Interviews with the bright minds of mycology, soil science, and natural farming. Exploring the technology and techniques involved in the movement back to ecologically sound practices and businesses that start in our backyards!
Episode #76, Nature Will Save Our Kids, with Jenny Bailey
I’ve been wanting to have an show for a while about the benefits of getting children back into nature. I recently read, Last Child In the Woods, now a classic book from 15 years ago about nature-deficit in children.
If you have younger kids in your life, today’s interview is with Jenny Bailey co-creator and author of a new book series for younger children, including a soundtrack which is featured at the intro to this episode.
The series is called, Tales from Mother Earth, and Jenny will be talking today about their first book which is about bees, then she will share about their educational initiatives in the UK and their mission to empower younger people to become passionate and responsible stewards of the earth.
But before our interview, I will review another new book, a graphic adaptation, and it is a graphic novel adaptation of the best-selling memoir by Edward O Wilson. For those of you who haven’t read his books including his most recent Tales from the Ant World, he is an amazing and fascinating adventurer, a researcher, biologist and entomologist who has been a staple at Harvard University since the 1950s.
Episode #75, Vermicomposting and Getting Started in Composting, with John Craig
This is Episode 75 with John Craig the master composter who runs grassroots nonprofit, We Compost, located inside the Farm and Food Lab in the Great Park at Irvine, California.
John tells us how to get started in composting, some basic methods to try, and some of the experiments they are doing with worms and composting at the Farm and Food Lab.
Then he shares the components of good composting and about his composting symbol that he has created for people to use while promoting and normalizing composting and compostable products.
Later, we discuss the basics of how to deal with specific composting issues and two book recommendations for vermicomposting and understanding the soil food web.
Finally, John shares how to find the right local worms that will thrive in your soil, wherever you are located.
Episode #74, BioChar with Tom Marrero
Today we learn from Tom Marrero of Wakefield BioChar. He shares the background and history of biochar, plus the research and background that led him to start his family business. For those of you excited for a composting specific episode again, I promise that will come soon.
So what exactly is biochar, what can it do and what can it not do? Tom tells us all of this and why it is used for soil health and remediation.
The last portion is about the different types of biochar and the process of making it, and understanding the overall sustainability of biochar.
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Episode #73, Holistic Landscapes and Edible Design with Jennifer Lauruol
Today Jennifer Lauruol will tell us about the ecologically-minded area of Lancaster England where she lives and some of the community and research programs they have there around sustainability and food security.
She talks about how she markets herself as an edible landscape designer, helping to restore spaces with native plants using permaculture concepts and getting people interested in healthier garden spaces.
She goes into how she is able to get suburbanites to come around to the idea of native plants in their yards, and about ways she incorporates these plants to make a statement in the landscape, as well as some of the terminology she prefers to use when communicating with people unfamiliar with permaculture principles.
Jennifer shares some great book recommendation and mentions very interesting landscape designers who have inspired her or paved the way to where we are now in the movement. Listen to the whole episode, because Jennifer gives some great recommendations sprinkled throughout the interview.
In the last section, we talk about animal life, keystone species of plants and animals, and understanding each piece of the ecosystem by observation to uncover what nature is telling us in our specific ecosystem.
Jennifer discusses going beyond permaculture with an indigenous approach to communication with plants and fungi which places humans directly into the natural environment with so much reverence and connection.
You can reach out to Jennifer after the interview, her cantact info is available at the end.
Episode #72, Woniya Thibeault Teaches Ancestral Skills, Discusses Buckskin Revolution and Tuning Into Our Environments
You are listening to Episode 72 of the Get In My Garden Podcast.
Woniya was runner up on the survivalist show Alone, Season 6, where she survived two and a half months in the far northern region of Canada.
Today she shares her ideas for how to foster the right mindset and have a high chance to surviving in any environmental conditions, some simple practices we can all use to open our senses to our environments and how to connect with our landscape wherever we are located.
Then Woniya talks about her experiences teaching people about ancestral skills and all the awesome programs she has created through her business, Buckskin Revolution.
You can follow her work and learn more about her by searching Buckskin Revolution on social media and online.
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Next up we will have more natural farming stories and learning from Elton Ray James and Kyle Perry.
Episode #71, Beer-Kashi Business and Fungal Dominant Soil Creation with Kyle Perry
Today we meet my new friend Kyle Perry, second generation horticulturist and regenerative farmer based in Tennessee. We discuss his two new businesses, Beer Kashi and Native Soil Company and learn about the double fermented kashi he is created from spent brewery grain.
Then we talk about his fungal dominant soil product he has created and the awesome bioreactor he is using.
We also talk about alternative uses of kashi grains, no-till farming and vermicompost.
You can find Kyle and his companies online nativesoilco.com and @beerkashi on instagram.
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Later this week, the amazing and talented Woniya Thibault, primitive skills expert, subsistenance farmer and survivalist, competitor and runner up on Season 6 of the History Channel show called, Alone, which is also available on Netflix, will join us to discuss how we can all become closer to the earth and gain primitive skills.
Then next week, we have second half of my interviews with Elton James and Kyle Perry.
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