The Permaculture Podcast

The Permaculture Podcast

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Permaculture Theory, Practice, and Beyond


1915 – Rising Earth Immersion
May 29
In this episode, my guests are Meg Toben, the co-founder and director of The Eco-Institute at Pickards Mountain, and Jimi Eisenstein, one of the facilitators for the Rising Earth Immersion course. They join me to discuss this ten-week, on-site intensive…
1914 – Carving Out a Living on the Land with Emmet Van Driesche
May 20
My guest today is Emmet Van Driesche, author of Carving Out a Living on the Land: Lessons in Resourcefulness and Craft from an Unusual Christmas Tree Farm. He joins me to share his life transitioning to farming. How he became a Christmas tree farmer, who…
1913 – Farming and Foraging a Complete Diet with Rob Greenfield
May 10
My guest today is the adventurer, activist, and humanitarian Rob Greenfield. Rob joins me to talk about the Food Freedom project he launched in Orlando, Florida, where he is growing and foraging for all of his nutritional needs. Make a One Time Donation…
1912 – Tacit and Embodied Knowledge with Melissa Peet, Ph.D.
Apr 30
In this episode, David Bilbrey sits down with Melissa Peet to talk about her work in learning to trust one’s inherent knowledge. As the first of a two-part conversation, she provides the background to her research and establishing trust in our personal…
1911 – Kevin Jones on Regenerative Business and Impact and Investing
Apr 20
This episode continues co-host David Bilbrey’s exploration of regenerative business and permaculture as he sits down with Kevin Jones to talk about Gather Lab, Transform 19, and the need to create something more than a conference, but rather events that…
1910 – Horn Farm Center Q&A
Apr 10
In this conversation moderated by Ben Weiss of Susquehanna Sustainable Enterprises and Robyn Mello of Edenspore, Jon Darby, Alyson Earl, and Wilson Alvarez discuss their work at Horn Farm Center and regenerating the land. This includes how they came to…
1909 – Essential Rammed Earth Construction with Tim Krahn
Mar 30
My guest today is Tim Krahn, a Canadian engineer, builder, and author of Essential Rammed Earth Construction from New Society Publishers. Donate online to the Winter to Spring Fundraiser Tim joins me to share his thoughts and experiences with rammed earth…
1908 – Trees of Power with Akiva Silver
Mar 20
My guest today is Akiva Silver of Twisted Tree Farm in Spencer, New York. He joins me to talk about his life and the experiences that lead to his new book Trees of Power from Chelsea Green Publishing. Starting with his beginning as a tracker and forager,…
1907 – Permaculture Action Network with Ryan Rising and Leah Song
Mar 10
Today’s guests are Ryan Rising, of Permaculture Action Network, and Leah Song, of Rising Appalachia, who join me to talk about how they use the work on-stage and off to organize communities to participate in a permaculture action day. How they blend…
1906 – Zev Friedman on Co-Operate WNC, Mutual Aid, and the Scale of Collaboration
Feb 28
My guest today is Zev Friedman, founder of Co-Operate WNC, a mutual aid organization in Western North Carolina. A long-time permaculture practitioner, Zev’s current area of interest is similar to my own: supporting people, communities, and organizations…
1905 – So You Want To Be A Modern Homesteader with Kirsten Lie-Nielsen
Feb 20
In this episode, Kirsten Lie-Nielsen, author of So You Want to be a Modern Homesteader, joins me to share her journey in becoming a modern homesteader and the advice she has for anyone interested in pursuing a similar path. Residing in Maine, I like her…
1904 – Rob Avis on the Essentials of Rainwater Harvesting
Feb 10
In this episode of The Permaculture Podcast, Rob Avis, of Verge Permaculture, joins me to talk about rainwater harvesting. This conversation is based on his new book from New Society Publishers, Essential Rainwater Harvesting. Rob wrote this book along…
1903 – Propagate Ventures
Jan 30
In this episode co-host David Bilbrey sits down for a group interview the co-founders of Propagate Ventures, with Ethan, Jeremy, and Harry. Together they share how they bring agroforestry to existing farms using direct investment. Through these efforts…
1902 – Fostering a 500 Year Vision with Warren Brush
Jan 20
In this interview by co-host David Bilbrey, Warren Brush returns to the show to share his work about fostering a vision for the next 500 years. During their time together Warren walks us through the mentorship he’s received, the mentoring he provides, and…
1901 – Organizing and Supporting Our Communities with Rhonda Baird
Jan 10
Rhonda Baird, the editor of Permaculture Design Magazine and teacher and designer at Sheltering Hills Design, LLC., joins me to continue our conversation about creating change. In our first interview, we spoke about the way that we can work on ourselves…
What was, what is, what may come.
Dec 31, 2018
Welcome to the final episode of 2018. In a few hours we’ll transition to the New Year. As I do every year as what was comes to an end, this is a time to look back over everything that has happened in the preceding twelve months and prepare for those…
1840 – Whole System Economics with Joel Solomon
Dec 20, 2018
Where has our relationship with money and capital gone wrong as individuals and as a society? What do we have to do to get right with that relationship? In the last interview of the year, co-host David Bilbrey sits down with Joel Solomon to examine those…
1839 – Reclaiming our Nutritional Wisdom: Nourishment with Fred Provenza
Dec 10, 2018
My guest today is the renowned animal behaviorist Fred Provenza, who joins me to talk about how we can reconnect with the foods that feed our bodies and reclaim our nutritional wisdom. Visit Our Partner: Food Forest Card Game Drawing on decades of…
1838 – Mushrooms and Mycology with Lindsey Bender
Nov 30, 2018
My guest today is Lindsey Bender, the chief mycologist for Field and Forest Products, Inc., a mushroom spawn and supply company located in Wisconsin. I met Lindsey at the Pennsylvania Mother Earth News Fair in 2018 when I stopped to check in with Laura of…
1837 – Permaculture play, design considerations, and a casual conversation with Karl Treen
Nov 20, 2018
My guest today is Karl Treen of Food Forest Card Game. He joins me to share where his life has gone since our interview last year. Support the Podcast on Patreon A longtime permaculture practitioner, Karl is one of the people whose work I follow off the…
1836 – Indian Canyon, Decolonizing, and Indigenous Value Systems with Kanyon Coyote Woman
Nov 10, 2018
In this episode co-host David Bilbrey sits down with the teacher, activist, and permaculture practitioner Kanyon Sayers-Roods, also known as Coyote Woman, to talk about her work on the land at Indian Canyon, California to educate and inspire others in…
1835 – Natural Building, Community, and Opportunity with Clare Kenny of The Mudgirls
Oct 30, 2018
Clare Kenny of The Mudgirls Natural Building Collective joins me to continue our conversation about how she and the other of the group come together to create community and opportunity with natural building, and the lessons they share through The Mudgirls…
1834 – Permaculture Politics and a Compassionate Future with Joshua Hughes
Oct 20, 2018
This is an atypical episode of the show as you can probably tell from the title. In this conversation, I sit down with Joshua Hughes of VerdEnergia Pacifica and Blacksheep Regenerative Resource Management to talk about the intersection of permaculture and…
1833 – Brew Beer Like a Yeti with Jereme Zimmerman
Oct 10, 2018
Thank you to everyone who has supported this show over years, as this episode marks the 8th anniversary of the podcast. You’ve donated, joined Patreon, shared episodes with your friends, listened to your favorites with your co-workers, left reviews on…
1832 -Mother Earth News Fair 2018
Oct 5, 2018
In September I had the opportunity to attend the 2018 Mother Earth News Fair in Seven Springs, Pennsylvania. While there I recorded two in-person interviews, a full-length conversation with Jereme Zimmerman about his new book Brew Beer Like a Yeti, which…
1831 – A Finer Future with Hunter Lovins
Sep 30, 2018
Today guest host David Bilbrey sits down with Hunter Lovins to talk about Natural Capitalism Solutions and Hunter’s new book, A Finer Future – Creating an Economy in Service to Life. During their conversation David and Hunter talk about the problems…
1830 – Optical Surveying and Social Forestry with Hazel
Sep 20, 2018
What does it mean to go back to the ground and learn the fading skills necessary to work the forest with our hands? To read the land assisted by tools we sight with our own eyes? To create new visions of old roles, such as a land steward or cottager? I…
1829 – People & Permaculture: Trauma Informed and Radical Self Care with Jessi Bloom
Aug 30, 2018
Nearly every episode of the podcast, including this one, ends with the final statement, “Until the next time, spend each day creating the world you want to live in by taking care of Earth, yourself, and each other.” What does it mean, however, to take…
1828 – Regen Network, The Blockchain and Transparency for Regenerative Enterprise with Gregory Landua
Aug 20, 2018
Today co-host David Bilbrey sits down with Gregory Landua to talk about Regen Network and how they are using blockchain technology to create transparency and accountability for regenerative businesses. This allows those who use these systems to…
1827 – Eager: The Surprising, Secret Life of Beavers and Why They Matter
Aug 10, 2018
Ben Goldfarb joins me to talk about his new book,Eager: the surprising, secret life of beavers and why they matter. Drawing from his work and our experiences in resource management, conservation, and environmental education we talk about the role beavers…
1826 – Essential Earthbag Construction with Kelly Hart
Jul 30, 2018
Our guest for this episode is the carpenter, architect, and builder Kelly Hart. He joins me today to talk about Earthbag Construction, the subject of his recently published book Essential Earthbag Construction from New Society Publishers. Learn more about…
A Moment of Need
Jul 25, 2018
For the last several years I’ve run a Summer-to-Fall fundraiser in order to ask those listeners who can to donate to the show and keep the podcast freely available and frequently updated. This year I need to begin the campaign a little early as I am in…
1825 – The Wildcrafting Brewer with Pascal Baudar
Jul 20, 2018
Author, teacher, and forager Pascal Baudar joins me to discuss his exploration of primitive brews and fermentation, the basis for his latest book The Wildcrafting Brewer. He shares with us the way we can combine local ingredients as flavor, with water,…
1824 – Regenerative Business: Thrive Natural Care
Jul 15, 2018
In this episode co-host David Bilbrey continues to explore the intersection between permaculture, regenerative business, and the paradigm of capitalism by speaking with Alex McIntosh and Mario Garcia of Thrive Natural Care. Together they talk about how a…
1823 – The Art of Craft Distilling with Victoria Redhed Miller
Jul 10, 2018
My guest today is Victoria Redhed Miller, who joins me for the second part of our conversation on Craft Distilling, this time to talk about the art of the process which turns fermented sugars, whether from grains, fruit, molasses, or honey, into tasty,…
1822 – The Fruit Forager’s Companion
Jun 30, 2018
My guest today is Sara Bir, chef, writer, and author of The Fruit Forager’s Companion, from Chelsea Green Publishing. Using her book and those experiences as a place to start, we explore her interest in wild fruit and foods, including first falling in…
1821 – Sprig the Rescue Pig with Leslie Crawford
Jun 25, 2018
My guest today is Leslie Crawford, author of Spring the Rescue Pig, a children’s book about the journey of a pig on his trip from industrial agriculture to a sanctuary, and Rory, the child who helps him along the way. Using that book and story as a…
1820 – The Soil Food Web with Dr. Elaine Ingham
Jun 20, 2018
Today’s guest, in an interview recorded by co-host David Bilbrey, is the microbiologist and soil researcher Dr. Elaine Ingham. During this conversation, David and Elaine explore the microbiology of the soil, the impact of this life on the health of our…
1819 – ReGen18 – What is Regenerative Business? with Kevin Jones
Jun 15, 2018
In this short interview, David Bilbrey sits down for an in-person interview with Kevin Jones, recorded at the ReGen18 conference in May 2018. During their time together they discuss what we can consider when we hear the phrase regenerative business; what…
1818 – The Mudgirls Natural Building Collective
Jun 10, 2018
My guests today are five members of the Mudgirls Natural Building Collective, a Canadian women-owned and operated group of builders who focus on materials and techniques like cob, earthen plaster, earthen floors, and livings roofs, and authors, together,…
1817 – ReGen18 – Politics and The Clean Money Revolution with Joel Solomon
Jun 5, 2018
In this short interview David Bilbrey, co-host of The Permaculture Podcast and founder of EcoThinkIt.com, sits down for an in-person interview with Joel Solomon, recorded at the ReGen18 conference in May 2018. Joel is the author of The Clean Money…
1816 – The Legality of Craft Distilling with Victoria Redhed Miller
May 30, 2018
My guest is Victoria Redhed Miller author of Pure Poultry and her latest From No-Knead to Sourdough. These books pull on her experiences as an off-the-grid homesteader in the Pacific Northwest and are available from New Society Publishers. Our…
1815 – ReGen18 – Stuart Cowan, Director of Regenerative Development for The Capital Institute
May 27, 2018
In this short interview David Bilbrey, co-host of The Permaculture Podcast and founder of EcoThinkIt.com sits down for an in-person interview with Stuart Cowan, recorded at the ReGen18 conference in May 2018. Stuart holds a Ph.D. in Complex Systems, a…
1814 – Reducing our Footprint: Eliminating Single-Use Plastic with Paul Hellier
May 20, 2018
My guest today is Paul Hellier of Fair Food Forager, who joins me to begin an ongoing series of conversations to talk about what we can do reduce waste, change our consumptions patterns, and decrease our ecological footprint. To get this series started we…
1813 – Theory U and the Emerging Future with Dr. Otto Scharmer
May 10, 2018
In this episode Co-host David Bilbrey continues to explore the edge between permaculture, business, and social change by sitting down with Dr. Otto Scharmer. Together they talk about Dr. Scharmer’s work on Presencing and Theory U, the development of…
1812 – Being Present for Ourselves and Others with Rhonda Baird
Apr 30, 2018
My guest for today is Rhonda Baird, editor of Permaculture Design Magazine, and designer and educator at Sheltering Hills Design, LLC. We talk about the social side of permaculture and what we can do, as individuals and a community, to create boundaries…
1811 – Designing for Disasters with Natural Building
Apr 20, 2018
My guest today is Oliver Goshey, founder of the regenerative design and natural building company Abundant Edge, and host of the Abundant Edge podcast. During this interview we talk about natural building and designing for disasters, including the nature…
1810 – The Suburban Micro-Farm: Designing for Neighbors and Small Spaces
Apr 10, 2018
My guest today is Amy Stross, blogger at TenthAcreFarm.com and author of The Suburban-Microfarm. I wanted Amy to join me for an interview to hear her perspective on creating integrated spaces where people are and will continue to live for the foreseeable…
1809 – Pushing Back: A Precautionary Tale with Philip Ackerman-Leist
Mar 30, 2018
Visit Our Episode Sponsor: Harvesting Rainwater The guest today is Philip Ackerman-Leist a professor at Green Mountain College and author of A Precautionary Tale: How One Small Town Banned Pesticides, Preserved Its Food Heritage, and Inspired a Movement,…
1808 – Holistic Management and The Tallgrass Network with Julie Mettenburg
Mar 20, 2018
Co-host David Bilbrey returns to speak with Julie Mettenburg of Tallgrass Network, a hub of the Savory Institute that serves 25 million acres across Kansas and Missouri once dominated by the tallgrass prairie. Julie and the other families in the network…
1807 – Eat Mesquite and More! with Brad Lancaster and Jill Lorenzini
Mar 10, 2018
My guests today are Jill Lorenzini and Brad Lancaster of Desert Harvesters, here to discuss the new bioregional cookbook Eat Mesquite and More! We use that as a frame to talk about how to learn more about our natural world, to invite ourselves into wild…
1806 – The Woman Hobby Farmer with Karen Lanier
Feb 28, 2018
Karen Lanier shares what she learned while writing The Woman Hobby Farmer, a book that helps us look inside of ourselves and to decide whether we are ready to farm and to ask the question, “Why do I want to farm?” That core question arises from Karen’s…
1805 – Avery Ellis on Aquaponics, Water Harvesting, and Creating the Laws We Need
Feb 20, 2018
Avery Ellis, of Colorado Greywater, joins me to talk, in a conversation recorded live at a local coffee shop, about aquaponics, water harvesting, and his entry into the world of community politics when he joined the stakeholder process that changed the…
1804 – Emma Huvos: Riverside Nature School and Connecting with the Other-Than-Human
Feb 10, 2018
“We will not fight to save what we do not love.” Emma Huvos joins me to talk about her role as an educator who blends together her time as a classroom teacher with the forest and outdoor school models of Europe to create a hands-on, experiential,…
1803 – Jacqueline Smith: Animal Agriculture, Regenerative Enterprise, and Central Grazing Company
Jan 30, 2018
In this episode guest host David Bilbrey sits down with Jacqueline Smith, the founder of Central Grazing Company, to talk about her entry into the world of animal agriculture, after having no previous experience with farming or even family ties to a farm…
1802 – Honoring the Dead and Holding the Dying: Natural Burial with Michael Judd
Jan 20, 2018
How do we prepare for end of life? How do we honor the dead? How do we care for the living, through our rites and rituals, after a loved one passes? Michael Judd joins me to answer these questions as he shares the very personal story of his father’s…
1801 – Wilson Alvarez on Biomimicry, Landcare, and The Reintegration Project
Jan 10, 2018
How did animals and people influence the landscape for hundreds of thousands, and even millions of years, before the rise of civilization? That question provides the framework for Wilson Alvarez and his current work, The Reintegration Project, which…
1736 – An end of one year and the beginning of another
Dec 30, 2017
A highlight of the year behind, the current state of the show, and what’s coming up. Highlighted Episodes 1725 – Joel Salatin on Farming, Experience, and Mastery 1735 – Permaculture in Perspective: Fertile Edges with Maddy Harland 1727 – Mastering…
1735 – Permaculture in Perspective: Fertile Edges with Maddy Harland
Dec 20, 2017
To know where we are headed, it’s important to know where we are and where we come from. As Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. wrote in his book Strength to Love, “We are not makers of history; we are made by history.” With that in mind, in the conversation that…
1734 – Permaculture as Activism: Saving the Los Cedros Reserve with John Seed
Dec 10, 2017
As I was reminded of in a recent conversation with Emma Huvos, we protect what we love. As the ethics of permaculture call for us to care for Earth and people, then practicing permaculture can be a political act requiring activism. In this conversation…
1733 – Drawing Down Carbon: Eric Toensmeier on Agroforestry and Climate Change
Nov 30, 2017
How do we limit the damage of the greatest terrestrial environmental disaster ever, climate change? By drawing down carbon. How we do that, and the most effective ways possible, form the base of this conversation with Eric Toensmeier, as he shares his…
1732 -Sharing Permaculture: PIP Magazine
Nov 20, 2017
With smartphones, tablets, and other always-on, always-connected devices at our fingertips, finding a piece of information becomes easier and easier, if we have a few keywords to search for. When it comes to a subject as off the well-trod path as…
1731 – Peace, Permaculture, and The Gift with Kai Sawyer
Nov 10, 2017
Image: Kai Sawyer at the Peace and Permaculture Dojo. (Source:YouTube: Peace and Permaculture Dojo Tour) “The more generous we are, the more relaxed we’ll be, the more wealthy we’ll feel, and the more gifts these will cycle.” – Kai Sawyer As we embody our…
1730 – Teaching with Games: Food Forest Card Game
Oct 30, 2017
My guest today is Karl Treen, the creator of Food Forest Card Game, a deck of cards designed to teach the needs, yields, and connections of plants and animals within a food forest and within nature, so players can then take what they learn and apply them…
1729 – Next 7 with Lisa Stokke
Oct 20, 2017
This interview contains a conversation on Haudenosaunee (Iroquois Confederacy) beliefs reflective of popular rather than historical views. For more detailed information on the history and culture of these First Americans visit:…
1728 – Local Food Nodes with Viktor Zaunders
Oct 10, 2017
My guest today is Viktor Zaunders, one of the creators of localfoodnodes.org, a website designed to directly connect food producers and consumers. During the conversation, he shares with us the background for this project, the importance of building…
1727 – Mastering Cheesemaking with Gianaclis Caldwell
Sep 30, 2017
Gianaclis Caldwell is the author of a modern classic on cheese production, Mastering Artisan Cheesemaking from Chelsea Green Publishing, and her new book to help get anyone started, Mastering Basic Cheesemaking from New Society Publishers. These books and…
1726 – Fair Food Forager with Paul Hellier
Sep 20, 2017
My guest for this episode is Paul Hellier, part of the team creating the website and app by the same name, designed to help us make better decisions about what we buy, where we buy it from, and the ecological impacts of those choices. Fair Food Forager…
1725 – Joel Salatin on Farming, Experience, and Mastery.
Sep 10, 2017
The author, speaker, and farmer of Polyface Farms Joel Salatin joins me to talk about farming, the importance of experience, and the role of mastery over ourselves and our chosen discipline. These topics lay out the major themes of the conversation that…
1724 – Holistic Goat Care with Gianaclis Caldwell
Aug 30, 2017
My guest is the author, cheesemaker, and goatherd Gianaclis Caldwell of Pholia Farm Dairy. She joins me to talk about her latest book Holistic Goat Care from Chelsea Green Publishing. Using that complete approach we talk about goats on a farm and…
1723 – Change Here Now with Adam Brock
Aug 20, 2017
Visit Our Episode Sponsor: Harvesting Rainwater How do we create the world with the social and economic structures we desire? How do we distill the problems that we see over and over again in that context so they are easy to understand, that lead…
1722 – Together Resilient
Aug 10, 2017
How do we intentionally live together in those communities? How do we create those communities? What training should we have if we already living in or planning to move into an intentional community? These are some of the questions my guest Ma’ikwe…
1721 – Revising Permaculture with David Holmgren
Jul 30, 2017
David Holmgren joins me to talk about his work on revising his now classic text, Permaculture: Principles and Pathways Beyond Sustainability. His focus in doing so was to give the book greater clarity, to make it more accessible, and a little easier for a…
1720 – Permaculture Magazine, North America
Jul 20, 2017
Hannah Apricot Eckberg, the editor of Permaculture Magazine, North America, joins me to share her role in the creation and launch of the latest North American permaculture periodical. Along the way, we talk about how permaculture practitioners, especially…