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Good Life Revival: Permaculture, Rewilding, Homesteading

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Good Life Revival: Permaculture, Rewilding, Homesteading
Good Life Revival: Permaculture, Rewilding, Homesteading

Good Life Revival: Permaculture, Rewilding, Homesteading

Sam Sycamore

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How and Why to Eat Acorns - A Step-by-Step Foraging Tutorial

The acorn is one of the most common and ubiquitous nuts you’re likely to encounter almost anywhere in the Northern Hemisphere in autumn. Somehow, tragically, the vast majority of people on Earth today think of acorns as little more than “squirrel food,” despite the fact that they are easily rendered edible for humans after some basic processing. In fact, if we lived in anything approaching a sane, rational culture, acorns would be a staple in our daily diets around the world, as ordinary as white bread. Thankfully, there’s no massive cultural paradigm shift required in order to reclaim this delicious and highly nutritious ancestral food in your own life. All you need is time, patience, and some basic guidance through the process. That’s where this podcast comes in: for episode 70 of the #GoodLifeRevival Podcast, we’re going to review everything you need to know to begin gathering and eating acorns this season! Along the way I will answer questions like: Why would anyone want to eat acorns? What’s the difference between white oaks and red/black oaks? What is the best method for gathering, and how can you tell if an acorn is no good? How do you remove the tannins in order to make acorns edible? What’s the best way to prepare acorns to eat? And much more! Nothing brings me greater joy than teaching others how to make use of the common wild foods found all around us throughout the seasons. I truly believe that sharing the knowledge of how to eat acorns is one of the most valuable things that I can do with my time, and I hope that this audio tutorial will turn you into an evangelist for the cause, too. This episode serves as a great example of the kind of tutoring I offer on a one-on-one basis through my Wild Food Mentorship — there’s still time to apply before the October 31 deadline, but spots are filling up quickly! Be sure to submit an application here if you are interested. Stream and download episode 70 at the top of the page, or listen through iTunes, Spotify, Stitcher, or Google Play! Don’t forget to subscribe! Score a free audiobook today when you sign up for Libro.fm using my referral link! All music was created by Sam Sycamore, and can be downloaded by subscribers at any level over on Patreon. If you’d prefer to offer a one-time financial contribution, you can do so through PayPal. This show is made possible by listeners like you.

61 MIN3 w ago
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How and Why to Eat Acorns - A Step-by-Step Foraging Tutorial

Wild Food Mentorship - Apply Now for the Winter 2019/20 Session!

By popular demand, my Wild Food Mentorship is returning for its second year, beginning this November! The deadline to apply is October 31, 2019. Don’t delay! Head this way to fill out an application: http://www.thegoodliferevival.com/mentor For this session I will be taking on no more than 20 students for 12 weeks of in-depth, one-on-one tutoring to teach you everything you need to know to get started gathering some of the most abundant wild foods found all across your local landscape throughout the year. This takes the form of three monthly one-hour consultations along with weekly email check-ins, in which we will: Discuss positive plant ID and all aspects of gathering, processing, cooking, and preserving wild foods Review best practices for ethical, sustainable, and regenerative foraging Explore the taxonomical, evolutionary, and ecological relationships between plants Custom-tailor a seasonal foraging plan for you Connect you with resources specific to your region And more! This...

11 MINSEP 25
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Wild Food Mentorship - Apply Now for the Winter 2019/20 Session!

Climate Change Grief Pt. II - Visions, Wildfires, and the Children of Compost

Whether the status quo is prepared to admit it or not, climate change is not some mysterious future event looming on the horizon — it is already happening, here, now. So: how will you choose to respond? In this episode of the Good Life Revival Podcast, I revisit last week’s topic of climate change grief, and whether we ought to let go of the hope of salvation in favor of taking direct action to brace ourselves for what we know we can reasonably expect from a severely disrupted global climate. One crucial part of the process of preparing ourselves, I believe, is to reckon with our emotional reactions to what is unfolding in front of us. To deny the pain that we all feel when we observe the open wounds on the land that we walk upon is to numb ourselves to reality — to continue, in vain, to build a wall between ourselves and the natural world which sustains us. Acknowledging and confronting the seemingly insurmountable pain of a dying planet should only imbue our work with that much...

47 MINSEP 21
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Climate Change Grief Pt. II - Visions, Wildfires, and the Children of Compost

Coping With Climate Change Grief - What Comes After Acceptance?

We’ve analyzed the data. We’ve seen the models and the projections. The facts are grim, and the reality on the ground (for some, not all — yet) is even grimmer still: Global anthropogenic climate disruption is leading to social and political unrest as it causes ecological instability and begins to render regions of the planet inhospitable to humans. Worse yet, recent history tells us that scientists knew essentially everything we needed to know about the catastrophic severity of climate change by 1988, when corporate interests in the United States successfully waged a campaign to suppress the truth and ensure that no action would be taken. And still, thirty years later, no action is being taken, despite the fact that within this period — my lifetime — we’ve pumped more carbon into the atmosphere than in all centuries prior. Are we ready to begin seriously grappling with the notion that… …Maybe it’s too late? What happens when we allow ourselves to grieve over a war that’s ...

37 MINSEP 12
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Coping With Climate Change Grief - What Comes After Acceptance?

Uncovering America's Hidden Empire with Historian Daniel Immerwahr

EPicture, in your mind’s eye, a map of the United States of America. What do you see? If you’re like most of us, you’re probably picturing an outline of the contiguous United States, the so-called “lower 48.” You might also be picturing Alaska up there in the top left corner, and Hawai’i somewhere out there in the Pacific. Now let me ask you: Why were you taught that this is an accurate representation of the United States? As the historian Daniel Immerwahr points out in his book How to Hide an Empire, this “logo map” really only accurately depicted the United States for a brief period of a few years around 1850. What that map hides speaks volumes about the history of the American Empire over the last 150 years. For episode 67 of The Good Life Revival Podcast, I had the pleasure of speaking with Daniel Immerwahr about some of the stranger-than-fiction stories that characterize America’s unique brand of imperialism. As you will hear, the term “empire” is both a description o...

83 MINSEP 4
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Uncovering America's Hidden Empire with Historian Daniel Immerwahr

Explaining Nothing, Defending Nothing - Behind the Scenes with Sam Sycamore

I dream of a quiet man who explains nothing and defends nothing, but only knows where the rarest wildflowers are blooming, and who goes, and finds that he is smiling not by his own will. "I Dream of a Quiet Man" by Wendell Berry, from Given.

13 MINAUG 23
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Explaining Nothing, Defending Nothing - Behind the Scenes with Sam Sycamore

Rainwater Harvesting for Adaptive Habitats with Rob Avis of Verge Permaculture

Rob Avis is a petroleum engineer-turned-permaculture designer with many years of boots-on-the-ground experience in developing regenerative living systems. He runs the Canadian design company Verge Permaculture, as well as the consulting firm Adaptive Habitat. For this installment of the show, Rob joins me to talk about Essential Rainwater Harvesting, the book that he co-authored with his wife Michelle, released earlier this year. If you're curious about getting started with rainwater harvesting, whether for irrigation, washing, drinking, or all of the above, I think this conversation will serve as a great primer! Among other things, Rob walks me through all of the basic components of a catchment system and how to approach the design process. We also talk about the importance of seeking out high-quality information in a world thoroughly saturated with poorly researched blog posts and YouTube videos and the like. I hope you find it as helpful as I did!

60 MINAUG 1
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Rainwater Harvesting for Adaptive Habitats with Rob Avis of Verge Permaculture

Partnering with Powerful Trees - How and Why with Akiva Silver of Twisted Tree Farm

Akiva Silver is the owner of Twisted Tree Farm in New York, where he raises over 20,000 individual trees annually — no small feat as a sole proprietor! Earlier this year, Akiva published Trees of Power: Ten Essential Arboreal Allies via Chelsea Green, and this is one of those books that, for me, strikes a perfect balance between the practical and the philosophical. You’ll learn not just how but why to foster co-creative relationships with some of the world’s most generous and abundant tree species, whether your desired outcome is fruit, nuts, fuel, timber, or medicine. Or: what if there was no desired outcome at all? What if the true value of working with trees was to be found simply in the daily unfolding of life in all its beautiful complexity? Understanding that “the good life” is located in the Here and Now, how do we fully embrace the present moment and eschew delaying gratification for years or decades as we wait for our tree crops to bear fruit? I think Akiva’s story of...

72 MINJUL 17
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Partnering with Powerful Trees - How and Why with Akiva Silver of Twisted Tree Farm

The Collapse is Not Your Fault: Climate Change and Near-Term Human Extinction

There is no debate: our planet’s rapidly changing climate is now a fact of our everyday lives. Unpredictable and extreme weather events are becoming more common and more frequent worldwide, and both their unpredictability and their extreme nature is increasing over time. Flood waters rise higher, tropical storms blow harder, droughts last longer and wildfires burn with more intensity, and all of the above happens more frequently and in seasons when we would not expect any of it to occur. We know that we are currently witnessing what’s described as the earth’s sixth mass extinction event. The last time such an event occurred, to the best of our knowledge, was when the dinosaurs went extinct 65 million years ago. The last time the Earth experienced changes in climate as dramatic as what we are witnessing today coincided with an earlier mass extinction event, some 250 million years ago, which is believed to have essentially wiped the slate clean and killed off up to 97% of the Earth...

41 MINJUN 19
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The Collapse is Not Your Fault: Climate Change and Near-Term Human Extinction

The Pursuit of Irrelevance and Illegibility with Sam Sycamore

Early on in my journey back to nature, I realized that I was going to have to get creative in order to overcome the unique obstacles in my path. Knowing that I would never work towards a six-figure salary or a thirty-year mortgage, I had to seek out ways of working with the land that did not involve ownership. …But what does it even mean to “own” a piece of land, anyway? In what sense do space and time and ecosystems “belong” to you? Rather than working harder to increase my income over years or decades in the interest of a future life, I opted to downgrade over a period of several years, whittling away my lifestyle and my material needs down to the bare necessities, in order to maximize my personal freedom from day to day — in the present moment. I consider it an ethical imperative to minimize my participation in the forces of exploitation and oppression which fuel our modern culture. Understanding that there is no such thing as “opting out” of civilization, I prefer to foc...

50 MINJUN 6
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The Pursuit of Irrelevance and Illegibility with Sam Sycamore

Latest Episodes

How and Why to Eat Acorns - A Step-by-Step Foraging Tutorial

The acorn is one of the most common and ubiquitous nuts you’re likely to encounter almost anywhere in the Northern Hemisphere in autumn. Somehow, tragically, the vast majority of people on Earth today think of acorns as little more than “squirrel food,” despite the fact that they are easily rendered edible for humans after some basic processing. In fact, if we lived in anything approaching a sane, rational culture, acorns would be a staple in our daily diets around the world, as ordinary as white bread. Thankfully, there’s no massive cultural paradigm shift required in order to reclaim this delicious and highly nutritious ancestral food in your own life. All you need is time, patience, and some basic guidance through the process. That’s where this podcast comes in: for episode 70 of the #GoodLifeRevival Podcast, we’re going to review everything you need to know to begin gathering and eating acorns this season! Along the way I will answer questions like: Why would anyone want to eat acorns? What’s the difference between white oaks and red/black oaks? What is the best method for gathering, and how can you tell if an acorn is no good? How do you remove the tannins in order to make acorns edible? What’s the best way to prepare acorns to eat? And much more! Nothing brings me greater joy than teaching others how to make use of the common wild foods found all around us throughout the seasons. I truly believe that sharing the knowledge of how to eat acorns is one of the most valuable things that I can do with my time, and I hope that this audio tutorial will turn you into an evangelist for the cause, too. This episode serves as a great example of the kind of tutoring I offer on a one-on-one basis through my Wild Food Mentorship — there’s still time to apply before the October 31 deadline, but spots are filling up quickly! Be sure to submit an application here if you are interested. Stream and download episode 70 at the top of the page, or listen through iTunes, Spotify, Stitcher, or Google Play! Don’t forget to subscribe! Score a free audiobook today when you sign up for Libro.fm using my referral link! All music was created by Sam Sycamore, and can be downloaded by subscribers at any level over on Patreon. If you’d prefer to offer a one-time financial contribution, you can do so through PayPal. This show is made possible by listeners like you.

61 MIN3 w ago
Comments
How and Why to Eat Acorns - A Step-by-Step Foraging Tutorial

Wild Food Mentorship - Apply Now for the Winter 2019/20 Session!

By popular demand, my Wild Food Mentorship is returning for its second year, beginning this November! The deadline to apply is October 31, 2019. Don’t delay! Head this way to fill out an application: http://www.thegoodliferevival.com/mentor For this session I will be taking on no more than 20 students for 12 weeks of in-depth, one-on-one tutoring to teach you everything you need to know to get started gathering some of the most abundant wild foods found all across your local landscape throughout the year. This takes the form of three monthly one-hour consultations along with weekly email check-ins, in which we will: Discuss positive plant ID and all aspects of gathering, processing, cooking, and preserving wild foods Review best practices for ethical, sustainable, and regenerative foraging Explore the taxonomical, evolutionary, and ecological relationships between plants Custom-tailor a seasonal foraging plan for you Connect you with resources specific to your region And more! This...

11 MINSEP 25
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Wild Food Mentorship - Apply Now for the Winter 2019/20 Session!

Climate Change Grief Pt. II - Visions, Wildfires, and the Children of Compost

Whether the status quo is prepared to admit it or not, climate change is not some mysterious future event looming on the horizon — it is already happening, here, now. So: how will you choose to respond? In this episode of the Good Life Revival Podcast, I revisit last week’s topic of climate change grief, and whether we ought to let go of the hope of salvation in favor of taking direct action to brace ourselves for what we know we can reasonably expect from a severely disrupted global climate. One crucial part of the process of preparing ourselves, I believe, is to reckon with our emotional reactions to what is unfolding in front of us. To deny the pain that we all feel when we observe the open wounds on the land that we walk upon is to numb ourselves to reality — to continue, in vain, to build a wall between ourselves and the natural world which sustains us. Acknowledging and confronting the seemingly insurmountable pain of a dying planet should only imbue our work with that much...

47 MINSEP 21
Comments
Climate Change Grief Pt. II - Visions, Wildfires, and the Children of Compost

Coping With Climate Change Grief - What Comes After Acceptance?

We’ve analyzed the data. We’ve seen the models and the projections. The facts are grim, and the reality on the ground (for some, not all — yet) is even grimmer still: Global anthropogenic climate disruption is leading to social and political unrest as it causes ecological instability and begins to render regions of the planet inhospitable to humans. Worse yet, recent history tells us that scientists knew essentially everything we needed to know about the catastrophic severity of climate change by 1988, when corporate interests in the United States successfully waged a campaign to suppress the truth and ensure that no action would be taken. And still, thirty years later, no action is being taken, despite the fact that within this period — my lifetime — we’ve pumped more carbon into the atmosphere than in all centuries prior. Are we ready to begin seriously grappling with the notion that… …Maybe it’s too late? What happens when we allow ourselves to grieve over a war that’s ...

37 MINSEP 12
Comments
Coping With Climate Change Grief - What Comes After Acceptance?

Uncovering America's Hidden Empire with Historian Daniel Immerwahr

EPicture, in your mind’s eye, a map of the United States of America. What do you see? If you’re like most of us, you’re probably picturing an outline of the contiguous United States, the so-called “lower 48.” You might also be picturing Alaska up there in the top left corner, and Hawai’i somewhere out there in the Pacific. Now let me ask you: Why were you taught that this is an accurate representation of the United States? As the historian Daniel Immerwahr points out in his book How to Hide an Empire, this “logo map” really only accurately depicted the United States for a brief period of a few years around 1850. What that map hides speaks volumes about the history of the American Empire over the last 150 years. For episode 67 of The Good Life Revival Podcast, I had the pleasure of speaking with Daniel Immerwahr about some of the stranger-than-fiction stories that characterize America’s unique brand of imperialism. As you will hear, the term “empire” is both a description o...

83 MINSEP 4
Comments
Uncovering America's Hidden Empire with Historian Daniel Immerwahr

Explaining Nothing, Defending Nothing - Behind the Scenes with Sam Sycamore

I dream of a quiet man who explains nothing and defends nothing, but only knows where the rarest wildflowers are blooming, and who goes, and finds that he is smiling not by his own will. "I Dream of a Quiet Man" by Wendell Berry, from Given.

13 MINAUG 23
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Explaining Nothing, Defending Nothing - Behind the Scenes with Sam Sycamore

Rainwater Harvesting for Adaptive Habitats with Rob Avis of Verge Permaculture

Rob Avis is a petroleum engineer-turned-permaculture designer with many years of boots-on-the-ground experience in developing regenerative living systems. He runs the Canadian design company Verge Permaculture, as well as the consulting firm Adaptive Habitat. For this installment of the show, Rob joins me to talk about Essential Rainwater Harvesting, the book that he co-authored with his wife Michelle, released earlier this year. If you're curious about getting started with rainwater harvesting, whether for irrigation, washing, drinking, or all of the above, I think this conversation will serve as a great primer! Among other things, Rob walks me through all of the basic components of a catchment system and how to approach the design process. We also talk about the importance of seeking out high-quality information in a world thoroughly saturated with poorly researched blog posts and YouTube videos and the like. I hope you find it as helpful as I did!

60 MINAUG 1
Comments
Rainwater Harvesting for Adaptive Habitats with Rob Avis of Verge Permaculture

Partnering with Powerful Trees - How and Why with Akiva Silver of Twisted Tree Farm

Akiva Silver is the owner of Twisted Tree Farm in New York, where he raises over 20,000 individual trees annually — no small feat as a sole proprietor! Earlier this year, Akiva published Trees of Power: Ten Essential Arboreal Allies via Chelsea Green, and this is one of those books that, for me, strikes a perfect balance between the practical and the philosophical. You’ll learn not just how but why to foster co-creative relationships with some of the world’s most generous and abundant tree species, whether your desired outcome is fruit, nuts, fuel, timber, or medicine. Or: what if there was no desired outcome at all? What if the true value of working with trees was to be found simply in the daily unfolding of life in all its beautiful complexity? Understanding that “the good life” is located in the Here and Now, how do we fully embrace the present moment and eschew delaying gratification for years or decades as we wait for our tree crops to bear fruit? I think Akiva’s story of...

72 MINJUL 17
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Partnering with Powerful Trees - How and Why with Akiva Silver of Twisted Tree Farm

The Collapse is Not Your Fault: Climate Change and Near-Term Human Extinction

There is no debate: our planet’s rapidly changing climate is now a fact of our everyday lives. Unpredictable and extreme weather events are becoming more common and more frequent worldwide, and both their unpredictability and their extreme nature is increasing over time. Flood waters rise higher, tropical storms blow harder, droughts last longer and wildfires burn with more intensity, and all of the above happens more frequently and in seasons when we would not expect any of it to occur. We know that we are currently witnessing what’s described as the earth’s sixth mass extinction event. The last time such an event occurred, to the best of our knowledge, was when the dinosaurs went extinct 65 million years ago. The last time the Earth experienced changes in climate as dramatic as what we are witnessing today coincided with an earlier mass extinction event, some 250 million years ago, which is believed to have essentially wiped the slate clean and killed off up to 97% of the Earth...

41 MINJUN 19
Comments
The Collapse is Not Your Fault: Climate Change and Near-Term Human Extinction

The Pursuit of Irrelevance and Illegibility with Sam Sycamore

Early on in my journey back to nature, I realized that I was going to have to get creative in order to overcome the unique obstacles in my path. Knowing that I would never work towards a six-figure salary or a thirty-year mortgage, I had to seek out ways of working with the land that did not involve ownership. …But what does it even mean to “own” a piece of land, anyway? In what sense do space and time and ecosystems “belong” to you? Rather than working harder to increase my income over years or decades in the interest of a future life, I opted to downgrade over a period of several years, whittling away my lifestyle and my material needs down to the bare necessities, in order to maximize my personal freedom from day to day — in the present moment. I consider it an ethical imperative to minimize my participation in the forces of exploitation and oppression which fuel our modern culture. Understanding that there is no such thing as “opting out” of civilization, I prefer to foc...

50 MINJUN 6
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The Pursuit of Irrelevance and Illegibility with Sam Sycamore
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