484: Kristie Kapp on Eco-edible Landscaping.

Helping others understand and create food forests.

In This Podcast:

Eco-edible landscaping sounds like a cool new method, but it incorporates many of the tried and true methods of permaculture. Kristie Kapp educates on building a food forest and how to incorporate 7 layers, supporting plants, mineral accumulators, and beneficial insects. She teaches stacking plant functions, and how to build the ideal soil for your food forest in just one year. Listen in to learn these principles and how to start creating regenerative, resilient ecosystems

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Our Guest:

Kristie Kapp Kristie is the Founder and Executive Director of Resilient Roots. She has a master’s in ecology from Yale School of Environmental Studies and over twenty years of farming experience. She decided to merge the two professions, completed a permaculture landscape design program, and has been designing landscapes since 2014. Resilient Roots is a non-profit organization whose mission is to educate and promote awareness about permaculture landscapes that are primarily edible and guided by ecological principles. They empower people to grow their own food in a manner that is sustainable and uses local resources.   

Listen in and learn about:

  • How small farming in the suburbs led her to permaculture and Eco-edible landscaping  
  • Creating regenerative ecosystems that improve the soil and area instead of just sustaining things 
  • What Eco-edible Landscaping is (and what it is in disguise) 
  • Starting a non-profit and capturing an audience 
  • Knowing your farmer and where your food comes from 
  • Educating the public through demonstration gardens on land trusts 
  • The basics of a food forest and the ideal 7 layers 
  • Incorporating support plants, mineral accumulators, and beneficial insects into your food forest  
  • Considering the multiple functions of each plant and stacking functions 
  • The ideal soil for your food forest 
  • Sheet mulching and out of the box items to build the soil within one year 
  • Lasagna gardening and why to put wood chips as the top layer 
  • How permaculture addresses climate change and builds resiliency into your environment 
  • How changes in animal populations directly throw other animal groups out of balance 

As well as: 

Her failure – Not considering the changes in animal populations and how it impacts the yield from her crops. 

Her success – Finding her tribe and a passion that she loves. 

Her drive – Changing attitudes so people want to work with nature. 

Her advice – Don’t overthink it, plant something!  

Kristi’s Book recommendations: 

Gaia’s Garden: A Guide to Home-Scale Permaculture by Toby Hemingway   

How to reach Kristi : 

Website: www.resilientrootscapecod.org 

Email: resilientrootscapecod@gmail.com


1 Comment

  1. Hi Greg,
    I just wanted to say thank you 4 your enthusiastic interviews with so many people! I really look forward to your next guest or your past guests that I have listened to on a daily and weekly basis. The people and the resources are quite incredible. The information really gets me thinking about what the possibilities are for my backyard urban farm. So again thank you Greg for being here. Keep doing what you’re doing.
    Mark Iglesias
    Altamonte Springs, Florida

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