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…

Lovely Lavender: How to Grow and Use This Aromatic Herb

Episode 27: Learn about Lavender with farmer Lori Parr. Lori, aka Lavender Lori, farms Lavender in Western Montana on Rosalie Ranch where she distills her own brand of essential oils and hydrosols. Lori is also the author of the soon to be published book, Lavender Farming…

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…

5 Questions With…

Andrew McMillion, Plant Expert Andrew McMillion grows over 200 varieties of vegetables, trees, and herbs on his small ecological farm in Ornes, Norway where he focuses on earth care, people care, and increasing and protecting plant biodiversity. 1.) What is one of your favorite plants?…

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…

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…

Kale, Not Jail

“There goes the syllabus!” I yelled as a gust of wind blew our newly printed class schedule off the dashboard and onto the open road. After three cars had rolled over it, I got out of the truck, peeled the syllabus off the pavement,…

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…

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…

The Universe Beneath Our Feet: The Soil Food Web

Episode 128: Dr. Elaine Ingham of Soil Foodweb Inc. guides us on this podcast journey into the world of soil. The meeting place of atmosphere, hydrosphere, lithosphere, and biosphere, soil contains vast numbers of species.  Like most places where “edges” of different worlds meet,…

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”…

Rediscovering Food Traditions

Episode 125: In this interview with Irina Stoenescu we talk about the re-discovery of food traditions, how regional foods are going global, and how Millennials and their interest in food with a story is shaping our food system. After the taste standardization of the fast food era, we…

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