Posts in Gardeners and Farmers
Restoration agriculture and letting go of micromanagement to allow nature to thrive (Interview with Mark Shepard of Restoration Agriculture Development)

In this podcast episode, Mark sheds light on why we need to stop trying so hard to realize a world based on persistent concepts and ideals that we made up and instead, get out more to observe and learn from how natural ecosystems actually function; what is problematic about how we've developed a food system based mostly off of annual crops versus perennials; how he's been able to utilize a hands-off approach to growing food regeneratively, which he calls the STUN method (Sheer Total Utter Neglect); and more.

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How urban farming may be key to reclaiming our food sovereignty (Interview with Greg Peterson of Urban Farm U)

On this podcast episode, Greg Peterson sheds light on how urban farming may be the answer to addressing the affordability and accessibility of healthy grown foods; why we should get inspired to grow some of our own foods even if we have the convenience of being close to supermarkets; what we need to realize a world of ecological balance, intersectional sustainability, and true abundance and wellness for all; and more.

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Questioning modern views of advancement using permacultural wisdom (interview with Janice Setser and Sasha Rabin of Quail Springs Permaculture)

On this podcast episode, Janice and Sasha share the importance of reclaiming our relationship with our land and how we can do that in urban areas too; the problem with the big agriculture industry as a longterm solution; and more.

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Slow flowers that truly commemorate our love for one another and the earth (interview with Debra Prinzing of Slow Flowers)

On this podcast episode, Debra sheds light on why we need a slow flowers movement; the environmental impacts of growing flowers with an artisan mindset versus a commodity mindset; the vital role of flowers in our food production; how our collective loss of knowledge on seasonality helped drive agrobiodiversity loss; and more.

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Ending settler colonialism to reclaim food justice and sovereignty (interview with Rosalinda Guillen of Community to Community)

On this podcast episode, Rosalinda sheds light on how settler colonialism continues to play out in our food system today; how the lack of work authorization for undocumented farm workers impacts labor standards; how food justice is related to immigration issues; and more.

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Enriching agrobiodiversity and soil health for more nutritious foods (interview with Gabe Brown of Brown's Ranch)

On this podcast episode, Gabe sheds light on why we need to stop focusing on yield as the ultimate measurement in food production; the importance of having ruminants and animals on farmlands to support agroecology; problematic, existing farm programs and regulations that incentivize monocultures and extractive methods of agriculture that need to be amended or removed; and more.

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The fraud in 'certified organic' and reclaiming its true meaning (interview with Dave Chapman of The Real Organic Project)

On this podcast episode, hear about the shocking reality of how products from CAFOs and hydroponics can be certified organic by the USDA; why hydroponics should not be considered organic; how he's dealing with the challenges of going against big money and corporate influence; and more.

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Empowering farmers of color and dismantling racism in the food system

Leah sheds light on the impact of colonialism on soil health around the world; how the oppression of Black and Indigenous people-of-color in the United States has affected farmland ownership and continued, institutionalized injustice; how we can take action to support racial justice in food production; and more. 

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Accepting grim realities while maintaining a zest for improving life on earth now

Rob talks about what we can we hold onto to inspire us to keep going, how our global industrialized food system aggravates social and environmental issues, and more.

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