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The Permanent Culture Podcast
36 minutes | Sep 14, 2020
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.
50 minutes | Sep 4, 2020
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."
44 minutes | Aug 17, 2020
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.
79 minutes | Jul 5, 2020
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.
55 minutes | Jun 22, 2020
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!
38 minutes | Mar 15, 2020
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.
41 minutes | Mar 2, 2020
Episode 13: Embodiment Matters in the Great Turning
Our guest this week is a gem from our Salt Lake Community, embodiment teacher and community builder Erin Rabke. She hosts the Embodiment Matters podcast alongside her husband Carl and together they are wisdom holders for a number of powerful modalities that they practice and teach geared to help us all reach our highest potential. Embodiment is a crucial anchor in the pursuit of a Permanent Culture in Service to Life.
63 minutes | Feb 24, 2020
Episode 12: Crazywise - Destigmatizing Mental Health
This episode of the PC podcast was recorded live after a group viewing of the powerful documentary "Crazywise". Michael interviews mental health activists Kseniya Kniazeva and Michael Porfilo along with other attendees of the event on the topics of bi-polar, mental health, and creating a more compassionate and healing societal vision of the future. Be aware, some very raw experiences of personal trauma are shared during this episode.
61 minutes | Feb 3, 2020
Episode 11: Cree Cox - Emboding Your Flow
For this episode Maomi joins her husband Michael as co-host to interview a very special woman from our Salt Lake Community. Cree Cox is a passionate wisdom holder who has dedicated much of her life to exploring, liberating and connecting women (and men) to the sacredness of the moon cycle. We are blessed to amplify this critical message to the lives of womb bearers and their loved ones. Find more about her work at www.creecox.com
21 minutes | Jan 27, 2020
Episode 10: Harriet Emerson - Diet for the More Beautiful World
Join Michael Cundick and his guest Harriet Emerson of Salt Lake Thrive as they discuss their journey into uncovering the joy of whole food plant based diets and how important they are for our environment. They also discuss the need to end factory farming and what its going to take to bring our communities together for this to happen.
60 minutes | Jan 20, 2020
Episode 9: John Flatberg - Building an Ark at Heartwater Farm
In 2015, your host Michael Cundick and his wife Maomi spent a season as apprentices at a gorgeous 20 acre off grid farm in Southern Utah called Heartwater Farm. In this extended special episode recorded onsite, Michael interviews his mentor and the man behind the vision, permaculture designer John Flatberg. From what it takes to live fully off-grid, to holistic management, to staying mindful and grounded in a time of transition, this episode has a special spirit to it.
40 minutes | Jan 13, 2020
Episode 8: Angel Vice - A World that Works for Everyone
Recent Millcreek Mayor Candidate Angel Vice joins Michael for this wonderful episode about how to keep the fun at the center of her political efforts, her life as a heart centered environmental activist, and her vision for the world and upcoming efforts to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment in Utah. As Michael makes his way into 2020 as the Green Party Candidate for Salt Lake County Mayor it's receiving wisdom from friends and allies like this that make it all possible
42 minutes | Jan 6, 2020
Episode 7: Deeda Seed - How We Stop the Polluting Port
This episode about the Utah Inland Port (and how we stop it) will teach you what you need to know and is a must for Utah residents and Earth Protectors everywhere! Michael interviews Deeda Seed of Center for Biological Diversity. She is the spearhead of the Stop the Polluting Port Coalition and is an expert on this 16,000 square acre industrial nightmare project and is helping lead the 2020 resistance here in Salt Lake Valley.
40 minutes | Dec 30, 2019
Episode 6: Daniel Foster Smith - Epicureanism at Salton Sun Artist Collective
Salton Sun Artist Collective has become an incredible hub for conscious community in South Salt Lake (including the headquarters for one of our Permaculture Guilds). In this episode, Michael talks with one of the minds shaping that space who is himself a dynamic cultural creative... Daniel Foster Smith. From "Epicureanism" communes to politics, creativity and more, these two good friends cover some inspiring ground.
42 minutes | Dec 15, 2019
Episode 5: Erika Longino - Female & Queer Empowerment in Permaculture
This episode we focus on Salt Lake Permaculture Designer and Community Builder Erika "Rikki" Longino who is behind the Mobile Moon Co-op and is the Vice-Chair of the Utah Permaculture Collective. A beautiful flow of topics ensue, including how vital it is to cultivate diversity and bring all of our voices to the table in this transition to a more bUtahful world."
39 minutes | Dec 9, 2019
Episode 4: James Loomis - Seed Saving and Mojo Regeneration
Why and how do we save seeds? How can farming help people experiencing homelessness? This episode Michael is joined by a cornerstone of the food movement, James Loomis, a well known "beyond organic" farmer, consultant musician, and writer. Among many things he manages the inspiring Wasatch Community Gardens "Green Team Farm" which is a diverse and productive farm located in downtown Salt Lake that employs women experiencing homelessness to great success.
29 minutes | Dec 2, 2019
Episode 3: Natalie Bertha + Meg Sutton = Super Foods and Avoiding Glyphosate
Michael is joined by local super food experts and beloved community members Natalie Bertha and Meg Sutton to discuss health and nutrition! We also go deeper into where our food comes from and discuss strategies for sourcing local and organic foods and how important it is to avoid toxins like glyphosate (found in Round-Up) which is used extensively in conventional agriculture.
34 minutes | Nov 24, 2019
Episode 2: Robin Wall Kimmerer - Healing our Relationship to Land
"It's not just land that is broken, more importantly, it's our relationship to land that is broken" Internationally beloved indigenous author and botanist Robin Wall Kimmerer (author of your host's favorite book Braiding Sweetgrass) joins Michael for a beautiful discussion about healing and ecological principles. Feeling lucky to have had her in person while she was sharing her work in Utah, they cover topics like the disastrous Inland Port project currently threatening the Great Salt Lake, the nature of the always hungry "wendigo spirit", and how language plays a surprising role in our dehumanization of Nature.
35 minutes | Nov 24, 2019
Episode 1: Kabian Newson - Honoring your Microbiome with Jun
"If our bodies are made up of roughly 50% microbes that help control our health and emotions... shouldnt we be making really, really good friends with them?" In this, the first episode of the Permanent Culture Podcast, Michael talks to Provo based fermenting guru and entrepreneur Kabian Newson of Rock Canyon Elixirs. His company is known for it's delicicious "Jun" which is a type of kombucha made with honey. In the conversation you will learn about the process and health benefits of this miraculous beverage as well as catch a lovely glimpse of their passionate philosophies about life, the universe, and everything.
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