Commentary and interviews on different aspects of permaculture, horticulture, farming, homesteading, eco building, alternative energy and more
Podcast 546 – Permaculture Smackdown 10 – Desert or Paradise Session 8 – Part 2
Paul continues his review of Sepp Holzer’s Desert or Paradise with Opalyn, Mark, and Katie. They spend this one talking about the contrasting views on profit shown by Geoff Lawton and Sepp Holzer and the profitability water retention landscapes. Support the podcast on Patreon Show notes and discussion More information and discussion of this podcast […]
Podcast 545 – Permaculture Smackdown 9 – Desert or Paradise Session 7 – Part 1
Paul continues his review of Sepp Holzer’s Desert or Paradise with Opalyn, Mark, and Katie along for the ride. They spend this part talking about monks, that is the device used to drain water from a pond, not a type of priest, how Sepp modified the common design, potential flaws with it, and ways to […]
podcast 544 – Permaculture Smackdown 8 – Desert or Paradise Session 6
Paul continues his review of Sepp Holzer’s Desert or Paradise with the usual suspects among his patreons, discussing food shelf life, the Extremadura project Sepp took on, pond making, and some gushing about his latest Kickstarter success. Support the podcast on Patreon Show notes and discussion More information and discussion of this podcast on this […]
podcast 543 – Permaculture Smackdown 7 – Desert or Paradise Session 5 – Part 2
Paul continues his review of Sepp Holzer’s Desert or Paradise with Mark, Katie, et al. In this part, they talk about Sepp’s contribution to an orchard in Andalucia. They discuss frost protection, crater gardens, frost pockets, CO2 pools, orchards, and a possible origin on Sepp’s beliefs about water. Support the podcast on Patreon Show notes […]
podcast 542 – Permaculture Smackdown 7 – Desert or Paradise Session 5 – Part 1
Paul continues his review of Sepp Holzer’s Desert or Paradise with Mark, Katie, et al, and discuss Sepp’s permaculture project in Tamera, Portugal. They talk about the area’s rainfall, how stretgy behind the dam, the effects of the dam, and a few grumbles on how much pushback he got. Support the podcast on Patreon Show […]
podcast 541 – Quest for Land Session 2 – Part 3
Paul continues his discussion with Kyle and Mark on land buying, along with a solid sidetrack into SKIP. Kyle found three properties and got Paul to look them over and they discussed the price, area, rainfall, temperature, creeks, mold control, flooding, and fire service access. Support the podcast on Patreon Show notes and discussion More […]
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.
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.
Sadly Paul has a potty mouth and he lacks the ability to form words without cussing. There’s a lot of other promo culture podcast out there that are a greater value to me.