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MEND Season 2 - Episode 27

A Field of Possibility...

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"Out beyond ideas of wrongdoing
and rightdoing there is a field.
I'll meet you there."  ~Rumi

Hello again.

As you probably know, you are cozied up to the land of the storytellers.

We feel very comfortable here.

Here we can spin a tale, conjure up a poem at a moment’s notice, or weave together some divergent strands of thought in order to craft a slightly different lens through which to view.

BUT.

We cannot - on our own at least - do justice to the larger framework of this season’s theme.

As you know, we’ve borrowed from the world of permaculture this season, in order to frame up the stories and conversations we’ll be having in the coming weeks and months.

So, we wanted to pay homage - and gather up some resources - and set the larger stage -for what’s to come.

Toward that end, we sat down with two different members of the local ecological and permaculture tribes.  We had the great pleasure of sitting with Boyd Smith, who is the man behind EcoGardening. a company, practice, and philosophy of that  Considers the relationships of each organism in our ecology in relation to development, agriculture, products, programs, and society.

Boyd sat down with us to talk about his vision for long-term sustainability, education & coming into right relationship with the natural world.

The second part of this episode is devoted to our time with Levon Durr, who is part of the local Humboldt Permaculture Guild and is also the owner of Fungaia Farms. We talked about what it looks like for communities in transition to begin to implement some of these principles into the fabric of the everyday.

In a word, we asked these two well-read ecologists, steeped in the language and learning of earth sciences - to break it down for us.  The lay-folk. Those of us who may never pick up a heavy ecological tome or enroll inside a 9-month course to explore these concepts. But who want to get a feel for them.  And more - to see how these ideas can live their way into the way we think, interact, and move about this world.

For more info on either Boyd, Levon or the Humboldt Permaculture Guild - make sure to check the show notes for full links to each.

For now - we hope you enjoy.  

MEND Season 1 - Episode 16

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Doing it By the Book ....

This week we veered a bit from the telling of a story, to get a closer look at the nuts and bolts of what it means to ‘come into compliance’.  We spoke with Rose -  a woman who works on the business and planning end of things.  She clarified some confusing details, offered suggestions on how and why to move forward into compliance and expressed hope for the mom and pop growers with the eventual inclusion of ‘adult use’ into the legalization of cannabis.

Because of our established, specialized infrastructure and world wide fame as a marijuana hub, she informs us that the state is looking to Humboldt as an example of how to move forward.  To this end, it seems more important than ever to move forward with consciousness, integrity and the core values of our community in mind in hopes that the expanding industry of medical marijuana be in compliance with a healthy ecosystem and sustainable economy.

We offer this particular interview up as a resource to our beloved community.

May the information presented here be of use and value to you as we navigate this shifting, tumultuous time.

Here's to what's next.