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Start living more sustainably. The Good Dirt podcast explores all aspects of a sustainable lifestyle with healthy soil as the touchpoint and metaphor for the healing of our relationship with the planet. Mother and daughter team Mary & Emma bring you weekly interviews with farmers, artists, authors, and leaders in the regenerative and sustainable living space.

The Good Dirt: Sustainability Explained Lady Farmer

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    • 4.8 • 116 Ratings

Start living more sustainably. The Good Dirt podcast explores all aspects of a sustainable lifestyle with healthy soil as the touchpoint and metaphor for the healing of our relationship with the planet. Mother and daughter team Mary & Emma bring you weekly interviews with farmers, artists, authors, and leaders in the regenerative and sustainable living space.

    Empowering Women in Environmentalism with WECAN Founder Osprey Orielle Lake (Part 1)

    Empowering Women in Environmentalism with WECAN Founder Osprey Orielle Lake (Part 1)

    The earth is in so much pain right now — but how can we reconnect with our place in nature to help her? Osprey Orielle Lake, founder of WECAN (Women’s Earth & Climate Action Network, International, has just published “The Story Is in Our Bones: How Worldviews and Climate Justice Can Remake a World in Crisis”. In this conversation, she talks about the importance of women's leadership in climate solutions, detailing how gender inequality exacerbates climate vulnerability and how women's involvement is crucial for sustainable outcomes. Osprey's work emphasizes the need for a just transition to clean energy, touching on the detrimental effects of patriarchy and racism on the environment. She takes us through some of her successes as a leader advocating for systemic change to address root causes of environmental degradation.

    Topics Discussed
    · The Rights to Nature Movement
    · Founding of the Women's Earth and Climate Action Network (WECAN)·
    · How Women Create Balance and Healing in Society
    · Balance and Harmony with Nature
    · Environmental Degradation
    · Climate Justice
    · Dismantling Systems of Oppression
    · Reciprocity with the Earth
    · How to Live in Balance
    · Environmental Laws & Justice System
    · Speaking Language, Memory, and a Storied Living Landscape
    · Healing Relationships
    · The Impact of Women-led Movements
    · Damage of the Patriarchy on Our Relationship to the Earth
    · Growing Up in the Countryside
    · Humanity’s Destructive Imprint on the World
    · Colonization
    · The Pain of Transformation

    Episode Resources:
    · Read “The Story Is in Our Bones: How Worldviews and Climate Justice Can Remake a World in Crisis” by Osprey Orielle Lake
    · Listen to The Good Dirt “191. Paul Hawken on Carbon, Climate and Connection”

    Connect with Osprey Orielle Lake:
    · Website: http://www.ospreyoriellelake.info/OspreyOrielleLake/Home.html
    · Instagram @ospreyoriellelake: https://www.instagram.com/ospreyoriellelake/
    · WECAN International: https://www.wecaninternational.org/who-we-are
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    🌻 About Lady Farmer:
    · Subscribe to The ALMANAC, a Lady Farmer Newsletter & Community
    · Visit Our Website
    · Follow @weareladyfarmer on Instagram
    · Email us at thegooddirtpodcast@gmail.com or leave us a voicemail!
    Call 443-459-1950 and ask a question or share what the good dirt means to you!
    Original music by John Kingsley. Editing and podcast production by Fast Forward Production.
    🌿 The Good Dirt Producers:
    · Wendy Gray

    • 39 min
    A Mother's Day Conversation and Family Announcements: A Time of Loss and Joy

    A Mother's Day Conversation and Family Announcements: A Time of Loss and Joy

    Join us for this special Mother's Day episode as mother and daughter team Mary and Emma share what it's like running a business and producing a weekly podcast together. They also have family news to share—both joyful and sad. You can read about Jeanne's beautiful life here.
    In the episode, they talk about the privilege and delight of working together, the division of labor and expertise, and the importance of setting boundaries. They also touch on the challenges and frustrations that come with running a business and the need to separate personal and work lives. Overall, they emphasize the joy and fulfillment they find in their collaboration. and how it has forced them to grow and work on communication skills.
    Mary and Emma are also taking this opportunity to announce that Emma is going to be a mom, and they discuss their plans for the podcast during Emma's maternity leave. They touch on the challenges and decisions involved in becoming a parent and the consumer pressures that can come at this time. They emphasize the importance of removing judgment from parenting choices and the need for support and understanding in navigating the entrance to parenthood.
    In bringing the discussion to a close, Mary and Emma remind us that Mother's Day can be a difficult day for some people, and they encourage others to acknowledge their own feelings and associations around this time and to practice self care where it's needed. They also acknowledge Mother Earth as the mother of all, and as the ultimate source of life and sustenance.

    Topics Discussed:
    • In an intro, Mary announces the passing of her mother on May 1st after the recording of this episode.
    • Working with family can be a privilege and a delight, bringing a unique dynamic to the business.
    • Setting clear roles and boundaries can help maintain a healthy working relationship.
    • Separating personal and work lives is important for maintaining balance and avoiding burnout.
    • Challenges and frustrations are a normal part of running a business, but finding joy and fulfillment in the work can make it all worthwhile.
    • Working with family can be a privilege and provide flexibility, but it also requires growth and communication skills.
    • Becoming a parent involves making challenging decisions and facing pressure and guilt, but it's important to remove shame and judgment from parenting choices.
    • Mother's Day can be a difficult day for some people, and it's important to offer support and understanding.
    • Let's celebrate Mother Earth on Mother's Day, as the ultimate source of life and sustenance

    🌻 About Lady Farmer:
    · Subscribe to The ALMANAC, a Lady Farmer Newsletter & Community
    · Visit Our Website
    The Lady Farmer Guide to Slow Living
    · Follow @weareladyfarmer on Instagram
    · Email us at thegooddirtpodcast@gmail.com or leave us a voicemail!
    Call 443-459-1950 and ask a question or share what the good dirt means to you!
    Original music by John Kingsley. Editing and podcast production by Fast Forward Production.
    🌿 The Good Dirt Producers:
    · Wendy Gray

    • 44 min
    Slow Living Through The Seasons | May

    Slow Living Through The Seasons | May

     Welcome to May, the month that celebrates moms and flowers, wraps up the school year, launches graduates of all ages and stages, and inaugurates summer with its exit. May 1st, or May Day is the second cross-quarter day of the year, traditionally known as Beltane and celebrated as a time of fertility and growth. But beyond the cultural observances and celebrations, what is May? In this episode, Mary talks about low waste alternatives in a season of high consumption, bee swarm season, and gardening by the signs of the moon. She also talks about how all the celebrations of May can be complicated, stressful and sad for some people, how to embrace slow living through this busy time as a means of self care, and how to find your May, the one that brings you the joy of flowers and warmer days. Don't miss the recipe for strawberry kefir, a delicious probiotic treat. And don't forget to order your seeds and organic fertilizers using the discount codes below!

    Read more about Slow Living Through the Seasons HERE
    https://ladyfarmer.substack.com/t/seasonal-living

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    🌻 About Lady Farmer:

    Subscribe to The ALMANAC, a Lady Farmer Newsletter & Community

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    Email us at thegooddirtpodcast@gmail.com or leave us a voicemail! Call 443-459-1950 and ask a question or share what the good dirt means to you!


    Original music by John Kingsley. Editing and podcast production by Fast Forward Production.
    🌿 The Good Dirt Producers:
    • Wendy Gray

    • 19 min
    Organic Fertilizers from the Sea: A Sustainable Solution with Ann Molloy from Neptune's Harvest

    Organic Fertilizers from the Sea: A Sustainable Solution with Ann Molloy from Neptune's Harvest

    How do we nurture our plants and gardens with the best, most sustainable fertilizer around? One family’s quest for sustainability in their business led to the creation of Neptune’s Harvest, a full line of organic fertilizers that utilizes a by- product of the seafood industry. On today’s episode, we spoke with with Ann Molloy from this 5th generation family-run company in Gloucester, MA. We learn about the rich heritage of Gloucester in the fishing industry and how Neptune’s Harvest evolved from the family’s seafood business, pioneering a variety of organic fertilizers so that all parts of the harvested fish are used and not disposed of as waste. We also learn about Ann's personal journey from an art student who traveled with the Grateful Dead, to her pivotal role in marketing and sales at Neptune's Harvest. If you’re wondering what is so special about fish fertilizer, Ann shares all of the benefits that we can expect from Neptune’s Harvest and her favorite products. Get ready to make some good dirt!

    Topics Discussed:
    · The Grateful Dead
    · From Art Major to Sales and Marketing
    · Working in a Family Business & Passing it to the Next Generation
    · Chitin
    · Growing Squash Plants
    · Seed Starting and Sustainable Gardening
    · Organic Fertilizers
    · Ann’s Journey & The Fascinating History of Neptune's Harvest
    · The Benefits of Fish Fertilizer
    · Gardening Tips
    · Using Fish Waste
    · The Environmental Impact of Fish Waste Disposal
    · Soil Enhancers
    · Liquid Humate
    · Italian Heritage
    · Nutrients in Soil & Food
    · Combatting Garden Pests with Natural Solutions
    · The Importance of Sustainable and Organic Gardening
    · Addressing Climate Change and Its Effects on Fishing
    · Celebrating Gloucester's Rich Fishing History
    · Understanding Organic Labels and Certification

    Episode Resources:
    · April Slow Living Episode
    · Tomato & Vegetable Fertilizer
    · Liquid Crab & Lobster Fertilizer
    · Hydrolyzed Fish Fertilizer

    Connect with Ann Malloy:
    · Website: https://www.neptunesharvest.com
    · Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/ann-molloy-949a1a43/
    · Email: Ann@NeptunesHarvest.com
    · Neptune’s Harvest YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/neptunesharvest
    · Neptune’s Harvest Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/neptunesharvest/
    · Neptune’s Harvest Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/neptunesharvest/
    · Glouchester SALT: https://www.gloucestersalt.org

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    🌻 About Lady Farmer:
    · Subscribe to The ALMANAC, a Lady Farmer Newsletter & Community
    · Visit Our Website
    · Follow @weareladyfarmer on Instagram
    · Email us at thegooddirtpodcast@gmail.com or leave us a voicemail!
    Call 443-459-1950 and ask a question or share what the good dirt means to you!
    Original music by John Kingsley. Editing and podcast production by Fast Forward Production.
    🌿 The Good Dirt Producers:
    · Wendy Gray

    • 1 hr 6 min
    Paul Hawken on Carbon, Climate and Connection

    Paul Hawken on Carbon, Climate and Connection

    In this conversation with best selling author and activist Paul Hawken, we discuss the reframing of our relationship with nature by moving away from the concept of "othering" ourselves, and more towards the integration of our interconnectedness. Paul speaks of the cultural disconnect, the role of language in shaping our perception of the environment, and how crucial it is to engage directly with the natural world. Hawken's vast experience, including starting the first natural food company (Erewhon) in the U.S. and working with Martin Luther King Jr., as well as his involvement in founding Regeneration and NEXUS, are all a result of a lifetime of pursuing solutions to our climate crisis. He shares how he views carbon and climate change through a lens of interconnectedness and flow rather than as isolated problems. He also talks about his upcoming book, 'Carbon, the Book of Life,' the significance of soil regeneration, societal shifts and the connection between joy and sustainability as well as the power of individual and community action in the face of environmental challenges.

    🌿 This episode is sponsored by Neptune’s Harvest Organic Fertilizer. Use code GOODDIRT at checkout for 5% off your order for products from the ocean to set your plants in motion 🌊

    Topics Discussed
    · Opening Reflections: Embracing Nature and Conversations on Disconnection
    · Insights from Paul Hawken: Bridging the Gap Between Humanity and Nature
    · Organic Food Pioneer
    · Finding Your Environmental Voice
    · Exploring the Language of Nature and Indigenous Wisdom
    · The Power of Language in Healing Our Relationship with the Planet
    · Redefining Success and the Essence of Soil
    · The Transformation of Soil and Agriculture
    · Ultra Processed Food
    · Soil's Organism and Its Impact on Plant Health
    · The Haber-Bosch Process
    · Exploring Soil Acoustics and Its Significance
    · The Power of Community and Individual Action
    · Reconnecting with Nature Outside of the Internet
    · Sensationalism in Media
    · Indigenous Voices & Decolonizing Our Perspectives
    · Innovative Solutions for a Sustainable Future
    · Joy and Sustainability
    · Carbon & The Myth of Carbon Neutral
    · Empowering Actions Through Nexus and Regeneration.org

    Episode Resources:
    · Listen to The Good Dirt Podcast “Reimagining Our Place in the Landscape: Eco-Spirituality and Rewilding with Mary DeJong”
    · Listen to The Good Dirt Podcast “The Urgent Need for Restorative Gardening with Mary Reynolds”
    · Read “Regeneration: Ending the Climate Crisis in One Generation” by Paul Hawken
    · Read “Drawdown: The Most Comprehensive Plan Ever Proposed to Reverse Global Warming” by Paul Hawken
    · Read The Guardian’s Article “Vegetables are losing their nutrients. Can the decline be reversed?”
    · Read “Ultra-Processed People: The Science Behind Food That Isn't Food” by Chris Van Tulleken
    · InventWood

    Connect with Paul Hawken:
    · Website: https://paulhawken.com/
    · Climate One Website: https://www.climateone.org/people/paul-hawken
    · Project Regeneration Website: https://regeneration.org/about/paul-hawken
    · Instagram @paulhawken: https://www.instagram.com/paulhawken/
    · Paul’s Newsletter: https://regeneration.us4.list-manage.com/subscribe?u=ebb591cd0ef4ad186dcf2cd3f&id=8f12b90f3e
    · Nexus: https://regeneration.org/nexus

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    🌻 About Lady Farmer:
    · Subscribe to The ALMANAC, a Lady Farmer Newsletter & Community
    · Visit Our Website
    · Follow @weareladyfarmer on Instagram
    · Email us at thegooddirtpodcast@gmail.com or leave us a voicemail!
    Call 443-459-1950 and ask a question or share what the good dirt means to you!
    Original music by John Kingsley. Editing and podcast production by Fast Forward Production.
    🌿 The Good Dirt Producers:
    · Wendy Gray

    • 55 min
    Earth Day Every Day: The Evolution of a Movement with Emily Walker of EarthDay.org

    Earth Day Every Day: The Evolution of a Movement with Emily Walker of EarthDay.org

    We all know about Earth Day, but when and how did it begin, and how has it evolved over it's 54 year history? In this special Earth Day episode, we are interviewing Emily Walker who is the education coordinator at the nonprofit that started it all: EarthDay.org. We are diving into the significance of Earth Day, its 1970 origin, and its evolution over the years towards addressing contemporary environmental issues. Each year they chose a new focus, and the theme for this year's Earth Day is 'Planet vs. Plastics,' emphasizes the urgent need to decrease plastic production and usage. Emily explores how EarthDay.org's education drives aim to incorporate climate education into school systems worldwide, the challenges and successes of implementing such programs, and the organization's efforts to influence environmental policies at various levels. In this conversation, we talk about the importance of individual action, community involvement, and the need for systemic change to address environmental issues. Emily also talks about the hope she sees in the younger generation's enthusiasm for finding solutions to the environmental issues we are now facing.

    🌿 This episode is sponsored by Neptune’s Harvest Organic Fertilizer. Use code GOODDIRT at checkout for 5% off your order for products from the ocean to set your plants in motion 🌊

    Topics Discussed
    · Celebrating Earth Day: Origins and Impact
    · The Evolution of Environmental Awareness
    · From Litterbugs to Environmental Advocates
    · Earth Day's Mission: Combatting Plastic Pollution
    · Inside EarthDay.org: Its Missions Today
    · Emily Walker's Journey from Teacher to EarthDay.org Education Coordinator
    · The Expanding Role of Earth Day in Education and Policy
    · Current Initiatives and Future Plans for Earth Day
    · The Challenge of Eliminating Plastics
    · Reflecting on Past Environmental Efforts and the Path Forward
    · The Problem with Plastic Packaging
    · Slowing Down & Making Sustainable Choices
    · The Hidden Dangers of Plastics for Babies
    · Sustainable Clothing and Health Impacts
    · Demand for Sustainable Alternatives
    · The Role of Consumers and Institutions in Sustainability
    · The Importance of Policy Change and Education
    · Global Perspectives on Earth Day Initiatives
    · Inspiring Hope Through Youth Advocacy
    · Planet vs Plastics
    · Climate Education
    · Mindset Shift to Earth Day Every Day
    · Take Action Global Tag & Coding for Climate
    · Ending Plastic in Cafeteria Initiative
    · Taking a Moment to Reflect on Our Purchasing Choices
    · Consequences of Convenience

    Episode Resources:
    · Baby vs Plastic - Earth Day Article
    · Hierarchy of Needs
    · Climate Ed 101 - Earth Day Article
    · Planet vs. Plastics

    Connect with Emily Walker:
    · Website: https://www.earthday.org
    · Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/earthdaynetwork/
    · Earth Day Educators Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/earthdayeducators/
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    🌻 About Lady Farmer:
    · Subscribe to The ALMANAC, a Lady Farmer Newsletter & Community
    · Visit Our Website
    · Follow @weareladyfarmer on Instagram
    · Email us at thegooddirtpodcast@gmail.com or leave us a voicemail!
    Call 443-459-1950 and ask a question or share what the good dirt means to you!
    Original music by John Kingsley. Editing and podcast production by Fast Forward Production.
    🌿 The Good Dirt Producers:
    · Wendy Gray

    • 48 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
116 Ratings

116 Ratings

JDA0915 ,

Must listen!

Definitely my favorite weekly podcast. I love the range of topics covered and find myself drawn in even if I didn’t think I would initially like the topic. Each episode is densely packed with high quality info and I tend to listen to each episode twice to really soak it all in. Such a highlight to my week each Friday!

Janine Elise ,

A bright spot

In this world of true crime podcasts and discouraging news headlines, it’s a breath of fresh air to listen to this optimistic and engaging podcast! I appreciate all of the interesting speakers and the practical information and advice Emma and Mary share. Thank you for all you do!

CourtneynDakota ,

Frustrated

I want to learn about gardening and being a homesteader. The first episode I click on they are talking about raising money for the first 15min. That is a major turn off. I’ll search for other episodes. Hopefully they are all not like that.

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