The Permanent Culture Podcast & Livestream, is hosted by Michael Cundick and Rikki Longino who are the Chair and Vice-chair of the Utah Permaculture Collective, and two hardworking advocates for the mission of their non-profit which is to cultivate a permanent culture of healthy resilient communities living in harmony with nature
Michael is also a musician, a green party politician, and manages a company called Student Loan Tutor. Rikki is the founder of the Mobile Moon Co-op, a female and queer collective who's aim is to preserve communities and ecosystems through education, empowerment, and botanical stewardship.
This is the story of the Permaculture movement in Utah and beyond, and the creative forces that are coming together to move humanity towards "the more bUtahful World our hearts know is possible".
The episodes are live streamed on the podcast's facebook page and youtube channel on Monday evenings, and listeners are invited to participate with live comments and questions.
Episode 19: Abdullah El-Hattab - Refugee Farming and Food Justice
Join Michael and Rikki for a hopeful and insightful conversation with Abdullah El-Hattab. They are a farm coordinator for the International Rescue Committee's New Roots Farm. These days, they spend their time working with migrant refugees, largely from African and Middle Eastern nations, growing all nature of vegetables for the Sunnyvale Farmers Market and New Roots CSA. They are also a much loved community educator, organizer and creator. Abdullah has a history of hosting weekly potlucks at their home, building beautiful things out of scraps, and telling delightfully captivating stories.
Kelli Case - Heal the Soil, Heal the Soul
Kelli Case is a Salt Lake City-based community organizer, farmer, and permaculture designer. She works at the Krishna Food Forest and Farm to coordinate a vegetable and fruit CSA. Kelli is a fierce advocate for harmonious interconnection and non-violent communication.
In this episode we delve into Kelli’s practices and interests surrounding the garden, the community, and the planet. Since the Krishna Farm is completely veganic, her farming practices look and feel different than other farms. She explores the dynamic of incorporating community into all aspects of the garden. She nurtures interspecies life and cultivates ever more mindful ways of relating to her environment. Kelli has developed a ritual of honoring and processing grief. Whether it is due to climate change and the exploitation of the earth, societal degradation, or personal loss, she believes we all have something to grieve and holding space for that is essential.
“Socializing is a non-negotiable human need. We cannot go it alone. We need each other. We are dependent on one another for survival, short of our breath.
Prolonged physical distancing is only sustainable if the realities of these needs are factored into the equation. Our need for human contact and socialization must be included as a crucial part of the conversation if we’re going to keep this up — and not because anyone is selfish or lazy, but because we’re human and by nature, in need of mercy."
Episode 17: LJ Lynda Wilden - Indigenous Food Sovereignty
LJ (Lynda-Jim) Wilden is a Diné activist in the Salt Lake community & treasurer / founding member of the SLC Air Protectors. LJ grew up in an agricultural household. and shares her indigenous perspective on land-stewardship, collective work, and the importance of food sovereignty. She has been active in the Salt Lake community, is a public speaker, creative innovator, mother, and grandmother.
Episode 16: Ashley Finley - Ally Accountably
Ashley Finley joins Michael Cundick and Rikki Longino in a special conversation about white allyship and accountability in the Permaculture community.
Ashley is a black woman, a daughter, a sister, an auntie, a friend, a dog mom, a nature lover, a birth keeper, a medicine maker, a poet, an activist, and an educator. She is currently living on occupied Ute, Goshute, Paiute, and Northern Shoshone peoples (so-called Salt Lake City).
Ashley’s passion lies in the liberation of all colonized and oppressed people and in the facilitation of a return to sacred ancestral knowledge that bloomed before colonization and capitalism.
The livestream will be available on our facebook page and youtube channel and we take live questions and comments at the end of every episode.
Episode 15: Tao Orion - Beyond the War on Invasive Species
Tao Orion is a Permaculture designer, author, restoration ecologist, wife, and mother of two small permies. Our conversation takes place during the riotous uprising following the murder of George Floyd. Orion's commentary on social movements is interwoven gracefully with explanations of her book "Beyond the War on Invasive Species: A Permaculture Approach". She explains her perspective on large scale land-management, understanding a deeper history of place and relating indigenous practices with modern applications. If you are interested in food sovereignty, social justice, and actualizing your regenerative dreams, don't miss this informative and evocative episode!
Episode 14: The Magic of Mycology with Smugtown Mushrooms
We are lucky to have a special guest this week all the way from New York! Olga Tzogas, activist and owner of Smugtown Mushrooms, is a renowned mycologist who is teaching and spreading the good news about medicinal mushrooms and all the magical ways they show up in our world.
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Just discovered this amazing podcast and I’m thrilled! So excited to learn more about sustainability and community!
Quickly becoming one of my favorite podcasts!
I’m four in right now and eagerly awaiting more. Michael connects the dots and ties it all together in a way I haven’t seen in a podcast before. Not just for permaculture enthusiasts, but anybody!
Informative and inspiring
20 minutes into the 1st episode and I’m in love. Michael is the truth. So much wisdom here