The key to client attraction for your permaculture design business with Pete Widin of Artisan Environments LLC: 031

My guest today is Pete Widin, founder and owner of Artisan Environments, LLC and the creator of The Professional Permaculture Designer online course . I reached out to Pete after reading an article he wrote for my friend William Horvath's page Permaculture Apprentice in which he wrote about some of his best tips and strategies for attracting your ideal clients for a permaculture design business. Now I know that a lot of my listeners and permaculture enthusiasts out there have taken their Permaculture Design course and have stalled because they're not sure how to use their new skills to create a business or an income, and that's why I got in contact with Pete.

In this interview Pete talks in depth about how he transitioned from a masters in landscape architecture and built up a client base of wonderful and enthusiastic individuals that were passionate about his design services. He also talks about some of his favorite tactics for finding new clients when your business is just starting out, and the importance of finding your niche within the broad world of permaculture. Make sure to listen all the way to the end where Pete introduces his free course for those of you who want to learn in depth about building your client base for your design services.

Resources:

Click below to join the Free Get Design Clients Challenge course

https://app.convertkit.com/landing_pages/244440?v=6

https://www.facebook.com/groups/ProfessionalPermacultureDesigner/

 

The hidden side of natural building, how to start your own build project and more with Oliver Goshey: 030

today's episode is going to be a bit unusual in that I'll be stepping over to the other side of the microphone as my good friend and permaculture blogger Mike Vair Haley writer of the blog Permaculture Hami asked me to do an interview with him for an article. Mike is a teacher/traveler spending this year going around the world and documenting interesting sustainable designs along the way. He also writes a lot about how permaculture can be applied in unexpected ways such as in finance, government, and business. I highly recommend that you check out his blog at https://permaculturehami.blogspot.com and I'll also have a link to it in the show notes of this episode on the website.

Since he wanted to know more about natural building and natural materials, we sat down on my front porch on a beautiful Sunday afternoon and just made a fun conversation out of it. In our little session Mike and I talk about what natural building really means, and why I'm so careful to include the full spectrum of materials and even waste stream products in the definition. We get into ways of creating a more healthy and regenerative living space with natural renovations in industrial homes and I end up geeking out about everything from the intricacies of regenerative ecological design, some common myths and misconceptions about natural building, and even some really simple and actionable steps to making and applying your own clay based plaster in your home. Now normally I give more of an introduction and background for my guests but since I've already introduced myself and talked about my own history back in episode 1 of this show, I'll spare you all the repetition and anyone who's interested can always have a listen to the abundant edge intro episode. So here's me and Mike Vair Haley talking natural building


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Resources:

Permaculture Hami Blog

the real cost of a natural building

earthen plasters article

soil testing article

Placemaking and connection building to repair our communities with Ridhi D'Cruz and Mark Lakeman of City Repair: 029

I have an extra special interview for all of you today. In this episode I've got not one, but two visionary change makers from the community restoration non-profit City Repair, which is based in Portland Oregon. I've got Ridhi D'Cruz, the co-director of City Repair, and the founder and co-director, Mark Lakeman. They each come from very different backgrounds, but have united to foster thriving, inclusive and sustainable communities through the creative reclamation of public space.

City Repair also facilitates artistic and ecologically-oriented placemaking through projects that honor the interconnection of human communities and the natural world. I know that all sounds a bit complicated, but what's worth knowing is that a large part of their projects involve permaculture garden installations and community spaces built with natural materials, all in urban environments where those types of projects have traditionally been hard to get approved

In this interview, Mark and Ridhi go in depth about the concept of placemaking and why it's so essential in our modern communities. Mark gives incredible insights into the history of colonial advancement through the Americas and how it shaped the landscape and our build environment into one that isolates us from one another. Ridhi goes on to explain their annual event called the Village Building Convergence and how their work has already had an amazing impact on the interconnectedness of the people they've worked with in unexpected ways. At the end, both of them give invaluable advice on how you can take up the mantle and effectively create and facilitate connections in your own community. The answers may surprise you.


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Listen in at the end of this podcast to find out how you can win your own copy of "The Urban Farmer" from New Society Publishers

Resources:

http://www.cityrepair.org/

 

 

Discovering "Why We Farm," the book by author Elvira Di'Brigit: 028

My Guest today is Elvira Di'Brigit, the author of the new book “Why We Farm” which is an investigation into the whole truth about life as a modern day farmer. Viewed through the lens of the environment within the Capay Valley of northern California, each chapter features a different model of farming. In each profile, farmers share the stories behind their work and their lives on the farm; the business side of production, the personal challenges they face, and words of advice for the would-be-farmer.  The book asks hard questions and gives a reverent yet realistic picture of a thriving local food system.

In this interview Elvira talks about how she first came to the Capay Valley and her motivations behind wanting to live a farming lifestyle. We talk about how the farmers profiled in her book tell a larger story of modern farming in the United States, and even the trends and challenges facing the agricultural industry around the world. Elvira also gives a unique perspective into the growing community outreach that is strengthening the bonds in the valley and fostering a larger network of resilience that should be inspiring for anyone living a rural community.


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Listen in at the end of this podcast to find out how you can win your own copy of "The Urban Farmer" from New Society Publishers

Resources:

on facebook

http://whywefarmcapay.com/

Lucrative city farming on borrowed land with Curtis Stone, author of "The Urban Farmer:" 026

My guest today is none other than Curtis Stone, author of The Urban Farmer. For the better part of a decade, Curtis has been pushing the boundaries of organic gardening in the city and proving through his carefully documented processes that making a profit on small acreage and borrowed land is realistic. H's also the host of a fantastic youtube channel which is practically an ongoing master level course for aspiring urban farmers and small scale market gardeners.

In this interview Curtis shares his incredible formulas for farming on land that you don't own and how to select plants that will give you a maximum profit in a small space. He also goes into some of the most common mistakes that city farmers make, and gives great advice on the first steps you should take to starting a profitable farm in an urban setting.


For "The Abundant Edge" listeners only, you can now get 50% off your digital subscriptions to Permaculture Magazine North America by entering the code PMNA50abedge at checkout. Get your subscription today and dive deep into the local and global solutions that go beyond sustainability.

Listen in at the end of this podcast to find out how you can win your own copy of "The Urban Farmer" from New Society Publishers

Resources:

greencityacres.com

profitableurbanfarming.com

https://www.youtube.com/user/urbanfarmercstone

http://theurbanfarmer.co/