Modern Folk
016 Bend Forest School: Nature Immersion Education with Rae Alberg and Lauren Van Coutren

016 Bend Forest School: Nature Immersion Education with Rae Alberg and Lauren Van Coutren

April 5, 2019

Around Our House:

Well, here is a final update on my experiment to ditch my smartphone and convert to a simple cell phone with no data and no apps. It was all going ok enough, I was still communicating with the world, though more slowly and quite cumbersomely. The audio on it was quite terrible, as can be heard on episode 14, where I used my speakerphone to interview Luke Cirillo at Out of Ashes Farm. The camera was horrible and I never used it. I couldn’t figure out how to load music files and listen to them. Texting was functional but slow, and group texting was not an option,  which I realized put me out of the loop on conversations between family and friends both. Those are all the bad things. The best thing about that crappy phone was that it didn’t connect to facebook, instagram or email. I was thankful for that and I am grateful for some of the new habits and boundaries I have created around these platforms. My crappy phone recently died after getting soaked on a particularly wet day of spring skiing. I was glad I still had my old Iphone. The minute I reconnected it, I myself felt more connected, which is truly a weird thing to me. For the foreseeable future I plan to use my iphone and approach the technology with respect and healthy boundaries.

In other news, Emily and I recently filled our freezer with local meat. We purchased a beef box from Vaquero Ranch at the recommendation of our friends David and Meagan from Boundless Farmstead. Their beef box is a great product and it doesn’t demand quite as big a financial commitment or freezer space as a quarter, a half, or a whole cow. With the box you get a variety of cuts from ground beef, to steaks, roasts and stew meat. The price is fair, the transaction was personal and friendly and the quality of the meat is top notch.  Also this last month we purchased our half hog from the good folks at The Great American Egg in Powell Butte Oregon. We had signed up for a butchering class, where we would have been hands on in breaking down our half hog and preparing it for our freezer. I was bummed when the class was cancelled due to Snowpocalypse 2019. Central Oregon Butcher Boys ended up doing the work for us. They provide a great service and do an excellent job. If you have a farm raised or hunted animal that you need butchered in central Oregon, these are your guys. 

So I read a really interesting book this last month. It is called Vaccines, Autoimmunity and the Changing Nature of Childhood Illness. The author, Thomas Cowan, is a medical doctor with over three decades experience working as a pediatrician. Dr Cowan talks about how the goal of the extensive vaccine program suggested by the CDC is to provoke an immune response, and that is precisely what we are seeing with the alarming rise in the rate of autoimmune illness and chronic disease in children. These conditions include food allergies, environmental allergies, asthma and autism.

Dr Cowan also talks about what we deny our children when we vaccinate them and protect them from the opportunity to aquire certain illnesses in childhood. Childood illnesses such as the flu, chicken pox and the measles and their accompanying fever, are rites of passage of sorts for a childs immune system. This is something that I feel is often anecdotally reffered to, knowledge that exists as an old wives tale of sorts. Dr Cowan explores the science behind how the immune system develops and the difference between immunity conferred by vaccines versus immunity acquired through illness.

This information is particularly relevant currently in Oregon, where HB 3063 is being hurried through State Legislature. This bill aims to mandate full compliance with the CDC vaccination schedule for children in Oregons Public and Private School Systems. I urge families to do some research into the implications of this before they offer their support for this bill, or through inaction do nothing for or against it. I fully appreciate the sensitivity of the discussion over vaccines and understand that people have very strong and deep feelings on both sides of this issue. I just hope people understand the consequences we may see when if we give up our freedom of choice on this issue. For more information on this, you can visit oregoniansformedicalfreedom.com

The information in Dr Cowans book dovetails nicely with the work of Dr Zach Bush, of Farmers Footprint, which I talked about and recommended on last months show. Our choices of how to fill our pantry and how to feed our bodies directly affect our health and the health of our environment. How are some of these choices being made for us, with things like GMOs sneaking onto grocery store shelves or the effects of being downwind or downstream of the application of glyphosate/Roundup on foodcrops. If you are interested in learning more about the science surrounding how our bodies are responding to vaccines, pesticides, and environmental toxins then you need to look into the work of Zach Bush and Thomas Cowan. They are shedding light on the science that the CDC, the FDA, Big Agriculture and Big Pharma are hesitant to aknowledge or downright trying to suppress. Understanding the issues that these two Doctors are highlighting is one of the most important things you can do if you want to be an informed advocate for your health, the health of your family and the long term sustainability of our species. That sounds dramatic, and it is. This is serious stuff that deserves our attention.

What kind of things are you learning on these topics? Who are you reading? What films are you watching? I admit, I am taken by the info these guys are putting out there. But I remain open to hearing other opinions. I would love to hear some rational critiques of these doctors work so that I can more fully understand these issues. So if you have come across some compelling information on these topics, please share with me!

I suppose this is a good time to move onto our guests for the show today. As I mentioned early, Rae Alberg and Lauren Van Coutren joined me recently for a talk about the Bend Forest School.

Rae Alberg is an educator, mother, and lover of all things colorful, creative, muddy and green. She has over 15 years of experience in the early childhood field, many spent working, thinking, dreaming and planning a program that supports the whole child. Rae has a Masters Degree and Oregon Teaching License in Early Intervention/Early Childhood Special Education as well as a graduate certificate in Infant Toddler Mental Health from Portland State University. In 2016, Rae became a Certified Forest Kindergarten Teacher through CedarSong Nature School’s Teacher Training program.. 

Lauren Van Coutren has always felt at home in nature. Growing up in the woods of Maine, she spent most days outside, exploring the natural world around her.  Lauren feels that these childhood experiences contributed to her passion to provide children with experiences to heal and grow in nature. 

After graduating with a BA in Therapeutic Recreation, Lauren found herself in a Psychiatric hospital working with adolescents. She led groups to teach her patients healthy ways to cope with stress and build confidence. This work was deeply important, but Lauren knew there was something missing. This feeling led her to Bend in 2006 to work for a Wilderness Therapy program. The missing piece was nature. It was here that she witnessed her students grow in lasting and life-changing ways. Lauren was no stranger to this transformation for herself. She was challenged in ways that ultimately built confidence and instilled personal growth. 

Lauren earned a MA in Early Childhood Education. Lauren’s most recent educational experience has been as a elementary teacher in the Bend La Pine School District. For 6 years, Lauren has worked as a 3rd grade and Kindergarten teacher. Working at LaPine and Rosland Elementary schools in LaPine, Lauren was able to utilize abundant nature opportunities right in the schools’ backyard. 

I hope that you enjoy my talk with Rae and Lauren. Please rate or review Modern Folk on apple podcasts, subscribe, and share this show with someone you think would be interested. Thanks for listening to Modern Folk.

Guest Interview: Rae Alberg and Lauren Van Coutren of Bend Forest School

 

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Theme music by Lee Rosevere

Support for Modern Folk comes from my wife Emily Wiggins.
Emily is a Naturopathic Doctor in Bend OR.
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015 Sherri Mitchell: Sacred Instructions, Indigenous Wisdom for Living Spirit-Based Change

015 Sherri Mitchell: Sacred Instructions, Indigenous Wisdom for Living Spirit-Based Change

March 5, 2019

Introduction
Welcome, new moon, new Modern Folk. I am very excited for you to hear my interview with my guest today. I recently had the honor of connecting with Sherri Mitchell, the author of the book Sacred Instructions. If you know me well personally, or listen to this show, then you have heard me talk about Sherri Mitchell before. Her book and her teachings have inspired me deeply and changed my life and I am extremely excited to share our conversation with you. But first, here is a brief update on what Emily, Clemence and I have been up to..

If you are listening to this on the release date, March 6, then perhaps you have set some intentions for yourself during this time of opportunity and new beginnings. If you are listening to this at some other time….well then hello from the past. As i have mentioned several times, Emily and I have committed to doing a 3 day cleanse every new moon this year. We take this time to clean up our inputs…..omitting coffee, alcohol, processed sugars, grains, dairy. And also taking more time for individual and family reflection and goal setting. This is basically replacing the 2 or three week cleanses we often do once or twice a year. This also represents a tangible step towards our goal to physically, spirituality and emotionally orient ourselves to real and observable phenomena around us.  Releasing this podcast on new moon is another step in that process, one that i had overlooked, but that was recommended by my friend and previous guest on the show, Allison Murphy. These are subtle changes, in practice and in perspective, but they feel good.

Hunting. I have been researching hunting quite a bit lately. I am a complete newcomer to hunting and there is a lot to learn. I find the whole idea of hunting both exciting and intimidating. There is also the choice of bow or rifle. I am pretty sure I have settled on bow hunting for this first season. I have gone back and forth on this many times in my mind. Ultimately though, everything about bow hunting feels like a better fit for me. Typically, bow season is late summer/early fall so it isnt quite as cold out, which in my mind makes for more pleasant time in the woods. Bowhunting requires a more intimate knowledge of the animal being hunted. I like the idea of learning more about the animals I am hunting. This really goes back to the idea of orienting to the natural world around me. For much of my life i have been oriented to the seasons in a very different way. When i was a kid, summer was when the swimming pool was open and we would visit the grandparents. Winter was when we would cross our fingers hoping for now days to cancel school and we would build forts with sticks and leaves left behind from autumn. As an adult, winters have been for skiing, all the other season are for mountain biking. Summer used to be for climbing road trips. I used to think there were only rumors of Elk in the forests of oregon, i sure never saw one from my mountain bike or on a hike in the Three Sisters Wilderness. Now I am learning that the elk are up there, but they are smart and observant and stay far away from the areas where me and most everyone else from Bend is recreating. So yes, hunting….I hope to use it as a means to understand the seasons and the land and how I am part of the whole thing rather than just a spectator, consumer, or recreator. The same can be said of our efforts to grow more food here in our yard.  Again, small changes, big lessons and better late than never.

It is snowy and snowing outside currently in Bend. The last couple weeks have shown us that winter did not forget about us. However, Spring is just around the corner and I am looking forward to getting outside and pruning my trees. I love pruning trees but i always feel like I have taken off way too much. My friend Megan over at Boundless had some recommendations for my trees, I should have her and David over for dinner and to formulate a pruning plan. I also will be expanding the capacity of our garden so i need to prepare a new garden bed. I am looking forward to getting some seeds in the ground as soon as all this snow melts, which may be a while.

In the dietary realm, I have been avoiding wheat this last month, and I have been feeling pretty good about it. I have known for years that i should probably avoid wheat, both from the results from a food intolerance test and also from personal observations about how my body and my mind responds to wheat. Interestingly, the intolerance test told me to avoid wheat, not gluten. This means that according to this test, i can still eat other grains containing gluten including rye and spelt. Emily has been making some delicious Sourdough 100% rye bread, and we have also made SD rye, spelt biscuits and spelt pizza. Last winter i did most of the bread baking but Emily has taken the reigns on the bread baking, I need to get myself back in the game. Anyhow, I feel really good having omitted wheat from my diet.

Some things I have been learning from lately.

Rich Roll Podcast, Two episodes with guest Zach Bush
GMO's, Glyphosate and Healing the Gut

The Science and Spirituality of Personal and Planetary Transformation

Farmers Footprint, is a series of short films that shed light on how big pharma and big agriculture have eroded our soils and our health in the name of making more money and under the disguise of scientific progress. The film also shows how small farms are using the techniques of regerative agriculture to take back the land and the health of their families and communities. This film highlights what i believe are some of the most biggest opportunities at hand to address important issues from individual and community health to national security to environmental stewardship.  

Heart of Business, Heart of Money online class with Mark Silver

This is something that Emily discovered and when she brought it up as something that we could maybe do together i thought it sounded like a great idea. At first glance the class looks like a course on money and i immediately pictured sessions on budgeting, spending, debt and topics like that. Now, while those topics are discussed, the class is really more about understanding and healing our emotional and spiritual relationships with money and with our selves. It has been really interesting and has helped me to put certain parts of my life into better perspective.

For me personally, some of the key words or feelings that come up when money or spending or debt is involved are scarecity, paralization, fear, hoarding, security and protection. These teachings have helped me to be less controlled by some of these concepts and find a bit more of a feeling of abundance and safety. I am sure that anyone working through these teachings would describe it differently because it is very personal work.  But i have found it helpful, so i wanted to share that with you.

Most of what i have been pondering or working on these last few months falls into one of a couple broad themes.

  1. Listening to your heart, and finding your true path, and sharing your gifts with the world.
  2. Environmental stewardship, manifested in regenerative agriculture, local food, social justice issues.

These themes are a large part of what Modern Folk is meant to explore. Also, these themes are among the many important topics addressed by my guest on the show today. Sherri Mitchell, Weh’na Ha’mu Kwasset is an Indigenous rights activist, spiritual teacher, and transformational change maker. Sherri was born and raised on the Penobscot Indian reservation (Penawahpskek).  She speaks and teaches around the world on issues of Indigenous rights, environmental justice, and spiritual change. I hope you enjoy our discussion. 

Interview Notes:

 

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Support for Modern Folk comes from my wife Emily Wiggins.
Emily is a Naturopathic Doctor in Bend OR.
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014 Luke Cirillo: Regenerative Pig Farming at Out of Ashes Farm

014 Luke Cirillo: Regenerative Pig Farming at Out of Ashes Farm

February 4, 2019

Around our house:

Well, my mom Margaret was in town for a little over three weeks in January. She came to visit with Emily and I yes, but truthfully she was here to be a grandma. She goes by Mimm and our daughter Clemence loves her. I think Mimm was the mom called her great aunt. It is a pretty good grandma name I feel. Anyhow, having my mom around definitely reinforced just how wonderful it is to have support when raising a family. Neither Emily or I have any family in central Oregon. So far, our work schedules have been such that we have not needed any childcare, and for that we are so thankful but it is a busy life and having Mimm around gave us time to work on our home, see some friends and have some dates together.

It seems ironic, hypocritical, or something like that to me that I simultaneously talk about the importance of family and elders so much on this show, but also live so far away from my own family. I think about it all the time. One thing I talk and think about is the individualism and the sense of entitlement of younger generations, including myself. I take full responsibility for striking out on my own when I was 23 and moving all the way across the country leaving my family and the place I grew up to move to a place where I new no one, had no community. At the time, that move was fueled by a need to get out of the suburbs and out of the city, towards the mountains, like minded people and a slower pace of life.

15 years later I still feel those initial imperatives, but things have changed a bit. While the initial draw to this place was mountain bike trails, snowboarding, and rock climbing I have since truly fallen in love with the people, the forests, and the land. I have been inspired and drawn in by the work people are doing in the Northwest to build vibrant small businesses that are responsible to their communities. I am watching as my friends follow their dreams to become farmers, artists, musicians, healers, and advocates for social change. Many of them have been featured on this podcast.

So anyhow, I miss my family so very much, but I don’t think that I could ever move back closer to my family and keep my sanity. I know that there are people doing similarly great work in Atlanta and probably all over the country, and I would love to hear more about it all, I just haven’t seen it and felt it the way I do in the northwest. I would like to think that everyone feels that way about where they live. I hope so. I hope that when people look around they are proud of what their neighbors and community members are doing. I would really love to hear more about other people feelings around these ideas. I know that so many of my friends have moved away from their homes for various reasons. When you step back and evaluate it all, what do you feel? Or if you are living where you grew up, what do you feel about that? What connection do you have to the place where you put your roots? Is it one that you are fond of? I often wish that I was generations into a place, and reaping the rewards of longstanding connection to a place. What does that feel like? So yeah, this is just me thinking and feeling out loud, kinda canoeing in the sea of my own individualism and entitlement and trying to make sense of it all. Fun stuff huh???

We recently had a gathering to celebrate the January Wolf Moon Total Lunar eclipse. The gathering was great. A handful of friends joined us around the fire to ponder the heavens and give thanks. We didn’t, see the moon however. It was too cloudy out. I thought it was a bummer, but my friend Cathasach informed me that historically it may have been considered a bad idea to look directly at such celestial events. So perhaps things worked out just as they should have.

Right about the time of the release of this show Emily and I will be doing our second new moon cleanse of the year. This is just a quick three day cleanse we have commited to doing each new moon. Last month was great.

Oh yeah, our couch! The couch that I made turned out great. It took about three days of my work, if I had more proper tools and a better workspace or friendly weather, I could probably have done it in a day. That’s for my work on the frame. Alicia at NW Trading Post and Howl Attire made custom waxed canvas covers and they turned out amazing. We are happy to support a local artist in the building of our furniture.

Oh, and another update on the downgrading of my phone. I have been enjoying and benefitting from not having the internet in my pocket. All in all it has been a great thing. I do miss the camera and group text but hey, small price to pay to take some of my time back. The first time I really regretted changing to a simpler phone was when I was recording the interview you are getting ready to listen too. The sound quality is noticibly less good than on a more sophisticated phone, so I apologize for that both to my listeners and to Luke, my guest.

instagram.com/outofashesfarm/

 

Interview:

Luke Cirillo is a farmer at Out of Ashes Farm, along with his wife Allison. About 7 years ago Luke and Allison moved out to a little farm in Redland, Or, without really knowing what they were doing. They still consider themselves learners. As time has gone, they have gained greater clarity about the shape their farm is taking, and how they want to serve the ends of local ecological farming. 

Luke and Allison focus on water-harvesting systems, soil building, perennial poly-cultures and small animal production systems. They breed pigs and raise them for meat harvest, chickens and ducks for eggs, and set all of that in the context of fruit, nut and berry production. Their system is still quite young, but already beginning to take shape.

I hope you enjoy the interview with Luke.

instagram.com/outofashesfarm/

 

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Theme music by Lee Rosevere

Support for Modern Folk comes from my wife Emily Wiggins.
Emily is a Naturopathic Doctor in Bend OR.
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013 Carol Delmonico & Casey Davis: Living in Intentional Community

013 Carol Delmonico & Casey Davis: Living in Intentional Community

January 4, 2019

Around Our House:

I recently went out and visited Higher Ground intentional living community here in Bend Oregon. While there I sat down and had a chat with Casey Davis and Carol Delmonico, two people who have made Higher Ground their home and their community. This was a really interesting conversation that I have been looking forward to for a long time, stemming from my own dreams to live in, or maybe even create, an intentional community. If you are interested in learning more about the ins and outs of living in community with others, what that means, what it looks and feels like, then you are in the right place. Stick around for the second half of the show. But first, here is what Emily, Clemence and I have been up to for this past month….

Since I last sat down to record an episode Thanksgiving has come and gone, as has Winter Solstice, Christmas and New Years. We have been spending time reflecting on what the holiday season means to us, and a large part of that has been centered around gratitude. One thing Emily and I have incorporated into our daily practice is closing out our day by having a talk about what we are grateful for. It is usually the last thing we do before we turn out the lights and go to sleep. It has been a really nice reflective practice and it has felt especially pertinent during the holiday season.

Another things that Emily and I have been talking more about is deepening our practice of spirituality and celebration that is tied to the cycles of the sun and the moon, as well as the observable changes of the seasons, the changing behavior of the plants and the animals according to these cycles throughout the year, and how all of this affects us and makes us feel. We have each always had deep personal connections to the natural world and a greater energy in the universe but now we are really trying to come together to understand one another’s beliefs and feelings and find traditions that we can share with our daughter and our community.

For starters, we have committed to doing a new moon reset with each new moon for 2019. Mostly this will entail paying particular attention to our diet during the days around each new moon. We will be omitting sugars, caffeine, alcohol, grains, and dairy. I’m sure there are other things as well, but those are the ones that come to mind. We tend to eat pretty well around here, but we thought that we would use the cleansing and renewing energy of the new moon to renew our commitment to eating well and respecting our bodies each month. The next new moon is January 6th, which is Sunday by the way, in case you listen to this in time and care to join us.

Also, coming up later this month there is a total lunar eclipse early the morning of January 20th. I am planning on getting up around 4:30 am and starting a fire in my back yard to observe the eclipse. I find total lunar eclipses to be amazingly beautiful. I remember the first time I really watched one closely and felt like I was observing the moon for the enormous celestial sphere that it is, a giant rock rotating the earth, rather than a glowing disk of light in the sky. That was a powerful moment for me and one I always enjoy reliving with total lunar eclipses. Anyhow, I have invited some friends over for 5am lunar viewing at my place. If you didn’t get the invite and you want to come and are in the area, let me know!

And finally, I have been busy with family time. Enjoying the company of my wife and my daughter and our wonderful community of friends. This winter continues to be all that I hoped, rest, reflection, gathering with friends and family, as well as some time outdoors. There has been lots of planning and dreaming in this time of the year as well. One of the Big Dreams we cannot stop talking about is how to create a community living situation for us and some of our closest friends. The more we talk about it, the more it seems like it could be a reality. Which brings me to our guest interview today.

 

Guest Interview:

Casey Davis and Carol Demonico
Higher Ground Intentional Living Community

Casey Davis is a designer, mom, activator and community builder, Casey was born and raised in Bend, OR. She's done extensive informational design for environmental non-profits to visually explain technical data as well as informational projects for trails and wilderness sites for the United States Forest Service. She filters the work that comes her way, focusing her talents and energy into projects that create a world that works for all.
When she isn't designing for businesses, Casey is passionate about community building, local activism and urban design. Her current "side" project is creating a new intentional community with the working title, The Bend Living Neighborhood Project. She served on the City of Bend's Central Westside Citizen Advisory Committee and currently is a member of the City's Citizen Transportation Advisory Committee. She recently self-published and interactive journal with Carol Delmonico entitled, Stoke Your Woke.

Carol Delmonico is a passionate crusader, and deep listener, a nature-lover, avid reader, crazy-good laugher, and mother of two children. After working 18 years as an RN in a hospital setting she wanted a change and embarked on an eclectic educational path: Life and Health Coaching Certifications, The Embodied Life, Laughter Yoga, Heartmath, Nonviolent Communication and reading zillions of books on human potential and spirituality. She has helped over 3,000 clients of all shapes, sizes and colors. Her creative self-expression shows up in her reverence for the natural world, singing and dancing, laughing, writing poetry, and facilitating “sofa sessions” and “soul circles” with friends.

Modern Folk logo by Stefan Perkinz greasywhisper.com
Theme music by Lee Rosevere

Support for Modern Folk comes from my wife Emily Wiggins.
Emily is a Naturopathic Doctor in Bend OR.
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012 Allison Murphy: Turning Words into Action

012 Allison Murphy: Turning Words into Action

December 1, 2018

Around our house:

  • Downgraded phone update 

    • talk and text only plan, no data, no social media
    • definitely miss the convenience at times
    • appreciate being more present most of the day
  • Homemade couch update

    • cushions are custom cut and ready for covers
    • custom waxed canvas covers by Howl Attire
  • Wrapping up 2018 and Year 1 of Modern Folk
  • Grateful for guests, listeners and support from family and friends
  • Stephen Jenkinson
  • Sherri Mitchell

Interview:

My guest this month is Allison Murphy. It is hard to pin Allison down and tag her with a label that feels appropriate, as she has so many interests and pursuits. Allison is an artist, designer, seamstress and the owner of Utilitu, a small business in Bend Oregon, where she creates custom clothing and also teaches sewing to both children and adults. In a collaborative effort with family and friends, Allison is teaching herself to farm and currently tends a small passel of heritage hogs. She is committed to a personal journey of understanding and reconnecting with her ancestors through the study of the Gaelic language. Allison not only believes, but also truly lives like everyone and everything is her teacher. As a gift to her community, Allison demonstrates how the only thing between you and your dreams is turning your words into action. She lives in a yurt with her partner and two children.  

 

Modern Folk logo by Stefan Perkinz greasywhisper.com
Theme music by Lee Rosevere

Support for Modern Folk comes from my wife Emily Wiggins.
Emily is a Naturopathic Doctor in Bend OR.
dremilywiggins.com

 

011 Sky Sharp: Raising Superior Grassfed Beef, A Humble and Spiritual Approach

011 Sky Sharp: Raising Superior Grassfed Beef, A Humble and Spiritual Approach

November 1, 2018

Around our house:

  • Addiction to Technology
  • Dumbgrading phone to ZTE Z432 
    • talk/text only
    • no data, no Facebook or Insta!!
  • Howl Attire Wool Shirt Review
  • Building homemade custom couch
  • Joybird, awesome couches if you're in the market for one
  • Harvesting Holiday Turkeys with Boundless Farmstead
  • Call for suggestions for guests
  • Who would you like to learn more about?
  • Looking for someone experienced with community living

Interview:

My guest this month is Sky Sharp, the rancher at S&L Superior Grassfed Beef. I recently went out to Sky's ranch and had a look around. He showed me the land that he cares for, the soil he nurtures, and the grass that he tends, so that his cows can be their best. He talked about his love for the animals and his responsibility to give them both the best life and also the most stress free and humane death. Sky also drove home the importance of not only knowing where your food comes from, but the importance of knowing that it was honored in its growth, its harvest, its preparation and its consumption. Litsten in on our talk, and hear how Sky raises grassfed cows as a way of working for a healthier self, community and planet.

 

Modern Folk logo by Stefan Perkinz greasywhisper.com
Theme music by Lee Rosevere

Support for Modern Folk comes from my wife Emily Wiggins.
Emily is a Naturopathic Doctor in Bend OR.
dremilywiggins.com

 

010 Kaycee & Cathasach: Making Music and Deep Ancestral Remembering with The Gold Rust

010 Kaycee & Cathasach: Making Music and Deep Ancestral Remembering with The Gold Rust

October 6, 2018

Around our house:

  • Autumn Equinox Dinner at Boundless Farmstead
  • Learning to hunt for meat
  • Slowing down, grounding at home and in community
  • Building personal spiritual practice
  • Connecting with ancestors
  • Ancient wisdom, Deep remembering
  • Hedge School Podcast, guest Sherri Mitchell
  • Sacred Instructions, Sherri Mitchell

Interview:

My guests on the show this month are Kaycee and Cathasach of the band The Gold Rust. KC boy and KC girl, as they are sometimes addressed to avoid confusion, are artists, musicians, storytellers and generally engaged community members. They are a bit of a dynamic duo. I think you will really enjoy hearing about their creative process as well as some deeper talk on history, ancestry and much more.
The Gold Rust
The Gold Rust Facebook

Occupied Cascadia Documentary

The Golden Harp 

Ancestral Medicine with Daniel Foor, PHD

 

 

Photo of The Gold Rust by Sarah B. Gilliam
Modern Folk logo by Stefan Perkinz greasywhisper.com
Theme music by Lee Rosevere

Support for Modern Folk comes from my wife Emily Wiggins.
Emily is a Naturopathic Doctor in Bend OR.
dremilywiggins.com

 

009 Eli Goodall: This Island Earth

009 Eli Goodall: This Island Earth

September 6, 2018

Around our house:

Interview:

My guest on the show this month is Eli Goodall, the musician behind the project This Island Earth. Eli draws inspiration from music, sounds, cultures and landscapes from around the world to create his unique style of experimental and artistic World Music. This Island Earth is releasing a new album later this month, its called Wounded Tropic. Eli states “this is an album abouth the natural world, our ghosts, our children, the fears we hold, and the future we hope to create." Listen and hear more about Eli’s creative process, what inspires him and some of the deep personal concepts that underly his music. 
www.thisislandearthisalive.com 
contact Eli if you are interested in attending album release show in mid September
contact@thisislandearthisalive.com

 

Modern Folk logo by Stefan Perkinz greasywhisper.com
Theme music by Lee Rosevere

Support for Modern Folk comes from my wife Emily Wiggins.
Emily is a Naturopathic Doctor in Bend OR.
dremilywiggins.com

 

008 Alicia Renner: The Person and the Passion Behind Howl Attire.

008 Alicia Renner: The Person and the Passion Behind Howl Attire.

August 1, 2018

Around our house:

  • Busy summer, thinking of projects for Autumn
  • Gardening
  • Rabbits for meat, maybe this fall
  • How our values can guide our purchasing decisions 
  • Looking for quality products made locally, regionally, etc
  • Clothing Brands we have found:
  • Taylor Stitch
  • Everlane
  • Nettles Tale
  • Ship John
  • Howl Attire

Interview:

My guest on the show this month is Alicia Renner. Alicia is a Cascadian who grew up in Canada and now lives in Central Oregon where she owns and operates two businesses. By watching her mother and teaching herself she has learned the trade of sewing and now, through her business Howl Attire, she crafts durable goods for the outdoors with natural fibers. While Alicia does indeed enjoy to sew, she has many other passions which drive her. Listen to the show to hear all about how she got started and how she finds inspiration in the beauty all around her.

  • Howl Attire. Handmade clothing and accessories made of natural fibers, built to last. For both women and men. Custom orders.
  • Northwest Trading Post. Northwest outdoor goods, clothing, accessories and jewelry. Sourced from makers in the Northwest including Central Oregon, Canada and Native Peoples.
  • Tree Planting in Canada. Planting saplings in clear cuts.
    Outland and Dynamic are two companies to look at if your interested.
  • Alicia’s personal journey of learning her trade and how she came to commit herself to her work.
  • There is more to a creator than their creations. Cultivating awareness for the beauty around us all and being thankful that we can experience it and pursue our passions.
  • Considering how to scale up Howl as demand grows.
  • Cascadia
  • Keeping old knowledge and skills alive.

Photo of Alicia by Breezy Winters
Modern Folk logo by Stefan Perkinz greasywhisper.com
Theme music by Lee Rosevere

Support for Modern Folk comes from my wife Emily Wiggins.
Emily is a Naturopathic Doctor in Bend OR.
dremilywiggins.com

 

007 Kitchen Wisdom with Anna Witham of 123 Ramen

007 Kitchen Wisdom with Anna Witham of 123 Ramen

July 9, 2018

Around our house:

  • Busy June and July, friends and family visiting
  • Solstice Celebration
  • Acknowledging the output of energy at this time of year
  • Baby is nearly walking
  • Aware Parenting continued successes
  • Emily talks about the science of Traditional Foods Diet 
  • Dr Emily Wiggins

Interview:

Guest Anna Witham of 123 Ramen and The Root Cellar discusses her approach to feeding her family and her community the most nourishing foods possible. 

 

Photo of Anna Witham by Shawn Linehan
Modern Folk logo by Stefan Perkinz greasywhisper.com
Theme music by Lee Rosevere

Support for Modern Folk comes from my wife Emily Wiggins. Emily is a Naturopathic Doctor in Bend OR.
dremilywiggins.com