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Designing regenerative landscapes for wildfire ecologies, with Erik Ohlsen, founder of Permaculture Artisans: 123

Regenerative Skills

Today we’re back with Erik Ohlsen, founder of both Permaculture Artisans, one of the preeminent ecological landscaping companies in the US, and the Permaculture Skills center a vocational training school that offers advanced education in ecological design, landscaping, farming, and land stewardship. Erik is also the author of several books including “The Forest of Fire,” Activate Your Joy,” and most recently “The Ecological Landscape Designer” an essential manual for anyone aspiring to make a living in eco- design.Though it’s long overdue, I spoke with Erik to get to better understand the intensity of the wildfires that have ravaged California and parts of the western US in recent years, and the factors that caused them. Erik explains how fire can be a regenerative force for the ecology of many forests and how the indigenous people of the western United States have managed fires strategically for thousands of years. We talk about how communities can work together to manage the risks of their ecosystems and avoid the catastrophic damage that fires have caused in previous years.We also explore some of the wisdom and lessons that Erik has learned in more than 20 years running his permaculture landscaping business and the challenges of meeting clients needs while including the holistic health considerations of nature.Like many of the more seasoned and experienced professionals that I’ve had the pleasure of speaking to on this show, Erik shys away from making specific recommendations for techniques or designs and encourages people to cultivate a deeper understanding of their place and context before making assumptions about how to manage their land or even businesses. This is a great episode for people looking to better understand fire-prone ecologies, but also for people who enjoy the challenge of considering a deeper understanding of their relationship to natural systems in general.Resources:Listen to Erik’s first interview with Abundant EdgeErik’s websitePermaculture ArtisansThe Permaculture Skills CenterGet the book “The Ecological Landscape Designer”

2 Aug 2019

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Fire & Ice Pt I – Erik Ohlsen and Rick Halsey, Fire Ecology, Permaculture, Indigenous Wisdom

Paradigms

Fire & Ice Pt I with guests Erik Ohlsen, Permaculture Designer, Ecologist, and Author, and Rick Halsey, Naturalist and Author with The California Chaparral Institute. In this episode we’re learning about Fire Ecology. What are cycles of fire? Indigenous knowledge of fire cycles, can show us how to alter our behavior to reduce both the intensity and the impact of fires. We’ll also explore how climate change is part of the equation. • The Erik Ohlsen interview in the podcast is half of the full interview. Hear the full Erik Ohlsen interview here. Music by: Jefferson Airplane, The Blood Oranges, Buffy Sainte-Marie, John Trudell, Emily Baker, Fleetwood Mac, and Mary Chapin Carpenter. The post Fire & Ice Pt I – Erik Ohlsen and Rick Halsey, Fire Ecology, Permaculture, Indigenous Wisdom appeared first on Paradigms Podcast.

1hr 1min

7 Jan 2019

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Creating Resilient Ecosystems & Regenerating the Planet with Erik Ohlsen - Ep. 27

EcoJustice Radio

Erik Ohlsen is the director of the Permaculture Skills Center, a vocational training school that offers advanced education in ecological design, landscaping, farming, and land stewardship. Creator of the the Eco-Landscape Mastery School online training program, Erik is also founder of Permaculture Artisans which specializes in design and installation of ecological landscapes and farms throughout California. An internationally renowned, certified permaculture designer and practitioner, Erik has taught ecological landscape design and implementation to thousands of students and clients around the world since 1999. He has special expertise in water harvesting systems, food forest design, and community organizing. His primarily goal is helping people connect deeply with nature and themselves. He resides in Sebastopol, California with his wife Lauren, raising a family, building a homestead and running their businesses.Website: https://erikohlsen.com/More info: https://www.wilderutopia.com/ecojustice-radio/creating-resilient-ecosystems-regenerating-the-planet-with-erik-ohlsen-ecojustice-radio/Interview by Carry KimProduced by Mark MorrisEngineering and co-host J.P. MorrisOriginal Music by Javier Kadry Ep. 27

28mins

27 Dec 2018

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RAW!!! 247. Permaculture Skills Center | Erik Ohlsen | Sonoma County, CA

GREEN Organic Garden Podcast

This episode was so great I couldn’t hold it to myself. Erik Ohlsen is here to share his passion and knowledge of permaculture design and how you can start your own business that makes a great profit! It’s completely RAW, no editing at all including our pre-chat but I think you will enjoy it as much as I did and it goes so well after the last two awesome shows with Lee Reich and Susan Harris. Hope you enjoy and please support our patreon campaign if you can. We need your help more then ever to keep the show up on the air. Tell us a little about yourself. Erik Ohlsen director of the Permaculture Artisans designs water harvesting systems anything under the sun doing this work since I was 19 Tell me about your first gardening experience? I have 2 answers for that Going out with my Grandma Marie My first gardening experience at 19 years old Tell us about something that grew well this year. I’m looking at an Asian Pear, we are having an asian pear bumper crop, eating too many giving them away as fast as we can. Is there something you would do different next year or want to try/new? One thing,  a lot of what we do are perennial based, a lot of it, a new persimmon that is finally doing well this year. Tell me about something that didn’t work so well this season. One of our big issues here are gophers. Which activity is your least favorite activity to do in the garden? trapping gophers… What is your favorite activity to do in the garden? what I would call chop and drop What is the best gardening advice you have ever received? don’t over think it avoid paralysis by analysis I don’t think there is any better skill a gardener can learn listen to the garden best skill to cultivate A favorite tool that you like to use? If you had to move and could only take one tool with you what would it be? The Rogue hoe. A favorite recipe you like to cook from the garden? OK, so my favorite on my moms side my mom is from Argentia, goes back generations in Argentina, grandfather was born in Italy, my mom perfected is our family: Puttanesca Sauce A favorite internet resource? Plants for a Future A favorite book to reccommmend? The Carbon Farming Solution: A Global Toolkit of Perennial Crops and Regenerative Agriculture Practices for Climate Change Mitigation and Food Security Final question- if there was one change you would like to see to create a greener world what would it be? For example is there a charity or organization your passionate about or a project you would like to see put into action. What do you feel is the most crucial issue facing our planet in regards to the environment either in your local area or on a national or global scale? Global warming we are seeing the results both from an environmental and a social catastrophe would be a huge WAKE UP call How do we connect with you? Permaculture Skills Center.org chat box you can click I get those messages people can send me an email erik@erikohlsen.com check out the website let us know if you have any questions or inspiration.

1hr 38mins

5 Sep 2018

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RAW!!! 247. Permaculture Skills Center | Erik Ohlsen | Sonoma County, CA

GREEN Organic Garden Podcast

This episode was so great I couldn’t hold it to myself. Erik Ohlsen is here to share his passion and knowledge of permaculture design and how you can start your own business that makes a great profit! It’s completely RAW, no editing at all including our pre-chat but I think you will enjoy it as much as I did and it goes so well after the last two awesome shows with Lee Reich and Susan Harris. Hope you enjoy and please support our patreon campaign if you can. We need your help more then ever to keep the show up on the air. Tell us a little about yourself. Erik Ohlsen director of the Permaculture Artisans designs water harvesting systems anything under the sun doing this work since I was 19 Tell me about your first gardening experience? I have 2 answers for that Going out with my Grandma Marie My first gardening experience at 19 years old Tell us about something that grew well this year. I’m looking at an Asian Pear, we are having an asian pear bumper crop, eating too many giving them away as fast as we can. Is there something you would do different next year or want to try/new? One thing,  a lot of what we do are perennial based, a lot of it, a new persimmon that is finally doing well this year. Tell me about something that didn’t work so well this season. One of our big issues here are gophers. Which activity is your least favorite activity to do in the garden? trapping gophers… What is your favorite activity to do in the garden? what I would call chop and drop What is the best gardening advice you have ever received? don’t over think it avoid paralysis by analysis I don’t think there is any better skill a gardener can learn listen to the garden best skill to cultivate A favorite tool that you like to use? If you had to move and could only take one tool with you what would it be? The Rogue hoe. A favorite recipe you like to cook from the garden? OK, so my favorite on my moms side my mom is from Argentia, goes back generations in Argentina, grandfather was born in Italy, my mom perfected is our family: Puttanesca Sauce A favorite internet resource? Plants for a Future A favorite book to reccommmend? The Carbon Farming Solution: A Global Toolkit of Perennial Crops and Regenerative Agriculture Practices for Climate Change Mitigation and Food Security Final question- if there was one change you would like to see to create a greener world what would it be? For example is there a charity or organization your passionate about or a project you would like to see put into action. What do you feel is the most crucial issue facing our planet in regards to the environment either in your local area or on a national or global scale? Global warming we are seeing the results both from an environmental and a social catastrophe would be a huge WAKE UP call How do we connect with you? Permaculture Skills Center.org chat box you can click I get those messages people can send me an email erik@erikohlsen.com check out the website let us know if you have any questions or inspiration.

1hr 38mins

5 Sep 2018

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Episode 82 Erik Ohlsen on Building Businesses & Community

A Regenerative Future with Matt Powers

Erik Ohlsen co-founder of Permaculture Artisans and the Permaculture Skills Center has a wealth of knowledge and experience that he shares with us in an incredible podcast on building businesses and community to spread regeneration.Check out the Ecological Landscape Mastery course - start on your landscaping dreams today!! http://erikohlsen.com/eco-landscape-mastery-school/

46mins

15 Jan 2018

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VOC236: Harvesting Water, Planting Trees and Restoring the Ecosystem AS A CAREER with Erik Ohlsen

Farm Land

In this episode Erik Ohlsen he is going into some of the strategies he has used to grow and market his design business, tips for running the day to day operations of the design business, and ways to leverage the experience of others to help your personal journey.   Learn about Erik's Eco-Landscape Mastery School View the show notes for this episode and all past episodes. If you enjoy the show, support content I have created. Support while you shop at Amazon.

1hr 37mins

26 Sep 2017

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REPLAY: Building A Million Dollar Permaculture Business - Ecologically, Socially, and Financially Sustainable with Erik Ohlsen [CD5]

Farm Land

Today's show is another remarkable story of another entrepreneur, a permaculture entrepreneur. It's the story of someone who went from being an anti-money activist to running a $1M permaculture design and build business. A business that catches millions of gallons of water, builds soil on hundreds of acres, plants hundreds of useful trees every year, restores native habit, redesigns our cites our schools and new developments. If you don't think that permaculture based business can be profitable or be big, here's an example of one to change your mind... View the show notes for this episode and all past episodes. If you enjoy the show, support content I have created. Support while you shop at Amazon.

1hr 46mins

15 Sep 2017

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Taking permaculture based businesses to new heights holistically with Erik Ohlsen of The Permaculture Skills Center: 033

Regenerative Skills

In this episode I got to interview one of my personal heroes Erik Ohlsen. Now Erik wears a lot of hats, he's the founder and director of both Permaculture Artisans, a landscape and design company, and the Permaculture Skills Center, an amazing trade school based in sepastapol ca. Erik also writes and publishes books for adults and children with his company, Storyscapes.In this interview Erik talks in detail about how he's built synergy and connection into all of his business endeavors. We talk about how he's designed the courses for the permaculture skills center to include mentoring and the profound effect that mentorships have had on his own journey, and we also get into the the skills that aspiring permaculturalists should work to build that aren't necessarily taught in a PDC. This session is chalk full of practical insights and adviceFor "The Abundant Edge" listeners only, you can now get 50% off your digital subscriptions to Permaculture Magazine North America by entering the code PMNA50abedge at checkout. Get your subscription today and dive deep into the local and global solutions that go beyond sustainability.Listen in at the end of this podcast to find out how you can win your own copy of "The Urban Farmer" from New Society PublishersResources:http://www.permacultureartisans.com/

1hr 2mins

1 Sep 2017

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Growing Effectively - Thoughts on Starting and Managing Businesses around Family and Life with Erik Ohlsen (PVP135)

Farm Land

Learn more at permaculturevoices.com/135 Support the show at permaculturevoices.com/support Busy versus effective. Two different ways of getting stuff done. Think of busy as the pinball in a pinball machine, a lot of bouncing around randomly, getting some stuff done, but not in the most linear way. Where effective is like the bowling ball headed down the lane, a straight shot targeting a specific pin. Both lead to results, the busy route does a lot more moving per unit of work done. Usually these two routes are mutually exclusive. Busy people aren't effective, and effective people aren't busy. The danger in being a busy body, is just that, you are just busy; you are doing a lot of work, maybe the right work, maybe not, maybe in the right order, maybe not, and the cost of being busy is a loss of time. Whereas the effective person does what they need to do when they need to do it based on the time that they have available and the priority of the task at hand. This saves the effective person time, allowing them to get more done, or just have more free time. Time can be a major constraint for entrepreneurs. You can’t get more of it, and we all only have 24 hours in a day, so using that time effectively is going to determine what your lifestyle looks like. Today I am talking to an entrepreneur who has made shifts in their life to make their time less busy, and more effective. It's Erik Ohslen of Permaculture Artisans.  Erik's been on the show a few times in the past, and if you have heard those shows that you will know that he founded the successful landscape design and build company Permaculture Artisans. In addition to running that company, Erik also is a part of several other businesses, and he's married, and he has kids. How does he make it all work? That's the focus on today's episode. I am going to dig into Erik's new business venture, ForeSite mapping, and the strategy behind that. The second half of the episode will get into how to balance family and business? The key in all of this, is to make effective decisions, so you are less busy with your time. Learn more at permaculturevoices.com/135 Support the show at permaculturevoices.com/support

1hr 18mins

16 Sep 2016

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