Thoughtful conversations about repairing our relationship with nature. The guests of Reseed are the RE generation: people who are embracing redesign, reduction, repair, reuse, and regeneration, and cultivating a world rooted in care, justice, and well-being. Join farmers, builders, designers, artists, and makers to delve into our collective journey from takers - to caretakers.
On Location in Colorado: Regenerative Ranch, Regenerative Economy - Hunter Lovins
This mini-documentary chronicles the journey of host Alice Irene Whittaker in 2019, when she traveled pregnant with her third child to Colorado to interview acclaimed environmental economist and regenerative rancher Hunter Lovins. Around a kitchen table in her regenerative ranch, Hunter answers curiosities about a circular economy that is modelled on nature’s cycles, and envisions the large-scale transition to renewable energy and ecologically-responsible business. The role of cities and local food systems in caring for our environment are explored. Hunter reflects on her lived and professional experience in transforming landscapes and soil through regenerative agriculture.
L. Hunter Lovins has been a leading pioneer in environmental economics for decades. An award-winning author, she has co‐authored over a dozen books and hundreds of articles. She has consulted for scores of industries and governments worldwide, from Patagonia to the United Nations. She has won dozens of awards, and has been decorated with such honours as receiving The Audubon Society’s Rachel Carson Award to being named a Hero for the Planet by TIME Magazine. Hunter Lovin’s book A Finer Future is a blueprint for an inspiring regenerative economy that avoids collapse and works for people and planet - and it was this book that host Alice Irene Whittaker had in her bag when she was on that airplane to meet Hunter in Colorado.
A moment in time between two women is captured in this thought-provoking conversation that unfolds surrounded by horses, the homes of herons, and wide open sky. This episode challenges economic growth as a concept, dreams of the demise of the fossil fuel industry, and encourages designing an economy that fosters happiness and well-being.
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Local Food Reinvented with Tech - Eddy Badrina
How do we feed everyone, how do we feed cities? How do we tackle food deserts and food injustice? And what if there is not one answer to these questions - but many?
This experiment of how humanity tackles environmental breakdown requires all of us. People will find their niches. For Eddy Badrina, that niche is the intersection of economics, technology - and lettuce.
Guest Eddy Badrina is the Chief Executive Officer of Eden Green, a part vertical farm, part technology company that produces year-round harvests of locally grown leafy greens. Eddy is on the board of directors of Seed Effect, an economic development non-profit, and he is a dad.
In this conversation, we get curious about vertical hydroponic farming, reducing water and energy, and how to feed cities with locally-grown food. We explore how, when facing environmental breakdown - that most complex of problems - technology and innovation can be a part of a complex mix of solutions.
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Reawakening into Something Better - Larissa Crawford
In these dark winter days at the beginning of a new unknown year, this reflective episode invites us to be quietly awake: awake to our true selves, awake to who we are in relationship with, awake to how we honour our responsibilities, and awake to justice. How can we be awake to beauty as well as the darkness of the world and the fragility of ecosystems and species? How can we be awake to the brokenhearted but resilient and courageous millions who refuse to abandon a planet that needs our care?
Guest Larissa Crawford is an acclaimed published Indigenous, anti-racism, and climate justice researcher, policy advisor and speaker. Larissa Crawford proudly passes on Métis and Jamaican ancestry to her daughter, Zyra. Larissa is the Founder of Future Ancestors Services, a youth-led professional services social enterprise that operates at the intersection of climate and racial justice. Since the launch of Future Ancestors Services in April 2020, the organization has mobilized +$95K in donations and gifted services for anti-racist and climate justice initiatives.
We talk about climate justice, reconciliation, motherhood, and a groundswell of activism. Larissa delves into her expertise in restorative circle keeping. We discuss the direct connection between anger and joy - and how that anger can fuel meaningful environmental action that is rooted in justice.
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Relocalizing Our Food Future - Barbara Swartzentruber
Imagine creating a food future where all people have access to nourishing affordable food, growing practices are regenerative, and our food systems transition from being global and fragile to regional and resilient.
This conversation looks at our isolation from the Earth and food that nourishes us, and wonders about repairing our relationship with land and agriculture. We discuss the extractive systems on which we are dependent, and what happens when our systems are disrupted by climate change. We interrogate the prevailing economy which we have been serving and supporting - and look at other options, like a circular economy or a regenerative economy.
Guest Barbara Swartzentruber is currently Executive Director of the Smart Cities Office at the City of Guelph, where the City and County of Wellington are collaborating with public and private sector partners to build a circular, regenerative regional food system. Building on the principles of a circular economy and leveraging the power of data, they are re-imagining a sustainable regional food system that increases access to affordable, nutritious food and finds new opportunities for waste reduction and recovery. Barbara has taught public policy, community development and advocacy at several Canadian universities, has been appointed to expert panels and as a Senior Fellow on the circular economy at esteemed institutions, and speaks internationally about reimagining resilient local food systems.
Facing international problems of daunting proportions, we ask: what is the role of individuals, communities, and cities? What do we want the commons to look like? How can food not only feed and nourish people, but also connect and strengthen community?
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Media, Stories, and Culture Reclaimed - Sara Lopez
Communicating the Anthropocene is an art and a science. Multiple messages, tactics, messengers, and channels can be harnessed to convey climate change problems and solutions to citizens. Environmental communications are one of the most underutilized solutions we have for rising to meet environmental crises. Every movement, every momentous and terrible human collective shift starts not with weapons or protests - they start with words.
Anthropocene problems are spiritual and cultural. Our greatest problems lie in a lack of sacredness, disconnection, isolation, rootlessness, too much stuff, too much pressure, distraction, division, and a lack of imagination of other realities. Enter storytelling and media - shapers of culture, givers of richness, enhancers of empathy, influencers of citizens and their politicians, and fertile soil for imagination.
Guest Sara Lopez is a social entrepreneur, creator, artist, writer, and culture worker. Her multicultural upbringing inspired her to study, document, and work with people from different cultures all over the planet. Along with Gabriel Alvarez, she co-founded The Jungle Journal, an online platform with an annual print magazine that covers themes around global cultures, ecosystems, past and modern histories, Indigenous activism, and reflections. Together, Sara and Gabriel share stories about cultures and people that go unnoticed and unheard.
How do we shift culture? How do we rebuild trust in each other, and the capacity to imagine and express? How do we dismantle what we see as truths, such as the norms of capitalism and our role in keeping it humming along to the edge of the cliff? How do we shape stories that tell people what we are fighting for, and energize them to fight? Or love, or care, or tend? This conversation explores these questions, and looks at storytelling and the role of media in reconnecting with the Earth.
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Remembering We are Stewards - Tao Orion
Looking at species in a landscape, we can see the stories of each creature and what role it plays in that ecosystem. So, what is our role in our landscapes? Are we an invasive species?
Too often we hear that we are doomed to be takers, who damage the planet with our very presence. However, it is possible to see ourselves as creative stewards of the Earth while meeting our own needs. Most of us have not seen a reciprocal reality brought to life, but this Reseed conversation about permaculture, agroecology, land rights, and ecosystem restoration illustrates how we can remember how to be a part of a natural world that we never left.
Guest Tao Orion is a permaculture designer, teacher, homesteader, and mother living in Oregon. She is the author of the book Beyond the War on Invasive Species: A Permaculture Approach to Ecosystem Restoration, and an expert and practitioner of permaculture and ecosystem restoration.
Tao takes listeners on her journey from growing up on a commune to her role as a mother and grower of food and steward of the land. She brings to life the restoration of creeks and ways to manage invasive species by looking at ecosystems as a whole, resulting in the hopeful return of biodiversity and flourishing webs of life. We discuss how to find balance, cultivate food, tend to land, grow community networks, and mother future generations to see us through times of disasters and abundance.
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