Episode 113

Turning Adversity into Success

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If anybody has the right to say that she turned adversities into success, it is Amy Oestreicher. She grew up in a loving, well-established family and dedicated her high school years to the performing arts. Sounds like a carefree youth. But, as it turns out, her performing arts teacher and coach was sexually abusing her.
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Episode 112

We are Doing Something Different This Week

Again, I am starting my communique to you with: We are doing something different this week!! But change is good, right?

By now, you probably know that Jenise and I were at Podcast Movement 2017 in Anaheim and we were speakers on a panel. The title was Podcasts: Untapped Resource for Social Change.

Well, that is what we are all about, and I believe that you all are too. Continue reading

Episode 101

Carl Found Onions

Carl was hungry and out of money when he found some onions growing. Just growing right next to a parking lot – not in a garden, not cared for, not planted by anyone on purpose.

That onion tasted so good! And it was free.

One little onion changed Carl’s life and countless others who since have learned from him. Continue reading

Episode 82

The Suburban Micro-Farm

The Suburban Micro-Farm is Amy Stross’ new book chronicling her experiences on her 10th of an acre homestead.Suburban Farming

When Amy moved to a house with a typical suburban sized yard, she didn’t have any background in gardening, let alone suburban farming. She joined a CSA because she wanted local and fresh food. That particular CSA encouraged their members to help on the farm. This got her hands in the dirt and was her first introduction to growing food. It didn’t take long for her to realize that she really liked raising her own vegetables. Continue reading

Episode 66- An Interview with Permaculture Teacher Rosemary Morrow

Rosemary Teaches Permaculture in War-torn Afghanistan

Not long ago, Rosemary traveled to Kabul in war-torn Afghanistan at a time when most people wanted to flee that area – especially Westerners. Why would a person do such a thing? Well, Rosemary Morrow has dedicated her life to getting information to people who are very poor or can’t get the information otherwise. By information she means Permaculture knowledge – the tools to dramatically improve the lives of her students no matter where they are. This could mean being a prisoner, a refugee living in a camp or someone trying to stay alive in an area deeply effected by a natural disaster. Dealing with the aftermath of wars has been part of her work, also to help refugees and even people in the middle of a war zone. Continue reading

With September just around the corner, we decided it would be a great time to take a look at some of the alternatives to public school.  So we went straight to one of the biggest names in alternative education, Jerry Mintz of the Alternative Education Resource Organization, to get the scoop on some of the options available to parents.