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Good Life Revival: Permaculture, Rewilding, Homesteading

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The Good Life Revival Podcast documents the growing back-to-the-land movement of the 21st century, sharing stories, knowledge, and perspectives encountered on the path back to nature.

Join host Sam Sycamore in exploring the ways that we can align our core values and our daily habits towards a more sustainable, ecologically conscious way of life.

-How do we live life on our own terms in this era?

-Is it possible to heal our domesticated minds and bodies by healing our degraded landscapes?

-What does a lifestyle that's closer to the land really look like, and how do we pull it off in a practical, realistic way?

-What is "the good life," and how do we attain it?

These are the kinds of questions that we aim to answer - or at least to discuss in a compelling way!

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70. How and Why to Eat Acorns - A Step-by-Step Foraging Tutorial
The acorn is one of the most common and ubiquitous nuts you’re likely to encounter almost anywhere in the Northern Hemisphere in autumn.Somehow, tragically, the vast majority of people on Earth today think of acorns as little more than “squirrel food,” despite the fact that they are easily rendered edible for humans after some basic processing.In fact, if we lived in anything approaching a sane, rational culture, acorns would be a staple in our daily diets around the world, as ordinary as white bread.Thankfully, there’s no massive cultural paradigm shift required in order to reclaim this delicious and highly nutritious ancestral food in your own life.All you need is time, patience, and some basic guidance through the process.That’s where this podcast comes in: for episode 70 of the #GoodLifeRevival Podcast, we’re going to review everything you need to know to begin gathering and eating acorns this season!Along the way I will answer questions like:Why would anyone want to eat acorns?What’s the difference between white oaks and red/black oaks?What is the best method for gathering, and how can you tell if an acorn is no good?How do you remove the tannins in order to make acorns edible?What’s the best way to prepare acorns to eat?And much more!Nothing brings me greater joy than teaching others how to make use of the common wild foods found all around us throughout the seasons.I truly believe that sharing the knowledge of how to eat acorns is one of the most valuable things that I can do with my time, and I hope that this audio tutorial will turn you into an evangelist for the cause, too.This episode serves as a great example of the kind of tutoring I offer on a one-on-one basis through my Wild Food Mentorship — there’s still time to apply before the October 31 deadline, but spots are filling up quickly! Be sure to submit an application here if you are interested.Stream and download episode 70 at the top of the page, or listen through iTunes, Spotify, Stitcher, or Google Play! Don’t forget to subscribe!Score a free audiobook today when you sign up for using my referral link!All music was created by Sam Sycamore, and can be downloaded by subscribers at any level over on Patreon. If you’d prefer to offer a one-time financial contribution, you can do so through PayPal. This show is made possible by listeners like you.
Wild Food Mentorship - Apply Now for the Winter 2019/20 Session!
By popular demand, my Wild Food Mentorship is returning for its second year, beginning this November!The deadline to apply is October 31, 2019. Don’t delay!Head this way to fill out an application: this session I will be taking on no more than 20 students for 12 weeks of in-depth, one-on-one tutoring to teach you everything you need to know to get started gathering some of the most abundant wild foods found all across your local landscape throughout the year.This takes the form of three monthly one-hour consultations along with weekly email check-ins, in which we will:Discuss positive plant ID and all aspects of gathering, processing, cooking, and preserving wild foodsReview best practices for ethical, sustainable, and regenerative foragingExplore the taxonomical, evolutionary, and ecological relationships between plantsCustom-tailor a seasonal foraging plan for youConnect you with resources specific to your regionAnd more!This program is offered on a sliding scale in order to make it available to the greatest number of people.Space is limited and I expect all 20 spots to fill up this year, so be sure to apply today!
69. Climate Change Grief Pt. II - Visions, Wildfires, and the Children of Compost
Whether the status quo is prepared to admit it or not, climate change is not some mysterious future event looming on the horizon — it is already happening, here, now.So: how will you choose to respond?In this episode of the Good Life Revival Podcast, I revisit last week’s topic of climate change grief, and whether we ought to let go of the hope of salvation in favor of taking direct action to brace ourselves for what we know we can reasonably expect from a severely disrupted global climate.One crucial part of the process of preparing ourselves, I believe, is to reckon with our emotional reactions to what is unfolding in front of us. To deny the pain that we all feel when we observe the open wounds on the land that we walk upon is to numb ourselves to reality — to continue, in vain, to build a wall between ourselves and the natural world which sustains us.Acknowledging and confronting the seemingly insurmountable pain of a dying planet should only imbue our work with that much more urgency.Drawing from the writings of Steven Martyn, Kat Anderson, Trebbe Johnson and Donna Haraway, I make the case here that what we need now more than ever are visionary new myths to guide us towards novel ways and means of co-creation with the land.We do ourselves no favors by merely hoping for a better world, or praying that our leaders will miraculously change course — recognizing that top-down solutions have failed to materialize, the time has come for us to begin self-organizing in the interests of preserving and regenerating whatever is within our reach.All the while, we must not be afraid to stare down the very real existential fear that looms in the background. You are justified in your fear, but it is no excuse for inaction. You don’t get to choose what problems you face in life, but you can always decide how to feel about them. I hope you’ll join me in this difficult but necessary work.Score a free audiobook today when you sign up for using my referral link.Bibliography:Anderson, M. Kat. Tending the Wild: Native American Knowledge and the Management of California’s Natural ResourcesHaraway, Donna J. Staying With the Trouble: Making Kin in the ChthuluceneJohnson, Trebbe. Radical Joy For Hard Times: Finding Meaning and Making Beauty in Earth’s Broken PlacesMartyn, Steven Elliot. Sacred Gardening: Seeds for the Reemergence of Co-Creative AgricultureAll music was created by Sam Sycamore, and can be downloaded by subscribers at any level over on Patreon. If you’d prefer to offer a one-time financial contribution, you can do so through PayPal. This show is made possible by listeners like you.
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Dec 30th, 2016
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