When We Feed The Soil, We Feed Ourselves

Composting your food scraps turns your trash into treasure, saves you money on gardening inputs, and helps you become part of the solution to climate change.

Down on the Farm with Justin Huhn

Mano Farm is quiet, lush, and beautiful.  It’s also home to All Good Things Organic Seeds,  the only organic seed company in Southern California.  Last month, I met with the farm’s co-founder Justin Huhn to talk about seeds, seed saving, organic farming and plants…

All Good Things Organic Seeds- A Conversation With Organic Farmer Justin Huhn

Episode 91: Justin Huhn is an organic farmer and an impassioned seed grower and plant lover. Certified in Permaculture Design, Justin cares deeply about organic farming, sustainability and subsistence. Co-creator of Mano Farm and All Good Things Organic Seeds Justin provides organic food and seeds locally…

Urban Homesteading- Heirloom Skills and Permaculture

Episode 89: A discussion with author, Permaculture Designer, and psychotherapist Rachel Kaplan about her book Urban Homesteading: Heirloom Skills for Sustainable Living.  Kaplan, with co-author K. Ruby Blume, has written a book that is a veritable treasure trove of information about everything sustainable and regenerative. …

Growing Color- How To Create Beautiful Dyes From Plants

Episode 88: In this interview, fiber and dye expert Rebecca R. Burgess shares her techniques for growing and harvesting color.  Burgess talks about her favorite dye plants and the impact that chemical dyes have on the environment.  Plants, minerals, and insects can yield brilliant,…

Local Food- How To Start a Foodshed In Your Neighborhood

Episode 70: Foodsheds or neighborhood food exchanges are popping up all over the world.  In this interview, Sustainable Landscape Architect Owen Dell, Nutritional Chef Carrie Clough, and Permaculturist and Beekeeper Jacob Rodrigue share with listeners how to start a neighborhood foodshed. Foodsheds provide hours…

Planting Food Forests at School

Episode 61: Common Vision Fruit Tree Tour makes a stop at Monte Vista Elementary in Santa Barbara, California. Playing drums, singing, and planting trees with elementary school students, Common Vision members talk about their journey through California on a veggie oil bus. http://traffic.libsyn.com/pdcastsusworldradio/Common_Vision.mp3Podcast: Play…

Gopher Be Gone! Humane Pest Control in the Garden

Episode 53: Thomas Wittman, owner of Gophers Limited in Felton, California, talks about gophers, moles, voles, and squirrels. Learn how to humanely control and outsmart the critters that roam in your garden or yard. http://traffic.libsyn.com/pdcastsusworldradio/TWittmanPC.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 45:41 —…

Sudden Oak Life- Holistic Tree Care

Episode 52: Dr. Lee Klinger, independent scientist and consultant, speaks with Jill Cloutier about holistic tree care, soil health, and forest ecology. Dr. Klinger is the founder of Sudden Oak Life; a movement aimed at improving the health of trees. http://traffic.libsyn.com/pdcastsusworldradio/Dr._Lee_Klinger_PC.mp3Podcast: Play in new…

Permaculture in Cuba- with Robyn Francis

Episode 51: Robyn Francis talks about permaculture’s role in Cuba and CAPE: the Cuba-Australia Permaculture Exchange. Francis, an internationally renowned Permaculture teacher and designer speaks with Jill Cloutier of Sustainable World, and Margie Bushman and Wes Roe of the Santa Barbara Permaculture Network. Visit…

Home-Scale Permaculture- How to Create a Backyard Ecosystem

Episode 50: Toby Hemenway, author of the best selling book Gaia’s Garden, talks about how to create beautiful and functional ecosystems in our own backyards. Toby is a Permaculture teacher, writer, and lecturer, talks about basic Permaculture principles, guilds, and how to build soil fertility. http://traffic.libsyn.com/pdcastsusworldradio/Toby_Hemenway_PC.mp3Podcast: Play in…

Worm Power! Vermicomposting and Interview With a Worm

Episode 44: Are you interested in composting your kitchen scraps and turning them into a valuable soil amendment? Learn how to do Vermicomposting (worm composting) in this episode with vermicomposting expert Kali Cowgirl. Kali tells us how to compost food scraps using red wiggler…

Environmental Horticulture

Episode 43: Are you interested in a career in horticulture? Dr. Mike Gonella, chair of the Environmental Horticulture (EH) Department at Santa Barbara City College, speaks with Jill Cloutier about sustainable landscaping, careers in horticulture, and the EH program at City College. http://traffic.libsyn.com/pdcastsusworldradio/Mike_Gonella.mp3Podcast: Play in…

The Center for Urban Agriculture

Episode 40: Located on one of the oldest organic farms in California, The Center for Urban Agriculture at Fairview Gardens, is an internationally respected model for urban food production, agricultural preservation, and community supported agriculture. Education Director, Tiffany Cooper Carpenter, speaks with Jill Cloutier about…

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