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Episode-1092- Marjory Wildcraft on Cuba’s Experience During Economic Collapse

Marjory WIldcraft of Backyard Food Production

Today Marjory Wildcraft of Back Yard Food Production joins us to discuss taking control of your own food supply with home growing, small livestock and community building.

Not long ago humans fed themselves, provided for their on needs and were largely self sufficient. They knew how to feed themselves, how to take care of animals, what to plant and what to do when something went wrong. Marjory’s DVD, “Food Production Systems for a Backyard or Small Farm” is your guide to recapturing that lost knowledge.

Marjory is a nationally recognized expert in organic backyard food production. She is the creator of a widely acclaimed video tutorial titled Food Production Systems for a Backyard or Small Farm. Marjory teaches people with no gardening or agricultural experience, how to successfully grow healthy, vibrant, life-giving nutritious food.

Her DVD is endorsed and carried by such notables as The Permaculture Activist, Acre’s USA, John Jeavons and Ecology Action’s premier seed and tool company Bountiful Gardens, SurvivalBlog.com and The Weston-Price Nutrition Foundation.  It has now been viewed by over 250,000 people in more then 30 countries.

Today she joins us to discuss her recent visit to Cuba to review the results of what can only be called a “forced organic revolution”.  Marjory will give you the good, the bad and the ugly on what happened with the U.S.S.R. fell apart and Russia pulled the plug on all Cuban support.  You will see there is a lot of accuracy in the documentary “The Power of Community – How Cuba Survived Peak Oil” and that the documentary is at the same time, quite, overly optimistic.

Join us today as we discuss…

  • What sudden and total economic collapse was like for Cuba
  • The real reason Cuba went all organic, they had to
  • Black market and criminal activity during the collapse
  • Some of the major advantages Cuba had over a nation like the US in a collapse
  • Some of the major disadvantages Cuba faced compared to a nation like the US
  • How many Cubans committed suicide during the collapse
  • The false promise of socialism and how it has disempowered the Cuban people
  • How we can use what the Cuban’s learned prior to a collapse

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Episode-936- Holly Baird from Wisconsin Vegetable Gardeners

A Beautiful Backyard Wisconsin Eggplant

A Beautiful Backyard Wisconsin Eggplant

Holly Baird and here husband Joey put out a weekly vegetable gardening/DIY show.  They focus on the average gardener, simple home living, and using what you already have.

They strive to be self sustainable, and focus and reusing common items to keep things out of the landfill and save money.  They grow an organic vegetable garden in a suburban area near Milwaukee, WI.

Holly joins us today to discuss why they do a show that encourages people to grow their own food and become more self sufficient.

We also discuss why they are growing their own food and why it just makes sense to do so today.  Their favorite things to grow, highest yielding plantings and the best plant selections for the first time gardener.

We then discuss concepts like the GMO food threat, dealing with pests organically, supporting local growers and ways to preserve and extend the harvest.

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Episode-923- Geoff Lawton on Site Selection, Main Frame Earthworks, GMOs and More

Geoff Lawton - Managing Director of PRI Australia

Geoff Lawton – Managing Director of PRI Australia

Since 1985, Geoff Lawton has undertaken 1,000’s of jobs consulting, designing, teaching and implementing in seventeen different countries around the world. Clients have included private individuals, groups, communities, governments, aid organizations, non government organizations and multinational companies.

In October 1997 Bill Mollison, upon his retirement, asked Geoff to establish and direct a new Permaculture Research Institute on the 147 acre Tagari Farm previously developed by Bill. Geoff Lawton developed the site over three years and established The Permaculture Research Institute as a registered charity and global Networking centre for Permaculture projects. Geoff Lawton is the managing director of The Permaculture Research Institute.

Geoff joins us on TSP today to discuss site selection in both the suburbs and rural areas.  We also discuss the threat of GMOs and two “almost disasters” related to GMOs most people have never heard of.  A huge problem and even bigger opportunity with the Mississippi river.  The challenges of desert permaculture and why we should focus on “marginal desert areas” first as we begin to repair man caused desertification.

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Episode-917- 11 Common Gardening, Permaculture and Homesteading Questions

Polyculture is Often the Answer

Polyculture is Often the Answer

When I speak or do videos or even do a podcast there are common questions that always seem to pop up.

Given that is the case I figure most people could learn from at least a few of them, so today’s show is dedicated to answering some of the more common ones and a few of the more complex ones.

My feeling is that in many instances people over think some of these issues and in other areas many people simply under think them.

In many ways we simply need to understand that nature knows what she is doing, on the other hand we need to understand nature so we can best channel the existing energies.

Join Me Today As I Answer….

  • Is it really best to grow from seed or start plants as seedlings
  • If you do hugelkultur does it mean you never have to water
  • How long does the wood “last” with hugelkultur
  • How can I do contour based design if my land it totally flat
  • How do I deal with clay soil, sandy soil, etc.
  • Do swales become “weed beds” once established
  • Do you need to inoculate soil to encourage fungal activity
  • How do you know when to practice “chop and drop” in your climate
  • In a 7 layer forest system how do herbs and ground covers obtain enough solar exposure
  • How do I develop a “seed mix” for my climate, region, need, etc.
  • The big ones, “but what if” and “can I”

Resources for Today’s Show…

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Episode-895- Will Bratton and Sam Bagot on Open Source Agriculture

Sam Bagot and Will Bratton are woking togehter on an open source agriculture project called horto domi.   Horto domi is an open hardware raised-bed garden unit with environmental control and monitoring via web-interface thanks to Arduino Ethernet. DIY sensors, such as those collecting moisture and temperature data help monitor the environment within the dome and will eventually be used to automate conditions.

The goal is to grow whatever you want, whenever you want, wherever you are. Horto domi is Latin for ‘Garden at home.’ It’s a statement to healthful food independence, a “neo-renaissance” tip of the hat to Arduino, and it sounds like horticultural dome. Particular consideration was taken in this prototype’s design to maximize the mineral and nutrient value of the beyond-organic produce and minimize environmental contamination risks.

Sam and Will are looking for Kickstarter funding that will satisfy all the elements necessary for an open hardware publication per the definition provided by FreedomDefined.org/OSHW. However, with additional funding they will be able to pursue further open source innovation, development and publication. They hope our community will support their idea for using contemporary open technology to achieve relative food independence so that we may all better address the goal of individual and community self sufficiency.

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Episode-828- Steve Solomon on Organic Mythology and Soil Health

Steve Solomon author and founder of SoilAndHealth.org

Steve Solomon founder of SoilAndHealth.org

Steve Solomon writes books on food gardening.  He officially “retired” at the age of 44 after selling the mail order seed business he built up with great success in the 1980s.  Today he makes his home in Australia where he grows the majority of the food they consume.

Steve considers himself a political libertarian and sees his role in life to be “encouraging others food self sufficiency and better health.  He describes his methods and books as “beyond organic” or even as “outside organic”.

Today he joins us to discuss why the quality of our food has been in decline for centuries.  The importance of mineral amendments in not just growing a lot of food or good looking food but growing highly nutritious food.  Why you should definitely do a soil test on the land you are growing on even if you are getting good or even great production and more.

Steve will even explain why although organic food may be free of many toxins it is often no more nutritionally valuable then conventionaly grown produce.  He will even challenge the definition of “heirloom seeds” in a quite convincing manner.

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Episode-788- Trevor Van Hemert on Composting

Trevor Van Hemert of PedalToPetal.com

Trevor Van Hemert of PedalToPetal.com

Trevor Van Hemert runs Pedal to Petal a company that picks up food scraps from all over the city of Victoria in British Columbia, Canada. Pedal To Petal is a permaculture-based collective of bicycle loving food security activists who are taking direct action to reduce carbon emissions and landfill waste and to feed the soil and the city’s hungry.

They do all their pick up and transport via the use of bicycles with zero use of any fossil fuels. The finished compost is used to grow food in the same city where the components are collected and the compost is produced making Pedal to Petal a truly local business.

While most people would tend to expect Pedal to Petal to be a non profit business it is actually a very successful for profit enterprise proving that a business can be successful, profitable and still have a soul and a noble purpose.

Join Us Today as we Discuss…

  • What exactly is compost
  • What is compost useful for
  • How does nature make its own compost
  • What can and can not be composted
  • The science of composting
  • How long does composting take
  • Stages of the compost cycle
  • Carbon and nitrogen sources and ratios
  • Rat proofing compost bins
  • Composting with worms
  • Multi bin systems
  • Heating with compost
  • Aerobic vs anaerobic composting
  • Making bio gas
  • Composting humanure
  • Compost pit for water storage

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Episode-693- Creative Gardening Solutions for Transitional or Harsh Environments

A quick bag garden combined with a natural trellis.

Gardening and permaculture are key topics with me when it comes to modern survival living.  Some question this concept and feel survivalism is far more about beans, bullets and bandaids than compost, a shovel and turning soil.

To such types I have one question, where do you think the beans come from?

I have said a few things before that I feel need to be reinforced today.

  1. You can only store so much food
  2. You may fight a real battle a handful of times in your life or never but you must eat daily
  3. Our current food supply is threatened
  4. Our food supply is now heavily effected by inflation
  5. Being self sufficient means you must feed yourself

This is all well and good but at times we find ourselves in transitional periods or dealing with harsh environments.  While I believe that permaculture can in fact terraform the desert (because it has, see Greening the Desert for an example) such terraforming takes time and resources.  Something you may not have or have in sufficient amounts to feed yourself this season.   Today I present to you some options that can get you up and producing quickly during just about any season of the year.

The purpose of today’s show is to help you get production will making major improvements to the land itself or even use the transitional method to improve the land long term.

Join me today as we discuss…

  • The bag garden
    • For quick production
    • For creating a permanent “fence garden”
    • Fore creation of conventional raised beds
  • The self watering bucket and rain gutter garden
    • Self maintaining
    • Used easy to find materials
    • Presents unlimited configurations
    • Can be permanent
    • Takes care of itself while you improve your land
  • The Straw Bale Garden
    • Can be up and running in a few weeks with no digging
    • Can be a permanent or transitional
    • Is very water efficient
  • Rock Garden Hugelkultur
    • Fast permanent structure
    • Requires no digging
    • Looks great
    • Perfect for herbs
    • Uses abundant/cheap/free  materials

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Episode-436- Listener Feedback 5-17-10

Today we do another listener feedback Monday and discuss your questions about precious metals IRAs, bugging in vs. bugging out, the lie that everyone should go to college, advice for people considering a military career and more.

Join Me Today As We Discuss…

  • What military trades are best for post military careers?
  • What is a “maintenance echelon and why should a perspective solider care?
  • What should a person do that doesn’t want to bug out?
  • Is a college degree necessary, can it be a bad idea for some?
  • Can you hold physical gold and silver in an IRA or just “paper metal”?
  • How do you secure gold and silver in your home?
  • What should you consider before you get a safe deposit box?
  • What permaculture investments can a short term resident make in property?
  • Are organic pesticides safe for your garden?
  • Is the state of Pennsylvania threatening its citizens with thuggery?
  • Does the Federal Reserve use lobbyists?

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Episode-425- Eight Essential Survial Gardening Skills

Today we take a look at developing eight conventional and unconventional skills for the survival gardener.  Ways that you can maximize production, protect your crops, extend your seasons and maximize space.

I am also going to do a follow up on my comments about the Arizona immigration bill yesterday, giving you what Paul Harvey would call “the rest of the story”.

Join me today as we discuss…

  • Succession planting
  • Trellising
  • Guerrilla gardening
  • Companion planting
  • Container gardening
  • Sheet mulching and rough mulching
  • Water harvesting
  • Wildlife identification

Additional Resources for Today’s Show

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