The Incredible World of Fungi

Episode 129: Fungi are absent from our awareness, but are everywhere around us. In this interview with Peter McCoy, author of the book, Radical Mycology, we learn about fungi and its influence and effect on all life. Did you know that fungi are the…

Joseph Simcox, Botanical Explorer

Episode 126: Joseph Simcox is a botanical explorer, ethnobotanist, international lecturer, and expert in food plants from around the world. In this free-ranging conversation, Joseph talks about the potential that we have to transform the planet in positive ways, how we can become “Giant Enrichers”…

Paw Paw- The Forgotten Fruit

Episode 19: Have you ever eaten a paw paw? If you haven’t, you’ll probably want to, after hearing this interview with Andrew Moore, author of the book, Paw Paw In Search of America’s Forgotten Fruit.  Paw Paws are North America’s largest, edible, native fruit. Growing wild…

The Many Uses of Vetiver

Episode 122: In this episode we dive into the world of Vetiver. With powerful roots that grow 12-15 feet deep, Vetiver is a valuable plant that acts as a living infrastructure. Vetiver is planted around the world to remediate polluted soil and water. To learn…

Seaweed- Superfood of the Sea

Episode 120: Seaweed is a superfood from the sea! Terry d’Selkie of Ocean Harvest Sea Vegetable Company tells us about the many benefits of seaweed. An algae, seaweed is high in vitamins, amino acids, minerals, and fiber. Terry introduces us to many different types…

Conifers and Desert Brushes: Essential Oils from the House of Aromatics

Episode 119: Eric Scott Bresselsmith is an herbalist, wildcrafter, and artisan distiller of essential oils. Owner of the House of Aromatics, Eric uses Conifers and Brushes native to the intermountain region of Southern Utah to create therapeutic grade essential oils. Believing that “the medicine you need…

The Amazing Yeast: Tiny, Ubiquitous, and Invaluable

Episode 17: Our plant for this episode is not a plant. It’s yeast. Tiny in size, huge in utility, yeast is all around us. Found in the Ecuadorian Rainforests, the Arctic, and on our skin, this single-celled member of the Fungi Kingdom is part…

Learning, Memory, and Decision-Making in Plants- the Work of Dr. Monica Gagliano

Episode 118: Do Plants Know More Than We Think? Can plants learn? Do they have memory? Can they make decisions? In this episode, Monica Gagliano, Research Associate Professor of Evolutionary Ecology at the University of Western Australia, talks about her research with plants. Monica has…

Kalo (Taro)- An Important Hawaiian Plant

Episode 16: In this episode we talk about Kalo or Taro, Colocasia esculenta. To learn about this staple of the Hawaiian diet, we visit the Maui Nui Botanical Gardens located in Kahului on the island of Maui. At Maui Nui, we speak with Tamara Sherrill and John…

The Magic of Mulberries

Episode 15: Loren Luyendyk has been working with Mulberry Trees for over 15 years. In this episode Loren talks about why more people should be growing this incredibly versatile plant. Did you know that Mulberry Trees can adapt to almost any soil type? That…

The Wild Wisdom of Weeds with Katrina Blair

Episode 114: In this episode, we talk about the weeds that surround us with forager, chef, writer, and plant lover Katrina Blair. Author of the book The Wild Wisdom of Weeds, 13 Essential Plants for Human Survival Katrina talks about the wild integrity of weeds, their…

Medicinal Herb Farming- Growing Local Medicine for Your Community

Episode 113: Melanie and Jeff Carpenter are medicinal herb farmers. The co-owners of Zack Woods Farm, a 30 acre organic farm and botanical sanctuary located in the green mountains of Vermont, Jeff and Melanie grow over 50 species of medicinal plants. In this episode, they…

Chaya: The High Protein Greens You’ve Never Heard Of

Chaya (Cnidoscolus chayamansa) commonly called Tree Spinach is a very nutritious plant with high protein, iron, calcium, phosphorus, and vitamins. Reaching 3 meters (10 feet high) Chaya has maple-shaped leaves that are delicious steamed or cooked. Chaya is resistant to disease and pests, is highly productive,…

Corn Vs. Corn- A Conversation with Non-GMO and GMO Corn

Episode 110: My guest for this episode is Zea mays, also known as Corn. In this exclusive interview Corn speaks about its long history, its beginning as a wild grass, and how humans and corn have influenced each other. Corn also talks about hybridization, propagation,…

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