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.


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Resources:

greencityacres.com

profitableurbanfarming.com

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

http://theurbanfarmer.co/

Giving blank walls a voice through natural plasters with Gabriel Franklin, founder of The Art of Plaster: 025

My guest today is Gabriel Franklin, master plasterer and the owner of the company “The Art of Plaster.” Gabriel grew up with a father who was a designer and builder who shared much of his trade with him from a young age. From the age of thirteen, Gabriel started on his dad's bucket and cleanup crew and has been working in plastering and finish work ever since. As an artist and nature enthusiast he has traveled all over the American northeast and even as far as Australia with his trade and dedication to giving blank walls a voice with clay, lime, and gypsum plasters, saying he is inspired by artistic design and how natural materials can accentuate one's personal experience within a living space.

In this interview Gabriel explains the difference in performance and characteristics of clay, lime and gypsum. He goes into detail about the importance of prep work and the variety of additives he uses to get specific finish effects and ad strength to his mixes. We even talk about some tricks of the trade and much more.


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Resource:

http://theartofplaster.com/

The Art of Plaster on Instagram

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http://americancollegeofthebuildingarts.com/

Profitable permaculture market gardening with Zach Loeks, the author of "The Permaculture Market Garden:" 024

My guest today is Zach Loeks. The owner of the 50 acre Kula Permaculture farm in the Ottawa Valley of Ontario, Canada. There they run a local CSA, grow over 100 varieties of vegetables, herbs, fruits, nuts and trees , and even offer yoga retreats and children's summer camps. Zach is also the author of the book “The Permaculture Market Garden” which is an in depth guide to the techniques that he's developed and refined over many years of running this multifaceted and profitable farm.

In this interview Zach talks about how growing up on a permaculture homestead in northern New Mexico helped to give reference as he developed and grew Kula farm. He also talks in detail about his permabed system designed, profit resilience, and finding a balance between the diversity needed in a permaculture farm and the focus and efficiency needed to make a profit. This interview is chalk full of practical advice and information that you can take and apply to your own gardening project no matter what the size, so grab a notebook and I'll turn things over to Zach.


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Resources:

https://www.kulafarm.ca/

Promoting permaculture knowledge and environmental activism with Hannah Eckberg of Permaculture Magazine of North America: 023

My guest today is Hannah Eckberg. Along with being the co-founder, editor and creative director of Permaculture Magazine of North America, she has also been the president of “get oil out” which was recognized as the US's first grass roots activist organization when she was only 19 and also the United Hemp council promoting the agricultural and environmental benefits of hemp. As a self described “optimizer” she is always looking for ways to make things better and look at them from different view points.

In this interview, Hannah talks about her experiences and lessons as grass roots organizer, and now as an editor how she's helping to promote positive voices for change and regeneration in the permaculture community and beyond. She also gives invaluable advice on how to make a difference in community organization and empowerment.


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Resources:

https://permaculturemag.org/

The wide world of human powered machines with Tamara Dean, author of the book "The Human Powered Home:" 022

My guest today is Tamara Dean, the author of the book “the Human Powered Home: choosing muscles over motors” which is an in depth look into the history, advancement, and modern applications of human powered machines. Having just finished reading this I can honestly say that I was immediately inspired to start building and using these machines myself. It covers the full range of people powered devices from treadle sewing machines, prisoner powered treadmills and cotton gins, to bicycles, see-saw water pumps and pedal generators. In later chapters, Tamara profiles people and organizations that are applying human powered devices to appropriate technologies that stimulate economies in developing regions, empower people to take on new projects on their own steam, and even just improve your health and fitness.

In this interview Tamara talks about her inspiration to write “the human powered home” and some of the machines she built herself while researching for the book. She also gives advice on some of the most efficient and less efficient tasks to power on your own, some of which are based on her own successes and failures.


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Resources:

Pedal Powered Prime Mover Plans

http://www.mayapedal.org/

http://tamaradean.media/

https://www.newsociety.com/Books/H/The-Human-Powered-Home