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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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    • 4.7 • 121 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.

    Axe & Root Homestead’s Angela Ferraro Fanning on Permaculture and Sustainable Living

    Axe & Root Homestead’s Angela Ferraro Fanning on Permaculture and Sustainable Living

    Angela Ferraro Fanning built and runs the Axe and Root Homestead in New Jersey. After suffering from postpartum depression, Angela wanted to remove herself from modern day hustle culture and return to nature, growing as much of her own food as possible. She grew from her own private garden to a fully functioning farm, and shares the empowerment that comes along with homesteading with our audience today. Sitting down with Emma and Mary in this follow-up to her original episode “Homesteading is What You Make It”, we catch up with Angela’s progress in running her farm a few years later after she was certified as a permaculturist by Cornell University. Angela shares insights about the evolution of her farm, managing a variety of plants and animals, and implementing permaculture principles into her lifestyle. She talks about publishing her books “The Sustainable Homestead” and the “Little Homesteader” series , growing protein-rich crops as a vegetarian, and raising a family on a farm. She leaves us all with why she believes it is vitally important to remember the legacy we leave for the people who take over the land after we’re gone.

    Topics Discussed
    · Eco-friendly Permaculture Homesteading
    · Maintaining Geese, Ducks, Apiary, Sheep, Orchard, and Garden
    · Being a Vegetarian Homesteader
    · Leaving Graphic Design and Web Design for Nature
    · Food Allergies & Pesticide Pain
    · Pros and Cons of Eating According to the Season
    · Compromises for Family
    · Finding a Flexible Sustainability Sustain that Works For YOUR Lifestyle
    · Mary’s Raspberry Story
    · Preserving Your Food
    · A Mugwort Invasion
    · Growing Strawberries
    · Working with Horses
    · Raising Kids on a Farm
    · Spending Time Outdoors
    · Compromises, Saltwater Pools, and Honeybees
    · Cultural Shifts Post-Pandemic
    · Writing “The Sustainable Homestead: Create a Thriving Permaculture Ecosystem with Your Garden, Animals, and Land" by Angela Ferraro-Fanning
    · The Little Homesteader Books
    · Seitan
    · Growing Beans, Garbanzos, and Quinoa
    · Impact of COVID on Homesteading

    Episode Resources:
    · Listen to The Good Dirt “Homesteading is What You Make It with Angela Ferraro Fanning of Axe & Root Homestead”
    · Listen to The Good Dirt “Homesteading is a Mindset with Angela Ferraro Fanning”
    · Read Angela’s Books including “The Sustainable Homestead”, “The Harvest Table”, “Design for Change”, and the “Little Homesteader” series
    · Listen to Vox Media’s “Today Explained: Honey, We Saved the Bees”

    Connect with Angela :
    · Axe & Root Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/axeandroothomestead/
    · Website: https://www.axeandroothomestead.com
    · Angela’s Photography Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/angferrarofanning_photography/
    · The HOMESTEADucation Podcast: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/homesteaducation/id1593301801

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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 2 min
    Pee the Change You Want to See: Urine For A Surprise with Amy DuFault

    Pee the Change You Want to See: Urine For A Surprise with Amy DuFault

    In this special episode, Emma and Mary are catching up with their first guest ever featured on the podcast, Amy DuFault. A writer on sustainable textiles for 15 years, Amy has dedicated her next chapter to reconnecting with the roots of her home on Cape Cod. Amy brings us along from her career in various aspects of sustainability in fashion and textiles to her current focus on water quality. She has dedicated her next chapter to reconnecting with the roots of her home on Cape Cod and is now working as communications director at the Massachusetts Alternative Septic System Test Center.  You will hear about Amy's work with growing natural dye plants in wastewater and innovative solutions for water sustainability. Finding her “why” was key to Amy’s journey as her drive to heal the earth is directly tied to her late father's environmental awareness, and a deep longing for the return of the environment she remembers as a child.
    Topics Discussed
    · Fibershed
    · The “Why” Behind Your Sustainability
    · Your Personal Toolkit & How to Use it to Change
    · Sustainable Fabrics and Clothing Practices
    · Determining Your Value System
    · Working with the Massachusetts Alternative Septic System Tech Center
    · The Fear Around Eco-conscious Businesses
    · The Umbrella of Sustainability
    · Where Our Clothing’s Color Comes From
    · Natural Dye Farmers
    · The Priceless Value of Waters
    · Sanitation Practices
    · Experiments for Optimal Flower Growing
    · NOFA: Northeast Organic Farming Association
    · Septic Tank Issues
    · Saltwater Intrusion
    · Exploring Wastewater Fertilization
    · Revitalizing Septic Systems and Destroyed Bodies of Water
    · The Cape Cod AquiFund
    · Pasteurized Urine
    · Restoring Your Home
    · Eco-grief for the Way the Environment Was
    · Government Support and Funding
    · Water Quality
    · Preserving Our Ground Water

    Episode Resources:
    · Listen to The Good Dirt’s 1st Episode with Amy DuFault
    · PROJECT: Wastewater’s Impacts On Natural Dye Plant Growth & Color
    · Botanical Colors
    · Feedback Friday Videos
    · Read “The Three Ages of Water: Prehistoric Past, Imperiled Present, and a Hope for the Future” by Peter Gleick
    · The Rich Earth Institute
    · Read "Everybody Poops!" by Justine Avery
    · Read "Everybody Pees!" by Justine Avery

    Connect with Amy DuFault:
    · Website: amydufault.com
    · Instagram: @amytropolis
    · Links: https://linktr.ee/amytropolis
    · Southeastern New England Fibershed

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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 2 min
    Slow Living Through The Seasons | July

    Slow Living Through The Seasons | July

    Tune in to the July episode of Slow Living Through the Seasons, in which Mary highlights the nostalgic soundtrack of July flies, the societal and physical impact of air conditioning, gardening by the signs in midsummer, and a simple recipe for fermented cucumbers. With the 12th episode in this series, we've now completed a full journey around the sun with seasonal reflections, memories, gardening guidance, tips, and a whole year of planting and gardening by the signs of the moon. After taking a pause from this monthly program, Mary will be picking up this discussion again but in a different format moving forward, bringing it more directly into the community for sharing and conversation and adding more personal interaction into the experience. 
    Read more what's in store for 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

    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

    • 16 min
    Exploring Eco-Spirituality with Mary & Emma

    Exploring Eco-Spirituality with Mary & Emma

    In this thought-provoking episode, Emma and Mary delve into the concept of eco-spirituality, discussing its origins, significance, and their personal experiences with it. They reflect on various interviews they've conducted with guests who have touched on this topic, exploring the integration of spirituality with a love for the earth and nature. The episode is a deep dive into how eco-spirituality informs their work with Lady Farmer and The Good Dirt podcast, and how it serves as a path to healing both personally and globally.
    Key Points:

    Introduction to Eco-Spirituality:

    Eco-spirituality combines the study of ecology and spirituality.

    Historically, spirituality and nature were never separate until modern times.

    The separation between humans and nature is perceived, not real.

    Personal Journeys:

    Mary shares her spiritual journey and how it led to her interest in eco-spirituality.

    Emma discusses her observations of environmental changes growing up and her connection with nature.

    Influential Conversations:

    Recap of impactful interviews with guests like Ian C. Williams, Paul Hawken, and Asia Suler.

    Insights on how eco-spirituality involves healing oneself to heal the earth.

    Themes and Reflections:

    The importance of language in discussing eco-spirituality.

    The challenge of integrating spirituality and ecology without perpetuating the idea of separateness.

    How personal healing practices can contribute to environmental regeneration.

    Practical Applications:

    Encouragement to connect with nature daily as a form of grounding and healing.

    Discussion on how eco-spirituality can be a response to climate change and environmental degradation.

    Exploring ways to live with eco-spiritual principles in modern society.

    The role of sacredness and reverence in how we treat the natural world.


    Resources Mentioned:

    Ian C. Williams' book, Soil and Spirit, Seeds of Purpose, Nature's Insight and the Deep Work of Transformational Change

    Asia Suler's book, Mirrors in the Earth: Reflections on Self Healing from the Living World

    Osprey Orielle Lake's work on climate justice and rights of nature

    Claire Dunn's experience of living in nature for a year


    The Good Dirt Episodes Mentioned:

    Mary DeJong

    Ian C Williams

    Asia Suler

    Leah Rampy

    Osprey Orielle Lake Pt. 1 & Pt. 2


    Claire Dunn


    🌻 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

    • 27 min
    Homesteading as a Mindset with Angela Ferraro Fanning of Axe & Root *

    Homesteading as a Mindset with Angela Ferraro Fanning of Axe & Root *

    *This episode is a replay of Episode 64, initially published on October 22, 2021 under the title Homesteading is What You Make It

    On today’s episode of The Good Dirt, we’re chatting with Angela Ferraro Fanning of Axe and Root Homestead, a six-acre farm in central New Jersey. Angela shares the story of how she went from being a graphic designer to a homesteader in 2012, when she told her husband she'd like to trade her job income for time outside growing food they would no longer have to buy. Now she finds herself balancing a life raising two boys with managing a working farm, as well as authoring a cookbook, a children's book series and hosting a homesteading podcast.
    In this conversation, we discuss not only the benefits of growing your own food, but the many options available to the modern homesteader. Though the concept of homesteading appeals to a lot of people, the reality of shifting to such a lifestyle is often intimidating and seemingly full of obstacles. Angela explains that homesteading doesn't look the same for everyone, and doesn't have to be defined by what you see when you look out your window. She encourages her followers to begin with the smallest task, such as growing one plant, and taking that longing for connection to food and nature just one step at a time. It doesn't have to involve raising and harvesting your own animals, or all of your food, baking artisan bread or keeping bees. There are likely others in your area that can do all of that. Instead, she says to focus on what interests you, and rely on your community for the rest. The homesteading mindset is about hands-on, local, seasonal living.
    Join us on today’s episode to hear more about the first steps that Angela took in growing her own food, how she got comfortable with the constant trial and error of homesteading, and how she’s slowly expanding her business through writing and online media.
    Listen to the episode on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Podchaser, Simplecast, Podtail, or on your favorite podcast platform.
    Topics Covered:

    A day in the life of Angela 

    The joys and challenges of farm life

    Getting back to basics and not relying on machinery 

    Homesteading on a plant-based diet 

    Sharing her story and expertise through writing, podcasting, and online courses 


    Guest Info

    Website

    Instagram

    The Definitely Not Simple Life Podcast

    The Harvest Table: A Collection of Seasonal Plant- Based Recipes Inspired by the Home Garden

    Little Country Cottage: An Autumn Treasury of Recipes, Crafts and Wisdom


    Follow Us:

    Our Website

    Instagram

    • 50 min
    Coming to our Senses with Author and Retreat Leader Leah Rampy

    Coming to our Senses with Author and Retreat Leader Leah Rampy

    Leah Rampy, author, educator and retreat leader, discusses her work and recent book release“Earth and Soul: Reconnecting Amid Climate Chaos”. She emphasizes how facing the reality of climate change and loss can help us open our hearts and "come to our senses" , allowing our grief to empower us in reconnecting to the living world. Leah integrates ecology, spirituality and personal practices in guiding others to deepen this relationship. In this conversation, we also discuss the epidemic of loneliness, the importance of community, the concept of indigeneity and the challenges of finding one's place in a changing world. We hear all about the co-housing community in West Virginia where Leah lives with her husband, and her involvement with the Church of the Wild-Two Rivers, a place to find hope through community and connection with nature.

    Topics Discussed
    · Leah discusses her book
    · Working with Al Gore & Biodiversity for a Livable Climate
    · Eco-Anxiety and Eco Grief
    · Older vs. Younger Generation Perceptions of Climate Loss
    · The Loss of Spring
    · How Being Busy Distances Us from the Earth
    · The Paradigm of Human Superiority
    · Our Language towards Nature
    · Distance or Disconnection
    · The Beauty of Worms
    · The Co-housing Movement
    · The Epidemic of Loneliness
    · A Community of Like-minded People or Like-hearted People
    · Indigeneity and Connection to the Land
    · Active Listening to the World Around Us
    · How Science Helps Us Understand Our World
    · The Tricky Thing about Hope
    · Age Diversity
    · Retreats and Pilgrimages

    Episode Resources:
    · Read “Earth and Soul: Reconnecting Amid Climate Chaos” by Leah Rampy
    · Biodiversity for a Livable Climate
    · Shepherd Village
    · The Church of the Wild
    · Read the Lady Farmer Article "St Brigid The Lady Farmer”
    · Listen to The Good Dirt “The History and Folklore of Bridgid: Saint, Legend and Lady Farmer with Kathy Spaar”
    · Listen to The Good Dirt “185. Reimagining Our Place in the Landscape: Eco-Spirituality and Rewilding with Mary DeJong”
    · Read "Finding the Mother Tree: Discovering the Wisdom of the Forest" by Suzanne Simard

    Connect with Leah Rampy
    · Website: https://www.leahmoranrampy.com/
    · Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/leahrampy/
    · Join Leah’s Mailing List: https://www.leahmoranrampy.com/subscribe.html
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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

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
121 Ratings

121 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!

Dmurphy55 ,

Could be great if

I enjoy the show, but would enjoy it so much more if they’d give their guests more time to speak. The June 21 show is a perfect example of over-taking the guest and focusing on their own musings, etc. I tuned in to hear the guest speaker - If only she was giving a chance to speak! Emma, please give it a rest! My eyes just glazed over.

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!

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