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72. Mitigating Climate Change Through Home Agroecology: From Lawns to Ecosystems with Justin West

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You can begin healing the planet, improving your health and mitigating climate change right outside your door! On today’s episode of The Good Dirt we sit down with Justin West, the creative entrepreneur behind Thrive Lot – a marketplace platform on a mission to create food abundance by combining agroecology, landscape design and technology. Thrive Lot seeks to reimagine the lawn care industry by scaling permaculture and installing ecosystems into our very own yards. But to do so requires a shift in our collective idea of what we consider lawn care. We can create habitats for wildlife, regenerate the soil, reduce our carbon footprint and mitigate climate change by reimagining our lawns as a place where we grow our own food, produce medicinal herbs, fruit trees and vibrant ecosystems. With over 40 million acres of lawn in the United States - the largest single irrigated crop - it’s a concept ripe with potential, which is why we’re so excited to share our conversation with Justin as he dreams of a future where home agroecology is the norm, and where “good dirt” heals the world. Listen to the episode onhttps://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/the-good-dirt/id1492217846 ( Apple Podcasts),https://open.spotify.com/show/2lpelAmHPGbMVdOOpxhxTo ( Spotify),https://www.podchaser.com/podcasts/the-good-dirt-981565 ( Podchaser),https://the-good-dirt.simplecast.com/ ( Simplecast),https://podtail.com/en/podcast/the-good-dirt/ ( Podtail), or on your favorite podcast platform. Topics Covered: Agroecology--is the application of ecological concepts and principals in farming, combined to create a type of farming that is sustainable and in cooperation with nature. Permaculture--the development of agricultural ecosystems that are self-sufficient and sustainable, drawing from an observation and imitation of systems in nature and resulting in crop diversity, resilience, increased natural productivity, less human intervention and more sustainability. https://www.usgs.gov/faqs/what-carbon-sequestration (Carbon sequestration )is "...the process of capturing and storing atmospheric carbon dioxide. It is one method of reducing the amount of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere with the goal of reducing global climate change." https://aggie-horticulture.tamu.edu/wildseed/growing/annual.html (Perennials vs Annuals ) Resources Mentioned: https://www.thrivelot.com/ (Thrive Lot) https://permaculture.org/what-is-a-permaculture-design-course/ (Permaculture Design Certificate (PDC)) https://www.aglanta.org/urban-food-forest-at-browns-mill-1 (Food Forest at Brown Mills) https://mods.org/ (The Museum of Discovery and Science) Guest Info Visit the Thrive Lot https://www.thrivelot.com/ (website) Follow Thrive Lot on https://www.instagram.com/thrivelot/?hl=en ( Instagram) Follow Us: https://lady-farmer.com/blogs/the-good-dirt-podcast (Our Website) https://www.instagram.com/thegooddirtph/ (Instagram) Original music by John Kingsley @jkingsley1026

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    65. Green Burial: Rethinking Death Practices with Heidi Hannapel of Bluestem Conservation Cemetery

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    Today we're talking with Heidi Hannapel, cofounder of the Bluestem Conservation Cemetery, about options for green burial. We're also taking a look at our modern approach to death and the practices that surround it. Heidi and her business partner Jeff Masten are land conservationists and conservation burial specialists, concerned with the degradation of our planet through wasteful burial practices. They are committed to offering an alternative to conventional burial, working on green burial initiatives specifically tied to land conservation, encouraging a way of caring for the dead with minimal environmental impacts. Through the establishment of Bluestem, Heidi and Jeff's vision is to establish the concept of conservation burial as a tool for protecting natural lands, wildlife and plant species, creating healing green spaces and increasing community connections to nature, and creating opportunities for those seeking green burial options for themselves and their loved ones. In addition, we talk to Heidi about her personal journey with death practices and conventions, inspired by the time she spent being present to her own mother's illness and death in 2015. This experience left her with the realization that death and loss are shared human experiences worthy of active participation, both before the passing of the loved one and in the sacred space between death and burial. Our modern customs often separate us not only from the process of dying itself, but also from the opportunity to experience the the hours and days after the passing as an opportunity for powerful healing. Modern burial procedures also separate us from the processes of nature, in which remains of the deceased continue to be part of the natural life cycle of the planet. The idea behind rethinking our cultural death practices and considering green burial, and as in the case of Bluestem Conversation Cemetery conservation burial, is that human death be honored and embraced as a sacred passage, "where nature is enough." Join us on this week’s episode as we learn more about green burials and how they can contribute to land conservation efforts and lessen our impact on the environment. Stay tuned to learn more! Listen to the episode on https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/the-good-dirt/id1492217846 (Apple Podcasts), https://open.spotify.com/show/2lpelAmHPGbMVdOOpxhxTo (Spotify), https://www.podchaser.com/podcasts/the-good-dirt-981565 (Podchaser), https://the-good-dirt.simplecast.com/ (Simplecast), https://podtail.com/en/podcast/the-good-dirt/ (Podtail), or on your favorite podcast platform. Topics Covered: Green burial options/reducing environmental impact Integration of life and death through conservation areas Death doulas Home funerals and home burials Hybrid cemeteries Resources https://www.poetryfoundation.org/poetrymagazine/browse?contentId=38028 (Learning from Trees) https://www.greenburialcouncil.org/ (Green Burial Council) https://www.conservationburialallianc (Conservation Burial Alliance) https://www.bluestemcemetery.org/ (Bluestem Cemetery) https://www.nytimes.com/2019/07/26/well/family/rest-me-in-a-pine-box-and-let-the-fiddle-play.html (Green burial NYT article) Original theme music for https://lady-farmer.com/blogs/the-good-dirt-podcast (The Good Dirt) composed and performed by John Kingsley @jkingsley1026 Guest Info https://www.bluestemcemetery.org/ (Bluestem Conservation Cemetery Website) https://www.bluestemcemetery.org/resources.html (Bluestem Resources Page) https://www.thelandmatters.com/meet-heidi--jeff.html (LANDMATTERS Website) Connect with Heidi on Twitter https://twitter.com/hhannapel?lang=en (@hhannapel) Follow Us: https://lady-farmer.com/blogs/the-good-dirt-podcast (Our Website) https://www.instagram.com/thegooddirtph/ (Instagram)

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