Learning From and Working With Nature- Interviews, news, and commentary about ecology, permaculture, organic gardening, sustainability, green living, and ethnobotany. Since 2004, Sustainable World has interviewed experts from around the globe; experts who learn from and work with nature. Tune in to discover positive solutions to environmental challenges; solutions that adhere to the Permaculture Ethics of Earth Care, People Care, and Fair Share. Visit us at www.sustainableworldradio.com
Learn how your clothing choices can change the world in this episode with writer Elizabeth Segran. Did you know that the fashion industry is responsible for 8% of global greenhouse gases? About 100 billion articles of clothing are manufactured yearly. This massive overproduction has a detrimental effect on land, waterways, and workers. Whether you’re a fashion follower or a thrift store shopper, you’ll learn about the fashion industry’s impact on the environment and how we can change our shopping hab
When medicinal at risk plants need help, United Plant Savers (UPS) comes to the rescue! Known as the "consciousness of the herbal products industry" because of their work with at risk medicinals, UPS staff and members have their feet on the ground and their hands in the soil protecting and growing these healing plants.
Put down that shovel and start a no-till perennial garden! Permaculture Designer Morag Gamble shares her tips about how to create an abundant and thriving organic oasis. We focus on building fertility through feeding the soil, why perennial plants are a good choice for any garden, and how to grow living mulches. Working with the principles found in nature, you can start and maintain a beautiful and healthy organic garden that benefits not only you and your family, but also the wildlife in your yard.
Louie Schwartzberg talks about his new film Fantastic Fungi that highlights the fascinating and often hidden world of the fungi beneath our feet. Louie also talks about what he's learned from his forty years of filming flowers, how pollination is the love story that feeds the earth, and why it's time to change our narrative about nature- from survival and competition to partnership, cooperation, and interconnectedness.
What if we could heal broken ecosystems, toxic landscapes, and poisoned water?
My guest today is Dr. John Todd, ecological designer and author of the new book, Healing Earth- An Ecologist's Journey of Innovation and Environmental Stewardship. John boldly travels to places that others try to avoid: toxic waste sites, oil spills, leaking landfills, and damaged waterways. Using the tools of nature to remediate these areas, John and his colleagues do good things in bad places.
Join us for a mind and heart expanding conversation with Dr. Monica Gagliano about her research in plant cognition and her direct experiences with the botanical world. A pioneer in the field of Plant BioAcoustics, Monica's peer-reviewed work has furthered the concept of plant sentience. Monica's experiences with plants have altered her life, her research, and are the subject of her new book, Thus Spoke the Plant.
Incredible Edible's co-founder Mary Clear tells the story of how she and her friends turned their worry and fear into action by planting food in public places. With a motto of, "If you eat, you’re in," Incredible Edible turns neglected, unloved places into beautiful food-giving gardens, complete with signs that say "Help Yourself!"
Sanandi Farm is an organic, biodynamic, Permaculture farm located near Valle de Bravo, Mexico. In 1998, two brothers, Dieter and Andreas le Noir, purchased the land and began the work of regenerating the health of the soil. Sanandi is now a beautiful farm with a thriving medicinal herb pharmacy and line of herbal remedies. Communications Director Yolanda Suarez del Real shares with us the story of Sanandi, the importance of biodiversity, and why she believes that agriculture holds a key to human health.
How can we mend our broken relationship with the Earth and create a world where people and land are good medicine for each other?
In this interview, plant ecologist, author, and professor Dr. Robin Wall Kimmerer talks about what she has learned from plants, plant intelligence, and how the simple and profound act of paying attention to the living world can change our lives.
Learn about the field of arboreal archaeology and why historic fruit trees are important in this interview with horticulturist John Valenzuela. John is a Permaculture Teacher, Designer, and Educator who specializes in tropical permaculture, rare fruit, and ethnobotany.
Have you heard about Paw Paws, North America's largest indigenous fruit? Paw Paw fruit can weigh up to two pounds each and have a delicious and unusual tropical flavor, reminiscent of a mango, banana, pineapple, and cherimoya blend.
In this fun and informative interview with Edible Landscape and Permaculture Designer Michael Judd, we learn how to propagate, grow, harvest, and prepare Paw Paws, from seed to table.
Do you live in a city and want to grow your own herbal medicine? In this episode, urban farmer and community herbalist Bonnie Rose Weaver shares the joys of growing medicinal plants in an urban environment. Bonnie believes that medicine is all around us, even in the heart of the city and that taking herbs grown locally can be potent medicine.
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.
In this inspiring and uplifting interview, Joel shares the joy of being a visceral participant in healing land, why he believes that good farming should increase the commons, and how we can become beneficial participants in legacy ecology.
Have you ever thought of going to the International Permaculture Conference and Convergence (IPC)? Held every two years, switching between continents at different locations, the IPC is a gathering of Permaculture designers, teachers, and enthusiasts. This year, the IPC is held in India, which is celebrating 30 years of permaculture!
Larry Kandarian is an organic farmer and ancient grain advocate. In this episode, Larry takes us on a whirlwind tour of Kandarian Organic Farms where he grows over 200 varieties of plants. Larry Kandarian has been farming for over 25 years and grows ancient grains in the most ecological way possible.
Episode 140: Before 2006, Andrew McMillion wasn’t thinking too much about plants, soil health, or ecology. He was living the American Dream, spending a lot of money, and commuting to work at his job for a large corporation. The only catch? He felt miserable. After taking a test to see how high his carbon footprint was, Andrew committed to make a change. Now residing in Ornes, Norway, Andrew lives on a small ecological farm where he focuses on earth care, people care, and increasing and protecting plant biodiversity. In this thoughtful and inspiring interview, Andrew shares his journey from knowing nothing about plants (in 2013) to growing over 200 varieties of vegetables, trees, and herbs. We talk about some of his favorite plants including Tree Collards, Shetland Kale, Habblizia or Caucasus Spinach, Syrian Homs Squash, Lambsquarters, Ashitaba, Udo, and Achocha (Bolivian Cucumber). Andrew shares his experience of the positive effect of building relationships to individual plants and the many cycles of life in which we are embedded and how changing his focus from matter and production to connections and life quality has been pivotal for the thriving of the web of life on his farm. Andrew also shares his experiences from the Norwegian Seed Savers, the Green Party and the Refugee Greenspace Initiative, the new nonprofit Andrew co-founded, which sets up kitchen gardens at refugee centers. For more information and to contact Andrew, visit: RefugeeGreenSpace.org
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 legume family. Common pulses include chickpeas, lentils, beans, and dry peas. Vandana says that growing pulses is an excellent way to begin farming nonviolently. Pulses fix Nitrogen, increase soil fertility, are drought tolerant, and are an excellent source of protein. Vandana talks about the "violence" of fossil fuel-based agriculture, the Green Revolution in India, Bt Cotton, and how she became an activist. Vandana believes that our role is to protect natural systems and to be co-creators with the earth. In one of my favorite quotes from the interview, Vandana says that, "Making peace with the earth means recognizing our creative abilities and not being proud of our destructive capacity." To learn more about Vandana Shiva, visit her website: VandanaShiva.com and Navdanya.org. To read Vandana Shiva's book Pulse of Life: The Rich Biodiversity of Edible Legumes, click here. Special thanks to Camilla Becket of Becket Films for setting up this interview. To see a preview of their new film about Vandana Shiva, The Seeds of Vandana Shiva, click here.
Episode 138: Natural building is good for both people and planet. In this episode we hear from natural builders who are committed to their craft and who create beautiful structures using natural locally-sourced materials. Recorded at the Natural Building Colloquium at Quail Springs Permaculture Center in New Cuyama, CA, I speak with many natural builders including Sasha Rabin, Linda Smiley, Patrick Hennebery, Liz Johndrow, and Bob Theis. I visit projects at the Colloquium including a feral straw bale office- created to be an affordable replacement for a trailer, a cob bench and Rumford fireplace- part of an outdoor gathering space, and a plaster wall- a gorgeous butterfly with layers of color derived from natural pigments.
Episode 137: Take a ride around the world with aromatic explorer John Steele. In this interview John talks about the sacred use of fragrance in ancient Egypt and Amazonian shamanism. John draws upon his decades of experience as an archaeologist and aromatherapist to delve deeply into the shamanic use of fragrance. John talks about smell as "direct intuition", how certain plant fragrances can be used to restore flow when stuck in negative thought patterns, and how fragrance can be used as an aromatic tool for conscious transformation. John Steele urges us to think "outside the perfume bottle" and open up to the "floral highway of awareness." John is the owner of Lifetree Aromatix and teaches workshops about the aromatic domain around the globe. To contact John you can email him at info (at) lifetreearomatix.com.
Episode 136: Beth and Shawn Dougherty have been farming together for over thirty years and practice grass-based homesteading in Eastern Ohio. In this interview, Shawn and Beth explain how they use intensive pasture management on a small scale to increase soil fertility, regenerate land, and grow delicious, nutrient-dense food. When the Dougherty's first spotted the place that was to become their home, they weren't impressed. It was "in worse than bad shape" and had been deemed not suitable for agriculture by the state of Ohio. Using grass-based farming, they regenerated this neglected piece of land into a thriving independent homestead where they now grow 90% of their food. In this interview, the Dougherty's explain how to harness the power of the sun into grazing ruminants, how to choose the right animal for your property, (hint, let the land tell you), and the joys and challenges of homesteading with animals. They also talk the detrimental effects that "animal-free" agriculture has had on the world. Shawn and Beth wanted to farm like their great grandparents did and often asked themselves, "How can this be more beautiful and appropriate?" By working with Nature and in partnership with farm animals, they discovered that contrary to modern agriculture (which depletes soil fertility), land farmed properly becomes more capable of supporting the life on it and grows in fertility, biodiversity, and health. You can find the Dougherty's new book, The Independent Farmstead- Growing Soil, Biodiversity, and Nutrient Dense Food with Grassfed Animals and Intensive Pasture Management, online at Chelsea Green Publishing and at local bookstores.
Episode 135: Starhawk is an internally renowned activist, feminist, writer, and Permaculture Designer and Teacher. Founder of the Earth Activist Training, Starhawk travels the globe teaching about Permaculture Design, Social Permaculture, and Earth-based spirituality. In this interview, Starhawk talks about how Permaculture changed her life, how to design beneficial relationships, and why she feels that there is no more vital work we can do than to heal our damaged earth. We learn about the regenerative land management practices that she is doing on her land in Sonoma, CA and why she feels that "trees and veggies are the easy part of Permaculture." We talk about Social Permaculture and the many challenges of working in groups, cultural diversity and sensitivity, group cooperation examples in Nature, and how Permaculture ethics and principles can help us navigate the murky waters of working with others. Starhawk also talks about her latest book, City of Refuge, a sequel to her perennially popular best seller, The Fifth Sacred Thing. To hear the interview I did with Starhawk in 2010, click here.
Episode 134: Have you ever wanted to grow a cornucopia of organic fruit at home? In this episode, Permaculture and Ecological Designer Michael Judd teaches us how to plant a food forest in easy to follow steps. Michael recommends a "patch method" for starting your food forest, shares his recipes for sheet mulching, and talks about how to incorporate existing trees into your new food forest. Michael covers guilds (a selected group of plants that form a small ecosystem to support trees) and talks about the plants he loves to incorporate into food forests including: Comfrey, Strawberry, Lead Plant, Yarrow, Wild Blue Indigo, and many others. Michael shares his favorite Uncommon Fruits and "Edible Landscaping All Stars" which include: Hardy Kiwi, Gooseberry, Juneberry, Goumi, Autumn Olive, Paw Paw, Che Fruit, Elderberry, and Currants. You can read more about Michael and his amazing work at EcologiaDesign.com. Michael is the author of Edible Landscaping with a Permaculture Twist. You can taste some of Michael's uncommon fruit at his 1st Annual Paw Paw Festival on September 17th, 2016 at Long Creek Homestead. The Fest is a celebration of North America's largest (and many say most delicious) fruit. To hear more from Michael on my podcasts, click here: Have Your Yard and Eat It, Too!, Outdoor Mushroom Cultivation, and Goumi, A Beautiful Bush With Benefits. If you have the Sustainable World Radio App for Mac or Android, included in this interview is a short segment with Michael's recommendations for nurseries that sell uncommon fruit.
Episode 133: Is it time to turn your lawn into a biodiverse meadow? In this interview with John Greenlee, we learn about the many benefits of meadow gardens. An expert in grass ecology and sustainable design, John is the author of the books The American Meadow Garden and The Encyclopedia of Ornamental Grasses. John Greenlee says meadows are the "places you want to be, sunny, soft, and human-friendly" and are an excellent replacement for the typical turf lawn. In this interview, John asks a fundamental question, "Are we just decorating the planet or are we creating habitat?" He outlines how he readies land for planting a meadow, inorganic and organic methods of soil preparation, what grasses work where, plant driven design, and why meadow lawns are a boon to the ecosystem. John also talks about different types of meadows and how to add an edible component to meadows including Heirloom Grains, Berries, and Root Herbs like Salsify. To learn more, visit John's website Greenlee and Associates. com
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 of the Lentil Underground, a group of farmers who created a new way of doing business both on the farm and in their community. It wasn’t always easy. Planting lentils in a county known for wheat created waves and they weren’t amber waves of grain. But, what disapproving, wheat-loving onlookers didn’t know, was that the short, squat lentil plant is the “Robin Hood” of the plant world. A Nitrogen fixer, it creates fertilizer and increases soil health by sequestering Nitrogen out of the atmosphere and putting it in the soil in a plant available form. This fixing of Nitrogen is a valuable service to farmers and to plant and soil life. In this interview with author, teacher, and lecturer Dr. Liz Carlisle, we learn what happened when a group of farmers shifted from industrial agriculture to a more ecological farming method. This transition from a “farming up” to a “farming down” model, with a goal of regenerating soil health, is the story of the Lentil Underground. It's also a story about community, agricultural policies, and our food system. Dr. Liz Carlisle is the author of the book Lentil Underground. Liz is a Lecturer in Food Systems at the University of California, Berkeley and in the Thinking Matters program at Stanford University. She holds a Ph.D. in Geography, from UC Berkeley, and a B.A. from Harvard University. You can buy lentils and other products from the farmers mentioned in this interview by visiting their company Timeless Food.
Episode 131: Dr. John Todd is a pioneer in the field of ecological design. The inventor of the Eco-Machine, John Todd works with nature to heal degraded waste sites often thought irreconcilably damaged. John Todd and his associates have worked on projects on five continents dealing with waterborne waste streams of both domestic sewage and industrial waste. John believes that there are ways to heal our damaged earth and designs machines that work with nature to reduce the amount of nutrients and pollutants in water and manage and transform them into beneficial forms. In this episode, John Todd tells us why he travels to the places most people don't like to go- polluted landfills, contaminated oil fields, and sewage plants. John talks about the first Eco-Machine he designed to mimic the genius of nature and how armed with a bucket and turkey baster, he filled it with life from over a dozen wild environments. When polluted water was poured into the machine, it moved through different tanks on a 10 day journey. The end result? Clean water. John talks about his project at the Omega Institute where he designed an Eco-Machine that treats up to 52,000 gallons a day of wastewater. The Eco-Machine is located in a beautiful greenhouse that doubles as a classroom, event space, and yoga center! John also talks about his latest project, designing and building a fleet of Ocean Arks. As the Arks travel through the sea or lake, they clean the water, while onboard, students learn about the ocean.
Episode 130: Permaculture teacher, poet, and author Patrick Jones talks about his family's epic journey, how they took Permaculture on the road, and some of Australia's indigenous plants. In 2013, Meg Ulman and Patrick Jones embarked on a 14 month, 6,000 km journey by bike, cycling along Australia's East Coast from Daylesford to Cape York. Their travel companions were their sons, Woody and Zephyr, and their Jack Russell Terrier, Zero. Patrick and Meg wrote a book about their journey called The Art of Free Travel: A Frugal Family Adventure. One of the goals of their four hundred day journey was to document some of the edible wild plants of Australia and to eat and enjoy free and foraged food along the way. Patrick also talks about pre-1788 indigenous Aboriginal land tending and shares some of the history and science that demonstrates reciprocal agrarianism across Australia pre-contact. Learn more about Patrick Jones and Meg Ulman by clicking here. If you'd like a list of the Latin names of the many plants, insects, and mushrooms that Patrick talks about in this interview, visit the Sustainable World Radio blog by clicking here.
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 "grand chemists of nature"? That fungi are more closely related to the animal kingdom than the plant kingdom? Or that fungi is a high protein functional food that boosts your immune system? Peter McCoy shares with us some of his knowledge gleaned from years of working with fungi. We talk about how many plants need fungi to grow and thrive (including orchids), how to grow mushrooms at home, and "Survival of the Most Symbiotic." Peter McCoy is the co-founder of Radical Mycology, a grassroots organization that educates about the importance of mushroom cultivation and mycoremediation. Peter is a writer, artist, mushroom cultivator, and educator.
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, the soil is a dynamic interface. Fertile soil is alive with the biodiversity of a thriving forest; complex ecosystems connecting, growing, living, co-existing, and dying. In this episode we learn about the cast of creatures that comprise the Soil Food Web, including Bacteria, Fungi, Nematodes, Protozoa, and Arthropods and the many ecosystem services that they provide.
Elaine talks about how to take dirt- soil that has no life- and transform it into soil. She details techniques that you can do at home and on the farm to increase soil life, resulting in healthier plants, people, and planet. Are you trying to grow broccoli in a fungal- dominated soil? Why does your yard only grow weeds? What is living in your soil? Why is rototilling a bad idea if you are trying to increase soil health? What is the connection between healthy soil and climate change? Tune in to learn the answers to these questions and more from Soil Food Web expert Dr. Elaine Ingham.
For more information about Elaine visit her website.
Episode 127: How can we apply Permaculture ethics and principles to our lives and relationships? In this episode Delia Carroll and Rachel Kaplan, co-founders of 13 Moon CoLab, talk about Social Permaculture, designing your life for resiliency, and how tending to your inner landscape can lead to cultural repair.
The 13 Moon CoLab's Permaculture From the Inside Out Design Course is intended to grow Permaculture people and places. The 100+ hour course includes the traditional 72 Hour Permaculture curriculum, as well as somatics, place-making, community art, and ceremony. The 13 Moon CoLab teaches permaculture and somatics in the same course because they see both as practices of repair, with somatics tending to the inner landscape and permaculture tending to the outer.
Rachel and Delia are Permaculture teachers and designers. Rachel is the co-author of the book Urban Homesteading: Heirloom Skills for Sustainable Living. Delia is a past producer of the West Coast Women’s Permaculture Gatherings and the Northern California Permaculture Convergences.
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", acting like the "new earthworms of the planet."
Joseph shares his knowledge about resilient plants and climate change, the agriculture industrial complex, and how we can re-integrate foodways from the past into our modern food system.
Of course, Joseph also talks about plants, including three that he is really excited about: Manroot, (Ipomoea leptophylla), Prairie Turnips (Pediomelum esculentum), and the Queen of the Night Cactus (Peniocereus greggii).
For more information about Joseph Simcox, click here.
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 are in the middle of a food revolution. We are living in a time where the story of food and its ingredients (the community growing or raising it, its nutritional benefits, and traditions), are as important as the food itself.
The revitalization of food traditions fuels culinary innovation and creativity. Chefs searching for “forgotten” ingredients and “ethnic” foods are merging tradition and innovation and sharing their discoveries with the world.
In this interview, Irina also talks in-depth about several Eurasian foods that she is excited about, including Arugula, Sea Buckthorn, and Cornelian Cherry.
Irina Stoenescu is a Food Researcher and Consultant whose work focuses on healthy food, trade and nutrition issues. Irina is dedicated to educational programs, focusing on the revival of food traditions, balanced nutrition, and sustainable food systems. Currently, Irina is working on a project to introduce Euarasian specialty foods to a larger audience.
Episode 124: In this episode we dive into the world of Natural Process Farming with Bob Cannard. Bob grows highly diversified food crops by working with nature and natural systems. In Natural Process farming, crops are grown 50% for people and 50% for Nature. In this interview, Bob talks about the value of "nature support plants," why weeds need to be managed, not eradicated, the digestive systems of and in the soil, how to feed the soil, and why we should strive to give plants a "life of choice." Bob also tells us how home gardeners can begin practicing Natural Process Farming on a small scale.
Bob has been farming for thirty years in Northern California and is the co-founder and operator of Green String Farm and the Green String Institute which offers internships in farming the Green String or Natural Process way.
Episode 123: In this episode I speak with Mary Alford of Rabble Housers. Mary Alford is a professional engineer and expert in energy optimization and sustainable building practices.
The Rabble House is a 600 square foot home designed to be built by individuals, groups, and/or volunteers. Modeled after the Craftsman Home Kit that was available from Sears in the early 1900s through 1940, the Rabble House is a home designed for efficiency, comfort, and affordability.
The Rabble House can be built in 20 weekends with two people working fifteen hours each. To see the plans of the house, click here.
This version of the Rabble House is designed for the hot and humid climate of the southeast, but Mary promises more Rabble Houses in the future!
Episode 122: In this episode we dive into the world of Vetiver. With powerful roots that grow 12-15 feet deep, Vetiver is a valuable plant that acts as a living infrastructure. Vetiver is planted around the world to remediate polluted soil and water.
To learn about this multi-faceted plant, I spoke with Vetiver expert Jason Fox of Vetiver Farms Hawaii. Jason fills us in on vetiver's many uses including slope and erosion control, wastewater treatment, toxin absorption, water diversion, and flood prevention.
Vetiver is the plant that keeps on giving. It's roots yield an aromatic and medicinal essential oil, it sequesters excess atmospheric carbon, and Vetiver mulch is mycorrhizal-rich.
Episode 121: Learn how to grow your own organic veggies and fish in an Aquaponics system. In this episode, I talk with Sylvia Bernstein, the President of the Aquaponic Source and author of the book Aquaponic Gardening: A Step By Step Guide to Growing Fish and Vegetables Together.
Aquaponics is a closed recirculating system. Using only 10% of the water of conventional agriculture, Aquaponics can be done almost anywhere, even in times of drought. Aquaponics uses the waste byproduct of fish as a beneficial organic input to grow plants.
Sylvia tells us what fish and plants thrive in an Aquaponics system. Vegetarians can grow "ornamental" fish like koi and fish eaters can grow tilapia, catfish, or trout to harvest.
According to Sylvia, some of the other benefits of Aquaponics include a lack of weeds, waist-high beds for gardening ease, and no costly inputs like fertilizer and herbicides.
Episode 120: Seaweed is a superfood from the sea! Terry d’Selkie of Ocean Harvest Sea Vegetable Company tells us about the many benefits of seaweed. An algae, seaweed is high in vitamins, amino acids, minerals, and fiber. Terry introduces us to many different types of seaweed, including Kombu, Sweet Kombu, Ocean Ribbons, Sea Palm, Pacific Coast Wakame, Wild Nori, Fucus, and Turkish Towel. Terry tells us how to ethically harvest, dry, and cook with seaweed. Seaweed is also medicinal and can be used in compost tea and fertilizer.
Many people are concerned about the safety of eating seaweed after the Fukushima nuclear disaster. All of the seaweed that Terry harvests is tested by an independent lab for radiation and so far has tested negative for radioactive isotopes.
To learn more about seaweed, visit Terry’s website: SeaweedMermaid.com.
Episode 119: Eric Scott Bresselsmith is an herbalist, wildcrafter, and artisan distiller of essential oils. Owner of the House of Aromatics, Eric uses Conifers and Brushes native to the intermountain region of Southern Utah to create medicinal therapeutic grade oils.
Believing that "the medicine you need is always just a few steps away," Eric creates oils from local ethically wildcrafted material and trees damaged by humans or weather.
In this episode, Eric talks about the medicinal and psychological effects of the essential oils of conifers and brushes, including Great Western Sage (Artemesia tridentata), Pinon Pine (Pinus edulis), Rabbit Brush (Ericameria nauseosa), Utah Juniper (Juniperus osteosperma/utahensis), Douglas Fir (Pseudotsuga menziesii), and Grindelia (Grindelia squarrosa). He also discusses Snakeweed (Gutierrezia sarothrae), a great remedy for muscle trauma, which he thinks one day may be called "the Arnica of the desert."
To learn about these plants and many others, visit Eric's website: House of Aromatics.com.
Episode 118: Can plants learn? Do they have memory? Can they make decisions? In this episode, Monica Gagliano, Research Associate Professor of Evolutionary Ecology at the University of Western Australia, talks about her research with plants. Monica has pioneered the new field of plant bioacoustics and recently extended the concept of cognition to plants. Monica talks about her research exploring whether plants can learn and if they have memory and decision-making capabilities. Monica also talks about plant time vs. human time, the chemical vocabulary of plants, and why she treated plants as animals and not as objects in her experiments. To learn more about Monica's work, click here.
Episode 117: How can a cook stove change the world? Three billion people burn traditional biomass and coal indoors in cook stoves. These stoves are having a tremendous impact on our environment and on the health of those who use them. Some of the health problems associated with non-improved cook stoves include increased rates of asthma, indoor air pollution, (CO2, methane, and nitrous oxide), and respiratory infections. Cook stove use also contributes to climate change and deforestation.
For over thirty years, the Aprovecho Research Center has been designing and implementing improved biomass cooking and heating technologies in more than sixty countries. Aprovecho is the world leader in open source development of all aspects of improved cooking stoves.
In this episode, Dean Still, Aprovecho's Executive Director, talks about the benefits of improved stoves, Stove Camp, and why it's important to "find a problem that entrances you".
Episode 116: My guest for this episode is Josh Trought, author of The Community-Scale Permaculture Farm: The D Acres Model of Creating and Managing an Ecologically Designed Education Center.
Josh Trought is the co-founder and current director of D Acres, a Community-Scale Permaculture Farm located in New Hampshire. D Acres is a hub of learning, an educational center that researches, applies, and teaches skills in Permaculture, organic farming, and sustainable living. (D Acres stands for “Development Aimed at Creating Rural Ecological Society.”)
In this interview Josh talks about the beginning days at D Acres, the challenges and rewards of living in community, working with animals on the land, and his goal of creating a perennialized farm that lasts for centuries. Josh also gives advice to those who want to start a farm or educational center.
For over twenty years, Josh and the D Acres staff and farm have been creating positive change on a community-scale. To learn more, visit DAcres.org.
In this episode, we talk about the weeds that surround us with forager, chef, writer, and plant lover Katrina Blair. Author of the book The Wild Wisdom of Weeds, 13 Essential Plants for Human Survival Katrina talks about the wild integrity of weeds, their medicinal and nutritional value, and how to harvest and prepare them. Katrina shares recipes for their cosmetic and culinary use. Some of the plants that we cover include Mallow, Dandelion, Mustard, Clover, Purslane, and Thistle.
Katrina Blair also runs the nonprofit Turtle Lake Refuge whose mission is to celebrate the connection between personal health and wild lands.
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 share their passion and knowledge about herb growing, how they use Permaculture on the farm, and how they grow healthy plants with high bioactive compounds. The Carpenters talk about the increasing need for medicinal herb farmers and the burgeoning market for medicinal plants. Growing local medicine for your community can be rewarding and profitable. It can also protect wild herb populations.
The authors of the new book The Organic Medicinal Herb Farmer: The Ultimate Guide to Producing High-Quality Herbs, on a Market Scale, Jeff and Melanie can be found at ZackWoodsHerbs.com.
Have you ever wanted to grow your own grains? In this episode, farmer and author Gene Logsdon tells you what you need to know about small-scale grain growing. Gene talks about the most resilient crop for beginning grain growers and shares his knowledge about corn, wheat, sorghum, and buckwheat. A longtime farmer, Gene explains why you want to alternate growing legumes with grains, how much space is necessary, the tools you need to get started, and planting and harvesting.
Gene also shares his wisdom and humor about how to create fertile soil, why he thinks doing what you love is more important than making a million bucks, and how he realized that he wanted to be a farmer while living at a seminary.
Gene Logsdon is the author of numerous books including Living At Nature's Pace, All Flesh Is Grass, Holy Sh**, and The Contrary Farmer. To learn more about Gene and his work, visit his blog at The Contrary Farmer.wordpress.com.
Can taking a slow walk in nature improve your health? How can you cultivate a better relationship to the natural world? If forests are therapeutic, what effect does deforestation have on us?
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, and improve people's moods.
No forest nearby? Amos also talks about how to connect with Nature no matter where you are and shares tips and techniques for slowing down and improving your relationship with the natural world.
Learn more about Amos and his work at his website: Shinrin-yoku.org
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, and genetic modification.
The interview includes a cameo appearance by Bt Corn, Zea Mays' genetically modified brother. Bt who goes by the nickname StarLink (which was a GM product that was recalled) defends genetic modification and gives its side of the story.
Both Corn and Bt were voiced by Chris McClellan. Chris is a writer, photographer, and natural builder who is raising free range organic children in Northeast Ohio. Chris teachers natural building and sustainable living, mostly as an excuse to play in the mud! To learn more about Chris, visit his website www.UncleMud.com.
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 this interview, we learn about Moringa's many benefits. Morniga leaves are delicious and highly nutritious. The seeds can be pressed into an oil that is used on the skin and in industry. The seed cake can clarify water. Moringa is also an excellent animal fodder and can be made into a nitrogen-rich foliar spray.
Tune in to learn how to plant Moringa and why it's such an important plant to grow at this time. Although Moringa is a tropical plant, Mariko speaks about how to grow it in colder climates.
For more about Mariko's trainings, farm tours and moringa products, visit her website at: http://moringaforlife.com
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 nutritious food.
A lifelong farmer who grew up in and remains part of the Amish community, John Kempf received his Pesticide Applicators License at age 16. In this interview with Jill Cloutier, he talks about his journey from conventional to ecological farmer, the fastest way to rebuild soil and plant health, and how agriculture is the foundation of health care.
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 leafy greens, tomatoes, and the prettiest heirloom lettuce I've ever seen (called Grandpa Admires). His organically produced plants grow in water that is fertilized by Channel Catfish.
The promise of Aquaponics is that a lot of food can be grown in urban areas or in places with little or no soil.
Since the interview, Kevin has made some changes at Santa Barbara Aquaponics. He's making his own compost tea and is well on the way to making his own fish food. He's capturing rainwater onsite to use in the system and he's expanded his operation by building more grow beds and a much larger pool for his beloved catfish.
Renowned aromatherapist, archaeologist and author John Steele talks with Jill Cloutier about essential oils, plant wisdom and the world of scent. John Steele is an aromatic consultant and owner of Lifetree Aromatix, a select line of botanical essential oils and exotic floral absolutes.
In this interview, John speaks in depth about our sense of smell, using oils in self-empowered first aid, how incense was the "aromatic email of early civilization" and floral/plant communication. John talks about the terroir of essential oils, why he calls Lavender the "Swiss Army Knife of Oils" and the important differences between authentic essential oils and "natural" synthetic oils. John Steele also shares his knowledge about the sacred use of fragrance and perfumeros- shamans who heal with scent.
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 Jill Cloutier about the soil beneath our feet and how soil, plants and the carbon cycle may be the most viable solution to climate change that we have. Courtney talks about land management strategies that create the conditions for longterm atmospheric CO2 sequestration in our soils. Climate-friendly agriculture and grazing will create a healthier planet for all, with more nutritious food, improved ecosystem services, habitat protection, increased food production, water conservation and a remineralization of our soils and bodies.
Learn about how you can become a carbon caretaker. Let's all work together to create healthy soil!
After listening to this episode you will gain a new appreciation for wetlands, bogs, grasslands and beavers!
If you'd like to see Courtney White in our documentary The Soil Solution To Climate Change click here.
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 18th-21, at Camp Hamilton near Seattle, Washington.
To learn more, I spoke with Delia Carroll, co-organizer of the event along with Jeanine Carlson and Karen Taylor.
With a stellar lineup of presenters, including Permaculture teachers, designers, ehtnobotanists, herbalists and farmers, this year's Permaculture Gathering promises to be the best yet!
For tickets visit their website: WestCoastWomensPC.weebly.com
Lloyd Kahn is a builder of books and homes. Editor-in-chief of Shelter Publications, Lloyd is the author of many books about handbuilt shelter including Home Work, Tiny Homes, Builders of the Pacific Coast and the classic book Shelter that documented handbuilt housing around the world. Lloyd was the Shelter editor of the early Whole Earth Catalogs and has been writing about building and people who build for much of his life.
In this interview with Jill Cloutier, Lloyd talks about why he became interested in in the art and craft of shelter, the benefits of creating your own home, the resurgence of interest in handbuilt homes and his new book Tiny Homes On The Move:Wheels and Water.
Read more about Lloyd Kahn at his personal blog. Read more about handmade homes at the Shelter Publication blog.
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 favorite plants, including peaches and chiles.
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 for the National Heirloom Expo.
In this interview, Irina talks about how our food choices affect food security, the importance of heirloom plants and the upcoming Heirloom Expo. Held annually in Santa Rosa, California, the Expo is a cornucopia of pure, non-GMO and heirloom plants and seeds. For more information about the Expo, click here.
I've also included an episode from The Plant Report , my new podcast. Recorded at last year's Heirloom Expo, botanical researcher John Glavis of BoTierra Biodiversity Research Gardens talks about Ashitaba, a medicinal and nutritious plant.
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 your yard's yield of edible treats, including unusual fruit, gourmet mushrooms, culinary herbs and even botanical booze. Michael is the founder of Ecologia, Edible and Ecological Landscape Design and Project Bona Fide, an international nonprofit supporting agro-ecology research.
In this episode, Permaculture Designer Jeff Adams talks about practical ways to design landscapes that conserve water. It doesn't matter if you live in an extremely wet or dry climate, design strategies exist that can save you water, resources and money! Jeff Adams has years of experience in regenerating watershed health and is a lead instructor for the American Rainwater Catchment Systems Association's Accredited Professional Training. Owner of Terra Sophia, Ecological Design Consulting and Education Firm, Jeff says that soil is the largest and cheapest water tank that we have. In this podcast Jeff talks about rain gardens, purposeful and purposeless turf, green infrastructure and why it's time for us to pay attention to the water cycle.
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 create resilient landscapes and why you should treat your garden like a "charming friend." Byron also discusses the sacred uses of plants, the Vegetable Queendom and how you can begin an experiential relationship with the plants in your life.
Permaculture and Ecological Designer Larry Santoyo talks with Jill Cloutier about why he feels the future is abundant, why everyone is needed, Permaculture crimes, how security is between your ears and why we should seek to be valuable, not rich. Larry Santoyo is a green business consultant and senior planner at EarthFlow Design Works. He has taught environmental design at colleges and universities nationwide. Larry is also on the faculty at the Menlo Lab in Los Angeles. You can find Larry online here and at City of Angels Permaculture.
Roberto Perez Rivero is a Permaculturist, educator and sustainability activist in Cuba. In this interview he speaks with Jill Cloutier about how his country faced "Peak Oil" in the 1990's when its petroleum and food supplies dwindled almost overnight. Perez talks about the resilience of Cuba, its transition to a mostly organic agriculture, Permaculture and the upcoming IPC11 to be held in Cuba in November 2013.
Christopher Shein is a Permaculture teacher, seed saver, gardener and activist. In this interview, Christopher explains the basics of Permaculture gardening. Christopher shares his knowledge about how Permaculture principles and ethics can be used in your garden to increase yields, improve plant and soil health and lessen your work load. Christopher is the author of the Vegetable Gardener's Guide To Permaculture: Creating An Edible Ecosystem.
From the Sustainable World Radio archives, a lecture by the late Anita Roddick, founder of the Body Shop and human rights activist and educator. Anita was the author of Troubled Water: Saints, Sinners, Truths and Lies About The Global Water Crisis. Ms. Roddick's lecture was part of the Santa Barbara City College Student Sustainability Coalitions Lecture Series and was first aired on Sustainable World on KCSB Radio.
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. Suffering from a population decrease of 62%, these elephants are being poached for their tusks. To learn more read Dr. Strindberg's article in the New York Times here.
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 to learn Permaculture and get high school credit. In this episode, Jill Cloutier talks with some of the students inspired by the course, Avery Hardy, a senior at DP and a budding Permaculture designer and advocate and Kevin Gleason, an artist, teacher and Permaculture Designer. Kevin is the instructor of the new Permaculture course at DP. For more information contact Kevin Gleason at email@example.com
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 and abroad. In this conversation with Jill Cloutier, Justin shares his knowledge about plants, medicinal herbs, and seed saving.
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 now the Director of PORET (Participatory Organic Research Extension and Training), Julious' work shows that degraded land can be transformed. PORET supports farmers in dry-land areas and works to address hunger, malnutrition, and poverty. In 2007, PORET won the Zimbabwe National Environmental Award.
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. Lavishly illustrated, detailed instructions are given for dozens of projects: including constructing a solar cooker, starting an urban seed bank, butchering a chicken, and greywater for renters.
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, vibrant hues. These natural dyes produce little waste, are nontoxic, and are easy to make at home.
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 talented composters, soil builders, living fertilizer machines, and bio-recyclers. Listeners beware! According to Foreman, chickens are also the gateway to other livestock.
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 gardening, its many benefits, and how gardening like a forest can enrich your life.
Every two years, permaculturists from around the globe gather together at the International Permaculture Conference and Convergence (IPC). This year, the IPC takes place in Jordan and its theme is "Plan Jordan- Water For Life. Water For Nature." Margie Bushman and Wes Roe, volunteer coordinators for the IPC Support Group, clue us in on what happens at the Conference, why they believe that travel is the best teacher, and how, for the first time ever, you can watch the IPC10 Conference live-streamed through the internet.
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 and educated adults around the world teaching them Permaculture and other practical life skills.
Have you ever wondered why we poop in fresh water? 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 management practices around the globe, how to clear human waste of possible pathogens, and different waste-composting systems for the home.
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 human waste management practices around the globe, innovative ways of re-using this neglected and often taboo material, and discusses why peeing outside might be a good idea.
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 on Maui, and the importance of malama 'aina (care for the land).
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 Farm. (This was the last interview that I conducted with my once-trusty, but now defunct, mini disc recorder; so please forgive the audio quality.)
Part 2 of an interview with the Soil Doctor, Doug Weatherbee. In this interview, Doug talks about soil organic matter, carbon sequestration, how to tend your soil to support either fungal or bacterial populations, and how home gardeners can minimize soil disturbance and increase soil fertility.
Rebecca Burgess is an ecological restoration educator, author, and textile artist. Burgess is the founder of the Fibershed Project; a year-long challenge to live in clothes made from fibers sourced within 150 miles from her home. In this interview, Burgess explains what a fibershed is, talks about the hidden environmental costs of the textile industry, and shares with listeners some of her favorite natural fabrics.
Interview with Clive Neeson, director of the documentary Last Paradise. Last Paradise contains 45 years of footage from beautiful places all around the globe and chronicles the adventure of extreme sports pioneers. As kids, they played in nature. As adults, they protect it.
Interview with Lyn Hebenstreit and Tara Maria Blasco of the all-volunteer non profit organization Global Resource Alliance (GRA) about their work in Tanzania. Promoting a "natural, holistic, and sustainable approach" to the challenges facing the region, GRA works on many issues including malaria control, primary water resource development, solar cooking, and permaculture.
Interview with permaculturist, peace, environmental, and global justice activist Starhawk. Award winning author and educator, Starhawk talks about her global work, classes and trainings, her love for the Earth, and why the police arrested her seedballs.
Visionary architect Mark Lakeman talks about the inception of the City Repair movement, and his mission of creating villages within cities. By reclaiming urban spaces, we can transform cities into places of beauty, art, creativity, and connection.
Tahara Ezrahti, intuitive energy healer and environmental educator, leads us on a guided meditation, and talks about the importance of grounding, and how healing ourselves can help heal the Earth. For more on Tahara's work, visit appliedintuition.org.
Declan Kennedy, architect, permaculturist, mediator, spiritual healer, and founding chairman of the International Advisory Board of Gaia University, speaks with us about his excitement for life, nature, and lifelong learning.
Foodsheds or neighborhood food exchanges are popping up all over the US. 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 of fun, pounds of fresh, local produce, and lots of community. Note- the Mesa Exchange has a new website address- www.sbfoodnotlawns.org.
How much space does it take to be happy? That's a question that author Shay Salomon answers in her book, Little House on a Small Planet. Salomon and photographer Nigel Valdez spent over 8 years documenting small houses across North America. Little House on a Small Planet is a beautiful book that explains how living small is healthier for the earth and "frees up your mind, your wallet, and your soul."
Nadine Artemis, aromatherapist and co-owner of Living Libations, talks about her love of the plant world, the ways in which essential oils can contribute to good health, and how she was busted -twice, at two different airports- for the possession of raw, organic, Fair Trade chocolate.
Part 2 of a 2 part interview with David Holmgren, the co-originator of Permaculture. In part two of this interview, Holmgren talks about his book Future Scenarios: How Communities Can Adapt to Peak Oil and Climate Change, and shares with us his ideas of what living in an energy descent world might be like, and why "the party may not be over". Interview by Jill Cloutier of Sustainable World, and Wes Roe of the Santa Barbara Permaculture Network.
Part 1 of a 2 part interview with David Holmgren, the co-originator of Permaculture. Holmgren is co-author of Permaculture One, the book that introduced Permaculture to the world. In part one of this interview, Holmgren speaks about the beginnings of Permaculture, his home Melliodora; one of the best documented and well known Permaculture demonstration sites, and his book Future Scenarios: How Communities Can Adapt to Peak Oil and Climate Change. Interview by Jill Cloutier of Sustainable World, and Wes Roe of the Santa Barbara Permaculture Network.
Paul Kephart, Executive Director of Rana Creek- Habitat Restoration and Living Architecture, speaks about his mission to restore biodiversity and preserve healthy ecosystems in the city and built environment. Kephart is an expert in the fields of green roofs, living walls, and watershed management systems.
Interview with herbalist, author, and teacher Kami McBride about the power of plants and ways to integrate herbal medicine into your daily life. Kami speaks about some of her favorite herbs, the perils of plant poaching, and how to be sure that the herbal medicine you buy is sustainably harvested.
Will you be at the mall on Black Friday, the day after Thanksgiving and the busiest shopping day of the year? Interview with Brian Highley, of Adbusters, about Buy Nothing Day (BND); a 24 hour moratorium on consumer spending. BND is a worldwide campaign that asks consumers to stop buying, just for a day. Also, interviews with people on the street about how they feel about shopping. Interview from November 2005, but still as timely as ever!
Brad Lancaster, rainwater harvesting expert and Permaculture designer talks about how to plant the rain, water harvesting earth works, and his seminal books,, Rainwater Harvesting for Drylands and Beyond, Volumes 1 & 2 .
Common Vision Fruit Tree Tour makes a stop at Monte Vista Elementary School 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.
Bryan Hope, founder of Sustainable Vine Wine Tours, talks about organic and biodynamic methods of producing wine. Hope describes a Sustainable Vine tour and shares with us the differences between conventional and sustainable vineyards.
Dianna Cohen, famous for her art pieces made with plastic bags, talks about her passion for art and the environment. Cohen, a Los Angeles based artist, discusses her use of the ubiquitous plastic bag and why she uses recycled and reused art materials. Also, features audio commentaries by 3rd graders on the problems of Plastic in the Ocean.
Interview with Peter Murage, founder of MOOF (Mount Kenya Organic Farming). MOOF is a farm and demonstration/training center for small holder farmers located in Nanyuki, Kenya. Margie Bushman and Wesley Roe of the Santa Barbara Permaculture Network join Jill Cloutier and Peter Murage for this interview.
Interview with Darren Doherty, Australian Permaculture designer and teacher, and Guner Tautrim, owner of Orella Ranch on the Gaviota Coast. Doherty and Tautrim discuss Keyline and how it can reduce global warming, and rebuild topsoil.
Carolyn Baker, author of the book, Sacred Demise: Walking the Spiritual Path of Industrial Civilization's Collapse, shares her views and insights about ways to cope with and learn from the challenges that face us. Sacred Demise has been called "an emotional and spiritual road map for navigating unprecedented transitions."
Ray Cirino, artist, inventor, and permaculture designer, talks about the Water Woman Festival that is happening on October 1-4, 2009. Cirino, a creator of rocket stoves, rainwater harvesting sculptures, and other types of "functional art", tells us about the birth of Water Woman, her evolution, and importance at this time.
Dr. Lee Klinger, independent scientist and consultant, speaks with Jill Cloutier about holistic tree care, soil health, and forest ecology. Dr. Klinger is the founder of Sudden Oak Life; a movement aimed at improving the health of trees.
Robyn Francis talks about permaculture's role in Cuba and CAPE: the Cuba-Australia Permaculture Exchange. Francis, an internationally renowned Permaculture teacher and designer speaks with Jill Cloutier of Sustainable World, and Margie Bushman and Wes Roe of the Santa Barbara Permaculture Network.
Toby Hemenway, author of the best selling book Gaia's Garden, tells us how to create beautiful and functional ecosystems in our own backyards. Hemenway, a Permaculture teacher, writer, and lecturer, talks about basic Permaculture principles, guilds, and how to build soil fertility.
What is a watershed? Tune in to hear Watershed Activist Paul Jenkin talk about his new film Watershed Revolution. The film looks at the many challenges facing the Ventura River. Paul Jenkin is the Environmental Director of the Ventura County, California Chapter of the Surfrider Foundation.
Bob Banner is the publisher of HopeDance Magazine. Banner, who recently launched the popular Transition California social
networking ning site, talks about his interest and involvement in the
Transition Town Movement, and his many years writing and reporting on "radical solutions inspiring hope."
Anna Cummins and Marcus Eriksen of the Algalita Marine Research Foundation tell us about the perils of plastic on land and in the sea. Marcus and Anna also talk about some of their many adventures; JUNKride; a 2,000 mile bike ride from Vancouver, B.C. to Tijuana, Mexico, the voyage of the JUNKraft; a boat made of plastic bottles, and their trip to the North Pacific Gyre, where they investigated plastic in the ocean.
Juan Rojas of the Institute of Mesoamerican Permaculture and the Permaculture Institute of El Salvador speaks about his work in the Campesino a Campesino (Farmer to Farmer) movement and the impact that Permaculture is having in Central America. http://perma.nillian.com.uk/www.permacultura.org
Former trainer of television's Flipper, Ric O'Barry has spent the last 37 years working to stop the capture and confinement of dolphins. O'Barry is the subject of the new documentary, The Cove. Winner of the Audience Award at the Sundance Film Festival, the film exposes the dolphin slaughter in Taiji, Japan and the cruelty of the captive dolphin trade.
Award winning international permaculture pioneer, teacher, designer, and educator Robyn Francis speaks about sustainable aid and permaculture for the 2/3 World. Robyn is the creator of Djanbung Gardens, Australia's leading permaculture center. Interview by Jill Cloutier of Sustainable World Radio and Wesley Rowe and Margie Bushman of the Santa Barbara Permaculture Network.
Vermicomposting expert Kali Cowgill speaks with Jill Cloutier about how to compost food scraps using red wiggler worms. Jill Cloutier, with co-host Suzanne Cloutier, interviews a Lumbrucus terrestris earthworm. (Thanks to Kelly Burch, voice of Lumbrucus.)
Dr. Mike Gonella, chair of the Environmental Horticulture (EH) Department at Santa Barbara City College, speaks with Jill Cloutier about sustainable landscaping, careers in horticulture, and the EH program at City College.
Have you ever wondered what it's like to live in an ecovillage or intentional community? In this interview, Diana Leafe Christian, author of the book Creating a Life Together- Practical Tools to Grow Ecovillages and Intentional Communities, talks about the joys and challenges of living in community. Diana Leafe Christian was editor of Communities Magazine for 14 years and is now publisher and editor of Ecovillages, a free bimonthly online newsletter. Diana spoke with Jill Cloutier, in August, 2005. www.dianaleafechristian.org
Warren Brush, Executive Director and Co-Founder of Quail Springs Learning Oasis and Permaculture Farm, speaks with Jill Cloutier about his experiences working with children and nature, the importance of mentoring, and how he started the Wilderness Youth Project in Santa Barbara, California.
Located on one of the oldest organic farms in California, The Center for Urban Agriculture at Fairview Gardens, is an internationally respected model for urban food production, agricultural preservation, and community supported agriculture. Education Director, Tiffany Cooper Carpenter, speaks with Jill Cloutier about the importance of urban agriculture, the programs at Fairview, and how a 12 and a half acre farm survives and thrives in the middle of an urban landscape.
Interview with Mugove Walter Nyika, coordinator of the 9th International Permaculture Conference and Convergence (IPC9). The IPC9 will be held in Africa in November of 2009. Nyika discusses the history of Permaculture in Africa, what participants can expect to find at the Conference, why the "Green Revolution" isn't really green, and the role that Permaculture plays in Africa's move toward sustainability.
Gourmet chef, organic gardener, and sustainable foods expert Kim
Redman, speaks with Jill Cloutier about the joy of local, seasonal, and
organic foods. Redman is the chef and proprietress of Ambrosia Gourmet
Catering in Santa Barbara, California. Redman was interviewed in December 2006. www.ambroisiagourmetcatering.com
Episode 36: John Seed is the founder and director of the Rainforest Information Centre in Australia. Seed is an environmental activist, rainforest advocate, bard, and filmmaker. Seed co-wrote the book, Thinking Like A Mountain.
Episode 35: Do you love birds? Come on a tour of the Santa Barbara Wildlife Care Network's Songbird Facility. Meet some of the birds who are at the facility and learn what to do if you find a baby bird or injured animal. Birds have no sense of smell, so you can put them back in the nest if you find eggs or a baby on the ground. Have you heard male mockingbirds singing their hearts out at 3:00 am? Guide Carol Childerley tells us why they sing and a lot more about songbirds in this Sustainable World Radio episode.
Episode 34 : Owen Dell is an internationally recognized gardening expert, Permaculture designer, and writer. Starting with the basics, Owen talks about how to take care of your property using organic and sustainable methods of landscaping. Owen is the co-writer and co-host of the television series Garden Wise Guys. Owen Dell's new book is Sustainable Landscaping for Dummies.
Episode 33: Michael Brune was the executive director of the Rainforest Action Network when this episode aired. Michael is the author of the book, Coming Clean, Breaking America's Addiction to Oil and Gas. In this episode. Michael talks about alternative energy and the environment. Now Director of the Sierra Club, you can read Michael's blog here.
Episode 32: Larry Saltzman, Permaculturist and Food Forester, takes us on a tour of his backyard suburban yard. Larry and his wife, Eco-Therapist Linda Buzzell Saltzman, have turned their backyard into a living oasis of edible trees and plants.Learn how you can transform a lawn into an edible food forest!.
Episode 31: Woody Tasch, author of the book Slow Money speaks to Jill Cloutier (Sustainable World Radio) and Wes Rowe (Santa Barbara Permaculture Network) about nurture capitalism, the soil of the economy, and ideas for creating a financial system that serves people, place, and nature as much as it does industry.
Betty Seaman, also known as Cob Betty, is a natural builder and
permaculturalist who teaches courses in natural building and natural living
support systems: food gardening, water catchment, composting toilets,
grey water systems, and homesteading skills. Eva Miller
is a natural builder, gardener, and craftswoman who enjoys connecting
people, nature, and place. Eva co-founded the Village Building Convergence in
Portland, Oregon and currently teaches sustainable living skills at
Spirit Pine Sanctuary in Central California.
In September of 2008, KCSB programmer Ted Coe and Jill Cloutier met with Reverend Billy and Reverend Sidney Lanier to discuss the collapse of the wall between church and theatre, how the Church of Stop Shopping was born, what it’s like to be arrested while handcuffed to a human-sized Mickey Mouse doll, and whether or not the “Shopacalypse” is upon us. www.revbilly.com
Crossing the Line with Geoff Lawton and Nadia Abu Yahia LawtonGeoff Lawton is an internationally renowned permaculture educator, consultant and practitioner. Nadia Abu Yahia Lawton travels with Geoff for aid project and permaculture consulting work and assists in teaching permaculture design courses. www.permaculture.org.au
Interview with Stacy Malkan, Communications Director of The Campaign for Safe Cosmetics, and author of the new book, Not Just a Pretty Face- The Ugly Side of the Beauty Industry. Not Just a Pretty Face delves deeply into the dark side of the beauty industry, and looks to hopeful solutions for a healthier future. Lead in lipstick? Dioxane in baby soap? Coal tar in shampoo? Tune in to hear about how the $35 billion cosmetics industry is so powerful that they've kept themselves unregulated for decades and what consumers can do to protect themselves. www.notjustaprettyface.org
Graham Burnett is a permaculture practitioner, designer and teacher. With over 20 years experience in working with adults with learning disabilities, including in horticultural settings, Graham has designed a number of therapeutic and productive landscapes using permaculture and forest gardening principles. He is the author of the book, Permaculture- A Beginner's Guide www.spiralseed.co.uk
Claude Genest is the Deputy Leader of the Canadian Green Party and the founder of the Green Mountain Permaculture Institute, where he teaches earth repair and ecological design. Claude is also the creator, producer and host of "Regeneration - The Art of Sustainable Living,” an Emmy award nominated television show that airs on PBS.
Since 1974, Christopher Nyerges has taken over 30,000 children and adults on Wild Food and Survival Skills Outings, field trips and outdoor programs. Christopher is the author of seven books, including Guide to Wild Foods and Useful Plants, Urban Wilderness, Extreme Simplicity: Homesteading in the City, and How to Survive Anywhere.
Former dolphin trainer, Ric O’Barry, speaks with Jill Cloutier about his ten years in the captive dolphin industry and his transformation from dolphin trainer to dolphin advocate. O’Barry, former trainer of Flipper, (television’s favorite dolphin), now spends his life fighting to set dolphins free.
Episode 14: Mukesh Ray, a scholar with a Masters in Social Work from the TATA Institute of Social Sciences in India, works in movements working to curb India’s large agrarian crisis that has resulted in the suicidal death of over 140,000 farmers in the past ten years. Mukesh is determined to change the current system from the inside out.
Brock Dolman is a biologist, innovative design consultant, and nationally recognized permaculture educator. In this interview, Brock speaks about watersheds, Permaculture, and how to create the conditions to slow, spread, and sink water.
Ray Cirino is an artist, inventor, and educator, based in Los Angeles, CA. In this interview with Jill Cloutier, Ray talks about some of his many creations, Water Woman, rocket stoves, solar cookers, and his "mother goddess composting toilet."
Workshop participants at a Cob Workshop in Central California share their enthusiasm about building houses and community with Cob. Interviews were done on the last day of a week long workshop with participants and visitors to the building site.
Ianto Evans is an applied ecologist, landscape architect, inventor, writer, and teacher with building experience on six continents. Cob is traditional in Wales, his homeland. Ianto teaches ecological building and has consulted to USAID, World Bank, US Peace Corps and foreign governments. Ianto is the co-author of The Hand-Sculpted House, the most comprehensive book available about cob building.
Isabela Coelho is the co-founder and co-director of OPA, the Organization of Permaculture and Art. Isabela is an educator and performing artist, who has worked on many art and social projects with youth and adults in Brasil, Nicaragua and the US.
Did you know that Americans eat 2.8 billion pounds of chocolate every year? Dr. Tom Neuhaus is the co-founder, president, and chocolatier of Sweet Earth Organic Chocolates, Inc: the only Fair Trade Organic artisan chocolate company in the US. Tom Neuhaus is also the president and founder of Project Hope and Fairness, (www.projecthopeandfairness.org) a non-profit NGO dedicated to helping West African cocoa farmers. Learn how your conscientious consumption of chocolate can change the world.
Kat Steele, is a Permaculture teacher and director of the Urban Permaculture Guild in Oakland, California. Kat is trained in ecovillage design, natural building,and workshop facilitation. In this interview, Kat Steele discusses how to apply Permaculture to your own life and what it was like to be one of Al Gore's 1,000 "foot soldiers."
Albert Bates is the author of the Post-Petroleum Survival Guide and Cookbook: Recipes for Changing Times and director of the institute for AppropriateTechnology since 1984 and the Ecovillage Training Center since 1994. In this April, 2007 interview, he shares some of his recipes for living a sustainable and rewarding life during this energy-descent time.