Biodynamics Now! Investigative Farming and Restorative Nutrition Podcast

"Why and how Rudolf Steiner’s suggestions can be seen and used within the framework of the universally resonant form of a circle." Glen Atkinson

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This is part 3 of the third program with biodynamic agriculture educator, Glen Atkinson. The topic is How Steiner's Medical Lectures inform his Agriculture Lectures. If you are not familiar with Rudolf Steiner and biodynamics or have no motivation as a biodynamic practitioner to gain deep insights into the basic principles of biodynamic agriculture, then there is no reason to listen to this particular lecture series. This is a very heady program. As you will hear, Glen leaves me behind in the first 10 minutes of each segment. This is no reflection on Glen as a teacher. It's the topic, which for me, who, for example, is still traumatized by high school chemistry class, is hard to wrap the mind around ( or is it open the mind to? ) Any, if you are going to slog forward, Glen has provided some PowerPoint style graphics for this topic. They are at the show notes at www.bdnow.org. He has also provided a copy of his paper on Equisetum, which is referenced in the lecture. It will give you a good idea of the concepts in this lecture in practice. The paper is also at the show notes for this episode at bdnow.org Remember, if listening to this podcast brings up any questions, you can ask those questions in the "reply" section of the show notes of this episode. Glen will be directly answering your questions posted there. If you're planning on going this deeply into a biodynamic practice, you owe it to yourself and, frankly, others who will read your question and Glen's response, to take advantage of this opportunity. As always, if you appreciate what we are trying to accomplish with these podcasts on producing food of the highest nutritional quality, please leave a positive comment at the end of the show notes AND PLEASE rate us with maximum stars at iTunes or which ever podcast distributer you use.

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Category:Conversation -- posted at: 9:55pm EST

BD Now! Special Episode 03.2 How the Medical Lectures Inform the Agriculture Lectures This is part 2 (of 3) of the third program with biodynamic agriculture educator, Glen Atkinson. The topic is How Steiner's Medical Lectures inform his Agriculture Lectures. If you are not familiar with Rudolf Steiner and biodynamics or have no motivation as a biodynamic practitioner to gain deep insights into the basic principles of biodynamic agriculture, then there is no reason to listen to this particular lecture series. This is a very heady program. As you will hear, Glen leaves me behing in the first 10 minutes and this is no reflection on Glen as a teacher. It's the topic, which for me, who, for example, is still traumatized by high school chemistry class, is hard to wrap the mind around ( or is it open the mind to? ) Any, if you are going to schlog forward, Glen has provided some PowerPoint style graphics for this topic. They are at the show notes at bdnow.org. He has also provided a copy of his paper on Equisetum, which is referenced in the lecture. It will give you a good idea of the concepts in this lecture in practice. The paper is also at the show notes for this episode at bdnow.org Remember, if listening to this podcast brings up any questions, you can ask those questions in the "reply" section of the show notes of this episode. Glen will be directly answering your questions posted there. If you're planning on going this deeply into a biodynamic practice, you owe it to yourself and, frankly, others who will read your question and Glen's response, to take advantage of this opportunity. As always, if you appreciate what we are trying to accomplish with these podcasts on producing food of the highest nutritional quality, please leave a positive comment at the end of the show notes AND PLEASE rate us with maximum stars at Itunes or which ever podcast distributer you use.

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Category:Conversation -- posted at: 9:42pm EST

BD Now! Special Episode 03.2 How the Medical Lectures Inform the Agriculture Lectures This is part 2 (of 3) of the third program with biodynamic agriculture educator, Glen Atkinson. The topic is How Steiner's Medical Lectures inform his Agriculture Lectures. If you are not familiar with Rudolf Steiner and biodynamics or have no motivation as a biodynamic practitioner to gain deep insights into the basic principles of biodynamic agriculture, then there is no reason to listen to this particular lecture series. This is a very heady program. As you will hear, Glen leaves me behing in the first 10 minutes and this is no reflection on Glen as a teacher. It's the topic, which for me, who, for example, is still traumatized by high school chemistry class, is hard to wrap the mind around ( or is it open the mind to? ) Any, if you are going to schlog forward, Glen has provided some PowerPoint style graphics for this topic. They are at the show notes at bdnow.org. He has also provided a copy of his paper on Equisetum, which is referenced in the lecture. It will give you a good idea of the concepts in this lecture in practice. The paper is also at the show notes for this episode at bdnow.org Remember, if listening to this podcast brings up any questions, you can ask those questions in the "reply" section of the show notes of this episode. Glen will be directly answering your questions posted there. If you're planning on going this deeply into a biodynamic practice, you owe it to yourself and, frankly, others who will read your question and Glen's response, to take advantage of this opportunity. As always, if you appreciate what we are trying to accomplish with these podcasts on producing food of the highest nutritional quality, please leave a positive comment at the end of the show notes AND PLEASE rate us with maximum stars at Itunes or which ever podcast distributer you use.

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Category:Conversation -- posted at: 9:42pm EST

BD Now! Special Episode 03.2 How the Medical Lectures Inform the Agriculture Lectures This is part 2 (of 3) of the third program with biodynamic agriculture educator, Glen Atkinson. The topic is How Steiner's Medical Lectures inform his Agriculture Lectures. If you are not familiar with Rudolf Steiner and biodynamics or have no motivation as a biodynamic practitioner to gain deep insights into the basic principles of biodynamic agriculture, then there is no reason to listen to this particular lecture series. This is a very heady program. As you will hear, Glen leaves me behing in the first 10 minutes and this is no reflection on Glen as a teacher. It's the topic, which for me, who, for example, is still traumatized by high school chemistry class, is hard to wrap the mind around ( or is it open the mind to? ) Any, if you are going to schlog forward, Glen has provided some PowerPoint style graphics for this topic. They are at the show notes at bdnow.org. He has also provided a copy of his paper on Equisetum, which is referenced in the lecture. It will give you a good idea of the concepts in this lecture in practice. The paper is also at the show notes for this episode at bdnow.org Remember, if listening to this podcast brings up any questions, you can ask those questions in the "reply" section of the show notes of this episode. Glen will be directly answering your questions posted there. If you're planning on going this deeply into a biodynamic practice, you owe it to yourself and, frankly, others who will read your question and Glen's response, to take advantage of this opportunity. As always, if you appreciate what we are trying to accomplish with these podcasts on producing food of the highest nutritional quality, please leave a positive comment at the end of the show notes AND PLEASE rate us with maximum stars at Itunes or which ever podcast distributer you use.

Direct download: BDNOWSE03.2GlenAtkinsonSteinersMedicalLectures.mp3
Category:Conversation -- posted at: 9:42pm EST

This is part 1 of the third program with biodynamic agriculture educator, Glen Atkinson. The topic is How Steiner's Medical Lectures inform his Agriculture Lectures.

If you are not familiar with Rudolf Steiner and biodynamics or have no motivation as a biodynamic practitioner to gain deep insights into the basic principles of biodynamic agriculture, then there is no reason to listen to this particular lecture series.

This is a very heady program. As you will hear, Glen leaves me behing in the first 10 minutes and this is no reflection on Glen as a teacher. It's the topic, which for me, who, for example, is still traumatized by high school chemistry class, is hard to wrap the mind around ( or is it open the mind to? )

Any, if you are going to schlog forward, Glen has provided some PowerPoint style graphics for this topic. They are at the show notes at bdnow.org. He has also provided a copy of his paper on Equisetum, which is referenced in the lecture. It will give you a good idea of the concepts in this lecture in practice. The paper is also at the show notes for this episode at bdnow.org

Remember, if listening to this podcast brings up any questions, you can ask those questions in the "reply" section of the show notes of this episode. Glen will be directly answering your questions posted there. If you're planning on going this deeply into a biodynamic practice, you owe it to yourself and, frankly, others who will read your question and Glen's response, to take advantage of this opportunity.

As always, if you appreciate what we are trying to accomplish with these podcasts on producing food of the highest nutritional quality, please leave a positive comment at the end of the show notes AND PLEASE rate us with maximum stars at Itunes or which ever podcast distributer you use.

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Show Notes are at www.bdnow.org

Our Guest today is New Zealand Astrologer, Gardener, Herbalist, Homeopath and Philosopher - Glen Atkinson, who has developed the agricultural and medical work of Rudolf Steiner into a rational and secular approach of being with nature while staying true to Dr Steiner's energetic indications.

In this episode Glen discusses Rudolf Steiner's natal chart and aspects of his biography.

Glen began working with Steiner's indications in 1976 and has made developments in several fields. His innovation and understanding of Steiner have come from recognizing the fundamental similarity between the traditional Astrological world view and Steiner's suggestions. Then, from experimentation and observation, a simple yet innovative theory of manifestation - The Atkinson Conjecture - has become the basis for many practical activities.

Glen is founder of on-line The Biodynamic College The ONLY college on the planet, where the whole of Dr Steiner’s ‘Agriculture Course’ can be fully understood.

The show notes for today's conversation and more presentations by Glen Atkinson are at bdnow.org If you appreciate hearing programs on topics as valuable as this one, please take the time to leave The Biodynamics Now! Podcast a positive review on iTunes or at least stop by bdnow.org and say 'Hi' in a comment.

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INTEGRATIVE PHYSICIAN DR ROBIN MILLER  is the author, along with Dave Kahn, of "HEALED Health and Wellness for the 21st Century Wisdom, Secrets and Fun from the Leading Edge."

Integrative medicine uses conventional medicine and natural medicine as needed to heal patients. Dr Miller makes more use of prescription medicine than other healers we've had on Biodynamics NOW! PODCAST but she does it in a personalized way. What makes this 21st century medicine is she is able to use relatively inexpensive genetic testing to tailor effective prescriptions for the individual patient's constitution rather than use powerful drugs in a one-size-fits-all manner, which often promotes side-effects more than it does healing.

She's also all about bringing fun into healing. In this program she extolls the virtues of coffee, chocolate and ballroom dancing as part of a path of dynamic healing and wellness

The show notes for today's conversation are at bdnow.org

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Welcome to Episode 43 of the Biodynamics Now! Investigative Farming and Restorative Nutrition podcast. Your host is Allan Balliett Today's guest is Elvira DiBrigit, author of "Why We Farm: Stories from Farmers of the Copay valley." An expert in sustainable living and farming, Elvira has profiled more than a dozen small, family farms in Northern California's Copay Valley in an insightful collection that shines a spotlight on the challenges and rewards of independent farming in the 21st century.

Capay Valley is a narrow slice of farmland nestled in the mountains of Northern California, just north of Napa. The area is home to more than 60 organic farms, one of the highest concentrations in the country. The rich soil produced by the rivers and creeks in the area provides ideal conditions for wine, fruits and vegetables and a booming olive oil crop

In 2000 Elvira Di'Brigit moved her family to Capay Valley, where her passionate interest in sustainable living took hold. While teaching she explored curricula surrounding farming, environmental preservation and nutrition - all in support of sustainable living. She is the editor of CapayValleyGrown.net and the author of WHY WE FARM. She also serves on the organizing committee for the Hoes Down Harvest Festival, a fund-raiser for the Ecological Farming Association. Elvira holds a BA in international relations from UC Davis, a teaching credential and a Waldorf/Steiner Teaching Certificate. She lives in Rumsey, CA with her husband and 3 children. An expert in sustainable living and farming, Elvira has profiled more than a dozen small, family farms in an insightful collection that shines a spotlight on the challenges and rewards of independent farming in the 21st century. The small/family farm was becoming an anachronism two decades ago, but the surge of public interest in organic and "locally-grown" food has inspired a new generation to explore farming and self-sustainability. The Capay Valley farming culture is a phenomenal example of how this once dying profession has taken on new life; Elvira Di'Brigit and her book, WHY WE FARM: Stories from Farmers of The Capay Valley, highlight the diversity of business models that have brought success to a myriad of 21st century farm. Capay Valley is a narrow slice of farmland nestled in the mountains of Northern California, just north of Napa. The area is home to more than 60 organic farms, one of the highest concentrations in the country. The rich soil produced by the rivers and creeks in the area provides ideal conditions for wine, fruits and vegetables and a booming olive oil crop. From Full Belly Farm – a 350 acre farm founded in 1985 as a pioneer in organic and sustainable farming – to the tiny 1 acre Cache Creek Lavender Farm, the farmers in the Capay Valley are a microcosm of 21st century sustainability and provide the lion's share of organic and toxin-free food and product to San Francisco's booming farm-to-table restaurants and neighborhood farmers' markets.

Elvira Di'Brigit has investigated and chronicled the production of real food while living in farming communities throughout Northern California and Hawaii. She and her family moved to the Capay Valley seventeen years ago and Elvira began teaching the children of local farmers, which allowed her to gain an insider’s view of farming as a business.

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Show notes for this special episode of the Biodynamics Now! Podcast are at http://www.bdnow.org

Even though Rudolf Steiner told us that malignant beings use the moment of a total eclipse to pass from the moon to Earth, Biodynamic astrologer Glen Atkinson is optimistic that Monday's eclipse could have a positive effect on what's currently going on here on Earth.

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

Today we are going to discuss the August 21 Full Eclipse of the Sun from a Steiner perspective with New Zealand Astrologer, Gardener, Herbalist, Homeopath and Philosopher - Glen Atkinson, has developed the agricultural and medical work of Rudolf Steiner into a rational and secular approach of being with nature while staying true to Dr Steiner's energetic indications.

Glen began working with Steiner's indications in 1976 and has made developments in several fields. His innovation and understanding of Steiner have come from recognising the fundamental similiarity between the traditional Astrological world view and Steiner's suggestions. Then, from experimentation and observation, a simple yet innovative theory of manifestation - The Atkinson Conjecture - has become the basis for many practical activities.

Glen is founder of on-line The Biodynamic College The ONLY college on the planet, where the whole of Dr Steiner’s ‘Agriculture Course’ can be fully understood.

The show notes for today's conversation are at bdnow.org

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Welcome to episode 41 of the Biodynmiacs Now! Investigative Farming and Restorative Nutrition podcast. Your host is Allan Balliett Our Guest today is New Zealand Astrologer, Gardener, Herbalist, Homeopath and Philosopher - Glen Atkinson, who has developed the agricultural and medical work of Rudolf Steiner into a rational and secular approach of being with nature while staying true to Dr Steiner's energetic indications.

Glen began working with Steiner's indications in 1976 and has made developments in several fields. His innovation and understanding of Steiner have come from recognising the fundamental similiarity between the traditional Astrological world view and Steiner's suggestions. Then, from experimentation and observation, a simple yet innovative theory of manifestation - The Atkinson Conjecture - has become the basis for many practical activities.

Glen is founder of on-line The Biodynamic College The ONLY college on the planet, where the whole of Dr Steiner’s ‘Agriculture Course’ can be fully understood. The show notes for today's conversation are at bdnow.org If you appreciate hearing programs on topics as valueable as this one, please take the time to leave The Biodynamics Now! podcast a positive review on iTunes or at least stop by bdnow.org and say 'hi' in a comment.

 

Table of Contents (Thank you, Gina O'Connor!)

2.26 Who is Glen Atkinson? Atkinson's applications of Rudolf Steiner's medical teachings to homeopathy and agriculture 5.00 All illnesses are derived from energetic problems or imbalances stemming from four aspects: Spirit, Astral, Physical and Etheric. 5.30 Energetic problems causing illnesses can be cured through preparation of plants and chemical compounds made into "energetic" preparations. These can also cure imbalances in the soil and be used for bird control, plant growth stimulants, frost protection, etc. 7.56 Atkinson's Expansion on Steiner's list for Energetic Preparations for Agriculture, the Environment and Human Health. 13.05 Atkinson and his work on Homeopathic Water-based Sprays to Eliminate Odor from Fertilizers and Improve their Quality. 16.47 Mother Tinctures and Dilution Efficacy and Use 19.40 Spraying Plants vs Treating the Roots 22.03 Agrihomeopathy vs the Biodynamic Approach and Steiner's Research 27.17 How to control Harlequin bugs 31.48 The Periodic Table and the Importance of using Spheres aligned with the North Magnetic Pole 37.03 How to Use a Sphere to Collect the Energy of an Element for Healing Imbalances 41.20 The Use of Younger Plants vs Older Plants for Making Preparations 42.38 Radionics Pros and Cons 45.40 Atkinson's Views on using Techniques like Dowsing for Creating Preparations 48.17 Homeopathic Formulators 50.24 Tests for Salt accumulation as a radionic potentizer using the earth's magnetic field 52.40 Tips for the collection methods of radionic potentizers from Atkinson's website using spherical diagrams 54.00 Websites for Biodynamic Movements such as "Adopt an Octagon" and others 58.07 Atkinson and his Creation of a Biodynamic College teaching Energy Sciences 1.01 Invitation for another interview with Atkinson focusing on "Who is Rudolf Steiner?" and more about Glen Atkinson's books

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An explosive exposé of the man and the ideas behind the well-heeled right's relentless campaign to eliminate unions, suppress voting, privatize public education, change the Constitution, and curb democratic majority rule
 
DEMOCRACY IN CHAINS The Deep History of the Radical Right's Stealth Plan for America By Nancy MacLean


“An erudite, searing portrait of how the late political economist James McGill Buchanan (1919–2013) and his deep-pocketed conservative allies have reshaped—and undermined—American democracy…. A thoroughly researched and gripping narrative… [MacLean] has delivered another deeply important book that will interest general readers and scholars alike. Her work here is a feat of American intellectual and political history.” —Publishers Weekly, Starred Review “For those who think the Tea Party, Freedom Caucus, and the alt-right are recent constructs, MacLean provides an extensive history lesson that traces the genesis of the right wing back to post-WWII doctrines…. A worthy companion to Jane Mayer’s Dark Money, MacLean’s intense and extensive examination of the right-wing’s rise to power is perhaps the best explanation to date of the roots of the political divide that threatens to irrevocably alter American government.” —Booklist, Starred Review “A chilling portrait of an arrogant, uncompromising, and unforgiving man, stolid in his mission to ‘save capitalism from democracy.’ … An unsettling exposé of the depth and breadth of the libertarian agenda.” —Kirkus Reviews “It’s happening: the subversion of our democratic system from within. How did the political Right do it? Nancy MacLean tells the long-overlooked story of the political economist who developed the playbook for the Koch brothers. James McGill Buchanan merged states rights’ thinking with free market principles and helped to fashion the inherently elitist ideology of today’s Republican Party. Professor MacLean’s meticulous research and shrewd insights make this a must-read for all who believe in government ‘by the people.’”
—Nancy Isenberg, author of White Trash: The 400-Year Untold History of Class in America The Republican Party of today bears very little resemblance to the GOP of the past. What was once a movement to limit federal “overreach” in favor of individual and states’ rights has transformed into a concerted effort to curb democratic rule in favor of capitalist interests at every level of government, whatever the consequences. To many longtime Republicans, the party seems to have lost touch with their concerns, but to a powerful minority, it’s marching ever closer to the ultimate goal of reshaping the Constitution to protect moneyed interests. This gradual takeover of a major political party happened over several decades, and often in plain sight, but the true architects of this plan and their ultimate aim have never been fully exposed—until now. Nancy MacLean’s DEMOCRACY IN CHAINS: The Deep History of the Radical Right’s Stealth Plan for America (A Viking Hardcover; On Sale June 13, 2017) blows open the doors to the unknown history of the relentless campaign by the radical rich to eliminate unions, suppress voting, privatize everything from schools to Medicare and Social Security, and change the Constitution. MacLean traces this game plan back to one man, the Nobel Prize-winning political economist James McGill Buchanan, who forged his ideas in an attempt to preserve the white elite’s power in the wake of Brown v. Board of Education. Painstakingly researched over ten years with unprecedented access to Buchanan’s personal files, DEMOCRACY IN CHAINS explores the genesis of this new radical right, from its beginnings in academia to the eventual embrace and financial backing of the billionaire Charles Koch. From his research centers, first at the University of Virginia and later at George Mason University, Buchanan developed a long-term strategy to prevent those of us without great property or power from using the democratic process to enact meaningful change. Jane Mayer’s Dark Money followed the money behind the rise of the radical right; DEMOCRACY IN CHAINS follows the ideas, exposing the intellectual arguments that Koch and company embraced and applied in their quest for an operational strategy to entrench the power of the wealthy. This is a frightening, important book, and required reading for voters on either side of party lines. For Democrats, it’s immensely important to understand the opposition’s motivations and the logic of its tactics and ultimate endgame. For Republicans, it’s an eye-opening look at the appropriation of their political party by a messianic wealthy elite. Using the architects’ own words and predictions, MacLean creates a chilling portrait of what is in store for the country should this movement succeed. As much of America (and the world) reels from a seemingly unexpected swing to populism and far-right rhetoric, DEMOCRACY IN CHAINS offers a peek behind the curtain to reveal just how we got here and what the future will hold. 
 ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Nancy MacLean is the award-winning author of Behind the Mask of Chivalry (a New York Times "noteworthy" book of the year) and Freedom is Not Enough, which was called by the Chicago Tribune "contemporary history at its best." The William Chafe Professor of History and Public Policy at Duke University, she lives in Durham, North Carolina.

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Category:Interview -- posted at: 5:25pm EST

Welcome to episode 40 of the Biodynmiacs Now! Investigative Farming and Restorative Nutrition podcast. Your host is Allan Balliett Our guest today is naturopathic oncologist Dr. Nasha Winters She has been working in the health care industry for twenty-five years and is a nationally board certified naturopathic doctor, licensed acupuncturist, practitioner of oriental medicine, and is a fellow of the American Board of Naturopathic Oncology. She lectures all over the world and trains physicians in integrative therapies. Current statstics show that one in five Americans will get cancer in their lifetime. Personal observation will demonstrate to you that conventional medicine is not effective at healing or preventing cancer. In fact, it really cant even explain it. Dr. Winters is a cancer surviver of twenty-five years. Her early experience with managing her own cancer lead her to to a life time of researching the real cause and cure of cancer. In this journey, she's come to be called " a walking encyclopedia for integrative medicine" Her research led her to dismiss the conventional explanations for cancer and to embrace the metabolic theory of cancer. The metabolic theory of cancer means that when the mitochondria in a cell fail, that cell will become cancerous. It means that we must find ways to always be reducing our toxin intake while promoting our nutritional intake. The Metabolic Approach to Cancer is Dr Winters handbook on how to heal yourself from cancer or how to make yourself so healthy that you will never get cancer, even if you are genetically pre-disposed to it. I The Metabolic Approach to Cancer, by leading integrative oncologist Dr. Nasha Winters and nutrition therapist Jess Higgins Kelley is the first book to offer a comprehensive, nutrition-focused approach to managing cancer. T Through addressing the ten root causes of cancer and approaching the disease from a nutrition-focused standpoint, Winters and Kelley hope to empower both patients and physicians to slow cancer’s endemic spread and live optimized lives The book is a fun and lively read filled with information so important to the well being and longevity of everyone in today's environment The show notes for today's conversation are at bdnow.org If you appreciate hearing programs on topics as valueable as this one, please take the time to leave The Biodynamics Now! podcast a positive review on iTunes or at least stop by bdnow.org and say 'hi' in a comment.

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Category:Conversation -- posted at: 8:00am EST

Our discussion is with Bardic PHILOSOPHER Stephen Harrod Buhner, author of Plant Intelligence and the Imaginal Realm: Beyond the Doors of Perception into the Dreaming of the Earth and at least 19 other books related to transcending the shortcomings of the linear, reductionist, corporate world view

Stephen Harrod Buhner is a tireless advocate for the reincorporation of the exploratory artist, independent scholar, amateur naturalist, and citizen scientist in American society - especially as a counterweight to the influence of corporate science and technology.

Like Rudolf Steiner before him, Stephen Harrod Buhner is a student of Goethe's natural history work. Again, like Steiner, who gained insights into spiritual realm of Nature through the undomesticated herb gatherer Felix Cogutzki he met on a train at the age of 21, Stephen was initiated into the non-linear, non-academic perception of nature that preceded the industrial mindset through his great grandfather, C.G. Harrod a botanical physician.

Plant Intelligence and the Imaginal Realm is the fourth in a series that began, long ago, with Sacred Plant Medicine , and which includes The Lost Language of Plants and The Secret Teachings of Plants ). All of these books contribute to developing sensibilities important to the biodynamic farming practitioner and attempt to teach the reader how to escape an anthropogenic world view.

 

 

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believed – and tapped into – the magical energy transfer that happens within great rock and roll.

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Category:Interview -- posted at: 7:17am EST

This remarkable book is a must-read if you have any concerns about improving your health or performance. While mainstream medicine continues to deny the effectiveness - - and even the safety! - - of the ketogenic diet, a nutritionist (Patricia Daly) and a practical celebrity chef (Domini Kemp) - - both cancer survivors - - have researched the sensible nutritional science behind the effectiveness of the keto diet and have given us a beautiful book full of delicious recipes and meal plans that keep being low carb or ketogenic an easy and delicious thing to do!

Domini is the co-author with nutritional therapist Patircia Daly of The Ketogenic Kitchen the first comprehensive ketogenic cookbook based on exciting new research on nutritional approaches to the prevention and management of cancer. This is a must-have cookbook for people with cancer or who want to prevent cancer, written by a practicing research nutritionist and a progressive chef who both use low-carohydrate diets to support their own recovery from cancer. It's beautiful book, full of nutritional information, inspiration and delicious recipes!

Domini is an award winning chef, food writer, and entrepreneur. In 2013, she was diagnosed with breast cancer and since then she has shifted her focus towards healthier eating. She changed her column in the Irish Times to focus on healthier recipes and opened Alchemy Juice Co., a juice and wholefoods cafe. The Ketogenic Kitchen is her fifth cookbook and is focused on nutrition and well-being through tastey and easy to prepare whole food recipes.

For decades, the ketogenic diet—which shifts the body’s metabolism from burning glucose to burning fat, lowering blood sugar and insulin and resulting in a metabolic state known as ketosis—has been used to successfully manage pediatric epilepsy. More recently, it has been used by the Paleo community as a performance and weight loss strategy and to promote metabolic health by reducing insulin resistance. Now emerging research suggests that a ketogenic diet, in conjunction with conventional treatments, also offers new hope for those coping with cancer and other serious disease.

The Ketogenic Kitchen is the cookbook that Domini and Patricia wished had existed when they first started managing their cancer recovery with a low carb high fat diet. The book gives advice we can trust because both of the author's are cancer survivors and attribute their survival to the concepts and recipes included in The Ketogenic Kitchen

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Category:Conversation -- posted at: 7:51am EST

Show Notes are at www.bdnow.org More info about this book and Andrew Fisher are at www.bighunger.org  

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 www.GrowOrganicApples.com The show notes for today's conversation are at bdnow.org

 

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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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We join a conversation that's already in progress. It's Allan Balliett's voice you will hear first.

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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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Peter Burke has been teaching garden classes since 2006, when he started presenting workshops on Indoor Salad Gardening, Square Foot Gardening, Extending the Garden Season, and many more techniques that empower gardeners. He also started the dailygardener.com website to support the need for specialized seeds for Indoor Salad Gardening. Peter lives and gardens in Calais, Vermont, with his family.

His book is on Chelsea Green. It's called:
Year-Round Indoor Salad Gardening: How to Grow Nutrient-Dense, Soil-Sprouted Greens

This book is an inviting guide for both !rst-time and experienced gardeners in rural and urban environments. No matter what size home you live in, there’s room for a garden of soil sprouts. In fact, Burke has grown up to six pounds of greens per day using just the windowsills in his kitchen and mudroom. Soil sprouts are also an engaging project for kids and can be used in the classroom to teach students basic educational concepts like math and science.

Year-Round Indoor Salad Gardening offers detailed step-by-step instructions to mastering Burke’s method (hint: you can’t mess this up), including tools and accessories to have on hand, seeds and greens varieties, soil and compost, trays and planters, shelving, harvest and storage, recipes, scaling up to serve local markets, and much more.

As we look to become more sustainable and self-sufficient, Burke believes this is one small step we can all make and be rewarded for the effort. Give soil sprouts a try and discover the fun and productive world of indoor salad gardening.

Forget about grow lights and heat lamps. Soil sprouts are the easiest and
most productive way to grow salad greens “ all year long. ”

Growing “Soil Sprouts”—Burke’s own descriptive term for sprouted seeds grown in soil as opposed to in jars—employs a method that encourages a long stem without expansive roots, and provides delicious salad greens in less than 10 days. Of all the ways to grow immature greens, soil sprouts are the easiest and most productive technique requiring the least amount of work. The secret: start them in the dark. The result: healthy, homegrown salad greens at a fraction of the cost of buying them at the market.

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Welcome to episode 25 of the Biodynamics Now! Podcast. Our guest today is Toby Hemenway, one of the leading practitioners and teachers of permaculture design in America.

Toby Hemenway is the author of Gaia’s Garden the first major North American book on permaculture, which was published by Chelsea Green in 2009. His most recent book is The Permaculture City, is also published by Chelsea Green.

The Permaculture City provides a new way of thinking about urban living, with practical examples for creating abundant food, energy security, close-knit communities, local and meaningful livelihoods, and sustainable policies in our cities and towns. The same nature-based approach that a good permaculturist uses so beautifully for growing food—connecting the pieces of the landscape together in harmonious ways—applies perfectly to many of our other needs. Toby illuminates a new way forward through examples of edge-pushing innovations, along with a deeply holistic conceptual framework for our cities, towns, and suburbs.

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Toby Hemenway

After obtaining a degree in biology from Tufts University, Toby worked for many years as a researcher in genetics and immunology, first in academic laboratories at Harvard and the University of Washington in Seattle, and then at Immunex, a major medical biotech company. At about the time he was growing dissatisfied with the direction biotechnology was taking, he discovered permaculture, a design approach based on ecological principles that creates sustainable landscapes, homes, and workplaces. A career change followed, and Toby and his wife spent ten years creating a rural permaculture site in southern Oregon. He was associate editor of Permaculture Activist, a journal of ecological design and sustainable culture, from 1999 to 2004. He teaches permaculture and consults and lectures on ecological design throughout the country. His writing has appeared in magazines such as Whole Earth Review, Natural Home, and Kitchen Gardener. He is available for workshops, lectures, and consulting in ecological design.

Visit his web site at www.patternliteracy.com

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BD Now! Podcast Episode 024 Deirdre Keekin, Vinter, Biodynamic Viticulturist, Author of "An Unlikely Vineyard"

Deirdre Heekin is the author of An Unlikely Vineyard. She is the proprietor and wine director of Osteria Pane e Salute, an acclaimed restaurant and wine bar in Woodstock, Vermont. Heekin and her husband and head chef, Caleb Barber, are the authors of In Late Winter We Ate Pears (Chelsea Green, 2009), and she is also the author of Libation: A Bitter Alchemy (Chelsea Green, 2009) and Pane e Salute (Invisible Cities Press, 2002). Heekin and her husband live on a small farm in Barnard, Vermont, where they grow both the vegetables for their restaurant and natural wines and ciders for their la garagista label.

An Unlikely Vineyard
The Education of a Farmer and Her Quest for Terroir

Is it possible to capture landscape in a bottle? To express the essence of place—its geology, geography, climate, and soil—as well as the skill of the winegrower?

That’s what Deirdre Heekin and her husband have set out to accomplish on their tiny, eight-acre hillside farm in Vermont—in their quest for terroir.

“Terroir is about mud and stones, but it is also about the varietal nature of the plants or animals that grow in or on this land, the microclimate of a hillside or plain, and the personality of those who do the tending. It represents the six sides of the honeycomb: geology, variety, geography, climate, social culture, and the human hand,” writes Heekin in
An Unlikely Vineyard. “Another winegrower I know says that what is poured into the glass is a liquid landscape painting of the 365 days of a certain year. This is my hope on our farm: to capture the four seasons of each year in the bottle, a liquid portrait of our landscape and its history. This is my quest.”
An Unlikely Vineyard tells the story of their farm and its evolution, from overgrown fields to a fertile, productive, and beautiful landscape that melds with its natural environment. But the book is much more than that. It also presents, through the example of their farming journey and winegrowing endeavors, an impressive amount of information on
how to think about almost every aspect of gardening: from composting to trellising; from cider and perry making to old garden roses; from pruning (or not) to dealing naturally with pests and diseases.

 

Challenged by cold winters, wet summers, and other factors, they set about to grow not only a vineyard, but an orchard of heirloom apples, pears, and plums, as well as gardens filled with vegetables, herbs, roses, and wildflowers destined for their own table and for the kitchen of their small restaurant. They wanted to create, or rediscover, a sense of place,
and to grow food naturally using the philosophy and techniques of organics, permaculture, and biodynamic farming.

This book is proof of their success, writes Alice Feiring in the book’s Foreword: “In a state so committed to organic and unprocessed food, Deirdre is currently the sole voice for the same kind of wine. But in writing this book, she proves to all who endeavor to make true wine in climates where grapes struggle for ripeness that it is indeed possible. Others will follow. How could they not when the results are so stellar?”
Accompanied throughout by lush photos, this gentle narrative will appeal to anyone who loves food, farms, and living
well.

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Category:Conversation -- posted at: 11:12pm EST

Kaayla T. Daniel PhD, CCN

Co-author of NOURISHING BROTH

Kaayla T. Daniel, PhD, CCN is Vice President of the Weston A. Price Foundation, on the Board of Directors of the Farm-to-Consumer Legal Defense Fund, and author of The Whole Soy Story: The Dark Side of America's Favorite Health Food. Dr. Daniel has been a guest on The Dr. Oz Show, PBS Healing Quest, NPR's People's Pharmacy, and many other shows, and shared the stage with Dr. Mark Hyman, J.J. Virgin, Gary Taubes, Charles Poliquin, Dr. Joseph Mercola, Sally Fallon Morell, Joel Salatin, David Wolfe, and other prominent health experts. She is known as The Naughty Nutritionist® because of her ability to outrageously and humorously debunk nutritional myths.

 

Nourishing Broth An Old-Fashioned Remedy for the Modern World

Written bySally Fallon Morell and Kaayla T. Daniel, PhD, CCN

 

The follow-up book to the hugely best-selling Nourishing Traditions, which has sold over 500,000 copies, this time focusing on the immense health benefits of bone broth by the founder of the popular Weston A Price Foundation.

 

Nourishing Traditions examines where the modern food industry has hurt our nutrition and health through over-processed foods and fears of animal fats. NOURISHING BROTH will continue the look at the culinary practices of our ancestors, and it will explain the immense health benefits of homemade bone broth due to the gelatin and collagen that is present in real bone broth (vs. broth made from powders).

 

NOURISHING BROTH will explore the science behind broth's unique combination of amino acids, minerals and cartilage compounds. Some of the benefits of such broth are: quick recovery from illness and surgery, the healing of pain and inflammation, increased energy from better digestion, lessening of allergies, recovery from Crohn's disease and a lessening of eating disorders because the fully balanced nutritional program lessens the cravings which make most diets fail. Diseases that bone broth can help heal are: Osteoarthritis, Osteoporosis, Psoriasis, Infectious Disease, digestive disorders, even Cancer, and it can help our skin and bones stay young.

 

In addition, the book will serve as a handbook for various techniques for making broths-from simple chicken broth to rich, clear consommé, to shrimp shell stock. A variety of interesting stock-based recipes for breakfast, lunch and dinner from throughout the world will complete the collection and help everyone get more nutrition in their diet.

 

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Category:Interview -- posted at: 8:48pm EST

The Heal Your Gut Cookbook interview with Hillary Boynton and Mary G. Brackett

Simple, delicious, family-friendly recipes for those following the GAPS Diet.

 

With more than two hundred straightforward, nutrient-dense, and appealing recipes, The Heal Your Gut Cookbook was created by GAPS Diet experts Hilary Boynton and Mary G. Brackett to help heal your gut and to manage the illnesses that stem from it.

 

Developed by pioneering British MD Dr. Natasha Campbell-McBride, who provides the book’s Foreword, Gut and Psychology Syndrome (GAPS) refers to disorders, including ADD/ADHD, autism, addictions, depression, and obsessive-compulsive disorder, stemming from or exacerbated by leaky gut and dysbiosis. GAPS also refers to chronic gut-related physical conditions, including celiac disease, rheumatoid arthritis, diabetes type one, and Crohn’s disease, as well as asthma, eczema, allergies, thyroid disorders, and more. An evolution of the Specific Carbohydrate Diet, the GAPS Diet will appeal to followers of the Paleo Diet, who are still struggling for optimum health, as well as anyone interested in the health benefits of fermentation or the Weston A. Price approach to nutrition.

 

 

 

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In The Heal Your Gut Cookbook, readers will learn about the key cooking techniques and ingredients that form the backbone of the GAPS Diet: working with stocks and broths, soaking nuts and seeds, using coconut, and culturing raw dairy. The authors offer encouraging, real-life perspectives on the life-changing improvements to the health of their families by following this challenging, but powerful, diet.

 

The GAPS Diet is designed to restore the balance between beneficial and pathogenic intestinal bacteria and seal the gut through the elimination of grains, processed foods, and refined sugars and the carefully sequenced reintroduction of nutrient-dense foods, including bone broths, raw cultured dairy, certain fermented vegetables, organic pastured eggs, organ meats, and more.

 

The Heal Your Gut Cookbook is a must-have if you are following the GAPS Diet, considering the GAPS Diet, or simply looking to improve your digestive health and—by extension—your physical and mental well-being.

 

Direct download: BDNOW022.MaryBrackett_and_HilaryBoynton.mp3
Category:Interview -- posted at: 10:47am EST

Lovel is a master gardener who understands that we live not on the earth but in it, with miles of life above and below us in an interdependent and interconnected matrix of life. I met him just as he was beginning his life in biodynamic agriculture, and know the passion he brought to a subject that is part metaphysics and part science. You will experience it in this book. It is a path that must be both mastered intellectually and experienced personally to be comprehended.

The thing about a properly functioning biodynamic system, whether it is a private garden or a commercial activity, is that even if you don't understand the world view, you cannot argue with the best fresh ear of corn you have ever eaten, or a tomato so good you just have to go, “Oh my.” The proof is in the pudding, as the cliché has it. My wife is a biodynamic gardener. Her garden produces enough produce, fruit, and berries for us to eat all year, and share generously. I had been eating organic, but not biodynamic, food for 40 years. When Ronlyn and I married and this garden was created, about 18 months after we began eating her biodynamic produce, I began to realize I felt different. The food I was eating was more alive. It had more vitality, and so did I.

I cannot say that I understand the radionics part. I have followed this field for many years, going back to Wilhelm Reich’s research as well as something known as the Abrams instrument. But I could not tell you whether it was a ritual for expressing nonlocal intention, rather like healing, or whether the apparatus objectively manipulated something. It is an important distinction. One thing we know It cannot be electromagnetic. The argument that, like homeopathy, it transfers information beyond the molecular cannot be refuted. It certainly seems to be the case in homeopathy. But what I can say is that using the system produces higher quality agricultural outcomes. Farmers are compelled to be pragmatic. They use what works, and some of them are adopting radionics. It is my hope that properly designed double blind studies will be done. There is at least one replication underway, as I write this, validating Cleve Backster’s plant consciousness research, and very mainstream work now supports the biodynamic system conception of an area having its own ecosystem, as one coordinated living being. Science is moving towards the matrix of life model.

Lovel’s book will be very helpful for those interested in producing the highest possible quality food. Food more nutritious than most people have ever previously eaten. He very meticulously provides the guidance that will allow a person to create a biodynamic system, and he explains it in a way that applies at any scale. It is a compassionate life-affirming path to food production whose explicit purpose is wellness at every level, from the individual, to the family, the community, the nation, and the vast living system that is the Earth herself. Lovel offers readers two gifts: first, detailed instructions in how to create and work with a biodynamic system; and, second, a different way of looking at the world. Once you read Quantum Agriculture, the next step is yours.

Stephan A. Schwartz

Whidbey Island, Washington

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Category:Interview -- posted at: 6:22pm EST

Stephen Harrod Buhner

EARTH POET

 

Stephen Harrod Buhner

Stephen Harrod Buhner is an Earth poet and the award-winning author of ten books on nature, indigenous cultures, the environment, and herbal medicine. He comes from a long line of healers including Leroy Burney, Surgeon General of the United States under Eisenhower and Kennedy, and Elizabeth Lusterheide, a midwife and herbalist who worked in rural Indiana in the early nineteenth century. The greatest influence on his work, however,has been his great-grandfather C.G. Harrod who primarily used botanical medicines, also in rural Indiana, when he began his work as a physician in 1911.

 

Stephen's work has appeared or been profiled in publications throughout North America and Europe including Common Boundary, Apotheosis, Shaman's Drum, The New York Times, CNN, and Good Morning America. Stephen lectures yearly throughout the United States on herbal medicine, the sacredness of plants, the intelligence of Nature, and the states of mind necessary for successful habitation of Earth. He is a tireless advocate for the reincorporation of the exploratory artist, independent scholar, amateur naturalist, and citizen scientist in American society - especially as a counterweight to the influence of corporate science and technology.

 

"One of my favorite authors. A truly revolutionary writer." Susun S. Weed,

author of Healing Wise. <Source: http://gaianstudies.org >

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Category:Interview -- posted at: 12:06am EST

Glen Atkinson , Astrologer, Biodynamic Gardener, Homeopath and Philosopher. His endevours have been focused on developing the agricultural and medical work of the turn of the 20th century German philosopher, Dr Rudolf Steiner.

Glen began working with Dr Steiner's indications in 1976 and has since made developments in several fields.  His innovation and understanding of Dr Steiner's suggestions have come firstly from recognising the fundamental similiarity, between the traditional Astrological world view and Steiner's suggestions. Then from experimentation and observation. A simple yet innovative theory of manifestation - The Atkinson Conjecture - has become the basis for his many practical activities.

Glen accepts that, all the forces and activities talked of in Dr Steiner's Agriculture Course exist within the electro magnetic spectrum, and that the physical Universe is big enough to be 'God' . Hence, what can be known and proven, forms the basics of his observation, reference and practice.   There are several free books  outlining the basis of this world view available on Glen's webpage. 

Dr Steiner's agricultural indications are contained within a series of 8 lectures known as the 'Agriculture Course'. To aid in their understanding and appreciation, we have provided these often difficult lectures with a commentary, that seeks to harmonise them into a cohesive comphrehensible whole. More recently Glen has reorganised and lightly edited the theoretical parts of the original text, to enable an easier appreciation of the message contained with in.

 

"Garuda" is Glen's brand. On his website he shares why he picked this name:

 

Garuda is a Hindu god, who as an incarnated EAGLE manifestation of the primary god Vishnu. He performs several essential functions in life.

 

In India he is represented as a protector of the godly and all that is good for life.

 

In Indonesia he is represented as the Eagle who carries Vishnu to the Earth, thus he is "Bringing Spirit to Earth".

 

The Eagle also represents the ability to fly high and gain a far seeing vision , or large overview perspective of Life, while being able to also see the specific details of the environment.

 

This last quality I see mirrored in a suggestion by Rudolf Steiner (RS)

 

"... when we want to understand the plant, we must bring into question not only plant animal and human life, but the whole universe. For life comes from the whole universe not only the Earth. Nature is a unity and her forces are at work from all sides. He who can keep his mind open to the manifest workings of these forces will understand her. " R.S. Pg 70 1938 Agriculture. (1)

 

'This statement has long been a 'guiding thought' for me in my working with his indications, which so beautifully brings Spirit to Earth and help life processes function at their optimum.' (GA)"


Episode 018 of the Biodynamics Now! Podcast: Stephen Crimi, Publisher and the Alan Chadwick Archive

Steve Crimi is the publisher of Logosophia Books in Asheville, NC, and one of the keepers of the Alan Chadwick Archive. He and his wife Krys ran Philosophy Farm, an biodynamic/permaculture farm in the mountain of Western NC for over a decade. He has given talks internationally on Biodynamics, Sacred Geometry and the Sacred Origins of Western Civilization, and can be reached through www.logosophiabooks.com. A blog containing some of his writings is found at http://open.salon.com/blog/stevecrimi. 

The English born Alan Chadwick came into the world on July 27, 1909. Born into the upper class of Edwardian society, Alan was exposed at a young age to a variety of aesthetic pursuits, gardening being chief among them. As a youth the mystic Austrian philosopher Rudolph Steiner heavily influenced him. Steiner's theories, though largely disregarded by the wider academic community, found a stronghold in the mind of young Alan. Later in his life Chadwick would combine what he learned from Steiner with French gardening techniques to develop his own brand of biodynamic horticulture. Chadwick's passion for the arts led him to the Shakespearean theater where he performed professionally for thirty two years. However his life pursuit of beauty was violently interrupted by the Second World War, which he described as having "capsized my attitude to civilization." After the war he moved to South Africa where he continued to act and to garden. In 1967, Chadwick was persuaded by his friend Countess Freye von Moltke to take a position at the burgeoning UC Santa Cruz. During his time at the University, Chadwick labored to construct a showcase garden employing his biodynamic techniques. While working the soil, he taught the students his philosophy based on a clear understanding of the rhythms of nature in creating a thriving botanical environment, as well as about the role of the garden in human culture. Chadwick was an extremely magnetic individual who attracted a large following to his lectures and a large number of devoted volunteers, whom he worked hard in the garden. Though a charming person, Chadwick was also quick to anger and notoriously difficult to get along with at times. This aspect of his personality, along with disputes over the direction of his ambitious farm project, led to his leaving the University in 1973. In the final seven years of his life, Alan continued to work in his signature style helping to create several gardens around America. He died on May 25, 1980.

Alan Chadwick remains highly regarded by the agricultural community and is seen as the forerunner to the Center for Agro-ecology and Sustainable Food Systems (CASFS) that exists today at UC Santa Cruz. The original garden remains an island of peace within the bustling University and is now named in his honor.

from :UCSC OAC Unit

The University Library

Special Collections and Archives

University Library

University of California, Santa Cru


What if you created a system of agriculture that solved many of today's problems around nutrition and farming and it was being destroyed by the very same degenerated food system it was seeking to replace?

Community supported agriculture is a social movement that arose in the US in the late 1980s because people recognized a need to produce healthy, clean, safe, ecologically sound and spiritually energized - foods while caring appropriately for  the environment. It was clear then as it is today that agriculture within the pressures of the  current economic system is subject to so many degrading economic forces that it is incapable of producing foods that provided the nutrients necessary for proper human health and development. While there are larger issues at stake when children (and adults)  are developing with only a fraction of the nutrition required to reach their full potential,  we can see these nutritional short comings in increasing rates of cancers, allergies and intestinal problems. In addition,  the environmental impact of extractive agriculture is seen everywhere. 

The ecological movement and the biodynamic movement in particular sought to find models of farming that would allow small and medium sized farmers to produce the highest quality foods with traditional "unbusinesslike" methods of farming  without the fear of bankruptcy. In other words a successful socio-economic mode. around food and farming. In the beginning, CSAs were without question organic and, usually, biodynamic, contributing substantially to the health of their members through minimizing toxicity and maximizing nutrition of the foods provided.

CSA was a simple but profound model in which cooperation between a farmer and the people who would eat what he produced assured clean, nutritious foods for the consumers, a guaranteed, if small, income for the artisan farmer, appropriate husbandry of soil, plants and livestock, as well as the peripheral benefits of providing  access to the land for the children of member families, habitat that promoted and supported biodiversity as well as , in the early years, providing an example that farming without chemicals could actually work. In other words, CSA provided much more than 'a bag of produce every week for the growing season.

Steven McFadden has pointed out that CSA farms in the USA are so popular that they have grown from 2 in 1988 to 8500 in 2013. Unfortunately, not many of the CSAs in the 2013 figure even try to address the values that made CSA so important to the future of local food and  farming in the beginning. 

One of the great short comings of the CSA nationally was the failure for its leaders to provide at least a minimal definition of CSA, instead promoting the open minded foolishness that "the wonderful thing about CSA is there is no definition." Really? Nothing as simple as 'A group of consumers coming around a farmer and a piece of land to tend to the land in every way appropriate while producing the highest quality food for the community and a dependable living wage for the farmer"? 

A whole raft of 'produce delivery' schemes have arisen, all of them using the term "CSA" to market under, which, apparently, was defined as 'a box or bag of produce once a week." There's a farm outside of Baltimore that sells 800 CSA shares off from 2 acres of land and, then, if you can believe it, wholesales shares to a retailer in Rockville who, with no farm and nor farmer, has posed as a "CSA" in for many years. (This really became distasteful two years ago when the source farm dropped 'organic' from its description (because the produce was coming from a general commercial produce auction) but the reseller in Rockville continued to offer that same commercial produce as "organic" "CSA" shares.) 

Even more insidious are the aggregators, the ones that have pulled many farms together to compete against the many family farms that until recently have been making a reliable living with traditional CSAs. A major reason that the CSA arrangement is necessary for keeping  small organic farms viable is that small farms cannot produce enough 'product' to qualify as suppliers for commercial retail organic food stores. They are too small to enter the marketplace (never mind how the wholesale returns for doing so would most likely degrade their ability or willingness to properly care for their land). Now we have 'co-operatives' of dozens of organic farms that were assembled by corporate organic specialists for the noble task of  providing the wholesale markets with local food but instead have turned onto the CSA marketplace since their return price-per-pound is much higher if the get "CSA retail" rather than wholesale.  So, keep in mind that these cooperatives have access to markets but have chosen to compete with small farmers in a system that was initially designed to support small local biological farming. To me, this has all the ethics of upper class bullies stealing the lunch money of younger students simply because they are able to do it. Worse in this case, because these co-ops are profitable, the very sustainable ag organizations that should be pulling them out of inappropriate competition with small farmers aid and abet them in their efforts. 

Another really sad thing has happened. If you want to enter the CSA marketplace for no more reason than to make money, you can call yourself a CSA, source your produce from anywhere, and use any of the web-based CSA advertising platforms - - that the CSA movement either developed or the brilliant intentions of the original CSA movement inspired others to create- -to advertise your fake CSA without fear of restriction.

Jean-Paul has told me in private conversation that the original CSA movement need not fear these commercialized intruders in the CSA movement because 'we will beat them on price and, more importantly, we will beat them on flavor.' Jean-Paul is right but Jean-Paul's farm has deep pockets and can suffer a season or two of reduced income. Most of the small farms in the original CSA movement have never been able to look more than a season ahead, unfortunately. 

It is true, two of the biggest commercial aggregators in the DC area have folded. Unfortunately, so have a number of small CSAs that have been established for years. On the national level, great CSAs like Angelic Organics are selling to the whole sale market for the first time ever, their CSA share sales reduced some 30% by so-called competition

Which reminds me: it certainly can be said that there weren't lots of farmers markets back in 1988 when CSA started and now they are everywhere on almost every day. That's true but, at least in this area, few of the market stands are organic and even fewer offer as many benefits, short and long term, as CSA offers for dollars spent on food. For those who cannot be motivated by principle, only by dollars-and-cents, most CSA's provide a season of organic produce and appropriate land management for much less than the same food, perhaps not organic, perhaps not grown in a deeply sustainable fashion, will cost at farmers markets.

Here's a pretty standard definition of CSA (from the now defunct Wilson College CSA center):

CSA is a relationship of mutual support and commitment between local farmers and community members who pay the farmer an annual membership fee to cover the production costs of the farm. In turn, members receive a weekly share of the harvest during the local growing season. The arrangement guarantees the farmer financial support and enables many small- to moderate-scale organic and/or bio-intensive family farms to remain in business. Ultimately, CSA programs create "agriculture-supported communities" where members receive a wide variety of foods harvested at their peak of freshness, ripeness, flavor, vitamin and mineral content. 

The goals of Community Supported Agriculture support a sustainable agriculture system which . . .provides farmers with direct outlets for farm products and ensures fair compensation.

• encourages proper land stewardship by supporting farmers in transition toward low or no chemical inputs and utilization of energy saving technologies.

•  strengthens local economies by keeping food dollars in local communities.

•  directly links farmers with the community- allowing people to have a personal connection with their food and the land on which it was produced.

• makes nutritious, affordable, wholesome foods accessible and widely available to community members.

•  creates an atmosphere for learning about non-conventional agricultural, animal husbandry, and alternative energy systems not only to the farmers and their apprentices, but also to members of the community, to educators from many fields of study, and to students of all ages.

One fact also to consider, organic food produced within local communities is not the same as organic food transported over long distances. When members obtain food from local farmers, environmental costs associated with the transport, processing and distribution of organic food and the consumption of fossil fuels are significantly reduced. Considering that the organic food available to members was produced locally rather than transported over long distances, the cost to the environment is significantly less.

Today's program, "The Future of CSA," addresses many of these issues.

Direct download: BD_Now_Podcast_017_The_Future_of_CSA_S.McFadden_J-P.Courtens.mp3
Category:Conversation -- posted at: 5:29pm EST

Our guest this evening is author and social visionary Richard K. Moore.

Richard is an American expat who escaped from a successful Silicon Valley career to Wexford Ireland where he spends his time communicating to the world through several blogs and websites about how We the People can organize into a truly democratic and sustainable new society in the face of the hyper-capitalism that is destroying our health and well-being on every level.

I first became aware of Richard's work  through his article Escaping the Matrix, which appeared  in Steward Brand's The Whole Earth Review back in 1999. Using the metaphor of "the red pill" from the movie The Matrix, Richard opened my eyes to the deceit that passes as 'the official truth' in the mainstream media and our daily lives. 1999 was a much simpler time. SInce 911 it's not uncommon for even popular tv shows to accept that we cannot trust our government. In 1999, even after the revalations of the Pentagon Papers or The People's History books, though, it wasn't quite as common. Richard simply and clearly exposed how corporations use taxpayers dollars and the military powers of our government to forward imperialistic programs around the globe for the benefit of their own bottom lines. It doesn't matter to corporate planners how many trillions of dollars are spent to support access to oil or other commodities if the expenses are shouldered by the taxpayers and don't cost them anything at all, probably not even taxes on their own income.

Richard has expanded on this essay and the resulting book, Escaping the Matrix,  is available at his website. There's a link at the show note at bdnow.org

What's unique about Richard's writing is that he doesn't dwell on exposing the lies we live in. He's more interested in helping to create a more perfect social structure and a society that is both democratic and Earth friendly.

We only touch the surface of Richard's work in this interview. Richard is more than happy to submit himself to further discussions on the BD Now! podcast. Please leave any questions you have for him at bdnow.org and we'll incorporate them in later interviews (but I wouldn't be surprised if he answered questions through the blog in the meantime) Richard is also interested in doing a 'live' program. If you are interested in taking part in such a program in the future, please let me know through the bdnow.org site.

I just want to remind you that show notes for this podcast are at bdnow.org. If you have any questions that arise from this interview with Richard K Moore, please use the 'reply' section of the show notes to leave a question. I  make an effort to answer every question. If I can't answer you question, I'll ask Richard  to address it. 

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BD Now! Podcast 015 Dr. Kate Rheaume Bleue: Vitamin K2 and the Calcium Paradox

The secret to avoiding calcium-related osteoporosis and atherosclerosis

While millions of people take calcium and Vitamin D supplements thinking they're helping their bones, the truth is, without the addition of Vitamin K2, such a health regimen could prove dangerous. Without Vitamin K2, the body cannot direct calcium to the bones where it's needed; instead, the calcium resides in soft tissue (like the arteries)—leading to a combination of osteoporosis and atherosclerosis, or the dreaded "calcium paradox." This is the first book to reveal how universal a Vitamin K2 deficiency is, and the risk (in the form of cancer and diabetes, among other ailments) the absence of Vitamin K2 poses.

Written by Dr. Kate Rheaume-Bleue, a popular health expert on Canadian television and radio, Vitamin K2 and the Calcium Paradox sounds a warning about the popularity of the calcium and Vitamin D craze, while illustrating the enormous health benefits of Vitamin K2 in making the body less susceptible to dental cavities, heart disease, prostate cancer, liver cancer, diabetes, wrinkles, obesity, varicose veins, and other ailments.

The book demystifies this obscure supernutrient—a fat soluble vitamin that humans once thrived on, ignored by scientists for almost seventy years

  • Details how the consumption of grass-fed animals led to adequate Vitamin K2 intake—while grain-based animal feed helped eradicate Vitamin K2 from our diets
  • Describes how doctors are raising recommended doses of calcium and Vitamin D—without prescribing Vitamin K2
  • Details more damning facts about transfats—and how the creation of a synthetic Vitamin K interfered with the body's Vitamin K metabolism

An essential book for anyone interested in bone health, or maintaining their overall health, Vitamin K2 and the Calcium Paradox is the guide to taking the right combination of supplements—and adding Vitamin K2 to a daily regimen.

 

Publisher's Press Release

Vitamin K2 and the Calcium Paradox: How a Little-Known Vitamin Could Save Your Life

Are you taking calcium or vitamin D? This news could save your life. Millions of people take calcium and vitamin D supplements for bone health, but recent research shows that this can actually increase the risk of heart attack and stroke as the added calcium builds up in arteries.

Vitamin K2 and the Calcium Paradox: How a Little-Known Vitamin Could Save Your Life is the revealing new book that explains the secret to keeping bones strong and arteries clear with vitamin K2, a little-known super-nutrient that humans once thrived on and that has been ignored by scientists for almost 70 years.

Written by Dr. Kate Rhéaume-Bleue, a popular health expert on Canadian television and radio, Vitamin K2 and the Calcium Paradox sounds a warning about the popularity of the calcium and vitamin D craze while illustrating the enormous health benefits of vitamin K2 in making the body less susceptible to osteoporosis, heart disease, prostate cancer, liver cancer, diabetes, wrinkles, obesity, varicose veins, and other ailments.

  • How much vitamin K2 is needed and how to get it;
  • Why vitamin D and calcium must be supplemented by vitamin K2;
  • The health benefits of vitamin K2, including straight, cavity-free teeth, fewer wrinkles, cancer prevention and strong bones in children;
  • Which delicious “sinful” foods are brimming with heart-healthy vitamin K2 vitamin;
  • How vitamin K2 plays a role in healing almost every major disease of our day;
  • Vitamin K2 as the ultimate anti-aging vitamin;
  • The recent studies on Alzheimer’s and how vitamin K2 may slow or prevent this disease.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix
Chapter 1: The Calcium Paradox 1

Why you need to read this book, whether or not you take calcium supplements 4

Osteoporosis: Calcium deficiency 5

Atherosclerosis: Calcium excess 8

Why vitamin D won't save us from the Calcium Paradox 10

How vitamin K2 comes to the rescue 12

The calcium cycle of life 18

We all need more: Vitamin K2 deficiency is widespread 19

Chapter 2: The Undiscovery and Rediscovery of Vitamin K2 23

A brief history of vitamin K: A tale of two nutrients 24

The mysterious activator X 27

Finally understanding vitamin K2 after 70 years: What it is and isn't 39

Vitamin K1: Greens and clotting 41

Vitamin K1 deficiency is rare and obvious 43

Vitamin K2: Animal fat and calcium metabolism 44

Vitamin K2 deficiency is common and invisible 45

Vitamin K2: A new essential nutrient 47

Chapter 3 – How Much Vitamin K2 Do We Need, and How Do We Get It? 49

The lack of vitamin K2 in our diet: What went wrong? 50

The grass-fed vitamin 53

The pastured egg hunt 56

Ghee and butter oil from grass-fed cows 61

Yet another reason to avoid trans fat 63

Two types of vitamin K2 65

Natto, the slimy superfood 69

Recommended vitamin K2 intake 74

Vitamin K2 from supplements 76

Vitamin K2: Friend or foe of blood-thinning medications? 80

Chapter 4: Vitamin K2: The Ultimate Antiaging Vitamin 85

The triage theory of aging 86

Vitamin K2 for heart health 89

Rethinking cholesterol 90

Atherosclerosis: Plaque accumulation 92

What really causes heart disease? 95

Vitamin K2 trumps K1 for heart health 96

You can reverse heart disease 97

How much is enough? 100

Even more evidence for vitamin K2 and heart health 100

Vitamin D deficiency: Another risk factor for cardiovascular disease 102

Vitamin K2: Building better bones 102

The renovation of you 103

Calcium alone is not enough 104

Vitamin K2: The missing link for bone health 106

Testing for your vitamin K2 levels 109

Vitamin K2 for Alzheimer's disease 110

Vitamin K2 for wrinkle prevention 114

The way we were 115

Vitamin K2 for healthy veins 117

Aging well with vitamin K2 119

Chapter 5: Even More Health Benefits of Vitamin K2 121

Vitamin K2 for diabetes 122

Vitamin K2 for arthritis 126

K2 for brain and neurologic health 127

Vitamin K2 for cancer prevention 129

Vitamin K2 for kidney disease 137

Vitamin K2 for fertility 138

Vitamin K2 for normal facial development 140

Vitamin K2 for easier labor 147

Vitamin K2 for strong bones 150

Vitamin K2 for dental health 151

Anatomy of a tooth 152

Chapter 6: Measuring Your Vitamin K2 Levels 161

Undercarboxylated osteocalcin (ucOC) tests 163

Bone density scanning 168

Tracking your plaque 172

Chapter 7: Vitamins K2, A and D: Better Together 181

A, D and K2: A balancing act 182

Understanding vitamin A 185

Understanding vitamin D 204

Are vitamins A and D hormones? 219

What about vitamin E? 221

Chapter 8: Toward a New Definition of Nutritious 225

Defining a healthy diet 229

A whole grain of truth 230

Calcium and magnesium 233

Endnotes 237

Index 267


ALL IN THIS TEA

 

Crusading American tea importer David Lee Hoffman supports China's endangered organic farmers by searching out fine, chemical-free teas for sale to the American quality tea market, a market of Mr Hoffman's creation.

Mr. Hoffman, who has been called the Indiana Jones of tea, may be the ultimate do-it-yourselfer. But the county has issues with the 30 or so structures he has built over the years.

"My love of the planet is greater than my fear of the law" David Lee Hoffman

He's been called "The Indiana Jones of Tea" by nothing less than The New York Times, more accurately, though, he's the best candidate I've seen for the title of "The Worlds Most Interesting Man." 

Here's just a few of his qualifications for that title:

As a young man, invented a unique sonic cleaning system for cleaning valueable ancient textiles, artifacts and fine art that is used to this day by major museums

Spent over 10 years as a consciencous objecter wandering over 100 countries

He was amongst the first Americans to visit the remote Tibetan kingdom of Dolpo.

In the early 1960s, Hoffman befriended the Dalai Lama while living in Dharamshala, India. Several Tibetan monks have contributed to the construction and creation of Hoffman's eastern-inspired sustainable research center in Lagunitas, California, which he calls "The Last Resort".[1]

Met and became a friend of  His Holiness, the Dali Lama while living in Dharamshala, India

Started the first quality tea companies in America and pretty much started the modern Tea Movement in the US, single handed finding quality artisinal organic teas in remote areas of China (well before China loosened up), importating them in the US and then conducting 'tea tastings' across the country promoting knowledge of team among Americans and awakening many of today's tea gurus to the wonders of quality tea

He became known in China as the “the American Pu-erh Tea King"

Sold his tea company and started growing heirloom grains and doing artisinal baking. 

Started a new tea company for which he hunts for teas, imports and sell wholesale and direct over the internet

 He is the subject of filmmaker Les Blank and Gina Leibrecht’s 2007 documentary All In This Tea

 As an architect he designed and continues to build THE LAST RESORT, an environmental model of sustainable and harmonious living that attempts to assimilate both natural methods from the past with modern know-how to create a living system that effectively demonstrates possibilities of thriving in a non-polluting healthy environment. Its mission is to discover and perfect practical low-cost sustainable methods for waste management, water re-use, and food security.

 Was trained by acrobats from Circques Sole on how to safely install tiles on the highest roof 

  Several Tibetan monks  contributed to the construction and creation of "The Last Resort"

  Probably the the most interesting: Marin County wants over $200,000 from David Lee Hoffman right now to pay for 40 years of failing to get permits for his projects - - or licensing for his tea businesses

Direct download: 14_BDNowPodcastEpisode014DAVIDLEEHOFFMANteaexplorer.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:00am EST

Mark Shepard is an agriforester and permaculturist He founded and manages Forest Agriculture Enterprises and runs New Forest Farm an 106-acre commercial scale perrennial agricultural ecosystem that was converted  to a self suffecient food forest from a row-crop annual grain farm.

Trained in mechanical enigineering and ecology, Mark has combined these two passions to develop equpment and processes for the cultivation, harvesting and processing of forest-derived agricultural products for human foods and biofuel. Mark is a certified permacultlure designer  who took his training directly from permaculture founder Bill Mollison .  As a student of Mollison, Mark brings a robust masculinty into his permaculture work, working with the larger patterns of the land rather than focusing on the rather dainty features that are often put  forward  by American permies.

Mark teaches agroforestry and permacluture around the world. He lives with his family in Richland County Wisconsin Mark is the author of Restoration Agriculture, Real World Permaculture for Farmers which was published by ACRES USA this past year. It's a remarkable work of agricultural writing, one that I hope everyone will make the time to read in the near future.  You can pick up a copy from Amazon through the show notes at www.bdnow.org

I want to thanks Anders Skarlin bdnow and Steve Diver of bdnow and agri-synthesis.com for submitting questions for Mark that made this conversation more valuable for everyone. 

As usual, if you'd like to hear more of these podcasts, please take the time to leave a positive comment at bdnow.org or at the bdnow podcast page at itunes which you can link to through the show notes at bdnow.org

Around the globe most people get their calories from annual agriculture - plants that grow fast for one season, produce lots of seeds, then die. Every single human society that has relied on annual crops for staple foods has collapsed. Restoration Agriculture explains how we can have all of the benefits of natural, perennial ecosystems and create agricultural systems that imitate nature in form and function while still providing for our food, building, fuel and many other needs - in your own backyard, farm or ranch. This book, based on real-world practices, presents an alternative to the agriculture system of eradication and offers exciting hope for our future.

Direct download: 13_BDNowPodcastEpisode013MarkShephardRestorationAgriculture.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 6:46pm EST

Peg Shafer and Jean Giblette are two of the most important Asian Medicianal herb growers and teacher in North America

Peg Schafer is the author of the  wonderful Chelsea Green book The Chinese Medicinal Herb Farm: A Cultivator's Guide to Small-Scale Organic Herb Production Including chapters on cultivation as well as herb quality, conservation, and medicinal use. Pegs website .chinesemedicinalherbfarm.com is full of resource links for herbalists and horticulturists. (in fact there a link to  a complete course in medicinal herb production taught by Peg and Jean through the University of New Mexico and it's free!)

Jean Giblette is a medicinal plant grower, an Asian medicinal plant conservationist, a teacher, an investigator in Chinese medicinal plant production research, and contributor to Mending the Web of Life: Chinese Medicine and Species Conservation. She can be reached at www.highfallsgardens.net.

The Chinese Medicinal Herb Farm

A leading light in the field of medicinal herb cultivation, The Chinese Medicinal Herb Farm is the first cultivation guide of its kind, and presents invaluable information for growers interested in producing high-quality efficacious herbs in all climates of the US, with the historical connectedness of ancient practitioners.

It has become increasingly important-especially as the market for herbal medicine continues to grow-that we transition to local and domestic medicinal cultivation. Increasingly there are concerns in regards to not only the quality but the purity of imported herbs, and wild herbs picked for medicinal purposes are ever more endangered than in past years both at home and abroad.

Peg Schafer, longtime grower and teacher, guides readers with information on propagating, cultivating, and harvesting Chinese herbs, and presents fascinating new scientific data that reveal the age-old wisdom of nature and the traditional systems of Chinese medicine. Through 79 detailed herb profiles--all tested and trialed on Schafer's certified organic farm-Schafer offers easy-to-follow information, suitable for both growers and practitioners, for growing efficacious wild-simulated herbs. Also included is important information on species conservation, crop integration, and how to avoid the introduction of invasive species. Sidebars on traditional medicinal uses for each herb and delicious recipes are also featured throughout.

Vegetable and CSA farmers will find this book of great interest for adding value-added crops to their repertoire, and beginner growers looking to incorporate medicinals into their gardens will find this an invaluable guide to understanding where herbal medicine comes from, and will make eating-your-medicine more accessible than ever. <Chelsea Green>


Paul Jaminet, Ph.D., was an astrophysicist at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics. Paul’s experience overcoming a chronic illness led the Jaminets to develop the views of aging and disease presented in Perfect Health Diet.

Suffering from chronic illness and unable to get satisfactory results from doctors, husband and wife scientists Paul and Shou-Ching Jaminet took an intensely personal interest in health and nutrition. They embarked on five years of rigorous research. What they found changed their lives— and the lives of thousands of their readers.

In Perfect Health Diet, the Jaminets explain in layman’s terms how anyone can regain health and lose weight by optimizing nutrition, detoxifying the diet, and supporting healthy immune function. They show how toxic, nutrient-poor diets sabotage health, and how on a healthy diet, diseases often spontaneously resolve.

Perfect Health Diet tells you exactly how to optimize health and make weight loss effortless with a clear, balanced, and scientifically proven plan to change the way you eat—and feel—forever!

Direct download: 11_BDNowPodcastEpisode011PaulJaminetPerfectHealthDiet.mp3
Category:Interview -- posted at: 10:41am EST

BDNow! 010 Craig Siska and The Alan Chadwick Archive

Alan Chadwick was a brilliant master gardener, a visionary, and an extraordinary source of inspiration for many horticulture students and professional gardeners, past and present. Through those who worked with him, and the constant stream of luminaries, writers, practitioners, and students who visited his magical gardens, Chadwick influenced an entire generation of American gardeners, whether directly or indirectly. In his fertile, productive gardens, Chadwick proved that by following his methods, yields of four to six times the U.S. commercial average for fruits, vegetables, and grains could be achieved, using one-eighth of the water, a quarter of the fertilizer, and one-hundredth of the energy per pound of food produced.

To Chadwick, gardening was in part a spiritual endeavor: an element in the quest for the inner sense of man, a means of shedding light on a vision of creation and nature. He was fascinated by the mystery of nature and the power of its cycles; he saw nature essentially as a giver and forgiver, and he battled constantly to defend it against man's predilection for dominating it. Chadwick saw the garden as our true home and as the ultimate teacher of human culture, and he strove to make his gardens as beautiful, functional, and sustainable as possible. (from www.seedsofchange.com/cutting_edge/alan_chadwick.aspx)

But Alan Chadwick was far more than an accomplished horticulturist. He taught, prodded, cajoled, and berated his many students until they became competent, authentic, and creative human beings; or at least that was his goal for them, as he would settle for nothing less. As Allen Kalpin, a long-time Chadwick apprentice, once said, "He was a gardener of souls." 

Biodynamic viticulture consultant Alan York, a student of Chadwick's, said this about him, ""Alan Chadwick's gift, I believe, was not so much as a gardener as a storyteller. His storytelling was so skillful that he could create magic with words. This magic allowed those who worked with him to experience things that were still in the future, such as the building of a garden. Weaving his spell, Chadwick created vivid pictures that empowered us to visualize just what a garden could be. He always told us that it is the garden that makes the gardener, and not the other way around. It should be a place of reflection, he would say, where we can once again know that feeling of Paradise and recreate a modern Garden of Eden."

"For those who were fortunate enough to know him," concludes York, "his legacy will always live on because he captured our imaginations and gave us practical skills to turn our dreams into the reality of our lives." <from Seeds of Change article>

Alan Chadwick lectured to his students frequently. Hundreds of tapes of his presentations exist but no one was making a serious effort to organize and preserve these priceless recording for posterity until landscape architecht Craig Siska stepped forward to do it. 
Craig is our special guest for this episode of The Biodynamics Now! Podcast.
Craig apprenticed with Alan Chadwick in Virginia in 1978-79, and is now working very closely with Stephen Crimi("Performance in the Garden")  and others, in the Asheville, NC area - 32 years after Alan's passing - create the Alan Chadwick Archive.
Craig's immediate goal is to contact as many former apprentices and those interested in the work, vision & legacy of Alan Chadwick, to gather any and all materials regarding Alan and his work that might still be  available:
*/1) Audio tapes of Alan's public talks and lectures to apprentices./* */2) Photographs of Alan and the gardens he brought to fruition./* */3) Apprentices' notes of lectures and demonstrations in the garden./* */4) Letters to and from Alan./* */5) Drawings or plans of gardens that either Alan or others made./* */6) Seed lists/plant lists/ or planting design plans of Alan's garden work./* */7) Garden logs/ Forcing House Logs/ Garden Journals./* */8) Pocket notes taken by apprentices when Alan did garden demonstrations/* */9) Any other material germane to Alan, his work, vision and legacy./* Craig and those collaborating with him will create a public website, where anyone can log in, and experience Alan's legacy. This will take much time, effort, money and TLC. Your contributions are encouraged! 
That website, which is still in its formative stages, is at www.alan-chadwick.org
Direct download: 10_BDNowPodcastEpisode010CraigSiska.mp3
Category:Interview -- posted at: 8:23pm EST

media.chelseagreen.com http://media.chelseagreen.com/the-art-of-fermentation/

The Art of Fermentation

An In-Depth Exploration of Essential Concepts and Processes From Around the World

By Sandor Ellix Katz

Foreword by Michael Pollan

Pub Date: June 12, 2012

With practical information on fermenting vegetables,

fruits, grains, milk, beans, meats, and more…

Fermentation revivalist Sandor Katz has inspired countless

thousands to rediscover the ancient art of fermentation, and with

The Art of Fermentation he offers the most comprehensive and

definitive guide to do-it-yourself home fermentation ever

published.

Katz presents the history, concepts, and processes behind

fermentation in ways simple enough to guide a reader through

their first experience making sauerkraut or yogurt, yet in-depth

enough to provide greater understanding and insight for

experienced fermentos.

Readers will find detailed information on fermenting vegetables;

sugars into alcohol (meads, wines, and ciders); sour tonic

beverages; milk; grains and starchy tubers; beers (and other

grain-based alcoholic beverages); beans; seeds; fish; meat;

and eggs, as well as growing mold cultures, and using fermentation in agriculture, art, and energy

production, and commerce.

The first-ever guide of its kind, Katz has written what will undoubtedly become a foundational book

in food literature.

“The Art of Fermentation is much more than a cookbook…Sure, it tells you how to

do it, but much more important, it tells you what it means, and why an act as

quotidian and practical as making your own sauerkraut represents nothing less

than a way of engaging with the world. Or rather, with several different worlds, each

nested inside the other: the invisible world of fungi and bacteria; the community in

which you live; and the industrial food system that is undermining the health of our

bodies and the land. This might seem like a large claim for a crock of sauerkraut,

Direct download: 09_BDNowPodcastEpisode009SandorKatz.mp3
Category:Interview -- posted at: 10:30pm EST

Michael Philliips is the author of "The Holistic Orchard." Michael Phillips is a farmer, writer, carpenter, orchard consultant, and speaker who lives with his wife, Nancy, and daughter, Grace, on Heartsong Farm in northern new Hampshire, where they grow apples and a variety of medicinal herbs. Michael authoredThe Apple Grower (Chelsea Green 2005) and teamed up with Nancy to write The Herbalist’s Way (Chelsea Green 2005). His Lost Nation Orchard is part of a diversified mountain farm in northern New Hampshire, and he also leads the community orchard movement at www.GrowOrganicApples.com

Direct download: MichaelPhillips.mp3
Category:Interview -- posted at: 9:23pm EST

BDnow_007 Dr Rob Dunn evolutionary biologist and author of The Wild Life of Our Bodies

We came to Rob Dunn and his astounding book through Dr Al Kapuler’s (See BDNow! Podcast episode 3) enthusiastic recommendations. Dr Dunn makes it pretty clear that our bodies are ‘who we are’ and our minds are ‘who we think we are.’ While our minds have evolved to live in the 21st century, our bodies are pretty much stuck at the point they were in evolution before the neolithic, before civilization. Our mind’s recent requirement for ‘cleanliness’ is denying our old fashion bodies of many of the synergies we co-evolved with. Dr. Kapuler was very impressed by how Dr Dunn explains that our ancestors’ experiences with saber-toothed tigers still colors our psyche and explains much of our current foreign policy. Dr Dunn’s explanations on how a host of modern ailments, such as Chrone’s disease and many allergies, are probably due to the absence of parasites in our bowels. More to the point, he encourages us to “re-Wild” our insides for better health and performance here in the sterilized and monocropped 21st century.
from the publisher:
A biologist shows the influence of wild species on our well-being and the world and how nature still clings to us—and always will.

We evolved in a wilderness of parasites, mutualists, and pathogens, but we no longer see ourselves as being part of nature and the broader community of life. In the name of progress and clean living, we scrub much of nature off our bodies and try to remove whole kinds of life—parasites, bacteria, mutualists, and predators—to allow ourselves to live free of wild danger. Nature, in this new world, is the landscape outside, a kind of living painting that is pleasant to contemplate but nice to have escaped.

The truth, though, according to biologist Rob Dunn, is that while “clean living” has benefited us in some ways, it has also made us sicker in others. We are trapped in bodies that evolved to deal with the dependable presence of hundreds of other species. As Dunn reveals, our modern disconnect from the web of life has resulted in unprecedented effects that immunologists, evolutionary biologists, psychologists, and other scientists are only beginning to understand. Diabetes, autism, allergies, many anxiety disorders, autoimmune diseases, and even tooth, jaw, and vision problems are increasingly plaguing bodies that have been removed from the ecological context in which they existed for millennia.

In this eye-opening, thoroughly researched, and well-reasoned book, Dunn considers the crossroads at which we find ourselves. Through the stories of visionaries, Dunn argues that we can create a richer nature, one in which we choose to surround ourselves with species that benefit us, not just those that, despite us, survive.

Rob Dunn is an assistant professor in the department of zoology at the North Carolina State University, as well as an up-and-coming science popularizer. His work appears in Natural History, Scientific American, BBC Wildlife, and Seed magazines. He lives in Raleigh, North Carolina.

Direct download: 07_BDNow_007_Rob_Dun_author_of__The_Wild_Life_of_our_Bodies_.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:47am EST

Deborah Koons Garcia has a Master of Fine Arts from The San Francisco Art Institute. She has made fiction, educational and documentary films. Her film production company, Lily Films, is located in Mill Valley, California. For the last ten years, she has focused primarily on films about agriculture and the food system.

Her film The Future of Food premiered at Film Forum in New York City. It continues to play widely all over the world in theaters and at film, food and farming festivals and conferences and at thousands of community-organized screenings. Garcia has personally taken her film to innovative venues such as Google headquarters, Burning Man arts festival in the desert of Nevada, and shown it to inmates in the gardening program at San Quentin prison.

Filmography: Deborah Koons Garcia
All About Babies, 1987, 5 Part series narrated by Jane Alexander 150 minutes
Poco Loco, 1995, 103 minutes
Grateful Dawg, 2000, 81 minutes (chief creative consultant/participant)
The Future of Food, 2004, 88 minutes|
Soil In Good Heart, 2008, 13 minutes
The Promise of Biochar, 2008, 12 minutes
Portrait of a Winemaker: John Williams of Frog’s Leap, 2011, 15 minutes
Sekem Vision, 2011, 14 minutes
Transition Town Totnes, 2011, 13 minutes
Symphony of the Soil, 2012, 103 minutes


Dr. Tom Cowan discovered the work of the two men who would have the most influence on his career while teaching gardening as a Peace Corps volunteer in Swaziland, South Africa. He read Nutrition and Physical Degenerationby Weston Price, and a fellow volunteer explained the arcane principles of Rudolf Steiner’s™ biodynamic agriculture. These events inspired him to pursue a medical degree. Tom graduated from Michigan State University College of Human Medicine in 1984. After his residency in Family Practice at Johnson City Hospital in Johnson City, New York, he set up an anthroposophical medical practice in Peterborough, New Hampshire. Dr. Cowan relocated to San Francisco in 2003.
Dr. Cowan has served as vice president of the Physicians Association for Anthroposophical Medicine and is a founding board member of the Weston A. Price Foundation. He is the principal author of the book, The Fourfold Path to Healing, which was published in 2004 by New Trends Publishing. He writes the “Ask the Doctor” column in Wise Traditions in Food, Farming and the Healing Arts, the Foundation’s™ quarterly magazine, and has lectured throughout the United States and Canada. He has three grown children and currently practices medicine in San Francisco where he resides with his wife, Lynda Smith Cowan. <bio provided by Dr Cowan’s office>
What is “The Fourfold Path to Healing” ?
Considered a companion to Sally Fallon’s Nourishing Traditions, The Fourfold Path of Healing is a unique, comprehensive view of medicine, a holistic approach to healing that integrates the four aspects of our bodies: the Physical, the Life-Force, the Emotional and the Mental.
Its principles are simple: right diet for healing the physical body; beneficial medicines or therapies for the life-force body; healing movement and exercise for the emotional body, and effective thinking activity for the mental body.
Dr. Cowan merges the wisdom of traditional societies, the most modern findings of western medicine and the esoteric teachings of the ancients as he works to answer this most important question: How do we obtain true health?
The Fourfold Path integrates proper nutrition, appropriate therapeutics, movement exercises and focused meditation. <from Dr Cowan’s website>


BDNow! 004 Steven McFadden CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) Historian, Author of "The Call of the Land: An Agrarian Primer for the 21st Century" and Reiki Master

We talk to author Steven McFadden about the Community Supported Agriculture Movement.

the following is  from http://chiron-communications.com/stevenbio.html

Steven McFadden


Chiron Communications is essentially a conceptual umbrella to unify my diverse work as a writer, speaker, counselor, healer, and also a partner in Good Medicine Consulting.


I'm the author of twelve non-fiction books, including: Legend of the Rainbow Warriors; Profiles in Wisdom; The Little Book of Native American Wisdom; Teach Us To Number Our Days; Farms of Tomorrow; and Farms of Tomorrow Revisited; Tales of the Whirling Rainbow: Authentic Myths & Mysteries for 2012.


I'm also the author of an epic, nonfiction saga of North America: Odyssey of the 8th Fire.


As of 2012 my most active blog is The Call of the Land: An Agrarian Primer for the 21st Century, to support the book of the same title, now in a greatly expanded second edition.

I founded Chiron Communications in the 1980s, but rested the enterprise in the 1990s to serve as National Coordinator for the annual Earth Day Celebration (1993) and later as director of The Wisdom Conservancy at Merriam Hill Education Center in Greenville, New Hampshire.
A Reiki Master of long standing, I have taught the Reiki healing techniques to hundreds of students across North and Central America. It was my privilege to help John Harvey Gray and Lourdes Gray, Ph.D. write Hand to Hand: The Longest Practicing Reiki Master Tells His Story.
I maintain an active interest in farming and gardening in general, and Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) in particular; I've reported on the growth and development of CSA in America since its inception in 1986.


BDNow! 003 Dr Alan Kapuler, Public Domain Plant Breeder

An interview with Public Domain Plant Breeder Dr Alan Kapuler. Dr Kapuler is the founder of Seeds of Change and the founder/proprieter of Peace Seeds.

Direct download: 03_BDNow_003_Dr_Alan_Kapuler_Public_Domain_Plant_Breeder.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:53pm EST

We talk with advocate, activist, teacher, Sally Fallon Morell, a leading eductoar in Wellness through the adoption of traditional foods appropraitely prepared. We discuss the Morell's new farm,  The Paleo Diet, Loren Cordain's new book, Cod liver oil, vitamin D and other topics.

More information at www.bdnow.org.

Leave comments at info@bdnow.org

voicemail comments at (262) 236-6912


Direct download: BDNow_episode_002.mp3
Category:Interview -- posted at: 10:12pm EST

Biodynamics Now! Podcast Episode 1: Joel Salatin

Biodynamics Now! interviews Joel Salatin at his Shenandoah Valley farm.

Direct download: episode1.mp3
Category:Interview -- posted at: 10:16pm EST

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