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Toby Hemenway joins me to talk about his upcoming talk at PV2 titled Liberation Permaculture.

Permaculture offers more than a path to a sustainable and just food system. It can move entire segments of our society off the radar screens of state oppressors and help return equality, abundance, and justice to people while restoring healthy ecosystems.

This talk, being premiered at Permaculture Voices, will tell you how. If you’ve appreciated Toby’s series on permaculture and civilization, you’ll want to see this significant new chapter.

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Direct download: PVP100-02292015.mp3
Category:permaculture -- posted at: 9:00pm PDT

John talks about the workshop that he will be giving on Sketchup at PV2.

This workshop will give the student a crash course in using Trimble SketchUp, followed by a tutorial on landscape modeling and analysis, earthworks and plantings design using freely available tools and templates.

3D modeling is a powerful tool to aid the Permaculture Designer in analyzing and designing water catchment, zones, sectors, earthworks, and plantings.

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Direct download: PV2-02172015.mp3
Category:permaculture -- posted at: 6:29am PDT

Grant Schultz presents on trees from VersaLand in Iowa City, Iowa.

This presentation focuses on the propagation of trees to be used in tree crop style systems. There is a lot of information on tree buying, grafting, nurseries, and rootstocks. Grant touches on things like the cost versus time trade off of grafting trees versus buying pre-grafted trees and how trees prefer fungal environments and how you can create those environments.

This is the recording of a presentation that Grant Schultz gave at a workshop at VersaLand in October 2014.

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Direct download: b019-02132015.mp3
Category:permaculture,agriculture,farming -- posted at: 7:33am PDT

This interview with Michael centers around his upcoming workshop at PV2, There's Not Just Honey In That Hive.

Michael describes the talk as, "I want to tell you my first hand experiences with bees, from the loss of not knowing how to be a good keeper of the bees, to making an inner city home stead centered around the little girls super profitable. How to grow a small hobby Apiary, or back yard hive into a money making company. I want to show you how to take your starting products to the people, and how to develop new ideas in this art of bee keeping. That it is not being the millionaire, but being able to turn your hobbies, no matter what they are, into your job, and your job more into a hobby."

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Direct download: PV2-02122015.mp3
Category:permaculture -- posted at: 7:13am PDT

This episode is a short PV2 episode with PV2 speaker and multiple time guest on this show Javan Bernakevitch.

This is an episode about person journeys. How many people, including myself, are in this place, Island A, and we want to go to that place that we dream about Island B.

In this episode we take an in depth look at the journey that many people are on. Like many people out there I am on this journey to change my life in a way that I do work that I am passionate about and that I believe in, call it work that matters. But I know first hand that it is easy to say, but hard to make that a reality. Especially when you need that work to cash flow, think kids, mortgage, living expenses. Living the permaculture dream isn't easy. I get it.

This episode get's pretty real and pretty passionate for me. As a result, this episode has some swearing in it. Not much, but some. So if you can't handle it, don't listen.

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Direct download: b018-02062015.mp3
Category:permaculture -- posted at: 5:49am PDT

Texas farmer and design consultant Ben Tyler comes on the show to talk about restoring native tall grass prairie.

He is using the natural destructiveness of hogs to remove invasive species and clear the way for tall grass prairie. He is integrating the prairie restoration into a tree crop system that provides yields in the form of nuts and woody forage.

Ben is someone who is out there managing the landscape to restore it to the way that it was while generating some yields in the process. Ben knows A LOT about plants and discusses a variety of woody forage plants and tree crops.

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Direct download: b017-01302015.mp3
Category:permaculture,agriculture,farming -- posted at: 6:41am PDT

Mark Shepard and Kevin Muno come on to talk about an upcoming Restoration Agriculture workshop in San Diego.

In this episode they touch on how Mark uses keyline design, how most properties could benefit from keyline practices, designing for high value niche crops, and designing for Mediterranean tree crop systems.

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Direct download: PV2-012820145.mp3
Category:permaculture,agriculture -- posted at: 8:49pm PDT

What do you do if you have a passion and there is no one out there offering you a job to fulfill that passion?

One option is to just work any job, foregtting what you are actually passionate about.  And that is what many people do, and I think that those people can attest to the fact that that option sucks.

Another option is to find the intersection between your passions and your strengths and problems that need solving and solve those problems by starting a business.

This podcast is about that.   this is the audio from Rob Avis's presentation from PV1.

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Direct download: b016-01232015.mp3
Category:permaculture,business -- posted at: 9:11am PDT

Troy Martz of Off Grid Pro talks about what is gasification and what is the difference between wood gasification and charcoal gasification? And he touches on his talk topic at PV2 - choosing the right alternative energy technologies for your climate, biome, and context.

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Direct download: PV2-01202015.mp3
Category:permaculture -- posted at: 12:27pm PDT

On this show Adam and I talk about an early trip that he made to the Acres USA Conference and how he benefitted from that experience, stating "I was just at a point where I realized that for me to make the next step forward with the farm, I had to make a big step." We also touch on one of his worst experiences on the farm and how he recovered and moved past it.

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Direct download: PV2-01152015.mp3
Category:permaculture,agriculture,farming -- posted at: 6:37am PDT

Talking to PV2 speaker Luke Callahan of Seedwise.

We touch on the value of learning with others who have more experience than you and creating connections and relationships with high quality people.

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Direct download: PV2-01092015.mp3
Category:permaculture -- posted at: 6:52am PDT

In this presentation Curtis will walk you through the process in which a 2100 square foot lawn can be converted to a productive mini farm. He’ll discuss the technical process of conversion, and the economics of production. This talk will be useful for anyone who is curious about how much food can be harvested from an average lawn space or anyone who is interested in commercial urban farming. Curtis will demonstrate that your average lawn can be a considerable source of revenue, generating $18,000, or a significant source of food for the community.

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Direct download: b015-01012015.mp3
Category:permaculture -- posted at: 4:07pm PDT