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204 – Permaculture Presentation at Ludemans in Beaverton, Oregon – Part I

Paul opens the podcast with a parrot joke and Jimmy Pardo playing music in the background. The Symphony of Seed & Soil Tour 2012 is at Ludemans Outdoor Furniture store in Beaverton, Oregon to give a presentation. Paul fields questions from the crowd concerning urban vs rural gardening, permaculture vs organic, and elaborates on topics […]

205 – Permaculture Presentation at Ludemans in Beaverton, Oregon – Part II

Paul answers more questions from the Beaverton presentation. Topics covered during the Q&A were having hugelkulture beds in conjunction with livestock, hugelkulture orientation, cattle feed, going hayless, reclamation of land, beneficial plants for reclamation, grafting and how to choose the ideal parcel of land to start fresh with permaculture. Also slopeland, wofati, rotational grazing, riparian […]

203 – Paul visits Joseph & Jacqueline Freeman of Friendly Haven Rise Farm – Pt. II

Part II of the visit to Friendly Haven Rise Farm continues the discussion on voles, and then moves on to hanging beef, optimizing profit on the farm, bonding with the soil and being in tune with the land, teaching permaculture basics, turkeys and bees. A highlight of the discussion was their belief in the associated […]

202 – Paul visits Joseph & Jacqueline Freeman of Friendly Haven Rise Farm – Pt. I

Paul visits Joseph & Jacqueline Freeman of Friendly Haven Rise Farm in Battleground Washington while on the 2012 Symphony with Seeds and Soil Tour. The first podcast covers how they found their farm and the 68 things anyone looking for a homestead should take into consideration during the process of finding a suitable location, slug […]

194 – Surviving Cancer

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Paul Wheaton talks to Helen Atthowe again about cancer and the movie, The Beautiful Truth. Helen dislikes the lack of direct communication in the medical world, and shares some of her story with her naturopath. Helen was uninterested in doing radiation. Helen talks about the fear she experienced in the medical world. Helen compares looking […]

Tags: cancer , health , nutrition

189 – Getting Land

Paul Wheaton drives to Ernie and Erica Wisner’s house in the Okanagan Highlands to look at their new innovations in rocket mass heaters. Paul talks about the people who help out at permies.com, and how they are also helping themselves. He makes a few mentions of husp (Horticulture of the United States of Pocahantas). Paul […]

182 Lawn Care

Paul Wheaton talks about lawn care with Susanne Schneider. She shares about her hugelkultur beds. Susanne has a lot of hawkweed in her yard, which is allelopathic and prefers acidic, compacted soil. Paul would professionally test the soil pH. They talk about earthworms, using lime, and setting your mowers high. Paul talks about his earthworm […]

158 – Diapers

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Paul Wheaton talks to Kelly Ware about eco-mom-ing, and going diaperless. They talk about telling when your infant is about to go pee or poop. They talk about peeing in the sink. Kelly talks about knowing when to pee at night. Chaya from pantryparatus.com asks some questons. Chaya says kids that use cloth diapers are […]

149 – No Soap or Shampoo

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Paul Wheaton and Alex Ojeda talk about going without soap or shampoo. Paul talks about being poopaphobic. Alex talks about urine. Paul talks about peeing outside. Paul talks about saponin plants, and people using antibacterial soaps that go down the drain to their septic systems. They talk about water softeners. They talk about drinking various […]

Tags: greywater , soap , water

145 – Steve Heckeroth Electric Tractors Part 3

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Paul Wheaton continues talking with Steve Heckeroth, who has made an electric tractor. Paul shares about his tractor and truck. Steve talks about linear actuators, and hydraulic cylinders. They talk about some more of Steve’s tractor designs, which have even more power despite being smaller in size. They talk about its having tracks, and how […]

144 – Steve Heckeroth Electric Tractors Part 2

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Paul Wheaton continues talking with Steve Heckeroth, who has made an electric tractor. Steve talks about linear actuators. Steve talks about regen, putting energy back into your batteries when you brake. They talk about in-wheel motors. You don’t need a clultch in an electric vehicle, which makes things a little easier. They talk about having […]

how to render lard

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Suzy Bean renders lard in her favorite way. And she talks about some other lard rendering techniques that she has tried and doesn’t like as much. The way she likes: the stove top “dry method” (no water) in a cast iron skillet. She says a stainless steel pan would be good too. Low to medium […]

Tags: food , frugality

131 – Free Cycles

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Paul Wheaton talks with Bob Giordano of Free Cycles in Missoula, where you can get a free bicycle for 4 hours of volunteering. You learn how to fish rather than just getting a fish, aka, you learn how to put together a bicycle rather than just ride one. The bike is the medium for community. […]

Tags: energy , Missoula

130 – The Beautiful Truth Movie Review

Paul Wheaton talks with Helen Atthowe after watching The Beautiful Truth. Helen paraphrases a quote of John Muir’s, saying – when you pull on a single thread in nature, you find that it is attached to everything else. The movie follows a 15 year old, homeschooled boy who is investigating health. He discovers that “science” […]

best spoon wood per skeeter

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Michael “Skeeter” Pilarski, permaculture and wildcrafting instructor, talks a bit about what makes the best wood for carving a wooden spoon. This was filmed at sahale. As part of the washington state permaculture convergence. Skeeter mentions why eucaluptus would make for a terrible wooden spoon (taste). Skeeter talks about serviceberry (I have a hand carved […]

Tags: being eco , food

outdoor classroom at bullock brothers permaculture homestead

This outdoor classroom is a kind of tee-pee-ish thing. Canvas, a few poles from the hillside and some rope makes an outdoor classroom for about a hundred people. … update – the roof of this outdoor classroom might be an old parachute! Video taken during an open house at the bullock brothers permaculture homestead.

eco house – mike oehler PSP ridgetop eco

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Author of the $50 and up underground house book is building another eco house masterpiece! This is an above ground structure on top of a steep mountain ridge in north idaho. This may be the sixth eco house built on this property. Some of Oehler’s eco structures are underground and some are underground-ish. This eco […]

122 – Natural Swimming Pools Part 2

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Paul Wheaton continues talking with Anna Birkas about Natural Swimming Pools, the subject and the DVD. They talk about vertical walls, pond liners, and Sepp Holzer’s approach of compressing the soil like a pig would in order to seal a pond. Paul asks about the possibility of using rammed earth as pool walls. They talk […]

121 – Natural Swimming Pools Part 1

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Paul Wheaton talks with Anna Birkas about Natural Swimming Pools, the subject and the DVD. In the DVD, David Pagan Butler made a beautiful natural swimming pool in England. Anna mentions Michael Littlewood’s books on the subject, which she is more familiar with. Anna specializes in rain water and grey water. There are two parts […]

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