Listen to nature-inspired stories and learn about nature-based solutions to our planet's environmental challenges that will encourage you to share and take action.
Guest Dani Baker is the author of The Home-Based Forest Garden and teaches forest gardening, a method of agriculture which “requires careful planning and a strong understanding of beneficial inter-species relationships.” Her “Enchanted Edible Forest” garden is located at Cross Island Farms on Wellesley Island in the St. Lawrence River between New York and Canada. She and her partner, David Belding, grow certified organic produce and raise grass-fed beef and goats. Dani conducts workshops and tours in her edible forest garden as well as giving presentations at organic farming conferences and other venues.
This episode continues the "food forest" theme we introduced in June. A food forest, or forest garden, incorporates multiple layers of plants (trees, bushes, ground cover, etc) to maximize natural resources (sun, shade, water, etc) and minimize the manual work (planting, weeding, watering, etc).
This episode begins airing Monday, July 4 at 9am and 9pm ET on the Dreamvisions 7 Radio Network. The podcast will be available through the SWRH archives by July 11.
Guest Jim Gale is the Chief Storytellerand visionary behind Food Forest. At age 29, he established the goal of retiring in 3 years; he created a mortgage company that reached $1.3B in sales, achieving his goal. Upon retiring, Jim bought a boat, lived on the ocean for a year, and then moved to Costa Rica to build eco-villages. This is where he discovered permaculture. Food forest abundance is a is about sovereignty, entrepreneurship, mindset, freedom, and lots and lots of really delicious, nutritious food! Jim quotes Victor Hugo, “There is one thing stronger than all the armies in the world, and that is an idea whose time has come.”
A food forest is a diverse, perennial garden that mimics a forest ecosystem. Through layers of horticultural design, life extends in all directions producing food, medicine, sanctuary, and habitat. A well-designed permaculture food forest incorporates seven layers of edible plants, including fruit and nut trees, shrubs, herbs, vines, rhizomes, mushrooms, and perennial vegetables. A food forest embraces the principles of permaculture, which is about working with natural ecosystems, rather than against them. It is thoughtfully planned "to produce maximum nutrition, beauty and abundance."
Guest Zen Honeycut is the Founder and Executive Director, Moms Across America, a national coalition of Unstoppable Moms and supporters who care about truth, health, freedom, and taking actions to create healthy communities. A prolific writer, Zen has been published in magazines, newspapers, online and her own book, UNSTOPPABLE, the story of a mother who learns about the current state of our world food supply, how it affects your dinner table, and how it affects the health of everyone you love.
Zen is the producer of Communities Rising, a documentary created while traveling the country to speak with individuals and groups seeking and acting upon their desire for health, community and freedom from corporate control over our food supply. Zen is doing everything she can to amplify the voice of moms and truth-telling citizens from around the world. In response to food shortages and food contamination, Moms Across America is launching a community-building initiative and website, neighborhoodfoodnetwork.com, and she will tell us more about this.
Farm to School initiatives enrich the connection communities have with fresh, healthy food and local food producers by changing food purchasing and education practices at schools.
As we undergo a revival in bringing local fresh food back into our schools,
guests Karin Wetherill and Stephanie Bush, from the Rhode Island Farm to School Network,
will share how this is happening and why it is so important.
The Story Walking Radio Hour is an Environmental Education program airing on syndicated Dreamvisions 7 Radio Network (D7RN), every Monday at 9am and 9pm ET.
It is listed under the "Sustainable Living" tab of the network website. D7RN seeks more environmentally-focused hosts to help raise consciousness. Learn more at https://dreamvisions7radio.com/about-us/
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Wendy is the author of The Difference Maker and The Angel Heart. She is Rhode Island's regional editor for Green Teacher and writes articles for Natural Awakenings Magazine Boston edition and D7RN's Sustainable Living News. As an environmental educator, she currently develops and teaches Nature Drawing curriculum for The Empowerment Factory, based in Pawtucket, RI. She is solutions-oriented, which requires acknowledging the problems, understanding the underlying causes and identifying solutions that are based on sound science. Through her writing, podcasting and teaching, Wendy reaches out to inspire young people to become effective difference makers by sharing her own personal stories and the stories of other successful people.