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The Agroinnovations Podcast

Summary: Podcast focusing on issues related to permaculture, organic, water conservation, appropriate technology, open source, and relocalization.

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 Episode #137: Not Pollyanna | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 39:39

This interview is with Holistic Management practitioner and Oklahoma farmer and rancher Walt Davis. Walt joins Frank to discuss his book “How Not to Go Broke Ranching”. Walt starts with a brief history of ranching in the United States, moving … Continue reading →

 Episode #136: Robot Gardener | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 55:30

Recorded from the floor of the 2014 South by Southwest conference, Frank welcomes three innovators in the arduino for agriculture space: Will Bratton, Luke Iseman, and Sam Bagot to discuss the nature and challenges of the Internet of Things as … Continue reading →

 Episode #135: Farm to Cafeteria | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 33:53

Frank is joined by Mary Stein, co-organizer of the biannual Farm to Cafeteria Conference, which will take place on April 15-18 in Austin, Texas. Topics of conversation include the shift from industrial to local food in the cafeteria, health and … Continue reading →

 Episode #134: Brown Tech, the Global Land Grab, Peak Food, and the Agrocollapse | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 43:27

This episode begins with a brief discussion of the status of this podcast and its host. Frank then launches into a discussion of the global land grab taking place in Africa and elsewhere as Holmgren's brown tech scenario comes to fruition in the form of industrial, commodity-export agriculture expanding its reach into technologically underdeveloped nations.

 Episode #133: Compost Microbiology | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 47:34

Part II of the Agroinnovations interview with soil microbiologist Dr. Elaine Ingham. Dr. Ingham discusses the impact of natural disasters on soil microbiology, testing laboratories for soil microbes, aerobic composting techniques, and methods for managing soil microbiology using compost tea.

 Episode #132: The Soil Food Web | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 38:48

After a 2 year hiatus, the Agroinnovations Podcast is back. First order of business is to get a backlog of interviews from the archives out into the world. Today’s interview features Dr. Elaine Ingham from the company Soil Food Web … Continue reading →

 Episode #131: Spiral Ridge Permaculture | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 42:39

Frank is joined by Cliff Davis of Spiral Ridge Permaculture. Cliff begins by breaking down the natural history, forest composition, soil types, and topography of his permaculture farm in central Tennessee. The topic then shifts to permacultural strategies for success in this challenging environment, and concludes with a discussion of the political challenges of a establishing a permanent culture in a damaged society.

 Episode #130: For the Listeners | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 32:38

Frank dedicates this episode to the listeners of the podcast for their patience and encouragement over a six month period in which the site was broken and no new material was forthcoming. He discusses changes in his personal life that made new installments difficult, and then goes on to discuss the new, streamlined site.

 Episode #129: Merry Christmas, Monsanto | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 44:40

This episode of the Agroinnovations Podcast salutes everybody's favorite biotechnology company Monsanto by wishing them a Merry Christmas.

 Episode #128: Biodynamic Agriculture | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 37:24

We are joined by Hugh Courtney of the Josephine Porter Institute for Applied Biodynamics. We discuss the life and ideas of Rudolph Steiner, the life and practice of Josephine Porter, biodynamic preparations and how they are made, the application of … Continue reading →

 Episode #127: Peak Moment Television | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 40:37

Frank Aragona is joined by Janaia Donaldson, host and producer of Peak Moment Television.  Topics of discussion include the production of Peak Moment TV, geodesic domes in Colorado, the strengths and weaknesses of the relocalization movement, Peak Oil as a … Continue reading →

 Episode #126: The Paicines Ranch | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 35:34

Frank is joined by Sallie Calhoun, Owner/Executive Director of the Paicines Ranch.   Sallie is also the Chairman of the Board of Directors at Holistic Management International, and is a passionate practitioner of and advocate for Holistic Management.  Please visit … Continue reading →

 Episode #125: Holistic Management in Saskatchewan | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 35:47

Frank is joined by Blain Hjertaas, farmer, rancher, and Holistic Management Practitioner in Saskatchewan, Canada. Blain tells what is now the familiar tale of a high input farmer making the transition to low-input, holistic agriculture and seeing vast improvements in … Continue reading →

 Episode #124: Back in the Saddle | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 36:36

The Agroinnovations Podcast is back after a hiatus of several weeks.  I begin by sharing an article by Tara Lohan entitled Vision: How Small, Mostly Conservative Towns Have Found the Trick to Defeating Corporations.  I then continue by sharing listner … Continue reading →

 Episode #123: Vocational Permaculture | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 40:40

We are joined by Robyn Francis of the Permaculture College of Australia. The conversation begins with a breakdown of how permaculture has become a certified vocation in Australia. We then discuss the curriculum at the Permaculture College, the process of … Continue reading →


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