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FOODSCAPING - with Brie Arthur. Photo courtesy of Brie Arthur, all rights reserved.


In our ongoing exploration of who gardeners are, where gardeners are, and what they are growing in this world, I am thrilled to be joined this week by Maria Rodale, of the Rodale Organic Gardening family. 


Maria is a self-described "explorer in search of the mysteries of the universe." Author, artist, activist, and recovering CEO, she serves on the board of the Rodale Institute and is also a former board co-chair.

Throughout her career, she has advocated for the potential of organic regenerative farming to heal the damage wrought by pesticides and industrial agricultural practices. She is the author of Organic Manifesto and Scratch and is a children’s book author under the pseudonym: Mrs. Peanuckle. Maria is a mother, grandmother, and crazy gardener who lives in Pennsylvania, right near where she was born. 


This week we take a deep dive into the heart of the lessons of all of our gardens through the lens of Maria’s garden journey, documented in her newest book Love Nature Magic: Shamanic Journey’s Into the Heart of My Garden, out now from Chelsea Green Books.

All images courtesy of Maria Rodale. All rights reserved.

You can follow Maria's work on line at:, you can follow her writing on Substack: Life. Unfiltered.

and on Instagram: @mariarodale

All images courtesy of Maria Rodale, all rights reserved.

HERE IS THIS WEEK'S TRANSCRIPT by Doulos Transcription Service:

12-07-23 CP - Love Nature Magic with Maria Rodale - Final
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JOIN US again next week, when we revel in another gardener's life journ story, this time with UK based Marchelle Farrell, known as Afroliage on line. Her 2023 title Uprooting, from the Caribbean to the Countryside, Finding Home in An English Country Garden will grow you in ways warm and wonderful - Listen in!


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