Michael Phillips is a farmer, writer, carpenter, orchard consultant, and speaker who lives with his wife, Nancy, and daughter, Grace, on Heartsong Farm in northern new Hampshire, where they grow apples and a variety of medicinal herbs. Michael authored The Apple Grower (Chelsea Green 2005) and teamed up with Nancy to write The Herbalist’s Way(Chelsea Green 2005). His Lost Nation Orchard is part of a diversified mountain farm in northern New Hampshire, and he also leads the community orchard movement at www.GrowOrganicApples.com
No other book on raising poultry takes an entirely whole-systems approach, or discusses producing homegrown feed and breeding in such detail—it is truly an invaluable and groundbreaking guide that will lead farmers and homesteaders into a new world of self-reliance and enjoyment.– Chelsea Press
Harvey Ussery has been developing his whole-systems poultry husbandry for decades and has been writing about chickens and other fowl for Backyard Poultry since the inception of the magazine in early 2006. He has also written numerous articles for Mother Earth News and Countryside & Small Stock Journal, and has published in American Pastured Poultry Producers Association’s newsletter, Grit!, over the years. Ussery has presented at national and local events on poultry, homesteading, and energy and sustainability issues, and maintains a highly informative website, TheModernHomestead.US. He lives with his wife, Ellen, in Virginia. Continue reading “Biodynamics Now Podcast: Harvey Ussery, author of "The Small-Scale Poultry Flock"”
We came to Rob Dunn and his astounding book through Dr Al Kapuler’s (See BDNow! Podcast episode 3) enthusiastic recommendations. Dr Dunn makes it pretty clear that our bodies are ‘who we are’ and our minds are ‘who we think we are.’ While our minds have evolved to live in the 21st century, our bodies are pretty much stuck at the point they were in evolution before the neolithic, before civilization. Our mind’s recent requirement for ‘cleanliness’ is denying our old fashion bodies of many of the synergies we co-evolved with. Dr. Kapuler was very impressed by how Dr Dunn explains that our ancestors’ experiences with saber-toothed tigers still colors our psyche and explains much of our current foreign policy. Dr Dunn’s explanations on how a host of modern ailments, such as Chrone’s disease and many allergies, are probably due to the absence of parasites in our bowels. More to the point, he encourages us to “re-Wild” our insides for better health and performance here in the sterilized and monocropped 21st century. Continue reading “Biodynamics Now! Podcast Episode 7: Dr Rob Dunn, author of "The Wildlife of Our Bodies"”
Filmmaker Deborah Koons Garcia, creator of Symphony of the Soil
Healthy Soil = Healthy Plants = Healthy Animals and Humans
The World Premier of Deborah Koons Garcia’s (The Future of Food) long awaited film, Symphony of the Soil, is 4pm Sunday March 25, 2012 at the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History Theater. It is being shown as part of the DC Environmental Film Festival. (Find more information here )
If you’re reading this before March 25, and you’re in the DC-area, please make it out to this free event to show Debroah Koons Garcia that DC food community values films like this. A high turn out to this wonderful film will convince the DC Environmental Film Festival that there is a strong interest in films about food and agriculture. (And this is a good one!) Continue reading “The Biodynamics Now! Podcast Episode 6: An Interview with Filmmaker Deborah Koons Garcia, Creator of "Symphony of the Soil"”
Dr. Tom Cowan discovered the work of the two men who would have the most influence on his career while teaching gardening as a Peace Corps volunteer in Swaziland, South Africa. He read Nutrition and Physical Degenerationby Weston Price, and a fellow volunteer explained the arcane principles of Rudolf Steiner’s™ biodynamic agriculture. These events inspired him to pursue a medical degree. Tom graduated from Michigan State University College of Human Medicine in 1984. After his residency in Family Practice at Johnson City Hospital in Johnson City, New York, he set up an anthroposophical medical practice in Peterborough, New Hampshire. Dr. Cowan relocated to San Francisco in 2003. Continue reading “The Biodynamics Now! Podcast Episode 5: An Interview with Dr. Thomas Cowan, author of The Fourfold Path of Healing”
We talk about the Future of CSAs in the United States.
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Steven McFadden’s webpage is http://chiron-communications.com
Steven McFadden is the author of twelve non-fiction books, including: Legend of the Rainbow Warriors; Profiles in Wisdom; The Little Book of Native American Wisdom; Teach Us To Number Our Days; Farms of Tomorrow; and Farms of Tomorrow Revisited; Tales of the Whirling Rainbow: Authentic Myths & Mysteries for 2012. Continue reading “The Biodynamics Now! Podcast Episode 4: Steven McFadden, CSA Movement Historian and Author of "Call of the Land"”
Both a terrifying window onto the effects of globalization of the food industry in an age of lax regulation, and an eye-opening call to action, EXTRA VIRGINITY proves that becoming more educated about quality extra virgin olive oil can be one of life’s singular pleasures. Continue reading “Do You Have A Question for Tom Mueller, Author of EXTRA VIRGINITY: The Sublime and Scandalous World of Olive Oil ?”
DR ALAN KAPULER, Public Domain Plant Breeder and, apparently, cat lover. (Photo by Scott Vlaun)
Public Domain Plant Breeding by Dr Alan Kapuler, PhD.
Alan Kapuler is considered by many to be the founding father of the organic seed movement. He was the first Research Director of Seeds of Change and, along with his wife Linda and his three daughters Kusra, Elyria, and Dylana, has been saving seeds and breeding plants for over thirty years. His Peacevine Cherry tomato, Rainbow Inca Corn and other varieties have become known throughout the world. (From an interview by Scott Vlaun) Continue reading “Biodynamics Now! Podcast Episode 3: Dr Alan Kapuler”
We’ll discuss new revelations in terra preta and how small islands off the coast of Peru gave birth to today’s high input agriculture and many other things about the New World created by Columbus.
1493: Uncovering the New World Columbus Created
Publishing Date: January 12, 2012 • Available Now on iTunes
Educator, advocate and activist, Sally Fallon Morell has probably been responsible for more healthy children in this country than any other single person. A generous and selfless evangelist for Traditional Foods, Ms Morell has created a world-wide organization to promote the distribution of knowledge of about sourcing and using Real Foods. Journalist, chef, nutrition researcher, mother, homemaker, advocate and community activist, Sally Fallon Morell is the author of Nourishing Traditions: The Cookbook that Challenges Politically Correct Nutrition and the Diet Dictocrats. Continue reading “Biodynamics Now! Podcast Episode 2: Sally Fallon Morell”