Become a Resilient Gardener for Uncertain Times

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Instructor: Jim Phillips (view profile)
Guest: Carol Deppe

Most people understand the concept that being prepared for future uncertain times includes some form of gardening.  Unfortunately, most gardening books, classes and people’s gardening experience are with hobby gardens, or as Carol Deppe, author of The Resilient Gardener describes them, “Good Times Gardens.”
Should the time come when eating or not eating, thriving or not surviving depends on what you and those around you produce, you need to know what the author of The Resilient Gardener has to say.
The Resilient Gardener is on my “must have” book list.  It’s not a nice book you might want to have, it’s a book you must have, read and gain experience with -and do it now.  In this week’s show, we’ll discuss Carol’s experiences and attitudes about what you need to start doing now in order make it through difficult times.  It’s not just about crops to grow, but why you want particular plants, and how to store and use them.

Instructor: Jim Phillips
Jim Phillips is a nationally known speaker and teacher who has professionally taught thousands of classes all across the United States for 40 years. For a number of years prior to this career, his hobby was teaching cold weather safety & survival.

Jim is a strong advocate of self-reliance living and family preparedness. He developed an entire preparedness curriculum by asking himself the question “What if?” and then setting out to discover what actually does and does not work.

The answers he seeks (and then teaches) must be based on true principles derived from first hand experience. Above all else, he believes that attitude and practical knowledge is more critical to survival than having a bunch of “stuff.”

Guest: Carol Deppe

Carol Deppe is the embodiment of The Resilient Gardener. She has a Ph.D. in Biology from Harvard University, has been experimenting with crops and gardening in Corvallis, Oregon since 1979.  She is a freelance plant breeder specializing in developing public-domain crops for Oregon growing conditions, sustainable agriculture, and human survival.

Her writing includes The Resilient Gardener: Food Production and Self-reliance in Uncertain Times, Breed Your Own Vegetable Varieties: The Gardener’s and Farmer’s Guide to Plant Breeding and Seed Saving, Tao Te Ching: A Window to the Tao through the Words of Lao Tzu, and The Tao of Vegetable Gardening: Cultivating Tomatoes, Greens, Peas, Beans, Squash, Joy, and Serenity.

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Become a Resilient Gardener for Uncertain Times
Originally broadcast August 30, 2011

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