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1829 – People & Permaculture: Trauma Informed and Radical Self Care with Jessi Bloom

Nearly every episode of the podcast, including this one, ends with the final statement, “Until the next time, spend each day creating the world you want to live in by taking care of Earth, yourself, and each other.” What does it mean, however, to take care of ourselves, or one another, in a meaningful way? […]


1828 – Regen Network, The Blockchain and Transparency for Regenerative Enterprise with Gregory Landua

Today co-host David Bilbrey sits down with Gregory Landua to talk about Regen Network and how they are using blockchain technology to create transparency and accountability for regenerative businesses. This allows those who use these systems to decentralize how to account for the use of natural resources and how we can, with these tools and […]


1827 – Eager: The Surprising, Secret Life of Beavers and Why They Matter

Ben Goldfarb joins me to talk about his new book,Eager: the surprising, secret life of beavers and why they matter. Drawing from his work and our experiences in resource management, conservation, and environmental education we talk about the role beavers had in creating and shaping the landscape, history, and people of the United States, and […]


1826 – Essential Earthbag Construction with Kelly Hart

Our guest for this episode is the carpenter, architect, and builder Kelly Hart. He joins me today to talk about Earthbag Construction, the subject of his recently published book Essential Earthbag Construction from New Society Publishers. Learn more about my Moment of Need In this interview, Kelly walks us through many of the steps required […]


A Moment of Need

For the last several years I’ve run a Summer-to-Fall fundraiser in order to ask those listeners who can to donate to the show and keep the podcast freely available and frequently updated. This year I need to begin the campaign a little early as I am in need of urgent oral surgery due to an […]


1825 – The Wildcrafting Brewer with Pascal Baudar

Author, teacher, and forager Pascal Baudar joins me to discuss his exploration of primitive brews and fermentation, the basis for his latest book The Wildcrafting Brewer. He shares with us the way we can combine local ingredients as flavor, with water, sugar, and yeast to create sodas, beer, wine, and mead with local flavor and […]


1824 – Regenerative Business: Thrive Natural Care

In this episode co-host David Bilbrey continues to explore the intersection between permaculture, regenerative business, and the paradigm of capitalism by speaking with Alex McIntosh and Mario Garcia of Thrive Natural Care. Together they talk about how a company with a strong ethos can influence their competitors in the marketplace, while still caring for their […]


1823 – The Art of Craft Distilling with Victoria Redhed Miller

My guest today is Victoria Redhed Miller, who joins me for the second part of our conversation on Craft Distilling, this time to talk about the art of the process which turns fermented sugars, whether from grains, fruit, molasses, or honey, into tasty, tasty liquor. Along the way she tells us about the process of […]


1822 – The Fruit Forager’s Companion

My guest today is Sara Bir, chef, writer, and author of The Fruit Forager’s Companion, from Chelsea Green Publishing. Using her book and those experiences as a place to start, we explore her interest in wild fruit and foods, including first falling in love with the paw paw, and about how shared experiences, in the […]


1821 – Sprig the Rescue Pig with Leslie Crawford

My guest today is Leslie Crawford, author of Spring the Rescue Pig, a children’s book about the journey of a pig on his trip from industrial agriculture to a sanctuary, and Rory, the child who helps him along the way. Using that book and story as a starting place, Leslie and I talk about agriculture, […]


1820 – The Soil Food Web with Dr. Elaine Ingham

Today’s guest, in an interview recorded by co-host David Bilbrey, is the microbiologist and soil researcher Dr. Elaine Ingham. During this conversation, David and Elaine explore the microbiology of the soil, the impact of this life on the health of our plants and agricultural system, how we can be citizen scientists, and the power of […]


1819 – ReGen18 – What is Regenerative Business? with Kevin Jones

In this short interview, David Bilbrey sits down for an in-person interview with Kevin Jones, recorded at the ReGen18 conference in May 2018. During their time together they discuss what we can consider when we hear the phrase regenerative business; what the future holds as we transition to these models; how this emerging economy seeks […]


1818 – The Mudgirls Natural Building Collective

My guests today are five members of the Mudgirls Natural Building Collective, a Canadian women-owned and operated group of builders who focus on materials and techniques like cob, earthen plaster, earthen floors, and livings roofs, and authors, together, of the recently released Mudgirls Manifesto from New Society Publishers. In this episode, we take our time […]


1817 – ReGen18 – Politics and The Clean Money Revolution with Joel Solomon

In this short interview David Bilbrey, co-host of The Permaculture Podcast and founder of, sits down for an in-person interview with Joel Solomon, recorded at the ReGen18 conference in May 2018. Joel is the author of The Clean Money Revolution: Reinventing Power, Purpose, and Capitalism. That work, and Joel’s thoughts on what we can […]


1816 – The Legality of Craft Distilling with Victoria Redhed Miller

My guest is Victoria Redhed Miller author of Pure Poultry and her latest From No-Knead to Sourdough. These books pull on her experiences as an off-the-grid homesteader in the Pacific Northwest and are available from New Society Publishers. Our conversation today, however, comes from her second book, Craft Distilling, as we discuss what is involved with legally crafting […]


1815 – ReGen18 – Stuart Cowan, Director of Regenerative Development for The Capital Institute

In this short interview David Bilbrey, co-host of The Permaculture Podcast and founder of sits down for an in-person interview with Stuart Cowan, recorded at the ReGen18 conference in May 2018. Stuart holds a Ph.D. in Complex Systems, a form of applied mathematics, from the University of California, Berkeley, and uses that background to […]


1814 – Reducing our Footprint: Eliminating Single-Use Plastic with Paul Hellier

My guest today is Paul Hellier of Fair Food Forager, who joins me to begin an ongoing series of conversations to talk about what we can do reduce waste, change our consumptions patterns, and decrease our ecological footprint. To get this series started we begin by looking at what we can do to eliminate single […]


1813 – Theory U and the Emerging Future with Dr. Otto Scharmer

In this episode Co-host David Bilbrey continues to explore the edge between permaculture, business, and social change by sitting down with Dr. Otto Scharmer. Together they talk about Dr. Scharmer’s work on Presencing and Theory U, the development of effective organizations, and how each of us can become more powerful changemakers. Find more of Dr. […]


1812 – Being Present for Ourselves and Others with Rhonda Baird

My guest for today is Rhonda Baird, editor of Permaculture Design Magazine, and designer and educator at Sheltering Hills Design, LLC. We talk about the social side of permaculture and what we can do, as individuals and a community, to create boundaries that lead to deeper respect for ourselves and each other. To fight for […]


1811 – Designing for Disasters with Natural Building

My guest today is Oliver Goshey, founder of the regenerative design and natural building company Abundant Edge, and host of the Abundant Edge podcast. During this interview we talk about natural building and designing for disasters, including the nature of and increase in these problems; the role of our ecological impacts on what is occurring; […]