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72 minutes | Nov 27, 2020
Episode 031 - Andrew Millison: The Scale of Permaculture We Need
In this episode we talk about the scale that permaculture needs to get to get to in order to shift the planetary situation. This episode is different from previous ones, because the interview is conducted by a guest, Andrew Toth, and Andrew Millison is the one being interviewed. Andrew weaves the story of how he found himself teaching permaculture in a major state university, and how that has lead to his current work, documenting the massive scale water harvesting landscapes of India. The episode weaves through many topics, both personal and planetary. Andrew Millison Links: https://www.youtube.com/user/amillison www.permaculturerising.com https://agsci.oregonstate.edu/users/andrew-millison https://workspace.oregonstate.edu/course/permaculture-design-certificate-online?hsLang=en India's Water Revolution Playlist: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLNdMkGYdEqOCgePyiAyBT0sh7zlr7xhz3 Andrew Toth Link: gardenringcities.com Andrew Millison detailed bio: Andrew Millison has been studying, teaching and practicing Permaculture since he took his first design course in 1996. He started teaching Permaculture at the college level in 2001, and has been an instructor at OSU in the Horticulture Department since 2009. Andrew first learned Permaculture in the drylands, where he studied at Prescott College for his undergraduate and Master's degrees. In Arizona, his focus was on rainwater harvesting, greywater systems, and desert agriculture. He started a Permaculture landscape design and build company, and also worked in an ecologically-based Landscape Architecture firm. In recent years, Andrew's focus has been more on design for climate change resilience, broad scale water management for farm and development planning, Permaculture housing developments, and Oregon water law for obtaining water rights. Andrew brings his rich experience of designing and building his own and clients' projects for over 20 years to his teaching, and seeks to impart real world experience to his students. Andrew has developed a successful online Permaculture program through OSU and in recent years moved into media production, traveling internationally to film and produce educational content focussed on permaculture-based food and water systems.
83 minutes | Apr 16, 2020
Episode 030 - Marisha Auerbach: Growing Urban Food Security the Permaculture Way
This episode explores ways to grow urban food security with permaculture design. Marisha Auerbach describes how she established her thriving and abundant urban permaculture food forest in Portland Oregon. We discuss methods of food production, fertility systems, economic opportunities and more in the context of the Covid-19 pandemic. This episode is for those who are stuck at home and wanting to grow a raging permaculture garden! Marisha's Links: www.permaculturerising.com Permaculture Food Forests Online Course: https://workspace.oregonstate.edu/course/Permaculture-Food-Forests Online Permaculture Design Course: https://workspace.oregonstate.edu/course/permaculture-design-certificate-online Marisha Auerbach full bio: Marisha Auerbach is an internationally recognized permaculture educator, designer, and speaker based in Portland, OR. Marisha has lived and practiced permaculture in both urban and rural environments. As an avid gardener and herbalist, Marisha specializes in food production, ecology, and useful plants. Marisha believes that it is possible to respond to the current environmental challenges, lower our ecological footprint, and continue to live equally delightful lives through permaculture design. This passion is what drives Marisha's active teaching schedule throughout the year. Permaculture Experience Marisha Auerbach has taught over 50 permaculture design courses and numerous advanced workshops on a diversity of topics. Since 2004, she has worked in diverse environments from the humid temperate climate of her home in Oregon to the tropical rainforest in Belize to the arid landscapes of Colorado and Montana. Marisha has a BA from the Evergreen State College in Olympia, WA. She completed her permaculture design certificate with April Sampson-Kelly and Leisure Coast Permaculture Visions in Australia in 1998. Marisha holds advanced certificates in Keyline Design, Working with Cultural Diversity, and 2/3 World Permaculture Design. She has also completed an advanced permaculture course with Sepp Holzer. Marisha has offered permaculture consultancy services since 2008. Currently, Marisha teaches permaculture at the university level at Oregon State University, and Portland Community College. Marisha developed the Certificate in Holistic Landscape Design at Bastyr University and was the lead permaculture instructor for this program from Fall 2011 - 2014. Marisha currently teaches at least two 2 week intensive permaculture design courses each year. Marisha teaches annually at the Maya Mountain Research Farm in Belize in February.
77 minutes | Mar 20, 2020
Episode 029 - Matt Powers: Permaculture Pandemic Resilience
This episode examines permaculture responses to the Coronavirus Pandemic. We discuss techniques to jumpstart food production, soil fertility, and many other ways that permaculture design can assist in the process of home-based survival. We also discuss how to keep kids engaged and active while your all stuck at home during quarantine. Matt and I both teach online permaculture courses and have large quantities of free permaculture material online, which is linked to below. Matt's link: www.thepermaculturestudent.com Andrew Millison's permaculture courses and resources through Oregon State University: Permaculture Design Course (starts March 30, 2020): https://pace.oregonstate.edu/catalog/permaculture-design-certificate-online Permaculture Food Forest Course: https://workspace.oregonstate.edu/course/Permaculture-Food-Forests Youtube Channel with many educational videos and playlists: https://www.youtube.com/user/amillison Matt Powers full bio: Matt Powers is an author, educator, and entrepreneur focused on radically transforming the K-12 experience for children everywhere by aligning their education with current regenerative science, natural principles, and clear ethics: earth care, people care, and future care. Through Matt’s collection of online courses, teacher’s guides, textbooks, and workbooks, K-12 students can understand collegiate and graduate school concepts, learn how to ethically redesign our world, and even restore and rewild large landscapes, reversing the devastating effects of climate change. Matt’s work is found in English, Arabic, Polish, and Spanish with a dozen more translations currently in process. Matt’s bold vision is to empower children everywhere to live in regeneration where every action and decision are beneficial to the local and greater ecosystemic and social community. Matt is a former public high school english teacher with a masters in education. Matt provides daily inspirational and regenerative content online and is one of the most-followed permaculture teachers online with over 27,000 Twitter followers and tens of thousands of followers in his many Facebook groups and pages ranging in topics from permaculture education to entrepreneurship to gardening to fungi & more.
65 minutes | Mar 13, 2020
Episode 028 - Ayana Young: Raining Redwoods, Pandemic Peace
Ayana Young shares her planetary perspective on climate change, Redwood forests, and the Coronavirus pandemic. We talk about her "MIllion Redwoods" project, where she is working to preserve and propagate the biodiversity of the old growth Redwood forest. We then journey into the soul of the Coronavirus pandemic, where Ayana has some words of reality from her wide and Earth connected perspective. Ayana's links: https://forthewild.world/ Ayana Young Full Bio: Ayana Young is a podcast and radio personality specializing in intersectional environmental and social justice, deep ecology and land-based restoration. Graduating summa cum laude with an undergraduate degree from Loyola Marymount University including a double major in Art History and Theology and a minor in Philosophy, as well as education through Columbia University in Ecology and Eastern Religions and Restoration Ecology at the University of Victoria, Young has a strong academic background at the intersections of ecology, culture, and spirituality. She was studying at Columbia when the Occupy Wall Street movement began and amid the burgeoning resistance in Zuccotti Park, she co-created the Environmental Working Group. Post-graduation, dividends from her early career allowed Young to conserve 500 acres of coast redwood and salmon habitat in Northern California, where she has been living for over five years. Living for the first years, in a tent with no electricity or running water while she established a homestead, and broke ground on a native species nursery and research center, including the establishment of the 1 Million Redwoods Project, which was acclaimed as the most backed farm project in Kickstarter history. A budding filmmaker, Young is no stranger to the medium having spent her childhood as a prolific working actor, working alongside the likes of Steven Spielberg and Meryl Streep. Young’s debut film, When Old Growth Ends is an ode to the complex interweaving of the irreplaceable Tongass National Forest during its last stand as a distinctly wild place in Southeast Alaska. As Director, Producer, Narrator and Featured Cast Member of the film, Young wore many hats in midwifing this compelling and poetic story of struggle and beauty surrounding the Tongass National Forest. Young leans into her vast experience on the other side of the camera, along with her intersectional approach to ecological restoration to guide her process as the Founder and Executive Director of millennial media organization and nonprofit For The Wild. Learning deeply from the critical dialogue she’s shared with over 100 guests on the For The Wild podcast, including Chris Hedges, Sylvia Earle, Vandana Shiva, Jill Stein, Winona La Duke, Terry Tempest Williams and other thought leaders (including some of the brightest activists, political thinkers, and scientific minds of our time) Young approaches her mission with For The Wild with critical thinking, deep reverence and artistry.
54 minutes | Oct 23, 2019
Episode 027 - Murad Al-khuffash: Permaculture Under Occupation in the Palestinian West Bank
Hear what life is like for a farmer, teacher, and father practicing permaculture under military occupation. Murad Al-khuffash is the founder of Marda Permaculture Farm, which is an internationally recognized NGO, a permaculture demonstration site, and his ancestral home, located in the Palestinian West Bank town of Marda. As a permaculture teacher, Murad has travelled internationally, and has trained a cadre of permaculture practitioners within Palestine and beyond. This episode hears about his life, his projects, and the challenges that he faces living under the difficult conditions that he does. Murad's links: https://mardafarm.com/ https://www.facebook.com/murad.j.r.alkufash Donate for wood chipper: https://www.facebook.com/donate/2546154715620890/10221028741167783/ Video: https://vimeo.com/174468820 Marda coordinates: 32.1142° N, 35.1959° E
61 minutes | Sep 17, 2019
Episode 026 - Raya Cole: Women Transforming Rural India With Permaculture
In this episode we talk with Raya Cole about her work with permaculture and water harvesting in many villages of rural India. Raya has worked with Aranya Agricultural Alternatives for five years on the ground teaching, designing, and organizing community efforts to restore water tables and improve nutrition. Raya has a lot of insight into the complicated dynamics of making lasting changes in a region where water, food, and soil have all been critically degraded over the last half-century. Now at a breaking point with depleted water supplies and the failure of chemical agriculture, many rural poor are open to the possibilities for sustenance that permaculture provides. Raya's links: https://livingecology.org/ https://permacultureindia.org Raya full bio: Raya Cole has been involved with organic agriculture, permaculture, and sustainable systems and social justice since 1996. She developed two of her own farms with permaculture principles in California, and the farms were used as training centers. She has provided permaculture consultancy and implementation on farms in the United States, Costa Rica and India. She teaches wilderness, primitive and nature awareness skills at 4 Elements Earth Education. She is an herbalist with a medicinal herb product business, Simply Being Botanicals for which she grows and wildcrafts the herbs. In 1995, with the One World Global Education project, Raya had her first involvement in international development. It was a transformative experience to her perspective on the world and social justice. Since then she has focused on living gently on the Earth while giving equal respect to all living beings; human, plants and animals. She contributes her knowledge of permaculture, group and community collaboration skills to the intern program at Living Ecology. Joyed to be working on a project that aids the work of an incredibly effective development organization, she provides advanced mentorship and training to permaculture students. Raya is the contact person for volunteers and interns who wish to participate in the practical application permaculture programs in India through Living Ecology and Aranya Agriculture Alternatives. Permaculture Instructor’s Qualifications An extensive advanced education in permaculture makes Raya the cornerstone of Living Ecology project outcomes. Her Permaculture Design Course was completed in 2003 in the Earth Activist Training. She has worked with professionals and permaculture instructors all over the world. Educational highlights include a 10 week internship with Geoff Lawton at The Permaculture Research Institute in Australia and 8 months at The Regenerative Design Institute in the Cultural Mentoring Program where she helped train the first year students in the Regenerative Design and Nature Awareness program with Penny Livingston-Stark and Jon Young. She also completed Aquaponics Design with Max Mayers, Holistic Management with Kurt Gadzia, Holistic Orchard Management with Michael Phillips, Keyline Design and Land Management with Darren Doherty, Advanced Permaculture Design Consultancy with Robyn Francis, and Soil Food Web training with Elaine Ingham. Her work and study have been remarkable.
66 minutes | Aug 23, 2019
Episode 025 - Brad Lancaster: Catalyzing Community Water Harvesting
This episode weaves through a number of stories of rainwater harvesting from around the world. This episode focuses more on the community aspect of water harvesting and addresses the question of how large scale water harvesting projects involving multiple stakeholders and communities actually happen? Brad has initiated his own extensive projects, as well as visited many others throughout the world. Please enjoy this lesson on catalyzing community and healing hydrology. Links referenced in the episode: Check out Brad's newly revised, full-color editions of his "Rainwater Harvesting for Drylands and Beyond" books available direct from Brad at deep discount at: https://www.harvestingrainwater.com/shop/ Check out the Online Rainwater Harvesting Course featuring Brad's work and books: https://pace.oregonstate.edu/catalog/permaculture-rainwater-harvesting-online-course Roman- and Byzantine-era Cisterns of the Past Reviving Life in the Present: https://www.harvestingrainwater.com/2011/07/08/roman-and-byzantine-era-cisterns-of-the-past-reviving-life-in-the-present/ Revolving Community Loans for “Water From Allah”: https://www.harvestingrainwater.com/2010/08/23/revolving-community-loans-for-water-from-allah/ Cisterns of Old Jeddah, Saudi Arabia: https://www.harvestingrainwater.com/2010/07/17/cisterns-of-old-jeddah-saudi-arabia/ Harvesting Air-Conditioning Condensate in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, and Beyond: https://www.harvestingrainwater.com/2010/07/07/harvesting-air-conditioning-condensate-in-jeddah-saudi-arabia-and-beyond/ Building Bridges project where residents of adjoining neighborhoods came together to proactively identify the need for, and solutions to, enhance inter-neighborhood connections by foot, bicycle, wheelchair, skateboard, etc. http://dunbarspring.org/documents/building-bridges-project Desert Harvesters work to grow and utilize more native wild food plants where we live, work, and play www.DesertHarvesters.org Brad Lancaster full bio: Since 1993 I’ve run a successful permaculture consulting, design, and education business focused on integrated and sustainable approaches to landscape design, planning, and living. And as I live in a dryland environment, water harvesting has long been one of my specialties and a passion. Through my business I’ve been able to share this passion and many of the fun innovations and daily adventures that come about from striving to live more sustainably and comfortably in the Sonoran Desert. At home my brother and I harvest about 100,000 gallons of rainwater a year on a 1/8-acre urban lot and adjoining right-of-way. This harvested water is then turned into living air conditioners of food-bearing shade trees, abundant gardens, and a thriving landscape incorporating wildlife habitat, beauty, edible and medicinal plants, and more. Such sheltering landscapes can cool buildings by up to 20° F (11° C), reduce water and energy bills, and require little more than rainwater to thrive. Outside the home, I have helped others do the same, enabling clients to create ephemeral springs, raise the level of water in their wells, and shade and beautify neighborhood streets by harvesting their street runoff in adjacent tree wells. But this is just the beginning. Water is the bait to entice you to see, connect with, and help enhance more of the greater whole. In this spirit, we also passively and actively harvest the sun for free and clean heat, light, and power. We expand and design shade in sync with the sun’s seasonally changing path across the sky, so that shade cools us in summer, but not in winter. Passive ventilation and wind harvesting boosts this free summer cooling. Fun, easy, dynamic stuff that generates more life—our true community health and wealth.
61 minutes | May 30, 2019
Episode 024: Ridhi D'Cruz - Repairing the City's Social Fabric
In this episode we dive into the social aspects of using design to repair the fragmented social fabric of the urban landscape. The City Repair Project in Portland, Oregon has been working for a quarter century on making places within the city that help to bring together communities and establish new rituals and celebrations around community empowerment. The results are beautiful and artistic public spaces woven throughout the city, created by residents, and a change in the feel and functionality of neighborhoods towards safer and more cohesive communities. Rhidi explains how the qualities of the village are being brought back into a city grid that was designed for the extraction of capital and not the encouragement of life and health of communities. Ridhi's links: https://cityrepair.org/ https://oregonhumanities.org/programs/conversation-project/catalog/exploring-power-and-privilege-with-courage-creativity-and-compassion/ Ridhi full bio: Ridhi D’Cruz is a placemaking consultant, sociocultural anthropologist, and permaculture educator living in Portland. They work to foster place-based empowerment within diverse communities, including people facing housing insecurity and governmental agencies, by drawing on diversity, equity, and inclusion, cultural sustainability, social permaculture, and placemaking and asset-based community development. They also enthusiastically participate in life affirming practices involving urban wildcrafting, plant medicine, natural building, and participatory technology. Ridhi is currently a co-executive director of City Repair Project, a grassroots placemaking nonprofit organizations in Portland.
50 minutes | Mar 6, 2019
Episode 023 - Dr. Alan 'Mushroom' Kapuler: Weaving the Fabric of Biodiversity Through Plant Breeding
In this episode we dive deeply into the genetic history of life on Earth, and how biodiversity can be encouraged through garden-based plant breeding. Dr. Alan 'Mushroom' Kapuler is a world renowned plant breeder and is considered one of the fathers of the organic seed movement in the USA. This episode reveals some of the background science of evolution that informs Dr. Kapuler's perceptions, philosophy, and ultimately his plant breeding practices and family seed company, Peace Seeds. Dr. Kapuler's links: http://www.peaceseedslive.com/ Youtube Playlist: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DrjPAWUfe28&list=PLuEHG0JWKGA3miXvBki7iyPBUdoWk_4LU Full Biography: Alan M. Kapuler Ph.D., known as Mushroom, lives in Corvallis, OR with his wife Linda Kapuler. They have three daughters. Kapuler has a diverse seed collection of about 15,000 accessions. He also has chickens, orchids, and plants from around the world, and a passion to conserve biodiversity. Kapuler focuses on breeding high nutrition fruits and vegetables for humanity. He was the co-founder and Research Director of Seeds of Change, perhaps the first national organic seed company. He co-founded Peace Seeds with Linda Kapuler and Alan Venet in 1973.
69 minutes | Feb 27, 2019
Episode 022 - Zachary Weiss: Repairing the Water Cycle for Climate Stability
In this episode, we dive deep into the global water cycle, and how repairing degraded landscapes and increasing water retention can help to stabilize global temperatures. We talk about Zach's work, where he has worked on projects in over twenty countries, and about the practical nuts and bolts of assessing, planning, and installing large scale permaculture water management projects. Zach's Links: www.elementalecosystems.com We cover a lot of the science behind deforestation, precipitation, and atmospheric circulation. In order to back up many of the assertions in this episode, here is a list of links to scientific papers here: How Forests Attract Rain: An Examination of a New Hypothesis. (peer-reviewed) https://academic.oup.com/bioscience/article/59/4/341/346941 (abstract and access to full text) Makarieva A.M., Gorshkov V.G., Sheil D., Nobre A.D., Bunyard P., Li B.-L. (2014) Why does air passage over forest yield more rain? Examining the coupling between rainfall, pressure, and atmospheric moisture content. Journal of Hydrometeorology, 15, 411-426. (peer-reviewed) doi:10.1175/JHM-D-12-0190.1. (abstract and access to full text) http://www.bioticregulation.ru/common/pdf/spr.pdf (full text) Report: Forests may play bigger role in rainfall than estimated (non-academic) https://forestsnews.cifor.org/22060/report-forests-may-play-bigger-role-in-rainfall-than-estimated?fnl=en (full text) Does Anthropogenic Land Use Change Play a Role in Changes of Precipitation Frequency and Intensity over the Loess Plateau of China? (peer reviewed) https://www.mdpi.com/2072-4292/10/11/1818?fbclid=IwAR0MLGrCgdnixRvZadfvN_NobymkfOjBTpN84yKcFUU0hfGIeV-jEWHii1Q (full text) Estimation of Actual Evapotranspiration in a Semiarid Region Based on GRACE Gravity Satellite Data—A Case Study in Loess Plateau (Peer reviewed) https://www.mdpi.com/2072-4292/10/12/2032?fbclid=IwAR2ChJttDVobRfSsjK5R9ERNjKRs6JEX6cBw66Pvrq2JuXOfwi3WXcRcbf4 (full text) New meteorological theory argues that the world’s forests are rainmakers (non-academic) https://news.mongabay.com/2012/02/new-meteorological-theory-argues-that-the-worlds-forests-are-rainmakers/ (full text) Other reading mentioned in episode: Charles Eisenstein - Climate: A New Story
57 minutes | Jan 18, 2019
Episode 021 - Michael "Skeeter" Pilarski: Global Earth Repair Conference
In this episode we talk to elder of the permaculture movement, MIchael "Skeeter" Pilarski about his life, and the upcoming Global Earth Repair Conference that will be help May 2-5, 2019 in Port Townsend, Washington, USA. Michael has the wisdom of years and experience as someone who has dedicated himself to serving humanity and nature for 50 years. We cover a diversity of topics besides the conference, including politics, right livelihood, the baby boomers, and he even sings. So please enjoy this episode! Global Earth Repair Conference: https://earthrepair.friendsofthetrees.net/ MICHAEL “SKEETER” PILARSKI is a life-long student of plants and earth repair. His farming career started in 2nd grade and his organic farming career began in 1972 at age 25. Michael founded Friends of the Trees Society in 1978 and took his first permaculture design course in 1982. Since 1988 he has taught 36 permaculture design courses in the US and abroad. His specialties include earth repair, agriculture, seed collecting, nursery sales, tree planting, fruit picking, permaculture, agroforestry, forestry, ethnobotany, medicinal herb growing, hoeing and wildcrafting. He has hands-on experience with over 1000 species of plants. He is a prolific gathering organizer and likes group singing.
56 minutes | Dec 18, 2018
Episode 020 - Elham Abbadi: Permaculture Village Revival in the World's Most Water Stressed Nation
SUBSCRIBE: WWW.EARTHREPAIRRADIO.COM In this episode we hear firsthand about the ongoing grassroots transformation of a Jordanian village into a resilient food and water secure settlement. Elham Abbadi has been working within her village and the surrounding region with a group of women since 2012 to bring back regenerative agricultural practices to an area that has lost their traditional "permaculture" practices for only a couple of generations. Elham explains the history of her village and how they went from diverse regenerative systems into a vast monoculture of Olive trees, and are now bouncing back to a diversity of food crops, a rich ecosystem, and restoring watersheds. This is an inspirational story of how an indigenous culture that has been led astray by industrial agriculture can use permaculture design to recalibrate their practices and restore their traditional sustainable ways. Alham's links: https://www.facebook.com/HakoretBayoudha/ https://www.facebook.com/karmalarda/?referrer=whatsapp
94 minutes | Sep 22, 2018
Episode 019 - John D. Liu: Ecosystem Restoration Camps
SUBSCRIBE: WWW.EARTHREPAIRRADIO.COM This episode explores the new movement to regenerate the planet with "Ecosystem Restoration Camps", where groups of people set up temporary camps on degraded lands for education and implementation of ecological rehabilitation and permaculture. The first camp is now up and running in Spain, with many more in the works. John D. Liu, one of the ideas inspirations, shares much about his vision of the camps and movement to restore the planet's degraded lands and stabilize climate change through a massive social and ecological movement. Show links: WWW.ECOSYSTEMRESTORATIONCAMPS.ORG https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_D._Liu John Dennis Liu full bio: John Dennis Liu (born 1953 in Nashville, Tennessee) is a Chinese American film-maker and ecologist. He is also a researcher at several institutions. In January 2015 John was named Visiting Fellow at Netherlands Institute of Ecology (NIOO) of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences. John is also Ecosystem Ambassador for the Commonland Foundation based in Amsterdam, Netherlands. Early career Liu was born in Nashville, Tennessee, United States, as the son of a Chinese father and American mother. He spent most of his youth in Bloomington, Indiana. Liu studied journalism. In 1979 he went for the first time to China, after being pushed by his father to see his grandmother before her death. In China Liu helped set up the CBS News bureau in Beijing in 1981, at a time when tensions between the United States and China were lessening. He worked for CBS for more than ten years as a producer and cameraman. Liu has said that after the collapse of the Soviet Union he grew tired of journalism and wished to make films. He started working for European media as RAI, SRG SSR, ZDF For RAI, ZDF, BBC World and National Geographic Channel he produced nature documentaries. In 1995 he filmed the Loess Plateau in China, which was being transformed from a barren and eroded ground into an oasis by the government. At this point Liu noticed the possibility of humans restoring ecosystems, rather than only destroying them. Ecological recovery and ideas Liu retired from journalism in 1997 and became the director of the Environmental Education Media Project (EEMP). With the EEMP he uses television to provide information about ecology, sustainable development, public health in China and other countries. Liu emphasizes that the harmful effect of humans on the world is not only caused by greenhouse gasses, but is to a great extent caused by the destruction of biomass, organic matter and biodiversity. Liu claims that the decline in these factors has led to higher temperatures and loss of arable soil, in the end leading to desertification. Liu sees a solution for these problems in the way people look at money, as people currently value the products and services derived from ecosystems higher than the ecosystems themselves. The episode, Regreening the desert / Green gold of the show Tegenlicht, was aired by Dutch public broadcaster VPRO and co-produced by Liu. The episodes sees Liu traveling the world to countries as Jordan, China and Ethiopia and shows the possibilities in re-greening areas turning into desert. At the 65th Prix Italia, in September 2013, the episode won the Special Prize Expo 2015. Since 2009, Liu is working together with Willem Ferwerda, former director of the Dutch office of IUCN, executive fellow business and ecosystems at the Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University, and founder of the Commonland Foundation an organization that works on large scale landscape restoration projects with a business approach, based on the 4 returns from landscape restoration framework developed by Ferwerda.
74 minutes | Jun 12, 2018
Episode 018 - Gregory Landua: Regenerating the Planet with Cryptocurrency
SUBSCRIBE: WWW.EARTHREPAIRRADIO.COM This episode looks at a new economic system being developed using cryptocurrency to promote regenerative agricultural practices. Gregory Landua first guides the listener through a "Cryptocurrency and Blockchain 101" for all of those unfamiliar with these new technologies. (for those listeners who are really familiar, you can skip to the 24 minute mark). He then explains how his new project Regen Network is building a blockchain and cryptocurrency that is based on the monitoring of the effects of regenerative agriculture. The result would be a new economic force on the planet that is rooted in the regeneration of planetary ecosystems and agricultural lands. This is all pretty mind blowing, but listen carefully for the hour and a quarter and you will be introduced to a vision for an entirely different economic system who's value is based off of restoring soil, water, forests, and oceans. Regen Network Links Main website: www.regen.network Regen Network Chat: https://riot.im/app/#/room/#regen.network:matrix.org Technical Whitepaper: http://regen-network.gitlab.io/whitepaper/WhitePaper.pdf Terra Genesis International www.terra-genesis.com Regenerative Enterprise Book (name your price or gift download or hardcopy purchase) http://www.regenterprise.com/regenerative-enterprise/ Biography Gregory Landua, co-author of the pioneering book, Regenerative Enterprise, and the Levels of Regenerative Agriculture Whitepaper, and recently the founding Regen Network Whitepaper He is the co-founder of Terra Genesis International, and Co-founder and CEO of Regen Network. Gregory has studied marine and terrestrial ecology and evolutionary biology in the Galapagos Islands, translated for Amazonian rainforest guides, fought wildfires in the wilderness of Alaska, lived in established ecovillages, founded a successful work-live cooperative, and studied the nuances of ecology and ethics. Gregory has B.S. in Environmental Science and Ethics from Oregon State University, and a M.Sc in Regenerative Entrepreneurship and Design from Gaia University. Gregory embraces the practical aspects of regenerative agriculture design by being a tropical agroforestry farm owner and manager, and working to assist farms and communities in a variety of climate zones. Now, as co-founder of Regen Network, Gregory is working to link economic value to ecological regeneration. Regen Network is a blockchain driven transparency and smart contracting platform designed to facilitate the verification of ecological state and coordinate multi-stakeholder groups to achieve ecological regeneration through smart-ecological contracts.
58 minutes | May 16, 2018
Episode 017 - Dr. Paul Yeboah: Region-wide Permaculture Economic Development
SUBSCRIBE: WWW.EARTHREPAIRRADIO.COM This episode looks at the successful and ongoing story of the Ghana Permaculture Institute and their work in creating region-wide economic development using permaculture strategies. Dr. Paul Yeboah has not only restored the fertility and the water table of his 30 acre demonstration site, but he has created a processing system for a number of local crops to add value that is then returned to the farmers, improving their livelihoods and basic standard of living. He has 10,000 farmers growing Moringa, 3,000 producing honey, as well as many others growing other fragrant plants for essential oils that he is processing and selling on the local and global markets. His economic organization is making a huge impact and now the government of Ghana is paying him to advocate for permaculture and promote the economic and ecological models he has pioneered. This is a success story with lots of wisdom to share from West Africa. Paul's links: PHONE +233 (0) 243702596 MOBILE +233 (0) 504655245 EMAIL firstname.lastname@example.org email@example.com WEBSITE permacultureghana.wordpress.com ghanapermaculturei.wix.com/permaculture BIO: Paul Yeboah, is an educator, farmer, permaculturist, community developer, and social entrepreneur. He is the founder and coordinator of the Ghana Permaculture Institute and Network in Techiman, Ghana, West Africa. It is located in the Brong-Ahafo Region of Ghana. The purpose of the Institute is to build and maintain a stable food system, to take care of the local ecosystems, and to improve the quality of life in the rural areas. The GPN trains students and community in sustainable ecological farming techniques. They support projects throughout Ghana; women groups, micro-finance projects; teach growing Moringa; mushroom production; alley cropping, food forests development and Agroforestry.
68 minutes | Mar 19, 2018
Episode 016 - Natalie Topa: Permaculture and Resilience in Refugee Settings
SUBSCRIBE: WWW.EARTHREPAIRRADIO.COM This episode takes a hard look at the conditions of refugees and how permaculture is being used to improve their lives in a number of situations. Natalie Topa is the Regional Resilience and Livelihoods Coordinator for East Africa and Yemen for the Danish Refugee Council, with 13 years of experience in East Africa and beyond, so she has a very practical and wizened perspective rooted in on-the-ground realities that she works in every day. Natalie has also taken multiple Permaculture Design Courses, and utilizes her deep permaculture knowledge to influence the conditions of refugees and displaced persons in sometimes harsh and brutal environments. This episode hears many stories from the world of humanitarian relief in which Natalie has dedicated herself. Natalie is no-nonsense, and lays out her hard won knowledge and advice for us all in this epic episode. Natalie's links: Danish Refugee Council: https://drc.ngo/ Facebook groups: Nat and Friends Permaculture and Resilience Design https://www.facebook.com/groups/488936057967661/?ref=br_rs Nat and Friends: The Permie Kitchen and Home https://www.facebook.com/groups/286783888348508/about/ Nat and Friends: Building Our Natural Dream Homes and Communities https://www.facebook.com/groups/846128088806572/?ref=br_rs Nat and Friends: Fungi and Mycology https://www.facebook.com/groups/1694024930837699/?ref=br_rs Nat and Friends: Seed Saving and Sovereignty https://www.facebook.com/groups/1706553539594348/ Natalie Topa Full Biography: Natalie Topa was born to a Polish immigrant mother and a Ukrainian refugee father who grew up in Rio de Janeiro. Natalie was born in Buffalo, New York and then moved to Denver with her mother at age five. Natalie grew up in Colorado where she completed her Bachelor’s degree in Sociology and Human Services, and a Master’s in Urban and Regional Planning with a focus in Economic Development. She spent five years working in urban planning, community redevelopment, regional environmental planning, Naval-base closure, transit-oriented development, post-disaster recovery and Long-Term Planning (LTR-FEMA), and public-private partnership. Natalie moved to South Sudan after signing of the 2005 Peace Agreement to work on post-war town planning and reconstruction, and then started to work with displaced populations on community reconstruction, agriculture, health and school facilities, water provision and civic engagement. Since then, Natalie has directed programs in climate change resilience using a systems-based approach that includes local governance, gender empowerment, market systems development, financial inclusion, food security and natural resource management. Today, Natalie works as the Regional Resilience and Livelihoods Coordinator for East Africa and Yemen for the Danish Refugee Council, bringing principles of permaculture and resilience design to post-disaster recovery as well as root causes of displacement. She has been based in East Africa for 13 years, living in South Sudan and Kenya while working throughout Africa and Southeast Asia. Natalie has traveled to 60 countries around the world, connecting with cultural and religious contexts and livelihoods strategies from all over. She currently covers a whole regional portfolio including Yemen, Somalia, Djibouti, Ethiopia, South Sudan, Tanzania, Kenya, Uganda, Congo and Burundi.
59 minutes | Feb 12, 2018
Episode 015 - Mark Lakeman: Riding the Wave of Sea Level Rise
SUBSCRIBE: WWW.EARTHREPAIRRADIO.COM In this episode we dive deep into climate change projections for sea level rise and insightful solutions to this complex problem. Much of the conversation is focussed on the San Francisco Bay Area and lessons learned from a massive design challenge to address future sea level rise along that area of coastline. But the conversation is relevant for all coastal areas in the world, highlighting the utter urgency to simultaneously halt the melting of glaciers and sea ice, while preparing for the inevitable rise of waters caused by the melting. Mark Lakeman is very well known for his inspired permaculture activism, and he brings that same passion to this discussion on the changing climatic and geographic situation on Earth. Mark's links: http://www.communitecture.net/ https://planetrepair.wordpress.com/ http://www.cityrepair.org/ http://www.resilientbayarea.org/ Mark's biography: Mark Lakeman is a co-founder of the City Repair Project in Portland, Oregon and served as the Co-Director of Creative Vision from 1995 to 2008. He is presently active as a project coordinator in the annual Village Building Convergence. Mark is also the founder and principal of Communitecture, Inc, a cutting edge design firm with sustainable building and planning projects at many scales. These highly popular projects include such social and ecological innovations as The ReBuilding Center, numerous ecovillage projects and infill co-housing examples, and many projects involving low income and homeless people in the development of sustainable community solutions. After working for several years in the 1980’s as a lead designer of large scale corporate projects, in the 1989 Mark embarked on a series of cultural immersion projects with numerous indigenous societies in order to derive place-making patterns which could be applied to urban settings in the United States. These patterns include broad participation, local ownership, and transference of authority to local populations, creative expression in planned and unplanned processes, and social capital as the primary economic engine of change. His travels lasted until 1995 when he returned to Portland to undertake a series of creative, culturally restorative initiatives. His cooperative initiatives include the Last Thursday Arts & Culture Project, The City Repair Project, Communitecture, Inc., the Intersection Repair Project, the T-Horse mobile public gathering place, Dignity Village, the annual Earth Day celebration of localization, and the Village Building Convergence (VBC).
59 minutes | Feb 2, 2018
Episode 014 - Erle Rahaman-Noronha: Superstorm Resilience
SUBSCRIBE: WWW.EARTHREPAIRRADIO.COM In this episode we explore the impacts of tropical superstorms and the permaculture design strategies for mitigating their effects. Between massive winds that defoliate entire islands, flash flooding from torrential rains, and storm surges that devastate coastlines, the damage from category 5 hurricanes, typhoons and cyclones seems to be the new normal. This episode's guest is on the front line of climate change adaptation; farming, teaching, designing and building in the warm waters of the Caribbean Sea. Hear about the lessons learned and design visions from one of the Caribbean's most active permaculture practitioners. Erle's links: www.wasamakipermaculture.org www.walkersreserve.com https://vimeo.com/185240018 http://tedxportofspain.com/portfolio/erle-rahaman-noronha/ https://vimeo.com/74644894 Erle's full biography: Erle Rahaman-Noronha : Erle is one of the directors of Caribbean Permaculture Consultants Ltd (CPC). Erle was born and grew up in Kenya, lived in Canada and now makes Trinidad his home. He teaches and practices Permaculture and is the owner of Wa Samaki Ecosystems (established 1997), a 33 acre, formerly citrus, estate undergoing a Permaculture restoration while producing cut flowers, tropical fish and indigenous food crops. His farm has won agricultural entrepreneur awards for forestry, aquaculture and horticulture. He is the current national winner of the Agroforestry division and national runner up in the Horticulture division for the National Agricultural Entrepreneur of the year 2009.
50 minutes | Nov 2, 2017
Episode 013 - Aaron Justice Tsatsaku: The Moringa Tree and Ghana's Malnutrition Solutions
SUBSCRIBE: WWW.EARTHREPAIRRADIO.COM DONATE TO GHANA PERMACULTURE CENTER: https://www.gofundme.com/ghanapdp In this episode we explore life in Ghana and the amazing attributes of the Moringa tree, Moringa oleifera, which is helping to reverse childhood malnutrition throughout Ghana. Aaron Justice Tsatsaku is a regional representative of the Global Ecovillage Network (GEN) Ghana, which has planted Moringa school gardens throughout the country. Aaron talks to us about his projects, life in a rural village, food, water shelter, and his dreams of building a Permaculture demonstration center to train farmers in the 8 eco-strategies of GEN: composting, water catchment, solar energy, seed saving, tree planting, recycling, natural building, and sustainable living practices. Aaron is a young man with many aspirations to help his community have a regenerative economy and high quality of food, water, soil, and ecological health, and you can help support his project here: https://www.gofundme.com/ghanapdp Show links: https://ecovillage.org/project/gen-ghana/ Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/aaronjustice.tsatsaku.5?fref=ts https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Moringa_oleifera https://pace.oregonstate.edu/catalog/advanced-permaculture-design-tools-climate-resilience Aaron's full biography: HERITAGE REGENERATIVE PERMACULTURE GARDEN. I am Aaron Justice Tsatsaku, the Regional Rep. for Global Eco-Village Network, Ghana (GEN-Ghana). I was born on September 6, 1993 and currently live in Peki Adzokoe in the Volta Region of Ghana, West Africa. I completed Peki Senior High School in the year 2013, and in 2016 took part in the 1st Ecovillage Design Education (EDE) Course which took place at Kumasi Institute of Tropical Agriculture (KITA). I have an EDE certificate and had become the Volta Region GEN GHANA REPRESENTATIVE in June 2016. I work on farms and school gardens in and around the locality, and also facilitates in GEN-Ghana training programmes and conferences. I am very interested in developing sustainable energy, organic agriculture, and regenerating of the earth. I also have keen interest in developing local energy policies that promote permanence in a system that is regenerative, efficient, and progressive. WHAT IS MY VISION? My vision is to acquire an acre of land for the construction of a Model Ecovillage Demonstration and Educational Center for educating and empowering farmers and school children in the Peki Traditional area and South Dayi District in creating communities that are energy-efficient, hygienic, and self-reliant in food productions by implementing Eco strategies such as Composting, Water catchment, Solar Energy, Seed Banking, Tree planting, Re-Cycling, Green/Natural Building and sustainable living practices.
65 minutes | Oct 5, 2017
Episode 012 - Tom Ward aka Hazel: The Truth About Wildfire
SUBSCRIBE: WWW.EARTHREPAIRRADIO.COM In this episode we explore wildfire with renowned old growth Permaculture teacher and practitioner, Tom Ward, also known as Hazel. With the combination of climate changes and historic forest management, wildfires have reached a new level of threat and explosiveness. But not all wild fires are bad, and in fact, fire is an important element to healthy ecological functioning. So how can we tell a good from bad fire? How did we get to this point? What are some strategies and practices that address this precarious ecological situation that people living in fire-prone ecosystems now face? As someone who lives deeply local on the land in combustable Southern Oregon and who uses controlled burns to manage a landscape, Hazel provides the answers and reveals many truths about fire management history, current conditions, and reveals a visionary perspective on where to go from here with regards to forest management and climate change adaptation. Hazel's links: www.siskiyoupermaculture.com https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rhATikyzLOo Tom Ward aka Hazel full biography: Tom Ward is an Ecotopian old growth permie, well known in the Pacific Northwest as a trouble maker and edge pusher. He lives off the grid in a cabin made of brushwood in the Little Applegate Valley of Southern Oregon and is cooking charcoal and weaving baskets to stay sane enough to keep dreaming of a green future. Tom Ward is a long time resident of the Southern Oregon bioregion first settling here in the early 70's, and has been advising farms and teaching Permaculture for over thirty years. He has degrees in Forestry and Botany from Syracuse University and has taught at Laney College in Oakland CA., D-Q University in Davis CA, and at Thlolego Learning Centre in South Africa among many other institutes and communities. He is presently managing a Social Forestry experimental station in Little Wolf Gulch near Ruch, OR, where he is demonstrating natural building, fuel hazard materials utilization, multiple products woods-crafting, wildlife enhancement and desert forest water management. He joined with Melanie Mindlin and Karen Taylor in 2010 to form Siskiyou Permaculture, a business organization offering courses, counseling and design services. Tom Ward has taught dozens of permaculture design courses, advanced permaculture courses and permaculture teachers training courses in Southern Oregon and Northern California over the last 30 years, as well as occasional jaunts farther afield. He was a frequent guest instructor with the late Toby Hemenway and other instructors in the Northwest. In conjunction with Siskiyou Permaculture, he teaches a weekend PDC each winter in Southern Oregon and advanced permaculture courses at his site in the Little Applegate, including Optical Surveying and Social Forestry. He is the author of Greenward Ho! Herbal Home Remedies: An Ecological Approach to Sustainable Health. Tom gives talks on all aspects of Permaculture with recent topics being Permaculture for the Masses, Social Forestry, Ecological Opportunities and Constraints of the Upper Bear Creek Basin and Becoming Indigenous to the Siskiyous.
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