BD Now! Podcast 029 Sarah Flack, Author of “The Art and Science of Grazing”

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Flack Sarah is the author of the Chelsea Green book Organic Dairy Production and, more recently, The Art and Science of Grazing: How Grass Farmers Can Create Sustainable Systems for Healthy Animals and Farm Ecosystems. She is a nationally known consultant on grazing and organic livestock management.

She is uniquely qualified as a teacher in the grazing movement in that she has both scientific training and hands on experience with livestock not only on her family’s farm but, because of her long time work as a certifier and consultant, on many grazing enterprises, small and large. She grew up on a Vermont family farm that used management-intensive grazing and mob stocking. She later studied Holistic Planned Grazing and pursued graduate studies on pasture management at the University of Vermont. She has written extensively about grass farming and is known for teaching workshops that take a practical approach to applying the science of grazing. Sarah has successfully helped many farmers create positive change in their pastures, soils, livestock, finances, and farm-family quality of life. Continue reading

BD Now! Episode 028 Scott Pittman of The Permaculture Institute USA “Bill Mollison Remembered”

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Scott Pittman taught Permaculture courses around the world for six years with Bill Mollison, the founder of Permaculture. Scott is the director of Permaculture Institute USA in Santa Fe, which he co-founded with Bill Mollison. Continue reading

BD Now! Podcast 027 Andrew Moore, Author of “Pawpaw: In Search of America’s Forgotten Fruit”

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The largest edible fruit native to the United States tastes like a cross between a banana and a mango. It grows wild in twenty-six states, gracing Eastern forests each fall with sweet-smelling, tropical-flavored abundance. Historically, it fed and sustained Native Americans and European explorers, presidents, and enslaved African Americans, inspiring folk songs, poetry, and scores of place names from Georgia to Illinois. Its trees are an organic grower’s dream, requiring no pesticides or herbicides to thrive, and containing compounds that are among the most potent anticancer agents yet discovered.

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BD Now! Podcast 026 Peter Burke, Author of “Year-Round Indoor Salad Gardening”

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Peter Burke is the author of “Year-Round Indoor Salad Gardening” on Chelsea GreenDid you know you can grow all the fresh salad greens you need throughout the entire year—including the winter months—with no lights, no pumps, no greenhouse, and little more than a cupboard and a windowsill?

Did you know you can grow all the fresh salad greens you need throughout the entire year—including the winter months—with no lights, no pumps, no greenhouse, and little more than a cupboard and a windowsill?
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BD Now! Podcast Episode 025 Toby Hemenway, Author of “The Permaculture City” and “Gaia’s Garden”

toby-original Urban permaculture takes what we have learned in the garden and applies it to people, neighborhoods, and even culture.

Permaculture is more than just the latest buzzword; it offers positive solutions for many of the environmental and social challenges confronting us. And nowhere are those remedies more needed and desired than in our cities. The Permaculture City provides a new way of thinking about urban living, with practical examples for creating abundant food, energy security, close-knit communities, local and meaningful livelihoods, and sustainable policies in our cities and towns. The same nature-based approach that works so beautifully for growing food—connecting the pieces of the landscape together in harmonious ways—applies perfectly to many of our other needs. Toby Hemenway, one of the leading practitioners and teachers of permaculture design, illuminates a new way forward through examples of edge-pushing innovations, along with a deeply holistic conceptual framework for our cities, towns, and suburbs.

The Permaculture City begins in the garden but takes what we have learned there and applies it to a much broader range of human experience; we’re not just gardening plants but people, neighborhoods, and even cultures. Hemenway lays out how permaculture design can help towndwellers solve the challenges of meeting our needs for food, water, shelter, energy, community, and livelihood in sustainable, resilient ways. Readers will find new information on designing the urban home garden and strategies for gardening in community, rethinking our water and energy systems, learning the difference between a “job” and a “livelihood,” and the importance of placemaking and an empowered community.

This important book documents the rise of a new sophistication, depth, and diversity in the approaches and thinking of permaculture designers and practitioners. Understanding nature can do more than improve how we grow, make, or consume things; it can also teach us how to cooperate, make decisions, and arrive at good solutions.

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Toby Hemenway is the author of the first major North American book on permaculture, Gaia’s Garden: A Guide to Home-Scale Permaculture. After obtaining a degree in biology from Tufts University, Toby worked for many years as a researcher in genetics and immunology, first in academic laboratories at Harvard and the University of Washington in Seattle, and then at Immunex, a major medical biotech company. At about the time he was growing dissatisfied with the direction biotechnology was taking, he discovered permaculture, a design approach based on ecological principles that creates sustainable landscapes, homes, and workplaces. A career change followed, and Toby and his wife spent ten years creating a rural permaculture site in southern Oregon. He was associate editor of Permaculture Activist, a journal of ecological design and sustainable culture, from 1999 to 2004. He teaches permaculture and consults and lectures on ecological design throughout the country. His writing has appeared in magazines such as Whole Earth ReviewNatural Home, and Kitchen Gardener. He is available for workshops, lectures, and consulting in ecological design.

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BD Now! Podcast Episode 024 Deirdre Heekin, Vinter, Biodynamic Viticulturist, Author of “An Unlikely Vineyard”

Deirdre Heekin is the author of An Unlikely Vineyard. She is the proprietor and wine director of Osteria Pane e Salute, an acclaimed restaurant and wine bar in Woodstock, Vermont. Deidre is the author of In Late Winter We Ate Pears (Chelsea Green, 2009), and she is also the author of Libation: A Bitter Alchemy (Chelsea Green, 2009) and Pane e Salute (Invisible Cities Press, 2002). Heekin and her husband live on a small farm in Barnard, Vermont, where they grow both the vegetables for their restaurant and natural wines and ciders for their la garagista label.

Deirdre Heekin is the author of An Unlikely Vineyard. She is the proprietor and wine director of Osteria Pane e Salute, an acclaimed restaurant and wine bar in Woodstock, Vermont. Deidre is the author of In Late Winter We Ate Pears (Chelsea Green, 2009), and she is also the author of Libation: A Bitter Alchemy (Chelsea Green, 2009) and Pane e Salute (Invisible Cities Press, 2002). Heekin and her husband live on a small farm in Barnard, Vermont, where they grow both the vegetables for their restaurant and natural wines and ciders for their la garagista label.

Deirdre Heekin is the author of An Unlikely Vineyard. She is the proprietor and wine director of Osteria Pane e Salute, an acclaimed restaurant and wine bar in Woodstock, Vermont. Heekin and her husband and head chef, Caleb Barber, are the authors of In Late Winter We Ate Pears (Chelsea Green, 2009), and she is also the author of Libation: A Bitter Alchemy (Chelsea Green, 2009) and Pane e Salute (Invisible Cities Press, 2002). Heekin and her husband live on a small farm in Barnard, Vermont, where they grow both the vegetables for their restaurant and natural wines and ciders for their la garagista label. Continue reading

BD Now! Podcast Episode 023 Kaayla Daniel, Co-Author with Sally Fallon Morell of “Nourishing Broth”

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Kaayla Daniel, vice president of The Weston A Price Foundation, is the co-author of “Healing Broth” and the author of “The Whole Soy Story”

Kaayla T. Daniel, PhD, CCN is Vice President of the Weston A. Price Foundation, on the Board of Directors of the Farm-to-Consumer Legal Defense Fund, and author of The Whole Soy Story: The Dark Side of America’s Favorite Health Food. Dr. Daniel has been a guest on The Dr. Oz Show, PBS Healing Quest, NPR’s People’s Pharmacy, and many other shows, and shared the stage with Dr. Mark Hyman, J.J. Virgin, Gary Taubes, Charles Poliquin, Dr. Joseph Mercola, Sally Fallon Morell, Joel Salatin, David Wolfe, and other prominent health experts. She is known as The Naughty Nutritionist® because of her ability to outrageously and humorously debunk nutritional myths. Continue reading

BD Now! Podcast Episode 022 Hilary Boynton and Mary G. Brackett , authors of “the Heal Your Gut cookbook”

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Hilary Boynton and Mary G. Brackett, authors of the HEAL YOUR GUT cookbook

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The Heal Your Gut Cookbook
Nutrient­-Dense Recipes for Intestinal Health Using the GAPS Diet
By Hilary Boynton and Mary Brackett
Foreword by Dr. Natasha Campbell-McBride

Simple, delicious, family-friendly recipes for those following the GAPS Diet.

With more than two hundred straightforward, nutrient-dense, and appealing recipes, The Heal Your Gut Cookbook was created by GAPS Diet experts Hilary Boynton and Mary G. Brackett to help heal your gut and to manage the illnesses that stem from it.

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BD Now! Podcast Episode 021 Hugh Lovel, Farmer, Author, Soil Consultant, Founder of Quantum Agriculture

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Hugh Lovel is a farmer and multidisciplinary scientist. Hugh is a pioneer of the new science of Quantum Agriculture.

Hugh Lovel is the author of the “A Biodynamic Farm, for Growing Wholesome Food” book. He is the original copywritten designer of the Field Broadcaster quantum technology. His articles appear in “Acres USA” journal and related organic farming periodicals such as “Acres Australia” and “Farmers Weekly” in South Africa.

Hugh gained broad experience in biodynamic farming while operating a market farm and the first CSA in Georgia. His farm was home to the annual South-East Biodynamic Conferences for 12 years. Hugh migrated to Australia in 2005 to teach, consult and write. Hugh serves on the national board of Biodynamic Agriculture Australia, the largest membership Biodynamic organization in the world.

He also serves on the Standards Australia committee for Organic and Biodynamic Products which sets certification standards in Australia and for export. He and his wife Shabari Bird are the founders of Quantum Agriculture Consultancy and live in Australia and the US. (from Quantum Agriculture dot com)

Hugh Lovel has been one of my greatest mentors in the pursuit of growing food of a quality appropriate for human development. Hugh has been a tireless advocate for growing food that harnesses the forces of Earth and the Cosmos. He is the finest of Citizen Scientists, expending his own resources to investigate subtle energies that improve crop quality and to publicize these discoveries to other open minded agriculturists. Most importantly, Hugh Lovel produces the best food I’ve ever tasted, which fills me with envy and keeps me aware that there is still much to learn about growing food for Humans.

Hugh has a new book out: Quantum Agriculture Biodynamics and Beyond: Growing Plentiful, Vital Food The purpose of this interview with Hugh was to flesh out the farming experience that this new book arose from. As you will here, we didn’t get too close to the new book in our conversation. We did learn some very interesting information about how Hugh came to be a biodynamic farmer in Georgia, though. Hugh will be happy to talk to Biodynamics Now! again in the near future. He’ll be especially interested in talking again if you will leave questions or (complimentary) comments below. Hugh has so much important information to share and, in my experience, he’s always been completely open in his sharing. So, if there’s something you want to know about Hugh or about Biodynamics / Quantum farming and gardening, please ask in the Comments section below

From Stephan A. Schwartz introduction to the new book:
(Hugh)Lovel is a master gardener who understands that we live not on the earth but in it, with miles of life above and below us in an interdependent and interconnected matrix of life. I met him just as he was beginning his life in biodynamic agriculture, and know the passion he brought to a subject that is part metaphysics and part science. You will experience it in this book. It is a path that must be both mastered intellectually and experienced personally to be comprehended.

The thing about a properly functioning biodynamic system, whether it is a private garden or a commercial activity, is that even if you don’t understand the world view, you cannot argue with the best fresh ear of corn you have ever eaten, or a tomato so good you just have to go, “Oh my.” The proof is in the pudding, as the cliché has it. My wife is a biodynamic gardener. Her garden produces enough produce, fruit, and berries for us to eat all year, and share generously. I had been eating organic, but not biodynamic, food for 40 years. When Ronlyn and I married and this garden was created, about 18 months after we began eating her biodynamic produce, I began to realize I felt different. The food I was eating was more alive. It had more vitality, and so did I.
I cannot say that I understand the radionics part. I have followed this field for many years, going back to Wilhelm Reich’s research as well as something known as the Abrams instrument. But I could not tell you whether it was a ritual for expressing nonlocal intention, rather like healing, or whether the apparatus objectively manipulated something. It is an important distinction. One thing we know It cannot be electromagnetic. The argument that, like homeopathy, it transfers information beyond the molecular cannot be refuted. It certainly seems to be the case in homeopathy. But what I can say is that using the system produces higher quality agricultural outcomes. Farmers are compelled to be pragmatic. They use what works, and some of them are adopting radionics. It is my hope that properly designed double blind studies will be done. There is at least one replication underway, as I write this, validating Cleve Backster’s plant consciousness research, and very mainstream work now supports the biodynamic system conception of an area having its own ecosystem, as one coordinated living being. Science is moving towards the matrix of life model.
Lovel’s book will be very helpful for those interested in producing the highest possible quality food. Food more nutritious than most people have ever previously eaten. He very meticulously provides the guidance that will allow a person to create a biodynamic system, and he explains it in a way that applies at any scale. It is a compassionate life-affirming path to food production whose explicit purpose is wellness at every level, from the individual, to the family, the community, the nation, and the vast living system that is the Earth herself. Lovel offers readers two gifts: first, detailed instructions in how to create and work with a biodynamic system; and, second, a different way of looking at the world. Once you read Quantum Agriculture, the next step is yours.
Stephan A. Schwartz
Whidbey Island, Washington

Hugh Lovel’s Home Page QuantumAgriculture.com

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BD Now! Podcast 020 Stephen Harrod Buhner, Cosmic Herbalist, Wise Paleface

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Stephen Harrod Buhner

Stephen Harrod Buhner is an Earth poet and the award-winning author of ten books on nature, indigenous cultures, the environment, and herbal medicine. He comes from a long line of healers including Leroy Burney, Surgeon General of the United States under Eisenhower and Kennedy, and Elizabeth Lusterheide, a midwife and herbalist who worked in rural Indiana in the early nineteenth century. The greatest influence on his work, however,has been his great-grandfather C.G. Harrod who primarily used botanical medicines, also in rural Indiana, when he began his work as a physician in 1911.
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