Small Scale Aquaponics – From Fish Poop to Seafood Dinner (242)

Tour a closed-loop water system where one critter's wastes become another's food. Inside a steamy greenhouse, Jeremy Roth of Aprovecho Center's Aquaculture Project shows us fish tanks containing tilapia just like you might order in a restaurant. Water from the tanks is … [Read more...]

Inspiration Farm – Cultivating Nourishing Food and Creativity (226)

"Changing times calls for changing lifestyles." says Brian Kerkvliet. "So [we've] put more energy into the land… The more you get your fingers in the soil, the more endorphins rush through your head. You get excited by all of that." Using permaculture and biodynamic … [Read more...]

Introduction to Permaculture (weekend workshop)

This weekend workshop by Cathé Fish packs comprehensive, practical information into two days of fully-illustrated slideshows. It's well-spiced with her overflowing enthusiasm and experience. The 6-dvd set covers principles, land, water harvesting, soil, zones, gardens, … [Read more...]

The Straight Poop on Sustainable Farming (211)

Innovative farmer Joel Salatin says sustainable agriculture requires both perennials (like native grasses) and herbivores (like cattle) to build soil. Mimicking patterns from nature, this maverick Virginia farmer rotates cattle followed by chickens into short-term pasture … [Read more...]

The Heart of Permaculture

Bullock Brothers Homestead — A 25-Year Permaculture Project, Joe, Sam and Doug Bullock How Do I Invite You to Grow Food? Jenny Pell High on Permaculture in the Rocky Mountains, Kris Holstrom The Heart of Permaculture, Bill Wilson. (See also Bill's presentation Living in … [Read more...]

Menu for the Future – Bringing Farmers to the Table (189)

What happens if you create 25 small groups to discuss food values and issues, and include a local farmer or food producer in each one? Innovative organizers Judy Alexander, Dick Bergeron and Peter Bates facilitated the "Menu for the Future" groups to support local farmers … [Read more...]

Farmers Joins Eaters for “Menu for the Future” Groups

October 30, 2010. We taped a popular show in 2006 with Judy Alexander, How Much Food Can I Grow Around My House? (episode 87). Judy has continued expanding the circles of awareness about food.  We taped a conversation in Port Townsend, Washington with (right to left) Peter … [Read more...]

Beyond Back Yard Sustainability (178)

Four years ago (in episode 51, An Experiment in Back Yard Sustainability), Scott McGuire asked "how much food can I grow in my back yard to feed my family?" In this episode, we learn the results, and that food supply is not an individual project — it takes a community to … [Read more...]

A Permaculture Course for Busy People (171)

Bill Wilson and Wayne Weiseman pour their hearts into their permaculture design courses, changing lives as well as landscapes. In a unique format, students do initial course work online and then attend a one week hands-on course. In this chat along with Sivananda Yoga Farm … [Read more...]

Four Acres and Independence — A Self-Sufficient Farmstead (168)

Take a tour, accompanied by curious sheep and geese, of Mark Cooper's self-sufficient small farm. Over several years, he transformed a rundown house and hillsides of berry brambles into pasture and gardens where he produces and preserves most of his family's food. Visit the … [Read more...]