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.
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, 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.
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!
In this episode we are continuing our health and wellness series by introducing the importance of a morning exercise routine. Exercise has a plethora of physical and mental benefits, and it should be a part of your morning health and wellness routine in some form or fashion.
This is our 3rd Plant Feature! We are discussing the often over-looked and under-appreciated Dandelion plant!
In this podcast we are discussing the benefits of starting every single day with a quart of warm lemon water! This is the first podcast in my health and wellness portion of the podcast, where I address various health habits that lead to a more abundant life!
In this podcast I am chatting with my dear friend and business role model, Heather Schwartz who is the creator and voice behind Modern Life Mrs, and co-owner of Better Together Photography. This space is dedicated to Heather's journey with ulcerative colitis, how health and wellness have become a part of her every day life, and how she has learned to trust her God-given talents in her life and career.
I have been pretty entertained by the tiny house movement and I have secretly wondered if completely downsized, tiny house living, is something my family could do. I have also been intrigued with the survivalist/homesteading movement. The people who are prepared and ready for any possible event, which quite honestly, requires a certain amount of… Continue reading Survivalist Minimalist: Disrupting the Oxymoron
I have a somewhat unique identity in my blended family. I am half youngest child, and half only child. My brother, who is 10 years older than me, and one of my best friends and most genuine supporters, is from my mother's first marriage. So, I am a proud and joyful little sister. However, because… Continue reading A More Abundant Life – 21 Day Series
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
I am a product of the DARE education system. I signed a pledge card in 5th grade vowing to never use drugs, and I have more than followed through on that pledge. In fact, not only have I avoided illegal drugs, but I have avoided most legal substances, as well. By the grace of God,… Continue reading Bible Believer, Conservative Thinker, and Mary Jane Supporter
I am a planner by nature. I like daily to-do lists, weekly planners, writing monthly workout plans, and scheduling in advance, whenever possible. However, it would seem that the more I plan, the more I depend on me and my superb organization skills. God knows me well. He knows that depending on self and being… Continue reading Growing More than Veggies!
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!
Permaculture is not a religious term and it has no religious connotation or affiliation. Yet, as I grow in my understanding of nature and all that it entails, I find it impossible to separate regenerative agriculture from my foundation of faith. There are SO many spiritual lessons that can be gained from the natural world… Continue reading Springtime Contemplations
After Danny’s cancer treatments were completed, about 3 1/2 years ago, he returned to a life that included a mixture of struggles, as typically expected for a cancer survivor. About 6 months ago, Danny began experiencing severe peripheral neuropathy. Because of its rapid onset, our first fear was that the cancer had returned, but after… Continue reading Danny’s Health Update – Peripheral Neuropathy Edition
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
This is for ladies only (unless you are a guy who wants to share health information with the ladies in your life!) In general, I feel women end up dealing with a lot more toxins in their life, because we are constantly trying to figure out how to control our menstrual cycles, take pain away,… Continue reading 3 Ways to Reduce Toxicity in Your Life! (Ladies Only)
I am known for speaking my mind, and I tend to attract and build friendships with others who have undaunted opinions. So, I can't say it surprised me when the friends and family in our lives responded to the news of my husband and I moving in with my parents, with phrases like, "I thought you had… Continue reading Starting an Intentional Community…with my Parents 🙂
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…
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
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…