Joel Salatin: The Pursuit Of Food Freedom

A right worth fighting for
Sunday, June 28, 2015, 11:54 AM

Sustainable farming activist Joel Salatin and author of Everything I Want To Do Is Illegal returns this week to talk about the importance of a basic human right: to eat what we believe is best for us.

In past podcasts, he's described the challenges facing farmers who want to grow organically. This week, he sheds light on the additional challenges consumers face in getting access to quality produce and meats. » Read more


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In Denial: We Pursue Endless Growth At Our Peril

A requiem for planet Earth
Friday, May 29, 2015, 9:09 AM

As we've been discussing of late here at, humans desperately need a new story to live by. The old one is increasingly dysfunctional and rather obviously headed for either a quite dismal or possibly disastrous future. One of the chief impediments to recognizing the dysfunction of the old story and adopting a new one is the most powerful of all human emotional states: Denial. » Read more


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It’s Time to Stop Treating Our Soil Like Dirt

We're destroying an invaluable resource
Tuesday, May 26, 2015, 10:34 AM

In the recent podcast with Paul and Elizabeth Kaiser, the owners of Singing Frogs farm, they told a tale of success that begins and in many ways ends with their soil.

It's a model we need to pay close attention, to as I think it’s safe to say that the vast majority of farming across the world right now is based on the practice of plowing up fields and is therefore based on the practice of slowly but surely ruining the very bottom of the food pyramid. » Read more


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Paul & Elizabeth Kaiser: Sustainable Farming 2.0

Producing more food, and more profits -- sustainably
Saturday, May 23, 2015, 2:12 PM

Here at Peak Prosperity, we're continuously on the hunt for new models that offer promise for a better future. These tend to be models of stewardship and sustainability, which contrast starkly with society's current focus on resource consumption and exploitation.

The farming model being pioneered at Singing Frogs Farm, a small micro-farm in northern California is one such example of doing things "right". Developed over years of combining bio-intensive land/forestry management theory with empirical trial & error, the farming practices at Singing Frogs have produced astounding results. » Read more


If We're Going To Borrow Against The Future, Let's Borrow To Invest

The are much better ways to spend the next $1 Trillion
Thursday, April 2, 2015, 11:21 AM

We are at an important juncture as a global society: either we immediately prioritize a new trajectory focused on creating a positive, functional future or -- by continuing the consumptive, extractive, exploitative status quo -- we will default into a nasty nightmare. » Read more

Daily Prep

Book Recommendation: The Market Gardener

A Successful Grower's Handbook for Small-scale Farming
Monday, March 31, 2014, 5:49 PM

If you have been thinking about starting a small farming operation and are looking for a resource to help guide you through the process, pick up a copy of The Market Gardener: A Successful Grower's Handbook for Small-scale Organic Farming. by Jean Martin Fortier.

And if you missed the recent ResilientLife podcast with Jean-Martin Fortier, listen to it here (Jean-Martin Fortier: A Model for Profitable Micro-Farming) to get a great preview of many of the topics covered in the book and get inspired to start growing, investing in local community and building resilience into your life. » Read more


Jean-Martin Fortier: A Model for Profitable Micro-Farming

Earn a living gardening on just 1.5 acres
Saturday, March 29, 2014, 9:19 AM

As we awake to the realities in store for us in a future defined by declining net energy, concerns about food security, adequate nutrition, community resilience, and reliable income commonly arise.

Small-scale farming usually quickly surfaces as a pursuit that could help address all of these. Yet most dismiss the idea of becoming farmers themselves; mainly because of lack of prior experience, coupled with lack of capital. It simply feels too risky.

Enter Jean-Martin Fortier and his wife, Maude-Hélène. They are a thirtysomething couple who have been farming successfully for the past decade. In fact, they've been micro-farming: their entire growing operations happen on just an acre and half of land. » Read more


Jere Gettle: Growing Heirloom Plants

Our foodstock's future lies in preserving its past
Saturday, August 3, 2013, 8:47 PM

Jere Gettle runs one of the country's largest heirloom seed catalogs. His mission is to preserve long-standing plant varieties and combat the growing homogenization of our food stock, along with the genetic manipulation that Big Ag is responsible for. » Read more

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How To Install Raised Garden Beds

How To Install Raised Garden Beds

A soup-to-nuts DIY guide for the novice gardener

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How to Install Raised Garden Beds

A 1-manpower project
Monday, July 15, 2013, 8:32 PM

If you've been intending to become a gardener but aren't quite sure yet how to get started, this how-to guide is for you.

It chronicles the steps that I successfully followed to put in my own garden this year, all while working hard on the site and traveling frequently with Chris. From start to finish, it was a one-manpower project.

Hopefully this guide will give you the direction, inspiration, and confidence that you, too, can do this. » Read more