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The Agroinnovations Podcast

Summary: Podcast focusing on issues related to permaculture, organic, water conservation, appropriate technology, open source, and relocalization.

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 Episode #167: The US Endowment for Forestry and Communities | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 59:31

Frank welcomes guest Carlton Owen of the US Endowment for Forestry and Communities. With 30% of the United States in forest, and many of those forests suffering from decades of fire suppression, insect attacks, and drought, the need has never … Continue reading →

 Episode #166: Crop Insurance for Sustainable Agriculture | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 39:56

In this second part of an interview with James Robinson of the Rural Advancement Foundation International, Frank and James discuss the importance of crop insurance to the farmer, both as a risk management tool and as a mechanism for gaining … Continue reading →

 Episode #165: Tobacco Transitions | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 31:13

Frank is joined by James Robinson of the Rural Advancement Foundation International (RAFI) to discuss the ongoing transition from tobacco to diversified agriculture as price supports through acreage quotas have slowly been phased out in the Southeastern United States. Also … Continue reading →

 Episode #164: Food Hubs | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 49:37

Frank welcomes writer and photojournalist Erik Hoffner to talk about his writings and observations of the local food movement.  Erik shares the exciting development of food hubs as they spring up across the country, and describes the opportunities of scale … Continue reading →

 Episode #163: Food Tank | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 32:56

Frank welcomes two guests who share some of the highlights of the upcoming Food Tank event.  First up is Danielle Nierenberg, director of Food Tank and organizer of the Food Tank conference.  Danielle explains the mission and history of Food … Continue reading →

 Episode #162: Agduino 2015 | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 39:40

Frank summarizes many of the interesting ongoing projects in the arduino for agriculture space, and expands the horizons of the topic to include other hardware/software suites with the potential to improve our ability to monitor the natural world.  These include … Continue reading →

 Episode #161: The Wood Biomass Industry | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 55:02

Update: Guess Marcus had already sent me the iPad app referenced in the interview but I didn’t realize it!  See useful links below.  And actually the application has a web-interface that you could use on any device.  Please report back … Continue reading →

 Episode #160: The Failure of Permaculture Redux | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 42:40

Frank once again dives into the morass of Agroinnovations Episode #145 addressing a listener’s comment through a series of clips from recent podcast episodes featuring Simon Huntley, Narendra Varma, David Holmgren, Darren Doherty, and Tom Giessel.  Frank reiterates his argument … Continue reading →

 Episode #159: Gotham Unbound | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 29:51

Frank concludes his interview with Dr. Ted Steinberg, ecological historian and author of the book Gotham Unbound: The Ecological History of Greater New York. In this second part of a two-part conversation, Dr. Steinberg explains the origins of the book … Continue reading →

 Episode #158: The Ecological History of Greater New York | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 32:49

Frank welcomes Dr. Ted Steinberg, author of the book Gotham Unbound: The Ecological History of Greater New York. Dr. Steinberg begins by explaining the origins of the book, and then describes the ecological condition of New York City before European … Continue reading →

 Episode #157: Trends in Community Supported Agriculture | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 49:17

Frank is joined by Simon Huntley of Simon shares his motivations for creating a CSA member management software platform, and the features of that platform. He then discusses the newly emerging business model of venture capital funded local food … Continue reading →

 Episode #156: The Future of Food and Farming | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 36:59

In Part II of this two-part series, Frank Aragona concludes his interview with Tom Giessel, who is the honorary historian of the National Farmer’s Union. Tom begins with a brief foray into the history and status of farmer cooperatives, and … Continue reading →

 Episode #155: History of the Farmer’s Union | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 35:19

Tom Giessel, honorary historian of the National Farmer’s Union, joins host Frank Aragona for a discussion of the history of the Farmer’s Union. Tom begins with the origins of the Union in the early 20th century amongst cotton farmer’s in … Continue reading →

 Episode #154: Our Table Cooperative | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 58:32

Frank interviews Narendra Varma, founder of Our Table Cooperative located in Oregon. Narendra explains the genesis of the cooperative, and the cultural norms that prevent more cooperative development in the United States. He also describes a food system that is … Continue reading →

 Episode #153: Appropriate Technology at Home and Abroad | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 42:40

Frank welcomes appropriate technology enthusiast and humanitarian Robert Fairchild, also known as Solar Bob. Bob shares his decades-long journey in the realm of appropriate technology, including the genesis of the movement during the oil crunch of the 1970’s and the … Continue reading →


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