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?…

The REAL Green Revolution In Africa: Permaculture in Zimbabwe With Julious Piti

Episode 90: Julious Piti is a Permaculture designer and teacher, organic farmer, and conflict facilitator based in Zimbabwe.  Julious has been using Permaculture in Africa to restore the health of both land and community. A founding member of the Chikukwa Ecological Land Trust (CELUCT) and…

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. …

Chickens to the Rescue! How Keeping Chickens Can Fuel the Local Food Revolution

Episode 87: Chicken expert and admirer Pat Foreman shares why she believes that chickens are an integral part of the local food movement.  Foreman, author of the books City Chicks and Chicken Tractor- The Permaculture Guide to Happy Hens and Healthy Soil, talks about how chickens are…

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…

International Permaculture Convergence 10 with Margie Bushman and Wes Roe

Episode 85: Every two years, permaculturists from around the globe gather together at the International Permaculture Conference and Convergence (IPC).  In 2010, the IPC took place in Jordan and its theme was “Plan Jordan- Water For Life. Water For Nature.”  Margie Bushman and Wes…

You Are Part of the Web of Life: Growing Relationships with Permaculture

Episode 84: Warren Brush, Permaculture Designer and educator talks with us about his work in Africa, the power of storytelling, and why children need us to be part of the solution.  Brush, co-founder of Quail Springs Learning Oasis and Permaculture Farm, has mentored youth…

What A Waste! The Scoop on Poop and Ecological Wastewater Management Part 1

Have you ever wondered why we poop in fresh water?  In this interview author Carol Steinfeld of Ecowater Projects talks about human waste as a resource.  Carol, co-author of The Composting Toilet System Book and Reusing the Resource: Adventures in Ecological Wastewater Recycling, shares her extensive knowledge about…

What A Waste! Part 2

Episode 83: In Part 2 of an interview author Carol Steinfeld, we talk more in-depth about human waste as a resource.  Carol, co-author of The Composting Toilet System Book and Reusing the Resource: Adventures in Ecological Wastewater Recycling, shares her extensive knowledge about human waste…

The Universe Beneath Your Feet

Soil is alive.  It’s a complex web of macro (that which we can see with our eyes), and micro (those we mostly cannot see) organisms.  One tablespoon of soil contains over six billion bacteria and countless other species that contribute to a medium teeming…

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…

The Reality

My car had broken down for the last time. I waved goodbye as the AAA truck towed my rusting 1993 Pontiac away, one hazard light blinking a jerky farewell. “I don’t care if it’s crushed into a can. I’ve had it. It’s going to…

Life Within the Soil- Part 2 with Doug Weatherbee

Episode 79: Doug Weatherbee, a Soil Foodweb Advisor and owner of SoilDoctor.org, talks about the biodiversity that lies beneath our feet.  In this interview, Doug talks about soil organic matter, carbon sequestration, how to tend your soil to support either fungal or bacterial populations,…

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