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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 & 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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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 & daughter team Mary & Emma bring you weekly interviews with farmers, artists, authors, and leaders in the regenerative and sustainable living space.

    Discovering the Roots of Good Health with Lauren Haynes of Wooden Spoon Herbs

    Discovering the Roots of Good Health with Lauren Haynes of Wooden Spoon Herbs

    Today's discussion is with Lauren Haynes, founder of Wooden Spoon Herbs, a company providing products and education to help you build your routine of herbal support. Lauren's goal is to make earth-grown, time-tested herbal formulas accessible for the health of ourselves and our planet. In this conversation, we discuss Lauren's background in Appalachia and her education as an herbalist, the challenges of regulations around herbal products, educating consumers about product use, and the role of herbalism in healing the broken relationship between humans and earth.
    Topics Discussed:

    Lauren's journey to Wooden Spoon Herbs

    How Lauren was first drawn to herbalism

    The issue of compliance in the utilization of herbalism 

    The Appalachian Center for Natural Health

    Phyllis D. Light

    Green Comfort School of Herbal Medicine


    Candice Pert, Your Body is Your Subconscious Mind


    Molecules of Emotion

    Herbalism is NOT a replacement for professional health care, but it can be a compliment

    What is unique about Wooden Spoon Herbs

    The challenge of regulations around herbal products and education


    The DSHEA Act Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act 

    Wooden Spoon Herbs sourcing

    Lauren's background growing up in Appalachia

    Isaias Hernandez @queerbrownvegan


    The role of herbalism in healing the broken relationship between humans and earth

    How can slow living be accessible to everyone?

    Stephanie O'Dea

    Jessie Inchauspe @theglucosegoddess


    @tartvinegar


    Connect with Lauren:


    @woodenspoonherbs on Instagram

    Wooden Spoon Herbs Website


    This Episode is Sponsored by Ettitude: ettitude.com/thegooddirt
    ^Use code THEGOODDIRT for $25 off your first order!

    About Lady Farmer:

    Our Website

    @weareladyfarmer on Instagram


    Join The Lady Farmer ALMANAC


    Leave us a voicemail! Call 443-459-1950 and ask a question or share what the good dirt means to you!

    Email us at thegooddirtpodcast@gmail.com


    Original music by John Kingsley. Our technical partner for this series is CitizenRacecar, Post-Production by Alex Brouwer and José Miguel Baez, Coordinated by Gabriela Montequin and Mary Ball. The Good Dirt is a part of the Connectd Podcasts Network.
    Statements in this podcast have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration and are not to be considered as medical or nutritional advice. This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease, and should not be considered above the advice of your physician. Consult a medical professional when making dietary or lifestyle decisions that could affect your health and well-being.

    • 1 hr
    The History and Folklore of Brigid: Saint, Legend and Lady Farmer with Kathy Spaar | Episode 27 Reprise

    The History and Folklore of Brigid: Saint, Legend and Lady Farmer with Kathy Spaar | Episode 27 Reprise

    Today's episode is about Brigid, saint and legend, known for her skills at the hearth, the loom, midwifery, healing, poetry and animal husbandry. Kathy Spaar, spiritual director, pilgrimage leader and nature educator shares many of the folklore and stories of this legendary figure from Celtic tradition. As a figure of feminine wisdom and power who presides over the land and the homestead, we consider Brigid the quintessential Lady Farmer, our guide, protector and inspiration for slow living through the seasons.
    Intro:
    Follow Kesslyn @gemwellnessofficial for more about her journey as a midwife and her exploration of St. Brigid.
    Episode Reprise:

    Imbolc is here!

    Mary and Emma introduce Kathy and Brigid

    Kathy introduces herself

    Brigid's Feast Day

    Kathy's favorite stories of Brigid

    Brigid - the quintessential Lady Farmer

    How does Brigid relate to the times we are in now

    The most important thing Brigid has taught Kathy


    Mentions:
    The Almanac Brigidine Sisters Children's Book “Brigid’s Cloak: An Ancient Irish Story” by Bruce Milligan. "Symbols of Plenty" by Ruth Bidgood "Rekindling the Flame " by Rita Minehan
    About Lady Farmer:

    Our Website

    @weareladyfarmer on Instagram


    Join The Lady Farmer ALMANAC


    Leave us a voicemail! Call 443-459-1950 and ask a question or share what the good dirt means to you!

    Email us at thegooddirtpodcast@gmail.com


    Original music by John Kingsley. Our technical partner for this series is CitizenRacecar, Post-Production by Alex Brouwer and José Miguel Baez, Coordinated by Gabriela Montequin and Mary Ball. The Good Dirt is a part of the Connectd Podcasts Network.

    Statements in this podcast have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration and are not to be considered as medical or nutritional advice. This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease, and should not be considered above the advice of your physician. Consult a medical professional when making dietary or lifestyle decisions that could affect your health and well-being.

    • 41 min
    No Fluff: The Inside Info On Wool Insulation with Andrew Legge of Havelock Wool

    No Fluff: The Inside Info On Wool Insulation with Andrew Legge of Havelock Wool

    Looking for a natural insulation option? Look no further than the world's oldest...wool! In today's episode, Mary & Emma chat with Andrew Legge, founder of Havelock Wool to discuss wool insulation, how it differs from more conventional insulation methods, and why you might want to consider it for your tiny home, van conversion, or even full home renovation!

    Topics Discussed
    Join the Lady Farmer Slow Living Challenge! (Starts 2.6.23)

    Interview:

    Andrew discusses his background and the path to Havelock Wool 

    The shift in consumer knowledge and demand for alternative building projects

    Wool as a dynamic fiber

    The contrast between wool and synthetic fibers as insulation

    Design obsolescence, how consumers are conditioned to expect the need to replace products

    The power of the consumer in choosing alternatives

    Build better, build less, build slower. Don't build space that you don't need

    As shelter from the elements, the building's key feature is insulation. 

    Common sense in the construction industry

    If wool is a natural product, why is it more expensive?

    Wool insulation manufacturing as a sustainable and low waste process

    Embodied vs operational carbon

    Biophilic design

    Sourcing wool from New Zealand

    Why not source the wool in the US or other places? 

    Havelock as the go-to insulator for van conversions


    Connect with Havelock Wool:

    Website

    Instagram


    This Episode is Sponsored by Ettitude: ettitude.com/thegooddirt
    ^Use code THEGOODDIRT for $25 off your first order!
    About Lady Farmer:

    Our Website

    @weareladyfarmer on Instagram


    Join The Lady Farmer ALMANAC


    Leave us a voicemail! Call 443-459-1950 and ask a question or share what the good dirt means to you!

    Email us at thegooddirtpodcast@gmail.com


    Original music by John Kingsley. Our technical partner for this series is CitizenRacecar, Post-Production by Alex Brouwer and José Miguel Baez, Coordinated by Gabriela Montequin and Mary Ball. The Good Dirt is a part of the Connectd Podcasts Network.

    Statements in this podcast have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration and are not to be considered as medical or nutritional advice. This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease, and should not be considered above the advice of your physician. Consult a medical professional when making dietary or lifestyle decisions that could affect your health and well-being.

    • 1 hr 9 min
    How Smokey the Bear Changed America: The Importance of Grasslands with Kyle Lybarger of The Native Habitat Project

    How Smokey the Bear Changed America: The Importance of Grasslands with Kyle Lybarger of The Native Habitat Project

    Today's guest is Kyle Lybarger, a forester and conservationist from north Alabama. His passion is identifying, protecting, and managing the overlooked grassland ecosystems in his region and educating the public about the environmental value and climate benefits of these native plants. Most people don't realize that so many of our forested areas were once actually native grasslands that were maintained by the grazing of native animal life and the management practices of the native people. In this conversation, Kyle also explains the importance of fire in land management, both the naturally occurring fires and those that indigenous people practiced to sustain local food systems. Tune in to hear Kyle's take on Smokey the Bear, rewilding and the "no-mow" movement, how our domestic landscape has shifted here in the United States and what we can all do to reinvigorate our land and secure our food system. 
    Topics Discussed:
    Join the Lady Farmer Slow Living Challenge! (Starts 2.6.23)

    How Kyle got to the Native Habitat Project and how that evolved

    Grassland ecosystems

    The need for education about native plants

    The ecological role of grasslands

    Why the grasslands have disappeared

    Kyle discusses "rewilding"


    Elephant Sanctuary in Tennessee 

    The role of burning in maintaining grasslands

    How Native Americans utilized the grassland ecosystems

    How Smoky the Bear and growing populations changed land management practices

    Porter's Goldenrod

    Hartselle Sandstone Barren

    How Kyle established an outdoor classroom in his hometown

    How forestry competes with biodiversity

    Grasslands are valuable for sequestering carbon

    Birds for Beef

    Jenny Harris of White Oak Pastures


    Grazing Gone Native with The American Forage Council

    Discretionary use of sprays to restore grasslands

    Restoring lawns to native habitats for wildlife diversity and for creating reliable food sources


    Connect with Kyle:

    Native Habitat Project's website

    Kyle's FB page, Native Habitat Managers


    On Tik Tok @nativeplanttok


    On Instagram @nativehabitatproject


    The Native Habitat Podcast


    This Episode is Sponsored by Havelock Wool: Visit https://havelockwool.com/gooddirt to learn all about wool insulation!

    About Lady Farmer:

    Our Website

    @weareladyfarmer on Instagram


    Join The Lady Farmer ALMANAC


    Leave us a voicemail! Call 443-459-1950 and ask a question or share what the good dirt means to you!

    Email us at thegooddirtpodcast@gmail.com


    Original music by John Kingsley. The Good Dirt podcast is edited and engineered by Aleksandra van der Westhuizen and produced by Mary Ball. The Good Dirt is a part of the Connectd Podcasts Network.
    Statements in this podcast have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration and are not to be considered as medical or nutritional advice. This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease, and should not be considered above the advice of your physician. Consult a medical professional when making dietary or lifestyle decisions that could affect your health and well-being.

    • 1 hr 10 min
    Exploring Real Life Environmentalism with Julia Blandford of the Seeking Sustainability Podcast

    Exploring Real Life Environmentalism with Julia Blandford of the Seeking Sustainability Podcast

    Today's episode is with Julia Blandford, a recent graduate from the Savannah College of Art and Design with a BFA in Fashion Marketing and Management, and host of the Seeking Sustainability Podcast. Join us for this fun and refreshing conversation with one of the younger voices within our community. Julia identifies herself as on the cusp of the Millennial and Gen Z generations, openly sharing about her passion as a self-proclaimed environmentalist as well as the doubts and frustrations along her own sustainable living journey. We find it hopeful and enlightening to hear how Julia and her contemporaries are approaching the challenges that face us in our world today.
    Topics Discussed:
    Join the Lady Farmer Slow Living Challenge! (Starts 2.6.23)

    Julia's story as a Gen Z environmentalist

    How she started her podcast--Seeking Sustainability

    ESG: Environmental Sustainable Governance


    Environmentalism in hard times

    How Julia's personal struggles informed her environmentalist views

     Privilege and sustainability

     How Julia felt like she failed at sustainability

     There's no formula for what it means to be an environmentalist

     Julia's experience with being a vegan

    Small steps to getting around degenerative systems

    Accountability and empathy

    Sustainability and consumerism

    Intersectional environmentalism

    Cottage core

    Gen Z and sustainability 

    "Trends don't exist outside of social media for my generation."

    What does slow living mean outside of social media?

    Julia's slow-living stew


    Connect with Julia:

    On Instagram @seekingsustainability.pod


    Seeking Sustainability Podcast


    This Episode is Sponsored by Havelock Wool: Visit https://havelockwool.com/gooddirt to learn all about wool insulation!

    About Lady Farmer:

    Our Website

    @weareladyfarmer on Instagram


    Join The Lady Farmer ALMANAC


    Leave us a voicemail! Call 443-459-1950 and ask a question or share what the good dirt means to you!

    Email us at thegooddirtpodcast@gmail.com


    Original music by John Kingsley. The Good Dirt podcast is edited and engineered by Aleksandra van der Westhuizen and produced by Mary Ball. The Good Dirt is a part of the Connectd Podcasts Network.
    Statements in this podcast have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration and are not to be considered as medical or nutritional advice. This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease, and should not be considered above the advice of your physician. Consult a medical professional when making dietary or lifestyle decisions that could affect your health and well-being.

    • 1 hr 3 min
    Reprise: Little Christmas and a Story for Epiphany, The Legend of Old Befana

    Reprise: Little Christmas and a Story for Epiphany, The Legend of Old Befana

    In this episode, Mary and Emma discuss the meaning of January 6th as the Feast of Epiphany. According to the Christian Liturgical Calendar, this day commemorates the three Magi's visit to the scene of the nativity and marks the end of the Christmas season. In the Appalachian tradition, Epiphany was known as "Little Christmas" or "Old Christmas," hearkening back to Old World traditions of extending the Christmas season over 12 days as an extended period of celebration and rest, ending with "Little Christmas" on January 6th. This episode concludes with Mary's telling of an Epiphany story from Italy, the Legend of Old Befana, which is a replay from two years ago.
    Topics Discussed:

    Epiphany

    Little Christmas or Old Christmas

    The Legend of Old Befana


    About Lady Farmer:

    Our Website

    @weareladyfarmer on Instagram


    Join The Lady Farmer ALMANAC


    Leave us a voicemail! Call 443-459-1950 and ask a question or share what the good dirt means to you!

    Email us at thegooddirtpodcast@gmail.com


    Original music by John Kingsley. The Good Dirt podcast is edited and engineered by Aleksandra van der Westhuizen and produced by Mary Ball. The Good Dirt is a part of the Connectd Podcasts Network.
    Statements in this podcast have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration and are not to be considered as medical or nutritional advice. This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease, and should not be considered above the advice of your physician. Consult a medical professional when making dietary or lifestyle decisions that could affect your health and well-being.
    

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Customer Reviews

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76 Ratings

76 Ratings

CourtRae ,

Nourish your mind

I have never loved a podcast more than this one. Mary and Emma produce such quality content reaching into all corners or regeneration. I love hearing the different perspectives of their guests and have learned so much in the few weeks that I’ve been binge listening :)

RagazzaDiFoto ,

Blown away!

Love this duo! So helpful and fun for learning more about sustainable living in an easy way like this podcast. So glad I’ve found them!!!!

Untold Legend 117 ,

Good tips

Such good tips for the sustainable life!

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