The Winter Squash Fan Club

Episode 14: Are you a winter squash fan? If not, you may become one after hearing organic farmer and seedsman Justin Huhn talk about one of his favorite crops- Winter Squash or Cucurbita. In this episode, Justin gives us his tips on growing this beautiful and productive plant….

Thistles- The Prickly Plant With An Important Job

Episode 13: Ecological Designer and Permaculture Instructor Larry Santoyo talks about thistles. More interesting than you might think, thistles play an important role in soil restoration. Larry tells us about the intrinsic characteristics of thistles, why the Earth calls them in, and what effect they…

The Medicine of Being in the Forest: Shinrin-yoku

Episode 111: In this episode, I talk with wilderness guide and educator Amos Clifford about Forest Therapy or Shinrin-yoku. Also known as Forest Medicine or Forest Bathing, Shinrin-yoku is beneficial for your health and has been shown to increase white blood cell counts, decrease stress hormones, lower blood pressure,…

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,…

Moringa- The Miracle Tree

Plant Report Episode 11: Moringa is called the Miracle Tree and after listening to this episode, you’ll know why! Native to Africa and Asia, Moringa offers a plethora of benefits. Fast and easy to grow in the right climate (tropical and sub-tropical), Moringa is…

Moringa- The Wonder Tree

Episode 109: Growing Moringa oleifera is like growing a botanical apothecary. Most parts of the plant are edible, medicinal, and useful. In this Sustainable World Radio Podcast episode, organic farmer and Moringa grower Mariko Gifford talks about the plant that has become her life work.  In…

Earth Regeneration Through Eco-Agriculture

Episode 108: Learn how you can optimize plant and soil health with ecological agriculture. John Kempf is the founder of Advancing Eco Agriculture– a leading crop nutrition consulting company. An expert in the field of biological and regenerative farming, John Kempf teaches farmers how to grow healthier, more…

Tour of Santa Barbara Aquaponics- with Kevin Childerley

Episode 107: Aquaponics is a food production system that is a combination of aquaculture and hydroponics. In this episode, Kevin Childerley, owner of Santa Barbara Aquaponics gives us a tour of his thriving aquaponics system located in a parking lot! Kevin is growing a variety of…

Grass, Soil, Hope- Solutions to Climate Change

Episode 105: Courtney White is the author of the new book Grass, Soil, Hope- A Journey through Carbon Country. A former activist and archaeologist, Courtney co-founded the Quivira Coaltion, a nonprofit dedicated to building bridges between ranchers, conservationists and environmentalists. In this interview Courtney talks with…

West Coast Women’s Permaculture Gathering

Episode 104: Now in its forth year, the West Coast Women’s Permaculture Gathering is a weekend of discovery, skill-building and connection. With a focus on taking Permaculture beyond just an interest or hobby, this year’s gathering focuses on finding right livelihood. The event takes place on September…

The Monsanto-Permaculture Alliance: Committed To Sustainable Agriculture

“After attending our first PDC or Permaculture Design Course, Monsanto realized that the problem is the solution… And that we are the problem.”

Elephants- The Ultimate Forest Gardeners

Episode 93:  African forests need elephants. Elephants are vital forest gardeners, spreading seeds, clearing trails and keeping forests healthy. We talk with Dr. Samantha Strindberg, a conservation scientist with the Wildlife Conservation Society and co-author of a new study about the devastating decline of African Forest Elephants….

Educating About The Natural World Through Permaculture

Episode 92: Imagine completing your Permaculture Design Certification Course, planting a food forest and building a cob oven- at your high school. Sounds like a dream come true? Thanks to teacher Kevin Gleason students at Dos Pueblos High School (DP) in Goleta, CA have the opportunity…

The Last of the Non GMO Corn Speaks Out!

I’ve interviewed farmers, scientists, ecologists, and permaculture designers, but until today I’d never interviewed a plant. A Conversation With Corn J (Jill Cloutier)-  Thanks for taking the time to talk with me today.  Tell me a bit about your background.  Where were you born?…

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