36 episodes

The Soul Soil Podcast is a place where ideas, experience, and resources come together around the topics of agriculture and spirituality with the goal of inspiring and empowering listeners to interact and cooperate with the land in a way that nourishes and sustains the human body, mind, and soul while regenerating and sustaining the land itself.

Soul Soil: Where Agriculture and Spirit Intersect with Brooke Kornegay Brooke Kornegay

    • Earth Sciences
    • 4.9, 30 Ratings

The Soul Soil Podcast is a place where ideas, experience, and resources come together around the topics of agriculture and spirituality with the goal of inspiring and empowering listeners to interact and cooperate with the land in a way that nourishes and sustains the human body, mind, and soul while regenerating and sustaining the land itself.

    035, Lori Taylor: Fresh Food Activism with The Produce Moms

    035, Lori Taylor: Fresh Food Activism with The Produce Moms

    If you can commit to serving fresh fruits and vegetables every time you serve food— to yourself, to others, and especially to children, you will feel better, you will look better, and your community and loved ones will thrive. Food security is national security, and supporting the US farmers who grow our produce is a vote for healthy bodies and healthy economies. Today we talk with Lori Taylor of The Produce Moms, a community of passionate fresh produce advocates with a mission to inspire everyone, especially children, to eat more fruits and vegetables. For ten years Lori sold fresh produce to over 300 grocery stores throughout the US. Today, Lori and her team are fully focused on educating consumers about fresh produce, introducing them to produce brands, engaging the produce industry with consumers in inspiring conversations, and promoting public policy to protect and increase the availability of fresh produce at American schools. Lori is a top child nutrition lobbyist and grassroots activist in the US with a staunch focus on bringing more fresh-form fruits and vegetables to USDA School Meals as well as food insecurity nutrition programs such as SNAP and WIC. Her policy work in D.C. includes Farm Bill and Child Nutrition Reauthorization. Lori is the host of The Produce Moms Podcast, a seasoned Keynote Speaker and is currently writing her first book. Lori resides in Indianapolis, IN with her husband Chip, their two sons Joe and Mac, and their Great Dane.
    In this episode…
    How The Produce Moms got started Don’t overthink it—one step in the right direction is how you start addressing these issues 94% of the farms in the US are family-owned Food security is national security The Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program within the Federal School Nutrition Program Food is culture Producing more using less is the secret to sustainability in our agriculture systems No one cares about the planet the way that growers do Technology in agriculture Whole Foods named “regenerative agriculture” the top food trend of 2020 Double up food bucks—stretching the SNAP and WIC dollars at farmers’ markets Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program empowers both students and the local food economy Only 2% of the fruits and vegetables served in schools are “fresh form” or raw Monthly produce challenge calendar Resources The Produce Moms website
    The Produce Moms Podcast
    The Produce Challenge Calendar
    Soul Soil Podcast Patreon Page
    Soul Soil Grow and Glow package

    • 59 min
    Episode 034, Lexie Gropper: Restoring Ecosystems, Health, and Community in the Amazon

    Episode 034, Lexie Gropper: Restoring Ecosystems, Health, and Community in the Amazon

    Today we have the opportunity to glimpse what it means to stand for community and healing in the midst of the fallout of Western extractive corporate interests. Lexie Gropper is a biologist dedicated to deepening her understanding of the life cycles, with a passion for the processes of decomposition leading to fertile grounds and new opportunities. She dedicates her energy to the cultivation of plants, fungi, bacteria, relationships, community, and healing.
    Lexie has been living in the Ecuadorian Amazon since 2014. She lives on her family's reforested edible jungle, a literal island in the middle of a sea of deforestation and ongoing contamination from petroleum extraction, cattle ranching, and cash crop monocultures. The name of their project is Amisacho Restauración, where they've dedicated themselves to three direct lines of action with communities in their region: restoring ecosystems, restoring health, restoring community. 
    In this episode…
    About Amisacho Restauración, reforestation, and education Rescuing ancient soil building practices such as terra preta The history of resource extraction in Sucumbios, Ecuador The ongoing 27-year legal battle between the indigenous population of Ecuador and Texaco (formerly Chevron) for the crime of ecocide and challenges of watching a corporation exploit loopholes in the legal system to avoid responsibility for damages Involvement with Environmental Reparations Committee, organizing social approaches to environmental restoration and reparations The health therapy program which sends health specialists trained in permaculture, biomagnetism, and holistic psychotherapies to support cancer patients in areas affected by the contamination of the waterways by petroleum industry byproducts Growing mycomedicinals (medicinal mushrooms) and donating tinctures to help support the remote indigenous population Offering courses in soil regeneration and returning indigenous forest microbes to the land The magickal mystickal Wood Wide Web, bokashi and biochar Biomagnetism Resources Support Amisacho Restauración in donating seeds and mushroom medicinal tinctures to Sucumbios Reparation Committees. Paypal: abgropper@yahoo.com
    www.amisacho.com; email: info@amisacho.com;
    facebook: amisacho https://www.facebook.com/AmisachoRestauracion/
    Instagram: amisacho_restauracion https://www.instagram.com/amisacho_restauracion/
    Amazon Frontlines
    Reusing the Resource: Adventures in Ecological Wastewater Recycling by Carol Steinfeld 
    Toolbox for Sustainable City Living: A do-it-Ourselves Guide by Scott Kellogg and Stacy Pettigrew
    Earth Repair: A Grassroots Guide to Healing Toxic and Damaged Landscapes by Leila Darwish
    Radical Mycology: A Treatise On Seeing And Working With Fungi by Peter McCoy
    Wild Fermentation: The Flavor, Nutrition, and Craft of Live-Culture Foods by Sandor Ellix Katz
    The Soil Keepers: Interviews With Practitioners on the Ground Beneath Our Feet and The Ground Rules: A Manual To Reconnect Soil and Soul by Nance Klehm
    Soul Soil Podcast Patreon Page
    Soul Soil Grow and Glow package

    • 1 hr 2 min
    033, Heather Kelejian: Transformation Through Horticulture Therapy

    033, Heather Kelejian: Transformation Through Horticulture Therapy

    How do you feel when you get out in nature? What happens to your mental state when you spend some time in your garden? Today we chat with Heather Kelejian about her role as Executive Director of the Ability Garden, a place where horticulture therapy is available to a number of populations for the purpose of supporting the healing of emotional wounds, motor skill development, sensory stimulation, improving social interactions, navigating life changes and trauma, and connection with nature. Heather is a North Carolina native, growing up in Chapel Hill and Charlotte who has called Wilmington home for 23 years. A love of plants and being outside came from a childhood spent with her Grandmother, who had a bountiful garden every year. Heather has an English degree from UNC – Chapel Hill and has pursued graduate studies in both Gerontology and Public Administration. She has worked with the Ability Garden since 2003, initially as a Master Gardener Volunteer, a Horticultural Therapy Intern and Program Director, and eventually as Executive Director. Heather is a member of the Coastal Compost Council, the Carolinas Horticultural Therapy Network, and the Voyage and Wellness Committee. Her passion is finding ways to bring people and plants together.
    In This Episode…
    Heather’s path to horticulture therapy
    The populations she serves and skills they foster through the Ability Garden—socialization, vocational experience, nutrition and water quality education, fostering connections, learning how to nurture a living being
    Working with students flagged for behavior issues
    Using garden tasks as metaphors for life
    Addressing grief, instilling a sense of accomplishment and ownership
    Gardens to bring community members together and help establish a group identity
    Bringing all the senses into the garden, using the garden space for physical therapy patients
    Exposing urban individuals to nature; addressing fears of dirt, bugs, snakes, etc
    Importance of observing the inherently abundant nature of a natural system
    Resources https://abilitygarden.org/
    Walt Whitman
    Tulipmania: Money, Honor, and Knowledge in the Dutch Golden Age by Anne Goldgar
    The Overstory by Richard Powers
    Soul Soil Podcast Patreon Page
    Soul Soil Grow and Glow package

    • 43 min
    032, Northeast Farmers of Color Land Trust: Land Sovereignty for POC

    032, Northeast Farmers of Color Land Trust: Land Sovereignty for POC

    In today’s episode, we talk to Coordinator Stephanie Morningstar and John Deloatch (JD) Giraldo of the Northeast Farmers of Color Land Trust. Their vision is to advance land sovereignty in the northeast region through permanent and secure land tenure for Indigenous, Black, Latinx, and Asian farmers and land stewards who will use the land in a sacred manner that honors our ancestors dreams - for sustainable farming, human habitat, ceremony, native ecosystem restoration, and cultural preservation.
    Stephanie Morningstar, of the Oneida Nation, is an herbalist, soil and seed steward, scholar, student, and Earth Worker dedicated to decolonizing and liberating minds, hearts, and land- one plant, person, ecosystem, and non-human being at a time. Stephanie is the Coordinator of the Northeast Farmers of Color Land Trust, grows medicines and food for her community at Sky World Apothecary & Farm; and mobilizes knowledge for Indigenous-led climate change and food sovereignty research projects for Global Water Futures.
    John Deloatch Giraldo is an Earthworker that focuses on connection to the land, healing with the land and education of how natural systems work. He is guided by Freedom Loving Plants, also known as weeds, and the stories of ancestral plants. His dream is to have green spaces where people can pass on family and cultural traditions as well as create new experiences. He believes it’s critical to have spaces where people can pass on their stories and ways of being in respect to Mother Nature, especially for people who are migrating from different Mother Lands to those who are being raised here so they can maintain a sense of culture, tradition and sovereignty.
    Farming While Black: Soul Fire Farm’s Practical Guide to Liberation on the Land by Leah Penniman
    Lilith's Brood: The Complete Xenogenesis Trilogy and Parable of the Sower by Octavia Butler
    Oryx and Crake and The Year of the Flood  by Margaret Atwood
    The Organic Medicinal Herb Farmer: The Ultimate Guide to Producing High-Quality Herbs on a Market Scale by Jeff and Melanie Carpenter
    To learn more about the Grow and Glow package mentioned in today's episode, visit https://www.soulsoilpodcast.com/offerings/grow-and-glow-package
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    • 59 min
    031, Elizabeth West and Lisa Redman: Woodland Harvest Mountain Farm

    031, Elizabeth West and Lisa Redman: Woodland Harvest Mountain Farm

    Woodland Harvest Mountain Farm is a woman-owned, 16-acre, off-grid educational regenerative agriculture farmstead nestled in the mountains of Appalachia. Since 2004, they have welcomed more than 2500 volunteers, held workshop gatherings, provided respite to activists, held healing space for their beloveds, and organized countless parties for work, teaching, learning and leisure. They have opened their land to hundreds of "strangers" (who they now know and love and honor as their community farm family) who each have helped create this dreamstead space to share. Each season they move closer toward self-reliance and resilience. Elizabeth West and Lisa Redman are activists, homesteaders, permaculturalists, educators and Earth lovers who weave their experience with the opportunities of the present to create an abundant, inclusive alternative to the status quo.
    Woodland Harvest isn’t just a place, it’s a state of mind…a place to drop out and tune in!
    In this episode…
    About Woodland Harvest The impact of off-grid immersion on visitors Defining resilience Balancing the intellectual with walking the walk Early influences Nonviolent activism Diving into folk medicine Planning for relocalization of resources Raising children in a new way The importance of fun 😊 Resources The Empowerment Manual and The Earth Path by Starhawk
    Shelter, Home Work: Handbuilt Shelter, and The Half-Acre Homestead: 46 Years of Building and Gardening by Lloyd Kahn
    Barbara Kingsolver
    Toni Morrison
    Alice Walker
    Octavia Butler
    Howard Zinn
    Noam Chomsky

    • 47 min
    030, Katrina Blair: The Wild Wisdom of Weeds

    030, Katrina Blair: The Wild Wisdom of Weeds

    Nature is inherently abundant. No one has to spray the forests or plant the wetlands in order for them to thrive in perfect balance. As such, food gathered from the wild has the highest potential to nourish us on a deep level. When we realize that we have access to this bounty without having to intervene and sweat and toil (the original definition of agriculture!)…when we truly know this, then we can begin to release our scarcity mentality, relax our grip, our need to control. This shift is particularly liberating.
    Katrina Blair began studying wild plants in her teens when she camped out alone for a summer to embrace a wild foods diet.  She later wrote “The Wild Edible and Medicinal Plants of the San Juan Mountains” for her senior project at Colorado College.  She completed a MA at John F Kennedy University in Holistic Health Education.  She founded Turtle Lake Refuge in 1998, a non-profit, whose mission is to celebrate the connection between personal health and wild lands. 
    Turtle Lake Refuge includes a wild living foods café, sustainable education center and community farm.  Katrina teaches permaculture and wild edible and medicinal classes locally and globally.  
    She is author of several books including: “Local Wild Life- Turtle Lake Refuge’s Recipes for Living Deep” and “ The Wild Wisdom of Weeds: 13 Essential Plants for Human Survival.
    In this episode…
    Early influences and experiences with plants On beginning a conservation-focused nonprofit that manages parks and open spaces organically How plants can teach us from the inside out The life-changing impact of cultivating space — in your day, in your diet, in your mind How wild foods affect your mind, body, and spirit When we realize that we’re part of Nature, and Nature is inherently abundant…something shifts inside us and we can release our scarcity story Resources
    Turtle Lake Refuge The Wild Wisdom of Weeds: 13 Essential Plants for Human Survival by Katrina Blair The Essene Gospel of Peace The Hippocrates Diet and Health Program by Ann Wigmore

    • 40 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
30 Ratings

30 Ratings

Heather Mizeur ,

Great, soulful topics

Brooke does an amazing job of curating important conversations to inspire, motivate, and challenge our heart space and rise with inner wisdom.

dancingwiththeearth ,


This podcast is everything! Such beautiful, powerful conversations with a diverse group of people exploring the magic of plants and agriculture. So thankful to have stumbled upon it after googling Natalie Bogwalker. Looking forward to future episodes!! Thank you for this work.

compostdude ,

A new look at our connections to agriculture and the earth

Wonderful array of guests. Brooke asks inquisitive questions that lead to informative conversations.

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