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Andrew Fisher

Andrew Fisher has worked in the anti-hunger field for twenty-five years, as the executive director of national and local food groups, and as a researcher, organizer, policy advocate, and coalition builder. He has led successful efforts to gain passage of multiple pieces of federal food and nutrition legislation. Chronic hunger and food insecurity trends across the U.S. have not changed, despite the rise of charity. Food banks and food pantries were meant to be a stopgap measure, but manufacturing jobs never came back, recession followed, and the “emergency food system” became an industry. In 1994, Andy Fisher co-founded and led the Community Food Security Coalition (CFSC), a first of its kind national alliance of hundreds of groups working on urban food access and local food. Fisher led CFSC as Executive Director for 15 years, creating and gaining momentum for the concept of community food security while building the food movement as a whole. He successfully led advocacy efforts and passage of crucial federal nutrition legislation to address food security, including the establishment of the Community Food Projects and Farm to School grants. Fisher is an expert on a variety of food system topics and tactics, including food policy councils, community food assessments, healthy corner stores, coalition building, and farm to cafeteria programs. Fisher is an activist, NGO consultant, and an adjunct teacher at Portland University in Oregon. His book, Big Hunger, is the launch for a new vision for how to untangle corporate interests from food banks and the anti-hunger movement. The 2016 election reminded us of the depth of economic insecurity across America, and of the political implications that come from ignoring this populist angst. The decline of Rust Belt communities since the 1980s has been paralleled by the rapid growth of food banks. Instead of challenging the government and corporations to provide living wages and good jobs, to support unions and oppose globalization, the anti-hunger movement has instead built alliances with Walmart, Tyson, and Monsanto, among other socially irresponsible companies. Big Hunger reveals the damage caused by this hunger-industrial complex, and offers a new vision for the anti-hunger movement to eliminate hunger through a focus on health, economic justice and local economies.

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Welcome episode 36 of the Biodynmiacs Now! Investigative Farming and Restorative Nutrition podcast. Your host is Allan Balliett Our guest today is apple orchardist Michael Phillips, Author of Mycorrhizael Planet How Symbiotic Fungi Work with Roots to Support Plant Health and Build Soil Fertility Mycorrhizal Planet abounds with insights into “fungal consciousness” and offers practical, regenerative techniques that are pertinent to gardeners, landscapers, orchardists, foresters, and farmers. Michael’s fungal insights will resonate with everyone who is fascinated with the unseen workings of nature and concerned about maintaining and restoring the health of our soils, our climate, and the quality of life on Earth for generations to come

 Michael Phillips is a farmer, writer, carpenter, orchard consultant, and speaker who lives in northern New Hampshire, where he grow apples and a variety of medicinal herbs with his wife, nancy. Michael is the author of The Apple Grower (Chelsea Green, 2005) and The Holistic Orchard (2011), and teamed up with Nancy to write The Herbalist's Way (2005). His Lost Nation Orchard is part of the Holistic Orchard Network, and Michael also leads the community orchard movement at The show notes for today's conversation are at


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Julian Palmer, the original formulator of changa, was born in North East Victoria Australia, where his father worked as an agricultural journalist and editor. In his early 20’s, he explored many forms of spiritual inquiry, practiced purification of intent and worked in web design and multimedia. After moving to the far north coast of NSW when he was 24, he quickly got seriously into psychedelics and since that time hasn’t really stopped exploring and learning about them and the states they could catalyze. Julians book "Articulations" is a catalog of his life work up to this point. It sums up about everything he wants to say about psychedelics. His next projects involve creating innovate film erotica and exploring indigenous psychoactive plants that are unknown to the western mind. This interview was recorded almost a yaer ago. Allan had a sense when he stumbled upon Julians website that his work was appropriate for the mission of The BD Now Podcast, which, at its core, is about maximizing human potential through appropriate levels of nutrition but he wasn' sure the world would embrace Julian's work as openly as he did. Since then, though, actor Edward Norton has spearheaded a very public campaign to raise funds for researching the use of magick mushrooms to eleveate the affecs of both depression and PTSD, foremost herbalist James A Duke has noted that Auyuasca is a healing herb with many benefits over and above iniiatiing visionary states and herbalist Stephen Buhner has stated that all forms of life search out the psychedelic molecules, not just humans. (Hes gone as far to say that during times of environmental uncertaintanty organisms from elephants to microbes seek out these molecules because they are radical adaptogens that make individuals and cultures capable of adjusting to change. They are not drugs, they are plant medicines and as Michael Phillips stated in a recent interview, all medicines area ultimately a form of nutrition The BD Now! Podcast does not advocate for the use of these plant medicines for the psyche and soul. We present Julian Palmers inights into the use of medicinal plants around the world for educational purposes only. Table of Contents Preface Chapter One : The Revelation of DMT First Steps Smoking Crystal DMT Rational Interpretations Chapter Two : The Meaning of DMT in The Trees There is a Neurotransmitter in Acacia Trees The Sentience of Plants Australian Acacia Species Containing DMT The Harvesting of Acacias Drinking an Acacia Floribunda Brew Chapter Three : Espiritu Naturale How the Plants can Work with Us Mescaline from the Cactus Changa Psilocybin Mushrooms Psychoactive Plants around the World Iboga and Ibogaine Chapter Four : Ayahuasca Introduction To Ayahuasca The Religion of Ayahuasca How I Facilitate Ayahuasca Groups Dosages of Tryptamines and Beta-Carbolines Two Ayahuasca Experiences Chapter Five : Considering Other Beings “But are the Beings Real?” Malevolent Beings and Schizophrenia A Simple Analysis of the Perspectives of Benny Shanon Chapter Six : Synthetic Chemicals Phenethylamines and Tryptamines (or Research Chemicals) LSD Ketamine MDMA and Love Chapter Seven : The Crisis and the Construct The Shaman vs God The Manual of Western Spirituality Pitfalls along the Way Chapter Eight : Working with It The Benefits of Pure Awareness The Shadow Processing and Integrating Feeching, Sound Navigation, and Telepathy The Guide Mebbing and Sex Chapter Nine : This Time and These Experiences Exploring New Age Transpersonalism The Follies and Pitfalls of Shamanism Thoughts on the Global Dance Party Scene Chapter Ten : The Challenges and Meanings of Drugs The Recreational Use of Drugs The Drugs don’t Work Credible Futures Appendix I : Changa: Smoking DMT infused into Ayahuasca and other Herbs Appendix II : The Origin and Utilisation of Changa Bibliography

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Welcome episode 34 of the Biodynmiacs Now! Investigative Farming and Restorative Nutrition podcast. Your host is Allan Balliett

Our program today is a discussion among 3 long time activist supporters of the Community SUpported agriculture Movemen about the CSA Charter that was adapted this year. The participans are Elizabeth Henderson, a CSA farmer since 1989, author of Sharing the Harvest: A Citizen’s Guide to Community Supported Agriculture author of the CSA Chapter we are discussing today, and frequent speaker on agricultural community at sustainable ag conferences world wide AND Steven McFadden, long time advocate for CSAs and sustainable life style and autthor, with Trauger Groh of Farms of Tomorrow Revisited: Community-Supported Farms – Farm Supported Communities, a primary text of the CSA movement.

The first CSA farm in the US started in New England in 1986 the concept, basic to the local food movement and the grassroots organic food movement spread rapidly. Today, there are over 7000 CSA in the US. Unfortunately, CSA in the US is in something of a crises because marketing savey entrepenuers have recently established numerous non -local, non wholesome non-quality food distrubution schemes have pushed real CSAs out of the very market they created. The CSA charter is an affirmation of the strong practical values of the genuine CSA movement, the features that separate real community farming from those who look to in apporpriate profit from consumers trust and confusion..

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Street Farm Growing Food, Jobs, and Hope on the Urban Frontier By Michael Ableman Categories: Farm & Garden, Politics & Public Policy Street Farm is the inspirational account of residents in the notorious Low Track in Vancouver, British Columbia—one of the worst urban slums in North America—who joined together to create an urban farm as a means of addressing the chronic problems in their neighborhood. It is a story of recovery, of land and food, of people, and of the power of farming and nourishing others as a way to heal our world and ourselves. During the past seven years, Sole Food Street Farms—now North America’s largest urban farm project—has transformed acres of vacant and contaminated urban land into street farms that grow artisan-quality fruits and vegetables. By providing jobs, agricultural training, and inclusion in a community of farmers and food lovers, the Sole Food project has empowered dozens of individuals with limited resources who are managing addiction and chronic mental health problems. Sole Food’s mission is to encourage small farms in every urban neighborhood so that good food can be accessible to all, and to do so in a manner that allows everyone to participate in the process. In Street Farm, author-photographer-farmer Michael Ableman chronicles the challenges, growth, and success of this groundbreaking project and presents compelling portraits of the neighborhood residents-turned-farmers whose lives have been touched by it. Throughout, he also weaves his philosophy and insights about food and farming, as well as the fundamentals that are the underpinnings of success for both rural farms and urban farms. Street Farm will inspire individuals and communities everywhere by providing a clear vision for combining innovative farming methods with concrete social goals, all of which aim to create healthier and more resilient communities. Michael Ableman is a farmer, author, photographer and urban and local food systems advocate. Michael has been farming organically since the early 1970′s and is considered one of the pioneers of the organic farming and urban agriculture movements. He is a frequent lecturer to audiences all over the world, and the winner of numerous awards for his work. Ableman is the author of four trade published books: From the Good Earth: A celebration of growing food around the world; On Good Land: The autobiography of an urban farm; Fields of Plenty: A farmer’s journey in search of real food and the people who grow it, and most recently Street Farm; Growing Food, Jobs, and Hope on the Urban Frontier. Michael Ableman is the founder of the Center for Urban Agriculture at Fairview Gardens in Goleta, California where he farmed for 20 years; co-founder and director of Sole Food Street Farms and the charity Cultivate Canada in Vancouver, British Columbia; and founder and director of the Center for Arts, Ecology and Agriculture based at his family home and farm on Salt Spring Island. Street Farm Facts Sole Food Street Farms consists of ve separate sites in Vancouver, including the largest urban orchard in North America. All sites are paved land and crops are grown in soil- lled growing boxes. The overall yield of this growing system is 15 to 25 times higher than conventional “open eld” growing systems. • 4.5 total acres of paved urban land • 75 people employed from 2009 to present • 8,000 containers used to grow fruits and vegetables • 50,000 pounds of food produced annually • $1.7M+ total sales revenue (2009-2016) • $300,000 in annual wages paid to employees • $20,000 estimated annual loss of Sole Food crops due to rodent damage (rats like vegetables, too) • $2.20 estimated savings to the health care, legal, and social assistance systems for every dollar paid to Sole Food employees (Queens University study, 2013) • $150,000+ raised annually to support the Sole Food program • $46M per day of taxpayer money spent to subsidize large-scale industrial farming

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Welcome to Episode 32 of the biodynamics now Investigative Farming and Restorative nutrition podcast. Your host is Allan Balliett.

Our guest today is Dmitry Orlov, author of Shrinking the Technosphere: Getting a Grip on Technologies That Limit Our Autonomy, Self-Sufficiency and Freedom

Shrinking the Technosphere is both a critique of the negative effects of technology on life on earth and is a guide to walk readers through the process of bringing technology down to a manageable number of carefully chosen controllable elements. It is about regaining the freedom to use technology for our own benefit, and is recommended reading for all who seek to get back to a point where technologies assist us rather than control us.

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Welcome to Episode 31 of the Biodynamics Now Investigative Farming and Restorative Nutrition podcast. Your host is Allan Balliett.

Our guest today is Long time friend of the biodynamics Now podcast Steven McFadden of Santa Fe, New Mexico Steven is director of Chiron Communications, an enterprise offering keys for the health of human beings and the earth. He has been writing about CSA farms since their inception in the U.S. in the late 1980s. Among his many other abilities he has developed to counsil and heal his fellow human beings, he is a reiki master of long standing, He has taught the reiki healing techniques to hundreds of students across North and Central America.

Reiki is a gentle technique for healing by the laying-on of hands. Knowlege of reiki healing techniques belongs in every home healing kit since it is a healing art available to all human beings with just a short training and once learned, it can be applied for free to heal and comfort others whenever necessary. RAYKEE has an established track record of reducing stress, relieving pain, and supporting the healing process.

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Sarah Flack is the author of the Chelsea Green book Organic Dairy Production (2011) and, more recently, The Art and Science of Grazing: How Grass Farmers Can Create Sustainable Systems for Healthy Animals and Farm Ecosystems (2016). She is a nationally known consultant on grazing and organic livestock management.

Sarah Flack is uniquely qualified as a teacher in the grazing movement in that she has both scientific training and intensive hands on experience with livestock, not only on her family's farm but, because of her long time work as a certifier and consultant, on many grazing enterprises, both small and large. She grew up on a Vermont family farm that used management-intensive grazing and mob stocking. She later studied Holistic Planned Grazing and pursued graduate studies on pasture management at the University of Vermont. She has written extensively about grass farming and is known for teaching workshops that take a practical approach to applying the science of grazing. Sarah has successfully helped many farmers create positive change in their pastures, soils, livestock, finances, and farm-family quality of life.

The Art and Science of Grazing: How Grass Farmers Can Create Sustainable Systems for Healthy Animals and Farm Ecosystems

By Sarah Flack

Foreword by Hubert J. Karreman, VMD

New techniques for managing grazing animals are producing dramatic results that empower farmers to grazing systems that are truly effective at meeting their farm and quality-of-life goals.

In this comprehensive book, nationally known grazing consultant Sarah Flack builds on a solid foundation of the key principles of grazing management to help farmers design and manage successful grazing systems. Flack’s lifelong experience with grazing began when her family employed mob grazing techniques on the family farm to transform a brushy, overgrown series of fields into high-quality pasture.

Farmers and their farms will benefit greatly from Flack’s message that, in partnership with their animals, they can create profound change in pasture quality and productivity and the performance of the livestock. The book’s unique approach presents information first from the perspective of pasture plants, and then from the livestock perspective—helping farmers understand both plant and animal needs before setting up a grazing system.

Flack includes descriptions of real grazing systems working well on dairy, beef, goat, and sheep farms in different regions of North America. The book covers pasture requirements specific to organic farming but will be of use to both organic and non-organic farms.

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Welcome to Episode 28 of the biodynamics now Investigative Farming and Restorative nutrition podcast. Your host is Allan Balliett.

Scott Pittman taught Permaculture courses around the world for six years with Bill Mollison, the founder of Permaculture. Scott is the director of Permaculture Institute USA in Santa Fe, which he co-founded with Bill Mollison.

With 30 years of teaching and doing permaculture under his belt, Scott Pittman is one of the foremost teachers of permaculture in the world. He has taught the Permaculture extensively on four continents. He is the founder of the Permaculture Drylands Institute and co-founder of the Permaculture Credit Union. The Permaculture Institute is active in North and South America. Scott's experience includes working with indigenous and traditional people worldwide, design projects that range from backyards to thousand-acre farms and activism in promotion of sustainable living. Scott is the lead teacher for most Permaculture Institute programs. He holds Diploma in Education, Permaculture Design, Site Development, and Community Service.

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Pawpaw: In Search of America's Forgotten Fruit

Today's guest is Andrew Moore, author of Pawpaw: In Search of America's Forgotten Fruit.

PawsPaws are the largest edible native fruit in the US. As much as this book is an encyclopedia of pawpaw knowledge, it also investigate the deeper questions about American foodways— how economic, biological, and cultural forces combine, leading us to eat what we eat, and sometimes to ignore the incredible, delicious food growing all around us. If you haven’t yet eaten a pawpaw, this book won’t let you rest until you do.

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The largest edible fruit native to the United States tastes like a cross between a banana and a mango. It grows wild in twenty-six states, gracing Eastern forests each fall with sweet-smelling, tropical-flavored abundance. Historically, it fed and sustained Native Americans and European explorers, presidents, and enslaved African Americans, inspiring folk songs, poetry, and scores of place names from Georgia to Illinois. Its trees are an organic grower’s dream, requiring no pesticides or herbicides to thrive, and containing compounds that are among the most potent anticancer agents yet discovered.

So why have so few people heard of the pawpaw, much less tasted one?

In Pawpaw—a 2016 James Beard Foundation Award nominee in the Writing & Literature category—author Andrew Moore explores the past, present, and future of this unique fruit, traveling from the Ozarks to Monticello; canoeing the lower Mississippi in search of wild fruit; drinking pawpaw beer in Durham, North Carolina; tracking down lost cultivars in Appalachian hollers; and helping out during harvest season in a Maryland orchard. Along the way, he gathers pawpaw lore and knowledge not only from the plant breeders and horticulturists working to bring pawpaws into the mainstream but also regular folks who remember eating them in the woods as kids, but haven’t had one in over fifty years.


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