Today, I am introducing you to a new-to-me voice in the permaculture space. At VaxCon 2022, I was taken with this team of brothers who were focused on spreading permaculture design across the southeast Wisconsin area. They were working with a company called, Food Forest Abundance. This company was established in 2020 as a way to help people grow their own food and has blossomed into a global movement to help people become more self-reliant. Since their official launch on Earth Day 2021, they have expanded throughout most of the United States and into 15 other countries. I am beyond excited to chat with their “Chief Storyteller”, Jim Gale, and discover more about the mission, mindset and practicalities of this regenerative based growing model.
Today, we are lifting up parents and home remedies with a voice you've heard a couple times before. This guest is not only a sweet friend of mine, a creative photographer, and a sensible entrepreneur, she is also a mother! Her previous conversations were amazing! So, I happily invited Heather Ford of The Modern Life Mrs & Better Together Photography back for a conversation about what I call, mama (or papa) bear home care. We talk about what sorts of natural therapies we as parents can use at home. Heather has become a mother who is well-versed in taking care of her child, soon to be “children” at home, and today is simply conversation between two natural mamas who love to catch up over microphones.
Today, I am introducing you to Stephanie Rose. Stephanie is the founder of the popular website GardenTherapy.ca, which includes gardening and permaculture advice, information and projects. She’s an award-winning author and a student and teacher of organic gardening and permaculture, who aims to encourage better living through plants. This conversation will get you inspired for springtime, share practical tips for garden landscapes and focus on Stephanie's most recent book, The Regenerative Garden: 80 Practical Projects for Creating a Self-sustaining Garden Ecosystem. I am so excited to introduce you to the experience and natural vibe Stephanie cultivates, so stick around while we dive into practical permaculture with Stephanie Rose.
A super quick podcast update before we jump into a new season! This was literally me with 30 free minutes, a microphone, a journal and bullet points to cover! 2021 was so busy and yet delightful. We tuned into our family time, trained a pony, gardened, enjoyed the outdoors, traveled and cultivated Christ-centered community! I… Continue reading PPP 34: 2021 Review, Books Read, A Day in the Life, Podcast Preview
In full transparency, this blog has become a catch all for the information I am personally passionate about. I write posts about stories I want to remember (my birth experiences), I write about health protocols, anecdotal experiences, or about people I am learning from as a sort of online journaling space. While much of my… Continue reading My (Evergreen) Book Recommendations
Koreen Brennan of growpermaculture.com is a designer and educator who has a long resume of experiences within the regenerative growing world! Today, we discuss the way permaculture can aid disaster relief, build our soils and transform our communities.
Today we are diving into the world of Mustards! This episode was inspired after hearing people around me complain about and spray herbicides on garlic mustard. Many of us have been told that garlic mustard is an "invasive species", and yet, I have learned that all plants have strengths and weaknesses! Today is about recognizing the amazing benefits of the mustard family, including and especially, garlic mustard! Kyle Denton of Tippecanoe Herbs is my guest expert on mustards! We are thrilled to partner with Kyle to bring you a little insight to these amazing superfoods!
Megan Rorabeck is the author of “Between the Hips, A practical guide for Women”. She is a Doctor of Physical Therapy and a Board-Certified Women’s Health Clinical Specialist who is on a mission to help women all of the world understand issues like bladder leakage, constipation, and painful, anticlimactic sex are not normal. As people who believe in taking care of the natural world around us, and people who believe in finding abundant health in all areas of life, we should also be people who are willing to have “uncomfortable conversations” about any area of our health. Not only can having transparent conversations like this help the women who are dealing with these issues, it can also help society support mamas-to be, mamas who have been, and anyone, who maybe just needs more clarity and awareness of their pelvic floor.
This is Episode #30, and today we are hanging out with my sorta-sister, Amy Dailey! Amy and her partner are doing spectacular things in the name of sustainability, natural building and regenerative agriculture. I can't wait to share a bit of her story and the way she has moved toward a minimalist lifestyle, with a focus on stewarding their land in Oregon. In this conversation we dive into off-grid living, growing on new land, and all things nature & intentionality.
This is Episode #29. Today, I am having a fangirl moment because I am interviewing the man who is responsible for officially putting a “permaculture” hook in my brain. Mark Shepard is the CEO of Forest Agriculture Nursery LLC, founder of Restoration Agriculture Development LLC and award-winning author of the book, Restoration Agriculture: which happens to be the very first book I ever read about permaculture principles. Mark is famous in the permaculture world and he is right here in Wisconsin, a zone 3/4 growing environment, which makes me even MORE excited to talk to him about his work, his advice and his dreams for making our environment a more abundant landscape!I hope you are inspired by one of the great thinkers and doers within the regenerative growing world!
This is Episode #28. Brandon LaGreca was on episode #22 where we discussed Acupuncture, Eastern Medicine and his book about EMFs and Cancer. If you haven’t listened to that episode, I HIGHLY recommend you pause and go back, because it will give a great foundation about who Brandon is, and why we are so grateful to hear from him again! Today, we continue the conversation about cancer, but with some specificity to the things we have learned about Covid19, and our immune system, over the past year. Brandon, as an Acupuncturist in East Troy, Wisconsin has committed his work to creating “empowered patients”, or people who are educated, encouraged and challenged to take their health into their own hands and navigate the myriad options before them with intelligence and peace. Brandon is so brilliant and I am excited to introduce him, for round 2!
This is episode number 27 . Today, I am throwing it back to where this podcast began: Plant features! When I started this podcast in 2018, I wanted a podcast that taught me about plants!!! I wanted to learn about plants I could grow, plants I could eat, and just all the things to love about various plants! So far in our plant journey, we have covered Comfrey, Chamomile, Dandelion, Burdock, Carrot & Basil, and today is another plant feature! My late grandmother’s namesake, the Wisconsin state flower, and the signature flower of Napoleon Bonaparte; Violet. So, stick around while I take a deep dive into everything you ever wanted to know about Violets.
Today, I am introducing you to a great friend who studies and teaches parkour! Travis Tetting is a local to the southeast Wisconsin area, and I was lucky enough to meet him at our local YMCA. Today we are jumping/leaping/vaulting/(all the puns) into a discussion of parkour and all things movement! Now, you may be wondering what parkour and permaculture have to do with one another, but as I have explored the “parkour” world and the concepts of natural movement and intentional play, I have learned that the philosophies that guide the parkour and permaculture world, are actually quite similar or at the very least, complimentary! Stick around to meet this awesome human, who as a husband, homeschooling father of 3 boys, and “on the move” business owner, is taking precious time to chat with us!!
Welcome to the Permaculture Princess Podcast! This is Episode #25. It’s been quite a while since I last recorded, but we are about to get things back up and running! So, I figured I would start 2021 with a brief description of my last year, and where I plan to take this podcast from here!
These cookies are wholesome, vegan, sugar-free, gluten-free, delicious and super fun to make!!! I should warn you, I am constantly doubling and tripling recipes to get the "desired" amount, so you'll find my recipes can feed a fairly large family. 🙂 Hope you enjoy! Chunky Cooked-Quinoa Cookie mixture! Homemade cookies, fresh from the oven! When… Continue reading Chunky Quinoa Chocolate-Chip Cookies: Vegan, Gluten-Free & Refined-Sugar-Free
Julie Obradovic is teacher, a writer, and an advocate. She has spent almost twenty years in education and more than ten years advocating for families and children affected by autism. I first encountered Julie when I started to do my research on vaccines. I was a new mother and I was navigating the intense vaccine schedule as suggested by my doctors. Her book "An Unfortunate Coincidence" had a great impact on my research journey. I fully recognize this to be one of the more controversial podcasts I have ever released. However, even if only for the opportunity to hear another person’s story, I implore you to listen with open ears. My goal in sharing this interview is purely to share a well-researched and difficult perspective, while also honoring the lives of Julie and her family. While vaccines can be a sobering topic, I believe it is appropriate for the times we are living in, and should be openly and freely discussed.
Kyle Denton is an herbalist here in the Milwaukee area, and he and his wife, Serena are owners of “Tippecanoe Herbs”. Kyle is so well versed on herbs and the way herbal medicine can be utilized to enhance our health, so I am beyond excited to sit back and let him share some knowledge with us! My immune system and overall health have benefited greatly from his herbal mixtures and concoctions, but I have also enjoyed the education he shares through fun jingles and entertaining stories! This guy is full of joy and he shares his gift with sincerity and intelligence. So, without further ado, you might as well start smiling now, because Kyle will absolutely brighten your day!
This is Episode #22! Today, I am interviewing a significant member of our health and wellness team, our acupuncturist, who has also become a friend. We met Brandon LaGreca at his acupuncture clinic here in Southeast Wisconsin, but his knowledge and passions go much further than needles and meridians. He is well-versed on alternative healing methods, and he also has a vested interest in electromagnetic frequencies, or EMF’s and their impact on society. In fact, he has recently authored a book titled, “Cancer and EMF Radiation: How to Protect Yourself From the Silent Carcinogen of Electropollution”. I am so fascinated by the work that Brandon is doing, and I am excited to share his calm demeanor and well-researched knowledge base with you! He is truly dedicated to making the world a better place by improving the mind, body & soul of everyone he meets! This is filled with encouraging stories and practical education from Brandon LaGreca.
When I was younger I loved hunting for the Easter basket. It was always filled with chocolate, sweet treats and pastel colored toys. My Baka (grandma) would always make Primorski Uskrsne Bebe (or Croatian Easter Bread Dolls), and I was delighted by dying Easter eggs, and going on egg hunts. I was taught that we… Continue reading Why I am Teaching my Kids the Tradition of Passover versus Easter
Alec LePoidevin, of Fresh Roots WI, is a fellow lover of health, sustainability and permaculture ethics. He is doing amazing work across southeast Wisconsin in helping people garden and learn about how they can better take care of the land around them. Here, we get super practical about what a permaculture designer does and how our Wisconsin, zone 5 region is accepting the regenerative agriculture movement. Hopefully this podcast inspires you to take action or just reminds you that there are others pouring their energy into this regenerative revolution!
Diastasis Recti. Every time I say this term, people look at me as if I am speaking another language or possibly oversharing about my bathroom experience. The looks of concern are quite entertaining. Mayo Clinic explains the condition like this... During pregnancy, the growing uterus stretches the muscles in the abdomen. This can cause the… Continue reading Healing Diastasis Recti: My Experience
Jessica Marcy of Sweet Love & Ginger, is a wife, mom, and environmental engineer from Upstate, NY. She is a champion for sustainability and the local food movement as well as an avid cook. At home, she enjoys gardening, hunting, fishing, foraging, crafting and adventuring with her family. , Today, we are focusing on the practicality of cooking with garden & foraging harvests. We are also discussing gardening with a family and seeking sustainability in this generation!
Today, I am hanging out with the always beautiful Heather Ford, who is my FIRST returning guest! Last time she spoke with us, on episode number 3, she shared about her journey with an autoimmune disease and following her dreams. Today, we are checking in with her health, as she is an expecting mama! She shares lots of wellness advice about nutrition, essential oils, purifying your air, and even purifying your life from toxic relationships. This episode is fun and informative!
We love to talk about the benefits of plants and nature! So, there is NO WAY we could bypass the usage of plants in their “essential oil” form. Here we will dive into questions on natural living, cooking and all things essential oils, with En Tao and Maria Ko of Essential Joy!
Two years ago I celebrated my first official "Mother's Day". I had a baby girl just over 4 months old, and I was completely smitten with motherhood. On my very first Mother's Day, I taught a Pilates class, and then I trained two of my clients. I got a few "Happy Mother's Day" greetings from… Continue reading Gift-less Mother’s Day
Today is another plant feature, and we are taking about Basil. I am obsessed with basil. I skim restaurant menus for anything that includes basil, especially Thai dishes with basil. I use basil essential oil on sore muscles and I eat it fresh or dried on almost everything! Needless to say, this episode will be one of my favorites, so stick around as we delve into the basil plant and its many benefits to nature and mankind.
I can vividly remember looking up at the florescent, bright lights on the ceiling of the ambulance and wondering to myself, "maybe I could just hide this part of my story...nobody has to know about this..." And as I reflected on my birth story, I quickly realized that my intense desire to fein some sort… Continue reading Empowered & Humbled: My Home Birth Hospital Transfer Story
This was not the blog I was going to write. These were not the pictures I was going to take. This was not the story I was going to tell, and yet as I look back on this experience, I cannot help but giggle at the way God instructs and transforms us. The lessons that… Continue reading The Maternity Shoot that Parallels Motherhood
I sincerely did not know what a midwife was, until I was 26 years old. I was surprisingly and naively pregnant with my first baby. I went to a birth options seminar at a local birthing education center and was immediately over-taken by a world I never knew existed: The natural birth community. I was… Continue reading OB-GYN vs Midwifery Prenatal Care
Today, I am introducing you to someone who inspires me in both my permaculture and spiritual journey. Jeremy Brown is the creator of Brown Bear Wilderness Co. and a fellow Milwaukee permaculture educator, urban gardener, foraging/wilderness guide, husband and father of 5. We think very similarly about how taking care of the land, and growing our own food is a way of relating to and living out our faith. There are MANY things we could cover in today’s interview, but I am focusing specifically on Jeremy’s knowledge of urban gardening, gardening with a large family, and his dreams for wilderness education.