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 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.
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!
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 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.
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.
It's another plant feature all about carrots! Often my plant features have included plants that are lesser known as edibles, but today the plant feature is a vegetable that the majority of people will recognize and that many commonly partake of. We’ve snacked on them, dipped them, steamed them, chopped them, and juiced them…but do we REALLY know all that carrots are capable of?
This is Episode #11 and it is the fourth in my Plant Features!! Today, we are taking a look at the Burdock plant. This is a plant that grows freely and easily in many regions, it may be best known for its annoying burrs that seem to latch onto horse, dogs, and clothing, but it is an amazing plant, nonetheless! This podcast is a rundown of what the burdock plant is and how its useful to nature and to mankind.
So, you tried out your green thumb and it did alright! Now, how on earth do you use all of these fresh ingredients? Maybe you are a pro in the kitchen, but I do not consider myself quite so adept. I am a newbie, when it comes to food preparation! If I am being honest,… Continue reading 7 Easy Ways to Use Garden-Fresh Ingredients
This episode is an interview with my only, half-brother by blood, full-brother by Spirit, Shane Dailey! Shane has SO MUCH wisdom he could share with us, but today we are focusing on his ability to recycle and repurpose normal everyday items around his property and garden. Consider this a homesteading feature about how an everyday family goes about creating a practical farm. Some might call him a hoarder, including me, but nonetheless his ingenuity for finding purpose in what many would consider garbage, is amazing! Listen in as my very own brother shares some of his tricks and tips for living an intentional permaculture inspired life!
I have met many people who would love to get started in the vast world of gardening, but they fear the unknown or the commitment. And I get it. Somedays, it is hard enough to keep enough water and food in our own bodies, much less, monitor the water, soil and sunlight of varying plants surrounding… Continue reading How to Grow a Green Thumb
I am a lover of apples. A crisp autumn day accompanied by applesauce with breakfast, a crunchy apple alongside my lunch (and maybe one for my horse) and some hot apple cider after dinner, is perfect for my Wisconsin-grown self. It would seem, no matter how many winters I experience, I get anxiety about how… Continue reading Cold Weather Care: Apple Trees
It sounds so heroic to be a part of the seed saving community, and it is!! Not only are you gathering food from your land, but then you are saving the seeds that food produces to continue the process of sowing and reaping. This cycle is immensely practical and forces us to respect and honor… Continue reading Save the Seeds!
Remember in the movie, "My Big Fat Greek Wedding", when the father believed that Windex was the cure-all for everything? Well, for those of us who garden and cultivate the land, mulch is our windex. Let's make this as simple as possible. 🙂 Why Mulch. Mulch is essentially a topping for the soil. It… Continue reading Mulch It
Dictionary.com defines weeds as, 1. a valueless plant growing wild, especially one that grows on cultivated ground to the exclusion or injury of the desired crop. 2. any undesirable or troublesome plant, especially one that grows profusely where it is not wanted. Our society is taught to pull weeds, stomp out weeds, or spray them with chemicals. According to the definition above, a weed is a "valueless plant" that grows where it is "not wanted". BUT, what if I told you that EVERY plant has value of some sort!! It is… Continue reading 17 Beneficial, Edible, and Beautiful Midwest “Weeds”
These last few weeks have been REALLY busy and filled with camping, traveling, and emotional highs and lows. Even though, I haven't posted a blog in ONE MONTH (never again), I have still been getting my permaculture fix through our own homestead and help from lots of other sustainable-thinking minds!! So, I decided that it… Continue reading My Favorite Permaculture Resources
A beginners guide to getting and maintaining chickens. I love checklists and so here is my princess checklist for your poultry adventure!
I recently explained to a very dear family member that my husband has a permaculture design certificate from The Permaculture Institute, taught by Geoff Lawton and we are in the process of building a business around sustainable gardening and permaculture. They stared at me blankly. Often when people ask, “What do you do?” or “What… Continue reading Why You Should Hire a Permaculture Designer
I grew up on a hobby farm with a variety of animals, including sheep, chickens, goats, horses, dogs and cats. We made our own hay and sometimes we hosted a small garden. Living in Milwaukee county, I was considered a “farm girl”. This label can be thrown around quite easily, these days. Many documentaries and… Continue reading Millennial Farmers: A Chat with Gallatin Grown
As the winter months are officially upon us, my husband's ability to play in the dirt has been greatly inhibited. I thought our 5 bucket worm-compost, our 3 Rosemary plants, 3 Aloe plants, 2 Snake plants, 1 Ponytail Palm, 1 Ficus Tree, 1 Basil plant, and 1 Dragon Palm might be enough to quench his… Continue reading Starting Microgreens
I'm kidding. Kinda. While my husband abides by most laws and social constructs, he has begun to take the phrase "nature calls" quite literally, so much as is possible. Why? Because it is better for the earth, our bodies, and society as a whole. There are some 'green' habits that I LOVE, and others that… Continue reading My Husband Won’t Use the Toilet…
Permaculture thrives on the idea that all land has a purpose. Land and its potential should be wisely and carefully used for the benefit of all living things, and in such a way that provides present health and sustainability for future generations. While our society is dealing with a health crisis caused by a lack… Continue reading Church Property for Community Garden
Never heard of the amazing Comfrey plant and its many uses? Well, let me introduce you! I was introduced to comfrey well over a year ago when my boyfriend filled my room in college with 3 baby comfrey roots, which I was supposed to nurture. He called it a miracle plant and told me that it… Continue reading Giving Comfrey Some Credit
I grew up on a hobby farm. At any given period we had horses, dogs, cats, goats, sheep, chickens, ducks and sometimes deer and raccoons. I love animals. All of them. But I currently live in Milwaukee, and the only animal I have, my horse, lives at my parents' house. I have no pets living… Continue reading My Pet Worms: Creating a 5 Bucket Worm Compost
One day my boyfriend (who is now my husband) told me he wanted to build a life and career around "permaculture". What? Perma-what? Is that some sort of science lab test kit? Does it involve travel? Is it something to do with fashion? I had never heard of the concept until just two years ago,… Continue reading What is Permaculture?
My husband fell into the 'permaculture rabbit hole' and upon realizing I couldn't pull him out, I jumped in after him. I am totally enthralled and enthusiastic about the permaculture world as it relates to us as individuals, as a community, and as residents of the natural state in which we live. But no matter… Continue reading 5 Ways Permaculture Has Hijacked my Life…