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Episode-2056- Nicholas Burtner on Landscape Assessment

Nicholas is the Founder and Director for the School of Permaculture, where he leads the education programs and directs operations at both the farm and suburban demonstration sites for the school. Since 2012, Nicholas and his team have worked on a large and varied number of permaculture projects from farms and ranches, to suburban homesteads and public parks, to apartment complexes and college campuses.

He has received his permaculture education and training, in person, from the co-originator of permaculture Bill Mollison in Melbourne, Australia. He also interned with world renown permaculturist Geoff Lawton at Zaytuna Farm and attended the Earthship Academy for natural and recycled building construction, under the tutelage of Michael Reynolds in Taos, New Mexico.

Aside from permaculture, and ecologic-related activities, Nicholas is a devote follower of Jesus Christ, a husband, and a father. He is also a nidan and instructor at the Flowing Circle Aikido Center, plus a major proponent of peace. He believes that through the application of permaculture, people can find a more meaningful and purposeful existence.

Today he joins me to discuss permaculture and his new course on landscape assessment.

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Episode-1932- Seed Starting Primer for 2017

Grow Light Tech Has Advanced a Lot Since I Started TSP!

Spring is coming!  Well technically it was spring here in Texas 4 days ago, now it is winter again and it will be spring her on Thursday and Summer for a day on next Tuesday before returning to winter on the following day.

For most of the nation is it actually winter and it may seem spring is a long way off, but it isn’t.  March 21st is the official first day of spring, that is only 63 days.  For much of the country your last frost date is close to that time, perhaps only a few more weeks out.

Many seeds should be started in a protected environment about 6-8 weeks before setting out, translation, it is time to get those seeds ordered and started very soon.

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Episode-1919- Toby Hemenway on Liberation Permaculture

Update – I just learned that Toby passed away this morning.  I had already complete today’s show when I found out.  So I will leave it as it is. 

Today most of the show is from an interview I originally did with Toby on April 14th, 2015.  I was going to make it a rewind but under the circumstances chose to make it a new episode with all segments.

Quite a long time ago I talked to my friend Toby about working with PermaEthos, it resulted in the course we had him teach on small scale Permaculture called, Creating Gaia’s Garden.  I am sad to say but those of you that took that course may be the last formal students Toby will ever teach.

You see in those discussions I learned he had been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer, and his prognosis was grim.  Along the way he tried some alternative treatment that cause improvement enough to try conventional therapy.  During this time he continued his work and taught our course.

But we knew that soon after it ended he was really struggling, then yesterday I got an email from Toby’s web guy, Kane Jamison, that said,

In October of 2015, Toby was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. He completed a course of chemotherapy at UCSF in San Francisco, but a CAT scan taken a couple months later indicated that the cancer had spread to his liver. He began a second course of chemotherapy in October 2016, which was interrupted when he developed septic shock in November.

Since then, additional scans show that the cancer has continued to spread in his liver. Toby signed up for home hospice on December 16, 2016.

Toby is no longer able to work, and his wife, Kiel, is his full-time caregiver. We are asking for support to help us meet expenses for living and caregiving.

We want to extend our deepest gratitude for all those who have already offered their prayers, time, food, and friendship. Thank you all. And please know that no offering is too small, and prayers and good wishes are so appreciated.

We have set up a page at YouCaring requesting donations and messages of support. You can click the link below to donate:

I first went to the page and made a donation and then shared it on facebook, and many others did as well.  At that time about 800 dollars had been donated, today we are now up to about 30,000 dollars.

Folks hospice care generally means you have less than 6 months to live, some do come out of it, but most do not.  And on top of that pancreatic and liver cancers have very low survival rates, the two together are even worse.   So I and many others now face a reality that one of the best men to ever walk among us, may soon not be with us any longer.

So I have decided to do several things, today I will rebroadcast his interview on Liberation Permaculture, and during the break his show on The Permaculture City will be an episode of rewind.

I am asking all of you to consider donating to his fundraiser so that he can know that his wife will be okay once he is gone.  I can tell you that if I were facing what he was, the one thing I would worry about most is my wife.

Here are the original show notes from the interview that will make up most of this show.

Toby Hemenway - Author - Teacher - Anarchist

Toby Hemenway – Author – Teacher – Anarchist

Toby Hemenway is the author of Gaia’s Garden: A Guide to Home-Scale Permaculture, which was awarded the Nautilus Gold Medal in 2011, was named by the Washington Post as one of the ten best gardening books of 2010, and for the last eight years has been the best-selling permaculture book in the world.

Toby has been an adjunct professor at Portland State University, Scholar-in-Residence at Pacific University, and has taught over sixty 72-hour permaculture design courses. He has presented lectures and workshops at major sustainability conferences such as Bioneers, SolFest, and EcoFarm, and at Duke University, Tufts University, University of Minnesota, University of Delaware and many other educational venues.

His writing has appeared in magazines such as Natural Home, Whole Earth Review, and American Gardener. He has contributed book chapters for WorldWatch Institute and to several publications on ecological design.

After obtaining a degree in biology from Tufts University, Toby worked for many years as a researcher in genetics and immunology, first in academic laboratories including Harvard and the University of Washington in Seattle, and then at Immunex, a major medical biotech company. At about the time he was growing dissatisfied with the direction biotechnology was taking, he discovered permaculture, a design approach based on ecological principles that creates sustainable landscapes, homes, and workplaces.

A career change followed, and Toby and his wife, Kiel (key-ell), spent ten years creating a rural permaculture site in southern Oregon. He was the editor of Permaculture Activist, a journal of ecological design and sustainable culture, from 1999 to 2004. He moved to Portland, Oregon in 2004, and spent six years developing urban sustainability resources there. Toby and his wife now live in Sebastopol, California.

Toby joins us today to discuss his emerging anarcho liberation view on permaculture.  How permaculture decentralizes resources, compels critical thinking and has yields almost impossible to quantify and therefore tax.  We discuss how the future of environmental sustainability and human freedom are largely linked and dependent upon one another.

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Taking Regenerative Agriculture Forward – My PV3 Presentation

In March I had the honor of giving the closing talk at Permaculture Voices 3.  Considering some of the people who presented at this event and the two prior ones, this was an incredible opportunity.  My goal was to present something universal in the Permaculture and Regenerative Agriculture space.

You can see the entire talk below in video and if you want to get 9 other incredible talks, Deigo has them for sale here,  PV3 Broad Acre Video Package.

Episode-1327- Jen Mendez on Permaculture Based Childrens Education

Jen Mendez of PermieKids.com

Jen Mendez of PermieKids.com

Jen Mendez is a wife, mother, permaculture enthusiast and student, lifelong learner, urban homesteader, and professionally trained, successful educator gone rogue. Her experiences living and working around the world as an active duty military member led to an understanding  of the need for and the impact of education on the future of our world.

After her service, she completed a Masters in International Education with a focus on early childhood and elementary education and has been an educator ever since. Between her time as a classroom teacher and now as a homeschooling parent, she has fused her passion for educating and her enthusiasm for permaculture into an ethical, scientific design process to create a comprehensive, project-based inquiry education that empowers in learning and life.

The goal is to help children become active, solutions-based thinkers and do-ers. She has created an approach to education that the children, parents, grandparents, teachers, and other mentors can use to collaborate and design an education that meets the needs, goals, and passions of each individual children.

Moreover, she is using her knowledge and connections within the educational community to access, integrate, and re-configure resources that already exist so that, in the words of Bill Mollison (Permaculture Designers’ Manual, p.9), “It arranges what was already there in a different way, so that it works to conserve energy or to generate more energy than it consumes.” The idea is that as a community, we can use this commonsense, ethical design system and resources to create an education that empowers in learning and life.

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Episode-924- Lessons Learned on the Arkansas Homestead

Hugelkultur Was a Success at the Homestead

Hugelkultur Was a Success at the Homestead

As many of you know we are now looking to purchase a larger piece of land in Texas.  That will balance well with the apartment we keep in Arlington providing us living quarters both in the city and the country.  The new land in Texas will become our primary residence.

We are not sure about what to do with the Arkansas property right now.  On one hand it is very inexpensive on the other it would generate a lot of cash if we sold it at this point.  Many listeners who have watched me grow TSP from the early days have expressed a desire to hear exactly why we are not going to make Arkansas our permanent home when we put so much work into getting to a point were we could.   The reality is our property has a LOT going for it, it also has a lot missing from what we currently want.

My hope is today’s show will help others learn from both our successes and failures so they can make better choices about purchasing property, homesteading, raising livestock, etc.

Join Me Today As We Discuss…

  • Leaving family far behind may be harder then you thought
  • The importance of feeling “vested” in the larger community
  • As your view of the world changes so does your view of “perfect property”
  • 5 acres may be enough, it might not be, how does the land lay
  • Mountain land may not be all it is cracked up to be, or it might be
  • Why I feel so strongly now about putting a lot of a property into water structure
  • Why I am now more interested in daily self sufficiency and less in “buggin out”
  • Thoughts on having an ability to “house” additional people
  • Land that provides the opportunity to really teach others
  • Livestock I want to work with and why it won’t work in Ark
  • Deals are now available that just were not before
  • Some general principles we have learned
    • Always have an exit strategy
    • Invest in property to make it at least 1% better then its class
    • Mobile homes are fine for what they are
    • Having no real restrictions rocks
    • See a property for what it can be but count the cost
    • You really can’t go to low on an offer, you really can’t
    • The community is as important as the property
    • Useable land is more important then total land area

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