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#007 Aly Khan & Alnoor Ladha of Brave Earth: Building Community

#007 Aly Khan & Alnoor Ladha of Brave Earth: Building Community

Building community is a central focus for many back-to-the-land projects.  Most commonly, that community is comprised of internal share-holding members, long-term guests, or the extended community of the surrounding village.  For some projects, that would also include short-term guests and off-site investors.  No matter what community means to you, many agree that a shifted focus toward a healthy sense of community is vital for a sustainable future.Today’s episode dives deep with Aly Khan & Alnoor...

#006 Ancel Mitchell of Finca La Isla: Cacao – Traditional Roots to Cottage Industry

#006 Ancel Mitchell of Finca La Isla: Cacao – Traditional Roots to Cottage Industry

Welcome to the world of Ancel Mitchell, herbalist, storyteller, chocolatier, and overall quality human being.  In today’s episode, we dive into the value of connecting with & supporting local indigenous communities, various ways that one might prepare a cacao bean, and the value of embracing the mythological roots of our plant medicines.  Ancel is one of the key players of Finca La Isla, along with her partner Peter Kring from last week’s episode.  Both of these pioneers...

#005 Peter Kring of Finca La Isla: Fruit Forest Maintenance & Farmers Markets

#005 Peter Kring of Finca La Isla: Fruit Forest Maintenance & Farmers Markets

Meet Peter Kring, a nurseryman, and farmer who has 30 years of experience in tropical agriculture. Peter has introduced many valuable species into cultivation in Costa Rica and maintains a collection of over 200 species of fruit trees. His farm, Finca la Isla, on the Caribbean coast, offers a plethora of workshops in horticulture, medicinal plants, chocolate making, fermentation, and farm-to-table practices. In today’s episode, Peter shares with us his insights into sustainability through...

#004 Justin Dolan of The Permaculture Country Club: Designing for Resilience

#004 Justin Dolan of The Permaculture Country Club: Designing for Resilience

The conversation continues from last week’s episode with Justin Dolan of St Michael’s Permaculture Country Club, in Central Pacific Costa Rica.   Justin mentions a number of the innovations that he’s been experimenting with, including natural building with bamboo, bioremediation, soil health, natural cooling with living rooftops and vines, waste management, and more. 

#000 Jason Bliss – Welcome to Sharing Insights Podcast

#000 Jason Bliss – Welcome to Sharing Insights Podcast

This brief episode is a thorough introduction to Sharing Insights Podcast, what I seek to bring the world through this medium, and exactly how I intend to do it. You will also get to hear my story and journey from traveling to communities around the world to owning my own land-based project here in Costa Rica.  The take-home from this episode is that this is a journey we must take together because without the collective sharing of insights we will not grow. I hope you take the time to listen to...

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