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Renewable-Fuel Cargo Ships, Permaculture Food Forests, & Community

Renewable-Fuel Cargo Ships, Permaculture Food Forests, & Community

In episode #012 of the podcast, we spoke to visionary Lynx Guimond of Sailcargo Inc. He tells us about his journey from bee-keeping and building tree platforms in the mountains, to help tackle the massive environmental challenges the modern maritime industry poses. In this video, we explore the homestead that's been growing from within the Sailcargo shipyard, built by a team of ‘happy and healthy’ expert shipbuilders from around the globe. Lynx has assembled this crew to help create a zero-emission ocean vessel set to sail between Central America and Europe. Learn how they're taking full advantage of natural resources to eliminate pollution and waste. From tree planting to custom crafting tools, hear about some of the incredible developments they’ve made and what plans they have for the future. You can see the full-length video of our interview on our YouTube Channel. You can also listen to it on your favorite podcast player or our website on this page. What a cool project! From...

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Farm to Table Food Forests Feeding a Permaculture Hotel/Restaurant (Nico Botefur: Essence Arenal)

Farm to Table Food Forests Feeding a Permaculture Hotel/Restaurant (Nico Botefur: Essence Arenal)

In this episode, we hear from Nico Botefur of Essence Arenal, an eco-lodge, restaurant, and food forest nestled just across the lake from Volcano Arenal. Nico is another one of those mavericks who’s taken pasture land and turned it into a regenerative food forest and hosting grounds for transformational experiences. In this video, we take a tour of some of the ways that Nico is using cyclical resource systems, channeling waste products back in, to feed future harvests. Between his podcast interview and this farm tour, we hear about a number of approaches to build fertility, beauty, and profit, including: Building a hospitality and restaurant business to bring money in to feed the reforestation efforts. Now the planted forests are feeding the hospitality and restaurant businesses. Compost from restaurant feeds chickens. The chickens’ eggs feed the restaurant. Weeds from the garden and prunings from the fruit trees are piled up and inoculated by the tilapia pond water. That material is...

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Building with Adobe, Bamboo, Aircrete & Vision [Aly Khan from Brave Earth Intentional Community]

Building with Adobe, Bamboo, Aircrete & Vision [Aly Khan from Brave Earth Intentional Community]

When natural building meets technological innovations an enchanting beauty is often born. Aly Khan takes us on a tour of Brave Earth’s budding retreat center and the many stages of evolution that their structures have taken them on. From cob huts to aircrete domes, and bamboo A-frames to earthen floors, we discuss some of the lessons that the community has learned along the way. As fascinating as some of these building techniques are, our podcast interview with Aly Khan and his brother Alnoor, is a whole other pleasure. To hear the thought-provoking and inspiring story of their community, its structure, and its vision to make an impact in their region, listen to the podcast here. To follow more of Brave Earth’s adventures in community and natural building, check out their: Website - https://wwwbraveearth.com/​ Facebook Page - https://www.facebook.com/braveearth/ ​   Also, check out: https://www.domegaia.com/ ​ https://fincalunanuevalodge.com/ ​   Special thanks to Chela Rie...

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Durian Grafting & Propagating Trees for Market (Peter Kring: Finca La Isla)

Durian Grafting & Propagating Trees for Market (Peter Kring: Finca La Isla)

Have you ever wondered if having a tree nursery could be a viable business in a small market? Is grafting one of those curious mysteries that you’ve always wanted to learn more about? If so, take a few minutes and drop into the world of Peter Kring, nurseryman & president of the association that organizes the local farmer’s market. If you like what Peter has to say be sure to check out the full-length podcast interview that we did, as well as the other video we’ve made with him discussing fruit forest maintenance. You can find the podcast interview here. The other video is also on our YouTube Channel. To follow more of Finca La Isla’s adventures in biodiversity and sustainability, check out their: Website - https://www.costaricaorganicsfarm.com/ Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/peter.kring.1                          https://www.facebook.com/Finca-la-Islas-Botanical-Garden-373141649468327 Special thanks to Lekan Ayodabo for editing this video!

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Fruit Forest Maintenance (Peter Kring: Finca La Isla)

Fruit Forest Maintenance (Peter Kring: Finca La Isla)

Biochar and microorganisms come up again and again in these conversations around soil health, plant health, and even carbon sequestering. Peter takes us onsite, in this video, to one of his fruit forests to explain how he applies these elements into his regenerative systems. If you like what Peter has to say be sure to check out the full-length podcast interview that we did, as well as the other video we’ve made with him touring his nursery describing his durian grafting process & sharing some insights into propagating trees for sale at the local farmers market, as well as to developers and permaculturists around the country. You can find both at https://regenerationnationcr.com. The other video is also on Youtube at https://youtu.be/9bpSvIDTB_0 To follow more of Finca La Isla’s adventures in biodiversity and sustainability, check out:Website - https://www.costaricaorganicsfarm.com/ FB - https://www.facebook.com/peter.kring.1https://www.facebook.com/Finca-la-Isl... El Dorado...

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Natural Home Cooling (Justin Dolan: St Michael’s Permaculture Country Club)

Natural Home Cooling (Justin Dolan: St Michael’s Permaculture Country Club)

Cooling a house takes a lot of energy and can be a large expense for many living in the tropics and subtropic regions. In this video, we visit St Michael's Permaculture Country Club, home of Justin Dolan in Puntarenas, Costa Rica. Justin describes how he's using living roofs and vines to act as a regenerative natural cooling system. We had a mic failure, but I didn't want to let the moment go to waste. I hope the subtitles serve you well and the info is inspiring to you! If you enjoyed this peek into Justin’s world, be sure to check out the full-length podcast episode right here. To follow more of what’s happening at the Permaculture Country Club, check out their: Website - https://stmichaelscr.com/ Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/SaintMichaelsCR/ Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/st.michaelscr Special thanks to Lekan Ayodabo for editing this video! (It was a tough one) Music by Nate Stephenshttps://natestevens.bandcamp.com/  

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Bokashi & Biochar for Better Gardens (Justin Dolan: St Michael’s Permaculture Country Club)

Bokashi & Biochar for Better Gardens (Justin Dolan: St Michael’s Permaculture Country Club)

Building healthy soil is a cornerstone of a productive garden. Today, Justin shares with us his recipe for making bokashi which is a bio-fermentation process designed to quickly break down organic matter into compost, inoculating the soil with beneficial microorganisms. Justin enhances his bokashi with mycelium and microorganisms that he harvests from the forest. He then adds biochar in the mix to increase surface area for absorption and slow release of nutrients and moisture when the plants need it most. If you enjoyed this peek into Justin’s world, be sure to check out the full-length podcast episode right here. If you don’t have a pen and paper handy to take notes, no worries, we’ve prepared a PDF with Justin's Bokashi Recipe for you! You can download it at: https://regenerationnationcr.com/bokashi To follow more of what’s happening at the Permaculture Country Club, check out their: Website - https://stmichaelscr.com/ Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/SaintMichaelsCR/ Instagram...

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Bio-Ferments, Water Filtration, and Some Really Big Bambu (Ed Bernhardt: New Dawn Center)

Bio-Ferments, Water Filtration, and Some Really Big Bambu (Ed Bernhardt: New Dawn Center)

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. If you enjoyed this peek into Ed’s world, be sure to check out the full-length podcast episode. Also, make sure to...

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Greenhouses, Volunteers, & Vanilla Bean Propagation (Suzanna Leff: Finca Amrta)

Greenhouses, Volunteers, & Vanilla Bean Propagation (Suzanna Leff: Finca Amrta)

Ever wonder how a vanilla flower is pollinated? Have you ever seen bamboo used as a hanging lettuce bed? In this video, Suzanna takes us for a tour of her organic homestead, greenhouses, solar food drying room, and shares some insights into her volunteer program and more. Finca Amrta hosts Permaculture Design Courses and sells herbal tea blends, salves, and other garden harvests at local markets. If you enjoyed this peek into Suzanna’s world, be sure to check out the full-length podcast episode right here.   To follow more of Finca Amrta’s adventures in homesteading, check out her: Website - http://fincaamrta.com/ Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/fincaamrta Special thanks to Joy Girón for editing this video! Music by Wookiefoot https://wookiefoot.bandcamp.com/                            

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What is an impact center?

What is an impact center?

Throughout Regeneration Nation Costa Rica, the term Impact Centers is used occasionally to refer to permaculture farms, eco-retreat centers, and Intentional communities that have some kind of educational and/or outreach component to their mission. It points to the fact that these places are making a pointed effort to live and do business in an ecologically beneficial way, but they welcome others in to learn and grow through their efforts. This video is a brief exploration of that niche of land-based projects. Visit our Podcast interview page or our YouTube Channel to find full-length interviews with owners of some of these unique experimentation stations for a new way of living. You can also visit NuMundo to find an extensive directory of impact centers. Thanks for caring! #sharinginsights #impactcenters #numundo

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