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podcast 397 – Review of Gracie’s Backyard – Part 1

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Part one of a two-part podcast by Paul Wheaton and Julia Winter, a permies follower and Pediatrician by day who is visiting Wheaton Labs to participate in the Schmoozaroo. Paul and Julia will be discussing the movie Gracie’s Backyard and how difficult it is to actually be around Paul in person.

They start with a short discussion of what Wheaton Labs was like in the very early days and the progress that has been made since the start of Paul’s dream of World Domination and working community and how it compares to the vision of the Kickstarter documentary “Gracie’s Backyard”.

“Gracie’s Backyard” is a documentary about Richard Perkin’s Ridgedale Permaculture Farm in Sweden, by filmmaker Olivier Asselin, who also created the film “The Permaculture Orchard: Beyond Organic”. The discussion starts with an overview of some of Paul’s three pages of notes, including growing things in rows, the advantages of no till, Paul’s vision of ideal food systems and an exploration of some of the people who inhabit and work on the Ridgedale farm.

The discussion takes a sharp turn into comparing Missoula and Portland and the social environments and goes into depth about the World Naked Bike Ride in Portland before they bring it back around to the farmland and environment found at Ridgedale Permaculture Farm, including the animals, processes used to manage the livestock, interns and how many people are on the farm and the roles they fulfil.

After an interlude to digress about what can be done during winter and the challenges a farm faces the discussion returns to the market garden processes at Ridgedale and some observations about processes that are of a concern in the farm setup and moving on to egg safety, No dig/no till farming, gnarly carrots and makeup.

To be continued in part 2.

Credit: Eric Tolbert

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