The Permaculture Podcast

    1821 – Sprig the Rescue Pig with Leslie Crawford

    My guest today is Leslie Crawford, author of Spring the Rescue Pig, a children’s book about the journey of a pig on his trip from industrial agriculture to a sanctuary, and Rory, the child who helps him along the way.


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    Using that book and story as a starting place, Leslie and I talk about agriculture, food activism, parenting, and the lessons we as adults can learn from children.

    Find out more about Leslie at Sprig The Rescue Pig, published by Stone Pier Press, is distributed by Chelsea Green Publishing. You can purchase the book at or look for it wherever you buy books.

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    I really like Leslie’s non-confrontational and non-judgemental tone to the story of Sprig, that shows us what is possible in expanding our relationships and connection to the natural world and other than human, in a beautiful way through Leslie’s expressive language and the delightful illustrations by Sonya Stangl.

    If you are a parent of younger children, as I say somewhere in that 6 to 9 range, I recommend that you pick this up and start to share these stories and your values with your children. Gwen the Rescue Hen is now available for pre-order at

    What do you think of the story of Sprig? Are there other books you would recommend for permaculture parents for children? Let me know.

    Leave a comment in the show notes, call 717-827-6266, email, or drop something in the post:

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    From here, the next episode is an interview with Sara Bir, author of The Fruit Forager’s Companion, to talk about food, fruit, and foraging.

    Until then, spend time connecting with any children in your life, and share with them your love of Earth, care for one’s self, and one another.

    The Possibility Handbook Update
    The Possibility Handbook is coming along. It’s still rough, and has a ways to go, but, as I’ve said to some other folks, I’ve been working on it for so long that I need other eyes to take a look at it, so the manuscript is in the virtual hands of some volunteers who are reading and reviewing the document to provide insight, feedback, and ask questions so I can make improvements and bring it into the world in months to come. With how things are going I should have a revised, though still rough, version mailed to Ethan and the Possibility Alliance in July for them to read and provide their own insights.

    If this is your first time hearing about this project you can find out more by visiting where you’ll also find links to my interviews with Ethan Hughes, all in one place.

    Summer Road Trip
    I’d like to travel to Indiana and Kentucky in July to record in-person interviews with Sam Sycamore of The Good Life Revival Podcast and Jereme Zimmerman, author of Make Mead Like a Viking, to discuss his new book Brew Beer Like a Yeti. If time allows I’m also looking at speaking with Karen Lanier to follow-up on our conversation about her work as a documentarian and her film about women farmers, and with Michael Beck of ThePOOSH and Permaculture Action Network to discuss their on the ground and community efforts.

    To make that trip happen, I need to raise a few hundred dollars for lodging and fuel along the way. You can help launch these in-person interviews by visiting or sending something in the mail.

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    If you do send something, please be sure to include your mailing address so I can send you a note from the road.

    Sprig the Rescue Pig
    Gwen the Rescue Hen
    Leslie Crawford
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