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1907 – Permaculture Action Network with Ryan Rising and Leah Song

Today’s guests are Ryan Rising, of Permaculture Action Network, and Leah Song, of Rising Appalachia, who join me to talk about how they use the work on-stage and off to organize communities to participate in a permaculture action day. How they blend permaculture and activism with music and merriment. From their experience bringing together more […]


1906 – Zev Friedman on Co-Operate WNC, Mutual Aid, and the Scale of Collaboration

My guest today is Zev Friedman, founder of Co-Operate WNC, a mutual aid organization in Western North Carolina. A long-time permaculture practitioner, Zev’s current area of interest is similar to my own: supporting people, communities, and organizations to see the long-term implementation of Earth restoring and human healing systems. One of those ways is through […]


1905 – So You Want To Be A Modern Homesteader with Kirsten Lie-Nielsen

In this episode, Kirsten Lie-Nielsen, author of So You Want to be a Modern Homesteader, joins me to share her journey in becoming a modern homesteader and the advice she has for anyone interested in pursuing a similar path. Residing in Maine, I like her story because of how she and her partner had this […]


1904 – Rob Avis on the Essentials of Rainwater Harvesting

In this episode of The Permaculture Podcast, Rob Avis, of Verge Permaculture, joins me to talk about rainwater harvesting. This conversation is based on his new book from New Society Publishers, Essential Rainwater Harvesting. Rob wrote this book along with his wife and Verge Permaculture Partner, Michelle. Though they began their professional careers as engineers […]


1903 – Propagate Ventures

In this episode co-host David Bilbrey sits down for a group interview the co-founders of Propagate Ventures, with Ethan, Jeremy, and Harry. Together they share how they bring agroforestry to existing farms using direct investment. Through these efforts they also show that farming, agriculture, and regenerative business hold a place in the portfolio of the […]


1902 – Fostering a 500 Year Vision with Warren Brush

In this interview by co-host David Bilbrey, Warren Brush returns to the show to share his work about fostering a vision for the next 500 years. During their time together Warren walks us through the mentorship he’s received, the mentoring he provides, and his own discoveries of how to live a fulfilling life now and […]


1901 – Organizing and Supporting Our Communities with Rhonda Baird

Rhonda Baird, the editor of Permaculture Design Magazine and teacher and designer at Sheltering Hills Design, LLC., joins me to continue our conversation about creating change. In our first interview, we spoke about the way that we can work on ourselves as individuals. Today we move from the inside to the out with how we […]


What was, what is, what may come.

Welcome to the final episode of 2018. In a few hours we’ll transition to the New Year. As I do every year as what was comes to an end, this is a time to look back over everything that has happened in the preceding twelve months and prepare for those ahead. Sometimes I’ve put together […]

1840 – Whole System Economics with Joel Solomon

Where has our relationship with money and capital gone wrong as individuals and as a society? What do we have to do to get right with that relationship? In the last interview of the year, co-host David Bilbrey sits down with Joel Solomon to examine those questions and talk about how we can change the […]


1839 – Reclaiming our Nutritional Wisdom: Nourishment with Fred Provenza

My guest today is the renowned animal behaviorist Fred Provenza, who joins me to talk about how we can reconnect with the foods that feed our bodies and reclaim our nutritional wisdom. Visit Our Partner: Food Forest Card Game Drawing on decades of research with animals, upon retirement from Utah State University he turned his […]


1838 – Mushrooms and Mycology with Lindsey Bender

My guest today is Lindsey Bender, the chief mycologist for Field and Forest Products, Inc., a mushroom spawn and supply company located in Wisconsin. I met Lindsey at the Pennsylvania Mother Earth News Fair in 2018 when I stopped to check in with Laura of Field and Forest, who I’ve gotten to know over the […]


1837 – Permaculture play, design considerations, and a casual conversation with Karl Treen

My guest today is Karl Treen of Food Forest Card Game. He joins me to share where his life has gone since our interview last year. Support the Podcast on Patreon A longtime permaculture practitioner, Karl is one of the people whose work I follow off the air and I find quite a bit of […]


1836 – Indian Canyon, Decolonizing, and Indigenous Value Systems with Kanyon Coyote Woman

In this episode co-host David Bilbrey sits down with the teacher, activist, and permaculture practitioner Kanyon Sayers-Roods, also known as Coyote Woman, to talk about her work on the land at Indian Canyon, California to educate and inspire others in their understanding of the natural world, the connections between individuals and communities, and what we […]


1835 – Natural Building, Community, and Opportunity with Clare Kenny of The Mudgirls

Clare Kenny of The Mudgirls Natural Building Collective joins me to continue our conversation about how she and the other of the group come together to create community and opportunity with natural building, and the lessons they share through The Mudgirls Manifesto, a book they wrote together which was released earlier this year. From those […]


1834 – Permaculture Politics and a Compassionate Future with Joshua Hughes

This is an atypical episode of the show as you can probably tell from the title. In this conversation, I sit down with Joshua Hughes of VerdEnergia Pacifica and Blacksheep Regenerative Resource Management to talk about the intersection of permaculture and politics to engage, get involved, and change the system to create the world we […]


1833 – Brew Beer Like a Yeti with Jereme Zimmerman

Thank you to everyone who has supported this show over years, as this episode marks the 8th anniversary of the podcast. You’ve donated, joined Patreon, shared episodes with your friends, listened to your favorites with your co-workers, left reviews on iTunes, Stitcher, Podcast Addict, or wherever you listen to this show. You’ve shared your comments […]


1832 -Mother Earth News Fair 2018

In September I had the opportunity to attend the 2018 Mother Earth News Fair in Seven Springs, Pennsylvania. While there I recorded two in-person interviews, a full-length conversation with Jereme Zimmerman about his new book Brew Beer Like a Yeti, which is the 8th-anniversary release out on October 10th. Cyndi Ball of National Ladies Homestead […]


1831 – A Finer Future with Hunter Lovins

Today guest host David Bilbrey sits down with Hunter Lovins to talk about Natural Capitalism Solutions and Hunter’s new book, A Finer Future – Creating an Economy in Service to Life. During their conversation David and Hunter talk about the problems facing humanity, from climate change to economic policies, and how we got into this […]


1830 – Optical Surveying and Social Forestry with Hazel

What does it mean to go back to the ground and learn the fading skills necessary to work the forest with our hands? To read the land assisted by tools we sight with our own eyes? To create new visions of old roles, such as a land steward or cottager? I explore those thoughts and […]


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? […]