Innovation Bears Fruit for Family Farm (162)

Tour the century-old organic Chaffin Family Orchards where even the animals are "farm hands." Visit chickens in their egg-mobile, scratching for bugs and pooping fertilizer in the heirloom stone-fruit orchards. Goats chomp off low branches from the olive trees, so no fuel or … [Read more...]

High on Permaculture in the Rocky Mountains (156)

Kris Holstrom's off-grid permaculture farm at 9000 feet high is living proof that food can be grown nearly anywhere. Managing with a very short growing season and water constraints, she and her interns have created magic. Tour the sun-warmed, insulated greenhouse where … [Read more...]

How Do I Invite You to Grow Food? (153)

Jenny Pell's infectious enthusiasm will sweep you up into creating a future that's beyond sustainable — to one that's "additive." This lively permaculturist suggests that you belong where you live and get (re)connected to your "chain of inputs and outputs". She invites us to … [Read more...]

A Geodesic Greenhouse — Year-Round Gardening at 6000 Feet (147)

In Colorado it's cold for much of the year, but inside this cozy dome greenhouse, the plants are growing happily. Take a grand tour with Buckhorn Gardens manager and permaculturist Breigh Peterson: the greenhouse structure with its interplay of light and water, warmth and … [Read more...]

Corporate Couple Become Permaculture Activists (143)

Asking "wouldn't it be wonderful if our city could feed itself?" Joe Leitch ponders everybody in Portland planting a chestnut tree. Pam Leitch relates how they both left the corporate world after reading the book "Your Money or Your Life". As educators on sustainability and … [Read more...]

Bullock Brothers Homestead – A 25-Year Permaculture Project

Take a tour with Joe, Doug and Sam Bullock on their Orcas Island homestead, site of a yearly Permaculture design course. Using nature as their model, they create edges and wildlife habitat, move water through the landscape, promote diversity, and raise an astonishing variety … [Read more...]

Brookside Farm – Growing Food, Growing Energy

Take a whirlwind tour of the one-acre Brookside Energy Farm with Jason Bradford and Christoffer Hansen at planting time. Along with perennials, annuals, a food forest, and dryland crops (grains), they're growing Jerusalem artichoke and dale sorghum to produce both food and … [Read more...]

The Worm Guy

Watch a worm birth from a cocoon. See compost produced from food scraps, horse manure, and lots of worms. See the machine that separates castings (worm poop) from compost. The Worm Guy, Mark Yelken, says that worms are "the intestines of the Earth", fertilizing and … [Read more...]

Self-sufficient Small Farms

Small acreages can produce a lot! Janet Brisson shows the home-canned and -dried vegetables, fruit, and beans she cultivates along with chickens and bees. Renee Wade talks about practices that suit the land: her drier property is better suited to raising goats. Episode … [Read more...]