Water – Simple, Yet Complex with Watershed Artisan Craig Sponholtz (PVP046)

Today’s story is one about a unique focus. Someone who has dedicated a whole lot of time on mastering one subject. One subject that is dually quite simple yet extremely complex – water. Today I am talking to watershed restoration expert Craig Sponholtz.  Craig has made a career of consulting on water related issues – everything from water harvesting to …

Designing Systems That Will Work Before AND After SHTF – Passive Systems vs. Brittle Complicated Systems f. Ben Falk & Grant Schultz (PVP040)

Ben Falk and Grant Schultz join me to talk about permaculture as a survival preparedness strategy.  How can we use whole systems design to create systems that work passively to increase our resiliency? In our modern day world we are quick to throw money at technological, mechanical systems that are complicated and brittle.  In an emergency situation you could have …

The Future of Agriculture – Changing the Concept with Mark Shepard. (PVP039)

  Mark Shepard of Forest Agriculture Enterprises joins me to talk about the future of agriculture.  Mark has a pretty clear view on how he thinks the future of agriculture  could be.. restoration agriculture style farms dotting the landscape with animals roaming through grasslands dappled with trees… a perennial polyculture system that builds soil instead of destroying it, a system …

Biogas and Anaerobic Digestion: Closing the Loop on Waste and Creating Energy in the Process. (PVP038)

  Bob Hamburg of Omega-Alpha Recycling Systems and Dragon Husbandry joins me to talk about anaerobic digestion and biogas. How we can use “waste” to close the loop and get beneficial by-products in the process. The anaerobic digesters can be integrated into permaculture and homestead systems by incorporating them within greenhouses and tying them into pond systems.     Key …

Arrive at a Solution, Don’t Impose a Solution – Permaculture and Life with Toby Hemenway (PVP037)

  Toby Hemenway joins me to talk permaculture – how permaculture has changed and how we can work more permaculture into our lives.   Key Takeaways It really benefits anyone in almost any field to be able to think in whole systems.  Someone who embraces permaculture can do a lot more than teach and design property.  Apply permaculture techniques and …

Permaculture Plants – A chat with Dave Whitinger of All Things Plants (b007)

Dave Whitinger of All Things Plants joins me for a to chat about different ‘permaculture’ plants that he grows. Most of these plants are classic permaculture plants.  They are plants that perform multiple functions within a system.  Many of these are sadly considered weeds – comfrey, lambs quarter, dandelion, yarrow, mint, and more. Dave talks about his experiences with each …

Ditching the Status Quo, Using Your Life Energy to Make a Better World: Permaculture Business (PVP035)

Rob Avis of Verge Permaculture joins me to talk about the business of permaculture – a right livelihood. We live in a world where we are surrounded by environmental liabilities that have a real economic impact.  So why not solve those problems and earn a living in the process? Rob talks a lot about approaching permaculture as a profession.  What …

Permaculture 2.0, Designing a Profitable Broadacre Perennial Farm with Grant Schultz. (PVP034)

  Grant Schultz joins me to talk about developing a perennial polyculture in the middle of row-crop corn and soy country Iowa. He discusses a lot of the innovation and developments taking place on his farm, including some really innovative ways of doing GPS keyline design. We spend a lot of time talking about the business of farming.  The importance …