Sep 172014
 
 

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My guest for this episode is Mark Shepard, owner of New Forest Farm and author of Restoration Agriculture. This is the second of three pieces that Mark and I recorded together to talk about Restoration Agricultural practices and to answer listener questions.

In this episode we discuss four topics based around listener questions.

  1. Mark’s nursery techniques.
  2. Grafting vs. Seeding.
  3. What tools and infrastructure are needed to start a nursery project?
  4. How Mr. Shepard markets his tree crops locally or otherwise.

We also discuss the importance for each of us, that means you and me, to be growing, selecting, and breeding our own plants from seed. To make this easier Mark shares his STUN method of seeing what plants are best.

What does STUN stand for? Sheer Total Utter Neglect.

After listening to this episode, even if you don’t have a green thumb, there’s no reason to not be playing with plants on a variety of scales.

Here is another discussion about how to bring profit and entrepreneurship into permaculture. It is something I continue to work on and struggle with at times, but it is something we can do. As Mark said, we do this and then ask other systems to try and keep up with us as we create a better world now and for the future. This is not a game or something we play at, but real work to make a difference. We can do it.

To support that, I have some interviews that will come out over the coming months with people like Ethan Roland to discuss the Eight Forms of Capital and Regenerative Enterprise and how we can apply permaculture to business. Then Carol Sanford joins me to discuss how we can apply business to permaculture, find the essence of our entrepreneurial work, and grow what it is we are doing to bring functional permaculture models into the mainstream.

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Going on the Road

The show is going on the road so that I can go report on events of interest to the growing movements to build a better world, and to continue to spread the word of this wonderful system of design we call Permaculture. Next up I’ll be going to CHABA-Con, in Bridgeton, New Jersey, on October 11th, 2014 where Lester Brown of the Earth Policy Institute will be the keynote speaker for a day of lectures, discussions, and tours on how to transform the world we live in.

The last of the currently planned trips is to Roanoke, Virginia, from October 20th-22nd, interviewing farmers and local permaculture practitioners. I am also delivering a presentation, “Permaculture: Creating a Better World by Design” on 630PM on October 21st, 2014, at the Roanoke Natural Foods Co-Op at Grandin Village. If you’re in the area I’d love to see you there or at any of these other events.

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Sep 142014
 

Welcome to a Permabyte from the Mother Earth News Fair, presented by The Permaculture Podcast with Scott Mann, a listener supported program. This is Photographer John’s first interview. He spoke with Jason Drevenak of the North American Bushcraft School. This school caught my attention because their sign mentioned re-wilding, a subject covered in the past on this show with Ben Weiss and Wilson Alvarez. Displayed throughout their booth were a number of flintknapped arrowheads, tanned hides, bushcraft knives, and other useful simple tools. I wanted to go back around and get more information, but was called off to something else. Shortly thereafter I looked up the hill to see John recording some video.

So, without further ado, here’s John’s short interview with Jason. Enjoy.

http://www.northamericanbushcraftschool.com/

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My guest for this episode is Tradd Cotter, a microbiologist and mycologist who, along with his wife Olga, owns and operates Mushroom Mountain near Greenville, South Carolina. He is also the author of the book Organic Mushroom Farming and Mycoremediation from Chelsea Green Publishing.

In this interview we sit down and talk about his book, the science of microbiology and mycology, entrepreneurship, and also touch on the power of mushrooms for remediation. This is a rather candid conversation that includes thoughts about why ideas that can change the world should be open-source and owned by the people. Why treating employees well and paying a good wage for labor matters. Why making a difference can be more important than making money.

Find out more about Tradd and his work at MushroomMountain.com and at his author page at Chelsea Green. You can also order a copy of his book directly from the publisher.

If you enjoy this conversation and want to meet Tradd he will be at the Mother Earth News Fair in Seven Springs, Pennsylvania on September 12th – 14th, 2014. While there his talks include, “Shrooming Off the Grid,” “Mycoremediation of Home and Farm Waste,” and “Medicinal Mushroom Gardens: Cultivation, garden design, and preparing extracts and tinctures.” I’ll be at this event with Photographer John and look forward to connecting with Tradd while we are there.

On The Road

As part of the ongoing journey for me and the podcast, the show is going on the road. In addition to the Mother Earth News Fair, Photographer John and I are going on the Finger Lakes Permaculture Tour on September 6th, 2014. If you are in the area you can still register to go on this self-directed tour of multiple functional and operating permaculture sites. Hosted by the Finger Lakes Permaculture Institute, we’ll be there taking plenty of pictures to share with you and report back on the first of the planned annual tours.

I’ll be going to CHABA-Con, in Bridgeton, New Jersey, on October 11th, 2014 where Lester Brown, of the Earth Policy Institute will be the keynote speaker for a day of lectures, discussions, and tours on how to transform the world we live in.

The last of the currently planned trips is to Roanoke, Virginia, from October 20th-22nd, interviewing farmers and local permaculture practitioners. I am also delivering a presentation, “Permaculture: Creating a Better World by Design” on 630PM on October 21st, 2014, at the Roanoke Natural Foods Co-Op at Grandin Village. If you’re in the area I’d love to see you there or at any of these other events.

Review: Organic Mushroom Cultivation and Mycoremediation

As you can hear in the interview, and like I’ve mentioned appreciating in other reviews, he does this work. He’s not a sage on the stage, but a guide on the side living this and encouraging others to do the same.

Of all the books I’ve encountered on mushrooms, and I’ve looked at quite a few by names you know, Tradd’s it the most functional useful book on mushroom cultivation, education, and the science of it all that I’ve encountered. Just as I recommend The One-Straw Revolution as the first book to read when starting down a Permaculture Path, Organic Mushroom Farming and Mycoremediation is the first book I point people who want to get started with learning about mushrooms.

The book is divided into four sections.

Part I: The Fundamentals of Mushroom Cultivation contains what you need to know about mushrooms and how to grow them.

Part 2: Mushrooms for Life: Innovative Applications and Projects Using Fungi covers composting with mushrooms, urban growing, off the grid growing, mushroom products, mushroom infused adult beverages, mushroom marketing, and fungi in the classroom.

Part 3: Advanced Techniques and Research gives you what you need to know to get started building your own lab, start cultures and spawn generation, store your cultures, advanced cultivation and research strategies, a research update on morel cultivation, and an introduction to mycoremediation.

Part 4: Meet the Cultivated Mushrooms. A listing of Twenty-Four mushrooms Genus with notes on the difficulty of raising them, general description and ecology, fruitbody development, common strains and ideal fruiting conditions, wild spawn expansion techniques, lab isolation and spawn cultures, preferred fruiting substrates, outdoor cultivation notes, indoor cultivation notes, and also information on harvesting, storing, marketing, the nutritional value and medicinal uses, and uses in mycoremediation.

Did I say that this book was packed with information? It is, yet all of that, as much as it sounds like, is easy to read, well indexed, and includes just about everything I could ask for in a guide for a home grower, a teacher in the classroom, or someone wanting to get involved in commercial production. It’s that good and worth adding to your library if you have an interest in mushrooms.

I’m including the final print version of this book that I received from Chelsea Green in the Traveling Permaculture Library project. If you would like to be included in the mailing list for future books as part of that go to http://www.thepermaculturepodcast.com/library for more information.

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Class Announcements
Upcoming Edge Alliance’s from Jen Mendez, at PermieKids.com.

Sunday, September 7th 1:00-2:00 p.m. (EST)
David, from Rites of Passage Experience (ROPE) and The Center for the Advancement of Youth, Family, and Community Services for inspiring us to think about the following:

• When you were growing up, how did you know you were an adult?
• Did you have a “tornado” experience in your life and after you went through it – it altered the way you saw the world and people saw you?
• What do you see as milestones in your children’s lives?
• What do you think a rite of passage is? Can you describe or share an experience in your own life that might fit within this?

Sunday, September 7th 6:00-7:00 p.m. (EST)
Collaborate with other educators and parents from Alternative Education Resource Organization (AERO) on the following questions:

• What does it mean to be a mathematical person?
• What have we, the educators, experienced throughout our lives that have helped us develop a playful attitude and curious nature towards mathematics?
• How can we explore and approach math with children in a way that meets them not only where they are, but also where they are going?

Sunday, September 21st 1:00-2:00 p.m. (EST)
Kelly Hogan, an educator from Mother Earth School, and Marissa, a PERMIE KIDs parent, educator, and founder of PermaCognition who recently attended the Advanced Permaculture for Youth and Child Educators program, join us for a lively discussion on the following questions:

• What sort of knowledge, concepts, or skills are needed to have a solid foundation as a permaculture youth and child educator?
• What sort of things are integrated into the environment of a permaculture-minded educator?
• How does our own and our shared story influence us as educators and our children? How can we use storytelling as an educational tool?

Sunday, September 28th 1:00-2:00 p.m. (EST)
Lisa Harris and Jerry Mintz from Alternative Education Resource Organization (AERO) for join us to talk about the following questions:

• What role might discrimination and tolerance play in children’s relationships with themselves and others?
• How can differences, disabilities, and grouping impact children?
• How do we start talking about such issues with young children?
• What are some techniques and tools to help children (and us, the parents and educators) re-design our relationships to address important issues like these head on?

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Phone: 717-827-6266

The Permaculture Podcast with Scott Mann
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Dauphin, PA 17018

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Aug 272014
 
 

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…we are all more than the worst thing we’ve ever done.

Bryan Stevenson. Executive Director, Equal Justice Initiative

My guest for this episode is Melanie G. Snyder, author of Grace Goes to Prison who works on issues of restorative justice and prisoner re-entry. You can find out more information about her and her work at www.melaniegsnyder.com.

One of the core ideas of her work is “prison as a last resort” and that forms the theme for this interview, and how restorative justice, and rehabilitation and treatment programs impact in a positive way the people and communities who use these options. I see this conversation as an important way for permaculture practitioners to apply what we know, especially among those with sociology, psychology, law, or criminal justice backgrounds, to engage the system that exists and create a better world that values all the people who are a part of it.

This very candid conversation touches on a number of stories of people from my life impacted by the criminal justice system. Melanie’s work and this conversation matter to me, and from speaking with many other people it matters to them, too, because of their loved ones who could have been saved if other options existed. Listen if you know anyone who has ever had a negative interaction with the law and consider how implementing restorative justice and re-entry programs in your community help create a better world.

Work like Melanie’s is important for breaking us out of the mold of current thinking and shows that other systems are possible. We don’t live in an unchangeable machine, we’re not cogs or sprockets. We are part of a dynamic living system and we can change it to be more kind, more peaceful, and more beneficial to all.

The Four Questions of Restorative Justive

  1. Who has been harmed by a crime?
  2. What are their needs?
  3. Who should be accountable for addressing the needs and harms that were caused by the crime?
  4. What can be done to address the harm?

Resources
Melanie G. Snyder
The Center for Community Peacemaking
Lancaster County RMO
Restorative Justice Online
National Association of Community and Restorative Justice
The New Jim Crow by Michelle Alexander

Melanie’s TedX Talk: Breaking Out of Prison Thinking

Recommended Listening

Class Announcements

Permie Kids Edge Alliances
Sunday, August 31st 8:30-9:30 p.m. (EST)

Thanks, Brian, from Walking Elephant Theatre Company for joining us to contemplate the following questions:

  • What challenges do we face today and how can theatre start to help us address these issues with children?
  • How can we use theatre to enrich active, self-empowered learning?
  • What are some ways that we can use theatre to help us and our children connect with community?

Sunday, September 7th 1:00-2:00 p.m. (EST)

Thanks, David, from Rites of Passage Experience (ROPE) and The Center for the Advancement of Youth, Family, and Community Services for inspiring us to think about the following:

  • What is a healthy, normal transition for children into community?
  • What are rites of passage and how have been/are rites of passage experienced in different cultures throughout the world and time?
  • What does this mean for what our children need from us as parents/educators the the greater community and what does this mean for what the greater community needs from the children?

Sunday, September 7th 6:00-7:00 p.m. (EST)

Collaborate with other educators and parents from Alternative Education Resource Organization (AERO) on the following questions:

  • What does it mean to be a mathematical person?
  • What have we, the educators, experienced throughout our lives that have helped us develop a playful attitude and curious nature towards mathematics?
  • How can we explore and approach math with children in a way that meets them not only where they are, but also where they are going?

Sunday, September 21st 1:00-2:00 p.m. (EST)

Meet Kelly and educator from Mother Earth School and Marissa, a PERMIE KIDs parent, educator, and founder of PermaCognition who recently attended the Advanced Permaculture for Youth and Child Educators program, and join us for a lively discussion on the following questions:

  • What sort of knowledge, concepts, or skills are needed to have a solid foundation as a permaculture youth and child educator?
  • What sort of things are integrated into the environment of a permaculture-minded educator?
  • How does our own and our shared story influence us as educators and our children? How can we use storytelling as an educational tool?

How can I help you create a better world? Get in touch.

E-mail: show@thepermaculturepodcast.com
Phone: 717-827-6266

The Permaculture Podcast with Scott Mann
P.O. Box 16
Dauphin, PA 17018

Facebook: Facebook.com/ThePermaculturePodcast
Twitter: @permaculturecst

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Aug 222014
 
 

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My guest for this episode is Jean-Martin Fortier, the author of The Market Gardener and Canadian Small Scale Farmer.

During our conversation today we discuss how he came to farming, his on-farm practices, how small is profitable, and the importance of standardization and simple practices. Together he, his wife, and two farm workers raised and sold over $140,000 in produce during the last growing season, with a net profit of $70,000 for him and his family, all on an acre and a half of intensively managed garden beds. Here is a model for anyone who wants to farm successfully.

If you enjoy this interview with Jean-Martin, or any other in the archives, support the show by making an on-going monthly contribution to the show. Find out how at: www.thepermaculturepodcast.com/support

In my review of Mr. Fortier’s book, and in this interview, I expressed how much I enjoyed his work. This is a handbook that I wish I’d had when first setting up my front yard garden. Combine this book with Peter Bane’s The Permaculture Handbook and you have all the makings of a small-scale permaculture farm that is holistic and integrative, with a Zone One Vegetable garden that can provide regular and routine cash crops, while developing perennial agriculture systems in other areas.

Resources
The Market Gardener
Market Gardening Tools

On this subject of small scale farming, you may enjoy listening to the life and times of starting and running a farm, including those with my friend Erin Harvey of The Kale Yard, and Wayne Herring, of Herring’s Green Grass Farm. Give those a listen and have a better understanding of whether or not this life of farming is for you.

Erin Harvey
Starting a Small Scale Farm

Wayne Herring
Starting a Sustainable Family Farm
Farming During Transition
Listener Questions – Small Scale Farming

The last note for this episode is a reminder that the show goes on the road in September and October and I’d like to invite you to join me.

September 6th photographer John and I attend the Finger Lakes Permaculture Tour, in and around Ithaca, New York.

September 12th and 14th we’ll be at the Mother Earth News Fair in Seven Spring, Pennsylvania.

October 11th, I’ll be at CHABA-Con in Bridgeton, New Jersey. Lester Brown of the Earth Policy Institute is the keynote speaker.

October 21st, I’ll be at the Roanoke Natural Foods Co-op at Grandin Village at 630PM for a discussion on “Permaculture: Creating a Better World by Design.”

If there is any way I can assist you in creating the world you want to live in, answer questions on permaculture, or help to connect you to the resources you need, feel free to get in touch.

E-mail: show@thepermaculturepodcast.com
Phone: 717-827-6266

The Permaculture Podcast with Scott Mann
P.O. Box 16
Dauphin, PA 17018

Facebook: Facebook.com/ThePermaculturePodcast
Twitter: @permaculturecst

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