#002 Ed Bernhardt: A Deep Ecologist’s Tips on Soil Building, Brewing Bio-ferments, and Educating the Next Generation (New Dawn Center)

Dec 4, 2020

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In today’s episode, we visit Ed Bernhardt at the New Dawn Center/Finca Alba Nueva, in Perez Zeledon, Costa Rica.

Ed is a deep ecologist, and author for several newspaper & magazine articles in Costa Rica, including the Tico times.

Ed shares with us tips for soil building & supporting your plant’s immune system with a recipe that he calls “kombucha for the plants,”

He also shares stories about what it was like to homestead in the ’80s, in Costa Rica, while teaching organic gardening to the locals from young school children to University students.

Ed is developing an online course to continue reaching out to those who are willing to receive the wisdom that he has to share, earned over 40 years of gardening in the tropics.

Ed also grows a variety of medicinal plants that he processes with his wife for sale at the local farmer’s market.

If Ed’s description of his bio-ferments has you wanting more, be sure to check out the YouTube video that we created, where we take you right out into his back yard where he has it bubbling.

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Special thanks to Ariel Poltronieri for editing this episode!

This compost accelerating bio-ferment formula is something that every gardener needs to know about.

Ed Bernhardt, the master gardener, and author shares his personal recipe for enriching soil quickly.

He also gives us a tour of his quick compost systems and an intriguingly simple water filter that anyone could build from inexpensive materials found nearly anywhere in the world.

Ed has been developing his permaculture homestead and education center, the New Dawn Center, for some 40 years, now.

In the podcast episode that accompanies this video, we learned that Ed was teaching organic gardening to youth in Costa Rica, back in the ’80s.

He now teaches organic land management and plant care to University students. A program that he’s soon to take online.

Ed also grows a variety of medicinal plants that he processes with his wife for sale at the local farmer’s market.

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  1. Adrianna

    Great podcast Thank you so much !

    • Jason

      So glad you’re enjoying it! Thanks for saying hi!!!


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