The Lovely Loquat

Episode 28: Have you ever heard of Loquats? In this episode, farmer, educator, and author Ken Love talks about this sweet and prolific fruit tree. Found throughout the world, Loquats (Eriobotrya japonica) are easy to grow and maintain. Also known as Biwa and Pipa, Loquats have…

Paw Paws 101: From Seed to Table

Episode 145: Have you heard about Paw Paws, North America’s largest indigenous edible fruit? Native to 26 states in the US, Paw Paws are immortalized in songs, poems, and place names throughout the country. Paw Paw fruit can weigh up to two pounds each…

Urban Herbs: Growing Medicinal Plants in the City

Episode 144: Do you live in a city and want to grow your own herbal medicine? In this episode, urban farmer and community herbalist Bonnie Rose Weaver shares the joys of growing medicinal plants in an urban environment. In 2014, Bonnie launched the Seed…

Farming Like Nature with Joel Salatin

Episode 143: How would Nature farm? Can degraded, infertile land be regenerated? Can agriculture become a healing beneficial system that mitigates climate change? To answer these questions, I speak with farmer Joel Salatin, co-owner of Polyface Farm located in Swoope, Virginia. When the Salatins moved…

Amazing Grains with Larry Kandarian

Episode 141: Larry Kandarian is an organic farmer and ancient grain advocate. In this episode, Larry takes us on a whirlwind tour of Kandarian Organic Farms where he grows over 200 varieties of plants. As you’ll hear in the interview, Larry is a man with…

The Forgotten Richness of Pulses – Dr. Vandana Shiva

Episode 139: Dr. Vandana Shiva, author, activist, and scholar, talks about the forgotten richness of pulses and how growing these plants can help us practice a more biodiverse and permanent agriculture. In this short interview, we talk about Pulses, the edible seeds of plants in the…

Durian: The Aromatic King of Fruits

Episode 22: Imagine leaving your regular life behind and traveling for a year in search of a ripening fruit. This is what Lindsay Gasik did and it changed her life. The fruit she was searching for is Durian. One of the largest tropical fruits, Durian…

Growing Soil, Biodiversity, and Food with Grassfed Animals

Episode 136: Beth and Shawn Dougherty have been farming together for over thirty years and practice grass-based homesteading in Eastern Ohio. In this interview, Shawn and Beth explain how they use intensive pasture management on a small scale to increase soil fertility, regenerate land, and…

How To Create A “Fruit-Full” Food Forest

Episode 134: Have you ever wanted to grow a cornucopia of organic fruit at home? In this episode, Permaculture Teacher and Ecological Designer Michael Judd teaches us how to plant a food forest in easy to follow steps. Michael recommends a “patch method” for…

Return to Squash Mountain

It’s hard to tell if there are more squash or people at the National Heirloom Exposition. Every September, thousands of  gardeners, farmers, seed collectors, and plant people travel to Santa Rosa, CA to celebrate heirloom and organic plants, learn from the experts, and take photos of…

The Lentil Underground: Dr. Liz Carlisle

Episode 132: Can planting lentils be a radical act? Yes, if you live in a small conservative farming town in Montana, circa 1976. That was the year David Oien moved back to his family’s farm and planted a crop of lentils. This marked the beginning…

The Power of Pulses

Episode 20: Have you heard about Pulses? The edible seeds of legumes, Pulses are, in the words of my guest Dan Jason, a “simple, beautiful, nutritious, and versatile crop”. Easily grown without herbicides or pesticides, pulses are resilient, need little water, and increase soil…

Taking Permaculture on the Road

Patrick Jones is a poet, Permaculture practitioner and the co-author of the book The Art of Free Travel: A Frugal Family Adventure. In 2013, Patrick and his partner Meg Ulman embarked on a 14 month, 6,000 km journey by bike, cycling along Australia’s East Coast from…

The Art of Free Travel with Patrick Jones

Episode 130: In 2013, artists and Permaculturists Meg Ulman and Patrick Jones embarked on a 14 month, 6,000 km journey by bike, cycling along Australia’s East Coast from Daylesford to Cape York. Their travel companions were their sons, Woody and Zephyr, and their Jack Russell Terrier,…

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