Episode Guide

  • Episode 23 - John Liu / Amy Seidl / Jon Erickson
    Released November 2, 2016
    Stretching over 640,000 sq. kilometers and encompassing parts of 7 different Chinese provinces, the Loess Plateau is approximately the size of France. John Liu’s film, (“Hope in a Changing Climate”), chronicles large-scale ecological restoration projects in the Loess Plateau, as well as in Ethiopia and Rwanda. On October 24th, (John Liu) visited from Beijing, China and we hosted a film screening at the University of Vermont. (Dr. Amy Seidl) and Dr. Jon Erickson) joined John for a panel discussion following the film. The event drew a full house.

  • Episode 22 - Andrew Faust / Mark Krawczyk (Relocalizing Vermont, Radio Show)
    Released September 26, 2016
    During the summer of 2016, Vic Guadagno was the guest host for Carl Etneir’s radio program, Relocalize Vermont, that broadcasts on the Goddard Collage Community Radio Station. For many of these broadcasts, Vic condensed previous Bordertown podcasts. This episode features Andrew Faust (Episode 16) and Mark Krawczyk. (Episode 11).

  • Episode 21 - Joseph Keifer
    Released August 24, 2016
    Joseph is a food justice consultant working with the Good Food Good Medicine Program at Highgate Housing and Green Acres Housing, the Vermont Community Garden Network as well as the Vermont Rural Partnership. He serves on the Boards of Just Basics Inc. in Montpelier and Highgate Housing in Barre Vermont, as well as on the cross cutting Food Access Team of the Vermont Farm to Plate Group. Joseph has spent his entire career advocating for food justice and has made a signiificant contribution to Vermont's food justice movement, including co-founding the Vermont Food Bank in 1986, serving on Governor's task forces, and as a key member in the formation of VT FEED (food education every day).

  • Episode 20 - Soil4Climate
    Released June 18, 2016
    Soil4Climate, a nonprofit organization, advocates for soil restoration as a climate solution. They promote regenerative land management practices to capture atmospheric carbon. Soil4Climate is inspired by the work of Allan Savory which is summarized nicely in his TedTalk as "if we do what I am showing you here, we can take enough carbon out of the atmosphere and safely store it in the grassland soils for thousands of years, and if we just do that on about half the world's grasslands that I've shown you, we can take us back to pre-industrial levels, while feeding people. I can think of almost nothing that offers more hope for our planet, for your children, and their children, and all of humanity."

  • Episode 19 - Sarah Waring
    Released June 16, 2016
    Sarah Waring is the Executive Director of The Center for an Agricultural Economy, It was a pleasure speaking with Sarah and asking direct questions relevant to our Designing Abundance project here in Central Vermont. Sarah has helped us over the past year and we look forward to continued callaboraiton in the years ahead. It was fun learning about her off-grid days growing up in Glover – the hope of Bread and Puppet, our shared love for the Rockies, and her joyful return to the Green Mountain State. I was drawn to the Center for an Agricultural Economy when I first arrived in Vermont and continue to look to them for inspiration and guidance. It was a pleasure learning more about Sarah and it’s clear that her enthusiasm and vision lends itsels well to their mission of a regenerative Vermont.

  • Episode 18 - Bo Muller-Morre
    Released May 11, 2016
    Bo Muller-Moore is the founder of Eat More Kale, and the inspiration for this year's EAT MORE KALE Festival. This first annual event is sure to be a good one. Their goal is to strengthen the arts and agricultural communities here in Vermont, which is at the core of the Designing Abundance mission, as we continue to understand and encourage our "PERMAnent CULTURE" here in Vermont.
  • Episode 17 - Keith Morris
    Released January 23, 2016
    Keith Morris owns & operates Willing Crossing Farm in Johnson Vermont along with his partner Kori Gelinas, growing one of the most diverse collections of fruit and nut trees in the northeast as well as bees, herbs and apothocary. Keith is also the founder of Prospect Rock Permaculture, Vermont’s longest running Permaculture Institute and a co-founding board member of the Permaculture Institute of the Northeast (P.I.N.E.). He has been instrumental in bringing Permaculture to the northeast and teaching at the university level - including the University of Vermont, Sterling College, Saint Michaels College, Paul Smiths College and the Yestermororw Design Build School in the Waitsfield, Vermont.
  • Episode 16 - Andrew Faust
    Released July 31, 2015
    Andrew Faust is one of the premier Permaculture teachers and designers in North America with nearly two decades of experience. Andrew has extensive experience in a wide range of climates and habitats including desert, forest and mountain – and has been focusing much of his attention over the past decade on urban landscapes. He is the founder of the Center for BioRegional Living, a design, education and consulting center located in Brooklyn New York. With a campus located in Ellenville, NY, that he is developing with his partner Adriana Magana and their daughter Juniper.
  • Episode 15 - Geoff Lawton
    Released June 18, 2015
    Geoff Lawton is perhaps the world’s most influential Permaculture teacher. He has created a global network of students, activist and Permaculture demonstration centers and has undertaken thousands of of jobs - teaching, consulting, designing and implementing Permaculture design projects. He is the Managing Director of the Permaculture Research Institute. Geoff is optimistic and inspired, and is now teaching thousands of people through his online courses and video series.
  • Episode 14 - Mark Angelini
    Released March 25, 2015
    Mark is co-founder and lead designer with Roots To Fruits Ecological Design - an ecological design firm committed to the restoration of local food systems, economies, and ecologies. He writes and teaches about wild edible plants with Eat Here Now, and produces hand carved woodenware through Quercus Wood Craft.
  • Episode 13 - Trevor Newman
    Released August 23, 2014
    Trevor Newman owns and operates TerraNu Nursery, an edible and useful plant company based in Clarkston, MI…and he owns and operates an edible landscaping firm called Roots To Fruits Ecological Design. In addition, Trevor is the founder and purveyor of The Fruit Nut a media project dedicated to promoting ecologically sound and economically viable practices.
  • Episode 12 - The Good Foot Project
    Released June 4, 2014
    On April 28th, 2013 Anastasia King and JC Jarris began, The Good Foot Project, a year-long expedition, by RV, across the USA visiting low-impact organic farms and eco-villages to learn best practices in sustainable farming, construction, energy, water and waste management. This trip is to educate and prepare them for establishing their own sustainable, low-impact, eco-retreat and training center.
  • Episode 11 - Mark Krawczyk
    Released April 1, 2014
    Mark Krawczyk is the owner of Keyline Vermont, a permaculture design, consulting and education business. As a student of permaculture design since 2000, Mark Krawczyk has explored tree crop and agroforestry systems, coppice forestry, natural building, traditional woodcrafts, community organizing and both small and broad acre site design.
  • Episode 10 - James Maroney
    Released January 21, 2014
    James Maroney is an American Art Dealer and former Organic Dairy Farmer. James gives us a glimpse into his life as an Art Dealer, and puts forth a compelling argument to transition the entire Vermont Diary industry to organic.
  • Episode 9 - Lisa Mase
    Released November 24, 2013
    Lisa Mase, of Harmonized Cookery is a whole foods cooking educator, food writer, translator, and herbalist, living between Italy, Vermont and New Mexico. Lisa explains the role food plays in our individual health, community resiliency and cultural heritage.
  • Episode 8 - Chris Shanks
    Released October 13, 2013
    Chris Shanks is the Co-Director at Project Bona Fide located on Isla de Ometepe in Nicaragua. Chris describes his journey from Boonton Township, NJ, to his current work promoting food sovereignty in Central America.
  • Episode 7 - Jon Erickson
    Released August 14, 2013
    Jon Erickson is Professor of Ecological Economics at UVM's Rubenstein School of Environmental and Natural Resources and Fellow at the Gund Institute for Ecological Economics.
  • Episode 6 - Angella Gibbons
    Released August 2, 2013
    Angella Gibbons, Founder and Director of EarthWalk has been connecting groups of children to the Earth for 25 years
  • Episode 5 - Amy Seidl
    Released June 21, 2013
    Amy Seidl Is a lecturer, author and mother of two. She researches and writes about indicators and behavioral changes associated with climate change. She is on the Board of Bright Blue EcoMedia and is an optimistic advocate for a societal paradigm shift.
  • Episode 4 - Elizabeth Courtney
    Released June 14, 2013
    An inspired environmental champion, Elizabeth was removed, after nine years of service on Vermont's Environmental Board, under suspicion of being an "Environmentalist". She went on to serve as Executive Director of VNRC for 15 years, and recently co-authored Greening Vermont: The Search for a Sustainable State
  • Episode 3 - Joe Bossen
    Released June 7, 2013
    Joe Bossen, master bean crafter and yurt-dweller describes the path from fast food strip malls to agricultural enlightenment. Joe is the Jefé and Chefé at Vermont Bean Crafters
  • Episode 2 - Ben Graham
    Released May 31, 2013
    Ben Graham, master builder, on-call drummer and community builder talks about early communal living in Cleveland and his journey to his current work with New Frameworks, Natural Design Build
  • Episode 1 - Ben Falk
    Released May 24, 2013
    Ben Falk, founder of Whole Systems Design learned his focus from rock climbing. I try to understand what's at the root of non-stop, on the ground skill development and earth-healing.