Plant Talk Podcast

Join Robin Harford as he takes you on an audio journey exploring the past and present uses of wild plants as food and medicine. EP02: Alexanders EP01: Introduction

EP24: Nutritional Cultural Identity

Masanobu Fukuoka’s one-straw revolution inspired Krishna Mckenzie to start his own organic farm in Auroville, Tamil Nadu, India. In this interview he talks about the importance of nutritional cultural identity, wild food volunteer plants, soil fertility, bioregionalism and why wellbeing needs to be collective not individual self indulgence. Listen To This Podcast Subscribe To The … Read more

EP23: Wild Tea Ceremonies & Celebrations

How to create your own local wild tea ceremonies and celebrations for community building and wild wellbeing. In this interview, I talk with my friend Mary Morgaine Squire on how to create local wild tea celebrations to reconnect us to plants, place, self and soil. Listen To This Podcast Subscribe To The Podcast Apple/iPhone users subscribe … Read more

EP22: Foraging The Future, Sustainability & Vital Connection

An interview with Miles Irving, author of the Forager Handbook and creator of The Wild Box, on why we must include humans in our conservation models in order to look after wild spaces. Why foraging is sustainable. How foraging can help feed an ever growing population, and how we can restore our vital connection to … Read more

EP21: From 19th Century Famine Potherb to 21st Century Hipster Food

The edibility of plants has been discussed in old herbals and economic handbooks since the origins of written language. Inventories of wild edible plants were often created in the hope of alleviating famine and finding new sources of food. Nineteenth and early 20th-century ethnography documented the use of wild foods in order to preserve traditions, … Read more

EP20: When A Poisonous Buttercup Becomes Edible

Over the years as I have wandered further down the Green Path, one name has kept consistently cropping up in ethnobotanical circles. That person is Lukasz Luczaj, associate professor and head of the Department of Botany at the University of Rzeszow, Poland. I’d always wanted to meet and interview him. It was self-evident to me … Read more

EP19: The Future of Farming is Foraging

Food pioneers Martin Godfrey and Sara Melendro from Hilltown Organics are revolutionising how we farm. Incorporating wild edible plants into their polyculture farming systems, they grow high-nutrient food plants that are sold at farmer’s markets. According to soil scientists, their revolutionary farming practices have produced some of the richest soil found anywhere in the UK. … Read more

EP18: The Wild Art of Fermentation

Fermented foods are a delicious and rich source of nourishment. The fermentation process can transform the flavour of food from the plain and mundane into delicious flavours enlivened by colonies of beneficial bacteria and enhanced micronutrients. In this episode I talk with former plant biochemist Viola Sampson turned “fermentation passionista” on the benefits of wild … Read more

EP17: Busted By The Cops For Picking A Dandelion

Notorious New York vegan forager Steve Brill was busted by the cops for picking a dandelion. In this interview along with his 12 year old daughter, the father and daughter double-act discuss their foraging antics around New York. While revealing how to craft delicious vegan cuisine from their foraged finds. Including some highly creative ways … Read more

EP16: Herbalists Without Borders Choose Love Over Fear

I was delighted to finally get Becs Griffiths and Annwen Jones. Two members of the collective who organised the Radical Herbalism Gathering, to agree to an interview. This time however I was interested in their new venture called Herbalists Without Borders (Bristol). A cracking example of grassroots herbal medicine which provides free herbal healthcare to … Read more

EP15: The Handmade Apothecary

In this episode I talk with two amazing herbalists about why we need to build ‘health resilience’ using herbal medicine, in an age of NHS cuts and a national health crisis. When is the best time to self-medicate, and when should you visit the doctor? Why modern medicine isn’t always evil, and what our grandparents … Read more