The Permaculture Podcast

75 Episodes

with Scott Mann

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1822 – The Fruit Forager’s Companion

June 30th, 2018

My guest today is Sara Bir, chef, writer, and author of The Fruit Forager’s Companion, from Chelsea Green Publishing.

1821 – Sprig the Rescue Pig with Leslie Crawford

June 25th, 2018

My guest today is Leslie Crawford, author of Spring the Rescue Pig, a children’s book about the journey of a pig on his trip from industrial …

1820 – The Soil Food Web with Dr. Elaine Ingham

June 20th, 2018

Today’s guest, in an interview recorded by co-host David Bilbrey, is the microbiologist and soil researcher Dr. Elaine Ingham.

1819 – ReGen18 – What is Regenerative Business? with Kevin Jones

June 15th, 2018

In this short interview, David Bilbrey sits down for an in-person interview with Kevin Jones, recorded at the ReGen18 conference in May 2018.

1818 – The Mudgirls Natural Building Collective

June 10th, 2018

My guests today are five members of the Mudgirls Natural Building Collective, a Canadian women-owned and operated group of builders who focus on …

1817 – ReGen18 – Politics and The Clean Money Revolution with Joel Solomon

June 5th, 2018

In this short interview David Bilbrey, co-host of The Permaculture Podcast and founder of, sits down for an in-person interview with …

1816 – The Legality of Craft Distilling with Victoria Redhed Miller

May 30th, 2018

My guest is Victoria Redhed Miller author of Pure Poultry and her latest From No-Knead to Sourdough. These books pull on her experiences as an …

1815 – ReGen18 – Stuart Cowan, Director of Regenerative Development for The Capital Institute

May 27th, 2018

In this short interview David Bilbrey, co-host of The Permaculture Podcast and founder of sits down for an in-person interview with …

1814 – Reducing our Footprint: Eliminating Single-Use Plastic with Paul Hellier

May 20th, 2018

My guest today is Paul Hellier of Fair Food Forager, who joins me to begin an ongoing series of conversations to talk about what we can do reduce …

1813 – Theory U and the Emerging Future with Dr. Otto Scharmer

May 10th, 2018

In this episode Co-host David Bilbrey continues to explore the edge between permaculture, business, and social change by sitting down with Dr. Otto …

1812 – Being Present for Ourselves and Others with Rhonda Baird

April 30th, 2018

My guest for today is Rhonda Baird, editor of Permaculture Design Magazine, and designer and educator at Sheltering Hills Design, LLC.

1811 – Designing for Disasters with Natural Building

April 20th, 2018

My guest today is Oliver Goshey, founder of the regenerative design and natural building company Abundant Edge, and host of the Abundant Edge podcast.

1810 – The Suburban Micro-Farm: Designing for Neighbors and Small Spaces

April 10th, 2018

My guest today is Amy Stross, blogger at and author of The Suburban-Microfarm. I wanted Amy to join me for an interview to hear …

1809 – Pushing Back: A Precautionary Tale with Philip Ackerman-Leist

March 30th, 2018

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The guest today is Philip Ackerman-Leist a professor at Green Mountain College and author of A …

1808 – Holistic Management and The Tallgrass Network with Julie Mettenburg

March 20th, 2018

Co-host David Bilbrey returns to speak with Julie Mettenburg of Tallgrass Network, a hub of the Savory Institute that serves 25 million acres across …

1807 – Eat Mesquite and More! with Brad Lancaster and Jill Lorenzini

March 10th, 2018

My guests today are Jill Lorenzini and Brad Lancaster of Desert Harvesters, here to discuss the new bioregional cookbook Eat Mesquite and More! We …

1806 – The Woman Hobby Farmer with Karen Lanier

February 28th, 2018

Karen Lanier shares what she learned while writing The Woman Hobby Farmer, a book that helps us look inside of ourselves and to decide whether we …

1805 – Avery Ellis on Aquaponics, Water Harvesting, and Creating the Laws We Need

February 20th, 2018

Avery Ellis, of Colorado Greywater, joins me to talk, in a conversation recorded live at a local coffee shop, about aquaponics, water harvesting, and …

1804 – Emma Huvos: Riverside Nature School and Connecting with the Other-Than-Human

February 10th, 2018

“We will not fight to save what we do not love.”

Emma Huvos joins me to talk about her role as an educator who blends together her time as a classroom …

1803 – Jacqueline Smith: Animal Agriculture, Regenerative Enterprise, and Central Grazing Company

January 30th, 2018

In this episode guest host David Bilbrey sits down with Jacqueline Smith, the founder of Central Grazing Company, to talk about her entry into the …

1802 – Honoring the Dead and Holding the Dying: Natural Burial with Michael Judd

January 20th, 2018

How do we prepare for end of life? How do we honor the dead? How do we care for the living, through our rites and rituals, after a loved one passes?

1801 – Wilson Alvarez on Biomimicry, Landcare, and The Reintegration Project

January 10th, 2018

How did animals and people influence the landscape for hundreds of thousands, and even millions of years, before the rise of civilization?

1736 – An end of one year and the beginning of another

December 30th, 2017

A highlight of the year behind, the current state of the show, and what’s coming up.

1735 – Permaculture in Perspective: Fertile Edges with Maddy Harland

December 20th, 2017

To know where we are headed, it’s important to know where we are and where we come from. As Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. wrote in his book Strength to …

1734 – Permaculture as Activism: Saving the Los Cedros Reserve with John Seed

December 10th, 2017

As I was reminded of in a recent conversation with Emma Huvos, we protect what we love. As the ethics of permaculture call for us to care for Earth …

1733 – Drawing Down Carbon: Eric Toensmeier on Agroforestry and Climate Change

November 30th, 2017

How do we limit the damage of the greatest terrestrial environmental disaster ever, climate change?

By drawing down carbon.

1732 -Sharing Permaculture: PIP Magazine

November 20th, 2017

With smartphones, tablets, and other always-on, always-connected devices at our fingertips, finding a piece of information becomes easier and easier, …

1731 – Peace, Permaculture, and The Gift with Kai Sawyer

November 10th, 2017

Image: Kai Sawyer at the Peace and Permaculture Dojo.
(Source:YouTube: Peace and Permaculture Dojo Tour)


“The more generous we are, the more relaxed …

1730 – Teaching with Games: Food Forest Card Game

October 30th, 2017

My guest today is Karl Treen, the creator of Food Forest Card Game, a deck of cards designed to teach the needs, yields, and connections of plants …

1729 – Next 7 with Lisa Stokke

October 20th, 2017

This interview contains a conversation on Haudenosaunee (Iroquois Confederacy) beliefs reflective of popular rather than historical views. For more …

1728 – Local Food Nodes with Viktor Zaunders

October 10th, 2017

My guest today is Viktor Zaunders, one of the creators of, a website designed to directly connect food producers and consumers. …

1727 – Mastering Cheesemaking with Gianaclis Caldwell

September 30th, 2017

Gianaclis Caldwell is the author of a modern classic on cheese production, Mastering Artisan Cheesemaking from Chelsea Green Publishing, and her new …

1726 – Fair Food Forager with Paul Hellier

September 20th, 2017

My guest for this episode is Paul Hellier, part of the team creating the website and app by the same name, designed to help us make better decisions …

1725 – Joel Salatin on Farming, Experience, and Mastery.

September 10th, 2017

The author, speaker, and farmer of Polyface Farms Joel Salatin joins me to talk about farming, the importance of experience, and the role of mastery …

1724 – Holistic Goat Care with Gianaclis Caldwell

August 30th, 2017

My guest is the author, cheesemaker, and goatherd Gianaclis Caldwell of Pholia Farm Dairy. She joins me to talk about her latest book Holistic Goat …

1723 – Change Here Now with Adam Brock

August 20th, 2017

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How do we create the world with the social and economic structures we desire? How do we distill the …

1722 – Together Resilient

August 10th, 2017

How do we intentionally live together in those communities? How do we create those communities? What training should we have if we already living in …

1721 – Revising Permaculture with David Holmgren

July 30th, 2017

David Holmgren joins me to talk about his work on revising his now classic text, Permaculture: Principles and Pathways Beyond Sustainability. His …

1720 – Permaculture Magazine, North America

July 20th, 2017

Hannah Apricot Eckberg, the editor of Permaculture Magazine, North America, joins me to share her role in the creation and launch of the latest North …

Returning To The Gift – a Fundraiser

July 17th, 2017

Once or twice a year I have to ask for money. Not just as a general “hey, please donate,” but with specific needs and goals in mind.

Since giving up …

1719 – Natural Swimming Pools

July 10th, 2017

Eddy of Living Earth Systems returns, this time joined by his partner Sam, to continue discussing the ways we can work naturally with living systems …

1535 – Beyond the War on Invasive Species

July 5th, 2017

This episode is a remastered interview from the archives that includes an all new introduction and ending.

My guest for this episode is Tao Orion, …

1718 – Nomad Seed Project

June 25th, 2017

My guest for this episode is Zach Elfers ofNomad Seed Project. We sat down to talk about his work and how it relates to seed saving; landscape …

1717 – Planning for Future Generations

June 15th, 2017

In today’s episode, David Bilbrey returns to the host seat with Fred Kirschenmann. Fred joins us again to share more about his work at the Aldo …

1321: David Holmgren on Permaculture

June 5th, 2017

1716 – Climate Change and The Path Ahead

May 25th, 2017

Giulianna Maria Lamanna, of The Fifth World , drops a huge two-part question on us in this episode, a continuation of the MAPC 2016 Q&A.

1. Are …

1715 – Mid-Atlantic Permaculture Convergence Q&A

May 10th, 2017

MAPC 2017  is nearly upon us, so to give you an idea of what you might hear at this year’s event, while also digging into some permaculture questions …

1714 – The Ketogenic Kitchen

April 30th, 2017

Patricia Daly, on the left in the picture above, joins me to talk about her book The Ketogenic Kitchen, and the possible health benefits of a high …

1713 – Protected Culture: Growing in Greenhouses and Hoophouses

April 20th, 2017

My guest today is Andrew Mefferd, author of The Greenhouse and Hoophouse Grower’s Handbook. Drawing on his years of research working at Johnny’s …

1712 – What Sustains You?

April 10th, 2017

What is wealth?
How do communities define wealth?
What sustains you?
Are you disconnected from the sources of sustenance?
Where are our leverage …

1711 – Natural Aquaponics

March 30th, 2017

Eddy Garcia of Living Earth Systems joins me to discuss Natural Aquaponics and how we can create beautiful, functioning systems whether we prefer to …

1710 – The Art of Frugal Hedonism

March 20th, 2017

Can you live an enjoyable, self-indulgent life while remaining thrifty and at the same time not overtaxing Earth’s resources? To have all of that …

1709 – Regenerative Agriculture with Ethan Roland Soloviev

March 10th, 2017

Ethan Roland Soloviev joins me to share one of his current projects to define the phrase Regenerative Agriculture in an open way, via the website

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