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172: The Pee and Poo Show

Sunday, May 30th, 2010

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pm172_150.jpgLaura Allen gives an intimate tour of a home-built composting toilet in her Bay Area urban home. The nutrient-rich composted “humanure” is used to enrich the lush, edible landscape, and doesn’t waste precious drinking water like flush toilets. The co-founder of Greywater Action shows the throne-like toilet compartment whose distinctive feature is a urine diverter. Pee and poop are collected in separate containers beneath the toilet, and are accessed outside the house. Sterile pee is watered in at the base of plants, while poop is collected in barrels and aged for a year or more until it has composted fully. What a way to go!  (www.greywateraction.org). Listen to Audio. Read Janaia’s blog about taping this show.

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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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Award winner! Creating a Home Graywater System

Wednesday, October 21st, 2009

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2007_wave_award_150.jpgNews! Winner of 2009 Western Access Video Excellence (WAVE) Award in the category “Talk Show–Issues, Professional Producer.”  WAVE is sponsored by The Alliance for Community Media, Western Region, to support and encourage community-access television show producers.

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Trathen Heckman takes us on a step-by-step tour of how to make a safe, ecological and legal suburban home graywater system. Follow the water as it drains from the bathroom tub (and sink and laundry) through a unique valve leading into the backyard garden. It flows into an optional wetland and underground pond for filtering. The water is then piped below ground to several destinations in the yard, where it will supply water for plants growing above it. Trathen discusses the process with local government agencies, the system design and construction (with pictures), costs, resource books, and why to undertake a graywater system in the first place. (www.daily-acts.org). (Episode 141. Listen to audio).

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90: What Can One Person Do?

Monday, December 17th, 2007

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pm90_150.jpgIf you enjoyed Sally Lovell’s over-the-top treatise on her electric bike (episode 40), she’s back, telling us other ways one person can make a difference - from fresh water to humanure. Her focus on water includes educating herself on where it comes from, effects of pollution and climate change, and conservation — pressurized toilets, choice of washing machine, and ways to use that not-so-hot water while it’s getting hot. As for humanure, listen in and find out!

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80: An Innovative Program Helps Residents Protect Their Water

Thursday, October 18th, 2007

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pm80_150.jpgWater is a precious resource we can’t live without. Pat Pearson educates Olympic Peninsula citizens with a “Water Matters” campaign and “Shore Stewards” program for shoreline residents. New homeowners receive a “Welcome to Your Watershed” packet, while volunteers build rainbarrels to catch roof rainwater for gardens. [water.jefferson.wsu.edu]

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68: Bullock Brothers Homestead - A 25-Year Permaculture Project

Thursday, July 19th, 2007

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pm68_150.jpgTake a tour with Joe, Doug and Sam Bullock on their Orcas Island homestead, site of a yearly Permaculture design course. Using nature as their model, they create edges and wildlife habitat, move water through the landscape, promote diversity, and raise an astonishing variety of plants from sub-arctic to tropical — a wise investment in these climate-changing times. [www.permacultureportal.com]

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36: An Urban Developer Goes for the Green

Thursday, November 30th, 2006

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pm36_150.jpgInspired by the book Natural Capital, developer Joe Van Belleghem transforms a toxic site into a green development that’s totally backed by the city and community in Victoria, B.C. Conserves energy, water, heat, materials, and shares some with the neighbors. [www.docksidegreen.com, www.windmilldevelopments.com]
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