A podcast about perennial plants and trees associated with food forests, permaculture, and restorative agriculture.
Solidarity Apothecary: Frontline Herbal Support for Ukraine, Calais, Prisoners & More
In todays episode of Propaganda By The Seed we talk with Nicole from Solidarity Apothecary who is currently in Poland supporting refugees from Ukraine with Herbal Medicines. From the website: The main focus of the Solidarity Apothecary is making and distributing plant medicines to people experiencing state violence and repression. This includes people being arrested, on trial, imprisoned, detained or recovering from these experiences, as well as prisoner families, frontline organisers and more. In this conversation we talk about the origins of this project, her experiences as a political prisoner, the experience of supporting refugees(both in Calais and Poland), and some of her favorite plant medicines to make. We also discuss Nicole’s good friend and former partner Anna Campbell who died in Rojava fighting with the YPG. In this interview we talk about her books “Overcoming Burnout,” “The Medicinal Herb Coloring Book,” The Prisoner’s Herbal Book and a course she offers on making herbal medicines with glycerin.
To support Solidarity Apothecary's current work supporting Ukranian Refugees and all the other ongoing work, donate here. and follow on the gram Cover: A Botannical Drawing of Valerian, an herbal sleep aid that has become nearly impossible to find in Ukraine due to Russia's invasion.
Music “Don't Burn The Witch” by OI POLLOI
Mycorrhizal Fungi with Michael Phillips
Propaganda by the Spore is back! In this episode we cover mycorrhizal fungi and their fascinating interactions with plants, along with some details about how to support that connection and manage fruit trees for maximum health. We are sad to report that our guest for this episode Michael Phillips suffered a fatal heart attack just a few days after recording this interview. He was a warm and humble person who really advanced the art and science of orcharding in a substantial way. We are joined in the introduction by Eliza “The Apple Queen” Greenman to reflect on Michael’s life and legacy for a few minutes before getting into depths of the mycorrhizal world.
You can purchase Michael’s books from his website, which we highly recommend, especially The Holistic Orchard.
To hear Michael talk on a broader range of orcharding topics we recommend this video, there is also a huge amount of info available at his Holistic Orchard Network.
You can support Michael’s family in staying on their farm by donating to their Go Fund Me
How To Cook A Weed w/ Mallory O'Donnell
In this episode we chat with forager, chef, writer and grower Mallory O'Donnell. Mallory has a working class yet gourmet approach to working with wild & unusual
ingredients to create unique dishes , ferments, and spice mixes with an emphasis on Georgian Cuisine. Mallory goes in depth their origins as a forager/cook, provides some perspective on how to interact/engage with wild plants and throws out dozens of inspiring ideas both for cooks and growers.
Some of the plants discussed in this episode:
-Spikenard (Aralia racemosa) and other Aralia family members
-Turkish Rocket (Bunias orientalis)
-Stinging Nettle (Urtica dioica)
-Juniper berries (Juniperus spp.)
-Black Nightshade fruit (Solanum nigrum)
-Bee Balm (Monarda spp.)
-Spice bush (Lindera benzoin)
-Paw paw (Asimina triloba)
-Viburnium (Viburnum spp.)
-Acorns (Quercus spp.)
-Trifoliate Orange (Poncirus trifoliata)
-Cow Parsnip aka Pushki (Heracleum maximum )
To learn more about Mallory's work visit howtocookaweed.com or visit their Instagram
Mushroom Cultivation with Kate Roelke
In this episode we start our short tangent into the world of Fungi. We start off by talking with Kate Roelke, a lab mycologist at North Spore. She will tell us all about the life cycle of mushrooms along with lots information about various cultivation techniques and some specifics about a few different species. If you want to get in touch with Kate you can find her on Instagram at https://www.instagram.com/kateroelke/ In the episode Kate recommends the book Organic Mushroom Farming and Mycoremediation by Trad Cotter. If you want to use hydrated agricultural lime for cold pasteurizing mushroom substrates, try using just over 1/3 cup of lime per 5 gallons water.
2021 Growing Season Wrap-up
In this episode of Propaganda By The Seed, we take a look back on the 2021 growing season on our homesteads. We talk about new plants & crops we grew this year, surprises, and what we learned growing in this year of collapsing empire, global pandemics and climate weirdness.
Aaron is about to release his 2022 Seed Catalogue, pick up seeds at edgewood-nursery.com
In this episode Aaron goes into all the basics of seed saving. We cover the different kinds of plants and how they make seeds, how to collect, when to collect, and how to deal with dry and wet seeds. We also give an overview of different methods for processing seeds once collected, how to store them, and why its important to do such things in an alienated and collapsing world.
This episode has four video companions up on youtube. We will be uploading to instagram, detailing how to build a seed thresher, how to use various tools to process seeds and how to collect them. Peep em on our instagram... @propagandabytheseed
Propaganda by the Seed: Harvesting Dry Seeds
Propaganda by the Seed: Cleaning Dry Seeds
Propaganda by the Seed: Cleaning wet seeds Produced by Chris Bergman from Listening House Media.
Great sense of humus
There’s so much good information in these episodes about how to grow food, medicine, and community. And they’re pretty funny, too. Highly recommend.
Too many berries ain’t enough berries
Kill your lawn, grow a garden, eat the rich.
Some great info
Typically when a podcast has one guy that knows a lot of stuff and one guy that knows very little about anything, at least the second guy is usually funny. Not the case here