Podcast

Affordable Preschool Education:

Learning in Outdoor Classrooms

Air Date: 01/23/17
 

Guest:

Andrew Jay,

CEO, Tiny Trees Preschool, Seattle, WA

Can education be fun, safe, safe and affordable - even for low income families? A new preschool is using outdoor classrooms to provide quality education in reading, math and science affordable for families and to give children a joyful, nature rich childhood – one full of play, exploration and wonder. *Originally Aired on 01/23/17
The Independent Farmstead:

Living Off the Land

Air Date: 01/30/17
 

Guests:

Shawn Dougherty,

Co-Author, The Independent Farmstead, Ohio

Beth Dougherty,

Co-Author, The Independent Farmstead, Ohio

Many people, especially young folks, are dreaming of owning a small piece of land, self-supported, away from the stresses of the city, to live a lifestyle of peace, based on a deep relationship to nature and self. Today, we are learning what it takes to make that dream a reality from people who have done it. *Originally Aired January 30, 2017
Clean Drinking Water:

The Power of Knowing

Air Date: 10/02/17
 

Guest:

Dr. Eric Feigl-Ding,

Founder & Executive Director, Toxin Alert, McLean, VA

Governmental agencies are in place to make absolutely sure that we are protected, and that we are able to live lives that are healthy, and safe. The drinking water crisis in Flint, Michigan, brought forward a picture that one can adopt to many other products and public safety areas, from drugs, to air, and food, just to name a few. So how safe are we, really? Today we’ll talk with an expert who has made public safety his career, and we’ll learn what we can do ourselves to make sure that – in this case – our water is 100% safe to drink. *Originally Aired 01/16/17
Racing to Zero:

San Francisco’s Waste Reduction Initiative

Air Date: 10/03/16
 

Guests:

Christopher Beaver,

Director, Racing to Zero, San Francisco, CA

Diana Fuller,

Producer, Racing to Zero, San Francisco, CA

San Francisco, as one of the most progressive cities in the world, has led the nation in countless ways, from equal rights and social equality to environmental protection. However, can a city of 800,000 people become waste free? That was the goal set by San Francisco a few years ago – to be zero waste by 2020. And it is fair to say at this point that the goal will, in fact, be reached! How? We’ll find out today!
Food Service Training:

Changing Lives for Common Good

Air Date: 08/22/16
 

Guest:

Tracy Hitchcock,

CEO, Create Common Good, Boise, ID

Food is everything – from the fields to the grocery store, from our plates to our health, from community to personal and professional re-integration. We all need to eat, every day, and because of it, being trained in any aspect of food production, preparation, or nutrition, will provide a foundation for one’s life that a person will be able to stand on forever. That is the idea behind our guest today, an amazing non profit that offers food service training as a way to re-integrate people back into society – and, as we will learn, have society benefit from it in a very tangible way in return.
Shark Conservation:

Protecting One of the Oldest Species on Earth

Air Date: 09/11/17
 

Guest:

Dean Fessler, Jr.,

Education Director, Shark Research Institute, Princeton, NJ

Just as with other large predators, from Grizzly Bears to Wolves, humans have hunted these species and in many regions of the planet have brought them to near or complete extinction. New scientific studies show the critical importance that those animals had and have on the ecosystems that they were or are a part of. As for the oceans, sharks play this critical role. There are over 400 shark species in the world, and in this episode we will hear about their function, their challenges, and what is being done to protect them.
Strong Bones:

Optimal Foods for Skeletal Health

Air Date: 09/05/16
 

Guest:

Dr. Laura Kelly,

Co-Author, The Healthy Bones Nutrition Plan and Cookbook, Topanga, CA

Food is thy medicine, again today. Osteoporosis, or loss of bone density, is one of the leading causes of death in the United States and many other Western Societies. The common answer to bone loss is usually Calcium. While Calcium has an important role in our overall bone health, there is much more to the story. In this hour, we are speaking with a physician about how to prepare and combine whole foods to prevent and treat Osteoporosis naturally.
Late Summer Produce:

An Update from the Fields

Air Date: 08/28/17
 

Guests:

Earl Herrick,

Founder & Owner, Earl's Organic Produce

Christie Biddle,

Buyer, Earl's Organic Produce

Anthony Mirisciotta,

Buyer, Earl's Organic Produce

As we are heading into September, the late summer sun gently touching our agricultural lands, we are once again in a transition. From summer bounty to fall, as the seasonal preparation for winter, a last push of life before the months of darkness and hibernation and recovery. Time for us get An Update from the Fields! What produce is leaving us and what is coming in, how does it need to be handled and stored, what are the prices we need to expect, and why? An entire episode to expand our understanding of agriculture, organic agriculture that is, and the reality of a farmer’s life. Host Helge Hellberg in an organic conversation with some of his dear friends in this work of advocating for and creating a more sustainable, healthier world, a more conscientious way of living this life in our attempt to be better, more responsible stewards of this beautiful planet that surely can use a bit more love these days, and always.
Personal and Professional Growth:

The Commitment to Your Best Self

Air Date: 08/21/17
 

Guest:

Mark diTargiani,

Executive Coach, Better Leaders

Today’s episode is all about the human potential. How can we expand from our childhood, what is possible for us as an adult? How can we create a happy and truly fulfilling life for ourselves? How can we become the fully realized authority of all of our decisions – the best version of ourselves? Today’s show is all about cultivating awareness and changing our reaction and behavior for a more aligned, successful, and happy life.
The Wisdom of Medicinal Plants:

Comfrey

Air Date: 08/14/17
 
Today we are putting the plant world front and center again, this never ceasing to amaze interconnected web of life that offers us so much beauty and healing. We are speaking with a Naturopath about a plant that commonly does not get the attention it deserves: Comfrey. How can Comfrey, known as the great mender, provide its amazing properties to you and your body? We’ll find out today!
Diet and Depression:

A Vicious Cycle

Air Date: 08/08/16
 

Guest:

Dr. James Greenblatt,

Integrative Psychatrist & Author, Breakthrough Depression Solution: Mastering Your Mood with Nutrition, Diet and Supplementation, Walthan, MA

We are what we eat – this old saying about how much our food intake affects our physical health is now being expanded into our mental health as well. In recent years, research has been showing the direct connection between what we eat and what – or how – we think. In other words, our mental capacity and our mood are the direct result of our diet. Today Helge Hellberg is speaking with a Psychiatrist specifically about how to best address Depression through your diet.
Food Not Waste:

A Brilliant Solution to the Problem of Over Abundance

Air Date: 07/31/17
 

Guest:

Komal Ahmed,

Founder & CEO, Copia, San Francisco, CA

Food insecurity is defined by not knowing where your next meal is coming from. And yet, while food insecurity is a reality for some 50 million Americans, nearly half of the food we produce in this country is thrown away. How can that be and what can be done about it? We are speaking with an expert on food waste today, and introduce to you to an organization who has not just solved the issue, but created a true win-win-win scenario for all parties involved in doing so.
Green Energy and Youth Empowerment:

Creating the Future of America Hand-in-Hand

Air Date: 07/24/17
 

Guests:

Jodi Pincus,

Executive Director, Rising Sun Energy Center, Berkeley, CA

Hope Cupples,

Campaign Manager, Rising Sun Energy Center, Berkeley, CA

This country needs progressive programs, Ideas that can address multiple challenges that we face at once. Today we are talking about a brilliant organization that does exactly that, by offering training to young adults to become green energy auditors, and with it empowering the next generation to lead this country in its sustainability efforts.
Organic Agriculture:

Honoring Life, Land and Community

Air Date: 07/17/17
 

Guests:

Christie Biddle,

Fruit Buyer, Earl's Organic Produce, San Francisco, CA

Susan Simitz,

Social Media & Marketing Manager, Earl's Organic Produce, San Francisco, CA

Jessica Cole,

Quality Assurance & Inventory Control Specialist, Earl's Organic Produce, San Francisco, CA

Three women who have made organic food their career show us that sustainable food production and healthy agricultural practices have a tremendous impact on everything that food touches. Starting on the land with the farmer, these practices positively affect just about everything along the journey, and ultimately, the end consumer - all of us. In this episode, we celebrate the notion that life creates life, with Helge Hellberg.
Chasing Coral:

An Emotional Journey Under the Ocean’s Surface

Air Date: 07/10/17
 

Guest:

Richard Vevers,

Founder & CEO, The Ocean Agency, & Underwater Photographer, Chasing Coral, Sydney, Australia

Today we are entering a world that many of us will never witness – the stunningly beautiful world of Coral reefs. Like tropical birds under the water, Corals are strange, incredible, and, as we will learn today, critical in the overall ecology of the oceans. And, they are as threatened as so many other ecosystems and animals today. However, if you are not a diver, there are not many other opportunities to see Corals up close. Perhaps in an aquarium you can get a glimpse of their colors and beauty, but anyone who has had a chance to dive through a Coral reef often speaks of it as if it was a outer-world experience. We now have a chance to see this amazing underwater world up close and personal – thanks to a new documentary on Netflix, Chasing Coral.
Children and Nature:

A Crucial Connection

Air Date: 07/25/16
 

Guest:

Scott D. Sampson,

Author, How to Raise a Wild Child, Vancouver, B.C.

American children spend four to seven minutes a day playing outdoors—that is 90 percent less time than their parents did. There is a significant physical, emotional, and mental price to pay for having such little exposure to Nature and unstructured playtime. What is at stake, how to bring Nature back into all of our lives, and specifically, How to Raise a Wild Child – that’s our topic in this hour of An Organic Conversation.
Organic and Non-Organic Wine:

A Comparison from Land to Bottle

Air Date: 06/26/17
 

Guests:

Katrina Frey,

Owner, Frey Vineyards, Redwood Valley, CA

Jonathan Frey,

Owner, Frey Vineyards, Redwood Valley, CA

The summer months are here, with evening outdoor parties, and hopefully some leisurely slow weekends, perhaps with a glass of chilled Chardonnay, or a beautiful glass of Merlot – what ever your preference is. But do you know what’s in your glass, exactly? We are expanding the notion of “Know your farmer” or “Know where your food comes from” to “Know how your food is being made” in this episode. What does it take to make a bottle of organic wine, and what goes into non-organic wine? Most of us who are following an organic diet as much as possible know the differences between organic and non-organic produce, the use of pesticides and synthetic fertilizers in so called conventional production systems, and many other issues that organic production addresses, when it comes to fruits and vegetables. Today we are walking through every step of organic and non-organic wine production.
Turmeric:

Nature’s Golden Answer to Chronic Disease

Air Date: 06/19/17
 

Guest:

Dr. Ajay Goel,

Professor and Director, Center for Translational Genomics and Oncology at Baylor Scott & White Research Institute, Baylor University Medical Center, Dallas, TX

There are foods that suddenly become super hip, such as Kale, or coconut water, or Spirulina, or Avocados. And for good reasons, as these foods are so called super foods – that’s a category of foods with exceptional nutritional value and benefits for our health. One of these foods recently added, is a powerful spice, a root of the Ginger family, called Turmeric. It’s component, curcumin, has been hailed in nutritional circles for decades, but only recently has Turmeric gained public notoriety as an incredible anti-inflammatory plant medicine. New research shows, Turmeric even possesses cancer-fighting properties, as we will learn today.
Natural Sunscreen:

Defining the Relationship Between Sky and Skin

Air Date: 06/12/17
 

Guest:

Lisa McHugh,

Founder, Bare Belly Organics, Burbank, CA

Very few business areas are as close to our skin, literally, and as unregulated, as the bodycare industry. Even though our skin is our largest organ, all of our shampoos, lotions, soaps, make-ups and other skin care products have little governmental oversight or production standards when it comes to our health. And right now in June, many of us begin to put vast amounts of sunscreen onto our bodies, and on the bodies of our loves ones. Children with their tendency to spend much more time outdoors than adults do, are especially at risk to get a sun burn, or to be exposed to unhealthy ingredients in our sunscreen products. What do we need to look out for, what products and ingredients are best, and how to decode the Sun Protection Factor (SPF)? We’ll speak with an expert today, a concerned mother and nurse-turned-entrepreneur.
Authentic Mexican Cuisine:

A World of Flavor and Spirit

Air Date: 06/05/17
 

Guests:

Gonzalo Gonzalez Guzman,

Chef & Owner, Nopalito, San Francisco, CA

Allyson Jossel,

Owner, Nopa, San Francisco, CA

Today we are inviting you to come explore the world south of the border with us – the Mexican border, that is. We are taking it way beyond what is commonly known as tex mex food - Burritos, Enchiladas, Guacomole, and Tacos. Nothing wrong with that, but do you know what real, authentic Mexican cuisine looks like? Well, you’ll know after this hour! We are speaking with the author of a brand new beautiful cookbook on Real Mexican Food today.
Island Wisdom:

Lessons from Hawaiian Culture

Air Date: 06/27/16
 

Guest:

Kevin Hoke,

CEO & President, Hawaiian Outrigger Experience, Wailuku, HI

There is a deep reverence and respect for the Elements of Water, Sky, and Earth, Sun and Moon that we’ll find when we engage with cultures that have developed in the middle of the ocean, away from the speed of mainland societies. Hawaiian philosophy does not consider the physical and non-physical aspects of the world to be separate, therefore, to heal one aspect, all must be healed. Hear from an Hawaiian elder about key lessons in life - how to be of service, honor your family, and always practice kindness.
Farm from a Box:

A Beautiful Marriage of Ecology and Technology

Air Date: 05/22/17
 

Guest:

Brandi DeCarli, Founding Partner, Farm from a Box,

Founding Partner, Farm from a Box

There are plenty of challenges to food production, including access to land, the availability of clean water, and, the right infrastructure so that the farm can be functional and productive for months and years to come, for example, access to electrical power for irrigation pumps, a cooler for appropriate post harvest handling, and so much more. Today we are exploring the intersection between ecology and technology in the form of a company that has developed a complete off-grid toolkit for operating a farm anywhere there is some land and some water.
4 Wheel Bob:

A True Tale of Strength, Courage, and Wisdom

Air Date: 05/15/17
 

Guests:

Tal Skloot,

Director, 4 Wheel Bob, SF Bay Area

Bob Coomber,

Lifelong Outdoorsman, 4 Wheel Bob, SF Bay Area

In this life, in this world, you would think that we might run out of ideas, or stories, or goals - that the human capacity will at one point exhaust itself, that all songs might be written one day. Well, clearly not so. We’ve come across this incredibly wonderful movie, as slow as a wheel chair, and as deep as human inspiration can lead us – in this case up the mountain, into the heart and soul of the viewer. It’s called 4 Wheel Bob: A True Tale of Strength, Courage, and Wisdom. It’s filmed in the San Francisco Bay Area, where this show is produced, and it was nominated as one of the Bay Area’s most important Environmental Film Contributions this year at the San Francisco Green Film Festival. We are speaking with the film maker today, and with the star of the documentary.
A Kernel of Life:

Seed, The Untold Story

Air Date: 05/08/17
 

Guests:

Jon Betz,

Director & Producer, SEED: The Untold Story

Taggart Siegel,

Director & Producer, SEED: The Untold Story

A carrot seed is far less than a millimeter in size, a tiny speck of dirt, dust in the wind. And yet, it contains the DNA to sprout, and to grow big, orange, beta-carotene-rich carrots, given darkness and moisture and the right temperature. Seeds have been the foundation of life, and for life, for millions of years. Seeds are an incredible invention by Mother Nature – preserving life from generation to generation, often thousands of varieties of the same species, able to withstand and learn from draught, or other weather conditions, incorporate soil quality, and other environmental factors. Seeds are a living database of the growing history, to make sure the next generation of seeds is even better equipped than the generation before. Seeds are food, diversity, and resilience. There is a new film available that is talking about the role Seeds play for society, and for life itself. We are speaking with the directors and producers today in this insightful episode on life itself.
Beyond Weather:

The Geo-Political Impact of Global Warming

Air Date: 05/01/17
 

Guest:

Jared Scott,

Writer, Director, Producer, The Age of Consequences, Brooklyn, NY

When we hear about climate change we may think of harsher storms, flooding, or extreme drought. Those are the immediate consequences of weather on land and sea. But few have ever explained to us just how far reaching the ripple effects go from there. Drought means people in hunger, large populations moving, social breakdowns, and possibly war. A new film is focused exactly on that interconnectedness of problems, causes and effects. It’s called The Age of Consequences and it is playing in film festivals all around the country right now. We are speaking with the film maker today, in this not to be missed episode.