Gardening for Increasingly “Weirding” Weather

Climate Change Gardening

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

The production of food from gardens and farms is critically linked to weather and climate. For the past several generations we’ve been able to plant when and where we do because of long-term climate and weather patterns.  As gardeners and farmers, we have learned to work within the context of this period of stability. We’ve simply come to expect these same kind of climatic and weather conditions to continue indefinitely.

We’re in for wilder and more erratic climatic/weather conditions in the coming years and decades. It’s vital that we expand our perspective and learn (actually relearn) how to produce food in wilder weather.  A study of history tells us that we must adapt or suffer even more than past societies have.

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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Gardening for Increasingly “Weirding” Weather

Originally broadcast January 3, 2012

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