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Soul Soil: Where Agriculture and Spirit Intersect with Brooke Kornegay

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The Soul Soil Podcast is a place where ideas, experience, and resources come together around the topics of agriculture and spirituality with the goal of inspiring and empowering listeners to interact and cooperate with the land in a way that nourishes and sustains the human body, mind, and soul while regenerating and sustaining the land itself.

Latest Episodes

023: A Quick Love Note to the Listeners

Today Brooke speaks to the listeners directly about things that have helped ease her transition to the new circumstances in which the global population finds itself... Resources "Blessing for Earth-Healers" from The Earth Path: Grounding your Spirit in the Rhythms of Nature by Starhawk How to Grow Vibrant Food and Connect to your Land webinar series

13 MIN1 w ago
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023: A Quick Love Note to the Listeners

022, Norman Wirzba: The Conscious Meal

"Eating is not simply filling some gustatory hole, eating is knitting yourself into the fabric of life that's going on all the time, all around you...and how you knit yourself in can either make that fabric a beautiful thing, or it can make it tattered. Right now, I think a lot of our eating is creating tatters all across the world. What would be great is if the kinds of eating we do, beginning with the growing of food and the harvesting of food and the distribution and the cooking and sharing of food...could create a beautiful tapestry." Dr. Norman Wirzba is a Gilbert T. Rowe Distinguished Professor of Theology, Senior Fellow at the Kenan Institute for Ethics, and the Senior Associate Dean for Institutional & Faculty Advancement at Duke School of Divinity. Dr. Wirzba pursues research and teaching interests at the intersections of theology, philosophy, ecology, and agrarian and environmental studies, and has published several books on food and land. He serves as Series Editor for a group of books called “Culture of the Land”. As an editor, Dr. Wirzba contributed to Wendell Berry’s work in The Art of the Commonplace. He is the director of a project called “Facing the Anthropocene” wherein he works with an international team of scholars to rethink several academic disciplines in light of challenges like climate change, food insecurity, biotechnology and genetic engineering, artificial intelligence, species extinction, and the built environment. In this episode... How connecting with the land fosters empathy and stewardship Why the environmental preservation movement has seen so little progress How children model Presence and show us how to be in the Now Restlessness that is inherent in the social condition Examining sacrifice How the world economy thrives on ingratitude How operating in a world where speed, homogeneity, and mechanization are the production norm, ultimately degrades life at every level Our human creaturely condition Nurturing the world that nurtures us The importance of moving cautiously in a world that we don't fully understand The mental health benefits of growing food, cooking, and eating in community Food as the ultimate cross-disciplinary subject Resources Braiding Sweetgrass by Robin Wall Kimmerer Wendell Berry Mary Oliver normanwirzba.com https://divinity.duke.edu/faculty/norman-wirzba

42 MIN3 w ago
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022, Norman Wirzba: The Conscious Meal

021, John Kempf: The Regenerative Agriculture Revolution

“Creation isn’t something that happened all at once, a long time ago…creation is something that happens every day, and humans are meant to be stewards of this creation instead of dominating it. We are co—creators of this reality every day, and as such, we need to learn to work with natural systems instead of fighting them. The degree of our success as a society is going to be in direct correlation with our ability to adopt this ‘heartset’.” John Kempf is the founder of Advancing Eco Agriculture, a plant nutrition and biostimulant consulting company. A top expert in the field of biological and regenerative farming, John founded AEA in 2006 to help fellow farmers by providing the education, tools, and strategies that will have a global effect on the food supply and those who are growing that supply. John is the host of the Regenerative Agriculture Podcast, where he interviews top scientists and growers about the science and principles of implementing regenerative agriculture on...

38 MINMAR. 3
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021, John Kempf: The Regenerative Agriculture Revolution

020, Stacia Nordin: Permaculture in the Developing World

In today's episode, Stacia Nordin shares her experiences assisting the Malawian government with food insecurity and nutrition through a permaculture lens. The open-door policy at her education center/homestead located in a village near the capital is real-world demonstration of the Garden of Eden Malawi can actually be. Stacia Nordin is a Registered Dietitian working on issues of environment, agriculture, food systems and healthy living for optimal nutrition. With a background in nutrition education in the States and Jamaica, she and her husband moved to Malawi in 1997, where they still live and work today. Stacia has studied hundreds of locally available foods, which she and her family have collected, multiplied around their home and shared. Working with World Food Programme Malawi, she compiled a Sustainable Nutrition manual, which is used in homes, schools and churches around the country. Stacia has worked with the Malawi Ministry of Education and the Ministry of Agriculture on Nutrition, Food and Agriculture projects and programs. She is now on a 5-year USAID Feed the Future project led by University of Illinois to support Malawi’s Ministry of Agriculture to strengthen Agricultural Extension Systems for improving income, food security and nutrition. To realize the vision of a just and equitable world, we need to make the shift to systems thinking...thinking in cycles...while valuing the land and all of its people. In this episode... How Stacia and husband Kristof got involved in international food security work How listening and observing needs and resources at the village level led to the work of using permaculture principles and ethics to address water and food insecurity Purchasing land and beginning a permaculture homestead in the middle of the village Cultural diet challenges and effects on nutrition and health How nutrition education, markets, agriculture, and seed availability are all connected in the move toward healthy bodies, soils, and ecosystems Major barriers to food security are seed supply (or seed-saving education/legality), and land ownership (so the soil healing can begin). Envisioning a healthy, robust Malawi Nature is always moving toward healing Resources... The Kitchen Garden by June Walker http://www.neverendingfood.org/ The Sustainable Nutrition Manual Frances Moore Lappe

53 MINFEB. 26
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020, Stacia Nordin: Permaculture in the Developing World

019, Vail Dixon: The Soil Healer, Part 2

In part 2 of this series, Vail opens up about new ways to approach business, our relationship with ourselves, and seeing the world through a holistic lens and how that opens up possibilities unavailable to the linear cause-and-effect thinking of scientific logic. Vail Dixon is a regenerative farmer and holistic grazing mentor. Founder of Simple Soil Solutions, Grazing Power and ABC Beef, Vail grew up working on farms, climbing mountains and enjoying nature. While training to represent her country in the Olympics, a life threatening accident gave Vail an opportunity to experience healing through healthy food and natural methods – even when doctors told her it was impossible. This deeper understanding of our food and farming systems instilled in Vail a passion for healing our soils as a way to rejuvenate our ecology, economy and health. Vail conducts research on how humans affect the soil biology and how that impacts productivity. Learning about ways to repair damaged soil biological...

43 MINFEB. 18
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019, Vail Dixon: The Soil Healer, Part 2

018, Vail Dixon: The Soil Healer, Part 1

Vail Dixon is a regenerative farmer and holistic grazing mentor. Founder of Simple Soil Solutions, Grazing Power and ABC Beef, Vail grew up working on farms, climbing mountains and enjoying nature. While training to represent her country in the Olympics, a life threatening accident gave Vail an opportunity to experience healing through healthy food and natural methods – even when doctors told her it was impossible. This deeper understanding of our food and farming systems instilled in Vail a passion for healing our soils as a way to rejuvenate our ecology, economy and health. Vail conducts research on how humans affect the soil biology and how that impacts productivity. Learning about ways to repair damaged soil biologically led Vail to understand how animals and humans play a vital role in soil regeneration. Vail is passionate about joining with Nature to heal the land, our economy and ourselves. Besides farming full time, she connects with open-minded farmers who want to become s...

47 MINFEB. 12
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018, Vail Dixon: The Soil Healer, Part 1

017, Holly Whitesides: Feeding the Whole Human

It's a dream farm story...Holly and Andy met on a farm, were married on a farm, started a family on a farm and make their living on a farm. When Holly and Andy purchased land in 2013 to begin their dream farm, they realized that the initial focus was going to be rehabilitating the soil. They decided that biodynamic agriculture would be the way they would address their soil building needs, and went on to create a vibrant farm system that nourishes so many in the community. Holly Whitesides, along with husband Andy Bryant, and their two daughters, farm on 35 acres in western NC, where they raise certified Biodynamic and Organic vegetables on about 2 acres of crop land and Animal Welfare Approved pork, chicken, beef and turkey on the rest. Holly and Andy have been studying and practicing Biodynamic agriculture since 2013 and feel passionate about raising nutritious food for their community. "No matter how small your property is, you can engage with it in a co-creative way...a way that ...

49 MINENE. 30
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017, Holly Whitesides: Feeding the Whole Human

016, Marc Williams: People, Plants, and Sustainability

Humans are unique creatures for many reasons. One of those is our long list of disorders, specifically Nature Deficit Disorder. Most of us are so far removed from our original habitat that we are actually suffering from the absence of plant influences in our lives, and it affects our body, mind, and spirit. Today we discuss this and much more with Marc Williams, an ethnobiologist who studies the connections between people, plants, mushrooms, and microbes while learning to employ botanicals and other life forms for food, medicine, and beauty. He has spent over two decades working at a multitude of restaurants and various farms and has traveled throughout 30 countries and all 50 U.S. states. Marc is the Executive Director of Plants and Healers Internationaland serves on the Board of Directors ofUnited Plant Savers. Marc has taught hundreds of classes to thousands of students about the marvelous world of people and their interface with other organisms. Marc's greatest hope is that this...

42 MINENE. 14
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016, Marc Williams: People, Plants, and Sustainability

015, Renee Boughman: F.A.R.M. Cafe

Renee Boughman is from Belmont, NC. She earned a Master's degree in history and another degree in Culinary Arts. While working in fine dining establishments in the North Carolina high country, Renee joined with other citizens in a grassroots effort to open a community cafe modeled after S.A.M.E. (So All May Eat) Cafe in Denver, Colorado. F.A.R.M. Cafe (Feed All Regardless of Means) opened in May 2012 and has been operating ever since. F.A.R.M. Cafe is a unique restaurant model that operates on a pay-as-you-can basis. Based on a restaurant in Denver, CO, F.A.R.M. Cafe brings together folks from all walks of life to a community cafe that purchases locally grown foods and creates daily menus, making high quality meals accessible to anyone and everyone. At F.A.R.M. Cafe, they address the issues of not only food insecurity, but also local food system resilience, food recovery, and nutrient cycling (composting kitchen scraps). They also build community by creating a welcoming place where ...

42 MINENE. 7
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015, Renee Boughman: F.A.R.M. Cafe

014, Natalie Bogwalker: Wild Abundance

Imagine your daily grind--your house, your car, your commute, your job....Now imagine what it would be like to spend days camping in the woods, drinking spring water, breathing clean mountain air, eating freshly picked foods, and spending all day in Nature...learning about growing and gathering cultivated and wild food, making tools, tracking, tanning hides, natural building, and living in a community. What would happen to your energy? Your spirit? Natalie Bogwalker is a fan of watching the transformation that takes place when a guest spends days on her property, exploring their relationship with the land. Natalie is the founder and director of Wild Abundance, a permaculture and homestead school. She’s passionate about teaching and sharing skills that are essential for living harmoniously within the natural systems of the earth. She and her family live at the Wild Abundance homestead campus in the Southern Appalachian Mountains. Natalie spends her time harvesting in the wild, build...

59 MIN2019 DIC. 18
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014, Natalie Bogwalker: Wild Abundance

Latest Episodes

023: A Quick Love Note to the Listeners

Today Brooke speaks to the listeners directly about things that have helped ease her transition to the new circumstances in which the global population finds itself... Resources "Blessing for Earth-Healers" from The Earth Path: Grounding your Spirit in the Rhythms of Nature by Starhawk How to Grow Vibrant Food and Connect to your Land webinar series

13 MIN1 w ago
Comments
023: A Quick Love Note to the Listeners

022, Norman Wirzba: The Conscious Meal

"Eating is not simply filling some gustatory hole, eating is knitting yourself into the fabric of life that's going on all the time, all around you...and how you knit yourself in can either make that fabric a beautiful thing, or it can make it tattered. Right now, I think a lot of our eating is creating tatters all across the world. What would be great is if the kinds of eating we do, beginning with the growing of food and the harvesting of food and the distribution and the cooking and sharing of food...could create a beautiful tapestry." Dr. Norman Wirzba is a Gilbert T. Rowe Distinguished Professor of Theology, Senior Fellow at the Kenan Institute for Ethics, and the Senior Associate Dean for Institutional & Faculty Advancement at Duke School of Divinity. Dr. Wirzba pursues research and teaching interests at the intersections of theology, philosophy, ecology, and agrarian and environmental studies, and has published several books on food and land. He serves as Series Editor for a group of books called “Culture of the Land”. As an editor, Dr. Wirzba contributed to Wendell Berry’s work in The Art of the Commonplace. He is the director of a project called “Facing the Anthropocene” wherein he works with an international team of scholars to rethink several academic disciplines in light of challenges like climate change, food insecurity, biotechnology and genetic engineering, artificial intelligence, species extinction, and the built environment. In this episode... How connecting with the land fosters empathy and stewardship Why the environmental preservation movement has seen so little progress How children model Presence and show us how to be in the Now Restlessness that is inherent in the social condition Examining sacrifice How the world economy thrives on ingratitude How operating in a world where speed, homogeneity, and mechanization are the production norm, ultimately degrades life at every level Our human creaturely condition Nurturing the world that nurtures us The importance of moving cautiously in a world that we don't fully understand The mental health benefits of growing food, cooking, and eating in community Food as the ultimate cross-disciplinary subject Resources Braiding Sweetgrass by Robin Wall Kimmerer Wendell Berry Mary Oliver normanwirzba.com https://divinity.duke.edu/faculty/norman-wirzba

42 MIN3 w ago
Comments
022, Norman Wirzba: The Conscious Meal

021, John Kempf: The Regenerative Agriculture Revolution

“Creation isn’t something that happened all at once, a long time ago…creation is something that happens every day, and humans are meant to be stewards of this creation instead of dominating it. We are co—creators of this reality every day, and as such, we need to learn to work with natural systems instead of fighting them. The degree of our success as a society is going to be in direct correlation with our ability to adopt this ‘heartset’.” John Kempf is the founder of Advancing Eco Agriculture, a plant nutrition and biostimulant consulting company. A top expert in the field of biological and regenerative farming, John founded AEA in 2006 to help fellow farmers by providing the education, tools, and strategies that will have a global effect on the food supply and those who are growing that supply. John is the host of the Regenerative Agriculture Podcast, where he interviews top scientists and growers about the science and principles of implementing regenerative agriculture on...

38 MINMAR. 3
Comments
021, John Kempf: The Regenerative Agriculture Revolution

020, Stacia Nordin: Permaculture in the Developing World

In today's episode, Stacia Nordin shares her experiences assisting the Malawian government with food insecurity and nutrition through a permaculture lens. The open-door policy at her education center/homestead located in a village near the capital is real-world demonstration of the Garden of Eden Malawi can actually be. Stacia Nordin is a Registered Dietitian working on issues of environment, agriculture, food systems and healthy living for optimal nutrition. With a background in nutrition education in the States and Jamaica, she and her husband moved to Malawi in 1997, where they still live and work today. Stacia has studied hundreds of locally available foods, which she and her family have collected, multiplied around their home and shared. Working with World Food Programme Malawi, she compiled a Sustainable Nutrition manual, which is used in homes, schools and churches around the country. Stacia has worked with the Malawi Ministry of Education and the Ministry of Agriculture on Nutrition, Food and Agriculture projects and programs. She is now on a 5-year USAID Feed the Future project led by University of Illinois to support Malawi’s Ministry of Agriculture to strengthen Agricultural Extension Systems for improving income, food security and nutrition. To realize the vision of a just and equitable world, we need to make the shift to systems thinking...thinking in cycles...while valuing the land and all of its people. In this episode... How Stacia and husband Kristof got involved in international food security work How listening and observing needs and resources at the village level led to the work of using permaculture principles and ethics to address water and food insecurity Purchasing land and beginning a permaculture homestead in the middle of the village Cultural diet challenges and effects on nutrition and health How nutrition education, markets, agriculture, and seed availability are all connected in the move toward healthy bodies, soils, and ecosystems Major barriers to food security are seed supply (or seed-saving education/legality), and land ownership (so the soil healing can begin). Envisioning a healthy, robust Malawi Nature is always moving toward healing Resources... The Kitchen Garden by June Walker http://www.neverendingfood.org/ The Sustainable Nutrition Manual Frances Moore Lappe

53 MINFEB. 26
Comments
020, Stacia Nordin: Permaculture in the Developing World

019, Vail Dixon: The Soil Healer, Part 2

In part 2 of this series, Vail opens up about new ways to approach business, our relationship with ourselves, and seeing the world through a holistic lens and how that opens up possibilities unavailable to the linear cause-and-effect thinking of scientific logic. Vail Dixon is a regenerative farmer and holistic grazing mentor. Founder of Simple Soil Solutions, Grazing Power and ABC Beef, Vail grew up working on farms, climbing mountains and enjoying nature. While training to represent her country in the Olympics, a life threatening accident gave Vail an opportunity to experience healing through healthy food and natural methods – even when doctors told her it was impossible. This deeper understanding of our food and farming systems instilled in Vail a passion for healing our soils as a way to rejuvenate our ecology, economy and health. Vail conducts research on how humans affect the soil biology and how that impacts productivity. Learning about ways to repair damaged soil biological...

43 MINFEB. 18
Comments
019, Vail Dixon: The Soil Healer, Part 2

018, Vail Dixon: The Soil Healer, Part 1

Vail Dixon is a regenerative farmer and holistic grazing mentor. Founder of Simple Soil Solutions, Grazing Power and ABC Beef, Vail grew up working on farms, climbing mountains and enjoying nature. While training to represent her country in the Olympics, a life threatening accident gave Vail an opportunity to experience healing through healthy food and natural methods – even when doctors told her it was impossible. This deeper understanding of our food and farming systems instilled in Vail a passion for healing our soils as a way to rejuvenate our ecology, economy and health. Vail conducts research on how humans affect the soil biology and how that impacts productivity. Learning about ways to repair damaged soil biologically led Vail to understand how animals and humans play a vital role in soil regeneration. Vail is passionate about joining with Nature to heal the land, our economy and ourselves. Besides farming full time, she connects with open-minded farmers who want to become s...

47 MINFEB. 12
Comments
018, Vail Dixon: The Soil Healer, Part 1

017, Holly Whitesides: Feeding the Whole Human

It's a dream farm story...Holly and Andy met on a farm, were married on a farm, started a family on a farm and make their living on a farm. When Holly and Andy purchased land in 2013 to begin their dream farm, they realized that the initial focus was going to be rehabilitating the soil. They decided that biodynamic agriculture would be the way they would address their soil building needs, and went on to create a vibrant farm system that nourishes so many in the community. Holly Whitesides, along with husband Andy Bryant, and their two daughters, farm on 35 acres in western NC, where they raise certified Biodynamic and Organic vegetables on about 2 acres of crop land and Animal Welfare Approved pork, chicken, beef and turkey on the rest. Holly and Andy have been studying and practicing Biodynamic agriculture since 2013 and feel passionate about raising nutritious food for their community. "No matter how small your property is, you can engage with it in a co-creative way...a way that ...

49 MINENE. 30
Comments
017, Holly Whitesides: Feeding the Whole Human

016, Marc Williams: People, Plants, and Sustainability

Humans are unique creatures for many reasons. One of those is our long list of disorders, specifically Nature Deficit Disorder. Most of us are so far removed from our original habitat that we are actually suffering from the absence of plant influences in our lives, and it affects our body, mind, and spirit. Today we discuss this and much more with Marc Williams, an ethnobiologist who studies the connections between people, plants, mushrooms, and microbes while learning to employ botanicals and other life forms for food, medicine, and beauty. He has spent over two decades working at a multitude of restaurants and various farms and has traveled throughout 30 countries and all 50 U.S. states. Marc is the Executive Director of Plants and Healers Internationaland serves on the Board of Directors ofUnited Plant Savers. Marc has taught hundreds of classes to thousands of students about the marvelous world of people and their interface with other organisms. Marc's greatest hope is that this...

42 MINENE. 14
Comments
016, Marc Williams: People, Plants, and Sustainability

015, Renee Boughman: F.A.R.M. Cafe

Renee Boughman is from Belmont, NC. She earned a Master's degree in history and another degree in Culinary Arts. While working in fine dining establishments in the North Carolina high country, Renee joined with other citizens in a grassroots effort to open a community cafe modeled after S.A.M.E. (So All May Eat) Cafe in Denver, Colorado. F.A.R.M. Cafe (Feed All Regardless of Means) opened in May 2012 and has been operating ever since. F.A.R.M. Cafe is a unique restaurant model that operates on a pay-as-you-can basis. Based on a restaurant in Denver, CO, F.A.R.M. Cafe brings together folks from all walks of life to a community cafe that purchases locally grown foods and creates daily menus, making high quality meals accessible to anyone and everyone. At F.A.R.M. Cafe, they address the issues of not only food insecurity, but also local food system resilience, food recovery, and nutrient cycling (composting kitchen scraps). They also build community by creating a welcoming place where ...

42 MINENE. 7
Comments
015, Renee Boughman: F.A.R.M. Cafe

014, Natalie Bogwalker: Wild Abundance

Imagine your daily grind--your house, your car, your commute, your job....Now imagine what it would be like to spend days camping in the woods, drinking spring water, breathing clean mountain air, eating freshly picked foods, and spending all day in Nature...learning about growing and gathering cultivated and wild food, making tools, tracking, tanning hides, natural building, and living in a community. What would happen to your energy? Your spirit? Natalie Bogwalker is a fan of watching the transformation that takes place when a guest spends days on her property, exploring their relationship with the land. Natalie is the founder and director of Wild Abundance, a permaculture and homestead school. She’s passionate about teaching and sharing skills that are essential for living harmoniously within the natural systems of the earth. She and her family live at the Wild Abundance homestead campus in the Southern Appalachian Mountains. Natalie spends her time harvesting in the wild, build...

59 MIN2019 DIC. 18
Comments
014, Natalie Bogwalker: Wild Abundance
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