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17 minutes | Apr 26, 2018
Day 21 - Coffee!
It’s day 21 of 31 days to regenerate your world, and we’re making your morning coffee run a little greener! How can you make coffee more regenerative? Like… fair trade or organic or something? Nope! We’re talking about HOW you brew and drink it. Listen in as Doneil and Jason talk about how to brew a great cup of coffee at home without all the gas and paper waste of The Green Siren, Starbucks nor all the plastic and metal waste of k-cups. But if you HAVE to get your corporate dose of caffeine happiness, we’ll tell you how to make even Starbucks and K-cups regenerative. And of course there’s a solid Jason rant about annoying customers from his days as a SBUX manager in Southern California.
17 minutes | Apr 21, 2018
Day 20 - Understanding CSA programs and Veggie Buying Clubs
Have you voted for The Dads yet? Deadline is 4/22 at midnight mountain time! Vote “Individual - Jason Gray” and make sure you vote for the other categories too, to make sure your ballot counts! https://www.csindy.com/Abstractions/archives/2018/03/29/2018-greenie-awards-recognizes-the-springs-greenest-people-and-entities We’re talking how to order Community Supported Agriculture “CSA” shares, and how they differ from farm buying clubs like Bountiful Baskets. We also talk about the importance of eating seasonally. We mention some cookbook ideas for how to eat in-season and how to cook the random stuff you might get from your first CSA share season. Those will be up shortly at our website: regendads.com…. Check it out there [...]
13 minutes | Apr 12, 2018
Day 19 - Gifting Local and Regenerative
Listening real time? VOTE FOR THE DADS! https://www.csindy.com/Abstractions/archives/2018/03/29/2018-greenie-awards-recognizes-the-springs-greenest-people-and-entities Vote for “Individual - Jason Gray” and make sure you vote for each of the other categories so your ballot will count! —– How can you give regenerative and local gifts? We talk about ways you can get gifts from your local farms, including value-added stuff that will help their bottom line while saving you money - soaps, candles, salves, beard oil, whatever. But you can also give gifts made out of recycled materials. Jason’s personal favorite version of this around the Colorado Springs, Colorado area is Drew Johnson’s Tech Wears. All kinds of cool stuff for men and women made out of recycled circuit boards [...]
11 minutes | Dec 13, 2017
Day 18 - Make Your Lunch Greener and Regenerative
It’s Day 18 of the 31-Days to Regenerate Your World Dad’s Boot Camp, and we’re talking how to make your lunch a little more eco-friendly. A lot of hipsters have been making salads in mason jars lately, but Doneil says that’s something rednecks like him have been doing for decades. #CulturalAppropriation We have other ideas for simple and free ways to reduce the footprint of your lunch box in both your wallet and your environment. Please support the show by visiting blueapron.com/regendads to sign up for $30 off your delicious and regenerative meals from local-to-you small farms with little waste. Have you gone back and listened to the last episode with Daniel Salatin of Polyface Farm, Joel Salatin’s son and heir? Make sure you do. Great stuff.
38 minutes | Nov 11, 2017
Special Interview with Daniel Salatin of Polyface Farm
We’re taking a quick break from our 31-Days to Regenerate Your World series to bring you this special longer-form episode with Daniel Salatin of Polyface Farm in Swoope, Virginia. Daniel is the son of America’s most famous farmer, Joel Salatin. Since Daniel and his own kids are “taking over the family business” (as Jason would try to say in his best mob-boss voice), we thought Daniel would have some really interesting thoughts on passing on the regenerative ethic to the next generation, and how young parents can make sure their family is getting the best food and environment for their future. That’s what we thought… and boy WE WERE RIGHT. We suspect many listeners will join the Regenerative Dads podcast and movement thanks to this episode. Welcome! Please go back and binge the whole “31-Days to Regenerate Your World” series and subscribe to continue getting great regenerative knowledge in long-form episodes like this [...]
11 minutes | Sep 22, 2017
Day 17 - Meet Your Meat: Buying Grass Fed Beef and Pastured Pork or Chicken
Where are you going to find grass fed beef for sale, or buy pastured pork? What about pastured chicken or turkey? We tell you what to look for, how to find it, and how to make buying a “half hog” or “quarter cow” less scary. Lots more on the real site, regendads.com/31days/17 Please throw us a review on iTunes, Stitcher, etc! And as always, support our supporters: - audibletrial.com/regendads - regendads.com/blueapron - abeefriendlycompany.com
18 minutes | Sep 20, 2017
Day 16 - Defining Biodynamic Farming, Permaculture, No-Till, etc
What is permaculture? What is biodynamic wine? What are the benefits of no-till farming? We’re taking on these questions from a Dad’s perspective on this episode of 31 Days to Regenerate Your World. We’ll be brutally honest in this one. Some of these terms you’ll see that are “beyond organic” are getting way out there in hipster/hippie land. Many of these certifications were developed to help farms differentiate themselves from “just industrial organic” farms. But a Regen Dad needs to know some of these so you can spot the B.S. at the farmers’ markets. And know when the farmer you’re talking to is a little crazy. Whether that’s “you’re kind of crazy” or “Homer Simpson slowly backing into the bush to get away” style crazy is up to you. Because one of these involves burying lactating cow poop in a horn for six months and then using lunar phases to decide when to dig it u [...]
11 minutes | Sep 18, 2017
Day 15 - Sneak Some Edible Plants Into Your Ornamental Garden
In an HOA with a “No Vegetable Gardens in the front yard” rule? Mom not willing to let you tear out her ornamentals to start your manly grilling-ready vegetable regenerative garden? We’re giving you some “outlaw garden” quality suggestions on how to hide a garden right in the bluehaired HOA snitch’s view, without them ever noticing until they smell the awesome dinner on your grill. You’ll also learn that there are great benefits to adding edible plants among your ornamental plants. Each plant species pulls water from different levels of the soil, different nutrients from the worm poop, etc. So you might accidentally find the next permaculture “companion plants.” Full post is at regendads.com/31days/15. As always, support our supporters! A Bee Friendly Company Audibletrial.com/regendads[...]
17 minutes | Sep 16, 2017
Day 14 - Ditching the Pesticides and herbicides, or “Weeds? KILL THEM WITH FIRE!”
We’re taking the chemical pesticides, herbicides, fungicides, whatevericides to HazMat today, and looking at RoundUp alternatives and organic pesticides. How can you get rid of weeds naturally? Sure, there’s vinegar. But we’re going Dad-style here with: FLAME WEEDING! What can be more Clark Griswold style dad-worthy than using a weed killing flame thrower? Let me check…. umm, not much. It can be done safely, and it’s still better than spraying chemicals. But we’ll also tell you some other options. Support our sponsors: Audibletrial.com/regendads for a free 30-day trial and free audiobook to listen to. And regendads.com/blueapron for $30 off your first order with Blue Apron’s awesome ingredient delivery service to make fresh home-cooked meals. Rest of the shownotes and more at
16 minutes | Sep 13, 2017
Day 13 - Hidden Drawbacks of “Green” Grid Energy
Everyone says green and renewable energy is the way to go. But there are some trade-offs and drawbacks to green energy sources like wind, solar, geothermal, etc. Let’s drop some knowledge so you can hold your own in conversations with all the “hipster nephews” out there about whether it’s feasible or desirable to replace all our energy production with current technologies. Maybe conservation and just reducing the amount of energy we need to use in the first place is the best bet. To help you on the way towards reducing your appliance and device usage, we strongly recommend getting a “Kill-A-Watt,” (affiliate link) which shows you exactly how much energy — and money — a particular device is using. Doneil and Jason were both really surprised when we used these around our houses. Get more information and links at the full blog post for this episode:
16 minutes | Sep 12, 2017
Day 12 - The Kombucha Kraze, or What’s the Deal With Fermented Foods?
What is kombucha? Why is it so good for you? Why do the Koreans eat so much kimchi? There are a lot of questions about fermented foods out there. Dads need more fermented foods in their gut because we’ve had too many antibiotics — both medicinal and in our foods — killing off all the good bacteria. We need that good bacteria to help break down our food and give us the micronutrients we need to be productive at work, involved at home, and be good dads and husbands. As always, our full show notes blog and relevant links are at regendads.com/31days/12. Please support Regen Dads by supporting our sponsors: - Blue Apron, where you can get $30 off towards your first meals by visiting regendads.com/blueapron - Audible, which is offering a free month of service and a free audiobook for dads who visit audibletrial.com/regendads
13 minutes | Sep 11, 2017
Day 11 - Stash Your Hazmat Trash
You’re doing curbside recycling better. Great! But after “Up Your Recycling Game,” there were questions about what to do with some of the stuff we said can’t go in curbside recyclng. Well, here’s your answers. How / why to recycle batteries (even single-use alkaline), packing peanuts, bubble wrap (if you can avoid popping the bubbles, unlike Jason), and more. Shownotes and more at regendads.com/31days/11 Please support the show by trying a free month trial of Audible, where you can get more regenerative knowledge from audiobooks like Joel Salatin’s “Folks, This Ain’t Normal.” Go to audibletrial.com/regendads today and get your free trial and free audiobook. Help the Dads out!
12 minutes | Sep 5, 2017
Day 10 - Worm Poop (Castings) = Rocket Fuel for Plants
Castings Happens. Worm poop (or ‘castings’ in polite conversation) are a great fertilizer and soil conditioner. You can buy it, grow it in worm compost (also called vermicompost), or let the existing worms in your soil make them for you. We’re looking at why you would want to use this stuff and how to encourage more existing earthworm activity in your garden or lawn. We also have a cautionary point about making sure that you pack out your worms when you go fishing, because most earthworm species in your garden are not actually native to the United States, and letting them colonize the forest can actually be a very bad thing. Check out our shownotes at regendads.com/31days/10. Support our supporters! - A Bee Friendly Company, Cheyenne Wyoming - Audibletrial.com/regendads, where you can get a free month trial and download books [...]
10 minutes | Sep 3, 2017
Day 9 - Sweet Ways to Choose Local Honey
Everyone knows that local, raw honey is the best honey. But how do you find it, and is it really any different than Cheapo Chinahoney ™? We’re talking about the benefits of local honey, including seasonal allergies, antioxidants, and avoiding HFCS and other less natural sweeteners. Full shownotes and the graphic that we talk about in the episode are at regendads.com/31days/9/ Support our supporters: visit regendads.com/blueapron to get $30 off your first order of complete ready-to-prepare fresh ingredients and easy-to-follow recipes. Blue Apron is a great way to ease yourself into eating seasonally, fresh and regeneratively.
14 minutes | Aug 31, 2017
Day 8 - Idling and Puffing Your Car
Idling your engine when waiting on the kids at school or sports practice — is it really that bad? How about “puffing” or warming up your car for a while when it’s super cold out in winter? Doneil and Jason are getting into it a bit at each other about whether this actually matters, or if you’re hurting your car either way. Take a listen, but also join us in the show notes post at RegenDads.com/31days/8/ to chime in on this controversial topic. There’s nothing that riles up any dad — Regen or not — like talking about their driving habits. If you like audio content — and obviously you do since you’re listening to podcasts — you should consider listening to books like Joel Salatin’s “Folks, This Ain’t Normal,” which was instrumental in Doneil’s and Jason’s early transition to becoming Regen Dads before Regen Dads was a thing (I know, that sounds hipster). Audible is [...]
14 minutes | Aug 30, 2017
Day 7 - Are Grocery Store Organic Prices Worth It?
We’ve been talking about small, local organic / regenerative farms so far. But what about the Organic section at the grocery store? How do farms that are big enough to supply a Walmart or a Kroger growing enough to stock those bins, but still be organic and regenerative? In this episode, you’ll learn how to figure out which produce items are the most important to get from the Organic section if you can’t find it at your local farmers market — or if they’re just not grown in your area. Full show notes / blog post at regendads.com/31days/7/ The Regenerative Dads website is being updated each day with new features and content. Make sure you support our supporters! A Bee Friendly Company’s Michael “The Bee Whisperer” Jordan has been a big help to getting our show off the ground, an [...]
14 minutes | Aug 29, 2017
Day 6 - Greening the Laundry
Laundry: lots of the household’s energy and water usage each year is spent getting the clothes clean. Because a Regenerative Dad is a well-dressed, good-smellin’ dad. But some of our normal laundry practices are almost deliberately making our clothes DIRTIER! Let’s take a look at how to regenerate the laundry room… carefully, mind you… don’t want to annoy the Regenerative Mom too much! Full show notes at regendads.com/31days/6/
14 minutes | Aug 28, 2017
Day 5 - Cracking the Cage Free Egg Myth
Are pastured eggs the same thing as cage free eggs? In a word, no. In this episode of 31 Days to Regenerate Your World, we’ll take a peek behind the coop to examine all the different labels that are on egg cartons at the store. Which ones matter? Which ones are blowing marketing smoke up your vent? Full show notes over at regendads.com/31days/5/. What difference does it make if chickens aren’t living in “battery cages” when they have nearly the same amount of total space per hen, and no access to grass, bugs, and sunshine? Not much, say the Regen Dads. Crack open a cold one — and an egg, too — while we look at how to regen-up your omlette with pastured, really free-range eggs either from your local farmer, a backyard hobby flock, or from your local grocery stor if that’s all you have.
15 minutes | Aug 27, 2017
Day 4 - Composting for Dads
Let’s take the trash to a whole different league this time, by starting to compost our produce scraps, yard waste and some of our paper and cardboard. It will take even more volume out of the waste stream, to keep those landfills lasting longer. It also can really cut your fertilizer bill by giving your lawn, veg garden, and flowers/bushes a “time release capsule” of useful plant food. All while both saving water in drought areas or helping get rid of excess water faster in wet ones. The full notes, including the links to the stuff we talk about in the episode, are over at Regendads.com/31days/4. Please support our sponsor of the day, Michael “The Bee Whisperer” Jordan of A Bee Friendly Company. Great honey + great instruction = great mead. Michael’s got all that for ya. Make sure you subscribe on your podcast app to make sure you get the entire 31 Days series. Also s [...]
17 minutes | Aug 25, 2017
Day 3 - Up Your Recycling Game
Okay, Dads… we’re taking the recycling thing a whole ‘nother notch past the scrap paper in the blue bin at work! This is where you can make a big difference really quickly. But most importantly, you’ll learn that there are a lot of other men… dads… out there who are counting on people doing this right. And right now, guys… we’re really not. It’s kinda shameful. Full show notes over at RegenDads.com/31days/3/. Make sure you support our Sponsor of the Day It’s totally possible to seriously go pro-level with your recycling and waste reduction. There’s a guy on YouTube named Rob Greenfield who managed to ride his bicycle from San Francisco to Maine. He managed to recycle, compost or use zero-packaging items… and kept all his landfill-only type tr [...]
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