The Good Dirt: Sustainability Explained

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Start living more sustainably. The Good Dirt podcast explores all aspects of a sustainable lifestyle with healthy soil as the touchpoint and metaphor for the healing of our relationship with the planet. Mother & daughter team Mary & Emma bring you weekly interviews with farmers, artists, authors, and leaders in the regenerative and sustainable living space.

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119. Growing Access: Modeling a Community Based Food System with Laurell Simms of Urban Growers Collective
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Our guest today is Laurell Sims, Co-Founder & CEO of Urban Growers Collective in Chicago, here to talk about food accessibility and the development of community-based food systems. Urban Growers Collective (UGC) is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization that was co-founded by Laurell Sims and Erika Allen in the fall of 2017. Working closely with community partners, their approach is to demonstrate and to support communities in developing systems of their own where food is grown, prepared, and distributed within the community itself. Urban Grower's Collective operates 8 urban farms on 11 acres of land, predominantly located on Chicago’s South Side. These farms are production-oriented but also offer opportunities for staff-led education, training, leadership development, and food distribution. Each farm utilizes organic growing methods, intensive growing practices, and year-round production strategies to best maximize growing space. In this conversation, we talk about the numerous programs operating within UGC that are helping not only to bring food to underserved areas but to facilitate youth involvement and outreach programs for positive community impact.  Laurell is active in the Chicago Food Policy Action Council and formerly served on the Board of Directors for Slow Food Chicago and Green City Market. In 2011, Laurell was selected as a Bold Food Fellow, a State Department exchange with farmers from Uganda and Kenya, and has managed development projects with urban farms in Haiti. In her spare time, Laurell is a volunteer magician for Open Heart Magic which provides bedside magic for hospitalized children. Topics Discussed: How Laurell came to the Urban Grower's Collective ReVision Urban Farm in Boston The impact of the urban farming movement  The eight farms and programs within in the Urban Grower's Collective Healing aspects of community spaces Fresh Moves Mobile Market Linkup Illinois for food assistance Dr. Geeta Maker-Clark Prescription for Health, Howard Brown Health Center Food Justice and privilege  Food waste in Chicago How policy and racism affect grocery store access Farm Bus in Richmond, Mark Lilly Midwest Foods Wholesaler USDA Food boxes April Jones on The Good Dirt Julia Skinner on The Good Dirt The challenge of land access, particularly for BIPOC growers Green Era Urban Farm in the Auburn Gresham neighborhood in Chicago The anaerobic digester as mitigation for food waste Soil contamination and remediation Wasted! The Story of Food Waste Chicago Food Policy Action Council Connect with Laurell & the UGC: Urban Grower's Collective website On Instagram @urbangrowerscollective Donate or Volunteer with the Urban Grower's Collective! About Lady Farmer: Our Website @weareladyfarmer on Instagram Join The Lady Farmer ALMANAC Leave us a voicemail! Call 443-459-1950 and ask a question or share what the good dirt means to you! Email us at thegooddirtpodcast@gmail.com Original music by John Kingsley. The Good Dirt podcast is edited and engineered by Aleksandra van der Westhuizen and produced by Mary Ball. The Good Dirt is a part of the Connectd Podcasts Network. Statements in this podcast have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration and are not to be considered as medical or nutritional advice. This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease, and should not be considered above the advice of your physician. Consult a medical professional when making dietary or lifestyle decisions that could affect your health and well-being.
Nov 25, 2022
Slow Friday Reprise: A Slow Living Perspective on the Holidays with Mary and Emma
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In celebration of the holiday this week, and upcoming "Black Friday", we're re-airing our favorite slow-living take on the matter...Slow Friday! RE-AIR FROM 11/26/21 You're in for something a little different this Friday...it's a solo show with Mary and Emma! At Lady Farmer, we're always thinking about ways to shift our thinking to live into a more slow and sustainable lifestyle, and today is a great opportunity to do just that. What if Black Friday became Slow Friday, and what would that look like? Join us on this week’s episode of The Good Dirt as we share a bit about our own Christmas memories and experiences with gift-giving as well as how we're thinking about being more mindful with our consumer habits during the holiday season. Enjoy this week's episode, let us know what you think, and we'll be back with another interview next week! Listen to the episode on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Podchaser, Simplecast, Podtail, or on your favorite podcast platform. Topics Covered: The negative impacts of consumerism and how to think differently about our consumer habits The importance that we have placed on gift-giving and receiving during the holiday season Slow Friday Challenge Resources: Unplug the Christmas Tree Christmas by Peter Spier Follow Us: Our Website Instagram Original Music by John Kingsley @jkingsley1026
Nov 22, 2022
118. Connecting the Seemingly Un-Connectable with Brandi Stanley of This Plus That
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Today we're talking to Brandi Stanley, host of the podcast This Plus That. Brandi makes a living out of making connections. If creativity is the ability to connect the seemingly un-connectable, that’s the art she practices. In love with the space between things—the intersections and the paradoxes—she's constantly looking for what insights can be gained when we mash the unexpected together and the growth that happens when we learn to hold complexity.  We had a great time talking with Brandi about so many things, from the hustle culture to church history, from empty calories as a metaphor to the gift economy, and of course all of the good dirt in between all of it. If you enjoy “connecting the dots” as they say, and discovering how much more we all have in common with each other than we think, then you’ll love this conversation. Topics Discussed: Brandi's journey to creating her Podcast This Plus That, and finding her way to doing what she loves The Great Resignation  Wendell Berry Steve Jobs Nathan Myhrvold Ishmael by Daniel Quinn Charles Eisenstein and the gift economy The hustle culture and passive income in an extractive economy The idea of finding "aliveness" in what we do Consuming Empty Calories as a metaphor  Braiding Sweetgrass by Robin Wall Kimmerer Connecting the seemingly unconnectable Soil and social justice  Christianity and the Industrial Food System Nutrient depletion in our soil means nutrient-deficient food Groundwork Podcast - Interview with Alicia Brown Emily McElroy Intersections of Painting Plus Prayer How church history impacted our relationship with nature in western civilization How our language impacts the way we think and act in the world Emergent Strategy by Adrian Marie Brown  Living into the new story Connect with Brandi: Brandi's Podcast, This Plus That On Instagram @thisplusthatpod On Youtube, This Plus That Podcast About Lady Farmer: Our Website @weareladyfarmer on Instagram Join The Lady Farmer ALMANAC Leave us a voicemail! Call 443-459-1950 and ask a question or share what the good dirt means to you! Email us at thegooddirtpodcast@gmail.com Original music by John Kingsley. The Good Dirt podcast is edited and engineered by Aleksandra van der Westhuizen and produced by Mary Ball. The Good Dirt is a part of the Connectd Podcasts Network. Statements in this podcast have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration and are not to be considered as medical or nutritional advice. This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease, and should not be considered above the advice of your physician. Consult a medical professional when making dietary or lifestyle decisions that could affect your health and well-being.
Nov 18, 2022
117. A Return to Regenerative: The Story of White Oak Pastures Farm with Jenni Harris
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Today our guest is Jenni Harris, daughter of Will Harris and 5th generation Harris family member at White Oak Pastures. In the mid-90s, her father Will Harris recognized the problems in late 20th-century agriculture and decided to take his whole operation back to the days of his great-grandfather. He gave up chemical inputs and animal confinement farming and began implementing regenerative farming before it was even a word. White Oak pasture-raises 10 species of livestock, eggs, organic vegetables, and honey on almost 5,000 acres of land and does it in what they call a “radically traditional way.” Jenni is here to talk to us about White Oak Pastures and how they have continued to evolve as an online source for high-quality meat while maintaining not only a commitment to land stewardship and sustainability but to their rural community as well. Topics Discussed: The story of White Oak Pastures Jenni's early knowledge that she was gay and her journey away from her hometown The transition of the farm back to more traditional practices How the farm changed over the years in order to achieve resilience  The challenge for conventional farmers to change to a different model The challenges for the grass-fed beef industry for American farmers Meat production as a contributor to climate change Sacred Cow by Diana Rodgers - it's not the cow, it's the how! Epic Provisions, owned by General Mills measuring soil assessments to demonstrate the livestock as a regenerative product Carbon emissions in the Impossible Burger White Oak Pastures Rural Revival  The value of knowing your farmer Connect with White Oak Pastures: Their website, whiteoakpastures.com White Oak Pastures Online Shop On Instagram @whiteoakpastures On Facebook @whiteoakpastures About Lady Farmer: Our Website @weareladyfarmer on Instagram Join The Lady Farmer ALMANAC Leave us a voicemail! Call 443-459-1950 and ask a question or share what the good dirt means to you! Email us at thegooddirtpodcast@gmail.com Original music by John Kingsley. The Good Dirt podcast is edited and engineered by Aleksandra van der Westhuizen and produced by Mary Ball. The Good Dirt is a part of the Connectd Podcasts Network. Statements in this podcast have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration and are not to be considered as medical or nutritional advice. This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease, and should not be considered above the advice of your physician. Consult a medical professional when making dietary or lifestyle decisions that could affect your health and well being.
Nov 11, 2022
116. Rewilding Our Souls and the Planet with Claire Dunn of Nature's Apprentice
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Today's guest is Claire Dunn, here with us to dive deeply into the mysteries of nature and psyche through the pathways of deep nature connection. Speaking to us from Melbourne, Australia, Claire is a writer, speaker, barefoot explorer, rewilding facilitator, and founder of Nature’s Apprentice, a platform for education and guidance in rewilding our souls and the planet. For the last 15 years, Claire has been facilitating individuals in ancestral earth skills, deep ecology, ecopsychology, soul-centric nature-based practice, village building, dance, ceremony, and contemporary wilderness rites-of-passage. Claire is the author of the memoir, My Year Without Matches, which tells the story of her year living wild – and the recently released memoir Rewilding the Urban Soul exploring how we might embody wild consciousness even while living in the setting of a city. Topics Covered: Rewilding as a new human movement Cultivation of a "Wild Mind" Claire's childhood and background in the environmental movement  How Claire's introduction to primitive earth skills led her more deeply into the human nature relationship  Richard Lou The Last Child in the Woods Vitamin N (Nature)  Tom Brown's Tracker School in New Jersey Australia's first Independent Wilderness Studies Program Claire's one-year self-initiated deep nature immersion The sacred order of survival Bill Plotkin Claire's emergence from her immersion, and sharing the immersion experience with the world Nature's Apprentice Rewilding the Urban Soul - Claire Dunn My Year Without Matches Jon Young's Core Routines of Nature Common threads of people who come to Claire for instruction What is a vision quest?  The urgency of climate change Bringing back the species of the wild human Active Hope by Joanna Macy and Chris Johnstone Connect with Claire: Her website, naturesapprentice.com.au/ Claire's Books: Rewilding the Urban Soul My Year Without Matches Follow her on Instagram @_natures_apprentice_ Claire's Facebook About Lady Farmer: Our Website @weareladyfarmer on Instagram Join The Lady Farmer ALMANAC Leave us a voicemail! Call 443-459-1950 and ask a question or share what the good dirt means to you! Email us at thegooddirtpodcast@gmail.com Get 15% off your order of all-natural plant fertilizers from BIOS Nutrients with the code LADYFARMER15. Original music by John Kingsley. The Good Dirt podcast is edited and engineered by Aleksandra van der Westhuizen and produced by Mary Ball. Statements in this podcast have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration and are not to be considered as medical or nutritional advice. This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease, and should not be considered above the advice of your physician. Consult a medical professional when making dietary or lifestyle decisions that could affect your health and well being.
Nov 04, 2022
115. Creating Sustainability in the Death Care Industry with Tom Harries of Earth Funeral
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Our guest today is Tom Harries, co-founder and CEO of Earth™, a sustainable funeral brand specializing in soil transformation. So what is soil transformation, and what does it have to do with death care and burial? What does it share in common with the green burial movement —and how is it different?  Tom has been innovating in the funeral industry for almost a decade, and in this conversation he tells us not only about this carbon-neutral alternative to burial or cremation, but also about how his company is providing ways to reimagine funerals, providing a more sustainable and modern alternative to all aspects of conventional death care. Topics covered; Join the ALMANAC for fall! Tom's entry into the death care industry Making funeral service sustainable Traditional death care practices From funeral logistics to soil transformation  What is soil transformation, the process and how it differs from cremation and burial Building a 21st-century experience in death care How does soil transformation differ from green burial? The issue of land availability for human body disposition The results of soil transformation, what is the quality of the soil from the human remains? Goals for Earth™ The cost of soil transformation relative to cremation and other current death care practices  Preplanning for death care Legalization of the soil transformation process Our conversation with Heidi Hannapel about Green Burial Connect with Tom: The Earth Funeral website: https://earthfuneral.com/ On Instagram @earth_funeral On Facebook @joinearth About Lady Farmer: Our Website @weareladyfarmer on Instagram Join The Lady Farmer ALMANAC Leave us a voicemail! Call 443-459-1950 and ask a question or share what the good dirt means to you! Email us at thegooddirtpodcast@gmail.com Get 15% off your order of all-natural plant fertilizers from BIOS Nutrients with the code LADYFARMER15. Original music by John Kingsley. The Good Dirt podcast is edited and engineered by Aleksandra van der Westhuizen and produced by Mary Ball. Statements in this podcast have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration and are not to be considered as medical or nutritional advice. This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease, and should not be considered above the advice of your physician. Consult a medical professional when making dietary or lifestyle decisions that could affect your health and well being.
Oct 28, 2022
Slow Living Through the Seasons Halloween Edition with Mary and Emma
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Join Mary and Emma as they discuss a slow living Halloween, the second largest consumer season in the US. From the ancient traditions of the Celtic Samhain celebrations, to the modern day spook fest that dominates this time of year, you'll hear how you can embrace the special beauty and magic of nature during this time, letting go of much of the waste and frenzy but keeping all of the fun! Things Mentioned: Zero Waste Candy Alternatives The Scariest Thing About Halloween is the Plastic Waste National Retail Federation Prediction for Halloween Spending in 2022 About Lady Farmer: Our Website @weareladyfarmer on Instagram Join The Lady Farmer ALMANAC Leave us a voicemail! Call 443-459-1950 and ask a question or share what the good dirt means to you! Email us at thegooddirtpodcast@gmail.com Get 15% off your order of all-natural plant fertilizers from BIOS Nutrients with the code LADYFARMER15. Original music by John Kingsley. The Good Dirt podcast is edited and engineered by Aleksandra van der Westhuizen and produced by Mary Ball. The Good Dirt is a part of the Connectd Podcasts Network. Statements in this podcast have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration and are not to be considered as medical or nutritional advice. This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease, and should not be considered above the advice of your physician. Consult a medical professional when making dietary or lifestyle decisions that could affect your health and well being.
Oct 24, 2022
114. Stop Landscaping and Start Lifescaping: Regenerative Gardening with Monique Allen of The Garden Continuum
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Today’s guest is Monique Allen, CEO and Creative Director of The Garden Continuum, a landscaping design company that brings the principles of regenerative agriculture to ornamental gardening. The central work of The Garden Continuum is to create outdoor living spaces, both public and private, that draw people out into those spaces and begin to build that reconnection with nature.  In this episode, you’ll hear how Monique's approach infuses life back into systems and landscapes that have been abused by degenerative practices. You'll hear her explain the difference in a landscape as something pretty to look at, compared with what she calls a “life scape,” or a space that calls you in and actually asks you to interact with nature in an active and participatory way. You’ll also hear about her book, Stop Landscaping, Start Lifescaping.  Through regenerative gardening, Monique breathes new life into the soil, and through her personalized landscape business coaching she helps clients build a high-integrity business reflecting care for the entire earth community. Topics Discussed: Monique's journey as a landscape gardener to regenerative ornamental gardening Ornamental gardening means we aren't growing for food   Monique's central work is to draw people outdoors and reconnect them with nature The Lifescape method Straw Hat Park and Pocket Parks Creating a sense of place The Japanese practice of Shinto  How Monique applied regenerative farming practices to her ornamental garden designs and her business Finding inspiration for her book project Operating a hyperlocal business The pricing challenge of regenerative landscaping/ incremental investing Biochar A discussion of tilling How to prepare the soil for a garden How gardens change people and their lives Regeneration for entrepreneurs Monique's ideas about slow living and good dirt Monique's Book, Stop Landscaping, Start LifeScaping Connect with Monique: Monique's Website, thegardencontinuum.com/ On Instagram @thegardencontinuum Monique's Book, Stop Landscaping, Start LifeScaping About Lady Farmer: Our Website @weareladyfarmer on Instagram Join The Lady Farmer ALMANAC Leave us a voicemail! Call 443-459-1950 and ask a question or share what the good dirt means to you! Email us at thegooddirtpodcast@gmail.com Get 15% off your order of all-natural plant fertilizers from BIOS Nutrients with the code LADYFARMER15. Original music by John Kingsley. The Good Dirt podcast is edited and engineered by Aleksandra van der Westhuizen and produced by Mary Ball. Statements in this podcast have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration and are not to be considered as medical or nutritional advice. This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease, and should not be considered above the advice of your physician. Consult a medical professional when making dietary or lifestyle decisions that could affect your health and well being.
Oct 21, 2022
113. Common Sense Sustainability with Jessie Stokes of The Tiny Yellow Bungalow
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Today’s guest is Jessie Stokes, founder and owner of The Tiny Yellow Bungalow Shop. What started as an experimental blog in sustainability in the Spring of 2015 has become an online, eco-conscious one-stop source for natural and sustainably produced items for your daily needs. Jessie puts a lot of work and research into providing products that are free of plastics, pollutants, toxins, and wasteful packaging.  In this conversation we talk about the conundrum of selling the idea of sustainability without promoting more consumerism, issues with greenwashing, the problem with buzzwords like "zero waste" and "plant-based", and the driving force of convenience as a selling point. Jessie is passionate about her mission and eager to encourage others in their sustainability journey. She’s also a young mom, and has advice for others in making life decisions that require a different approach to sustainability. Stick around for what she has to say about cloth diapering!  Topics Discussed: Pawpaws are here! Earthy Delights Autumn Ice Cream recipes in The ALMANAC Natural Dyeing, Botanical Colors Why Jessie started a sustainable shop The conundrum of selling sustainable items/encouraging purchases How making small changes can encourage people to go further Finding appropriate products for the store Working on sustainability within a broken system Encouraging others that they don't have to be perfect Bringing the issues to a dialogue  Sustainability was the norm not that long ago Compostable as greenwashing Marketing words used around sustainability Convenience as a factor in decision making Cloth diapering Connect with Jessie: Tiny Yellow Bungalow online shop On Instagram @tinyyellowbungalow About Lady Farmer: Lady Farmer is a sustainable apparel and lifestyle brand, with education around sustainability and slow living at the forefront of our mission. Lady Farmer is proud to produce The Good Dirt podcast, along with the Lady Farmer Marketplace and our online community, The ALMANAC. Our Website @weareladyfarmer on Instagram Join The Lady Farmer ALMANAC Leave us a voicemail! Call 443-459-1950 and ask a question or tell us what the good dirt means to you. Email us at thegooddirtpodcast@gmail.com Support your Good Dirt at home with BIOS Nutrients! Listeners of The Good Dirt podcast can enjoy 15% off BIOS Nutrients organic, natural fertilizers using the code LADYFARMER15 at checkout. Original music by John Kingsley @jkingsley1026 Statements in this podcast have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration and are not to be considered as medical or nutritional advice. This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease, and should not be considered above the advice of your physician. Consult a medical professional when making dietary or lifestyle decisions that could affect your health and well being.
Oct 14, 2022
112. Living the Nature Connection with Becky O Cole, Regenerative Farmer, Forager and Folk Herbalist
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Today we're talking to Becky Cole, regenerative farmer, gardener, folk herbalist, forager and mother. Becky runs Broughgammon Farm with her husband Charlie in Northern Ireland. She became interested in natural living when she became burnt out from city life and went on a journey to discover slow living and nature connections. In this conversation, we talk about the health crises which lead Becky to reevaluate her lifestyle, her background in the fashion industry, the regenerative ethos and practices of Broughgammon farm, and her practice and teachings of foraging and herbalism. You can find Becky every month on BBC Radio 2 and her popular podcast, Nature & Nourish. She teaches workshops online & on the farm. Her first book The Garden Apothecary was released in 2022 with Hardie Grant and she runs monthly nature connection circles on her Patreon page, The Rooted Connection. Topics Covered: Becky's background in the fashion industry How a health crisis guided her back to nature Fashion in the UK Fashion brands mentioned: Country Clothing Dubarry of Ireland Cabbages and Roses Hunter Boots Becky's fashion ethics The environmental ethos of Broughgammon Farm Closing the waste loops in the food chain at Broughgammon Farm, and how they make use of by-products. Billy Burgers Ethically raised veal The Garden Apothecary by Becky O Cole  Foraging and Herbalism Fear of Nature Farming as a lifestyle A leisurely discussion of slow living Common Herbs for Natural Health by Juliette de Bairacli Levy Four Thousand Weeks: Time Management for Mortals by Oliver Burkeman Connect with Becky: On Instagram, @beckyocole Becky's Website, beckyocole.com Becky's Patreon, The Rooted Community Nature & Nourish Podcast Broughgammon Farm on Instagram About Lady Farmer: Lady Farmer is a sustainable apparel and lifestyle brand, with education around sustainability and sustainable living at the forefront of our mission. Lady Farmer is proud to produce The Good Dirt podcast. Our Website @weareladyfarmer on Instagram Join The Lady Farmer ALMANAC Leave us a voicemail! Call 443-459-1950 and ask a question or tell us what the good dirt means to you. Email us at thegooddirtpodcast@gmail.com Support your Good Dirt at home with BIOS Nutrients! Listeners of The Good Dirt podcast can enjoy 15% off BIOS Nutrients organic, natural fertilizers using the code LADYFARMER15 at checkout. Original music by John Kingsley @jkingsley1026 Statements in this podcast have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration and are not to be considered as medical or nutritional advice. This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease, and should not be considered above the advice of your physician. Consult a medical professional when making dietary or lifestyle decisions that could affect your health and well being. Mentioned in this episode: BIOS Ad BIOS Natural Plant Fertilizer - LADYFARMER15 for 15% off BIOS Affiliate Link
Oct 07, 2022
111. Soul and Soil: How Good Dirt is Essential for Thriving Plants and Humans with Aaron Deacon of BIOS Nutrients
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Today we are talking to Aaron Deacon, creator of BIOS Nutrients, a natural plant fertilizer that provides natural alternatives to chemical fertilizers & pesticides for indoor plants, gardens, and farms.  Aaron’s story is truly one of curiosity, passion, and drive to find a solution for something he cares very much about, which is soil health and thriving plants. His fertilizers and pesticides are made with all-natural, organic ingredients to keep your soil & plants free of harmful chemicals, handmade with love and care.  All batches are lab tested to ensure you're getting the best for your indoor plants, gardens, or farms. In this conversation, we talk not only about soil science but also about the spiritual and metaphorical aspects of our human relationship to healthy soil and how good dirt is key to all life on the planet. We are excited about Aaron's work and his product, and pleased to welcome Bios Nutrients to Lady Farmer as an affiliate partner! Topics Covered: Aaron's background growing cannabis, and discovering life in the soil Korean Natural Farming and utilizing fermentation for soil health Natural vs Synthetic How to use the BIOS products Nourishing your indoor plants Our human connection to soil biology Aaron's learning curve in soil microbiology Creating the natural fertilizer, leaning into nature and intuition, creating a balance of microbes Aaron's basement operation The challenge of educating people regarding life in the soil Positive testimonials The importance of educating children in soil biology How to Do Nothing by Jenny O'Dell Connect with Aaron: BIOS Nutrients website - use the code LADYFARMER15 for 15% off! On Instagram @biosnutrients On TikTok @biosnutrients About Lady Farmer: Lady Farmer is a sustainable apparel and lifestyle brand, with education around sustainability and sustainable living at the forefront of our mission. Lady Farmer is proud to produce The Good Dirt podcast. Our Website @weareladyfarmer on Instagram Join The Lady Farmer ALMANAC Leave us a voicemail! Call 443-459-1950 and ask a question or tell us what the good dirt means to you. Email us at thegooddirtpodcast@gmail.com Support your Good Dirt at home with BIOS Nutrients! Listeners of The Good Dirt podcast can enjoy 15% off BIOS Nutrients organic, natural fertilizers using the code LADYFARMER15 at checkout. Original music by John Kingsley @jkingsley1026 Statements in this podcast have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration and are not to be considered as medical or nutritional advice. This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease, and should not be considered above the advice of your physician. Consult a medical professional when making dietary or lifestyle decisions that could affect your health and well being. Mentioned in this episode: BIOS Ad BIOS Natural Plant Fertilizer - LADYFARMER15 for 15% off BIOS Affiliate Link
Sep 30, 2022
110. Designing the Life of Your Dreams in a Consumer Culture with Stephanie O'Dea of The Slow Living Podcast
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Our guest today is Stephanie O’Dea, a New York Times best-selling author, a certified life coach, and the host of The Slow Living Podcast. Stephanie specializes in long-term goal planning for her clients to live out the life they’ve always wanted — the one they’ve always dreamt about. She asks, what if you could truly “have it all?” What if you could design the life of your dreams and then live it out, in Real Time? What started as an idea for a way to stay home with her kids became her blog, A Year of Slow Cooking, a website and TV appearances, book contracts, life coaching, and more recently, The Slow Living Podcast. Tune in to hear how Stephanie has evolved a life that remains true to her core desires in her life, and how she is guiding others in doing the same.  We talk about topics such as... Fall Season inside The ALMANAC How Stephanie's project "A Year of Slow Cooking" led to "The Slow Living Podcast" and life coaching Amy Dufault on The Good Dirt Living "On Purpose" A discussion about the Instant Pot Marketing and Societal pressures affecting our consumer behaviors The Peace Pyramid "Miracle Morning" by Hal Elrod FOMO= "Figure Only Myself Out" Screen boundaries for kids Our Town Connect with Stephanie: Stephanie's Website, stephanieodea.com Podcast - Slow Living with Stephanie O'Dea Slow Living with Stephanie O'Dea - Apple Podcasts Stephanie's Books On Instagram @stephanieodea About Lady Farmer: Lady Farmer is a sustainable apparel and lifestyle brand, with education around sustainability and sustainable living at the forefront of our mission. Lady Farmer is proud to produce The Good Dirt podcast. Our Website @weareladyfarmer on Instagram Join The Lady Farmer ALMANAC Leave us a voicemail! Call 443-459-1950 and ask a question or tell us what the good dirt means to you. Email us at thegooddirtpodcast@gmail.com Support your Good Dirt at home with BIOS Nutrients! Listeners of The Good Dirt podcast can enjoy 15% off BIOS Nutrients organic, natural fertilizers using the code LADYFARMER15 at checkout. Original music by John Kingsley @jkingsley1026 Statements in this podcast have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration and are not to be considered as medical or nutritional advice. This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease, and should not be considered above the advice of your physician. Consult a medical professional when making dietary or lifestyle decisions that could affect your health and well being. Mentioned in this episode: BIOS Ad BIOS Natural Plant Fertilizer - LADYFARMER15 for 15% off BIOS Affiliate Link
Sep 23, 2022
109. Beyond Sustainability: Creating a Regenerative Supply Chain with Janessa Leone
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Our guests today are Janessa Leone, founder of the sustainable luxury brand Janessa Leoné, and Rachel Cantu, supply chain and sustainability advisor, and founder of Simplify and Grow Business Consulting. The Janessa Leone brand is bringing the healing potential of regenerative agriculture and rethinking our global textile supply chain. Janessa Leoné makes beautiful, thoughtful products with impact in mind–hats, accessories and knits. Since launching in 2013– the company has emerged as a leader in sustainability, releasing earlier this year, the first collection of carbon-negative sweaters to be made entirely in the USA  We cover a lot of ground in this conversation, including... how sustainability and luxury pair together Janessa's personal journey in this space–and what has motivated her to pivot her business in this way  the tensions around sustainability in the fashion industry  how regenerative business can heal ecosystems  how to measure impact, and how to share that impact to educate and empower customers Topics Covered & Links: Victory Chimes Windjammer Tour Join the ALMANAC for Fall! Establishing a regenerative clothing brand Creating transparent supply chains from scratch Rachel Cantu's business, Simplify + Grow Regeneration vs . sustainability What is Regenerative? Janessa's journey with chronic health issues and her discovery of regenerative agriculture Quantifying carbon impact How Janessa's personal journey evolved her business What makes wool special Our conversation with Sheep Inc's Edzard Van Der Wyck Rambouillet sheep and wool How the regenerative ranch co-op works Textile Exchange - leading organization in terms of standards development Responsible Wool Standard Shaniko Wool Co in Oregon Rachel's experience with large brands, pros and cons of large and small scale production Janessa's Leone's highest priorities as a company Luxury and Sustainability Connect with Janessa and Rachel: The Janessa Leone Website: janessaleone.com/ On Instagram @janessaleone Simplify + Grow Consulting by Rachel Cantu About Lady Farmer: Lady Farmer is a sustainable apparel and lifestyle brand, with education around sustainability and sustainable living at the forefront of our mission. Lady Farmer is proud to produce The Good Dirt podcast. Our Website @weareladyfarmer on Instagram Join The Lady Farmer ALMANAC Leave us a voicemail! Call 443-459-1950 and ask a question or tell us what the good dirt means to you. Email us at thegooddirtpodcast@gmail.com Support your Good Dirt at home with BIOS Nutrients! Listeners of The Good Dirt podcast can enjoy 15% off BIOS Nutrients organic, natural fertilizers using the code LADYFARMER15 at checkout. Original music by John Kingsley @jkingsley1026 Statements in this podcast have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration and are not to be considered as medical or nutritional advice. This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease, and should not be considered above the advice of your physician. Consult a medical professional when making dietary or lifestyle decisions that could affect your health and well being.
Sep 16, 2022
108. Food Sovereignty, Community and Culture with Food Justice Advocate April Jones
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Our guest today is April Jones, founder of the Pinehurst farmer's market in Columbia, South Carolina and an advocate for the food justice and food sovereignty movement.  April is a writer, a public speaker, a blogger, a recipe developer book reviewer, and is passionate about community gardens and farmer's markets. She contributes content to her blog, Frolicking Americana, and to numerous publications, including Mother Earth News, Country Lore, The Natural Farmer, The Agrarian Trust, Cornucopia Institute, and Farmer's Market Coalition. April's work is in creating a resilient food system, farmer's markets and creating community change around food. Some of the topics covered in this conversation include food apartheid as opposed to food justice and food sovereignty, the value of farmer's markets in community and culture, soil mitigation, bringing civility into our communities, and how food reflects value systems. Listen to the episode on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Podchaser, Podtail, Youtube, or on your favorite podcast platform.  Topics Covered: Beginning of Pinehurst Farmer's Market Food Apartheid/ food deserts Food Justice and Food Sovereignty How the farmer's market benefits the community Farmer's Markets as a reflection of local culture Soil mitigation Bringing resources to communities Educating for food sovereignty Civility in our communities Value systems reflected through food Resources Mentioned: Baker Creek Seed Company Angus King Ari Shapiro (NPR) Laura Ingalls Wilder Agrarian Trust (VA) Native Indigenous Conference (MN) Connect with April: @pinehurstfarmersmarket on Facebook April's Blog, Frolicking Americana About Lady Farmer: Lady Farmer is a sustainable apparel and lifestyle brand, with education around sustainability and sustainable living at the forefront of our mission. Lady Farmer is proud to produce The Good Dirt podcast. Our Website @weareladyfarmer on Instagram Join The Lady Farmer ALMANAC Leave us a voicemail! Call 443-459-1950 and ask a question or tell us what the good dirt means to you. Email us at thegooddirtpodcast@gmail.com Support your Good Dirt at home with BIOS Nutrients! Listeners of The Good Dirt podcast can enjoy 15% off BIOS Nutrients organic, natural fertilizers using the code LADYFARMER15 at checkout. Original music by John Kingsley @jkingsley1026 Statements in this podcast have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration and are not to be considered as medical or nutritional advice. This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease, and should not be considered above the advice of your physician. Consult a medical professional when making dietary or lifestyle decisions that could affect your health and well being.
Sep 09, 2022
107. The Lost Art of Self-Reliant Living with Kris Bordessa of Attainable Sustainable
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In this episode, we talk about growing food in small spaces and food preservation, regional foods, and the benefits of a front yard garden. Our guest for this episode is Kris Bordessa, a long-time gardener, certified Master Food Preserver, and award-winning book author. Kris lives in Hawaii, and is learning to grow food in a climate that’s vastly different from where she grew up. She loves helping people learn that they can provide for themselves, from producing food to cooking at home. Kris's most recent book is Attainable Sustainable: The Lost Art of Self-Reliant Living (National Geographic). She’s the founder of the site by the same name, Attainable Sustainable (attainable-sustainable.net), where she writes about food from the ground up, covering gardening, recipes, food preservation, and green(er) living.  In this conversation, we talk about the food supply in Hawaii, growing food in small spaces and food preservation, regional foods (the strawberry guava, for example) and the benefits of a front yard garden. We even get a sneak peek at Kris's next book on how to make your own staples. Be the first to hear about it here! Topics discussed: A cautionary tale about garden grafting from The New Yorker, May 1965  The food supply situation in Hawaii Kris's book, Attainable Sustainable Nemo the pig Growing food in small spaces Single harvest vs. cut-and-come-again crops Growing and preserving food in Hawaii Strawberry Guava Fermenting as a preservation technique The front yard garden Kris's course on container gardening What does sustainability mean to Kris? Creating staples from scratch  Connect with Kris On Instagram @attainablesustainable Buy Kris' book, Attainable Sustainable Kris' website and blog, attainable-sustainable.net About Lady Farmer: Lady Farmer is a sustainable apparel and lifestyle brand, with education around sustainability and sustainable living at the forefront of our mission. Lady Farmer is proud to produce The Good Dirt podcast. Our Website @weareladyfarmer on Instagram Join The Lady Farmer ALMANAC Leave us a voicemail! Call 443-459-1950 and ask a question or tell us what the good dirt means to you. Email us at thegooddirtpodcast@gmail.com Support your Good Dirt at home with BIOS Nutrients! Listeners of The Good Dirt podcast can enjoy 15% off BIOS Nutrients organic, natural fertilizers using the code LADYFARMER15 at checkout. Original music by John Kingsley @jkingsley1026 Statements in this podcast have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration and are not to be considered as medical or nutritional advice. This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease, and should not be considered above the advice of your physician. Consult a medical professional when making dietary or lifestyle decisions that could affect your health and well being.
Sep 02, 2022
106. Finding Foodways: History, Culture and Cuisine with Ellen Letourneau and Claudia Kousoulas
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Learn how a region's foodways can be one of the most fascinating tell the history and culture of a specific time and place. If you're interested in food, development and land use planning, and stories, this episode is for you! Claudia Kousoulas and Ellen Letourneau are the co-authors of A Culinary History of Montgomery County, Maryland. This is the second book in which they have explored the food heritage of Montgomery County, the first being Bread and Beauty: A Year in Montgomery County’s Agricultural Reserve, which is full of beautiful photographs and wonderful recipes representing our region. Their current book is all about how the history of our area is tied in with food. In terms of where you live, looking at food history is a way of looking at how your culture and community have evolved over time. During this conversation, we hear lots of stories about the people and foodways of this region. We also talk about the history of Montgomery County and the Agricultural Preserve, the heritage of indigenous people in the region, development and land use planning, supply chain issues, and more.  Topics Covered and Links: Bread and Beauty A Culinary History of Montgomery County, Maryland. Montgomery County Agricultural Reserve Eating as a Political Act Caroline Taylor on The Good Dirt Supply Chain Issues Tony Cohen on The Good Dirt Button Farm Living History Center Glen Echo Park Culinary Historians of Washington The Seneca Quarry The C and O Canal The Capital Crescent Trail TDR's or Transferable Development Rights Indigenous People of this Region Chataqua Movement Montgomery County Farm Women's Cooperative Bill Marriott and Hot Shoppes in D.C. Josiah Henson Museum Connect with Ellen and Claudia: On Facebook @mococulinaryhistory Buy the Book, A Culinary History of Montgomery County, Maryland. About Lady Farmer: Lady Farmer is a sustainable apparel and lifestyle brand, with education around sustainability and sustainable living at the forefront of our mission. Lady Farmer is proud to produce The Good Dirt podcast. Our Website @weareladyfarmer on Instagram Join The Lady Farmer ALMANAC Leave us a voicemail! Call 443-459-1950 and ask a question or tell us what the good dirt means to you. Email us at thegooddirtpodcast@gmail.com Support your Good Dirt at home with BIOS Nutrients! Listeners of The Good Dirt podcast can enjoy 15% off BIOS Nutrients organic, natural fertilizers using the code LADYFARMER15 at checkout. Original music by John Kingsley @jkingsley1026 Statements in this podcast have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration and are not to be considered as medical or nutritional advice. This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease, and should not be considered above the advice of your physician. Consult a medical professional when making dietary or lifestyle decisions that could affect your health and well being.
Aug 26, 2022
Mary & Emma Chat: How to Make Back-to-School More Sustainable
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What aspects of the back-to-school season are tapping into core memory making, and how much is just consumer hype? Listen in as Mary & Emma peel away the marketing from the emotion, and discuss ideas for reframing this season in a more sustainable way for kids AND parents. Things Mentioned: Michael Pollan, author of In Defense of Food - An Eater's Manifesto Lady Farmer Marketplace Wool Lunchbox Jute Sandwich Bag Jackalo Clothing About Lady Farmer: Lady Farmer is a sustainable apparel and lifestyle brand, with education around sustainability and sustainable living at the forefront of our mission. Lady Farmer is proud to produce The Good Dirt podcast. Our Website @weareladyfarmer on Instagram Join The Lady Farmer ALMANAC Leave us a voicemail! Call 443-459-1950 and ask a question or tell us what the good dirt means to you. Email us at thegooddirtpodcast@gmail.com Support your Good Dirt at home with BIOS Nutrients! Listeners of The Good Dirt podcast can enjoy 15% off BIOS Nutrients organic, natural fertilizers using the code LADYFARMER15 at checkout. Original music by John Kingsley @jkingsley1026 Statements in this podcast have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration and are not to be considered as medical or nutritional advice. This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease, and should not be considered above the advice of your physician. Consult a medical professional when making dietary or lifestyle decisions that could affect your health and well being.
Aug 23, 2022
105. Quilting a Slow Life with Sara Buscaglia of Farm and Folk
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Sara Buscaglia is the creator of Farm and Folk, which is a fusion of her work as both sustainable organic farmer and folk textile artist. Sara believes that the magic and alchemy of farming and art are one and the same, and her passion for transferring natural color to natural fibers is a fascination that only grows stronger as the years roll by. In this conversation we talk about how Sara came to be an organic farmer, her evolution as an artist, her quilting practice and shared thoughts on social media and consumerism. Join us to hear the inspiring story of Sara's slow living journey and the decisions that have influenced her family's intentional lifestyle. Topics Covered: Finding farming as a lifestyle Sara's evolution as a fabric artist What is folk art?  The early years of CSA's The intersection of farming and art Their experience hemp farming Sarah's quilting journey and practice Sara's upcoming book project with Abrams Sara's Instagram practice Consumerism culture, and raising children within it Resources Mentioned: Indian Runner Ducks Marlee Grace Interview Cookie Washington Interview Noco Hemp Expo Farm and Folk Logo Design, @Untodust Connect with Farm & Folk On Instagram @farmandfolk Sara's website and online shop: https://www.farmandfolk.com/ About Lady Farmer: Lady Farmer is a sustainable apparel and lifestyle brand, with education around sustainability and sustainable living at the forefront of our mission. Lady Farmer is proud to produce The Good Dirt podcast. Our Website @weareladyfarmer on Instagram Join The Lady Farmer ALMANAC Leave us a voicemail! Call 443-459-1950 and ask a question or tell us what the good dirt means to you. Email us at thegooddirtpodcast@gmail.com Support your Good Dirt at home with BIOS Nutrients! Listeners of The Good Dirt podcast can enjoy 15% off BIOS Nutrients organic, natural fertilizers using the code LADYFARMER15 at checkout. Original music by John Kingsley @jkingsley1026 Statements in this podcast have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration and are not to be considered as medical or nutritional advice. This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease, and should not be considered above the advice of your physician. Consult a medical professional when making dietary or lifestyle decisions that could affect your health and well being.
Aug 19, 2022
104. Linen: The Once and Future Crop for an American Textile Economy with Heidi Barr and Emma DeLong of the PA Flax Project
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Today’s guests are Heidi Barr of Kitchen Garden Textiles and Emma de Long of Knee High Farm, who have joined forces in the Pennsylvania Flax Project, aiming to revitalize the flax for linen industry in their region for the benefit of both urban and rural communities. Their goals are to create an industry built on the principles of radical inclusion, environmental stewardship and social justice, and to create clean jobs across the industries of farming, milling, weaving, cut and sew manufacturing. Their story as a team begins on March 12, 2020 when the two met to have a conversation about a natural dye project. Their chat quickly turned into an enthusiastic musing about the possibilities of Pennsylvania grown linen and the Pa. Flax Project began. In this episode we chat about the history of linen in this country and the challenges of reinstating it as a viable domestic industry, creating connection in a globalized economy, and issues with product transparency and consumer awareness. Heidi and Emma are excited to expand their commitment to the local economy and textile supply chain, recognizing that local self reliance and choosing to produce natural fibers on regenerative farms is an important step towards a healthy future.  Topics Covered: The history of textile production in the US Heidi and Emma's journey to growing flax domestically The process of turning flax in to linen fiber How linen compares to other natural fibers, particularly hemp, and the impacts on our soils PA Flax Project's process to regionalize flax seed varieties Rethinking the wedding industry, and the desire for domestically-grown and sewn gowns Consumption culture and the influence of social media The next steps for PA Flax, and their crowdfunding goals Resources Mentioned: Magic Fashion Trade Show Chico Flax Episode Amy DuFault Episode Crowdfunding Campaign Connect with the PA Flax Project: Their Website: https://paflaxproject.com/ Square Yard Project Heidi's Company, Kitchen Garden Textiles Emma's Farm, Kneehigh Farm @paflaxproject on Instagram PA Flax Project on Go Fund Me About Lady Farmer: Lady Farmer is a sustainable apparel and lifestyle brand, with education around sustainability and sustainable living at the forefront of our mission. Lady Farmer is proud to produce The Good Dirt podcast. Our Website @weareladyfarmer on Instagram Join The Lady Farmer ALMANAC Leave us a voicemail! Call 443-459-1950 and ask a question or tell us what the good dirt means to you. Email us at thegooddirtpodcast@gmail.com Support your Good Dirt at home with BIOS Nutrients! Listeners of The Good Dirt podcast can enjoy 15% off BIOS Nutrients organic, natural fertilizers using the code LADYFARMER15 at checkout. Original music by John Kingsley @jkingsley1026 Statements in this podcast have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration and are not to be considered as medical or nutritional advice. This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease, and should not be considered above the advice of your physician. Consult a medical professional when making dietary or lifestyle decisions that could affect your health and well being.
Aug 12, 2022
103. Our Fermented Lives: Bridging the Gap Between Modern People and Historic Food with Julia Skinner of Root Kitchens
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In this episode, Mary and Emma are talking to Julia Skinner of Root: Historic Food for the Modern World. Root was born from Julia's deep love for community and a belief in the power of food to tell stories, connect us to place and to each other, and to build a bridge to the past. Julia's work is all about food, history, food stories, where it comes from and the people behind it. She loves fostering connections with other people and with the earth around us. Julia is especially interested in learning and teaching about fermentation, demonstrating to people the ease and accessibility of preparing delicious and healthy food using this ancient and powerful food preservation technique. Topics Covered: Exploring historic cookbooks Julia’s discovery of historical cooking traditions Types of fermentation she has explored How to start fermenting The growing popularity of traditional foods Shifting food interests during the pandemic Food Access Milk Kefir Food as medicine Resources Mentioned: Julia's website--Root Kitchens Our Fermented Lives. by Julia Skinner The English Housewife by Gervase Markham The Art of Fermentation by Sandor Katz Free99Fridge, Atlanta Umi Feeds Goodr Sowans Celtic Porridge The Fermentation School Son-Mat --(Korean) Hand taste, the unique quality and taste food has from an individual's touch, care, and experience; the way food tastes different when made by different people, often used to describe the taste of mom's cooking. Connect with Julia:  Root Kitchens Website: https://root-kitchens.com/ @rootkitchens on Instagram Julia's Books, Classes and Courses Root Kitchens Newsletter on Substack About Lady Farmer: Lady Farmer is a sustainable apparel and lifestyle brand, with education around sustainability and sustainable living at the forefront of our mission. Lady Farmer is proud to produce The Good Dirt podcast. Our Website @weareladyfarmer on Instagram Join The Lady Farmer ALMANAC Leave us a voicemail! Call 443-459-1950 and ask a question or tell us what the good dirt means to you. Email us at thegooddirtpodcast@gmail.com Support your Good Dirt at home with BIOS Nutrients! Listeners of The Good Dirt podcast can enjoy 15% off BIOS Nutrients organic, natural fertilizers using the code LADYFARMER15 at checkout. Original music by John Kingsley @jkingsley1026 Statements in this podcast have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration and are not to be considered as medical or nutritional advice. This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease, and should not be considered above the advice of your physician. Consult a medical professional when making dietary or lifestyle decisions that could affect your health and well being.
Aug 05, 2022
102. Carbon Negative and Climate Beneficial: The Future of Sustainable Apparel with Edzard van der Wyck of Sheep Inc.
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Edzard van der Wyck is the co-founder of Sheep Inc., a sustainable apparel company that creates carbon negative knitwear made from merino wool. Sheep Inc's revolutionary approach starts at the source - the farm! Their partnership with regenerative farms in New Zealand and innovative manufacturing processes allow them to maintain a carbon negative status from sheep to sweater. In this episode, we talk about the impact of the fashion industry on our climate, how Sheep Inc was born, why they chose to start at the raw materials, regenerative sheep wool farms and how they work, and why carbon neutral goals are not enough. We also discuss how we can collectively shift to a more sustainable economy as a whole, and Edzard's hope for what the future of purchasing looks like. Listen to the episode on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Podchaser, Podtail, Youtube, or on your favorite podcast platform. Topics Covered: The impact of the fashion industry on our climate Sheep Inc's innovative manufacturing process Regenerative sheep farming in New Zealand Why carbon neutral goals are not enough How Sheep Inc maintains its carbon negative status Sustainably dyeing their garments How Sheep Inc avoids waste or deadstock in their manufaturing The future of transparency and shopping sustainably How social pressure may have a role in a more sustainable future The true cost of fashion, and our perceived value of apparel The durability of natural fibers Why transparency is important, but may not be enough in the future Resources Mentioned:  Lady Farmer ALMANAC Membership ZQ Merino Connected Dot Sheep Inc’s Website: https://sheepinc.com/ On Instagram @sheepinc About Lady Farmer: Our Website @weareladyfarmer on Instagram Join The Lady Farmer ALMANAC Leave us a voicemail! Call 443-459-1950 and ask a question or share a shoutout. Email us at thegooddirtpodcast@gmail.com Original music by John Kingsley @jkingsley1026 Statements in this podcast have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration and are not to be considered as medical or nutritional advice. This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease, and should not be considered above the advice of your physician. Consult a medical professional when making dietary or lifestyle decisions that could affect your health and well being.
Jul 29, 2022
101. An Ecological Civilization for All with Andrew Schwartz of EcoCiv
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What does it mean for humans to live sustainably on the earth? Andrew Schwartz, Co-Founder and Executive Vice President of The Institute for Ecological Civilization, a non-profit promoting long-term solutions for the wellbeing of people and the planet, helps us pull apart that question. Andrew is also the Executive Director of the Center for Process Studies and Assistant Professor of Process and Comparative Theology at Claremont School of Theology. In this conversation, we’re talking about fundamental shifts in many of our most basic assumptions about our relationship with each other and the environment, and the role each of us plays in the way forward towards a worldwide, life-supporting community.   Listen to the episode on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Podchaser, Podtail, Youtube, or on your favorite podcast platform. Topics Covered: How Andrew came to his interest in ecology through religion How The Institute for Ecological Civilization came into being Explanation of The Institute for Ecological Civilization and its mission The Centrality of the Human Experience Genesis as a directive for the human role in the web of creation Deep Ecology Are we fighting for human survival or earth's survival? EcoCiv partners and programs Where are the solutions? Does change happen from within the system, outside the system or from the top down? Who is getting it right? Who do we support? Resources Mentioned:  Rose of Sharon Sacred Harp Hymn 254 Don Shiva David Corton Jeremy Lent Ishmael by Daniel Quinn Aspen Institute Philip Clayton John Cobb What is Ecological Civilization by Andrew Schwartz and Philip Clayton Claremont School of Theology Willamette University Water for South Sudan Wellbeing Economy Alliance Connect with Andrew and the Institute for Ecological Civilization: EcoCiv website: https://ecociv.org/ On Instagram @ecociv_ Listen to the EcoCiv Podcast About Lady Farmer: Lady Farmer is a sustainable apparel and lifestyle brand, with education around sustainability and sustainable living at the forefront of our mission. Lady Farmer is proud to produce The Good Dirt podcast. Our Website @weareladyfarmer on Instagram Join The Lady Farmer ALMANAC Leave us a voicemail! Call 443-459-1950 and ask a question or tell us what the good dirt means to you. Email us at thegooddirtpodcast@gmail.com Support your Good Dirt at home with BIOS Nutrients! Listeners of The Good Dirt podcast can enjoy 15% off BIOS Nutrients organic, natural fertilizers using the code LADYFARMER15 at checkout. Original music by John Kingsley @jkingsley1026 Statements in this podcast have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration and are not to be considered as medical or nutritional advice. This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease, and should not be considered above the advice of your physician. Consult a medical professional when making dietary or lifestyle decisions that could affect your health and well being.
Jul 22, 2022
100. 100th Episode Special! Thoughts, Reflections and Highlights from Past Episodes. What Does the Good Dirt Mean to You?
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"What does the good dirt mean to you?" Join Mary and Emma as they celebrate this 100th episode milestone by reflecting on the two and a half years of their podcasting journey and by highlighting several of their past guests answering this question. Things Mentioned: Our Episode with Sherri Powell “4,000 Weeks: Time Management for Mortals” by Oliver Burkeman Mary Oliver Poem - The Summer Day Featured Guests 27:11 - Amy DuFault, Episode 1 27:28 - Liz Kimball, Episode 40 28:43 - Rebecca Burgess, Episode 38 29:28 - Lynn Cassells, Episode 79 30:54 - Justin West, Episode 72 31:28 - Julia Watkins, Episode 12 & 83 33:10 - Jason Fowler, Episode 84 35:01 - Eliza Greenman, Episode 86 35:33 - Amanda Agricola, Episode 87 36:14 - Ryan Mitchell, Episode 77 35:35 - Lisa Mitchell, Episode 91 36:54 - Bex Partridge, Episode 94 38:45 - Doug Phillips of Conscious Clothing, Episode 90 39:10 - Melissa K. Norris, Episode 99 39:40  - Jesse Golden, Episode 81 40:20 - Megan Borukhovsky of Sister Nettle, Episode 83 41:13 - Tony Cohen, Juneteenth Bonus Episode (June 19, 2021) About Lady Farmer: Lady Farmer is a sustainable apparel and lifestyle brand, with education around sustainability and sustainable living at the forefront of our mission. Lady Farmer is proud to produce The Good Dirt podcast. Our Website @weareladyfarmer on Instagram Join The Lady Farmer ALMANAC Leave us a voicemail! Call 443-459-1950 and ask a question or tell us what the good dirt means to you. Email us at thegooddirtpodcast@gmail.com Support your Good Dirt at home with BIOS Nutrients! Listeners of The Good Dirt podcast can enjoy 15% off BIOS Nutrients organic, natural fertilizers using the code LADYFARMER15 at checkout. Original music by John Kingsley @jkingsley1026 Statements in this podcast have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration and are not to be considered as medical or nutritional advice. This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease, and should not be considered above the advice of your physician. Consult a medical professional when making dietary or lifestyle decisions that could affect your health and well being.
Jul 15, 2022
99. Modern Homesteading Made Accessible with Melissa K. Norris of Pioneering Today
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Want small, attainable steps you can take to begin your homesteading journey? Melissa K. Norris is a fifth-generation homesteader who believes in keeping the old ways alive and that food shouldn't come from a box. She lives on a 15-acre farm in Washington state with her husband and two children, and together they raise 100% of their own meat and a majority of the fruits and vegetables they consume in a year.  Melissa doubled-down on her homesteading journey after a chronic health issue caused her to look at the foods she was eating every day. She decided she could save money and be healthier if she grew and preserved her own food rather than purchasing pre-packaged food items. From this, she’s built a homesteading empire, with a podcast, multiple books, and an online education platform with over a thousand members.  Melissa's passion is to teach others the skills of the homesteading and simple life movement, no matter where you live. In this conversation, we talk about the concept of convenience and how it is used against us - especially in the food industry - as well as small, attainable steps you can take to begin your homesteading journey. Join us for this inspiring conversation!  Topics Covered: How Melissa healed her chronic health issues with food Food fads of the nineties Reframing what "convenience" means to you  Small steps to start homesteading How Melissa created the Pioneering Today Academy Herbalism and Natural Medicines Resources Mentioned: Cream of Chicken Soup Recipe | Melissa K Norris Blog Michael Pollan Books Pioneer Today Academy Sourdough Starter Tutorial  Homesteaders of America Conference Connect with Melissa: On Instagram @melissaknorris On Facebook @melissaknorris Melissa’s Youtube Channel Melissa’s Website: https://melissaknorris.com/ Pioneering Today Podcast Pioneer Today Academy About Lady Farmer: Lady Farmer is a sustainable apparel and lifestyle brand, with education around sustainability and sustainable living at the forefront of our mission. Lady Farmer is proud to produce The Good Dirt podcast. Our Website @weareladyfarmer on Instagram Join The Lady Farmer ALMANAC Leave us a voicemail! Call 443-459-1950 and ask a question or tell us what the good dirt means to you. Email us at thegooddirtpodcast@gmail.com Support your Good Dirt at home with BIOS Nutrients! Listeners of The Good Dirt podcast can enjoy 15% off BIOS Nutrients organic, natural fertilizers using the code LADYFARMER15 at checkout. Original music by John Kingsley @jkingsley1026 Statements in this podcast have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration and are not to be considered as medical or nutritional advice. This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease, and should not be considered above the advice of your physician. Consult a medical professional when making dietary or lifestyle decisions that could affect your health and well being.
Jul 08, 2022
98. Clothing with Soul: The Plant Dye Vibe with Allie Feldman and Sarah Arch of Rooted Botanics
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After observing the waste and unsustainable practices while working in the fashion industry, Sarah Arch and Allie Feldman decided to do something about it by starting Rooted Botanics, a fashion brand that gives ethically sourced vintage pieces new life through natural dyes. Both Sarah and Allie are dedicated to thoughtful sourcing, purposeful education about the history of natural dye, and creating beautiful garments while developing a business model designed to remain at a human scale. The relationships they have forged with plant dyes continue to advance a paradigm shift in the fashion industry - a shift that ultimately downplays harm and amplifies joy. Topics Covered: Discovering Natural Dyes Waste in the Fashion Industry Greenwashing and Microplastics Health Benefits of Natural Dyes and Fibers Embracing the Beauty and Unpredictability of Natural Dye Learning and Growing Into Slow Living Resources Mentioned:  Christie Dawn Podcast Episode Textiles 101: Fiber Content Maiwa natural dyes Connect with Rooted Botanics: https://rootedbotanics.com/  Instagram: @rootedbotanics About Lady Farmer: Lady Farmer is a sustainable apparel and lifestyle brand, with education around sustainability and sustainable living at the forefront of our mission. Lady Farmer is proud to produce The Good Dirt podcast. Our Website @weareladyfarmer on Instagram Join The Lady Farmer ALMANAC Leave us a voicemail! Call 443-459-1950 and ask a question or tell us what the good dirt means to you. Email us at thegooddirtpodcast@gmail.com Support your Good Dirt at home with BIOS Nutrients! Listeners of The Good Dirt podcast can enjoy 15% off BIOS Nutrients organic, natural fertilizers using the code LADYFARMER15 at checkout. Original music by John Kingsley @jkingsley1026 Statements in this podcast have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration and are not to be considered as medical or nutritional advice. This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease, and should not be considered above the advice of your physician. Consult a medical professional when making dietary or lifestyle decisions that could affect your health and well being.
Jul 01, 2022
97. Bringing the Magic and Power of Plants Into Your Life with Herbalist and Chef Spencre McGowan
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Herbalist, artist, and cookbook author Spencre McGowan tells us about her herbal allies and the ways that living in relationship with plants has shaped her slow living journey. After receiving informal training in cooking with herbs in Sweden and attending herb school in California, Spencre began exploring her own personal relationships to herbs through writing and creating zines, one of which became her first book (Blotto Botany, a guide to herbal infusions and cordials). Spencre is passionate about the accessibility of herbal medicine, and encourages listeners to get to know a few herbs personally, whether or not they have access to their own garden. She also advocates for the use of herbs within their cultural context. Her honesty about her slow living journey has gained her a large following on TikTok, where she works to share openly about the difficulties and joys of living closely with herbs and plants. Topics Covered: Self-Expression Through Zines Herbal Cordials and Infusions The Beauty of Tulsi, or Holy Basil Our Healing Relationships with Herbs Getting to Know Our Herbal Allies Cultural Responsibility In Herbalism TikTok and Slow Living Diverse Uses for Nettles Resources Mentioned:  Blotto Botany Forest + Home: Cultivating an Herbal Kitchen (Available for Pre-Order) Verdant Feasts Workshop Connect with Spencre McGowan: https://www.gingertooth.com/ Instagram: @gingertooth TikTok: @spencrelinnea About Lady Farmer: Our Website @weareladyfarmer on Instagram Join The Lady Farmer ALMANAC Leave us a voicemail! Call 443-459-1950 and ask a question or share a shoutout. Submissions throughout the month of June will be entered to win a Slow Living Consult with Mary and Emma!  Email us at thegooddirtpodcast@gmail.com Original music by John Kingsley @jkingsley1026 Statements in this podcast have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration and are not to be considered as medical or nutritional advice. This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease, and should not be considered above the advice of your physician. Consult a medical professional when making dietary or lifestyle decisions that could affect your health and well being.
Jun 24, 2022
96. Lessons from Life in Spain: Slow Food, Slow Living and Seasonal Eating with Chef Marti Buckley
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Marti Buckley captivates us as she portrays the rich culinary traditions of the Basque country of Spain, where slow living and seasonal eating are key ingredients to community life. Marti fell in love with Basque culture when she studied abroad in college, and has now lived in San Sebastian, Spain, for over ten years, where she has written two cookbooks about Basque cuisine. She hopes to give visibility to the little-known food, history, and culture of Basque country. Marti takes us on a journey through the way to eat in Basque country - from pintxos (similar to tapas) to dining societies, Basque traditions around eating provide inspiration and creativity to those of us looking for ways to slow down, eat closer to home, and delve deeply into community life. Topics Covered: Basque Culture and Cuisine The American Food Industry and the Myth of Convenience Slow Living and Long Lunches in Basque Country The Art of the Pintxo Connecting With Friends Through Traditional Basque DIning Societies Relearning Seasonal Eating Slow Living To Boost Nutrition and Well-Being Resources Mentioned:  Basque Country (Marti’s First Book)  Auxiliares Program Bottega Restaurant (Birmingham, AL) Connect with Marti Buckley:  https://www.travelcookeat.com/ Email: geauxmarti@msn.com Instagram:@martibuckley About Lady Farmer: Our Website @weareladyfarmer on Instagram Join The Lady Farmer ALMANAC Leave us a voicemail! Call 443-459-1950 and ask a question or share a shoutout. Submissions throughout the month of June will be entered to win a Slow Living Consult with Mary and Emma!  Email us at thegooddirtpodcast@gmail.com Original music by John Kingsley @jkingsley1026 Statements in this podcast have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration and are not to be considered as medical or nutritional advice. This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease, and should not be considered above the advice of your physician. Consult a medical professional when making dietary or lifestyle decisions that could affect your health and well being.
Jun 17, 2022
95. Consumer Empowerment: Data for Informed Purchasing with Lizzie Horvitz of Finch
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Lizzie Horvitz explores the subtleties and nuances of sustainability as she introduces us to Finch, a browser extension that rates products on their environmental and social impact as you shop online. Lizzie started Finch in order to empower customers to make informed, conscious choices as they consider the impact of what they buy. She is hopeful about the ways data and technology can address greenwashing and begin to shift our paradigm of unconscious over consumption. Influenced by the data she works with at Finch, Lizzie takes a pragmatic approach to sustainability, recognizing that there are no perfect solutions or simple answers when it comes to mitigating climate change, improving welfare for manufacturing workers, or shifting the standards to which we hold our products. She advocates for small, simple steps towards improved buying choices by providing the information that customers need to choose a sustainable life. Topics Covered: Decoding Sustainability with Data Choosing Progress Over Perfection The Nuances of What Makes A Product Sustainable Regenerative Agriculture and Alternatives to the Meat Industry Resources Mentioned:  Environmental Working Group Done Good Connect with Lizzie Horvitz: Finch Website Instagram @choosefinch Twitter @choosefinch or @lizzieh188 About Lady Farmer: Our Website @weareladyfarmer on Instagram Join The Lady Farmer ALMANAC Leave us a voicemail! Call 443-459-1950 and ask a question or share a shoutout. Submissions throughout the month of June will be entered to win a Slow Living Consult with Mary and Emma! The winner will be announced in our 100th episode. Email us at thegooddirtpodcast@gmail.com Original music by John Kingsley @jkingsley1026 Statements in this podcast have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration and are not to be considered as medical or nutritional advice. This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease, and should not be considered above the advice of your physician. Consult a medical professional when making dietary or lifestyle decisions that could affect your health and well being.
Jun 10, 2022
94. Seeking Sustainability in Life, Work and Dried Flower Design with Bex Partridge of Botanical Tales
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Despite her life being as busy as ever, Bex Partridge tells us about the ways it feels full of better, more fulfilling things since she made the shift from a corporate job to working as a full-time flower farmer and floral designer. Bex is the founder of Botanical Tales, a dried flower installation business based in Devon, England, where she provides beautiful, low-waste floral designs to her community from her own garden. Since moving to Devon, her family has enjoyed being part of a close-knit community which supports local makers and growers. She encourages listeners to trust the process as they seek to pursue a more sustainable lifestyle, and to remember that we are not separate from nature - we all come from the good dirt. Topics Covered: Planting by the Moon The Winding Road of the Lady Farmer Lifestyle Floral Artistry and Dried Flowers The Benefits of Local Flowers Floral Design and the Wedding Industry World Events as Catalysts for Paradigm Shifts Rethinking Slow Living as “Full Living” Our Interconnectedness with Nature Resources Mentioned:  Bex’s First Book: Everlastings Bex’s Upcoming Book (Available for Pre-Order): Flowers Forever Guest Info: Bex's Instagram: @botanical_tales Botanicaltales.com Patreon Follow Us: Our Website @weareladyfarmer on Instagram The Lady Farmer ALMANAC Original music by John Kingsley @jkingsley1026 Statements in this podcast have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration and are not to be considered as medical or nutritional advice. This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease, and should not be considered above the advice of your physician. Consult a medical professional when making dietary or lifestyle decisions that could affect your health and well being.
Jun 03, 2022
Mary & Emma Chat: Perspective on Greenwashing in Food, Fashion and Cleaning Products
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In this bonus episode, Mary and Emma chat about greenwashing in food, fashion and cleaning products. What do we mean by greenwashing, and how does an informed consumer know when a so-called "green" product is really better for the planet, or when they're being pulled in by marketing strategies that don't tell the whole story? Listen in and see what we have to say about it, and let us know what you think! Notes & Resources: Podcast Episode on Cotton with Mairin Wilson Email us at thegooddirtpodcast@gmail.com! Follow us on Instagram @weareladyfarmer Continue the conversation in our membership, The ALMANAC
May 31, 2022
93. Farm to Closet: The Role of Regenerative Cotton in the Sustainable Fashion Movement with Mairin Wilson of Christy Dawn
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Mairin Wilson talks about the ways that Christy Dawn, a dress company based in Los Angeles, California, is transcending sustainability and seeking to create garments that regenerate land, businesses, and communities from the soil up. Rather than being satisfied with a net-neutral outcome when it comes to their agricultural, manufacturing, and employment practices, Christy Dawn is working towards a positive impact through innovative fundraising campaigns, regenerative farming methods, and high standards for transparency throughout the entire process of making clothes. As the Director of Regenerative Practices at Christy Dawn, Mairin has the privilege of visiting and working alongside farm and textile partners in India who are returning to traditional methods of farming, printing, and dyeing cotton cloth. She loves the way her job allows her to connect with the abundant life present in healthy soil, and is excited to continue working towards increasingly positive outcomes through regenerative practices. Topics Covered: Rethinking Weeds Organic Cotton Regenerative Agriculture and the Fashion Industry Innovative Economic Practices in the Textile Industry The Dangers of Conventional Cotton Block Printing and Natural Dye Traditions Resources Mentioned:  Gardenkeeper Gus Oshadi Collective Christy Dawn’s Farm to Closet Collection Guest Info: Connect with Mairin Wilson and Christy Dawn Website: https://christydawn.com/ Instagram: @christydawn LinkedIn:  Mairin Wilson Follow Us: Our Website @weareladyfarmer on Instagram The Lady Farmer ALMANAC Original music by John Kingsley @jkingsley1026 Statements in this podcast have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration and are not to be considered as medical or nutritional advice. This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease, and should not be considered above the advice of your physician. Consult a medical professional when making dietary or lifestyle decisions that could affect your health and well being.
May 27, 2022
92. Soil and Skin, the Terroir of Slow Beauty with April Gargiulio of Vintner's Daughter
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April Gargiulo, founder of the skin-care company Vintner's Daughter, closes the loop between winemaking, soil health and sustainable skincare, as she tells the story of the slow beauty company she created to reflect her desire for quality, love for the earth, and production with an old-world mindset. April works from the foundation that fewer and better products are the remedy to a market built for overconsumption, and approaches skincare with the attitude of a winemaker: focusing on whole plants, active ingredients, quality sourcing, and soil health, resulting in a product made to an exacting standard of quality. For April, slow living means leaning into terroir, the unique flavor of a place that it carries due to the composition of the soil in which things are grown. Her intentionality and desire to engage with the details of the making process fuel her ability to serve her specific community, just as creators would have done in the pre-industrial age. Topics Covered: Slow Beauty Winemaking Holistic Skincare Routine Soil Health and Terroir from a Skincare Perspective Creating Products with a “Fewer, Better” Mindset Conscious Consumption Resources Mentioned:  Spirit Weavers Gathering Rosemary Gladstar Buddhist Economics Gargiulo Vineyards Guest Info: Connect with April Gargiulo Vintner’s Daughter Instagram @vintnersdaughter Follow Us: Our Website @weareladyfarmer on Instagram The Lady Farmer ALMANAC Original music by John Kingsley @jkingsley1026 Statements in this podcast have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration and are not to be considered as medical or nutritional advice. This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease, and should not be considered above the advice of your physician. Consult a medical professional when making dietary or lifestyle decisions that could affect your health and well being.
May 20, 2022
91. The Slow Living Shift: From Striving to Savoring with Fiber Farmer Lisa Mitchell
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Fiber farmer Lisa Mitchell encourages listeners to embrace a beginner’s mindset and connect to the earth through handwork and making as she tells us the story of her major life shift,  from striving for success as an art therapist in the suburbs, to slow living on a guanaco farm in the Pacific Northwest. Guanacos, the undomesticated ancestors of the alpaca, produce a unique and high-quality wool, but are often challenging to work with, and are not commonly farmed in the United States. In the absence of mentors and educational resources, Lisa and her husband set about spending significant time learning how to care for these special animals through experience, trial, and error, resulting in a fiber farm producing the highest quality wool on the market. Lisa seeks to “live with her hands” as she creates, and to practice making as an act of love - for the animals she lives alongside, for other people, and for the earth. Topics Covered: Seeking a different life Guanacos and Guanaco Wool Learning to Work with Natural Fibers Working with Natural Dye Embracing Beginner’s Mind Creating as an Act of Love Connecting with Reality Through Hand Work Resources Mentioned:  Black Sheep Gathering Guest Info: Lisa Mitchell's Website and Online Store, A Fiber Life Instagram: @afiberlife Podcast: https://afiberlife.com/podcast/ Follow Us: Our Website @weareladyfarmer on Instagram The Lady Farmer ALMANAC Original music by John Kingsley @jkingsley1026 Statements in this podcast have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration and are not to be considered as medical or nutritional advice. This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease, and should not be considered above the advice of your physician. Consult a medical professional when making dietary or lifestyle decisions that could affect your health and well being.
May 13, 2022
90. Attainable Sustainability with Stephanie Miller, Author of Zero Waste Living the 80/20 Way
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Learn about individual actions you can take to mitigate climate change and make sustainability attainable for everyone, with Stephanie Miller, author of Zero Waste Living the 80/20 Way and founder of Zero Waste in DC. Stephanie left her job as a climate change specialist for the World Bank in order to simplify her own life, confront the disconnect she felt between her life and her work, and to take personal steps toward sustainability. She now empowers others in her community to examine their waste practices and connect with local resources for low-waste living. Stephanie recognizes how paralyzing it can be to think about climate change, and encourages listeners to focus on what she calls the “magic three”: focus on food, ditching plastic, and recycling right, growing more confident and conscious with each choice. The joy and connection that result from low-waste living are paradigm shifting in themselves. Listen to the episode on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Podchaser, Podtail, or on your favorite podcast platform. Topics Covered: The 80/20 Way - Perfection is not the answer Sustainability in Food Choices The greenwashing of “plant-based.”  Sustainable meat production vs standard industrial CAFO operations The problem of food waste Purge Plastic / Easy Alternatives Recycle Right/ the problem of “Wish-Cycling” The community-building aspect of cultivating a more sustainable lifestyle Finding joy in sustainable living  Resources Mentioned:  Stephanie’s Book: Zero Waste Living the 80/20 Way Coining "dirt" to mean gossip: Ernest Hemingway in The Sun Also Rises Connect with Stephanie Miller: Zero Waste in DC Instagram @zerowasteindc Follow Lady Farmer: Our Website @weareladyfarmer on Instagram The Lady Farmer ALMANAC Original music by John Kingsley, @jkingsley1026 Statements in this podcast have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration and are not to be considered as medical or nutritional advice. This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease, and should not be considered above the advice of your physician. Consult a medical professional when making dietary or lifestyle decisions that could affect your health and well-being.
May 06, 2022
89. The Real Scoop on Sustainable Fashion: A Discussion for Producers and Consumers with Shannon Lohr of Factory 45
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Join us in this conversation about the ins and outs of sustainable fashion, how it has evolved over the last decade and where it might be headed. In this episode, Shannon Lohr, sustainable fashion expert and founder of Factory 45, discusses her own journey in apparel production and her subsequent launch of Factory 45 as an online business school for entrepreneurs launching ethical, sustainable fashion brands. Shannon teaches courses on the entire process of brand development, from fundraising and marketing to production and manufacturing. She seeks to educate and empower both consumers and business owners to make sustainable choices as they buy, sell, and manufacture, focusing on the major benefits of these choices rather than on fear or shame. Shannon believes that more conscious consumers lead to a brighter future. As customers gradually come to know their purchasing power and begin to think about the impact of their buying choices, the market evolves and shifts toward a more sustainable outcome. While it doesn’t happen all at once, Shannon urges us to trust the process and keep making positive choices every day. Listen to the episode on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Podchaser, Podtail, or on your favorite podcast platform. Topics Covered: Sustainable Fashion Ethical Fashion Supply Chain Textile Manufacturing Rana Plaza Collapse Fashion Revolution Week Resources Mentioned:  Factory 45 https://factory45.co/ The Crowdfunding Factory https://crowdfundingfactory.co/ Guest Info Connect with Shannon Lohr  http://www.shannonlohr.com/ Instagram: @factory45co Follow Us: Our Website @weareladyfarmer on Instagram Original music by John Kingsley @jkingsley1026 Statements in this podcast have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration and are not to be considered as medical or nutritional advice. This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease, and should not be considered above the advice of your physician. Consult a medical professional when making dietary or lifestyle decisions that could affect your health and well being.
Apr 29, 2022
88. Conscious Consumerism and Ethical Business with Rose and Doug Phillips of Conscious Clothing
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Challenge yourself to think a little deeper about what you buy with Rose and Doug Phillips of Conscious Clothing as they talk slow fashion, conscious consumption, staying authentic as business owners, and the “hearts and minds campaign,” encouraging consumers to delve into the impact of their purchasing power. Founded in Michigan in 2006, Conscious Clothing designs and creates beautiful, sustainable, and ethically sourced staple garments to complement a capsule wardrobe - all sewn in the USA.  Rose and Doug are not just passionate about sustainable clothing, but also cultivate opportunities for sustainable living through their business, creating systems that allow sewers to work on their own schedules at home and seeking authentic collaborations and relationships with like-minded companies. For them, the good dirt is all about those relationships: with others, with our purchases, and with the earth. Listen to the episode on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Podchaser, Podtail, or on your favorite podcast platform. Topics Covered: Slow Fashion Natural Fibers Conscious Consumerism Sustainable Fashion Slow Living Clothing Manufacturing Recycled Materials Microplastics Resources Mentioned:  Conscious Clothing https://www.consciousclothing.net/ “The True Cost” Documentary https://truecostmovie.com/ Guest Info Connect with Conscious Clothing Instagram: @consciousclothing Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/consciousclothing_/pins/ TikTok: @consciousclothing Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/consciousclothing5104 Follow Us: Our Website @weareladyfarmer on Instagram Original music by John Kingsley @jkingsley1026 Statements in this podcast have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration and are not to be considered as medical or nutritional advice. This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease, and should not be considered above the advice of your physician. Consult a medical professional when making dietary or lifestyle decisions that could affect your health and well being.
Apr 22, 2022
Mary & Emma Chat: Fashion Revolution Week Bonus Episode
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It’s #fashionrevolutionweek! We have a special bonus episode up for you today where we're chatting about our own personal stories regarding shopping, clothing, and the slow fashion journey. Tune in to listen to us chat about the ongoing fight against fast fashion, the beacon of hope that is slow living, and how to get in on the fashion revolution movement! Never miss an episode of The Good Dirt! Opt-in HERE to get a text from us whenever a new episode drops ✨ 🌿 Fashion Revolution Rana Plaza Collapse Our Website @weareladyfarmer on Instagram Original music by John Kingsley @jkingsley1026 Sowing seeds of slow living is our mantra at Lady Farmer. Simplifying our belongings, prioritizing good choices in food and clothing, and choosing sustainable habits wherever we can all have a positive impact on ourselves, our community and our planet.
Apr 19, 2022
87. Celebrating Heritage Breeds and Regenerative Farming with Photographer Aliza Eliazarov
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What do heritage livestock breeds have to do with sustainable and regenerative farming practices? For Aliza Eliazarov, photography was the discipline that helped her to confront the disconnect she felt with her relationship to her food sources and the land, and opened the door to the importance of preserving heritage breeds and supporting the regenerative farms that are raising them.  Join us as we talk with Aliza, author of “On the Farm” a photo book about heritage livestock breeds, about her stunning livestock portraiture, our shared love of animals, and the benefits of raising heritage and rare animal breeds in contrast with conventional farming practices.  Aliza’s livestock photography career began when she noticed chickens in a community garden in New York city and decided to start photographing them. Since then, she has made portraits of all kinds of farm animals, from ducks to bison. Her work takes animals out of the context of the farm, focusing on the animals themselves and giving the viewer the opportunity to consider the role that these animals might play in their lives. Aliza believes that slow living comes easier through the observation and companionship of animals. Listen to the episode on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Podchaser, Podtail, or on your favorite podcast platform. Topics Covered: Photography  Conservation  Preservation Heritage Breeds  Resources Mentioned:  Modern Farmer Magazine Tammy White Good Dirt Episode  Liz Riffle Good Dirt Episode  Angela Ferraro Fanning Good Dirt Episode  “On the Farm”, Aliza’s Book  “Best Dog Book”, In Production  Guest Info: Connect with Aliza Eliazarov at alizaeliazarov.com Instagram @aliza.eliazarov Facebook, Aliza Eliazarov Follow Us: Our Website @weareladyfarmer on Instagram The Lady Farmer ALMANAC Original music by John Kingsley @jkingsley1026 Statements in this podcast have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration and are not to be considered as medical or nutritional advice. This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease, and should not be considered above the advice of your physician. Consult a medical professional when making dietary or lifestyle decisions that could affect your health and well being.
Apr 15, 2022
86. Loving the World through Simple Living: Reevaluating our "Needs" with Danielle Alvarado of Sustainably Kind Living
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Learn to make space for what truly makes you happy using the power of refusal and conscious choice, with Danielle Alvarado of Sustainably Kind Living. Danielle’s educational online collective for the conscious consumer provides alternative resources to the harmful fast fashion, home, and beauty industries. Moved by the horrific stories she heard first hand from garment workers in Southeast Asia, Danielle found her calling by advocating for sustainable fashion and for a rejection of harmful and toxic industrial systems. After making the move to Italy to begin her family, Danielle found herself in a small Italian village where sustainable slow-living was simply the norm. Amazed by this new way of life and inspired by her experience in Asia, she began a blog to educate and advocate for a paradigm shift towards simple living. She now preaches about the power to bypass consumerism by asking, “What truly makes us happy?” and “What defines actual need?” Danielle knows that beneath all of the things we think we want, we are really longing for acceptance and connection back to each other and the Earth. She also knows that if we have the privilege to consider sustainable options, then we have the responsibility to select those options. Ultimately, she argues that slow living is, at its core, a call to show ourselves and the world greater empathy.   Listen to the episode on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Podchaser, Podtail, or on your favorite podcast platform. Please be advised, this episode contains mention of sexual assault and sexual violence.  Topics Covered: Sustainable Fashion  Consumer Culture  Fast Fashion  Child Labor  Social Inequality  Minimalism  Conscious Consumerism  Slow Fashion  Slow Living  Resources Mentioned:  Elizabeth Kline Good Dirt Episode  Fashion Revolution  The True Cost Documentary  Wildling Shoes  The Foresting School  Guest Info Connect with Danielle Alvarado at www.sustainablykindliving.com Instagram @sustainablykindliving and @sustykindliving  Facebook, Sustainably Kind Living Facebook, Danielle Alvarado  Pinterest, Sustainably Kind Living Follow Us: Our Website @weareladyfarmer on Instagram Original music by John Kingsley @jkingsley1026 Statements in this podcast have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration and are not to be considered as medical or nutritional advice. This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease, and should not be considered above the advice of your physician. Consult a medical professional when making dietary or lifestyle decisions that could affect your health and well being.
Apr 08, 2022
85. Creating Love and Comfort for the World Through Sustainable Fashion, Natural Dyes and Yoga with Amanda Agricola of Flowy Life
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Slow sustainable fashion meets yoga in this heart opening episode with our dear Lady Farmer friend, Amanda Agricola. A true renaissance woman, Amanda is the creator of Flowy, a sustainable slow fashion brand providing comfortable, naturally dyed garments for yoga and life, using materials that bring a consciousness to how we cover our bodies. As an artist and entrepreneur, Amanda brings a thoughtful and intentional eye to her products, empowering her customers energetically while also supporting mother earth. A disheartened consumer herself, frustrated by the systemic failures of the apparel industry, Amanda created Flowy out of a desire to cultivate a deeper appreciation for the materials that cover our bodies. Not only does she make her products herself, but Amanda invites participation in the making process through natural dye workshops and by distributing seeds for customers to grow their own dye gardens. She also offers a do-it-yourself dye kit to further encourage awareness of this sustainable process. Working with nature through these hands-on, intuitive methods, Amanda integrates her lifestyle and work with her goal to create a little love and comfort in the world. Listen to the episode on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Podchaser, Podtail, or on your favorite podcast platform. Topics Covered: Yoga  Kundalini yoga Natural Dyes Conscious Closet  Slow Fashion  Recycled Materials  Natural Materials  Sustainable Undergarments  Resources Mentioned:  Maryland Institute College of Art  Ishamel by Daniel Quinn Tomorrow will be Better by Betty Smith  A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith The ALMANAC  Guest Info Connect with Amanda at www.flowylife.com  Instagram @flowy.life Amanda’s blog  Follow Us: Our Website @weareladyfarmer on Instagram Original music by John Kingsley @jkingsley1026 Statements in this podcast have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration and are not to be considered as medical or nutritional advice. This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease, and should not be considered above the advice of your physician. Consult a medical professional when making dietary or lifestyle decisions that could affect your health and well being.
Apr 01, 2022
Small Sustainable Steps: Mary & Emma Chat Reusing Containers, Candles, and More
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Tune in to this weeks bonus episode with Mary & Emma in our discussion of “product fatigue,” that feeling of overwhelm with all the things on our shelves and under our sinks requiring end-of-use decisions about the packaging and containers. Despite our efforts to purchase sustainably and reduce waste, things seem to pile up and we are left wondering what to do with the remains. With “Reduce, Reuse and Recycle” being the mantra for sustainable waste management, how do we decide which is most appropriate for so many products, every day? Join us as we give a couple of examples of our own struggles and solutions, and invite listener input as well! Follow Us: Our Website @weareladyfarmer on Instagram The Lady Farmer ALMANAC Original music by John Kingsley @jkingsley1026 Statements in this podcast have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration and are not to be considered as medical or nutritional advice. This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease, and should not be considered above the advice of your physician. Consult a medical professional when making dietary or lifestyle decisions that could affect your health and well being.
Mar 29, 2022
84. Agroecology, Apples and Sustainable Systems with Horticultural Historian Eliza Greenman
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Join this "fruitful" and enlightening conversation with tree crops specialist, horticultural historian and agroforestry practitioner Eliza Greenman as she explains the evolution of the apple, horticultural tree crop history and shares her love for fruit exploring. A creator of niche products, Eliza is passionate owner of charcuterie company, HogTree, and is working towards the goal of creating orchard systems that function symbiotically with livestock to replace costly livestock feed. After a time pruning apple trees on an island off the coast of Maine, paired with her time abroad in Germany in apprenticeship with an apple grower and a formative research trip to Asia, the homeland of fruits and nuts, Eliza found her calling and became single- mindedly obsessed with apples. Now she is an advocate for natural wildlife practices and indigenous systems, stressing the importance of eating in season and shying away from global commodities. The conversation includes various types of fruit and nut trees such as pawpaws, mulberry trees, hickory walnuts, acorns, autumn olive and the infamous Bradford Pear, exploring all the ways these beautiful gifts can be nurtured and enjoyed.  Listen to the episode on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Podchaser, Podtail, or on your favorite podcast platform. Topics Covered: Agroforestry  Agroecology Permaculture  Food Forests  Perennials  Fruit and Nut Trees  Bradford Pear  Red Delicious  Fire Blight  Heart Rot  Pollarding Autumn Olive Silvopasture agroforestry  Resources Mentioned:  US Apple -  Lobbying  Back River Market  “Of New York” Series - Catalog of Fruit Varieties  The National Soil Fertility League  North American Fruit Explorers - NAFEX  John Bunker, Fedco Trees Francis Fenton  Silvopasture is the deliberate integration of trees and grazing livestock operations on the same land. These systems are intensively managed for both forest products and forage, providing both short- and long-term income sources.  Source: https://www.fs.usda.gov/nac/practices/silvopasture.php  Guest Info Connect with Eliza at elizaapples.com  HogTree charcuterie company  Fruit and Fodder  Instagram @elizaapples  Follow Us: Our Website @weareladyfarmer on Instagram The Lady Farmer ALMANAC Original music by John Kingsley @jkingsley1026 Statements in this podcast have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration and are not to be considered as medical or nutritional advice. This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease, and should not be considered above the advice of your physician. Consult a medical professional when making dietary or lifestyle decisions that could affect your health and well being.
Mar 25, 2022
83. Creating in Collaborative Community: Slow Fashion that Honors Makers and the Natural World with Megan Borukhovsky of Sister Nettle
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Step into the world of collaborative art, natural textiles, plants, botanicals and slow fashion with owner entrepreneur and artist Megan Borukhovsky of Sister Nettle. As a mother and artist living in the hills of Tennessee, Megan’s work centers around natural textiles using botanicals, creating slow fashion with a “collaboration over competition” mindset. Sister Nettle strives to offer products that are fulfilling to both the makers and the recipients, creating a beautiful and reciprocal relationship that honors all of the women a part of the process. A community minded business woman, Megan discovered block printing and natural dyeing as an accessible, inclusive and sustainable art form. After a time living off grid as a homesteader, Megan found herself called to a return back to self and to the natural world and continues to embrace the values of slow living in her life and her work. Valuing her fellow artists and makers, Megan believes in sourcing from people who feel valued and called to the work that they do. The end product results in a beautifully slow garment that is created from a place of passion and positivity that sustains both planet and people.  Listen to the episode on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Podchaser, Podtail, or on your favorite podcast platform. Topics Covered: Natural Textiles  Slow Fashion  Local Sourcing  Embroidery  Entrepreneurship  Women Artisans and Makers  Stinging Nettle  Oeko-tex Linen  Hemp  Resources Mentioned:  Events Sunchaser Retreats, violaine.orban@gmail.com  Books Our Wild Farming Life Pre-Order and Author Meet and Greet Additional Resources: Cinnamon Ginger Oat Cookie Recipe inside The ALMANAC  The ALMANAC Online Community Membership  Sister Nettle  TS Designs Solid State Clothing Guest Info Connect with Megan at sisternettle.com Instagram @sister.nettle  Follow Us: Our Website @weareladyfarmer on Instagram Original music by John Kingsley @jkingsley1026 Statements in this podcast have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration and are not to be considered as medical or nutritional advice. This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease, and should not be considered above the advice of your physician. Consult a medical professional when making dietary or lifestyle decisions that could affect your health and well being.
Mar 18, 2022
82. Building Community Through Food: Eating Local and the Power of Potlucks with Jason Fowler of Land and Table
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Discover the power of the potluck as a community forum for the New Agrarian Revival, a movement based in the Bedford, Va. area that offers inspiration for deeply rooted living, cultivating the local food economy and community connection. Our guest today, Jason Fowler, is founder and organizer of Land and Table, an organization that sponsors a monthly potluck event for farmers and like-minded local food enthusiasts, and offers a unique opportunity to gather for a shared meal in an evermore disconnected world. Jason found that not only were these gatherings great opportunities to eat delicious local food, but were formative community building events. Ten years on and the tradition is alive and well, and functions as a time for meaningful connection in reverence for the land, local food, and one another. Throughout the episode, Jason tells his own story of seeking a different way of life for himself and his family, his journey back to the land and his role as community leader in the New Agrarian Revival. Listen to the episode on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Podchaser, Podtail, or on your favorite podcast platform. Topics Covered: Local Food Local Food Movement  Agrarian Philosophy  Community Building  Resources Mentioned:  Books “The Omnivore's Dilemma” by Michael Pollan “Farming as a Spiritual Discipline”  “Making Peace with the Land”  "The Art of the Common Place" by Wendell Berry  Podcast Episodes Great Day Gardens - The Good Dirt Episode 5 Other: Mountain Run Farm  Terra Numa - Nonprofit Organization The Parable of the Good Soil  The Stone Soup Story  New Agrarian Revival Guest Info: Connect with Jason at landandtable.com  @land_and_table on Instagram  Merch shop: @newagrarianrevival Follow Us: Our Website @weareladyfarmer on Instagram Join The Lady Farmer ALMANAC Original music by John Kingsley @jkingsley1026 Statements in this podcast have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration and are not to be considered as medical or nutritional advice. This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease, and should not be considered above the advice of your physician. Consult a medical professional when making dietary or lifestyle decisions that could affect your health and well being.
Mar 11, 2022
81. "Gardening for Everyone" and Slow Living in Pandemic Times with Julia Watkins of Simply Living Well
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Discover author Julia Watkins' light and loving approach to gardening and to slow living as she shares her perspective on parenting, work, and finding joy and compassion in the midst of it all. As an author, photographer, fellow slow living enthusiast, and Lady Farmer friend, Julia has a wealth of knowledge about how to cultivate a slow and beautiful life in a way that is honest and approachable. Her new book, Gardening for Everyone is a beautiful guide to planning, planting and playing in the garden, that is sure to be a foundational reference for gardening year after year. During this catch-up conversation, Mary and Emma discuss with Julia how life has unfolded during the pandemic, how to find balance as a parent and as a creative, and how to use social media in ways that bring light and connection. In this honest and joyful conversation, Julia inspires an approach to life filled with happiness, grace and grounded in a love for good dirt. Topics Covered: Slow Living Social Media  Gardening  Perennials  Parenting during a Pandemic  Small Space Gardening  Resources Mentioned:  Pre-Order, Gardening for Everyone  Simply Living Well  Subscribe to the Lady Farmer Newsletter  The ALMANAC  Alys Fowler, "The Edible Garden"  The Fisherman and His Wife, Brothers Grimm  Julia Watkins Episode 31  Guest Info: Connect with Julia at simplylivingwell.com  @simply.living.well on Instagram  Follow Us: Our Website @weareladyfarmer on Instagram The Lady Farmer ALMANAC, our online community Original music by John Kingsley @jkingsley1026 Statements in this podcast have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration and are not to be considered as medical or nutritional advice. This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease, and should not be considered above the advice of your physician. Consult a medical professional when making dietary or lifestyle decisions that could affect your health and well being.
Mar 04, 2022
{2021} Reprise 31: Preserving the History of the Underground Railroad with Tony Cohen
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This week we spoke with historian, nonprofit founder, and author Tony Cohen, who operates Button Farm,  Maryland’s only living history center depicting 19th-century slave plantation life and the heroic story of the Underground Railroad. Tony has dedicated his studies and work to preserving the Underground Railroad’s history, historic sites and environments. In this episode, he  shares with us stories of his own travels along the Underground Railroad on foot, in an effort to recreate some of the original travelers' sensory experience of the landscape and the monumental physical challenges they endured in the pursuit of freedom. Tony also shares the story of meeting Oprah Winfrey and working with her in preparation for her starring role in the film, BELOVED, based on the book by Toni Morrison. Tony is founder and director of the Menare Foundation, a nonprofit dedicated to the creation of cutting edge educational programs, including an Underground Railroad immersion experience based on the work he did with Oprah Winfrey.    1:20 - Mary and Emma check in with the Slow Living Challenge 7:10 - The Spring Grow Your Own Food Intensive Let’s get into the interview! 8:40 - Tony introduces himself and The Menare Foundation 12:50 - Why start a nonprofit? 17:00 - Tony’s experience walking the route of The Underground Railroad 20:00 - Mary’s land and its connection to The Underground Railroad 27:00 - Tracking down your roots along The Underground Railroad 36:00 - Tony’s connection to the Harriet Tubman Museum 38:00 - How Tony got involved with Oprah Winfrey 49:00 - What is Button Farm? 57:00 - Tony’s work in relationship to Good Dirt  Mentions:  Slow Living Challenge Grow Your Own Food Intensive Workshop The ALMANAC Button Farm Living History Center The Menare Foundation The Underground railroad in Montgomery County, Maryland: A history and driving guide Chesapeake Tours The Chesapeake Fibershed Beloved by Toni Morrison Mentioned in this episode: Join The ALMANAC Community ALMANAC TGD Discount
Feb 28, 2022
80. The Forest Garden: Exploring Agroforestry and Edible Food Forests with Lincoln Smith of Forested, LLC
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Discover the wonders of forest agriculture and agroecology with our guest Lincoln Smith, founder of Forested, an edible food forest devoted to sharing research and knowledge surrounding forest gardens through tours, classes and forest to table dinners. As a champion of good dirt, Lincoln believes that growing forest gardens as a form of environmentalism can reintegrate our lives with nature, and reestablish a connection to the forest as a food source. Having trained in landscape design, Lincoln brings his expertise to food forest projects in and around the DC area, and has seen first hand the effects an edible forest garden can have on a community. Forest agroecology is a slow but rewarding process, that can produce vibrant, delicious and often overlooked foods from native species. He knows that like the forest, humans are interconnected and when we rethink our approach to food and to nature, we can rethink our approach to life.  Listen to the episode on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Podchaser, Podtail, or on your favorite podcast platform. Topics Covered: Edible Food Forests  Forest Gardens  Agronomic Science  Agroecology  Sustainable Landscape Design  Regenerative Agriculture  Rapid Land Development  Permaculture  Resources Mentioned:  Lady Farmer Slow Living Challenge  Forested   University of Maryland The US Botanic Garden  Maryland Master Gardeners Conference  Groundnut  Black tea chamomilla  Yaupon Holly  Yerba Mate Holly  Trugreen ChemLawn  Hyattsville Public Works, Emerson Street Food Forest Langley Elementary School Food Forest  Capital City Public Charter School Food Forest  Ddot  The Conway School  Yarrow  Nature by Design  American Native Plants  Chesapeake Natives  Persimmon Spice Latte - sub the pumpkin for persimmon! Guest Info Connect with Lincoln at Forested, LLC  Instagram @forested.us Newsletter  Youtube  Follow Us: Our Website @weareladyfarmer on Instagram Join The ALMANAC Original music by John Kingsley @jkingsley1026 Statements in this podcast have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration and are not to be considered as medical or nutritional advice. This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease, and should not be considered above the advice of your physician. Consult a medical professional when making dietary or lifestyle decisions that could affect your health and well being.
Feb 25, 2022
Seeking Inspiration: Week 4 Slow Living Challenge Check-In & Wrap Up with Mary & Emma
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Tune in today for a brief check-in & wrap up from Mary & Emma on the progress of the Lady Farmer 2022 Slow Living Challenge, and to discuss this week's final focus and theme. Sign up for the Slow Living Challenge HERE. Follow Us: Our Website @weareladyfarmer on Instagram Original music by John Kingsley @jkingsley1026 Sowing seeds of slow living is our mantra at Lady Farmer. Simplifying our belongings, prioritizing good choices in food and clothing, and choosing sustainable habits wherever we can all have a positive impact on ourselves, our community and our planet. Every winter for the past few years we’ve taken on a Slow Living Challenge together as a community to bring these ideas into action little by little, day by day, week by week. This year, we’re excited to offer this free challenge for four weeks, kicking off Monday, January 31st. Each week you will receive a downloadable calendar in your email inbox that includes daily prompts centered around a theme. We’ll be able to share our experiences together in community, with all of us walking alongside you, through #slowlivingchallenge on Instagram or within our private online membership, The ALMANAC. If you’re not yet a member, participation in the challenge gets you a free trial in this community!
Feb 22, 2022
79. The Golden Secrets: Clean Beauty, Sustainable Business and Living With Chronic Illness with Jesse Golden
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Join us for this conversation with author, mother, model and beauty entrepreneur Jesse Golden of The Golden Secrets, as she shares her story of creating a sustainable skincare product line, and her tools for creating self love and healing, all while living with chronic illness. As founder and CEO, Jesse has created a multifaceted career with integrity by embracing natural products, ancient folklore and a sensorial and soulfully slow approach to beauty. From seed to skin, Jesse fostered a brand around making the most conscious choices possible at every stage of her business and sees her products as a tool to tune in with one's self, and cultivate rituals of self love and self affirmation. Utilizing her own health crisis and struggle with rheumatoid arthritis as her greatest teacher, Jesse has learned to embrace her hardships and built a soulful life and business full of light and inspiration. Jesse’s “golden secrets” are beacons of hope in a an industry full of toxin and false promises. When it comes to beauty, Jesse believes, nature is enough.  Listen to the episode on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Podchaser, Podtail, or on your favorite podcast platform. Topics Covered: Rheumatoid Arthritis  Osteoarthritis Clean Beauty  Natural Beauty  Chronic Illness Retinol  Sustainable Packaging  Resources Mentioned:  The Golden Secrets Skincare Line Lady Farmer Slow Living Challenge  Dr Zach Bush  The Farmers Footprint  NRDC  The Loveland Foundation  USDA certified  Leaping Bunny Eco cert  FSC Forest Stewardship Certified  Plaine Products  “Our Wild Farming Life” Pre-Order  Lynn Cassells Podcast Interview  EWG - Environmental Working Group  Guest Info Connect with Jesse at The Golden Secrets  Instagram @jessegolden @thegoldensecrets Twitter @thegoldenglow Follow Us: Our Website @weareladyfarmer on Instagram Original music by John Kingsley @jkingsley1026 Statements in this podcast have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration and are not to be considered as medical or nutritional advice. This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease, and should not be considered above the advice of your physician. Consult a medical professional when making dietary or lifestyle decisions that could affect your health and well being. Mentioned in this episode: Join The ALMANAC Community ALMANAC TGD Discount
Feb 18, 2022
Cultivating Appreciation: Week 3 Slow Living Challenge Check-In with Mary & Emma
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Tune in today for a brief check-in from Mary & Emma on the progress of the Lady Farmer 2022 Slow Living Challenge, and to discuss this week's focus theme. Sign up for the Slow Living Challenge HERE. Follow Us: Our Website @weareladyfarmer on Instagram Original music by John Kingsley @jkingsley1026 Sowing seeds of slow living is our mantra at Lady Farmer. Simplifying our belongings, prioritizing good choices in food and clothing, and choosing sustainable habits wherever we can all have a positive impact on ourselves, our community and our planet. Every winter for the past few years we’ve taken on a Slow Living Challenge together as a community to bring these ideas into action little by little, day by day, week by week. This year, we’re excited to offer this free challenge for four weeks, kicking off Monday, January 31st. Each week you will receive a downloadable calendar in your email inbox that includes daily prompts centered around a theme. We’ll be able to share our experiences together in community, with all of us walking alongside you, through #slowlivingchallenge on Instagram or within our private online membership, The ALMANAC. If you’re not yet a member, participation in the challenge gets you a free trial in this community!
Feb 15, 2022
78. Slow Food, Living Bread: Heritage Grains and 18th Century Food Ways with Justin Cherry of Half Crown Bakehouse
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Step back in time with living history fellow and historical baker, Justin Cherry, founder and owner of Half Crown Bakehouse, as he shares his love for nutrient rich ancient grains and 18th century bread baking methods. With his 18th century reproduction clay oven in tow, Justin travels to historic sites along the east coast of North America sharing his expertise on period correct methods and flavors, as well as, educating his patrons on the history and evolution of ancient grains and their uses in hopes of keeping this part of our history alive.  A maker deeply committed to his craft, Justin seeks to restore the baker and the hearth to a central part of our homes and lives. He started Half Crown Bakehouse out of a deep love for heritage grains and landrace grains and an awe and respect for this naturally slow process. For Justin, baking bread using historic methods is a way to return to tradition and to a way of life dependent upon community - a rekindling of a beautifully slow practice with a deep sense of place.   Listen to the episode on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Podchaser, Podtail, or on your favorite podcast platform. Topics Covered: Heritage Grains LandRace Grains - often referred to as heritage or heirloom grains, are ancient, pre-hybridized varieties of wheat, barley, oats, rye and other grains that flourished naturally for centuries throughout the world where they adapted to local environmental conditions. Source here  Living History  Potassium Bromate  Bromated Flour Local Grain Windmills Waterwheel Gristmills Barley Wheat Spelt Einkorn  Haudenosaunee People  Seneca  Iroquios White Corn  Amaranth  Pink Lady’s Thumb  Red May Flour Resources Mentioned:  The Washington Library  Anson Mills New Ebenezer Settlement  George Washington's Mount Vernon  American Heritage Chocolate The Lady Farmer Slow Living Challenge  Lynn Cassell’s Good Dirt Podcast Episode  Pre-order “Our Wild Farming Life” inside the Lady Farmer Marketplace Sarah Marie Massee Episode  King Arthur Baking Company  Migrash Farm Fort Frederick 18th Century Market Fair  Revolutionary War Weekend  Connect with Justin: Half Crown Bakehouse  Instagram @halfcrownbakehouse Follow Us: Our Website @weareladyfarmer on Instagram Join The ALMANAC, our private online community. Original music by John Kingsley @jkingsley1026 Statements in this podcast have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration and are not to be considered as medical or nutritional advice. This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease, and should not be considered above the advice of your physician. Consult a medical professional when making dietary or lifestyle decisions that could affect your health and well being. Mentioned in this episode: Join The ALMANAC Community ALMANAC TGD Discount
Feb 11, 2022
The "Feeling Inventory": Week 2 Slow Living Challenge Check-In with Mary & Emma
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Tune in today for a brief check-in from Mary & Emma on the progress of the Lady Farmer 2022 Slow Living Challenge, and to discuss this week's focus theme. Sign up for the Slow Living Challenge HERE. Follow Us: Our Website @weareladyfarmer on Instagram Original music by John Kingsley @jkingsley1026 Sowing seeds of slow living is our mantra at Lady Farmer. Simplifying our belongings, prioritizing good choices in food and clothing, and choosing sustainable habits wherever we can all have a positive impact on ourselves, our community and our planet. Every winter for the past few years we’ve taken on a Slow Living Challenge together as a community to bring these ideas into action little by little, day by day, week by week. This year, we’re excited to offer this free challenge for four weeks, kicking off Monday, January 31st. Each week you will receive a downloadable calendar in your email inbox that includes daily prompts centered around a theme. We’ll be able to share our experiences together in community, with all of us walking alongside you, through #slowlivingchallenge on Instagram or within our private online membership, The ALMANAC. If you’re not yet a member, participation in the challenge gets you a free trial in this community!
Feb 08, 2022
77. The Wild Farming Life: Farming in Harmony with Nature through Regenerative Practices with Lynn Cassells of Lynbreck Croft
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Rewild the land and yourself by farming in harmony with nature and leaning into regenerative practices that create habitat connectivity. Our guest today, Lynn Cassells, alongside her partner Sandra Baer, owners of Lynbreck Croft, had a shared dream of living closer to the land. And while the pair never meant to be farmers, they found themselves called to the task of stewarding a 150 acre croft in the Highlands of Scotland in 2016. Seized by a vision of farming in collaboration with nature, rather than against it,  they began their mission of creating a place that honored not only their desire to grow their own food, but also the needs of the land and the animals, all working and thriving in a collaborative community.  The whole story of how they unexpectedly became farmers and created a viable and sustainable working farm using their own combination of regenerative and rewilding practices is soon to be available in their upcoming book “Our Wild Farming Life: Adventures on a Scottish Highland Croft”.   Lynn’s message - looking back doesn’t have to mean going back. Let the land do the leading and don't be afraid to rewild yourself along the way.  Listen to the episode on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Podchaser, Podtail, or on your favorite podcast platform. Topics Covered: Regenerative Farming  Croft - A small agricultural unit and form of land use/ legal entity unique to Scotland: source via citzensadvice.org.uk  Rewilding - taking a piece of land and allowing it become self-willed; taking people out of the equation; reintroducing native species; restoration on a wild scale  Resources Mentioned:  Pre-Order Our Wild Farming Life: Adventures on a Scottish Highland Croft by Sandra Baer and Lynn Cassells  Wilding: Returning Nature to our Farm by Isabella Tree   BBC - This Farming Life Season 3  Lynbreck Croft Courses - “How to Farm”  The National Trust  Cairngorms National Park  Knepp Castle  “You Can Farm” by Joel Salatin  Guest Info Connect with Lynn Lynbreck Croft Instagram  @lynbreck_croft Follow Us: Our Website @weareladyfarmer on Instagram Original music by John Kingsley @jkingsley1026 Statements in this podcast have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration and are not to be considered as medical or nutritional advice. This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease, and should not be considered above the advice of your physician. Consult a medical professional when making dietary or lifestyle decisions that could affect your health and well being. Mentioned in this episode: Join The ALMANAC Community ALMANAC TGD Discount
Feb 04, 2022
Establish a Slow Living Practice: Week 1 Slow Living Challenge Check-In with Mary & Emma
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Tune in today for a brief check-in from Mary & Emma on the launch of the Lady Farmer 2022 Slow Living Challenge, and to discuss this week's focus theme. Sign up for the Slow Living Challenge HERE. Follow Us: Our Website @weareladyfarmer on Instagram Original music by John Kingsley @jkingsley1026 Sowing seeds of slow living is our mantra at Lady Farmer. Simplifying our belongings, prioritizing good choices in food and clothing, and choosing sustainable habits wherever we can all have a positive impact on ourselves, our community and our planet. Every winter for the past few years we’ve taken on a Slow Living Challenge together as a community to bring these ideas into action little by little, day by day, week by week. This year, we’re excited to offer this free challenge for four weeks, kicking off Monday, January 31st. Each week you will receive a downloadable calendar in your email inbox that includes daily prompts centered around a theme. We’ll be able to share our experiences together in community, with all of us walking alongside you, through #slowlivingchallenge on Instagram or within our private online membership, The ALMANAC. If you’re not yet a member, participation in the challenge gets you a free trial in this community!
Feb 01, 2022
76. Eating Sustainably: The Importance of Locally Grown Food and Short Supply Chains for Food Security and Health with Liz Reitzig
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Heal and connect with seasonal locally grown food and learn how to participate in a system that sustains our local economy, provides food access, food security and mitigates food waste. Our guest today, Liz Reitzig, saw that responsibly sourced food had the power to heal her family and community. In hopes of spreading the good word on the transformative power of this food, she started a buying club consisting of high quality foods from sustainable and regenerative local farms and artisans. She wanted to create consistent and convenient access to these foods and provide an alternative choice to the unsustainable industrialized system that currently prevails. Liz knows that access to shorter supply chains means not only supporting fair living wages for farmers and high quality conditions for our food but ensures our own food supply in the event of a larger scale supply chain disruption. The reward of eating local, getting to enjoy a deep connection to delicious, high quality food that is intrinsically linked to the land and the seasons.  Listen to the episode on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Podchaser, Podtail, or on your favorite podcast platform. Topics Covered: CSA - Community Supported Agriculture  Buying Club  Supply Chain Issues  Food Waste Raw Milk* Pasteurization  The Dairy Industry  Short Supply Chain Local Food  Sourcing Locally  Food Security  Food Waste Composting Resources Mentioned:  Liz Riffle of Riffle Bison Farm Good Dirt Episode  Veteran Compost 1000 Eco Farms  A History of Raw Milk Slow Living Challenge 2022 The ALMANAC   Liz's Store Guest Info Connect with Liz at http://nourishingliberty.com Liz's Podcast Follow Us: Our Website @weareladyfarmer on Instagram Original music by John Kingsley @jkingsley1026 *Raw milk for human consumption is a highly controversial issue and one that requires research and understanding on the part of the consumer. Statements in this podcast have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration and are not to be considered as medical or nutritional advice. This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease, and should not be considered above the advice of your physician. Consult a medical professional when making dietary or lifestyle decisions that could affect your health and well being.
Jan 28, 2022
75. Creating a Sustainable Lifestyle through Tiny House Living and Conscious Consumerism with Ryan Mitchell of The Tiny Life
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Join the minimalist movement, and design a simple, sustainable lifestyle that provides freedom from debt, consumerism, and cultural expectations.  Our guest today is Ryan Mitchell, creator of The Tiny Life, who started his minimalist journey by challenging the American dream  and having the courage to ask, what does the life I really want to live actually look like? He began by moving into his self built tiny house in 2012, sharing his journey along the way and connecting with other like-minded tiny house enthusiasts. This passion ultimately created a business that sustained his dream of an independent, pared down, low cost life – one deeply rooted in an understanding of slow living and the power of conscious choices. Ryan simplified his life by pausing to examine how he spent his time, money, and resources. He is now a life simplification expert and encourages everyone he meets to build a habit of questioning norms and stopping to think critically about your choices as a consumer. The key to minimalist living is to mindfully observe how you move through your life, how you use your resources, your time and your living spaces. Be bold and challenge assumptions. On the other side of hard decisions and self observation is a small, simple life that supports you and the planet.   Listen to the episode on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Podchaser, Podtail, or on your favorite podcast platform. Topics Covered: Tiny Homes The Tiny House Movement  Homesteading Simple Living  Minimalism Marketing “PAS” - Identity the Problem, Agitate the Consumer, Present a Solution  Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs Resources Mentioned:  Lady Farmer Guide to Slow Living CODE???? Blog Post - 7 Day’s of “Real Food” Winter Meals The Tiny Life  Tiny House Living: Ideas For Building and Living Well In Less Than 400 Square Feet by Ryan Mitchell  “If you will live like no one else, later you can live like no one else.” - Dave Ramsey “Children of Time” by Adrian Tchaikovsky “The Comfort Crisis” by Michael Easter  “Too Soon Old, Too Late Smart” by Gordon Livingston  Use code THEGOODDIRT for free shipping on The Lady Farmer Guide to Slow Living in the Lady Farmer Marketplace Guest Info Connect with Ryan at thetinylife.com  Instagram @thetinylifedotcom  Twitter @the_tiny_life Follow Us: Our Website @weareladyfarmer on Instagram Original music by John Kingsley @jkingsley1026 Statements in this podcast have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration and are not to be considered as medical or nutritional advice. This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease, and should not be considered above the advice of your physician. Consult a medical professional when making dietary or lifestyle decisions that could affect your health and well being.
Jan 21, 2022
74. Nurturing a Dream: Caring for the Land and Community with Ashli Johnson and Lisa Hinton of Old Westminster Winery
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Where does land stewardship and regeneration, natural wine production, sustainable farming practices and local community collaboration come together? On today’s episode of The Good Dirt, Mary and Emma talk with sisters Lisa Hinton and Ashli Johnson of Old Westminster Winery in Westminster, Maryland. Their story begins in 2008; when the family was unable to sell their farm, they united instead behind a vision of preserving it and putting the land into a thriving, sustainable and regenerative operation. They agreed that growing and making wines was an idea worth pursuing, and thus the dream of planting a vineyard was born.  Ten years later, Lisa, Ashli, and their brother Drew, are on a mission to craft distinctive wines with a sense of place. Through trial and error, and in collaboration  with other growers to proudly represent their region and it’s beautiful varieties, they have been able to develop a style of wine linked to the land and the seasons in an intimate and intentional way. Hand-harvesting 30,000 bottles annually,  their wines are alive, vibrant, and uniquely local. With a holistic approach to sustainability, this family business is all about creating a great product while taking care of their land and their community. This is truly a good dirt story!  Listen to the episode on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Podchaser, Podtail, or on your favorite podcast platform. Topics Covered: Grape Varieties  Natural Wines Chardonnay  Muscat  Chardonel  Albarino Cabernet Franc Maryland Wineries Land Stewardship  Terroir - to mean “a sense of place.” Essentially, terroir encompasses all of the factors that go into producing wine grapes in a vineyard, from the climate to the soil to the elevation.  Source via jjbuckley fine wines.  Resources Mentioned:  Burnt Hill Farm H-2A Visa Program Migrash Farms  The Almanac  Guest Info Connect with Ashli and Lisa at Old Westminster Winery  Follow Old Westminster on Instagram Follow Us: Our Website @weareladyfarmer on Instagram Original music by John Kingsley @jkingsley1026 Statements in this podcast have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration and are not to be considered as medical or nutritional advice. This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease, and should not be considered above the advice of your physician. Consult a medical professional when making dietary or lifestyle decisions that could affect your health and well being.
Jan 14, 2022
73. Healing Your Microbiome: The Power of Fermentation for Health and Happiness with Donna Schwenk of Cultured Food Life
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Transform your microbiome and your life with cultured foods, and learn how the simple practice of food fermentation can promote mind and body healing. On today’s episode of The Good Dirt, Mary & Emma sit down with the founder of Cultured Food Life, Donna Schwenk. Many years ago, Donna found herself pregnant with her third child and in need of a lifestyle change. At 40 with a brand new baby she realized she wanted to live a vibrant life for her newborn and for herself. Enter “kefir'' and the beginning of Donna’s journey towards healing her body, mind and spirit. Cultured food was her pathway towards nurturing for herself and her family. Now Donna devotes her life to sharing the power that cultured food holds to transform your microbiome. Throughout the episode, Donna introduces us to the sacred trilogy that is fermented foods, kombucha and kefir while explaining how to rebuild your gut and reframe your mindset around bacteria. With over 350 free recipes on her site, Donna generously shares her abundant wisdom on cultured foods and on life. She knows when people feel good, they do good. Listen to the episode on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Podchaser, Podtail, or on your favorite podcast platform. Resources Mentioned: Old Befana Podcast Episode  Nourishing Traditions by Sally Fallon Body Ecology By Donna Gates Bifidobacterium  Einkorn flour  saccharomyces boulardii Lactobacillus Plantarum Seylou bakery Red phenol powder Fermented Foods Safety Guest Info Follow Donna at Cultured Food Life Instagram Twitter Follow Us: Our Website Instagram Original music by John Kingsley @jkingsley1026 Statements in this podcast have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration and are not to be considered as medical or nutritional advice. This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease, and should not be considered above the advice of your physician. Consult a medical professional when making dietary or lifestyle decisions that could affect your health and well being.
Jan 07, 2022
72. Mitigating Climate Change Through Home Agroecology: From Lawns to Ecosystems with Justin West
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You can begin healing the planet, improving your health and mitigating climate change right outside your door! On today’s episode of The Good Dirt we sit down with Justin West, the creative entrepreneur behind Thrive Lot – a marketplace platform on a mission to create food abundance by combining agroecology, landscape design and technology. Thrive Lot seeks to reimagine the lawn care industry by scaling permaculture and installing ecosystems into our very own yards. But to do so requires a shift in our collective idea of what we consider lawn care. We can create habitats for wildlife, regenerate the soil, reduce our carbon footprint and mitigate climate change by reimagining our lawns as a place where we grow our own food, produce medicinal herbs, fruit trees and vibrant ecosystems. With over 40 million acres of lawn in the United States -  the largest single irrigated crop - it’s a concept ripe with potential, which is why we’re so excited to share our conversation with Justin as he dreams of a future where home agroecology is the norm, and where “good dirt” heals the world.  Listen to the episode on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Podchaser, Simplecast, Podtail, or on your favorite podcast platform. Topics Covered: Agroecology--is the application of ecological concepts and principals in farming, combined to create a type of farming that is sustainable and in cooperation with nature.  Permaculture--the development of agricultural ecosystems that are self-sufficient and sustainable, drawing from an observation and imitation of systems in nature and resulting in crop diversity, resilience, increased natural productivity, less human intervention and more sustainability.   Carbon sequestration is "...the process of capturing and storing atmospheric carbon dioxide. It is one method of reducing the amount of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere with the goal of reducing global climate change." Perennials vs Annuals  Resources Mentioned:  Thrive Lot Permaculture Design Certificate (PDC) Food Forest at Brown Mills  The Museum of Discovery and Science  Guest Info Visit the Thrive Lot website Follow Thrive Lot on  Instagram Follow Us: Our Website Instagram Original music by John Kingsley @jkingsley1026
Dec 17, 2021
71. Honoring African-American Artistic Heritage, Ancestral Wisdom, and the Divine Feminine with Quilt Muralist Cookie Washington
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Today we're talking to Cookie Washington, an African American quilting muralist and fourth generation needle worker, who addresses issues of race and social equality while celebrating the contributions of her African ancestral heritage and the  Divine Feminine in her work.  Cookie is the first in this long line of needle workers to take up art quilting, yet she feels her connection very deeply to her foremothers and her African-American history whenever a needle and bit of cloth is in her hands. Her passion for quilting is a way of communicating the African American woman’s experience.  In our conversation, Cookie shares several  fascinating stories around her recent projects, You’ll hear about mermaids and goddesses, and how she was divinely inspired to do  a series of eight quilts depicting The Black Madonna as a way of bringing the healing energy of the Sacred Feminine into the world. She also shares the heartbreaking story of her friendship with Reverend Clementa Carlos Pinckney, a senior pastor at Mother Emanuel A.M.E. Church  in Charleston who was murdered by a white supremacist terrorist in 2015, just days before they were to meet to plan an art exhibit in his church.  Cookie also shares with us some ancestral wisdom that is communicated through the bees, and the upcoming Return of the Bees Multimedia Project, which is an exhibit that  celebrates the history, evolution, and futurism of southern Black agrarian material culture, including fiber arts and heritage quilt making. The show will be in Charleston, South Carolina at the City Gallery at Waterfront Park, opening January 17th and running through Black History Month. Listen to the episode on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Podchaser, Podtail, or on your favorite podcast platform. Mentioned: Website The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd The Return of the Bees Multimedia Project Acres of Ancestry Follow Us: Our Website Instagram Credits: Original Music by John Kingsley @jkingsley1026
Dec 10, 2021
70. 18th Century Fiber Production at George Washington's Mount Vernon with Sara Marie Massee
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Today's guest is Sara Marie Massee, a lead interpreter at George Washington's Mount Vernon. She works with the historic trades department, teaching and actually doing many of the skills and trades that were being practiced around Washington's estate during his lifetime there.  She oversees Mount Vernon's cooking, baking, and textile living history demonstrations to illuminate daily life in the 18th century.  Sara Marie has been in the field of living history for 16 years, 14 of them at George Washington's Mount Vernon. She spends her days talking to visitors about Washington's sustainable, innovative farming practices and demonstrating various trades that enslaved people and white, indentured workers would have done on the estate. Her favorite demonstrations are cooking and textile work (spinning, weaving, natural dyeing, and preparing wool, linen, and hemp fibers to be spun). In today’s episode, Dr. Massee shares anecdotes and stories that give us a glimpse of the the textiles industry in the 18th century and the role it played in the economy of George Washington's estate. Tune in to learn more! Listen to the episode on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Podchaser, Simplecast, Podtail, or on your favorite podcast platform. Topics Covered: The history of textile production at Mount Vernon.  18th-century clothing and linen Working in the field of living history Resources Mentioned: Mount Vernon Guest Info Connect with Dr. Massee on Mount Vernon’s website Follow Us: Our Website Instagram
Dec 03, 2021
69. Slow Friday: Bringing Sanity Back to the Holidays with Mary and Emma
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You're in for something a little different this Friday...it's a solo show with Mary and Emma! At Lady Farmer, we're always thinking about ways to shift our thinking to live into a more slow and sustainable lifestyle, and today is a great opportunity to do just that. What if Black Friday became Slow Friday, and what would that look like? Join us on this week’s episode of The Good Dirt as we share a bit about our own Christmas memories and experiences with gift-giving as well as how we're thinking about being more mindful with our consumer habits during the holiday season. Enjoy this week's episode, let us know what you think, and we'll be back with another interview next week! Listen to the episode on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Podchaser, Simplecast, Podtail, or on your favorite podcast platform. Topics Covered: The negative impacts of consumerism and how to think differently about our consumer habits The importance that we have placed on gift-giving and receiving during the holiday season Slow Friday Challenge Resources: Unplug the Christmas Tree Christmas by Peter Spier Follow Us: Our Website Instagram Join us at the Lady Farmer Slow Living Retreat! Original Music by John Kingsley @jkingsley1026
Nov 26, 2021
68. Regenerative Education & Rust Belt Fibershed with Jess Boeke and Sarah Pottle
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This week we will hear from twin sisters Jess Boeke and Sarah Pottle of the Rust Belt Fibershed, a bioregional textile network growing hope and resilience through the use of local fibers. We speak with this dynamic duo on a multitude of topics, touching on ways to shift and expand our mindsets towards a more sustainable paradigm. Jess is an educator and fiber artist who has been working with natural dyes since 2008. Born and raised in Ohio, Cleveland, she is known for engaging and educating communities on the importance of local labor, dyes, and the carbon impacts of our soil-to-soil textile industry. In her teachings, she has inspired others on the promotion of ethical fashion and the importance of regenerative learning. Her twin sister, Sarah has personally coached hundreds of teachers through thousands of lessons in high-quality, equitable instruction. Her desire to create transformational systems change has led her on a daunting journey with her twin sister of slow living and sustainable fashion, spreading awareness on regenerative learning education in the Rust Belt Cities. Today we will learn more about how we can focus our relationships between people and the Earth in order to enable transformation in our society, explore the impact of the clothing and textile industry on climate change and incorporate more environmental teachings in the classroom. We will also speak to Sarah and Jess about what they envision for the future, their hopes and aspirations, and how we can continue to promote regenerative education learning in the classroom. Listen to the episode on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google Podcasts, or on your favorite podcast platform. Topics Covered: What is regenerative living for modern families? How we can incorporate more environmental teachings in the classroom.  The impact of the clothing and textile industry on climate change. Resources Mentioned & Guest Info: Drift Lab Dye Studios Rust Belt Fibershed Connect with Jess and Sarah on their company website. If you're involved in the educational system (teacher, substitute, principal, para, school counselor, involved parent) and you want to know more about how we're trying to shift the educational paradigm away from a mechanical one towards one that's filled with more life, you can check out their podcast Regenerative Ed. Check out their workshops here. Follow Sarah & Jess: @groundedteaching Follow Us: Our Website Instagram Credits: Original music by John Kingsley - @jkingsley1026
Nov 19, 2021
67. Happy Earth Habits with Skylar Saba
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Did you know that Gen Z is using fashion TikTok to fight climate change? Joining us on today’s episode is Sylar Saba, a Gen-Z influencer who shares her low waste sustainability tips by engaging online communities in small, fun, and meaningful ways. She shares her love for the outdoors and nature through her Instagram and TikTok platforms, engaging her community with #COOTD highlights (cute outfits of the day) and conscious outfit inspo, recipes, resources, and more. Skylar Saba is the Founder & CEO of Happy Earth Habits, a major supporter of mamma earth, mindful educator, & sustainability expert. She has grown a community of 40k+ changemakers around the world via Instagram, TikTok, and Pinterest. HEH has become a resource for sustainability education and low waste living. In addition, Skylar is the Founder and CEO of Skylar C Creative, a branding & social media agency for conscious businesses. She strives to connect individuals with the Earth and live more mindfully. Today we learn more about incorporating sustainable habits into our everyday lives, how perfectionism isn't necessary to live a low-waste life, as well as ways to share your favorite eco-friendly tips and tricks on social media. We will also be speaking to her about her hopes for the future and how we can take steps at the individual level to connect more deeply with the natural world. Listen to the episode on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google Podcasts, or on your favorite podcast platform. Topics Covered: Regenerative lifestyle from the perspective of Gen Z The difference between fast and slow fashion How to use social media to inform, educate and inspire Inspiring individuals to reconnect with the Earth and live more mindfully How low-waste living can help reduce carbon emissions Resources Mentioned & Guest Info: Overrated vs underrated Swedish Dish Cloths Happy Earth Habits Follow Skylar on Tik Tok @skysaba Follow Skylar on Instagram @happyearthhabits Follow Us: Our Website Instagram Credits: Original music by John Kingsley - @jkingsley1026
Nov 12, 2021
66. Beyond Honey with Tierney Monahan
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This week's episode is all about honeybees! Did you know that there are 4,000 different bee species native to North America? Honey bees, however, are not native to North America, but were brought here from Europe in the 17th century, and have since become are integral part of our ecosystem. They are efficient pollinators who, along with native bees, allow our food crops and the planet's flora to flourish. Factors in our environment such as climate change, habitat loss, and widespread usage of chemicals in modern-day agriculture are threatening to the bee population, and in turn, to our food supply. Bees have always been a part of Tierney Monahan’s life, and her fascination with them has been well-documented in her new book, Beyond Honey. She weaves together beautiful stories about the economic, entrepreneurial, and environmental impacts of bees on our society. Today we will be speaking to her about her fascination with bees and how she has documented them as a writer for the Georgetown Magazine, and as author of her book as an MBA candidate at Georgetown University. Tierney also shares with us her mission of educating individuals on the impact of honey bees on society. Join us on this week’s episode as we learn more about the importance of pollinators in ensuring our planet’s biodiversity, how to support local beekeepers and the global impact of Colony Collapse Disorder due to habitat loss and climate change. We will be speaking to her about her personal experiences in beekeeping, how it has enhanced her life and the lives of others, and how we can take steps as individuals to ensure the survival of these essential creatures. Listen to the episode on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Podchaser, Simplecast, Podtail, or on your favorite podcast platform. Topics Covered: How has human activity and interventions affected bee populations? Why are bees important and what is the profound impact that bees have on our everyday lives? Washington DC’s healthy and robust bee population. The difference between honey bees and native bees Learn more about Colony Collapse Disorder Resources Mentioned: Tierney Monahan DC Beekeepers Beyond Honey Community Food Rescue Finding the Mother Tree The Overstory Kirsten Shockey @kirstenkshockey Christy Johnson @christijay Eva Kosmas Flores @evakosmasflores Original music composed, performed, and produced by John Kingsley @jkingsley1026. Guest Info Connect with Tierney on Twitter @TierneyMonahan Follow Us: Our Website Instagram
Nov 05, 2021
65. Green Burial: Rethinking Death Practices with Heidi Hannapel of Bluestem Conservation Cemetery
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Today we're talking with Heidi Hannapel, cofounder of the Bluestem Conservation Cemetery, about options for green burial. We're also taking a look at our modern approach to death and the practices that surround it. Heidi and her business partner Jeff Masten are land conservationists and conservation burial specialists, concerned with the degradation of our planet through wasteful burial practices. They are committed to offering an alternative to conventional burial, working on green burial initiatives specifically tied to land conservation, encouraging a way of caring for the dead with minimal environmental impacts. Through the establishment of Bluestem, Heidi and Jeff's vision is to establish the concept of conservation burial as a tool for protecting natural lands, wildlife and plant species, creating healing green spaces and increasing community connections to nature, and creating opportunities for those seeking green burial options for themselves and their loved ones. In addition, we talk to Heidi about her personal journey with death practices and conventions, inspired by the time she spent being present to her own mother's illness and death in 2015. This experience left her with the realization that death and loss are shared human experiences worthy of active participation, both before the passing of the loved one and in the sacred space between death and burial. Our modern customs often separate us not only from the process of dying itself, but also from the opportunity to experience the the hours and days after the passing as an opportunity for powerful healing. Modern burial procedures also separate us from the processes of nature, in which remains of the deceased continue to be part of the natural life cycle of the planet. The idea behind rethinking our cultural death practices and considering green burial, and as in the case of Bluestem Conversation Cemetery conservation burial, is that human death be honored and embraced as a sacred passage, "where nature is enough." Join us on this week’s episode as we learn more about green burials and how they can contribute to land conservation efforts and lessen our impact on the environment. Stay tuned to learn more! Listen to the episode on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Podchaser, Simplecast, Podtail, or on your favorite podcast platform. Topics Covered: Green burial options/reducing environmental impact Integration of life and death through conservation areas Death doulas Home funerals and home burials Hybrid cemeteries Resources Learning from Trees Green Burial Council Conservation Burial Alliance Bluestem Cemetery Green burial NYT article Original theme music for The Good Dirt composed and performed by John Kingsley @jkingsley1026 Guest Info Bluestem Conservation Cemetery Website Bluestem Resources Page LANDMATTERS Website Connect with Heidi on Twitter @hhannapel Follow Us: Our Website Instagram
Oct 29, 2021
64. Homesteading is What You Make It with Angela Ferraro Fanning of Axe & Root Homestead
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On today’s episode of The Good Dirt, we’re chatting with Angela Ferraro Fanning of Axe and Root Homestead, a six-acre farm in central New Jersey. Angela shares the story of how she went from being a graphic designer to a homesteader in 2012, when she told her husband she'd like to trade her job income for time outside growing food they would no longer have to buy. Now she finds herself balancing a life raising two boys with managing a working farm, as well as authoring a cookbook, a children's book series and hosting a homesteading podcast. In this conversation, we discuss not only the benefits of growing your own food, but the many options available to the modern homesteader. Though the concept of homesteading appeals to a lot of people, the reality of shifting to such a lifestyle is often intimidating and seemingly full of obstacles. Angela explains that homesteading doesn't look the same for everyone, and doesn't have to be defined by what you see when you look out your window. She encourages her followers to begin with the smallest task, such as growing one plant, and taking that longing for connection to food and nature just one step at a time. It doesn't have to involve raising and harvesting your own animals, or all of your food, baking artisan bread or keeping bees. There are likely others in your area that can do all of that. Instead, she says to focus on what interests you, and rely on your community for the rest. The homesteading mindset is about hands-on, local, seasonal living. Join us on today’s episode to hear more about the first steps that Angela took in growing her own food, how she got comfortable with the constant trial and error of homesteading, and how she’s slowly expanding her business through writing and online media. Listen to the episode on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Podchaser, Simplecast, Podtail, or on your favorite podcast platform. Topics Covered: A day in the life of Angela  The joys and challenges of farm life Getting back to basics and not relying on machinery  Homesteading on a plant-based diet  Sharing her story and expertise through writing, podcasting, and online courses  Guest Info Website Instagram The Definitely Not Simple Life Podcast The Harvest Table: A Collection of Seasonal Plant- Based Recipes Inspired by the Home Garden Little Country Cottage: An Autumn Treasury of Recipes, Crafts and Wisdom Follow Us: Our Website Instagram
Oct 22, 2021
63. Regenerative Bison Farming with Liz Riffle
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On today’s episode of The Good Dirt, we’re speaking with Liz Riffle of Riffle Farm in Preston County, WV, which is a small bison farm raising grass-fed and finished animals.  Owner and Operator Liz is a U.S Navy Nurse Corps veteran and her husband, Jimmie, is currently still serving on active-duty as a Navy Nurse Corps Nurse Practitioner. Jimmie was born and raised in Grafton, WV. In their own words, Jimmie and Liz are homegrown and proud to now serve this great nation by feeding it!   After near extinction in the 1880s bison have made a comeback, and are now thriving on small operations such as Riffle Farm. Liz says she and her husband discovered bison burgers while traveling in Wyoming, and became interested in the idea of raising them. They eventually found a 64-acre spot where they could let bison roam and graze, and opened for business in 2017. Fast forward to today, and they’ve almost doubled their operation. Liz shares with us their journey from those beginnings until now, during which she’s learned much about regenerative agriculture, working with nature, slowing down and listening to the land. Liz believes that she has a responsibility to honorably raise as well as humanely harvest the bison on her farm. The regulatory system is set up for large-scale meat producers and sometimes makes it difficult for small scale farmers to accomplish their sustainability goals. Liz has started a new business, The Honest Carnivore, as a means of teaching other small farmers how to navigate that system, empowering them to continue providing sustainable meat solutions.  Join us on this week’s episode to learn more about building trust and transparency in the food chain with bison farmer Liz Riffle.  Listen to the episode on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Podchaser, Simplecast, Podtail, or on your favorite podcast platform. Topics Covered: Daily life of a bison farmer  How bison grazing patterns help the local flora and fauna  Farming regulations and how they can work against small farmers  Certification processes and marketing strategies of large food corporations  Keeping it simple when it comes to buying food  Resources Mentioned: The Honest Carnivore Guest Info Connect with Liz Riffle on her website.  Follow Us: Our Website Instagram Original intro music by John C Kingsley
Oct 15, 2021
62. Under A Tin Roof with Kayla Lobermeier
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Under A Tin Roof is a mother-daughter company created by today's guest, Kayloa Lobermeier and her mother Jill Haupt, inspiring others, as their motto says, in living a wholesome, simple, historical life by the seasons. Demonstrating the ways of a slower, more intentional lifestyle, Kayla helps others in bringing the best of domestic history and tradition forward to fit the needs of the present day. As a family-owned and operated business, Under a Tin Roof has much to offer both on site and online, including goods from their small handmade shop and their flower farm, to instruction in traditional recipes and food preservation methods on social media and through Kayla's blog, and even providing intimate dining experiences at their farm. Her love for cooking meals from scratch with homegrown and local ingredients continues to be her main passion and motivation. Kayla's shares her love of 18th-19th century homesteading through her hand made goods such as embroidery, soaps, apothecary items and the historic clothing we see her wearing. As a busy mom of two boys, Kayla still finds time to write articles for her blog sharing with subscribers historically inspired country recipes, resources for growing and preserving your own food organically, information on herbal and botanical skincare and remedies, and low waste home ideas.  Join us In this week’s episode, as we discuss with Kayla the joys, challenges, and contradictions in living a simple, historical lifestyle along with the pros and cons of growing a business through social media. It's a great conversation! Listen to the episode on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Podchaser, Simplecast, Podtail, or on your favorite podcast platform. Topics Covered: Learn more about 18th and 19th-century homestead living Impact of social media on lifestyle What it takes to expand and grow a business Living life at a slower pace on a family farm Growing and preserving your own food organically Resources Mentioned: Under a Tin Roof Beekman Boys Sustainable Documentary The Year 1000 by Valerie Hansen Garden Visit: Secrets of Another Century at Colonial Williamsburg Foodways at Colonial London Town The Food Timeline: History Notes--Colonial America and 17th and 18th Century France Guest Info Connect with Kayla on Instagram. Follow Us: Our Website Instagram
Oct 08, 2021
61. Fighting Food Insecurity with Jenny Freeman of Community FarmShare
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For today's guest Jenny Freeman, what sprouted as an idea to tackle food insecurity during the pandemic has now grown into a fully registered 501(c)(3) organization that offers individuals and organizations the ability to get involved in the local food movement. Her organization, Community FarmShare, is a community-based initiative that connects food-insecure families with local produce farmers in Montgomery County. This organization works by way of donation and is completely volunteer-run, all of the money is put towards purchasing Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) farm shares. These shares are then used to purchase weekly bags and boxes of organically grown produce at one of seven local participating vegetable farms.  CSA programs have recently received widespread attention for their ability to provide unique benefits to communities, environments, and economies. In a nutshell, CSAs directly connect consumers and producers to help create a more profitable and transparent local food system. This helps in reducing food insecurity among families that cannot afford organically grown foods. Jenny is passionate about tackling this issue by providing a solution that links families experiencing food insecurity with local vegetable and fruit growers. Jenny shares this mission with the rest of her community in order to create transformative change in her local community.  In this week’s episode, we will discuss Jenny’s journey creating Community FarmShare and how you can get involved with her organization. Join us on this week’s episode to find out more about Jenny’s story and learn how you can implement a similar project in your community! Listen to the episode on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Podchaser, Simplecast, Podtail, or on your favorite podcast platform. Topics Covered: What is a Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) and how does it work? Learn more about Community FarmShare and Jenny’s story as its founder Supporting Afghan refugees in the United States Resources Mentioned: Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change  Community FarmShare Community Cheer Community Food Rescue Finding the Mother Tree The Overstory Guest Info Connect with Jenny on LinkedIn. Follow Us: Our Website Instagram
Oct 01, 2021
60. Fiber Farming, Plant Dyes, Animal Weddings and Pies: Adventures on Wing and a Prayer Farm with Tammy White
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Located in a small town in New England, Wing & A Prayer Farm began as an idea sparked during a trip to England in 2000. Inspired by the many sheep farms dotting the countryside, Tammy and her children decided to start their own sheep farm with a few Shetland rescues. It is now a flourishing farm with a variety of animals and avenues of business.  It is home to Clun Forest, Poll Dorset, Colored Merino, Cotswold, Wensleydale, Teeswater, and Cormo sheep. It is also home to Vermont’s first Valais Blacknose Sheep. Currently, the farm sells fiber for yarn, which is derived from registered Shetland, Cormo, Cotswold, and Merino sheep, registered Angora goats, and alpacas. Along with the fiber, Wing & A Prayer sells fresh eggs, chickens, turkeys, honey, homemade soap and homemade pies! It must be noted, Farmer Tam is more than a fiber farmer. She also has a passion for the making arts--creating unique wood products, naturally hand dyed fiber products and home baked goods on her farm. Her passion as a teacher has also led her to run classes teaching fiber farming and sheep rearing. In this week’s episode, we will discuss Tammy’s journey building a successful business and the hilarious stories of the animals living on her farm. Interested in learning more about Tammy’s personal story? Join us on this week’s episode to find out more.  Listen to the episode on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Podchaser, Simplecast, Podtail, or on your favorite podcast platform. Topics Covered: Farming and sheep rearing What is fiber farming? Agriculture and sustainable practices Animal caretaking  Resources Mentioned: Wing & A Prayer Farm Guest Info Connect with Tammy on her website. Follow Us: Our Website Instagram
Sep 24, 2021
59. Art for the Earth: Sustainable Practices and Natural Dyes with Fiber Artist Lotta Helleberg
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Lotta grew up in Sweden and began her career as a journalist before immigrating to the US in the ’80s. After settling in Charlottesville, Virginia, she transitioned into graphic design, bringing the Nordic design aesthetic of simplicity, elegance, and clear lines into her work. Like many artists, Lotta dreamed of the creative work she would like to pursue outside of the requests of her clients, and started combining her interests in gardening and natural materials as inspiration. She began leaning away from working with synthetic dyes and paints, aware of both the health and environmental effects of working closely with these toxins. What started as a hobby developed into a production line of linen household items including pillows, napkins, and runners, all using leaves and natural plant materials found outside in her immediate environment. Lotta soon discovered that the natural dyes had benefits beyond the lack of toxic chemicals, finding that she was able to realize colors she could never achieve with the synthetic dyes. Her artwork now extends beyond just textiles to printmaking and book arts, and features an eco-printing technique called "botanical contact printing." Lotta carries her sustainable principles through every part of the artistic process from composting old leaves used in the printing to creating her own processing solution from iron scraps. So much of Lotta’s art and life revolves around the slow principles we espouse at Lady Farmer. She reflects on how growing up in Sweden with the ability to wander freely and explore the natural world has fostered within her a deep, personal connection with nature. When she isn’t in the studio, she is outside cultivating her naturalist garden, tending to the trees and plants grown on her property that will be translated into the design and colors of her artwork. She also incorporates the meditative practice of hand stitching into her art. On this episode of The Good Dirt, Lotta encourages us to find beauty in the natural world all around, and experience the wonder that is everywhere. Join us on this week’s episode to find out more. Listen to the episode on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Podchaser, Captivate, Podtail, or on your favorite podcast platform. Topics Covered: Art being informed by one’s personal principles  Lotta’s sustainable and biodegradable dyeing process using linen, silk, and wool The Swedish concept of Allemansrätten, or right of public access Society’s pressure to be constantly producing The meditative practice of hand stitching Finding beauty in the simple and common natural world around us Resources Mentioned: India Flint The School of Nomad Arts Sewanee Wheesht: Creative Making in Uncertain Times Guest Info: Connect with Lotta on her website. Follow Us: Our Website Instagram
Sep 17, 2021
58. Practicing Mindfulness Through Weaving with Kate Kilmurray
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In Kate Kilmurray’s experience, weaving is one of the best practices for mindfulness, grounding ourselves in nature, and returning to who we really are. As our hands get involved with each thread, our mind is free to rest from our conscious stream. In this stillness, we are able to ground ourselves and find our inner center within our tumultuous and chaotic surroundings. Join us on today’s episode as we gain more insight into Kate’s journey and how she teaches weaving as a form of meditation to realign with our inner selves.  After graduating with a degree in Art History from the University of Pennsylvania, Kate ran a small textile business and worked for several years at Swan Gallery in Philadelphia. Faced with health challenges, she discovered yoga and meditation, and found herself called to the path of conscious and contemplative living. Kate received a certification in Mindfulness Meditation, and for fifteen years ran the Mystic River Yoga Studio in Medford, MA with her husband, Arthur, helping students slow down, find freedom in movement, and reconnect to their true nature. After a move from the east coast to California, Kate became inspired to begin teaching and presenting her visual art with others. She has developed a line of handwoven potholders and textiles made from a simple 7 x 7 inch metal handloom, which she uses in teaching her “Weaving As Meditation” classes. Kate teaches women the principles of hand weaving, while guiding them to slow down, connect to the breath, and tap into their creative channels. "Women leave my workshops with a new set of skills to create their own inner calm and beauty in their corner of the world," she says. Kate has sold her products at over 100 lifestyle stores across the United States, as well as shops in Canada, Denmark, and Japan. Listen to this week’s episode as we explore how the visual arts can be harnessed as a powerful tool of meditation and mindfulness! Listen to the episode on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Podchaser, Captivate, Podtail, or on your favorite podcast platform. Topics Covered: Interconnectedness and how it nurtures one’s creativity Nourishing ourselves and growing from healthy soil  Reconnecting with our breath Using weaving as a form of meditation  Resources Mentioned: The Great Work Dream of the Earth Guest Info: Connect with Kate on her website. Follow Us: Our Website Instagram
Sep 10, 2021
57. The Return of American Made Linen with Sandy & Durl of The Chico Flax Project
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Growing flax and processing it into linen is one of the oldest methods of clothing manufacturing on the planet. Sandy Fisher and Durl Van Alstyne have prided themselves in reviving this old craft here in the United States through their company, The Chico Flax Project. Through their work, they are bringing a new industry and social enterprise for fiber production of flax to Northern California in collaboration with local community members, farmers, artisans, and institutions.  For Sandy, weaving has always been an important part of her life—beginning as a young child when she learned how to knit. In 2012, a phone call during the Bangladesh fires inspired her to grow flax on her plot to use for weaving clothes. Durl is equally drawn to using natural fibers for clothing, his background coming from teaching at public schools for the past 35 years. Now, he works alongside his wife as a regenerative agricultural flax farmer.  In this week’s episode, we will discuss how garments made from flax fibers will create opportunities for employment and for meaningful craft, the process of designing clothes from natural fibers, and how they began The Chico Flax Project. Interested in learning more about Sandy’s and Durl’s story? Join us on this week’s episode to find out more.  Listen to the episode on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Podchaser, Simplecast, Podtail, or on your favorite podcast platform. Topics Covered: Weaving with flax seeds Process of designing clothes from natural fibers Impact of Covid-19 on agriculture Increasing the market of domestically grown linen Resources Mentioned: Center for Regenerative Agriculture and Resilient Systems 2021 Field Day The Big Book of Flax by Christian and Johannes Zinzendorf Guest Info Connect with Sandy and Durl on their website. Follow Us: Our Website Instagram
Sep 03, 2021
56. Accessing Capital & Supporting Regenerative Agriculture with Dan Miller and Spike Gjerde of Steward
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Separately, Dan Miller and Spike Gjerde knew that they needed to find a way to support regenerative farmers and producers using their own natural talents and expertise. Dan’s family had been farming in the Chesapeake Bay since the late 1800s, but he never understood how a region could have what appears to be a thriving agricultural system while also struggling economically. Meanwhile, Spike wanted to start a new restaurant concept that focused on growing seasons and local sourcing. It wasn’t until Dan created Steward, a platform that enables people to fund regenerative agriculture, that the two found each other and realized their shared passion.  Dan and Spike define regenerative agriculture as a system of farming principles and practices that seeks to rehabilitate and enhance the entire ecosystem of the farm by placing a heavy premium on soil health. The benefits of this kind of farming practice seem obvious, but individuals and families running regenerative farms often achieve such small profit margins that they can’t invest in the equipment, training, and labor that allows them to scale. Dan hopes Steward will change that by allowing people to make small or large contributions to regenerative farms in their area. In turn, investors receive all of the environmental benefits while also making a competitive return on their investment. When your local farms are thriving, you can taste the difference. That's why Spike has broken with traditional restaurant conventions and plans his menu with the seasons. You won't find lemons in your water at Woodberry Kitchen, but what you will get is food that supports everyone in the production chain. He encourages us to ask "How much does this really cost?" when we are tempted to question the high prices of local goods. Join us in this week’s episode of The Good Dirt Podcast to learn more. Listen to the episode on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Podchaser, Simplecast, Podtail, or on your favorite podcast platform. Topics Covered: Regenerative Agriculture Human Scale Farming Community-Supported Agriculture(CSA) Sustainable Agriculture Grower Lending Resources Mentioned: Steward Woodberry Kitchen Aggie Bond Program - Business Oregon Chesapeake Bay Program Fisheye Farms Roundup (herbicide) - Wikipedia Guest Info Connect with Dan Miller on LinkedIn and Twitter. Connect with Spike Gjerde on LinkedIn and Instagram. Follow Us: Our Website Instagram
Aug 27, 2021
55. A Taste of France: Cooking and Slow Living in Gascony with Kate Hill
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The greatest secret to mastering the art of cooking? It's' not the recipes, but in using the freshest ingredients that are indigenous to the land. In France, this means buying locally grown, in-season fruits and vegetables from the nearest farmer's market. This is a long-held practice in Gascony, a rural province of southwestern France where "the good dirt" is prized and protected for the preservation of its culinary heritage.  The culture of food in Gascony has its own unique flavors and methods. Kate has been collecting recipes for years, gathered from friends and neighbors and even from knocking on the doors of strangers to learn how to cook something new. Kate teaches methods such as oven roasting, braising, emulsifying sauces, and has recently been featured on a "Cooking with Wine" series streaming on Somm TV. But it doesn’t stop there, Kate also intertwines these culinary lessons with in-person road trips in France and Spain.  Kate masterfully wears multiple hats in her personal life and profession. She is a cook, teacher, mentor, and wonderful storyteller. In “A Culinary Journey in Gascony: Recipes and Stories from My French Canal Boat'," she tells the story of how she first discovered the region while floating slowly down the Canal de Garonne, and subsequently purchased the 18th-century farmhouse in the area which has been her home and culinary inspiration for the past thirty years.  Interested in learning more about Kate and her personal story? Join us on this week’s episode to find out more.  Listen to the episode on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Podchaser, Simplecast, Podtail, or on your favorite podcast platform. Topics Covered: French gastronomy and its influence on French culture Buying fresh, locally grown food The culture of food in Gascony Appreciating the experience and processes of cooking The role of food in human culture Resources Mentioned: A Culinary Journey in Gascony: Recipes and Stories from My French Canal Boat Cooking with Wine Gascony, France Out of Africa by Isak Dinesen French Dirt by Richard Goodman Jamie Beck on The Good Dirt Guest Info: Connect with Kate on her website. Follow Us: Our Website Instagram
Aug 13, 2021
54. Renegade Beauty with Nadine Artemis
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Nature provides the greatest elixirs: sunshine, water, air, and plants. By harnessing that power and bringing these elements into our everyday beauty routines, we can embrace a simpler, more natural concept of beauty that is free from the questionable ingredients in many commercially available products, allowing these elements to revive the spirit and body.   Nadine Artemis has used plants as her teachers her entire life. Her curiosity and ingenuity led her into this exploration of ingredients at an early age, and since then, she has been challenging conventional notions of beauty and wellness by creating natural beauty products that are supported by extensive research into current science.  In 1992, Nadine opened the first North American full concept aromatherapy store namedOsmosis. She now runs Living Libations, a company that provides organic and pure renegade beauty products that honor human health and beauty. Nadine is also the author of Renegade Beauty: Reveal and Revive Your Natural Radiance and Holistic Dental Care: The Complete Guide to Healthy Teeth and Gums, in which she shares her story and message of rethinking conventional notions of wellness. Curious to learn more? Join us on this week’s episode to learn more about Nadine’s story. Listen to the episode on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Podchaser, Simplecast, Podtail, or on your favorite podcast platform. Topics Covered: Rethinking conventional notions of beauty and wellness Using natural remedies to  enhance health Becoming discerning regarding commercial products Allowing the elements of nature to revive the body Synthetic vs. plant-based ingredients Resources Mentioned: Renegade Beauty: Reveal and Revive Your Natural Radiance Holistic Dental Care: The Complete Guide to Healthy Teeth and Gums Living Libations Guest Info Connect with Nadine on her website Living Libations. (Use code LADYFARMER for 10% off!) Follow Us: Our Website Instagram
Aug 06, 2021
53. A National Model for Land Preservation: The Montgomery County Agricultural Reserve with Caroline Taylor
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Where can you find nearly one hundred thousand acres of land protected for food and outdoor recreation this close to a metropolitan area? Not many, except for Montgomery County’s Agricultural Reserve. It is the hidden gem of the Washington DC Metropolitan Area, as it continues to provide economic services, food resilience networks, and environmental services for the region. It has also been heralded as one of the best examples of land conservation policies in the country, and encompasses almost a third of the county’s natural resources.   Caroline Taylor, today’s guest and executive director of the non -profit organization Montgomery Countryside Alliance, shares with us the potential of the Ag Reserve in local food production, climate change mitigation and as a resource for people to experience and enjoy natural spaces.  The Agricultural  Reserve has also served to inform and influence the formation of  land-use policies across the country, and has helped to shape the United States’ suburban landscape in a positive way .  According to Caroline, more connection with nature and  relationship to our open spaces will lead to increased general wellness, awareness and momentum in seeking meaningful solutions to climate change. Curious to find out more? Join us on this week’s episode to learn all about the Montgomery County Agricultural Reserve, a national model in land use planning for a sustainable future.   Listen to the episode on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Podchaser, Simplecast, Podtail, or on your favorite podcast platform. Topics Covered: Environmental stewardship and creating preservation goals Montgomery County’s Agricultural Reserve Producing food within the urban and suburban footprint Preservation programs and competing interests Regenerative solutions to combat climate change Resources Mentioned: Montgomery County’s Agricultural Reserve Montgomery Countryside Alliance Washington DC Defenders of Wildlife Guest Info Connect with Caroline on LinkedIn. Follow Us: Our Website Instagram
Jul 30, 2021
52. Go Plastic Free with Linen: Regenerative Design for the Kitchen with Heidi Barr
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Linen is a woven and durable fabric that gets pulled out of the closet when summer rolls around or spread across one’s bed as a soft blanket or duvet cover. But the big question remains: how sustainable is linen? We speak to Heidi Barr about how she has worked with reclaimed fabrics to reduce textile waste in the industry. She noticed the need for more sustainable solutions when she saw the urgency for making these changes in order to build a healthy, vibrant future with kitchen products that you will want to use every day. Heidi Barr is the founder of The Kitchen Garden Textiles, a line of kitchen textiles made with natural and reclaimed materials sold to support urban agriculture. Her business began by making napkins out of the backs of second-hand men’s shirts and selling them to support her local urban CSA farm.  Now, her company has gained significant traction in the textile industry and is used by some of Philly’s top chefs including Ari Miller, co-owner and chef at Musi BYOB, and by Judy Wicks, environmental activist, author, and founder of the White Dog Cafe. As a former dancer turned costume designer, her business combines her love for the environment, fabric, and sewing. Heidi uses this passion to continue to inspire other individuals to live a more environmentally conscious and plastic-free lifestyle. Join us on this week’s episode as we dive into the topics of ethically sourced products, environmental stewardship, and Heidi’s personal journey as an entrepreneur. Listen to the episode on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Podchaser, Simplecast, Podtail, or on your favorite podcast platform. Topics Covered: Replacing single-use plastics with sustainable solutions Environmental stewardship Ethical business practices Affordability and sustainable products Greenwashing in the textile industry Resources Mentioned: The Kitchen Garden Textiles Weavers Way Farms Henry Got Crops The Flax Project  Guest Info Connect with the guest on Heidi’s website or by email at hello@kitchengardentextiles.com Follow Us: Our Website Instagram
Jul 23, 2021
51. The Million Acre Challenge: Building Regenerative Systems for Healthy Soil with Amanda Cather
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In this week’s episode,  Mary and Emma talk with Amanda Cather from The Million Acre Challenge, a nonprofit organization that helps Maryland farmers build soil health, increase farm profitability, and improve water quality – while making farms resilient and active in the face of climate change. Their farmer-focused collaborative uses soil health science, economics, education, and incentives to achieve their mission.  Amanda's early training in pre-med  led  her from  an interest in equitable food access to a career path in urban agriculture, and ultimately to running her own farm raising grass-fed livestock. Now, alongside the team at Million Acre, the goal is to achieve one million agricultural acres in Maryland using healthy soil techniques by 2030, while sharing best practices and making healthy soil connections throughout the Chesapeake watershed.   Throughout the episode, Amanda shares her  knowledge surrounding the effort. She educates us on the industrial versus ecological models,  and introduces us to the multiple factors that affect the way farmers must approach soil improvement. She stresses the importance of listening to farmer’s voices and supporting their journey, as well as, fighting for systems that reward good stewardship and value biodiversity. She explains there are multi-pathways to healthy soil and no one way to achieve the goal.  The key to progress in this effort  is maintaining curiosity and communication along the way, and remembering that healthy soil (good dirt!)   is the foundation of everything.     1:30 - Mary and Emma check in to see how Plastic Free July is going!  4:00 - Amanda Cather of Million Acre Challenge  Let’s get into the episode: 5:45 - Amanda introduces herself  11:00 - What is the Million Acre Challenge?  20:30 - Connecting to the issues  23:30 - Incentivising soil health and funding the transition  27:00 - Nutritional quality of crops  34:00 - Equity  43:00 - Lobbying to change  48:00 - Engaging with farmers  50:00 - What does the Good Dirt mean to you?  Things Mentioned:  Million Acre Challenge  IG: @soilchallenge The Land Institute  Plow and Stars Farm Guidelight / Patagonia Report  Pasa Sustainable Agriculture Soil Health BenchMark Study UMD Organic Grains Transition Project  American Farmland Trust Soil Health Institute   Maryland Department of Agriculture USDA FFAR The Farm’s Project  Regen1 The Real Food Project  The Agriculture Resilience Act Fair Farms Pledge Lady Farmer  The ALMANAC
Jul 16, 2021
50. Trash Talk: The Truth About Compostables with Lauren Olson of WorldCentric
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In this week’s episode, Mary and Emma dive deep into the world of plastic consumption and waste management with Lauren Olson, a Zero Waste Manager at World Centric, exploring the world of compostables and the use of plastic in our daily lives. The discussion covers several aspects of the topic, including the difficulties of “zero-waste," how plastic sneaks into our homes even when we are consciously trying to avoid it, and all the ways in which existing systems make it difficult to create true sustainability in our homes.  Lauren explains the science behind bioplastics, as well as the difference between industrial vs home compostables. She also shares how to determine genuinely compostable products and helps us imagine a cradle to cradle world where waste equals food for the earth, and not the other way around!  Mary and Emma ask the vital questions, what can we do to work through this monumentally large plastic problem, and is it really possible to achieve the ultimate goal of a zero-waste economy? Lauren gives practical tips for individual action, while encouraging all of us to use our voices as paying consumers to demand change from the top down. 1:30 - Mary and Emma catch up and talk about plastic problem solving!  10:30 - World Centric  Let’s get into the episode: 11:30 - Introducing Lauren & the world of World Centric  16:30 - Is zero waste really achievable?   22:00 - Bioplastics  30:00 - Landfills as coffins for waste  35:00 - What can we do?  36:00 - Greenwashing  43:00 - Facing this massive issue  50:00 - What does the Good Dirt mean to you?  USE CODE: "thegooddirt" for  10% off online at World Centric. Valid for 30 days.  Things Mentioned: World Centric  The Ecology Center  Nature Works Polystyrene BPI  Compost Manufacturers Alliance (CAM)   ASTM 6400 or 6868 Findacomposter.com World Centric’s Giving Program
Jul 09, 2021
49. Beyond the Dream: Legal Resilience and Homesteading Reframed with Eva Moss
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Mary and Emma have an enlightening conversation this week with grower and legal educator Eva Moss, discussing an aspect of the homestead dream that is too often overlooked. Knowing farm law and preparing for unexpected issues through healthy communication before they come up creates legal protection for all parties involved. Eva shares with us the story of how a life transition left her and her farm legally vulnerable. With help, she found her way through that experience all the wiser, and now uses her voice and legal knowledge to educate the farming community through her work at Farm Commons. Throughout the episode, Eva speaks to the power of finding healthy pathways forward in our relationships within the business, with each other and with the land. She reminds us that we have the power to create our own solutions and that we have significant creative power to (legally) cultivate the lady farmer life we’re dreaming of if we take the time to talk about our needs and goals. Mary, Emma and Eva also discuss how to cultivate a slow life as a hardworking homesteader and the important distinction between self-sufficiency and community resiliency. 1:30 - Mary and Emma catch up and talk about Plastic Free July!  7:30 - Introducing Eva Moss Let’s get into the episode:  9:25 - Eva introduces herself  18:30 - Creating a foundation...grounded in the law  21:30 - Eva’s homestead story  26:30 - Finding pathways   32:00 - A great place to start  39:30 - Looking ahead  47:00 - Setting boundaries  50:00 - Grappling with “homesteading”  57:00 - Carving out community  59:30 - What does the Good Dirt mean to you?    Shop our Plastic Free July zero waste products in the marketplace!  Use Code: plasticfreejuly for 15% OFF   Things Mentioned: Plastic Free July  Lady Farmer Marketplace Heart Strong Farm Farm Commons North Carolina Farm Link Land Link Montgomery  Thistle Farms Cooperative Extension
Jul 02, 2021
48. Curiosity, Creativity, and Community with Eva Kosmas Flores
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This week, Mary and Emma have a wonderful conversation with photographer, chef,  cookbook author, educator and entrepreneur turned homesteader, Eva Kosmas Flores.  Eva shares her journey to the slow living lifestyle, led by an ancestral pull and deep familial ties that have guided her back to a connection with home, the garden, food, family and community. Always leading with curiosity, Eva talks about her new adventures as a homesteader and what she’s learning from the land.  Throughout the episode, Mary, Emma and Eva talk about the pursuit of the creative life and how to make it work, native species, permaculture gardening and the complexity of our forest ecosystems. They also discuss their sustainable home projects, creating beautiful and enduring interiors, and the complicated decisions involved in the process.  Eva reminds us that real life is an intersection of all the things we love, and we have permission to pursue all the parts of ourselves.   1:25 - Mary and Emma catch up and talk berries!  5:00 - Eva Kosmas Flores  Let’s get into the episode:   6:20  -  Eva introduces herself  15:50  -  Finding and creating a homestead  21:00  -  Forestry and restoring the soil  22:30  -  The importance of native species  29:00  -  Breaking ground  33:00  -  A sustainable home   39:30  -  Timeless, natural interiors   52:00  -  Loving lots of things 57:30  -  What does the Good Dirt mean to you?     Things Mentioned: Eva Kosmas Flores  Adventures In Cooking First We Eat  https://www.firstweeat.co Adventures in Chicken The Hidden Life of Trees  The National Scenic Area  Simplicity by Nancy Braithwaite  The Nature of Home by Jeffery Dungan  Braiding Sweetgrass  
Jun 25, 2021
Juneteenth: A History and Reflection on Emancipation with Tony Cohen
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We have a special bonus episode for you this week in celebration of our newest national holiday-- Juneteenth! Mary and Emma reunite with author, historian and farmer Tony Cohen for an exploration into the history of Juneteenth and the holiday’s complex folklore and origins. Tony takes us back in time to examine how this monumental declaration of freedom spread in a variety of ways depending on the geographic, economic and social landscape of the time. Mary, Emma and Tony pause to reflect upon what freedom means and looks like in the modern era and why society continues to resist a hard look at injustice. Tony points to how altering behavior can feel like giving up our own freedoms and comforts and reminds us that the fair trade movement has deeply historic roots. He also reflects upon the transition from enslavement to the tenant farming system and points to how that system affects us still today.  The trio grapples with some hard truths about freedom itself and acknowledges the work still left to be done.   Tony shares how he celebrates Juneteenth at Button Farm and rejoices in community as he reflects upon the precious ability to gather and take new found enthusiasm into the world.    Let’s get into the episode: 1:30  -  Emma introduces this week’s special episode 3:00  -  Tony Cohen on the history of Juneteenth 15:00  -  The transition into freedom 20:00  -  The shift to “waged” labor and the evolution of slavery 28:00  -  Fair trade 31:00  -  Local emancipation 41:00  -  Celebrating Juneteenth 42:30  -  The happenings at Button Farm 48:00  -  Creating Community   Things Mentioned:  Button Farm Oprah’s visit  The Menare Foundation HipCamp - Camp at Button Farm  Anthony Cohen The Good Dirt - Episode 31  The AG Reserve - Montgomery County  The Underground railroad in Montgomery County, Maryland: A history and driving guide Juneteenth becomes a federal holiday  Lift Every Voice and Sing DC Emancipation Day  Montgomery County Historical Society  13th Amendment  14th Amendment 15th Amendment
Jun 19, 2021
47. Fashion, Art and Mystical Stitches with Christi Johnson
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On today’s episode of The Good Dirt, Mary and Emma have a conversation with artist, teacher and “sorceress of the stitch” Christi Johnson. Christi’s art reflects communion and connection with plants, revealing the hypnotic beauty of botanicals. Her work includes alchemy, herbalism, and images which are stitched slowly and methodically into fabric. Christi is dedicated to rejoining the art of embroidery with its complex and meaningful origins. Throughout the episode, Christi discusses her own history within the fashion industry. Mary, Emma and Christi remind us that “cheap is never a bargain” and discuss how many of the problems with manufacturing in the fashion industry are hidden from the consumer. Christi also dives into the concept of images as language, and talks about allowing the creative process to be a conversation between you and the work that is ever-changing and not predetermined. Christi discusses her dedication to experimentation, exploration and evolution in her work, shares her dream of bringing art and meaning back into traditional craft and how giving our art power in turn allows us to empower ourselves. Christi’s new book is entitled “Mystical Stitches: Embroidery for Personal Empowerment and Magical Embellishment”.  THIS EPISODE IS BROUGHT TO YOU BY PLAINE PRODUCTS. USE CODE LADYFARMER FOR 20% OFF.   Let’s get into the episode: 1:30.     Mary tells the story of her plant rescue mission 9:00 - Christi Johnson, sorceress of the stitch  11:20 -  Christi introduces herself  15:30 - Understanding composition  30:30 - The intersection between herbs and art  34:00 -  A “good” price  37:30 - Images as language  52:00 - Working with the seasons   1:00 - Mystical Stitches  1:01 - What does the Good Dirt mean to you? Things Mentioned: Mixed Color  Mystical Stitches  Magic Threads  Stitch Wish Shop Plaine Products  Textile Arts Center Doug Johnston Emily Fisher: Haptic Lab  Braiding Sweetgrass  The ALMANAC Summer Enrollment  A History of the World in Seven Cheap Things 
Jun 18, 2021
46. A Lady Farmer's Life with Michelle Aronson
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In this episode, we talk with Lady Farmer and chef Michelle Aronson, creator of Farmbelly, an educational platform dedicated to sharing the love of growing, cooking, and eating wonderful food.  Although Michelle wasn't particularly interested in cooking while growing up in the suburbs of the Midwest, once she moved to the Blue Ridge Mountains in Virginia for college, she I discovered her love for food and farming. After several summers apprenticing on different small-scale farms, and after managing  an educational farm in Charlottesville, complete with laying hens, bee hives, and lots of eager student volunteers, she recognized that she needed to level up her cooking skills  in order to enjoy the hard-earned fruits and veggies she was learning to grow. In the spring of 2013 Michelle attended culinary training at the Ballymaloe Cooking School, located on a 100-acre organic farm on the coast of Ireland, where almost all of the dairy, meat, vegetables, and herbs come straight from the fields into the teaching kitchens. Inspired by the incredible teachers, fresh ingredients, and straightforward culinary ethos at Ballymaloe, Michelle returned home to work in many sectors of the food/farming world, and ultimately to where she now lives on a beautiful 10-acre farm near Saxapahaw, North Carolina, cultivating a diverse market garden + farmstand, and teaching  gardening + cooking classes. Michelle shares about  her journey and her mission to make farm-fresh food accessible and less intimidating for folks...and to help everyone get a “farm belly." What's that? Listen in to find out!  Timestamps, Links & Resources Introduction: Slow Living Intensive The ALMANAC open enrollment 6:36: Introducing Michelle 8:35: Michelle describes her journey 10:27: Ballymaloe Culinary School in Ireland 11:28: Starting Farmbelly 12:33: A day in the life at Ballymaloe Culinary School 16:17: What is a  "farm belly" ?  18:45: Food culture now 20:00 The value of sitting down together for a meal 22:22 Focus on the farm 24:00 The farmstand, how it works 27:00 Cooking with the produce 31:30: Planting season 33:00 Lady Farmers 34:00. Michelle's Inspiration 38:30  Sustainability and  good dirt Follow Michelle on Instagram @farmbelly or via her website!    
Jun 11, 2021
45. Make, Thrift, Mend With Katrina Rodabaugh
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On today’s episode of The Good Dirt, Mary and Emma sit down with artist, writer and teacher Katrina Rodabaugh to discuss her slow fashion journey,  sustainability as a process, embracing imperfection and mending as healing. Katrina dives into her own outlook on embracing a more sustainable lifestyle, a process that takes place over time and many small steps. The three discuss the importance of accessibility in the movement, and how remembering the values of the past doesn't have to mean giving up the progress we have made as a society.  They also talk about how slow fashion practices such as thrifting, mending  and making are important as a disruption of the industry and a positive step towards change.  A poet and fiber artist at heart, Katrina has published three books, Make Thrift Mend (2021);  Mending Matters (2018); and The Paper Playhouse (2015). Her writing and artwork has appeared in publications such as the New York Times, Boston Globe, Martha Stewart Living, Mother Earth Living, Sewing Magazine, Sunset magazine, Sweet Paul Magazine, Taproot magazine, and more.  Katrina currently lives with her artist husband and their young sons on a two-hundred-year-old farmhouse in Hudson Valley, New York where they grow dye plants, flowers, herbs, fruits, and vegetables while caring for chickens and honeybees.  Let’s get into the episode: 1:30 - Mary and Emma catch up and talk “cultivation” and upcoming events  4:00 - Katrina Rodabaugh: Artist, Writer, Teacher  5:20 -  Katrina introduces herself  13:30 - Make Thrift Mend  20:00 - Accessible sustainability  34:00 - Remembering slow fashion   41:50 - Mending as healing  47:40 - What does the Good Dirt mean to you? Things Mentioned: Slow Living Intensive  ALMANAC summer open enrollment  Make Thrift Mend Mending Matters  Katrina Rodabaugh Studios  2013 Garment Factory Collapse
Jun 04, 2021
44. The Moon and the Emergence with Mary and Emma
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On today’s episode, Mary and Emma sit down to talk about what’s currently captivating their interest and the latest happenings on the farm. Mary shares her experience and knowledge gardening by the moon and encourages the use of the lunar cycle as a framework for the things we want to cultivate in our lives. The mother and daughter duo discuss the mesmerizing emergence of the seventeen-year cicada and embrace the celebratory nature of the phenomenon. drawing the parallel of a cultural emergence that's unfolding a year after a worldwide lockdown.  Let’s get into the episode: 1:30 - Mary and Emma catch up and talk about gardening by the moon  11:30 - The 17 year cicada  19:00 - The insect sounds of summer  23:00 - Fireflies at the farm  23:50 - Upcoming events and announcements    Things Mentioned: Slow Living Intensive The Farmer’s Almanac  The 17 year cicada The Almanac lady-farmer.com Raising With the Moon: The Complete Guide to Gardening and Living By the Signs of the Moon by Jack R. Pyle and Taylor Reese You and the Man and the Moon: The Complete Guide to Using the Almanac by Jack R. Pyle and Taylor Reese
May 28, 2021
43. Practice or Performance? Artistic Expression, Slow Living, and the Role of Social Media with Marlee Grace
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On today’s episode of The Good Dirt, Mary and Emma talk with dancer, writer and quiltmaker Marlee Grace to consider the question, what are we practicing and showing up for in our day to day lives? Throughout the episode, Mary, Emma, and Marlee dig into the concept of “personal practice” as they reimagine art forms as a practice rather than a performance. Marlee shares why she stepped away from social media, questions the role it plays in our lives, and addresses the platform’s inherently performative nature. She also shares where she finds encouragement and inspiration, and reminds us to take our work seriously (but not ourselves).  Marlee’s work focuses on the self, rituals of devotion, creativity, and art-making. Her practice is rooted in improvisation as a compositional form expressed through dance, writing, quilting, teaching, and hosting artists.  Her dance project Personal Practice has been featured in the New York Times, Dance Magazine, Vanity Fair, and The Huffington Post. Marlee is the author of Getting to Center: Pathways to Finding Yourself.  THIS EPISODE IS BROUGHT TO YOU BY PLAINE PRODUCTS. USE CODE LADYFARMER FOR 20% OFF! 1:30 - Mary and Emma catch up and talk about natural dyeing and quilting!  6:40 - Dancer, Writer, and Quiltmaker Marlee Grace  Let’s get into the episode: 8:30 - Marlee Grace introduces herself  15:50 - Personal practice  24:20 - Escaping the chaotic and addictive loop of social media 37:00 - Improvisational quilting  39:30 - What inspires and encourages you? 45:30 - Slow living and its challenges  53:00 - What does the Good Dirt mean to you?    Things Mentioned: Natural Dye and Slow Fashion Pop Up  Line + Tow Marleegrace.space Getting to Center: Pathways to Finding Yourself Within the Great Unknown New York Times feature Vanity Fair feature Huffingtonpost feature Ten Arguments for Deleting Your Social Media Accounts Right Now  Parable of the Sower by Octavia E. Butler  The Freedom Quilting Bee  Acres of Ancestry Initiative Natural Dyeing Intensive Plaine Products: Use code LADYFARMER for 20% off! 
May 21, 2021
42. A Passion for Wool: What’s Behind a Sustainable Supply Chain with Lani Estill
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In today’s episode, Mary and Emma sit down with Lani Estill, founder of Lani’s Lana ~ Fine Rambouillet Wool; a commercial wool business and small yarn line based in Northern California. Alongside her family, Lani also owns and operates a vertically integrated diversified livestock ranch producing cattle, sheep, alfalfa and grass hay in the Northern California/Northern Nevada region. With the help of partners like Fibershed and the Carbon Cycle Institute, Lani’s family ranch is now running under a climate-fighting Carbon Farm Plan! Throughout the episode, Mary and Emma dig into Lani’s life on the ranch and chat about the complexities of owning and operating a truly sustainable supply chain. They also speak to the power of the consumer and talk about the soul satisfying decision to invest in climate beneficial products.   1:20 - Mary and Emma catch up and talk about upcoming events!  Let’s get into the episode: 9:30 - Lani’s Lana Wool! 12:15 - Lani introduces herself  16:00 - Regeneration on the ranch 20:00 - The early days at Fibershed  23:40 - Investing in carbon farming  30:00 - The team  32:30 - The sheep  35:10 - The fabrics  42:00 - The cost of climate beneficial products  49:00 - Dyers and natural dyes 51:20 - What does the Good Dirt mean to you?   Things Mentioned: Kefir Workshop with Mary  Lani's Lana  Water mountain weavers   Fibershed  TGD - Rebecca Burgess  TGD - Elizabeth Cline  Northface Backyard Project  Carbon Cycle Institute
May 14, 2021
41. Fermented Foods for Health & Happiness with Kirsten Shockey
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1:30 - Mary and Emma catch up and talk fermentation around the farm!  8:20 - Introducing Kirsten Shockey of Ferment Works   Let’s get into the episode: 10:30 - Kirsten introduces herself  16:50 - What is fermentation?  19:40 - Bioavailability 22:40 - Fermentation vs Pickling  28:05 - The Wonderful World of Vinegar  34:50 - Fermentation School 38:35 - Fermenting dairy  39:50 - Fermenting safety & policy...it’s safe y’all!  42:00 - Fermentation vs canning...fermentation for the win!  45:35 - Tips & tricks  47:55 - Kirsten’s favorite ferment  49:20 - Gateway ferment for getting started!   51:50 - What does the Good Dirt mean to you?  52:55 - Don’t be afraid and you've got this Kirsten's Books: The Big Book of Cidermaking; (award winning) Miso, Tempeh, Natto & Other Tasty Ferments Fiery Ferments Homebrewed Vinegar  Fermented Vegetables Things Mentioned: Upcoming Kefir Workshop Ferment Works Plaine Products  20% OFF with CODE: ladyfarmer fermentationschool.com THANKS TO OUR SPONSOR PLAINE PRODUCTS: USE CODE "LADYFARMER" FOR 20% OFF YOUR PURCHASE
May 07, 2021
40. Cultivating The Creative Life with Liz Kimball
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Liz Kimball (MFA, CPC) is a creativity catalyst, writer, coach, speaker, and founder of The Collective, a network of women creators and thought leaders dedicated to fostering cultural change through creativity. Her work has been featured at TEDx, Oprah.com, the NBA, The Guggenheim, NYU, and at universities and institutions throughout the country. In today's episode, we talk about the creative process from many angles,  how pursuing our dreams might not be the straight path we imagine, how to foster our creative selves in a world that demands much from us,  and how some of these things might be shifting from the pandemic year. Liz talks about the importance of detaching yourself from labels that you’ve placed on yourself since adolescence. Your work in the world is much more important than a title.  We discuss how the ideas of slow living and "good dirt" are essential to cultivating the creative life, and building a future we can’t wait to wake up to! Let's get into the episode:  1:30 - Mary & Emma catch up and chat about plants! 7:00 - Liz introduces herself 20:00 - Rewriting the rules  23:00 - The Collective 27:00 - Discussion around time 35:00 - The creative process 50:00 - Mary recalls her own journey with her creative process   Things Mentioned:  Liz's Website - The Collective Liz's TED Talk Howard Thurman - The Sound of The Genuine Big Magic - Elizabeth Gilbert The ALMANAC - Sharon Bailey's Workshop (available to members only)  Lynn Felton - @bonzart     
Apr 30, 2021
39. The Role of Activism in the Fashion Revolution with Elizabeth Cline
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1:30 - It’s Fashion Revolution week! 10:00 - Elizabeth introduces herself 11:00 - Has there been much change in the last two decades in the fashion industry? 20:00 - Why are corporations not paying their factories? 28:00 - The problems in your own closet 38:00 - The PayUp Campaign  42:00 - What does The Good Dirt mean to you? 50:00 - How Farmers in West Texas inspired Elizabeth Things Mentioned: Fashion Revolution  Overdressed: The Shockingly High Cost of Cheap Fashion by Elizabeth Cline The Conscious Closet by Elizabeth Cline Lady Farmer Essential Collection Line and Tow Line at Lady Farmer Grace Brian The Twilight of the Ethical Consumer article PayUp Fashion SB 62 - The Garment Worker Protection Act Elizabeth Cline Instagram PayUp Fashion Instagram Greenwashing article for Patagonia Another Tomorrow The ALMANAC
Apr 23, 2021
38. The Regenerative Role of Local Fibersheds with Rebecca Burgess
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On this special live episode of The Good Dirt, Mary and Emma talk with Rebecca Burgess, the founder of Fibershed, a non profit organization that develops regional fiber systems that build soil and protect the health of our biosphere. Fibershed envisions the emergence of regional textile communities that facilitate soil-to-soil textile processes, and create opportunities for localized clothing production and supply. Rebecca speaks about the origins of the organization and its efforts in connecting wearers in numerous regions with local fields where the clothes are grown, working to build viable systems that can be sustained for generations to come. 1:40 - Next week is Fashion Revolution Week Let’s get into the interview! 6:13 - Rebecca shares her biggest influences 11:35 - The moment that started Fibershed 16:35 - What is Fibershed? 22:50 - Hemp in the fashion industry 30:00 - What’s to come of Fibershed? 40:00 - What does the Good Dirt mean to you? 41:00 - Seniors and the working community 44:00 - What makes for a healthy fibershed? Things mentioned: Fashion Revolution Lady Farmer Marketplace Lady Farmer Instagram Fibershed Fibershed by Rebecca Burgess Chesapeake Fibershed The ALMANAC Harvesting Color  by Rebecca Burgess
Apr 16, 2021
37. A Calling to the Land with Songwriter Eliza Blue, the Accidental Rancher
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In this episode, Mary and Emma have a wonderful conversation with Eliza Blue, a singer/songwriter who lives and works on a regeneratively-managed ranch raising grass-fed cattle and fiber sheep with her husband and two children. She talks about going from the life of a touring musician to a teaching job in South Dakota,  and the pivotal moment when she walked into a friend’s lambing barn at lambing season and knew she had found her calling. Eliza's connection to the land is evident in her stories of life on the ranch and her daily involvement with the animals and the natural environment.  She has written a book called "Accidental Rancher," which came out this past spring, and she writes and produces audio "postcards" about ranch life for the North Dakota and South Dakota NPR affiliates. In addition, she has just finished filming for a new series that celebrates rural life through stories and songs called Wish You Were Here. 1:23 - It’s been a year since The Lady Farmer Guide to Slow Living has been released! Let’s get into the interview! 8:35 - Eliza introduces herself 13:20 - Eliza’s creative endeavor  18:00 - Eliza’s shares a story from the ranch 30:00 - How the pandemic has affected Eliza’s life 33:00 - What inspires Eliza’s music and songwriting? 44:00 - Regenerative Agriculture in the grasslands 50:00 - What does The Good Dirt mean to Eliza? Things Mentioned: The Lady Farmer Guide to Slow Living Book Accidental Rancher by Eliza Blue Postcards from the Prairie Wish You Were Here Dirt to Soil by Gabe Brown Omnivore's Dilemma  by Michael Pollan The History and Folklore of Brigid: Saint, Legend and Lady Farmer with Kathy Spaar Eliza's Spotify  
Apr 09, 2021
36. Living in Rhythm: Women's Well Being with Sharon Bailey
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Today's guest is Sharon Bailey of The Glow Emporium, a woman’s wellness education and empowerment community.  As a homesteader, mother, entrepreneur, and educator living in a small mountain town, Sharon espouses a life lived in sync with nature, and helps other women connect with their own feminine rhythms for a happier and healthier lifestyle.  Emphasizing the counter- cultural art of slowing down as a fundamental necessity for coping with the many demands of women today, Sharon offers empowering information and advice for dealing with exhaustion and burnout.  In this conversation, Sharon shares her own story of early challenges that led to destructive habits in early adulthood, and how through the experience of giving birth and early motherhood, she came to an understanding of the necessity for taking care of herself and her body. Her passion for supporting other women on the path to claiming full health and well being for themselves is the inspiration for the work she does today. 1:30 - Mary and Emma talk about planning by the moon Let’s get into the interview! 6:53 - Sharon introduces herself 9:00 - How did Sharon get into health and wellness? 16:15 - The current mission of The Glow Emporium 25:00 - Planning around your hormonal cycle 32:00 - What are we trading our time for? 40:00 - Making sustainability more accessible 48:00 - What does Sharon want us to most take away from this conversation? Things Mentioned: The ALMANAC The Glow Emporium The Glow Apothecary Unrefined SHE Podcast The Feminine Mystique by Betty Friedan
Apr 02, 2021
35. A Life of Making with Cynthia Main
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Cynthia Main @sunhousecraft is an artisan maker in Berea, Kentucky who has built a thriving business hand making home goods. Inspired by the timeless traditions of Appalachian crafts, her wooden wares are hand made, often hewn with axe and knife. Brooms are hand woven, with a non-electric process, with utmost attention given to the details of each piece. The materials are sourced and harvested from local, sustainable materials. In this conversation, Cynthia discusses her lifelong passion for learning traditional agrarian skills and the arts of self sufficiency, from farming to building, wood working, furniture making and crafting the basic tools of everyday life. With many of these skills largely forgotten by our consumer culture, Cynthia shares the story of how she has made her way, rediscovering these skills for herself, teaching others, and demonstrating an alternative path through a life of making. 1:20 - Catch up with Mary and Emma Let’s get into the interview! 12:00 - Cynthia introduces herself 17:50 - The importance of mindful supply chains 20:40 - Broommaking and Appalachia 31:00 - Crafts, accessibility and price 39:00 - Claiming your own power 45:00 - Cynthia’s work in relation to The Good Dirt 48:30 - How 2020 has affected Sunhouse Craft Things Mentioned: Sunhouse Craft Emma's quilting course - A Quilt is Something Human State the Label East Fork Pottery Raleigh Denim Serviceberry: An Economy of Abundance by Robin Wall Kimmer The Way Home - Tales From a Life Without Technology by Mark Boyle Let’s Talk About Your Skin! Herbal Skincare with Militza Maury Sunhouse Craft on Youtube
Mar 26, 2021
34. Slow Living, Personal Growth, and the Power of Plants with Alyson Morgan
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Alyson Morgan (@alysonsimplygrows)  is an environmentalist, gardener, artist and photographer, as well as a slow living advocate and mother. Through this conversation, Alyson gives us a glimpse of conscious living through her lens, the realities of juggling a creative business and motherhood, the desire for activism alongside the need for slowing down and being present, and the power of plants in everyday life.  Through her beautiful photography and her writing, along with the flower essences she creates for Earth Star Herbals, Alyson offers her gifts of healing to her audience and the world.  1:20 - Mary and Emma talk about the seasonal transition Let’s get into the interview! 5:34 - Alyson introduces herself 8:40 - How did Alyson get into herbalism 18:00 - Plant allies and personal growth 22:00 - What is a flower essence? 29:00 - Rest and Productivity 33:40 - Living by the moon 40:40 - Balancing slow living and motherhood with COVID 45:00 - What does Good Dirt mean to you? Things Mentioned: The ALMANAC Wintering by Katherine May Lady Farmer Playlists on Spotify Numero Group Earth Star Herbals Alyson’s Instagram
Mar 19, 2021
33. All About Natural Plant Dyes with Kathy Hattori of Botanical Colors
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In today's episode, Mary and Emma talk with  Kathy Hattori of Botanical Colors  about natural plant dyes, and how she created a business from her desire to connect herself and others to the natural world.  She talks about a personal wake-up call that led to her decision to quit her corporate job in pursuit of a more creative and personally fulfilling career, despite her fears around the uncertainties of such a move. Though at the time, Kathy couldn't imagine the career potential in the world of plant dyes, Botanical Colors is now the premier source for all things related to dyeing with plants, including sustainably sourced materials, supplies, information and education. 1:30 - Come join us in The ALMANAC for the Spring season! 6:15 - Sign up now for the Grow Your Own food Intensive Let’s get into the interview! 6:46 - Kathy introduces herself 11:50 - What is Botanical Colors and how did it get started? 20:00 - How does working with dye companies look like? 30:00 - Living with natural vs synthetic goods 41:00 - The effect of the pandemic on Botanical Colors 45:50 - Natural dyes and the good dirt 50:15 - What is it that Kathy wants us to come away with most? Things Mentioned: The ALMANAC Grow Your Own Food Intensive Botanical Colors Earth Hues Eileen Fisher x West Elm Numero Group Feedback Friday All We Can Save edited by Ayana Elizabeth Johnson & Katharine K. Wilkinson
Mar 12, 2021
32. Emma's 30th Birthday Special with Lindsey and Krista of Almost 30!
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For this special birthday episode of "The Good Dirt,"  Emma goes solo as host, talking with Lindsey and Krista from the "Almost 30" podcast. Emma reflects on her twenties and discusses her feelings about this passage in her life.  Krista and Lindsey share some of their own journey through their twenties and the transition into their thirties, and give their advice on seeking your own true path. In this episode we talk about how the good dirt of experience is fertile ground for growing your most authentic life!  1:40 - Mary and Emma reflect on the significance of this day.  Let’s get into the interview! 15:00 - Get to know Krista and Lindsey 18:00 - Emma opens up about her dreams of a career in acting.  24:50 - What is turning 30 like? 35:50 - Emma’s favorite things about being involved in theatre. 38:30 - How do you feel "rooted" in your life? 47:00 - What does "good dirt" mean to you? 50:12 - What to come away with from Krista and Lindsey about transitioning  through this significant phase of life.  Things Mentioned: Almost 30  Podcast Grow Your Own Food Intensive Workshop
Mar 05, 2021
31. Preserving the History of the Underground Railroad with Tony Cohen
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This week we spoke with historian, nonprofit founder, and author Tony Cohen, who operates Button Farm,  Maryland’s only living history center depicting 19th-century slave plantation life and the heroic story of the Underground Railroad. Tony has dedicated his studies and work to preserving the Underground Railroad’s history, historic sites and environments. In this episode, he  shares with us stories of his own travels along the Underground Railroad on foot, in an effort to recreate some of the original travelers' sensory experience of the landscape and the monumental physical challenges they endured in the pursuit of freedom. Tony also shares the story of meeting Oprah Winfrey and working with her in preparation for her starring role in the film, BELOVED, based on the book by Toni Morrison. Tony is founder and director of the Menare Foundation, a nonprofit dedicated to the creation of cutting edge educational programs, including an Underground Railroad immersion experience based on the work he did with Oprah Winfrey.    1:20 - Mary and Emma check in with the Slow Living Challenge 7:10 - The Spring Grow Your Own Food Intensive Let’s get into the interview! 8:40 - Tony introduces himself and The Menare Foundation 12:50 - Why start a nonprofit? 17:00 - Tony’s experience walking the route of The Underground Railroad 20:00 - Mary’s land and its connection to The Underground Railroad 27:00 - Tracking down your roots along The Underground Railroad 36:00 - Tony’s connection to the Harriet Tubman Museum 38:00 - How Tony got involved with Oprah Winfrey 49:00 - What is Button Farm? 57:00 - Tony’s work in relationship to Good Dirt  Mentions:  Slow Living Challenge Grow Your Own Food Intensive Workshop The ALMANAC Button Farm Living History Center The Menare Foundation The Underground railroad in Montgomery County, Maryland: A history and driving guide Chesapeake Tours The Chesapeake Fibershed Beloved by Toni Morrison
Feb 26, 2021
30. Folk Herbalism, Community and Culture with Farai Harreld
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Mary and Emma chat with Farai Harreld, an herbalist and writer known as the Hillbilly African, who takes inspiration from both her African and rural American roots. Farai grew up in Botswana and came to America to go to college, where she encountered the challenges of an entirely different culture. Her journey into herbalism began as a struggle with her hair, and led her into a deeper knowledge of plants as a source of healing and support.  Now as a mother, a writer, a doula and a folk herbalist, she inspires others as a champion of slow living, local engagement and community building.  3:00 - Grow Your Own Food Intensive Workshop Let’s get into the interview! 6:00 - Farai explains her origin story 11:30 - Farai’s garden 16:00 - Farai’s love of the folklore of plants 25:40 - What does sustainability mean to you? 30:00 - What will you bring from 2020 into 2021? 35:00 - The importance of rest 39:00 - Good Dirt means good conversation 45:00 - The origin of Hillbilly African  Things Mentioned: - Episode 11 with Nicky and Dave - Grow Your Own Food Intensive Workshop - The ALMANAC - Farai’s Instagram - Farai’s Patreon - Farai’s Website - Slow Living Challenge 2021
Feb 19, 2021
29. Urban Exodus: Going to the Country with Alissa Hessler
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Mary and Emma chat with Alissa Hessler, creator of Urban Exodus, a project highlighting people from a variety of backgrounds who have made the switch from urban to rural living. Alissa tells the story of her own life transformation, from chasing the career and paycheck to creating a more intentional  life and more meaningful work in a rural setting. The message is not that you have to move to the country to have the life you desire, but about making choices in the direction of what you want, regardless of where you live or what you think is holding you back.   Alissa encourages everyone to pay attention to those dreams. It's never too late to make a shift in your own life story!   1:40 - Use #ladyfarmerinthecity and share with us your posts! 5:40 - Let’s get into the interview! 9:00 - Alissa talks about her backstory 18:00 - Raising a child in the country 23:00 - Your worth is not based on your paycheck 26:00 - Things that hold people back from moving to a rural area 30:00 - Getting the benefits of rural living without making the move 34:00 - Learning from 2020    Things Mentioned: Urban Exodus Ditch the City and Go Country Book Blueberries for Sal Sherri Powell Urban Haven Photography
Feb 12, 2021
28. Understanding Organic: What You Need to Know About Food Sustainability with Ellen Polishuk
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In this special live episode, Mary and Emma talk with Ellen Polishuk, an organic vegetable farmer for 25 years and now a teacher and consultant for those in the farming business.  Ellen speaks from years of experience as both a  grower and a consumer on food sustainability, including topics such as organic certification, composting, GMO's, soil basics, eating locally,  community supported agriculture and the potential for a world in which everyone is well fed and farmers can earn a living. This episode is full of great information for anyone who grows or eats food!    Let’s get into the interview! 8:40 - Ellen introduces herself 13:50 - Changes in the organic agricultural industry  18:40 - What is organic certification? 29:00 - What is non GMO, what is GMO? 33:00 - Importance of healthy soil 42:00 - Local or Organic? 45:30 - Growing your own food and Composting 51:50 - Are animals worth the cost for labor on your farm? 01:02:00 - Advice for aspiring farmers Things Mentioned: The Almanac Potomac Vegetable Farms Correction @ 25:45 - Glyphosate was patented as an antibiotic in 2010, not 2014 Start Your Farm by Ellen Polishuk Plant To Profit website Ellen’s Instagram Growing for Market magazine
Feb 05, 2021
27. The History and Folklore of Brigid: Saint, Legend and Lady Farmer with Kathy Spaar
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Today's episode is about Brigid, saint and legend, known for her skills at the hearth, the loom, midwifery, healing, poetry and animal husbandry. Kathy Spaar, spiritual director, pilgrimage leader and nature educator shares many of the folklore and stories of this legendary figure from Celtic tradition. As a figure of feminine wisdom and power who presides over the land and the homestead, we  consider Brigid the quintessential Lady Farmer, our guide, protector and inspiration for slow living through the seasons. 1:20 - January is here! 1:50 - Mary and Emma introduce Kathy and Brigid Let's get into the interview! 7:15 - Kathy introduces herself 10:00 - Brigid's Feast Day 12:30 - Kathy's favorite stories of Brigid 20:00 - Brigid - the quintessential Lady Farmer 27:00 - How does Brigid relate to the times we are in now 31:00 - The most important thing Brigid has taught Kathy Things mentioned: The Almanac Brigidine Sisters Children's Book “Brigid’s Cloak: An Ancient Irish Story” by Bruce Milligan. "Symbols of Plenty" by Ruth Bidgood "Rekindling the Flame " by Rita Minehan
Jan 29, 2021
26. Let's Talk About Your Skin! Herbal Skincare with Militza Maury
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Mary and Emma talk with Militza Maury, the creator of Little Green Dot, an educational space dedicated to natural skincare. In a world where the beauty industry is so often urging us to consume, Militza urges us to take a step back and consider not only what it is we are putting on our skin, but the messages we're getting about why we need all of these products. Combining her love of herbalism and cooking with her fascination with the skin, Militza shares with us her wealth of information and guidance on this topic so relevant to the sustainability conversation. Militza has just released a book on how to make your own skincare from whole food ingredients, and teaches Skincare Herbalism classes.  1:15 - Mary and Emma discuss their own experiences with skincare Let’s get into the interview! 9:00 - Militzia introduces herself 20:00 - Our skin connects us with the rest of the world 25:00 - A pivotal time when skincare shifted to include more chemicals 30:00 - The parasympathetic system and skincare 38:00 - Sourcing ingredients 41:00 - Trial and error when creating recipes 45:00 - How the pandemic has affected the natural skincare world *Things Mentioned: * -Little Green Dot -Natural Homemade Skin Care, by Militzia Maury
Jan 22, 2021
25. Growing With Nature: Meet Kip & Angelique of Smarter by Nature
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Mary and Emma sit down with Kip and Angelique, the founders of Smarter by Nature - an urban and rural farming business serving the community in Tallahassee, Florida. Their goal is to provide fresh produce and opportunities for economic sustainability through education as well as to take care of the soil and protect the natural environment. Kip and Angelique share their challenges, methods and aspirations for the future.  1:30 - Catch- up with Mary and Emma 6:20 - Introducing Kip and Angelique Now let’s get into the interview! 9:36 - K&A introduce their business 14:56 - K&A’s role as regenerative farmers 20:00 - Guiding principles of Smarter by Nature 25:00 - The magic of mycelium  30:00 - How to check the minerals in your soil 38:25 - Smarter by Nature’s business model 44:00 - Permaculture and microclimates 48:00 - Transitioning a food desert into an oasis 52:00 - Applying sustainability in every aspect of life Things Mentioned: Microgreens Blog The Lady Farmer Guide to Slow Living Book The Hands-On Home book by Erica Strauss The ALMANAC  Mycelium Running book IFAS Extension Office Etsy Smarter By Nature Youtube Smarter By Nature Instagram
Jan 15, 2021
24. Who Made Your Clothes? Relationships & Good Dirt with Eric Henry of TS Designs
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Mary and Emma sit down with Eric Henry from TS Designs who has been navigating sustainability through the fashion industry for the past 40 years. Henry discusses the effects of NAFTA on TS Designs and the process of rebuilding his business with the triple bottom line - People, Planet, Profit - in the forefront of operations. Eric pushes you to think about the impact of the goods you consume and the places you spend your money while considering that sustainability is a journey not a destination. 1:55 - Mary and Emma talk about the New Year in pandemic times Let’s get into the interview! 7:10 - Eric introduces himself and TS Designs 13:30 - What is NAFTA and how did it affect business? 16:00 - How TS Designs facilitates their production 26:40 - The 10,000 pounds project 40:00 - The value of connecting to local food 41:00 - Hope for the future of the clothing industry with the impact of Covid 48:20 - The production of T-shirts and soil health Things Mentioned: TS Designs NAFTA Eric Henry Ted Talk WTO agreement Rehance technique 10,000 Pounds project Solid State clothing Gaslighting article Amy Dufault
Jan 08, 2021
23. New Year's Day Solo Show: Mary Tells the Story of Old Befana
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Mary welcomes in the New Year by sharing the story of Old Befana, a tale for Epiphany. However you're celebrating this year, we hope that this story brings you joy and light!    The Almanac  
Jan 01, 2021
22. Diversifying the Modern Farm: How Agritourism Can Make it Work
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Mary and Emma sit down with Bridget Jones from Wildberry Farm. Bridget discusses how she and her husband Matt are keeping the family farm going by combining their marketing and graphic design backgrounds with traditional farming and agritourism. Agritourism provides innovative and creative experiences that bring visitors to the farm, and offers opportunities for the the community to come together. In this digital age, Bridget and Matt prove that  growing crops and raising livestock aren't  the only ways to have a successful farm enterprise.  4:20 - The launch of The ALMANAC Let’s get into the interview! 13:56 - Bridget introduces herself and Wildberry Farm 23:00 - Keeping the family farm alive 30:10 - The history of the farm 37:30 - No-till farming 43:00 - How has the pandemic affected such a young business? 48:40 - Advice for starting your own business Things Mentioned: The ALMANAC Wildberry Farm
Dec 18, 2020
21. Slowing Down for the Holidays and A Quick Recap on This Year
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Mary and Emma sit down to reflect on this past year of Lady Farmer - discussing their growth during the difficult year that was 2020. With the holidays around the corner, there’s  a lot to think about.  Mary and Emma share their tips to help balance your time when things may seem to be out of your control. From gift-giving to decorating to making time to connect with nature and getting plenty of rest, slowing down to make your own rules during this holiday season is essential - and of course, don’t forget to shop well, buy well and support small and local makers!  2:00 - A reflection on the past year of Lady Farmer 18:00 - Slowing down during this holiday season 33:40 - Mary shares the origin of hanging wreaths  Things mentioned: The Almanac The Social Dilemma  The Lady Farmer Guide to Slow Living Lady Farmer Instagram Email - podcast@lady-farmer.com
Dec 04, 2020
20. Live Recording with Special Guest Natalie Chanin
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On this special, live episode, Mary and Emma talk with Natalie Chanin, the founder and creative director of Alabama Chanin, about sustainability in the clothing industry. Natalie shares with us how difficult it is to maintain a small business that has grown into something much bigger and the conversations she has to endure to create balance. 11:00 - An introduction to Natalie and the trajectory of her career 14:40 - Natalie’s documentary, Stitch 18:00 - Issues in the fashion industry 21:00 - A reflection on food and clothing in past generations 28:00 - How Natalie has held on to older customs and techniques in her business 36:00 - Overcoming hardships as a sustainable business 43:45 - How community ties into Alabama Chanin 51:00 - Shifts of the fashion industry 58:00 - What is Natalie’s favorite piece of her brand to wear? 1:03:00 - Do you see a good future for more organic textile production in the US? 1:06:20 - Connection between Alabama Chanin and The Good Dirt 1:07:46 - Certifications and small businesses 1:13:00 - How often do you rotate your wardrobe? 1:14:30 - What is it that Natalie wants people to know about her work? Things Mentioned: Holy Lamb Organics Lady Farmer Marketplace Alabama Chanin Stitch documentary  The Almanac Alabama Chanin book The Story of Stuff video Zingerman’s Muscle Shoals documentary Florence, Alabama monument - healing site  Rana Plaza collapse 12 for life organization Texas Organic Cotton Growers Organization
Nov 20, 2020
19. Your Mattress, Your Health: Regenerative Bedding with Holy Lamb Organics' Jason Schaefer
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Mary and Emma sit down with Jason from Holy Lamb Organics to discuss all things natural bedding. Jason talks us through the processing as well as the certifications and requirements the wool that is used for HLO must go through before it is used. The mattress industry is a 9 billion dollar industry and the majority of the companies produce a ton of waste and use a plethora of chemicals. Learn why better products cost more money and why we should support products and companies that are transparent to avoid greenwashing! 2:50 - Reading a podcast review 6:57 - Holy Lamb Organics is sponsoring the Good Dirt live recording at the Slow Living Retreat Let’s get into the interview! 9:30 - Know what’s in your mattress - your health depends on it 14:00 - Harmful substances in your mattress 16:18 - Where does HLO’s wool come from? 19:00 - What certifications are out there other than organic? 24:00 - HLO is worth the money and here’s why 30:00 - What HLO’s mattresses are made of 41:33 - Difficulties of running a sustainable business 46:00 - Greatest rewards of running a sustainable business 52:00 - The reality of returning products Resources: Holy Lamb Organics Slow Living Retreat - tickets close November 1! Natalie Chanin - Alabama Chanin Holy Lamb Organics 20% off in Lady Farmer store NaturePedic SavvyRest
Oct 30, 2020
18. Thoughts from the Farm: A Chat with Mary on Food, Family, and Life Changes
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Mary and Emma sit down with one another at the farm to chat a bit about how Mary got started on her journey as a Lady Farmer. Anyone, anywhere can achieve a slower, more sustainable lifestyle, as it is an ongoing evolution - grounded in the decisions you make everyday. Mary discusses her love for the outdoors, the animals she has on the farm and how life in the city made her long for a farmhouse of her own. 1:20 - Emma introduces what’s coming up with Lady Farmer 5:46 - Had Mary always wanted a farm? 11:00 - Eating “right” while raising children 16:30 - Finding the farm 19:30 - Where did Mary get her inspiration for the farm? 24:26 - Would this lifestyle be feasible with three younger children? 28:00 - A slower lifestyle does not happen overnight Links Retreat Omnivore’s Dilemma  Back to Eden film CSA Alabama Chanin
Oct 16, 2020
17. Making Waves: Community, Sustainability, and Life Transformation with Elana Jadallah
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Mary and Emma sit down with Elana Jadallah (@elanaloo), a photographer, educator, marketing strategist and environmental advocate. From her time spent living in Hawaii, Elana eloquently shares her journey through raising awareness of the plastic pollution affecting our oceans through the awakening of the truth of her own contributions. Elena encourages listeners to realize that although you may be part of the problem, you can also be part of the solution by shopping locally and seasonally and consuming clothing made of raw materials. 1:25 - Join the Lady Farmer Community - Virtual Slow Living Retreat  4:44 - The ALMANAC - a new Lady Farmer project Let’s get into the interview 7:40 - Intro to Elana 9:00 - What is sustainable business? 12:40 - Finding your purpose and deepening it 19:00 - Realizing you are part of the problem and becoming part of the solution 25:46 - Phases of Activation 29:50 - Microplastics in “earth-friendly” clothing 42:00 - Questioning your consumption habits during the pandemic 46:00 - Cutting down your carbon footprint - Where does our food come from? 1:05:00 - Taking on the responsibility of our choices and taking action Everything Mentioned: Slow Living Retreat The ALMANAC Elana Jadallah The True Cost Documentary Phases of Activation How To Give Up Plastic by Will McCallum Microfiber Filter or Microfiber Bag Farming and Plastics article Join your local CSA 1000 Eco Farms VIP Retreat Ticket Retreat Scholarship Email Acres of Ancestry Initiative  Follow us @weareladyfarmer on Instagram and check out our website!
Sep 18, 2020
16. A Permaculture Community: How Art, Food, and Family Come Together at ANIMA Casa Rural
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Mary and Emma sit down with Julian, the Director of ANIMA Casa Rural - a B&B, artist residency and working farm located in the municipality of Tala in Jalisco, Mexico. ANIMA offers a space that emphasizes the importance of working with nature as opposed to against it. Through permaculture, Julian and his family’s shared ecological beliefs/practices, and focus on the elimination of processed foods, Julian wishes to create a working community amongst every person who visits ANIMA Casa Rural. 1:15 - Virtual Retreat announcement on confirmed workshops - see the resources below for the mentioned instructors 4:00 - A recording of all the workshops will be available to purchase - included in the VIP ticket, but also can be purchased separately  5:40 - What is Permaculture? Let's get into the interview! 10:00 - What is ANIMA Casa Rural? 15:30 - How ANIMA grows and produces their own food  20:00 - The organic growth of ANIMA as a business 24:00 - WWOOF and ANIMA  33:00 - The structures and architecture on the ANIMA property 41:00 - A day in the life at ANIMA  51:00 - What is the biggest takeaway? 54:00 - How Julian has been inspired by Thomas Berry Resources: Virtual Slow Living Retreat VIP ticket Micro greens workshop with @beardedbirdsfarm Regenerative Agriculture workshop with @smarterbynature DIY skincare workshop with @littlegreendot Little Green Dot Book Cooking classes with @hen_ofthewoods Medicinal Herb workshop with @thehillbillyafrican Bill Mollison - creator of permaculture ANIMA Casa Rural WWOOF Metzeri - The Moon Building Thomas Berry - The Great Work Thank you to:  Marcin Wisniewsky Adam Williams Aidan Cowling Geo Alternativa Site + Cycle / Lift Artists in Residency TV. Griebel Family Proyecta Jalisco Tala Cultura All friends and family    
Sep 04, 2020
15. Seasonal Meal Planning Made Easy with Huckle & Goose
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Lady Farmer sits down with Christine and Anca, the duo behind the Huckle & Goose cookbook and meal planning program, to talk about what it really means to cook, eat, and live seasonally. Their book is designed to speak to even the most intimidated home cooks, and the habit-forming plans and recipes that they offer make space for true transformation in your life. Scroll down to view notes by timestamp, and links to all the resources we mention throughout the episode. 00:51 - Intro with Mary and Emma 02:53 - Early Bird tickets on sale now for the Virtual Slow Living Retreat on November 14 and 15 04:32 - Submit to the Lady Farmer Blog - Form on website Let’s get into the interview!  08:53 - Inspiration behind Huckle and Goose  18:17 - How has the concept of eating/cooking changed 26:15 - Breaking down barriers to create healthier habits 29:40 - Why cooking at home is more beneficial - the less obvious reasons 33:05 - Eating seasonally connects you to nature 39:43 - Set a day aside to schedule and plan out meals  53: 32 - Keeping habits during the pandemic 1:08:32 - Origin of the name Huckle and Goose Resources:  Buy the book here! Virtual Slow Living Retreat Submit to the Lady Farmer Blog Share with us what you thought about this episode on our Instagram @weareladyfarmer  
Aug 21, 2020
14. The Power of Your Purchase: Gifting Consciously & Buying Responsibly with Sherri Powell
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The Lady Farmer Slow Living Retreat 2020 Yours Rurally Book: The History of The World in 7 Cheap Things Documentary: Hale County This Morning, This Evening The Digital Divide Amber Breitenberg Photography Lady Farmer Website Yours Rurally Instagram 
Aug 07, 2020
13. Homeschooling In The New Normal: Ideas And Options with Rebecca Gallop of A Daily Something
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Rebecca Gallop, A Daily Something The Lady Farmer Guide to Slow Living Homeschool Legal Defense Association "There is no kind of knowledge to be had in these early years so valuable to children as that which they get for themselves of the world they live in. Let them at once get into touch with nature and a habit is formed which will be a source of delight through life."  - Charlotte Mason  The Peaceful Press Rebecca's Quick Tips for Homeschool Scheduling 
Jul 24, 2020
12. Julia Watkins on Simply Living Well
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Simply Living Well by Julia Watkins  Julia's Blog  Julia's Instagram 
Jul 10, 2020
11. Grow Your Own Food in 15 Minutes A Day with Permaculture Gardens
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Permaculture Gardens Website John Jeavons - Ecology Action Biointensive Mini-Farming Sign Up for GYO Newsletter to get Free Challenges Permies.com - Pond Forum! Amy Stross - The Suburban Microfarm Robyn O'Brien -  The Unhealthy Truth Growing Food in Small Spaces Webinar  The Lady Farmer Guide to Slow Living  
Jun 26, 2020
10. Healing from the Ground Up: Meet The Herb Girls
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Perfect Health by Deepak Chopra RALLY by Herb Girls Herb Girls Instagram Herb Girls Website Questions? Email: getting.herby@gmail.com
Jun 15, 2020
Our Commitment: A Message from Lady Farmer
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How will Lady Farmer move forward from this moment? What can we do, as a small company and as individuals, to help create positive change in our broken systems? What actions will we take against the scourge of inequality and racism in our society? Here is a declaration of our commitment to a better world, from Lady Farmer and The Good Dirt Podcast.
Jun 09, 2020
9. Through Her Lens: Seeing Life More Beautifully With Jamie Beck
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Jame Beck Instagram #isolationcreation Poster Series Lady Farmer May Book Club
May 15, 2020
8. Wisdom From The Wild: A Conversation with Doniga Markegard
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Dawn Again: Tracking The Wisdom of the Wild
May 08, 2020
7. Salve For Your Soul: A Conversation with the Women Behind Mom's Stuff
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Mom's Stuff
Apr 24, 2020
6. The Science of Better Sleep with Greg Yeutter
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Should we be worried about "blue light"? What impact does light have on our health, if any? In this episode we talk to Greg Yeutter, the young entrepreneur behind the Bedtime Bulb, a simple, science backed, highly effective tool for fighting circadian disruption. When he realized that his passion for light could be used to solve the problem of sleep deprivation and positively impact people, he knew he’d found his career path. What he didn’t know was how timely and relevant this product would become, when so many people are looking to embrace the fundamentals of good health. Tune in to this informative conversation and learn about how light and solid sleep patterns are so interconnected, and what you can do to optimize your body’s natural defenses against disease. Links: The Lady Farmer Guide to Slow Living Bedtime Bulb
Apr 10, 2020
5. Meet the Farmers: Arden & Michael of Great Day Gardens
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Guide to Slow Living! Great Day Gardens Website Radical Roots Farm Common Grain Alliance WWOOF
Mar 27, 2020
4. 'Wellness' Trends, The Privilege of Sustainability, and How We 'Take' Our Time with Anna Brones
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Lady Farmer Slow Living Challenge Food and Fibers Project Anna's Past Work Women’s Wisdom Project Publisher of Comestible, a zine dedicated to food Illustrator for the 2019 edition of the Joy of Cooking Books Live Lagom: Balanced Living the Swedish Way Fika: The Art of the Swedish Coffee Break Paris Coffee Revolution Best Served Wild: Real Food for Real Adventures The Culinary Cyclist Hello, Bicycle: An Inspired Guide to the Two-Wheeled Life Lagom
Mar 13, 2020
3. Creating Spaces for Well-Being and Healing in Your Life with Joy Hoffman
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How do you 'play'? Biophilia and the importance of nature in our spaces The Architecture of Happiness - Alain De Botton Margin - creating space (mentally, physically) Role of spaces in the process of regeneration A healing town Eutopia Joy Hoffman website & Instagram
Jan 31, 2020
2. Food, Ferments, Farm, and Family Life: Cultivating ‘Sustainability’ That Works for You with Rachel Armistead
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Sweet Farm Kraut  Lancaster Builders  
Jan 31, 2020
1. Fashion, Food and Soil: What You Need to Know with Amy DuFault
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Amy has been a sustainable fashion writer for the past 13 years for media including Ecouterre, Participant Media, and The Guardian. Currently, she’s the Sustainability and Communications Director for Botanical Colors and she consults for sustainability-minded folks like Elizabeth Cline (author of Overdressed and The Sustainable Closet), Buffy Bedding, and TS Designs. Things Mentioned: Jess Davis, Folk Rebellion Join the Lady Farmer Slow Living Challenge! (Sign up here) Botanical Colors Regenerative Agriculture Carbon Farming Fibershed Southeastern New England Fibershed - @senewenglandfibershed Chico Flax Linen  Sally Fox  Amy DuFault on Instagram - @amytropolis
Jan 31, 2020
Let's Dig In: Meet Mary & Emma of Lady Farmer
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In this intro episode, Mary & Emma tell a bit of the backstory behind Lady Farmer and the idea for this podcast, as well as answer some audience questions. They discuss working together on the business (and what it's really like), their individual passions, collective challenges, and where they see themselves and Lady Farmer headed in the future.
Jan 31, 2020
Welcome to The Good Dirt with Lady Farmer
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Visit The Lady Farmer Website Follow us on Instagram Stay In Touch with The Good Dirt
Dec 19, 2019