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.
In addition to gardening, teaching, and seed saving, Will is also a novelist. His 2010 work, Through the Eyes of a Stranger: Yaro Tales Book One, takes his philosophy and imagines it in practice in a working, sustainable civilization. And Will assures me that book 2 will be out soon 🙂
In our conversation, we covered:
- how organic gardening makes sense from an economic, but not ecologic perspective
- the problem with the “cake mix” gardening that dominates suburbia
- vegans are disconnected from the earth
- the paramount metric of eco-efficiency
- how can vegans be self-righteous about eating organic vegetables produced with animal manure?
- why tofu is so inexpensive (hint: it involves killing pigs)
- needing to take a hard look at inputs
- the ocean of petroleum that skews our whole civilization
- “there's no such thing as ‘away'”
- the promise and limitations of permaculture
- humans are parasites on the earth – at least be efficient about it
- why we grow “band-aid species” in our gardens
- the secret of sustainable food production: leaves and brush from hardwood forests
- trees eat rocks and give us minerals for the garden
- how veganic agriculture can accommodate large human populations on this planet
- the fictional, non-Utopian land of Esperia and its Vine Laws
- why our civilization should mandate hyper-local self-sufficiency
- the importance of seed saving, and the origins and current status of the Scatterseed Project
- Will is promiscuous with email, and here's the proof: firstname.lastname@example.org
- never mind political elections – we get to vote every day at the checkout counter
- and much more…
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Will Bonsall's Essential Guide to Radical, Self-Reliant Gardening
The Humanure Handbook (we didn't talk about it specifically, but you'll see how it's relevant)
A 3-hour veganic gardening workshop hosted by Amie Hamlin of The Coalition for Healthy School Food:
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The Plant Yourself Podcast theme music, “Dance of Peace (Sabali Don),” is generously provided by Will Ridenour, a kora player from North Carolina who has trained with top Senegalese musicians.
It can be found on his first CD, titled Will Ridenour.
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