009 Estéban Acosta: A Young Costa Rican Teaching Biodynamics, Cash Crops, & Home-Scale Biodigesters (Sembrando Flores and Viogaz)
Today’s episode is with Estéban Acosta of Sembrando Flores & Viogaz, Costa Rica’s leading manufacturer and installer of bio-digesters for home-scale, as well as commercial, uses. We discuss the spiritual side of agriculture through the application of biodynamic principles, growing “green manure” (mucuna beans), and the benefits of using a biodigester to process grey water and black water. Esteban is a consultant and international...
008 Terry Lillian Newton: Integrating Horses with Permaculture, Mindfulness, and Passion (Kindred Spirits)
In today’s episode with Terry Lillian Newton of Kindred Spirits, we explore horse care, equine therapy, using connection with horses to enhance yoga and meditation practices. Permaculture, & natural medicine. It’s a conversation filled with intriguing stories, practical advice, and inspiration to follow one’s dreams. Terry shares her top tips for horse care in the tropics, as well as things that aspiring owners would do well to consider before solidifying their...
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...
006 Ancel Mitchell: Bringing Cacao from Its Traditional Roots to a Cottage Industry (Talamanca Chocolate)
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...
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: Sustainable Design, from Building Methods to Waste Management (Part 2 from The Permaculture Country Club)
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.
003 Justin Dolan: Cultivating Bio-diversity, Bokashi, and Healthy Competition within Community (Part 1 from The Permaculture Country Club)
In today’s episode, we join Justin Dolan at the St Michael's Permaculture Country Club in Central Pacific Costa Rica. Justin shares his passion for seed propagation, medicinal plants, and using bio-ferments for healthy soil as well as animal care
002 Ed Bernhardt: A Deep Ecologist's Tips on Soil Building, Brewing Bio-ferments, and Educating the Next Generation (New Dawn Center)
In today’s episode, we visit with Ed Bernhardt at the New Dawn Center/Finca Alba Nueva, in Perez Zeledon, Costa Rica. Ed is a deep ecologist, and author for several newspaper & magazine articles in Costa Rica, including the Tico t
001 Suzanna Leff: Run a Successful Volunteer Program for Over 30 Years and Still Love It (Finca Amrta)
In today’s episode, we visit with Suzanna Leff, one of the cofounders of Finca Amrta, a permaculture farm in the South Pacific region of Costa Rica.
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