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Episode 125 Interviews – Joel Salatin, Cheryl Long, Diane Ott Whealy

Well I’m back from The Mother Earth News Fair and I have to say I had a GREAT time. 

I got to do the things I enjoy the most, talking about gardening, working with kids and meeting new people.

I posted both the Lesson Plans and the Compost Presentation Powerpoint I promised those who asked me for them at the fair.  The video and audio versions of the presentation will also be forthcoming (Episode 126).

The first person I interviewed at the fair was Diane Ott Whealy.  She is one of the co-founders of Seed Savers Exchange (www.seedsavers.org).  She is also the author of the new book:  Gathering: Memoir of a Seed Saver (click the link to purchase).

The second person I interview was Cheryl Long, Editor-in-Chief at Mother Earth News Magazine.  She had some exciting news for next year about something that I think is really going to catch on and make September a great month to be a homesteader.  September 2012 will be National Homesteading Education Month, sponsored by Mother Earth News and GRIT Magazine.  Go here to learn more!

The final person I got to interview was none other than Joel Salatin!  I asked him some questions you requested as well as some of my own.  We also talked briefly about his book Everything I Want To Do Is Illegal as well as his upcoming book Folks This Ain’t Normal:  A Farmer’s Advice for Happier Hens, Healthier People and a Better World which is available now on Amazon for preorder.

Thanks to these great people for taking the time to talk.  I encourage you to check out their work at the links I’ve provided in the show notes.


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11 comments to Episode 125 Interviews – Joel Salatin, Cheryl Long, Diane Ott Whealy

  • Anonymous

    A good time, listening right now

  • Mark

    Outstanding episode! I literally paused the ‘cast right after the Diane Ott Whealy interview to go join SSE — I figure I’ve spent more on things worth less. All the interviews were great and you asked great questions and got interesting responses. I hope some day there will be a Mother Earth News Fair in my area.  

  • Agorculture

    Excellent interviews! I really benefitted from Joel Salatin’s advice; it was like he was speaking directly to me!  

  • Jason

    Thanks Nick, I really appreciated your help! 

  • Jason

    Mark

    That’s great.  She was such a nice lady to talk to, very passionate about the mission of her company.

    Jason

  • Jason

    I was very uncomfortable interviewing someone so famous but he has a demeanor that is kind of comforting.  When he talks about farming and the land its kind of hard to describe.  The only other famous person that I’ve met that could do that was Alton Brown talking about food.

    Jason

  • Blitz1976

    One of the best interviews Ive heard for free Jason. Since we learn the most from making mistakes, I think it would be awesome to have an entire show just about everyones mistakes. Maybe have everyone send in a goof, and then share them with everyone. I can tell you that from listening to Joel’s interview, there are two things I was considering and now I wont bother since he shared his failures. I think it would help people bypass needless mistakes and move onto bigger mistakes! Just a thought. keep up the great work Jason.

  • Jason

    Thanks! 

    I can tell you that after talking to Joel I felt the same way.  I wanted to thank him for saving me some trouble.

    I love your idea for a show.  I’ll put out the call just don’t be disappointed if I don’t get much of a response!

    Jason

  • Jason

    Thanks! 

    I can tell you that after talking to Joel I felt the same way.  I wanted to thank him for saving me some trouble.

    I love your idea for a show.  I’ll put out the call just don’t be disappointed if I don’t get much of a response!

    Jason

  • Blitz1976

    I wont  be disapointed 🙂 I will be happy to share my failures for sure, just as a society we never focus on the negatives because we are taught to be positive, but I think remembering those negatives is crucial to our future.