Rain Garden

Sustainable World Media visits with rainwater harvesting expert Jeff Adams at the recently installed rain garden at the Santa Barbara City College Center for Life Long Learning. In this video, Jeff talks about designing landscapes to retain water- to slow it, spread, sink it….

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,…

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…

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 —…

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