Permaculture Voices: Profitable and Practical Permaculture - Focusing on Farming, Homesteading, Desi

Mycologist and author Peter McCoy of RadicalMycology.com takes on the question - I'm new to mushroom foraging, what are some of the unwritten rules of the game?

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DO THE WORK PODCAST:
 
A daily documentary of my life, behind Permaculture Voices blending together fatherhood, business, organization, and life hacking to make it all work.  Like a VLOG, but only audio.

This is the story of my journey to work from home full-time, documented daily, starting on the day that my third daughter Elle was born.  Call it the long road to overnight success.

A story about life.  Two lives.  A new one which has just began and one that goes on.

 
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If your listening to this show then you probably have a garden or have had one at one point and time. And for most of you gardeners summer is your primary gardening time. And for most of North America that's a good time to garden because it's relatively easy. Plants like to grow because day lengths are long and temperatures are warm.. at least for most of North America.

But what if you live in a part of North America, that doesn't fall under under the previously mentioned "most" category...

That's where my guest today, Market Gardener Brian Kowalski finds himself living in Newfoundland...

Summer as he describes it is something like this...

"May is still cold here, ground is just unfreezing, June is cool, average temp is around 4-5 Celsius (40F), but usually sunny with warm days (10-14C, 57F) but May and June night time temps are generally below 4C. July or August will be normal summer weather, 20-30 C, 85F with nights 12-15, 57F, but one them is usually pretty crappy grey foggy and damp with temperatures cool to warm. ...Septembers have usually been ok but there's a noticeable slow down of growth of course as the nights cool and the days shorten. So to answer your question, July or August. Lots of cold frames and row cover."

Living in Newfound weather is one challenge for Brian. He describes the climate as like farming in the shoulder season all summer, windy generally with occasional hurricane, cloudy.

Despite the challenges Brian has made a go of it and is a profitable market gardener. What he is doing is working.

Given that, the goal for this to take a look at how Brian is dealing with harsh conditions to help those of you who might not have such harsh conditions. Another use of this information is to take some of the techniques that Brian has to apply in the summer and apply them to the colder parts of your season, be in the spring or fall shoulder seasons, or the winters...

Listen to the ideas and techniques that he is using and think about how you can apply them to your situation even if your season and his don't match up.

And when it's cold and rainy in October, just be thankful that it isn't June, and you aren't trying to garden in the summer in Newfoundland.

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A daily documentary of my life, behind Permaculture Voices blending together fatherhood, business, organization, and life hacking to make it all work.  Like a VLOG, but only audio.

This is the story of my journey to work from home full-time, documented daily, starting on the day that my third daughter Elle was born.  Call it the long road to overnight success.

A story about life.  Two lives.  A new one which has just began and one that goes on.

 
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Homesteader Justin Rhodes of AbundantPermaculture.com takes on the question - What are the areas on the homestead where it pays to pay up and not go cheap?

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Homesteader Justin Rhodes of AbundantPermaculture.com takes on the question - What are the areas on the homestead where it pays to pay up and not go cheap?

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Category:permaculture,agriculture,farming -- posted at: 5:38am PDT

DO THE WORK PODCAST:
 
A daily documentary of my life, behind Permaculture Voices blending together fatherhood, business, organization, and life hacking to make it all work.  Like a VLOG, but only audio.

This is the story of my journey to work from home full-time, documented daily, starting on the day that my third daughter Elle was born.  Call it the long road to overnight success.

A story about life.  Two lives.  A new one which has just began and one that goes on.

 
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"At too many companies, and in too many hapless careers, the number one imperative is to avoid failure and embarrassment associated therewith at all costs. My take, failure, supported by wildly imaginative hypotheses and incredibly hard work, is something that companies and individuals must embrace. Frankly at all costs. Unless you’re stretching... wildly, you're not going to reach that brass ring called hyper success amidst a brawl with no rules." Tom Peters

The market and nature of small scale farming is too dynamic.

To succeed you have to be dynamic as well.

That will mean trying things that don't work, and trying things not knowing if they will work.

You're going to have to make assumptions and best guesses. You're going to have to adapt.

And that's what today's episode is all about... adapting and switching it up on the fly...

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Category:permaculture,agriculture,farming -- posted at: 3:00am PDT

DO THE WORK PODCAST:
 
A daily documentary of my life, behind Permaculture Voices blending together fatherhood, business, organization, and life hacking to make it all work.  Like a VLOG, but only audio.

This is the story of my journey to work from home full-time, documented daily, starting on the day that my third daughter Elle was born.  Call it the long road to overnight success.

A story about life.  Two lives.  A new one which has just began and one that goes on.

 
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Direct download: DTW_D26_08222016.mp3
Category:permaculture,agriculture,farming -- posted at: 10:00pm PDT

Are you thinking of quitting your day job? Taking that big leap & embracing a permaculture business as your way forward? Matt Powers did just that shortly after PV2, & it hasn't been a predictable path either. Hear about starting up, failing upward, branching out, creating niches, generating value through meaning, & fighting to maintain a family in the startup phases of a new business.

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