One quarter of the world’s population has no access to electricity. An even greater percentage has only sporadic access to it. How would things change if everyone had access to free or very inexpensive energy? And who are the visionaries working to make this happen?  Marianne and Jenise are joined by surprise guest Mark Proffitt of Predictive Innovation on a live-streamed Blab video chat to discuss this important topic.  Think free energy is just a pipe dream? You may change your mind after hearing this podcast. For links, check out our show notes. 

Drier climates have people the world over seeking ways to make the most of the water they have. Brook Sarson of H2O-ME provides an important resource in Southern California. In this interview she talks about rainwater catchment and grey water recycling.

Nutrition, toxins, environment – these are some of the issues you might consider when envisioning the ideal meal. But what about attention, appreciation and how we think about food?  And how does one create the ideal meal consistently?  Jenise Fryatt, Marianne West and Brad Rowland opened up a discussion about this interesting topic with participants on the live streaming platform Blab and got some thought provoking insights.

Marianne interviews Courtney Walters of U.W. Trading Company. Courtney lived in a sustainable community in Peru.  Meditating in the jungle made her realize that community is very important to her and that her place is San Diego.  But she brought her jungle experience to her life in San Diego by starting a coffee importing company supporting farmers in Peru growing coffee in a sustainable way. Learn more about Courtney here.

EPISODE 13 – Mallorca, Spain, is the home of Meiling Colorado and a group of people, 7 of them youth, who want to study permaculture to find solutions not only for their own future employment, but for the many problems their island faces. In this interview, Meiling and Mandy of PermaMed are talking about Permaculture, what PermaMed has to offer and the initiative of the 7 young people. For more on the project, click here.

How do we create the world we want if we can’t envision it?  The inability to imagine something drastically different is a huge stumbling block for many of us.  This week Marianne and Jenise are joined by homesteading blogger Brad Rowland of Highly Uncivilized to discuss the practice of envisioning and its importance in improving our current situation. Brad summarized the key points brilliantly, here.

Marianne recently got a windfall of tuna and, like the master homesteader she is, she decided to can it.  In this episode she outlines the steps she used for pressure canning the fish and what she did to make sure none of the fish went to waste. For details including a step b-by-step guide, check out Marianne’s “Gift of Fish” post.

Have you ever wondered what life would be like if you didn’t have to “make a living?” For a growing number of folks, this dream is becoming a reality.  Vicki Highfield shared her progress toward this goal recently on the social media platform Tsu. Jenise took the opportunity to ask her to share more of her story in this interview.

Natural building methods are rising in popularity these days due to their often simpler designs, affordability and eco-friendliness. This week, Marianne interviews natural building expert and sustainable living aficionado Patrik Schumann who shares his knowledge and experience on the topic.