The Permaculture Podcast

    Episode 1478: Radical Roots Farm with Lee and Dave O’Neill


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    My guests today are Lee and Dave O’neill of Radical Roots Farm. Radical Roots is a certified organic farm designed and implemented using permaculture principles, as Lee and Dave are both trained permaculture practitioners. With just five acres the O’Neill’s and their five annual interns produce over sixty, yes sixty, thousand pounds of food during the CSA season, as well as tens of thousands of plants, from seed, for their nursery business.

    I like interviewing farmers, particularly those engaged in ecological design and permaculture, because there are numerous ways to get started. Lee and Dave began by WWOOFing for numerous years, including on after they got married. My friend Erin Harvey worked at coops and then rented land. Wayne Herring started by borrowing space from family before purchasing. For anyone who wants to farm and do it in a way that benefits earth, there are many different ways to get started. If you’d like to find out more about how the Radical Roots and those beginnings you’ll find the farm, and Lee and Dave, featured in Peter Bane’s The Permaculture Handbook.

    Radical Roots Farm
    Radical Roots Apprenticeship
    The Permaculture Handbook by Peter Bane
    World Wide Opportunities on Organic Farms (WWOOF)

    I want to thank Jen Mendez at for support of this podcast and her work on teaching permaculture to children. Two ways she does this are through her Education Design Course and EDGE Alliances.

    The Education Design Course (EDC) is a way that you can learn to map a learning landscape to reinvent and redesign what it means to learn, educate, and be educated with children. The next EDC begins on January 9th, 2015.

    The next EDGE Alliance is on Saturday January 10th from 12-1pm EST when Kelly Hogan of the Institute of Permaculture Education for Children (IPEC) returns to share how to integrate traditional permaculture learning into the lives of young children and adolescents.

    After that, on Sunday January 25th, from 8-9pm EST, Jen focuses on New Year’s Resolutions, specifically the goals and actions we are taking to better care for ourselves, our families, our communities, and the earth.

    Find out more about the EDGE Alliances and Education Design Course at

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