worldwide. For Brandy Gallagher, the story on the planet right now could be a shared ethos of caring: “Everyone is fed. Everyone is taken care of.” Asserting that “No is just an uneducated Yes,” Brandy shows how a village mindset can transform individuals, preserve land, reduce resource use, apply permaculture principles, change laws, and even the way money works [www.ourecovillage.org].

Listen to Audio.  Read the Transcript. Download video on iTunes. Pictures of OUR Ecovillage are below the video.

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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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174: The Power of Neighbors

Saturday, June 26th, 2010

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pm174_150.jpgJan Spencer didn’t stop with a permaculture makeover* of his suburban home in Eugene, Oregon. Now he’s taking on the neighborhood! As a result, his neighborhood association is teaming up with city programs like Neighborhood Watch and Emergency Response to empower neighbors to work together. They’re transforming lawns and abandoned lots into edible gardens, and sharing knowledge about energy efficiency, permaculture, and preparedness. These grass roots endeavors help people feel more secure in their homes, because they’re connected with neighbors they can rely on.  (suburbanpermaculture.org). Listen to Audio. 

*“Suburban Renewal - One Backyard at a Time” (episode 37).

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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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158: A New Paradigm for Development

Monday, December 28th, 2009

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pm158_150.jpgThe corporate capitalist system is destroying people and the planet. Can we imagine alternatives? Ravi Logan and Jason Schreiner’s model is based on valuing our interrelatedness and interdependency within the natural world. It replaces profit-driven with cooperative enterprises, and emphasizes a balance between local self-reliance and bioregional networks, with some global structures to meet global needs like telecommunications. They describe applying permaculture principles like the zone approach in on-the-ground projects in Eugene, Oregon. (www.proutinstitute.org) Listen to audio. Read transcript.

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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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147 A Geodesic Greenhouse — Year-Round Gardening at 6000 Feet

Tuesday, June 23rd, 2009

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pm147_150.jpgIn Colorado it’s cold for much of the year, but inside this cozy dome greenhouse, the plants are growing happily. Take a grand tour with Buckhorn Gardens manager and permaculturist Breigh Peterson: the greenhouse structure with its interplay of light and water, warmth and air; curving raised beds of vegetables and flowers; fish tanks moderating the temperature; vertical trellises and shelves to use vertical space. Outdoors a huge garden of row crops and a young orchard are complemented by free-roaming chickens and ducks. (buckhorngardens.blogspot.com)

The geodesic dome greenhouse kit can be found at Growing Spaces.

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146 Permaculture for Humanity

Tuesday, June 2nd, 2009

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pm146_150.jpgThe future is abundant, asserts permaculture designer Larry Santoyo. His vision of living in the present provides a wonderful antidote to fear about uncertain futures. People need to rediscover that we’re part of the ecosystem, and apply permaculture design principles to the many problems we face. Larry teaches sustainable permaculture design as a discovery of the world around us. He notes that trying to be self-sufficient is really anti-permaculture. Instead, we need to develop self-reliance skills. Then as we find others in our communities to interact with, everybody gets to play! (www.earthflow.com)

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