Radically Self-Reliant Veganic Gardening with Will Bonsall: PYP 224

Will Bonsall is my new hero, and I say that without exaggeration. Check out the short video clip at the top of the Links section below to see half of the reason why. The other half of the reason take a bit longer to explain - hence this full-length podcast episode. Will is the visionary gardener whose half-century of experimentation and iconoclasm can help us save human civilization from collapse. His method, which he refers to as "gardening without borders," takes into account all the inputs and outputs of a garden or farm, in contrast to the usual methods of conventional, organic, and permaculture production. Read more »

PYP 158: Sandi Kronick on Facilitating a Sustainable Food System

Sandi Kronick is founder and CEO of Eastern Carolina Organics (ECO), an innovative food hub company that connects medium-scale organic farmers with local and far-flung markets. Located in Durham, NC, ECO is part of a new breed of mission-driven for-profit companies looking to help us eat better within a capitalist framework. Read more »

PYP 157: Keegan Kuhn on Not Hurting Anybody and Questioning Authority

Keegan Kuhn was raised with two rules: don’t hurt anybody, and question authority. Judging by what’s he’s become and what he’s accomplished, I think those two rules may comprise a necessary and sufficient philosophy of child-rearing. Keegan is an accomplished bio-intensive farm and garden developer, a social activist, and a documentary filmmaker whose latest project, What the Health?, promises to rip the cover off the pharmaceutical / medical / agricultural conspiracy to ruin our health. Read more »

PYP 121: Dr. Ron Weiss on the Healing Power of Farming

After 7 years in the emergency room and 15 years running a traditional medical clinic in suburban New Jersey, Dr. Ronald Weiss decided to radically change his practice. He moved to a centuries-old working farm in rural New Jersey and began treating his patients with fresh, organic, sustainably grown produce. Read more »

PYP 103: Lee and Larry Newlin on Healthy Soil, Healthy Farms, Healthy Food, and Healthy People

Lee and Larry Newlin are the proprietors of Peaceful River Farm in southern Orange County, North Carolina. Larry runs the ecological farm, and Lee takes the produce and teaches people how to prepare healthy food and live a healthy lifestyle. Read more »

PYP 090: Heather Jo Flores on Turning Lawns into Gardens as a Radical Act

Heather Jo Flores came of age in an "addicted, abusive, and estranged family" in the slums of Los Angeles in the 1980s. An unlikely leader of the modern environmental movement (a label that is far too small for Heather, as you'll see), she moved from radical activism to community building to connection making to her current project, replacing most of the world's suburban lawns with thriving gardens and food forests. Read more »

PYP 078: Alan Muskat on Wild Foraging as the Way Home

Alan Muskat has shown some pretty famous people how to feed themselves off the ground. As founder of the No Taste Like Home foraged food and event company, Alan has shared his "off the eaten track" (his pun, not mine) self-catering skills with such food luminaries as Andrew Zimmern of Bizarre Foods, Andrew Weil, and The James Beard Celebrity Chef Tour. He's also been featured by The History Channel, PBS, Southern Living, and Travel and Leisure. He's also author of the book Wild Mushrooms: A Taste of Enchantment. Alan's got a unique outlook on food: we should abandon mass agriculture and return to the food we were meant to eat: the stuff that grows all around, totally without our help. Read more »

PYP 070: Patrick Sherwin on Cooking with the Sun and Eradicating the Second Leading Cause of Death Worldwide

Patrick Sherwin was decommissioning a solar hot water system on someone's roof when he had a crazy idea. Picking up one of the vaccuum tubes used to insulate and heat the water, he thought, "I wonder if I could cook a bunch of hot dogs in this thing?" Ten years later, Patrick's startup, GoSunStove, is cranking out the world's most efficient solar cooker. Not only does the SunStove make tailgating cool as anything, it's also a potential lifesaver around the globe, where accidental smoke inhalation from indoor cooking with dirty fuels is the second leading cause of death worldwide. Read more »

PYP 060: Sean Kane on Automobile Safety, Runaway Computer Code, and the Promise and Perils of Technology

Sean Kane is president of Safety Research and Strategy, and founder of The Safety Institute. From his early days in the belly of the beast as a claims adjuster for the tire industry, to his work on the front lines with Ralph Nader's Institute for Auto Safety, to his own work making companies pay for their negligence, Sean has seen it all as an insider. He fights tirelessly (oh, did a bad pun just slip into this blog?) to hold manufacturers and marketers accountable for the damage their products cause. And lest you peg him an anti-technology crusader, he's also an organic gardner and supporter of the use of appropriate technology to solve societal and agricultural problems. Read more »