Diversity and the importance of tree guilds with Brock Barker from "The Brockoli Patch" farm: 034

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This week's interview is with a good personal friend of mine who is an awesome farmer and experimenter with plants, especially trees. I first met Brock Barker through some mutual friends when he came down here to Lake Atitlan to co-teach on a PDC with some colleagues of mine. Now Brock is the founder and owner of “The Brockoli Patch,” a permaculture farm and orchard outside of Lafayete, Louisiana on which manages an incredibly diverse and productive landscape.

In this interview Brock talks about how taking a permaculture course with the Bullock brothers in Washington state and seeing a mature permaculture system for the first time changed his perspective and way of doing things on his own farm which was originally a market gardening operation. He goes into detail about the fruit tree guilds that keep his perennials strong and healthy, and shares some wisdom from his experiences, trials and errors over the years. This is a really relate-able conversation with tons of great tips for people who are just getting started


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Resources:

The Brockoli Patch on FB

Profile of the farm

How technology and chemicals have transformed farming in just one lifetime with Roland James: 033

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This is gonna be a pretty special episode in that I'll actually be interviewing a man who has seen an incredible transformation in “conventional” farming during his lifetime. My guest is Roland James, but to me he's my Grandpa. Now Roland grew up in a small farming community in the midlands of England near the southern border of Wales. He well remembers the very first tractors coming onto his family's farm in the early 1940s. Before then all of the fields were plowed with horses or oxen. As he grew up he took over the family farm and adapted to the rapidly changing industry just as the rest of the farmers around him were doing. The stories and perspectives that my Grandpa has are a great reminder of how recent the technological ways of farming really are. As he often tells me, he's seen the first mechanization of simple tasks on the land all the way to fully automated machinery that communicates with satellites to gauge the amount of fertilizer that it spreads on different parts of the farm. All this in one person's lifetime.

This interview is a remarkable look into just how much our food supply systems have changed in such a short time and why many “conventional” farmers struggle to break out of the cycle of debt that keeps them buying industrial chemicals to mitigate the damage being done to their ecosystem.

I hope you find as much value in this perspective as I do and that it will help you better understand how we got into the modern farming systems that we now have.


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Resources:

http://www.rolandjameshypnosis.com/

Taking permaculture based businesses to new heights holistically with Erik Ohlsen of The Permaculture Skills Center: 033

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In this episode I got to interview one of my personal heroes Erik Ohlsen. Now Erik wears a lot of hats, he's the founder and director of both Permaculture Artisans, a landscape and design company, and the Permaculture Skills Center, an amazing trade school based in sepastapol ca. Erik also writes and publishes books for adults and children with his company, Storyscapes.

In this interview Erik talks in detail about how he's built synergy and connection into all of his business endeavors. We talk about how he's designed the courses for the permaculture skills center to include mentoring and the profound effect that mentorships have had on his own journey, and we also get into the the skills that aspiring permaculturalists should work to build that aren't necessarily taught in a PDC. This session is chalk full of practical insights and advice


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Resources:

http://www.permacultureartisans.com/

http://www.permacultureskillscenter.org/

https://www.storyscapes.us/

How to regenerate damaged and polluted waterways with Tom Duncan of Aquabiofilter: 032

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I'm really excited about today's guest. In this episode I'll be speaking to Tom Duncan, one of the visionary leaders behind Aquabiofilter, a water cleaning and regeneration company based in Melbourne, AU. Tom has been involved in some of the most ambitious and successful watershed cleanup operations in history with major projects in China, Malaysia, and Australia that have helped to restore lakes, rivers and wildlife reserves. I became inspired by Tom's work after seeing his webinar presentation on the Sustainable Design Masterclass with Neal Spackman and Raleigh Latham a few weeks ago and couldn't wait to share his insights with all of you.

In this interview Tom talks about how he got started in water restoration and cleanup, the biology behind how wetland plants, and specifically their root systems help to filter and absorb excessive nutrients and toxins from the water, and the ingenious floating wetlands that he helped to design based on the ancient indigenous systems that utilize natural materials to create rafts that can be farmed. Tom also discusses some of the ways that all of us can get involved and start helping to clean and manage the contamination levels in our own watershed. This is a really informative interview so for those of you as excited about the potential of regenerating damaged water systems with plants and natural materials, grab your notebooks


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Resources:

http://www.aquabiofilter.com/

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/