419: Nicky Schauder on Growing Food in Small Spaces.

Teaching how to garden with limited space.

Nicky and her husband Dave are passionate about helping suburban families grow their own food. Together, they run Permaculture Gardens at growmyownfood.com, a web portal to help you grow abundantly!

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In 2017, Permaculture Gardens won the grand prize at the Green Festivals in Washington DC for “Most Innovative Sustainable Brand.” Their work has been featured in the Huffington Post, Permaculture Research Institute – Australia and Green America.org.  They also volunteer at their local Title 1 school and started a permaculture garden after-school program for the elementary kids there.

In This Podcast:

 Struggling with their children’s multiple food allergies convinced Nicky Schauder and her husband Dave to go organic. Dealing with the expense of all this organic food impelled them to start growing it themselves. This began their adventure with permaculture and gardening in small spaces. They’ve incorporated many techniques, which they call multipliers, to increase their yield, from 3-dimensional gardening to low tunnel gardening. Among the many bonuses of this lifestyle is the improved health of their children. Nicky and Dave now offer classes to help families just like theirs reap the same benefits.

Listen in and learn about:

“What if we grew it ourselves?
  • Going from a childhood of city life in the Philippines to growing her own food in the US
  • What happened to her children’s food allergies when they grew their own food
  • What she learned in her permaculture design course
  • The difference between sustainability and regenerative gardening and which we should be focused on
  • How you can grow $700 worth of food in a 10’ X 10’ bed.
  • What multipliers and increase your yield
“More in a garden grows than the gardener knows.”

As well as: 

  • Her failure – Getting into trouble with our HOA for our compost and garden
  • Her success – The impact on the lives of our kids and the lifetime learning
  • Her drive – To steward our planet and maintain our family’s health
  • Her advice – Integrate diversity in your gardening, both in the plants you select and the experiments you do.

Nicky and Dave’s Book recommendations: 

Integrated Forest Gardening: The Complete Guide to Polycultures and Plant Guilds in Permaculture Systems, by Wayne Weiseman, Daniel Halsey and Bruce Huddock

I Quit Sugar: Your Complete 8-Week Detox Program and Cookbook by Sara Wilson

How to reach Nicky and Dave: 

Website:  growmyownfood.com  

Instagram: permaculture_garden  

Facebook: permaculturegardens 

Twitter: @PermacultureG  

Email: permaculturegardens@gmail.com 

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Note: You can also find these books mentioned above at one of our favorite local independent bookstores and have the satisfaction of knowing you are supporting a small business.

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  1. Enjoyed the podcast Nicky Schauder on Growing Food in Small Spaces. But I was disheartened to see that it cost 19.99 a month to join her group.
    Most people don’t have that money monthly to spend. Also you can’t just go out and garden when you are living on a fixed budget.
    It would be great if someone would find a way for food desert communities to be able to get free bag of soil seed and some pots.
    Ok off my soap box. Thanks for all you do and all the information you bring.

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