Ep 73: Sowing Income and Sustainability: The Permaculture Approach with Michael Judd

Embark with us as my friend, permaculture savant Michael Judd, guides us through the enchanting transformation of a sprawling 145-acre property into a bastion of sustainability. Our discussion blossoms with insights on how nut trees are not merely an environmental boon but a conduit for financial prosperity. Michael, with his inexhaustible knowledge, illustrates how permaculture and edible landscaping intertwine to foster a living space that is as economically viable as it is green. His stories, steeped in the profound wisdom of indigenous communities, serve as a testament to the intimate relationship between our own vitality and the well-being of our planet.

As we traverse the symbiotic paths of eco-friendly living and personal wealth, the episode branches out into practical wisdom and the unexpected parallels with wealth management. I share my own revelation in planting over 500 nut trees, a journey that began with a passion for wildlife and morphed into an exploration of untapped economic potential. The conversation takes root in the rich soil of practical permaculture applications, like the creation of a Hugelkultur bed, while highlighting the importance of aligning investments with individual strengths and how an abundance mindset can cultivate both personal and ecological growth.

Closing the loop, Scott offers a crucial perspective, framing our discussion with a reminder that tailored advice is vital when navigating the financial landscape. This episode, while steeped in the lush foliage of permaculture, is firmly grounded in the understanding that every investment, including those in nut trees, carries inherent risks alongside their rewards. So, whether you have your hands in the earth or your eyes on your portfolio, join us for an episode that promises to seed your mind with ideas for a more sustainable and prosperous future.

Learn more about our guest, Michael Judd
Michael Judd has worked with agro-ecological and whole-system designs throughout the Americas for over two decades, focusing on applying permaculture and ecological design. His projects increase local food security and community health in both tropical and temperate growing regions. He is the founder of Ecologia Edible & Ecological Landscape Design, Project Bona Fide, an international nonprofit supporting agro-ecology research, and co-founder of SilvoCulture, a Maryland based nonprofit which is helping plant 1 million nut trees in the Mid-Atlantic region. He is also the author of ‘Edible Landscaping with a Permaculture Twist’, and ‘For the Love of PawPaws’. Michael’s work has been featured in The New York Times, The Guardian, The New Yorker, and BBC. Presenter for notable institutions such as the US Botanical Garden, Smithsonian, and Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello. Michael lives and his family live along the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains near Frederick, Maryland.

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