Commentary and interviews on different aspects of permaculture, horticulture, farming, homesteading, eco building, alternative energy and more
Podcast 557 – PTJ 2021 Recap
It’s the last day of the permaculture technology jamboree. Paul sits at a table with some of the people to discuss the event. There’s a heatwave and they discuss ways of keeping cool without air conditioning, progress with the well, scaffolding and a sort of BB scavenger hunt. Support the podcast on Patreon Show notes […]
Podcast 556 – Permaculture Smackdown 13 – Desert or Paradise Session 11 – Part 2
Paul’s permaculture smackdown continues with Katie and Geoff into chapter 4 of Sepp Holzer’s Desert or Paradise. Here Sepp describes how to use a one-hectare plot of poor land to be self-sufficient, as well as some on food preservation, Support the podcast on Patreon Show notes and discussion More information and discussion of this podcast […]
Podcast 555 – Permaculture Smackdown 13 – Desert or Paradise Session 11 – Part 1
Paul’s permaculture smackdown continues with Katie and Geoff into chapter 4 of Sepp Holzer’s Desert or Paradise. The group covers greenhouses, feeding the world, globalization of basic foodstuffs, a fair dose of politics, as well as some on Katie’s Hawaiian farm. Support the podcast on Patreon Show notes and discussion More information and discussion of […]
Podcast 554 – Paul and Dez Interviewed
For the second time this year, Paul finds himself in the interviewee seat, this time for Jan Spencer, and accompanied by Dez Choi at bootcamp. He gets asked the basic quesions, like what is your land like, and more in-depth questions along the lines of SKIP and Paul’s origin story. Support the podcast on Patreon […]
Podcast 553 – Permaculture Smackdown 12 – Desert or Paradise Session 10
Paul’s permaculture smackdown continues into the second half of chapter 3, despite Paul’s unscheduled surgery, with Mark, Julia, Katie et.al. They spend this episode talking about Portuguese lumber monocultures, and the fires and soil degradation that come from it. Support the podcast on Patreon Show notes and discussion More information and discussion of this podcast […]
Podcast 552 – Permaculture Smackdown 11 – Desert or Paradise Session 9 – Part 2
Paul’s permaculture smackdown continues into chapter three of Sepp Holzer’s “Desert or Paradise” with Mark, Opalyn, Kyle, and Katie. In this part, they talk about Paul’s upcoming Garden Master Course in 2022, and the advantages of polyculture in fire control, symbyotic nutrient use, pest resistance, and mutual protection. Support the podcast on Patreon Show notes […]
Some Truly Great Stuff Here
UPDATE - for a while now most of the episodes have been all about their mission and not about home scale permaculture or, most importantly, building soil and growing plants. So I’ve been skipping more than I’ve been listening.
I listen to about 4 four hours of podcasts a day on news,science,software,finance (but all on double speed, so, it is actually only two hours) and I've been gorging on gardening,aquaponics,permaculture podcasts for the past couple months. This podcast is definitely worth a spot in your lineup if you like this kind of thing. It is definitely the best permaculture podcast ever and maybe the best gardening podcast too.
I've probably listened to almost one of these a day since I started this podcast a month ago. My favorites so far are the joint book discussions of Sepp Holzer's book and of Gaia's Garden. I wish more of the back episodes were available in iTunes, I would love to hear the whole series of those.
Not every episode is a gem, I didn't need three hours of content on electric tractors, and, if you are trying to convince me to give up soap, I need more than two antidotal data points.
This podcast is only for cool people :-)
Paul Wheaton is not for everybody, and that’s OK. For one, the dude curses. A fair amount. (There’s a reason it’s marked “explicit.”) Next the things he proposes are pretty far from the mainstream. Probably past your comfort level. I like listening to this podcast because it’s about building a better world through learning new things, instead of being angry at bad guys. Lord knows there’s enough to be angry about. Spend some time pondering alternatives.
Truly relevant permaculture
Having met Paul in person and spent 2 weeks at Wheaton Labs in 2019, I understand that Paul is truly a character and not for everyone. (Who is? Jesus had His haters too!) That being said, his experience and passion about making a better world and experimenting with making life better for those who want that, comes across. Paul has an amazing group of core folks that have found him and agree with his vision.
I do find some episodes more of personal interest than others, of course... roundwood structures, working with animals, and community, but when I occasionally find episodes that don’t appeal to me on subject matter I have found the pause and skip buttons DO work. I’m not looking for a podcast that just confirms my biases or regurgitates stuff the dinosaur media tells me. I like the out of the box thinking these guys do. I miss my time at the Lab also... thanks Paul for being you, even with the expressive words you use! ;-)
This podcast and the permies site have inspired me to the point that I’ve travelled far in two years, and have as a goal buying rural land in the next year, and just maybe working to become Wheaton Labs (MO department) or something like that... community, more natural systems, loving the land and working to improve living conditions for myself and others.