The Permaculture Podcast
Summary: Your resource for a variety of topics on Permaculture.
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 individuals, participants in a community, and citizens of the world. Find out more about Dr. Ingham's work on soil microbiology at soilfoodweb.com. Her classes and other work with Environment Celebration Institute at environmentcelebration.com. Related Interviews Dan Kittredge - Nutrient Dense Foods Stephen Harrod Buhner - The Citizen Scientist Elizabeth Farnsworth - GoBotany! and Citizen Science Resources Dr. Ingham’s CV Soil Food Web Environment Celebration Institute Dr. Ingham's Online Classes Ecological Monograph (1985 - PDF) EcoThinkIt
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, and how those stories shape who we are and our experiences. Through those lenses, Alasdair and I look at representation in media, the importance of inclusion and diversity as creators and consumers of fictional works, the importance of cultivating kindness, and changing outlooks on mental health. We also share how we find hope through storytelling, on the page or through the screen, as we face an uncertain future, and invite you to join us on that journey. If you’re not familiar with Alasdair, he is the co-owner of Escape Artists Incorporated, which produces the wonderful short-fiction podcasts Cast of Wonders, EscapePod, PodCastle, and PseudoPod. Alasdair is also the regular host of the horror podcast PseudoPod, where he not only introduces the author, narrator, and fright to follow but also shares his commentary and critique on the story for each episode and how that unique tale fits into our lives and world. As you might imagine when a pair of media-loving folks who grew up immersed in comic books, TV shows, movies, and games of all kinds come together to talk about how those works create our society and a vision for the future, it leads to nearly continuous references to the personal and pop culture that shaped us and that we see as continuing to mold current generations. If you love anything like Dr. Who, video games, Terry Pratchett, Tik Tok, Henry Rollins, Heavy Metal, or George Carlin, there is each of those and so much more somewhere in today’s interview. You can find Alasdair's at alasdairstuart.com. While you are there, be sure to sign up for his newsletter, The Full Lid. He is also on Twitter @alasdairstuart Escape Artists Incorporated and their amazing slate of podcasts are at EscapeArtists.Net. I’d also like to give a big thank you to the artist SerHawke for allowing me to the drawing of Alasdair in a She-Hulk T-shirt as the cover image for this episode. Their commissions are open and you can find them on Twitter @serhawke. I enjoyed this conversation with Alasdair because of how he points to the ways media, in whatever form it might take from TV shows to spoken word albums to podcasts, can have an impact on us as individuals and help us develop or change our worldviews. How media as a shared experience can create a culture or subculture we feel at home in and want to be an active participant in. Media can create a cultural zeitgeist that changes a country or the world. As we permaculture practitioners share our vision of the future through fiction, such as Utopia by Geoff Christou 470 by Linda Woodrow, it shows others what is possible. As we share the stories of our lives and experiences through podcasts or memoirs, we link the past to the present and share them with others. This work, of telling our stories with voice, body, and bones, is vital to what permaculture has to hold now and for future generations. If you have a story inside of you, find a way to tell it. Your voice matters. Before closing this episode, I’d like to give a hearty thanks to Alasdair for joining me, as this conversation was a special one for me, as it’s been a dream of mine to interview Alasdair after hearing his voice—both his literal, spoken voice and voice as an expression for his point of view and talent as a writer—all those years ago when I downloaded my first episode of PseudoPod. It was a pleasure to have this experience and chat like old friends. I continue to tune in to PseudoPod and remain a dedicated listener because I am inspired by Alasdair’s message that we can shine a light into the darkness and find hope, even when we face real monsters in the world. That hope, along with a story well told, reminds me that we are not alone, that there are others like us in the world, and we can stand together with others, whatever comes in the days, years, and decades to come. Until the next time, listen to an episode of PseudoPod while you spend each day discovering the media that inspires you while creating a culture that takes care of Earth, your self, and each other.
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 instructor, when I used that book as one of the student texts for the course paired with the companion book to that, Earth User’s Guide to Teaching Permaculture. Now, we celebrate Rowe’s newest book, from Melliodora Publishing, Earth Restorer’s Guide to Permaculture, with a series of conversations covering her thoughts on the breadth of permaculture as a practice, interwoven with stories from throughout her journey. To start things off, I knew a lot about Rowe’s writings, but not about her early life, how she came to permaculture or her career as a teacher and author. So, we begin where so many interviews do on The Permaculture Podcast, with a conversation about her biography and background, which includes some insights into the development and growth of permaculture over the years, the kinds of character and teacher Bill Mollison was, and how Rowe reframes permaculture education into a local, lived experience, whether she’s teaching in Australia, Vietnam, or Cambodia. Support the Podcast Donate Online: Via PayPal -or- Venmo @permaculturepodcast You can find Rosemary's books, including Earth Restorer’s Guide to Permaculture, at the PermaculturePrinciples.com store. As we close this conversation and prepare for the others which will follow, I’d like to re-extend the invitation for you to answer Rowe’s questions: What is your country? Do you speak a language from there? Do you know how the indigenous peoples lived on that land? Visit Our Series Partners Permaculture Principles Melliodora Publishing Abundant Earth Foundation
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.
Perrine Hervé-Gruyer author, along with her husband Charles, of Miraculous Abundance: One-Quarter Acre, Two French Farmers, and Enough Food to Feed the World.
Visit Our Sponsor: Foraged.Market Donate Directly: via PayPal -or- Venmo @permaculturepodcast Want to listen to more conversations about Permaculture? Browse the extensive archives of the show. 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, 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. Learn More
Visit Our Sponsor: Foraged.Market In this episode, Natalie Bogwalker shares her technique to quickly build soil for growing food in a temperate climate. You can watch the video of Natalie’s work on soil building at Wild Abundance, which is where today’s audio comes from, at: YouTube.com/ThePermaculturePodcast Find out more about Natalie, her work, and Wild Abundance at: WildAbundance.Net
John Kotab discusses his book Bee the Change, a travelogue about his discovery of what we can do to save bees and other pollinators.
My first conversation with Eric Toensmier from 2012, remastered, as he answers listener questions and we get deep on edible perennials, broadscale permaculture, and climate change.
Visit Our Sponsor: Foraged.Market Donate Directly: via PayPal -or- Venmo @permaculturepodcast Want to listen to more conversations about Permaculture? Browse the extensive archives of the show. In this episode, Eric Toensmeier returns to share some of his research on alley cropping, from his forthcoming book on this subject which he is writing in cooperation with Interlace Commons, an organization spreading the benefits and evidence of agroforestry, including alley cropping, with farmers. Resources Perennial Solutions Eric's Patreon Interlace Commons Kernza Perennial Grain Agroforesterie (Book) AGROOF (French Agroforestry Organization) Alley Cropping (Univ. of Missouri Center for Agroforestry Training Manual - PDF) Savanna Institute , Related Interviews Stream Restoration and Riparian Corridors - Dr. Bern Sweeney The Savanna Institute - Keefe Keeley Learn More
Remembering Dan Palmer who passed away suddenly the first week of August 2022.
Visit Our Sponsor: Foraged.Market Donate Directly: via PayPal -or- Venmo @permaculturepodcast Want to listen to more conversations about Permaculture? Browse the extensive archives of the show. This episode begins with a history lesson on Natural Farming and the work of Masanobu Fukuoka and leads into a conversation comparing and contrasting that method and his ideas to Permaculture, delivered in the voice and words of someone who was present in both movements from their earliest days, the late Larry Korn. Resources The One-Straw Revolutionary Learn More
Visit Our Sponsor: Foraged.Market Donate Directly: via PayPal -or- Venmo @permaculturepodcast Want to listen to more conversations about Permaculture? Browse the extensive archives of the show. The guest for this episode is Mark Ervin of GreenGro Biologicals. He joins me to share his passion for terra preta soil and biochar and how he turned that love into an entrepreneurial business bringing a regenerative product to market. Along the way, he shares the difference between simply burning something and calling biochar versus creating a carbon-rich, mineralized biochar, the importance of nutrient ratios for sustainable growing, and much more. More Information on Terra Preta and Biochar Terra Preta (Wikipedia) Biochar (Wikipedia) The Biochar Solution by Albert Bates Burn by Albert Bates and Kathleen Draper Related Interviews Dr. Elaine Ingham - The Soil Food Web Eric Toensmeier - Drawing Down Carbon: Agroforestry and Climate Change Permabyte: Biochar, Gasification, and Woodlot Management Mary Johnson - An Introduction to Nutrient Dense Farming Connor Stedman - Carbon Farming - Soil Learn More
Visit Our Sponsor: Foraged.Market Donate Directly: via PayPal -or- Venmo @permaculturepodcast Want to listen to more conversations about Permaculture? Browse the extensive archives of the show. This episode on Urban Homesteading with Rachel Kaplan is the conversation that started me down the road of what the show has become known for: long-format, interview-driven, guest-focused conversations you won’t hear anywhere else. It is also the first interview I ever recorded for The Permaculture Podcast so, unless you were here in the early days of the show or took a deep dive into the archives at thepermaculturepodcast.com in later years, it’s one you’ll hear for the first time, today. Resources Urban Homesteading Rachel Kaplan - EcoSomatic Action K.Ruby Blume - Rogue Ruby The Institute of Urban Homesteading Daily Acts North Bay Institute of Green Technology Grey Water Action Learn More