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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!


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    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.

  • 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


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    Original Music by John Kingsley @jkingsley1026

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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:

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    @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 [email protected]


    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.

  • 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 [email protected]


    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.

  • 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 [email protected]


    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.

  • 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 [email protected]


    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.

  • 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 [email protected]


    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.

  • 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 [email protected]


    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.

  • 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 [email protected]



    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.

  • 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 [email protected]



    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:
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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 [email protected]


    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:
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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 [email protected]


    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:
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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.

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    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.

  • 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.

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    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.

  • 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.

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    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.

  • 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.

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    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.

  • 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.

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    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.

  • 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 [email protected]


    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.

  • 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.

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    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.

  • 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.

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    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.