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…

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…

Talking Plants with Ed Mendoza- Gardens, Peaches & Chiles

Episode 102: Ed Mendoza is a Permaculture designer, teacher and lifelong gardener and farmer. In this podcast episode with Jill Cloutier, Ed talks about his love of gardening, soil and why he sings to plants. Ed also tells us about a few of his…

Heirloom Plants, Food Security and the National Heirloom Expo

Episode 101: What can you do to ensure agro-biodiversity? How can you participate in creating a more secure food future?  In this Sustainable World Radio episode, we speak with Irina Stoenescu food researcher and consultant, whose work focuses on healthy food, trade and nutrition issues. Irina is also a coordinator…

Have Your Yard and Eat It, Too!

Episode 100: Have you ever wanted to turn your lawn into an edible oasis? Learn how in this interview with Michael Judd, author of the new book, Edible Landscaping With A Permaculture Twist.  Michael talks with Jill Cloutier about projects that you can do at home to increase…

Useful Plants: Designing For A Regenerative Landscape

Episode 98: The founder of Oak Tree Designs based in Margaret River, Australia, Byron Joel has years of experience in Permaculture, land re-vegetation, horticulture and landscaping. In this conversation with Jill Cloutier, Byron speaks about his experiences working with plants, how plants are used in Permaculture Design to…

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…

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,…

Gardening Like A Forest- A Conversation with Dave Jacke

Episode 86: Learn how to design your garden using the principles of ecology to mimic a forest ecosystem. Author of Edible Forest Gardens- Volumes 1 and 2, Dave Jacke is a longtime permaculture teacher and designer.  In this interview, he talks about the history of forest…

The Wisdom of the Land- the Essence of Hawaiian Sustainability

Episode 81: Dr. Scott Fisher, Director of Conservation for the Hawaiian Islands Trust, speaks to us about his work at the Waihe’e Refuge, a 277 acre protected site on the island of Maui.  Dr. Fisher talks about traditional Hawaiian land stewardship, sensitive island ecosystems, biodiversity…

Plant Man Gabriel Howearth

Episode 80: Botanist, seedsman, and landscape architect Gabriel Howearth talks about his life with plants.  Howearth, co-founder of Seeds of Change and Buena Fortuna Botanical Garden, spoke with Jill Cloutier at the 2008 Southern California Permaculture Convergence at Quail Springs Learning Oasis and Permaculture…

What Can Goldman Sachs CEO Lloyd Blankfein Learn From a Worm?

After reading the small (and beautiful) book, Slow Money by Woody Tasch, I believe that Goldman Sachs CEO Blankfein and other heavyweights in the “Too Big to Fail” financial sector might be well-advised to carefully observe, take note of, and even hang out with some earthworms.

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