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What would agriculture look like with zero inputs? with Shane Simonsen, author of zero-input agriculture

Oliver July 10, 2020

Though I’ve been inspired by all the amazing examples of regenerative farming through the people that I’ve interviewed through this series, there’s one glaring commonality between all of them and that’s the fact that the success of their enterprises all rely heavily on the destructive infrastructure that we currently have in place to get the organic and feed inputs for their enterprises, the seeds or young animals that they then raise, and the fossil fuel system that then transports their food products to market. I’m not at all criticizing these people of their work. It would be near impossible to […]

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Is permaculture still relevant to small farms and local food security? With Loren Luyendyk of Permaculture Intl.

Oliver July 3, 2020

Permaculture has done an incredible job of raising awareness of natural land management techniques and teaching people to observe and read the patterns of the natural world to inform their interactions with the environment, but it often gets criticized for being impractical when it comes to apply its methods to profitable farming enterprises. There’s a long running line of questioning on this show, especially when I’m speaking with producers and farmers about where they have to compromise their choices for the earth with the needs of their businesses and the efficiency required to turn a profit, so to help me […]

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5 Ways to shortcut the “year of observation”

Oliver July 1, 2020

You’ll hear it repeated a lot in permaculture circles that the best thing to do before even starting the design for your site is to spend a full year living on the land. In that time you’ll be able to observe and gather information about how things change and transform during the different season and you’ll gain insights that you’d never be able to without this “year of observation.” I agree that it would be great if you were able to do this, but I live in the real world where no-one has a year of time before they can […]

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Creating the tools, resources, and community for a regenerative future in farming, with Ray Milidoni of Farming Secrets

Oliver June 26, 2020

Though regenerative agriculture has made huge leaps forward in the last decade, it still only accounts for a very small percentage of the farms around the world and even less in over developed countries. While we still have a long way to go make ecological land management practices the norm around the world, there are a lot of people dedicated to accelerating the progress of recent years by creating educational platforms, mentorship programs and creating community collaboration around these important skills.  In this episode I got to speak to one of my favorite new contacts in regenerative farming education, Ray […]

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How to create a free topographic map for your regenerative design

Oliver June 25, 2020

One of the most important elements of a regenerative design for a section of land is to understand the contours and shape of the site. With this information you can better understand how water will move on the land, and begin to plan where to put features like water harvesting structures, swales on contour, plantings on contour, check dams, ponds and much more. But it can be tricky for beginners to learn new software for digital mapping or it can be expensive to hire a pro or buy detailed topo maps. Certainly it doesn’t make much sense to do any […]

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Pioneering the urban farm revolution, with Michael Ableman, author of Farm the City

Oliver June 19, 2020

Welcome back to another episode in the ongoing series on Regenerative Agriculture. Up until now I’ve spoken with growers and producers on cutting edge of profitable regenerative landbased enterprises and management techniques in rural areas, but there’s also a growing movement to produce food closer to where the heaviest concentration of people are, and that’s in cities. While the basics of growing food are fairly universal, there are a lot of uniques challenges that farmers in the city face that just aren’t present in rural or even suburban areas. And to get an experienced point of view on urban farming, […]

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How to make rich microbialy active compost in record time

Oliver June 17, 2020

Whether you already have experience making your own compost or not, most methods take months before your have a good finished product. Let’s explore my favorite way to make rich mature compost at home without having to wait a long time. In order to speed up the process, let’s break down the steps of “hot” composting. What is compost and how is it made? There’s so much information on the web about compost and all of its benefits so in this article I’m going to break down the most important information and show you the simple steps that you can […]

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