Podcast: Renew, Revitalize & Re-Dream, Self Care with Chonteáu

The spirit of service and taking care of others is often instilled in us from an early age, but the spirit of self care has often been undervalued and often even discouraged. So the question when tough times arrive is: how do we navigate our life journey with resilience, avoid burn out and thrive? Today’s guest has been through that journey and has woven together several lines of wisdom teachings with her personal experience as her life’s work to share with others. In this podcast, Chonteau discusses radical self-care, plant consciousness and the meaning of congruency.

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About Chonteáu

Chonteaus SPP Session-2Chonteáu is a Spiritual Life Coach and author of 84 Day Self Care Journey. She runs an online Intuitive Herbal Academy in the Folk & Wise Woman traditions, as well as a group & retreat facilitator and motivational speaker. She holds a Bachelors of Social Work from the UCF, is a Certified  Holistic Health Coach from Institute of Integrative Nutrition, a  Certified Hypnotist from The National Board of Professional and Ethical Standards, a Certified Herbalist with Susun Weed and Florida School of Holistic Living as well as a Reiki Master.

Chonteáu wears many hats, but believes her main reason for being on the planet is to assist in the awakening and remembrance that we are all connected and the time to step into our brilliance is now. In her early 20’s she received a vision and was told by Spirit that she was a teacher and healer of the old ways.

Learn more at: http://chonteau.com/

Podcast: 2% Solutions for the Planet with Courtney White

2percentThe environmental problems we face today are significant. So it’s somewhat natural to assume that the solutions that will have an impact on those problems must themselves be significant, must be big. But in Two Percent for the Planet, Courtney White argues that many of the solutions that can make a real difference are actually smaller ones: low-cost, easy-to-implement strategies that can be employed today.

In this podcast, Courtney White takes us through a few of the the fifty innovative & engaging success stories from his book to inspire urban-dwellers, farmers, ranchers—anyone lamenting the scope of the problem and the apparent lack of action steps. New concepts such as agrivoltism and fibershed are introduced with a very practical overview of innovations from around the world.

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About the Author

Screen shot 2016-01-14 at 1.10.50 PMCourtney White is a former archaeologist and Sierra Club activist. He dropped out of the “conflict industry” in 1997 to co-found the Quivira Coalition, a nonprofit dedicated to building bridges between ranchers, conservationists and others around practices that improve economic and ecological resilience in western working landscapes. He is the author of Grass, Soil, Hope, Revolution on the Range, and The Age of Conqequences. He lives in Santa Fe with his family and a backyard full of chickens.

This show originally aired live on January 13th at 4pm EST to WPRK 91.5 FM in Winter Park, FL.

Podcast: Systems Thinking for Social Change with Author David Peter Stroh

Do you wish that your efforts to create social change could have more powerful impact?  Experienced & action oriented, David Peter Stroh discussed paradigm shifting systems change practices that solve complex & chronic problems from homelessness to criminal justice.

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Donors, leaders of nonprofits, and public policy makers usually have the best of intentions to serve society and improve social conditions. But often their solutions fall far short of what they want to accomplish and what is truly needed & produce the opposite of what they want over time. We end up with temporary shelters that increase homelessness, drug busts that increase drug-related crime, or food aid that increases starvation.

SystemsThinkingforSocialChangeHow do these unintended consequences come about and how can we avoid them? Systems Thinking for Social Change enables readers to contribute more effectively to society by helping them understand systems thinking and shares techniques he has used to help people end homelessness and increase affordable housing, improve public health, strengthen public education and access to early childhood development services, protect child welfare, reform the criminal justice system, resolve identity-based conflicts, and more.

About the Author

Screen shot 2015-11-16 at 10.48.27 PMDavid Peter Stroh is the author of the new book Systems Thinking for Social Change: A Practical Guide for Solving Complex Problems, Avoiding Unintended Consequences, and Achieving Lasting Results (Chelsea Green, 2015). He is an internationally recognized consultant, author, and speaker who works with organizations and communities across the nonprofit, private, and public sectors to develop social change initiatives that improve system-wide performance over time. David is a founding partner of Bridgeway Partners and a founding director of the website Applied Systems Thinking.

This show originally aired live on November 18th at 4pm EST to WPRK 91.5 FM in Winter Park, FL.

Podcast: Good Catch: Recipes & Stories Celebrating the Best of Florida’s Waters

Edible Orlando’s Pam Brandon & Katie Farmand  and Orlando Sentinel’s Heather McPherson shared with us a few backstories about their second cookbook together, Good Catch: Recipes & Stories Celebrating the Best of Florida’s Waters. Three of the most influential women in Florida’s Food Movement, this tasteful trio first appeared on Front Porch Radio to promote their first book together: Field to Feast: Recipes Celebrating Florida Farmers, Chefs, and Artisans. Amongst many things we discussed were Sheepshead (the ugly fish), fancy Hemingway inspired cocktails, and towards the very end we heard some tips for local food entrepreneurs to get noticed by media. Listen in:

Buy Local: Available locally for purchase at BookMark It, located inside East End Market.

About the Book

goodcatchSurrounded by water on three sides with an inland maze of lakes, rivers, streams, and springs, Florida has a fishing culture unlike any other state and with it comes an abundance of delectable recipes. Following their award-winning Field to Feast: Recipes Celebrating Florida Farmers, Chefs, and Artisans, authors Pam Brandon, Katie Farmand, and Heather McPherson take readers on a journey to savor the bounty of the state’s countless waterways and bring these distinctly Floridian recipes from the sea to your table.

In Good Catch, the authors befriend the fishermen, the frog giggers, and the shrimpers whose pride in their hard work is near tangible and whose joy comes from spending time so close to nature. Their stories, evoking a way of life that has endured for generations, will transform you—if you have not been already—into a champion of local fishermen.

From amberjack to snook, from roasted Apalachicola oysters to steamed spiny lobster from the Florida Keys—plus, all the accompanying starters, salads, and sides—Good Catch brings Sunshine State flavor into your kitchen.


PAM BRANDON is managing editor of Edible Orlando magazine and a food columnist for OrlandoSentinel.com and the Palm Beach Post. She has written twelve cookbooks, including  the 2014 Epcot International Food & Wine Festival Cookbook. Her favorite Florida seafood, hands down, is wild-caught, crispy fried shrimp with a splash of lemon.

KATIE FARMAND, a proud Florida native, is an Orlando-based food writer, recipe developer, and food stylist. She is the editor of Edible Orlando magazine. She grew up deep-sea fishing with her grandparents and, to this day, a sandwich made with fried freshly caught grouper is her definition of perfection. This is her second cookbook.

HEATHER McPHERSON is the food editor and restaurant critic for the Orlando Sentinel and OrlandoSentinel.com. She is a past president of the Association of Food Journalists and is author of two cookbooks, coauthor of five cookbooks, and editor of three others. She loves all Florida seafood, but grouper with a lemony caper-dill sauce is her favorite.

This show originally aired on October 14th at 4pm EST live on WPRK 91.5 FM in Winter Park, FL.

Podcast: PAWPAW: In Search of America’s Forgotten Fruit by Andrew Moore


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Informed, passionate, even obsessed, Andrew Moore shares his love for and research about the renaissance that the Pawpaw tropical fruit is enjoying, and his new book by the same name.

Where, oh where is pretty little Susie?
Where, oh where is pretty little Susie?
Where, oh where is pretty little Susie?
Way down yonder in the paw-paw patch.

While many, especially older Americans are familiar with this folksong, few of us have actually tasted the fruit to which it pays homage. But in an earlier time, it was grown at Monticello, sustained Lewis and Clark’s expedition, inspired Whitman’s poetry, fueled escaped slaves and was fodder for Prohibition-era moonshiners. What brought about the pawpaw’s decline? Is it poised now for a renaissance? And why should we care?

In Pawpaw, Moore weaves together the folklore and the science, the culture and the horticulture of this uniquely American fruit. Used medicinally to treat ailments from cold sores to head lice for generations, the pawpaw is now being studied for its cancer-fighting properties. And small farmers and businesses are likewise experimenting with the fruit, sensing economic opportunities hidden in the pawpaw patch.

But Pawpaw also poses deeper questions: how is it that we come to eat the foods that we do, yet never know of others within an arm’s reach? How do we come to forget things our ancestors knew? And how we can lose something we never knew we had?

This program originally aired LIVE on September 16, 2015 at 4pm EST to WPRK 91.5 FM in Winter Park, FL.