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Episode 056: Bringing the Center to the Edge with Joe Nisbett

Uncategorized Oct 06, 2020

This is a great conversation this week on the Seeds of Tao Podcast. We are talking with Joe Nisbett, a permaculture student of Geoff Lawton and recent graduate from grad school as he seeks to find his place between the edge culture of permaculture, and mainstream society. If you’d like to get in contact with Joe, you can through these channels:



[email protected]


@joe.nisbett on Instagram

@joeneilnisbett on Facebook


If you’d like to get in contact with or learn more about the permaculture student club he founded at Auburn University, you can here:



[email protected]  

@permaculturetigers on Instagram and Facebook


 Also, for anyone thinking about these ideas of center and edgework:  Permaculture Institute of North American, North American Leadership Summit - Join the Mainstream Action working...

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Episode 055: Growing Dreams with Marla Cooley

Uncategorized Sep 29, 2020

This week on the Seeds of Tao Podcast we’re chatting with Marla Cooley, a listener of the podcast, and a permie with dreams to create an ecovillage. Currently, Marla is the president and owner at Foothills Farm, which is the location where she hopes to set up the ecovillage. In the episode, Marla talks a lot about her journey towards her ecovillage dream and really highlights some of the steps that we all take as we move towards our dream. If you’d like to get in contact with Marla, you can do so through the following ways:


Her website for Foothills Farm is https://www.foothills.farm/

The Facebook page for Foothills Farm is https://www.facebook.com/GAFoothills.Farm

If you’d like to contact Marla about the work she does providing solar, you may do so at https://marlasellssolar.com/


The Awakening

In this week’s episode, Marla shares her wonderful journey towards her dream of creating an eco-village on her farm in the Georgia Mountains. Early on...

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Episode 054: Playing the Edge with Kareen Erbe

Uncategorized Sep 22, 2020

This week on the podcast we have a guest from one of our favorite places we’ve lived, Montana! Kareen Erbe is a permaculture teacher, designer, and consultant in the beautiful city of Bozeman, Montana where she specializes in helping people to grow more food in cold climates. She has been all over the world learning from the best in the business, having done her PDC with Grifen Hope and Geoff Lawton at the Taranaki Environment Centre in New Zealand, a course in India called Gandhi and Globalization with Navdanya in India and then continuing to a 10-week training/internship in permaculture with Geoff Lawton at the Permaculture Research Institute of Australia as well as other cool projects. In the interview Kareen shares her amazing story, giving great insight into the struggle of developing as a person, a business owner, and a permaculturalist by utilizing the edge effect.

The Entrepreneur Grind

These days the term “entrepreneur” is widely-used and almost...

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Episode 053: Realizing Permaculture's Breadth and Depth with Scott Mann

Uncategorized Sep 15, 2020

This week we have a very special guest with us on the podcast, Scott Mann who is a renowned Environmental Educator and Producer of the Permaculture Podcast. Scott is such a great resource and has decades of experience in the regenerative and permaculture sphere. If you would like to get to know Scott better, you can definitely catch him on social media, which he shares at the end of the episode, or email him directly at [email protected].


Also, there were quite a few people and resources Scott brought up in the episode…


Karryn Olson - Regenepreneurs

Scott’s permaculture teaching instructors:

Andrew Millison - Permaculture Rising

Jude Hobbs - Cascadia Permaculture


These are the interviews that changed his perspective on permaculture, all from 2013.

Exploring Permaculture with Larry Santoyo

Edible Forest Gardens and Permaculture with Dave Jacke

Participatory Culture & Community Building with Mark Lakeman

Exploring Urban Permaculture...

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Episode 052: One Year Anniversary and the Future Care World Report

Uncategorized Sep 08, 2020

Welcome back to another episode of the Seeds of Tao Podcast - we’ve officially hit our year mark - HOORAY! Thanks to all of you who have been listening and cheering us on from the beginning, as well as those of you who have hopped on along the way. We really hope that as you listen to the podcast, read the blog posts, and get involved in the community on Slack that you will find greater balance and inspiration as you move along your personal regenerative journey.

The Danger of Imbalance

In this episode, Josh talked a lot about some key insights from the recent PINA Leadership Summit, and how they brought up the imbalance among the three ethics these days in the permaculture sphere. They noticed, as we have, the intense focus on Earth Care. That’s usually how people discover permaculture, through its unique approach to gardening and regenerating the land. And yet oftentimes People Care and Future Care are either neglected, or just not focused on as much. The problem is,...

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Episode 051: Finding Balance in Our Energetic Bodies with Ronald Porter

Uncategorized Aug 25, 2020

This week on the Seeds of Tao Podcast we've got Ronald Porter back again to chat about our energetic bodies and how to find balance in our lives. This has been a topic we have been diving into over the past few years and have found amazing results with the heightened conscience and balance we've achieved by working within this sphere. We hope that today you'll walk away with a better understanding of the energetic centers, and be inspired to journey towards a more energetic balance in your life. 

Consciousness of the Culture

Early on in the episode, Ronald brings up the fact that our culture is largely unaware of our energies and their interaction with our environment. Society lives in the lower chakras focused on safety, gratification, and power. Yet when people come along dwelling at a higher energetic frequency, leading with love or intuition, they are almost shunned in some circles. The problem is that we can't utilize what we are not aware of. If we can make changes in...

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Episode 050: Using Permaculture to Bring Ancient Grains to the Table with Yolele

Uncategorized Aug 18, 2020

Did you see that up top? Episode 050 everyone! Thanks to all of you who have been with us since the beginning, and if you're a recent joiner to the gang, welcome! We're excited today to talk with Pierre and Philip about their company called Yolele, where they have a mission to help smallholding farmers in Western Africa to sell the ancient grain they have relied on for centuries, fonio. Before we hop into the blog post, if you'd like to learn more about fonio...

You can order some from Whole Foods, and check our Yolele's website

Supply, Demand and Bottlenecks

As Pierre and Philip shard their wonderful story in the episode, they talked a lot about supply and demand, the key to mastering in order to turn profit. They are seeking to help the struggling area of West Africa with the sales of fonio, and ancient grain from the area, by selling it in the United States. Luckily, as the duo relates, they haven't had much trouble convincing people of the benefits of the tasty grain,...

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Episode 049: An Invitation to Permaculture For and By the Youth with Lulu

Uncategorized Aug 11, 2020

This week we have a very special guest, a young permie from Tanzania named Lulu. When we started interviewing her for the episode, we were SO excited to get her on - we love the idea of hearing from the rising generation, especially when they are already part of the global permaculture movement.

In the podcast, there are a few links and resources we mentioned one of those being a fun video Lulu made with her dad to help share the permaculture principles with the youth. Give them a look... 

The permaculture youth group that Lulu is a part and that Morag Gamble, another past guest, has created: https://www.permayouth.org/

Morag's course that she is currently working through: https://permacultureeducationinstitute.org/

Her parents project's web page:  https://dadazanzibar.net/
And the song Lulu and her...
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Episode 048: Permaculture is Living Life to the Fullest with Brandon Bauer

Uncategorized Aug 04, 2020

This week on the podcast we've got Brandon Bauer, a seasoned permaculturist with some inspiring things to share with us about finding our niche, and living life to the fullest. It is timely advice during the hectic times of political uncertainty, social injustice, and a global pandemic. Don't get lost in the noise, make sure you're being the best version of you and really designing the journey you want to take. 

To get in touch with Brandon…

You can send a message to Refarmers, an organization he works closely with, at https://www.facebook.com/REFARMERS.org/

Or you can contact Marie-Pierre, his good friend and our previous podcast guest, through our Slack community which you can join at https://www.seedsoftao.com/slack

He gained a lot of knowledge from the Bullock’s Permaculture Homestead

And he teaches at Seven Ravens and All Points Land Design

Finding Your Niche

One of the coolest things to learn about, in my opinion, in relation to permaculture is patterns....

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Episode 047: Building Community Resilience and Empowerment Through Social Permaculture with Shera Sever

Uncategorized Jul 28, 2020

In the past few months I've been hearing about more and more people using social permaculture to uplift those around them, build community, and create positive impact in the world. This week's guest on the podcast, Shera Sever is a prime example of this. Shera  has spent years gaining knowledge about traditional permaculture applications, as well as social permaculture topics like communication, and is now using her knowledge in all sorts of ways in order to help build resiliency and empowerment in communities around the country. But social permaculture can kind of be this huge, nebulous topic. So here in the blog post we're going to break down some of the big aspects of social permaculture that Shera brought up in hopes of inspiring you to further apply Social Permaculture into your life, home, and community. But first, if you'd like to find out more about Shera and the amazing things she's moving forward, go check out her website at https://sherylsever.com/.

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