[Transcript] – How To Start Your Own Small Farm Anywhere In The World & Grow Your Own Herbs, Plant Medicines, Oils, Tinctures, Teas & More With Brad Krass & Doug Wolkon.

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[00:00:00] Introduction

[00:01:11] Who are Doug Wolkon and Brad Krass?

[00:03:19] How did Brad and Doug meet?

[00:05:04] What is permaculture?

[00:08:47] Establishing the soil

[00:13:35] The strategy of layering — groundcovers, shrubs, and canopies

[00:20:18] Different types of fertilizers

[00:24:19] Pesticides and pest control

[00:25:28] Herbal medicine plants

[00:28:01] Special considerations for water

[00:31:16] Where to start as far as plant selection?

[00:44:34] Books and training to help people get started

[00:49:41] What products should people try?

[00:58:16] Closing the Podcast

[00:59:34] End of Podcast

[01:00:36] Legal Disclaimer

Ben:  My name is Ben Greenfield. And, on this episode of the Ben Greenfield Life podcast.

Brad:  When you're gardening in permaculture, what we're doing is we're mimicking nature. So, if you were to walk through a forest, you would see plants that are really low on the ground. Underneath that, there's even roots and then small plants is going to be your next layer up. And, it's going to grow into larger bushes, small trees, tall trees. And, we're looking at all these layers because this is how nature gardens. And, we're deciding, well, what are the plants that are going to be beneficial for us in our gardens that will occupy all of these layers so we can achieve the most photosynthesis all at the same time in the garden?

Ben:  Fitness, nutrition, biohacking, longevity, life optimization, spirituality, and a whole lot more. Welcome to the Ben Greenfield Life show. Are you ready to have hack your life? Let's do this.

So, it's been a few years since I have had a repeat guest of mine on the show who's here with me today, Doug Wolkon of Kauai Farmacy. Now, if you aren't familiar with the first two podcasts I did with Doug, I discovered him through my friend Laird Hamilton when Laird brought me to this fabulous farm in Kauai. They were growing this vast array of superfoods and extracting and making tinctures and oils and powders and all sorts of different compounds from this tiny little, I think of 2- or 3-acre farm and using a lot of cool tactics. And, since then, I've been a huge fan of Kauai Farmacy. I use their teas, I use their saves and their lotions and their dried cacao beans and all sorts of crazy superfoods that just show up at my house from the islands every few months or so from Doug.

Now, I recently found out something very interesting. However, this is going to be very interesting for any of you who want to grow your own food, farm your own food, start a garden, maybe even take things commercial and go sell stuff at farmer's market. Doug wound up training a guy who lives very close to me named Brad who's also going to be on this show. And, Brad took all of Doug's concepts and did the same thing in Idaho, in North Idaho, in Sandpoint an hour from my house. And, I thought this was so incredible, such an interesting take on learning in Hawaii and then reapplying in different states and different areas of the world that I wanted to get these guys on the show to talk all things farming, gardening, permaculture with the hopes that you can learn if you're listening in right now to grow food and to do it anywhere using a lot of the cool concepts that Doug and Brad implements.

So, first of all, as you listen in, if you want to access the shownotes, they're all going to be at BenGreenfielLife.com/NewFlower. That's BenGreenfieldLife.com/NewFlower because that is the name of Brad's place over in Sandpoint. And again, Doug's place is Kauai Farmacy. Doug, Brad, thanks so much for coming on the show, guys.

Brad:  Yeah, thanks for having us.

Ben:  Yeah, this has been a little while in the planning figuring out how to do a threepeat version of this and what we actually want to talk about and share with people. But, where did you guys actually meet?

Doug:  So, Brad and I met on Kauai. I think if I remember correctly, Brad, you had been kind of looking to get into Kauai Farmacy for a while and kind of display and show your permaculture skills. So, Brad's a kind of a wizard and teacher and mentor in the gardens. He's been doing permaculture for many, many years. And, there's many that is kind of a mecca for Kauai in the Hawaiian islands is a mecca for gardening and farming gurus, and Brad certainly qualifies as one.

And so, anyway, he finally kind of broke into our Kauai Farmacy bubble where we have 4 acres of medicinal plants and he thought it was kind of an ideal place for him to take it to the next level, which he did. He spent a little over two years here, maybe three plus years kind of reimagining the place and reestablishing it with new structures, new systems, new soil building techniques, and then also training; passing down his knowledge and his studies to our gardeners, which are still here today, which is an amazing aspect of permaculture which is kind of layering on year after year which we're in year 12 now. So, all our products and all our farming systems and techniques have all that what we refer to in Hawaii, “manao,” which is kind of the knowledge of all the farmers that have come before and including Brad. So, that's how we met.

Ben:  Brad, how do you define permaculture just in case people aren't that familiar with the term or think they know what it means?

Brad:  Yeah, permaculture is a design system that's made for humans to thrive. So, a lot of it is centered around gardening because food is just essential for us, but permaculture does kind of incorporate a bigger picture of appropriate technologies and just ways for us to create a culture that's really sustainable for us to live and thrive in.

Ben:  Okay. So, you came into Brad's place with a little bit of a knowledge of permaculture and learned in Hawaii, but what was it like to take that back to freaking Idaho? I live up here obviously. I know that it's nowhere near Hawaii. Not only is the surfing not as good but it's an entirely different climate.

Brad:  Yeah. This is the third climate I've done permaculture in. I started in Florida back in the early 2000s. I had a farm there. And, I did a little over a decade of permaculture work on Kauai. Idaho was my first cold climate place that I've ever lived. So, there's definitely a learning curve in gardening and farming here, but it's been quite wonderful and pretty comfortable gardening. It's a little cooler weather than some of the tropical stuff. Just a new learning curve on the plants that we grow and getting stuff ready in the spring, the seasonal aspect of it.

Doug:  Just to add, he's growing stuff that typically isn't grown in a big way on the mainland or in North America. So, he's also had this understanding of the Hawaiian island and he's bringing some of that tropical vibration. And, within permaculture, you can sort of create your own ecosystems and that's a lot of what we're experimenting with, which is this idea of replanting the Earth, right? So, what has been the case historically is shifting. Can we replant reseed the Earth to create new guilds, new ecosystems that self-sustain and thrive? The idea of permaculture is less footsteps, more sustainability, more efficiency. And, that's a key aspect to what it is that we're doing.

So, herbs like tulsi, which were basically tropical India herbs that came from South Pacific or East Asia, South Asia, is now growing in Idaho, which is unheard of. It's unheard of. And, it's a critical medicine for our culture to heal. 

Ben:  Are we talking about greenhouses or, what do you call, white peonies? And, by the way, the reason I ask is I know a lot of people are probably living in an area where they might want bananas and coconuts and avocados and maybe a little tulsi. But, they might have a little bit of guilt over the jet fuel required to get them up to say Montana or Washington or Idaho or somewhere where those would normally be found.

Brad:  Yeah. We do use greenhouses. And, a lot of the herbs that would be perennial in the tropics are grown annually here. So, there are permaculture technologies for being able to grow stuff really outside of your climate zone using the Earth's natural heat, using greenhouses, and all these kind of things.

Ben:  So, what did you start off with when you took these concepts from Hawaii up to Idaho? Where would somebody actually start if they're looking out over their backyard right now with a half-acre or an acre maybe they've got a little hobby farm? Or, like me, I've got 12 acres in Idaho and then I'm trying to decide some different things I want to do with it.

Brad:  Well, the first thing is deciding really what is actually that you're going to use. So, when you're planting something, you want to make sure it's something that you actually like. And then, from there, really what we do is establish the foundation, which is the soil life. So, we start tending to the soil, getting everything ready to create a garden that's going to thrive.

Ben:  Alright, let's get into details. What do you do with the soil?

Brad:  So, we practice natural farming. And, everything on our farm is closed loop. So, we produce everything we use to nourish our gardens right on site. The biggest factor in that with the natural farming is really soil biology. So, what we're doing is collecting soil life and multiplying it so that our plants can thrive.

Ben:  What does that mean collecting soil life and multiplying it?

Brad:  We take cultures of indigenous microorganisms. So, these are the microorganisms that naturally live in the soil in our climate. So, when we propagate them, they're going to survive here. And, it's just a really crucial part of the ecosystem because what happens in industrial farming is it's just they're adding fertilizers, adding fertilizers, and tilling. But, that's really degrading the life of the soil and the long-term quality of the gardens.

Ben:  Where do you find the microorganisms and how do you propagate them when you're building the soil like this?

Brad:  We find them in healthy forest environments. So, what we're doing is we're going all around the farm to the healthiest lush places and collecting small samples of soil and then feeding that essentially and making a slurry out of it, which gets applied to all the beds before the beds are even planted to kind of seed them with that beneficial biology.

Ben:  What do you feed them with, the microorganisms, to get them to grow?

Brad:  Actually, I feed them potatoes which works well for Idaho.

Ben:  You sound like the guy from the book, “The Martian,” who's growing potatoes I think on Mars to survive. So, what do you mean you feed them potatoes? How's that work?

Brad:  The starch. The starch will rapidly multiply the microbes. They feed on that. 

Ben:  So, if I've got soil and I'm walking around in the forest or near my house and I'm digging up little bits of soil from where it's enriched and then bringing it back to grow it. What's that actually look like? Am I shaving or cutting up potatoes and mixing that in with the soil? How do you do it?

Brad:  You cook them and blend it up into a slurry and then you grow it out in water. It's called JADAM Microbial Solution is what I'm making.

Ben:   JADAM Microbial Solution. When you're going out and collecting this soil, do you need to dig pretty deep to get the highest concentration of microorganisms or can you get it from the surface?

Brad:  No, it actually comes right off the surface and you need only a very small amount. It's the area where the leaves are breaking down into soil essentially. That horizon right there, we call it leaf mold soil. And, that horizon is exactly where you want to collect from. And, a small handful of it will make about 55 gallons of the solution.

Doug:  It's kind of making a vinegar or a kombucha. You got the mother and that's what he's grabbing the mother. And then, he's feeding it a type of sugar, which is what's in the potatoes is the sugar, the starch. And, that's what expands the potency of it within the slurry as he calls it.

Ben:  Okay. I make yogurt and kefir at home, so I can wrap my head around this. I just got to do it on a greater scale.

So let's say I've got a raised garden bed or maybe some greenhouse or a garden in my backyard and I'm gathering soil and I'm making this potato slurry. And, by the way, for people listening in, I'll put links in the shownotes to a lot of the stuff that Brad and Doug are describing so you've got some links and some helpful articles or tutorials about this.

Once I've got my soil into the garden, do you need to do other things? Because I've heard of people planting certain, I guess their rhizomes or things that would improve the mycorrhizal network underneath the soil. Are you using any type of minerals to adjust the pH or anything like that?

Brad:  Well, I mean, the microbes do really the bulk of the work. We do add nitrogen sources, which is from our excess plant material. Essentially, if say I'm growing a tomato, all the minerals and nutrients that the tomato requires are locked up in the plant itself. So, all the parts of the plant that we're not using get composted down and then added back into that bed to return all the nutrients back, which feeds the microbes, which feeds the plants.

Doug:  And Brad, talk a little bit about nitrogen fixers too.

Brad:  Nitrogen fixers is leguminous plants, so plants that are in the bean family essentially. And, what they do is they have these little nodules on their roots that work with a beneficial bacteria to actually pull nitrogen out of the air and store it in the roots of these plants. So, when we grow any plant in the bean family, as it grows, what it's doing is it's pulling this nitrogen out of the air, storing it in the root.

Now, when you cut a branch off a plant, it's also killing back a root zone. So, every time we prune the bean plants, what we're doing is releasing nitrogen into the soil. So, that's another source of essentially free fertilizer.

Ben:  For the nitrogen fixation, does that mean that you would have to have bean plants in each area where you're growing other plants?

Brad:  Yes. Yeah, they would be companion planted together.

Doug:  On our farm, we have canopies, and that's pigeon pea and Brad when he was here established a lot of canopy pigeon pea plants, which is also a huge plant in Southeast Asia that they grow to make mung daal and other bean dishes and then perennial peanut on the ground cover. So, we're looking to layer within permaculture looking to really make it as most efficient as possible in the layers. So, your ground covers all your shrubs, knee-high shrubs, ankle-high shrubs, hip high shrubs, chest high trees. And then, as you get into the canopies and the over story, all of those are going to tell a strategic permaculture story. And, there's nitrogen fixes in there and then there's other plants for harvesting and taking minerals out. And then, there's other stuff that's going to be basically feeding the soil. And, that balance is critical.

Now, this is something that's a little unclear to me. Can one of you guys explain and differentiate between the ground cover, the shrub, and the canopy?

Brad:  Okay. So essentially, when you're gardening in permaculture, what we're doing is we're mimicking nature. So, if you were to walk through a forest, you would see plants that are really low on the ground. Underneath that, there's even roots and then small plants is going to be your next layer up. And, it's going to grow into larger bushes, small trees, tall trees. And, we're looking at all these layers because this is how nature gardens. And, we're deciding, well, what are the plants that are going to beneficial for us in our gardens that will occupy all of these layers so we can achieve the most photosynthesis all at the same time in the garden?

Ben:  So, let's say I want to grow, I'm going to think of something I really like. Okay. Let's say strawberries. What would be an example of how I would use this strategy of ground cover, shrub, and canopy for a strawberry section of my garden?

Brad:  Right. So, the strawberry would be your ground cover. It's a really low-growing plant. And essentially, say you had a fruit tree, instead of just having a fruit tree in the middle of a grass lawn or something like that, you would have that fruit tree. But, maybe under it, there would be some blueberry bushes. And, down below that on the ground is where you might find the strawberry.

Doug:  And remember, I would just add a strawberry might like a cool canopy in the hot summertime. So, that's another aspect of why a canopy is critical. But then, maybe towards the end of the summer when the cool weather's coming in and you want to let the sun in, you want to cut the canopy down and bring that extra sunlight in and maybe garner a few extra strawberries towards the end of summer, early fall harvest, and you're stretching that season out.

And, I would just add here, as it relates to canopies and ground covers, this is a place where you can grow almost anything on Kauai. But, the critical nature of those placements of ground covers, canopies, and shrubs is to hold space to not let the weeds in. That's why the challenge here is to keep the weeds out. So, every single layer of specifically soil right, which is fertilizer. I mean, our soil is fertilizer. We've been at this for 12 years. Our farm has become one big nursery. It's incredible what's happening. I mean, there's cacao trees popping up everywhere. There's loquat trees popping up. Anyone that has seeds in their mouth, I'm like, “Be careful where you spit that because it just pops.” So, whatever is growing right now, it's got to be hyper-intentional.

When you look at the way we address our homes and we address the interior design of our bedrooms and of our bathrooms and of our showers, this is how we reflect the way our gardens. This is how we reflect our growing process, which is hyper-intentional. And, every plant, every square foot, the efficiency and the sunlight and the water has to be looked at from a level of consciousness and focus and intuition and intention. It is the same that goes into a five-star luxury bathroom.

Ben:  So, besides the nitrogen-fixation plants like the beans and the microbiome-enriched soil, do you need to use anything else as a fertilizer?

Brad:  Yeah, we use liquid fertilizers, which is basically the crop residue that's composted down and made into a fertilizer.

Ben:  What's crop residue?

Brad:  It's the rest of the tomato vine after you've harvested the tomato.

Ben:  So, if I have a big composting bin next to my garden, I could take that leftover crop residue like the vines and the branches and leaves and whatnot, compost that down, and then reapply that as a fertilizer after I grind it up or mulch it or something like that.

Brad:  Yeah. There's a bunch of ways to do it, but that would certainly work.

Doug:  I'll just add a couple other systems. We collect the grass on the farm. So, when we mow the grass, we collect it all and we feed that to our worms. So, we have a worm composting system. And, that's kind of a traditional system. The spin on it is that if anything, most farms grow a lot of grass. That's just the way it is. So, collecting that grass as nitrogen, that's the number one nitrogen grower on the mainland probably is grass that's accessible that we mow. And, before it dies down, you feed it to the worms and they create the compost through that process. So, that's one.

And then, the other huge fertilizer that we use at the moment is coconut husk. So, we have a coconut collecting program where they drop coconut husks on the farm and then we have a big grinder. It's called a flail mower. And, we'll flail every week or two and create these epic coconut husk core for both our nurseries. So, when we're planting nursery plants, that's what goes into our soil for nursery starts but also is a base for our entire garden and really takes the fertility way up.

Ben:  How many worms are we talking? Where do you keep them?

Doug:  Well, at this point, if you talk about–so we have bins. The bins are 12 by 4, if you will. And, you could have 10, 20. I've seen massive farms of 250 acres that have massive bin operations. Ours aren't that big. Why? Because it's in the soil. When you do something with perennial peanut, basically what we do is we take the compost from the worms, this golden compost that comes out of the worm's poop basically, and we make a tea out of it, and then we irate the tea and then we hand feed it back to the plants. And so, that compost tea, which is a fresher operation, a fresher system than the JADAM but they're both incredible ways to go. The JADAM has a sustainability and potency that's unique in and of itself, but this compost tea that we create, inevitably the worms find themselves underneath the perennial peanut, underneath the pigeon pea, underneath these nitrogen fixers.

So, the worms, when you say where do we keep them, we're cultivating the worms in the soil. So, if you stuck a shovel anywhere in our 4 acres, you would see massive worms everywhere. So, that's where we're at 12 years later. It's the exponential layering of the fertilization that really takes–I mean, that's what permaculture is about, is one step back, two steps forwards, and it's the opposite of two steps back, one step forward. It's constantly just getting inches, creating inches for yourself every year. And then, before it you know it, you have exponential efficiencies in production.

Ben:  What do you do in terms of pesticides or pest control?

Brad:  So, one thing is that the microbes, all the microbes were cultivating really give the plants a resilience that makes the plant diseases and pest issues a lot less than they would otherwise be just through the soil health alone. But, we can actually make essentially tea out of certain plants that are really unattractive to the pests. So, if I were to run into an issue with something say aphids or something like that, a really common agricultural pest, I can make an herbal tea out of certain plants that's totally organic, something that's even safe for me to consume and then apply that to the plant to deal with the bugs.

Ben:  On a small scale, would that literally just be a spray bottle or something like that with the tea?

Brad:  Yeah. It's a very strong tea, but yes.

Doug:  Ben, I'll just add that everyone should be clear here. What Brad and what New Flower grows and what Kauai Farmacy grows particularly is herbal medicine plants. And so, this form of permaculture gardening lends itself to these herbal medicine plants as a foundation. Growing food as medicine, things like tomatoes and cucumbers can certainly happen within this foundation. But, the foundation which is us growing antifungal, antibacterial, antiseptic plants, that tea tree, tulsi, lemongrass, these are all plants; the aphids, the pests. They don't like these plants. So, that's what we're growing here. Our gardens, they are an immune system unto themselves. So, the foundation of that as your permaculture basis whether it's on your perimeters or it's within a circle, some kind of level of herbal medicine foundation is kind of what we've found to be economically speaking, financially speaking, lifestyle speaking as it relates to farming to be an answer for the future, an answer for the sustainability of small boutique farming and sustainability.

And again, to address the pesticide issue, it's incredible if the pest come in, they're like, “Oh, they bump into the cinnamon.” On our farm, a lot of tropical warming spices, so they bump into the cinnamon, they bump into the clove, they hit the lemongrass and they out of here. They want nothing to do with this place. And, that same immune system gets translated into the medicine. So, we're using it not only as an anti-pest, but then we're using it to build your own immune system within the teas, superfoods, salves, all the medicine that we make. The alignment or the vertical integration of the system speaks to itself.

Ben:  I'm actually really glad you made that clarification about the style of what you guys are growing because this is different, right? And, I think even though you can, of course, use certain strategies to increase yield growing strawberries or cucumbers or tomatoes or what have you is not rocket science for a lot of people, but medicines and herbals and pharmaceuticals are expensive. And, this is really interesting because this can be done at home using some of the strategies you guys are sharing.

The water piece is interesting to me. My dad's in the water filtration industry. He's constantly talking about how the type of water filter used by a farm seems to affect crop or livestock quality and growth. As far as you guys go, do you give any special considerations to water, either the conservation of it, the cleanliness of it, or anything else regarding water?

Brad:  Yeah. Water on farms is a huge factor, obviously. And, in my experience through permaculture and one of the reasons I'm so attracted to permaculture is that I've just seen over and over people running into issues with their farms and also just with landscapes in general, in residential settings of too much water or not enough water, erosion. There's just always these issues. And, what permaculture really does is it takes us beyond that hole like, “Alright, right what are you just growing and how?” into like, “Let's really look at this landscape and use the water to our advantage.” So, when we start, we're often creating systems like swales and things where we can hold water in place, move it through the farm in a healthy way, and prevent any water issues like flooding that could happen in our gardens, all these kind of things. Dealing with the water is paramount to successful gardening, yeah.

Ben:  Is water filtration a consideration at all?

Brad:  Both of our farms have just absolutely amazing water gushing out of the ground from our wells. And, if you were living in a place where you're using city water that's heavily chlorinated or something like that, yeah, you would definitely want to make sure it was filtered. But, we have really nice water on both of our farms.

Doug:  Well, any sprinkler system coming from municipalities, you would want filtration. We have enough rain. We're in the wettest place on Earth. And, what Brad's saying is in the summertime, what he has from the wells and the natural water is ideal. But, if you're using municipal water, then no question, water filtration is critical.

Ben:  Yeah, you guys would love it. I got this giant pond at the very tippy top of this property that I'm going to start growing on in Idaho. So, I've got this massive natural body of water and I'm working on cleaning it up and putting an aerator in there, but it's just incredible to have that giant source that'll be paired with the rainwater catchment system on the roof of the home that we're building. So, we're definitely focusing on water. And then, with soil, I spread a bunch of hay and worm castings and molasses a few months ago to just start to build up the soil a little bit. So, I'm on board with some of the things you guys are talking about, especially regarding the microbiome and kind of starting with the soil and good water.

So, let's say somebody is listening in and they've got a section of their garden and they want to kind of take your guys' approach, which as you established a few minutes ago, Doug, is pretty medicine and herbal-specific. Where would somebody start as far as plant selection and diversification if they've got their soil and they've got their water and they understand some of these concepts of the covers and the shrubs and the canopies? What would you recommend? How would you walk someone through just the average person with a little section of the backyard they could devote to an herbal growth?

Doug:  I like where Brad started. He said figure out what you want to use. It's just incredible how many people have gardens and don't use them. They're kind of like, “Look at that mint” and then they stand off and look at it and everyone looks at it and then they go back inside. So, the deal is you got to put grab the mint and put it in the hot water like they do in Morocco breakfast, lunch and dinner. That's what people need to start doing is immersing themselves.

The reason why plant medicine is such a great starting point, Ben, which is kind of what the question I'm answering. The question here is it's so simple, easy, and efficient to grow mint, to grow sage, to grow rosemary. And, these are herbs that have been, since the Greek and Roman times, the most powerful medicines on the planet, and we kind of take them for granted now. But, these Mediterranean superpowers for all purposes, all we really have to do is get out into the garden and start utilizing them and not be afraid of them and be a little bit, I don't want to use the word aggressive but just a little more intentional. So again, hot water, mint, sage, lemon balm is ideal. Mint and lemon balm, to me both in the mint family, those are the two quintessential herbal medicines that you can make tea out of. And, it's critical from my experience, and this is when we started this process 15 years ago, I was looking at a lot of the farms on Kauai and in Hawaii and seeing a lot of people kind of labor over their farms. And, it felt to me like an energy out, just consistent energy out.

And, what's really critical in my experience is reciprocation. So, as soon as you get your garden going, how does it reciprocate? How does it feed you? And, in Hawaii, they call it Mālama ʻĀina, which is kind of we care for the land as it cares for us. And, you don't want to be three years in before you munch on your first carrot. That doesn't work. And, Brad would have a beautiful list, I'm sure, of plants in Idaho that within three months, four months, six months' time, you're getting reciprocation, you're getting love, you're getting fed, you're getting nourished from your garden. And, it's so important for that to happen. So, in that way, you get that energy and then you can feed it back into the garden and create that system and that loop. And, that's where the sustainability and that's where the practicality and the rationality comes in.

So, Brad, maybe you could kind of come in with kind of a list of starting plants that work well in that Pacific Northwest region.

Brad:  Yeah. I mean, there's all sorts of herbs we can grow here annually that just thrive in our climate. I've been so impressed by our gardens every year how fast they grow because, I mean, in the summer here, it's light, really early in the morning and it's light after 10 o'clock at night. So, we just get this expansive period of summer growth where all these herbs are going to thrive. And, I think, yeah, it really comes back down to what is it that you want. Because if that herb's not going to make it into your cup, then why are you growing it? So, it's on a person-to-person basis. Whenever I consult with people, the first thing I ask them is, “Hey, what is it that you like to eat? What is it that you like to drink?” Let's start there. And then, we're going to be able to grow what you want.

Ben:  Yeah. I'm sure some people have come back to you asking for the best growth for beer and pizza but besides the wheat and the cheese crops. In a scenario like that, what would you start with in terms of some of your favorites?

Brad:  Well, the things that I grow a lot of here, I grow a lot of tulsi. Tulsi is just an absolutely exceptional herb. It's been used in India for thousands of years as this rejuvenative tonic. It's really good for just relaxing the nervous system, helping the body adapt to stress that you might come into, and it just tastes absolutely delicious.

Ben:  I know. By the way, three times a week, I make a giant French press with the herbs that Doug sends up to me from the Farmacy. And, a lot of the tea blends that you guys have, Doug, they have tulsi in them. And so, I get hit with tulsi about around three times a week or so when I'm at home, sometimes more than that because I often have leftover in the French press. But, you're right, it's an incredible herb.

Doug:  Yeah. It's referred to as the elixir of life and it was the first plant that we put in the ground here on the farm. It's actually now almost created its seating everywhere. So, we actually had to cut it all a lot of it back recently. But certainly, seeds is another thing. Getting seed for tulsi, that's something we could talk about as well and us supplying seed, it's something that we want to do in the future.

Ben:  What do you mean by that?

Doug:  Well, tulsi seed. So, where do you get your seeds from, and having farms like Brad and ours be a nursery for these farms to get going? Because in the end, the cuttings, the starts, and the nursery work, that's going to be the engine that makes this movement go. If you go to a nursery, these herbal medicine plants like tulsi, they're not nearly as prolific in the nursery settings that we are used to. I mean, you probably can't find tulsi there. So, what do you do? You go to Ace Hardware to get it. That's not ideal to get your seeds from Ace Hardware.

Ben:  Now, is that because of the germination rate is higher on the seeds that you're producing or something else?

Doug:  I think for the most part, herbal medicine, it's kind of a lost art in the West. It's kind of a witchcraft mentality. And, for thousands and thousands of years, humans screw their own herbal medicine, and that's where we got our medicine from. And, even to this day, if you look at where our pharmaceuticals come from, they come from plants. The majority of the plant medicine in the hospitals is opium-derived. So, they're plant-derived.

So, the idea of us taking responsibility for the herbal medicine and the plant medicine that we experience, I mean getting it from locally or getting it from a reliable source with transparency. Your sandwiches and your lunches and your dinners, that's one thing. But, when you get into your medicine and you don't have transparency in your medicine, people talk about farm-to-table meat and farm-to-table vegetables, you're touching medicine that's not transparent, that is sketchy stuff.

Ben:  Yeah, yeah. I hear you. So, tulsi is one. What else Brad? What else do you like?

Brad:  I absolutely love ashwagandha. We do really well with it. Everything we're growing is really all about how we going to feel better, how are we going to feel more energy naturally without needing to use a bunch of caffeine. How do we build up our system in a way where we're resilient, we're vital, we're strong? And, the ashwagandha route definitely is one that makes me feel that. It's an interesting plant because people a lot of times will take it in the evening to relax.

Ben:  Yeah.

Brad:  But, what's happening is because it's relaxing the system, it's giving your body more resilience to feel strong and vital because you're not in that fight or flight mode anymore. So, the ashwagandha is just absolutely incredible.

Doug:  So, the ashwagandha, the calm energy, right? For us, we go over winter. So, it takes us nine months to grow ashwagandha root as we harvest the entire plant known as the ginseng of ayurvedic medicine, known to really boost libido so that lowest region of the body is getting a lot, the sacral region getting lots of nourishment and nutrition through the ashwagandha root. And, as Brad described, a calm energy so that juxtaposition. People think of energy as a jolt, but what we're really looking for is longevity, stamina, perseverance. We're looking for that idea of calm energy, that juxtaposition of what is true energy. When we give our ashwagandha out, it's pure libido. And, when we give that to people that are weak, that have weak libidos, inevitably what happens is they're like, “Oh, your ashwagandha made us lie down. What happened? I'm horizontal. I'm just going to sleep.” Well, if you're drinking three cups of coffee a day for the last 20 years, what's the ashwagandha going to do? Libido doesn't fall from the sky. You need to earn that libido, right? You got to earn it. So, it puts you to bed. It might put you to bed for three months and then all of a sudden you come out with some libido. But, this is medicine. It's a practice. So, it's teaching you the truth of your lifestyle and then walking you through the practice. Sometimes that's hard to stomach, it's hard to digest, but herbs like ashwagandha, they're teachers. So, they're teachers in the lifestyle that they provide for you.

Ben:  Yeah. That's kind of how a so-called adaptogen. And, I believe this fall into that category. It kind of works. It turns the volume up or turns the volume down on the nervous system depending on what state that your body needs to be in. And, I actually have the New Flower ashwagandha up by my bedside and also that cacao. I think it's a cacao ashwagandha topical that you sent up to me, Doug. So, I'm a huge fan of it. Not only that, but when you look at consumption of coffee, nootropics, smart drugs, energy drink, central nervous system stimulants, a lot of these adaptogens are really handy to have on hand if you're using something like that and feeling jittery or if you want to take some of the edge off.

You guys might know about this one company, Four Sigmatic coffee. And, they have an adaptogenic coffee blend that's really nice because I think it has tulsi, astragalus, I believe rhodiola, some reishi. But, being able to kind of expertly combine some of these adaptogens with your energy supplements of choice can be a pretty good strategy.

Doug:  Yeah. It's all about that adaptogenic concept. And tulsi, that's the daily adaptogenic and ashwagandha is kind of more radical where the tulsi, that can be fed to infants and elders alike. And, the ashwagandha is kind of more of advanced root, really powerful herb. But, the awareness aspect of these adaptogens that you speak of, that's really what they're providing. So, your ability to appreciate when you're tired, what's the awareness that you go through. Is it, “Oh, I'm going to go grab a cup of coffee” or is it “I'm going to take a nap?” I mean, which and what serves you best. And, that awareness and that consciousness, that space, deep breath, clear mind, strong spine in that moment, are you going to go into that place, or you going to go grab a coffee and kind of stick into a more compulsive nature? And, the tulsi as well as the ashwagandha, they're both going to bring you into that awareness-conscious space of serving your highest self.

Ben:  One thing that I am thinking about right now as you guys describe this stuff is people can walk away from this podcast, for example, with some idea of where to start. But, do you have favorite books or resources or trainings that you've relied upon or I don't know if you guys have produced anything yourself like a video library or anything like that that people could access to just get YouTube premium download a few videos and go out to the garden or read up on a book while you're lying in bed at night with your astragalus tincture? What are resources that you guys like for this kind of stuff?

Doug:  Well, I think we're both in spaces collectively to help share the knowledge. And, our websites have tons of information. So, New Flower website as well as Kauai Farmacy website. So, that's a great place to start. We have a huge YouTube channel as well that also shows a lot of the growing techniques. And, I guess what Brad's just kind of mentioning in the using of the herbs is there's so much information in the plants. So, for me, I actually rented a place down the road from the farm that I founded here and I was just utilizing my landlord's garden. And, there was so much information, so much profound knowledge in those plants, as well as the ginsengs I was taking prior to that, that it literally threw me on course, put me on course to drive myself in this direction.

Ben:  What do you mean? Like, by consumption of them, you began to generate new ideas and learn better?

Doug:  Yeah. I mean, that original garden, and it's hard to fathom the potency of these plant medicines. And, I think it's, for the consciousness of the planet, what's going to wake us up, what's going to move the needle. Well, the plant consciousness is just so profound. There's no denying it when you connect yourself to the Earth at this level and this frequency. So, I was drinking a big herbal tea of tulsi, lemon balm, mint, and sage. It was a random tea. It was a random alchemy. But, that's what came to me. And, I threw it in a big bottle. It was a gallon bottle and I drank drink it every day. I brewed it and then put it in a literally a gallon. I drink a gallon of tea every day. And, within six months, I bought the farm. I bought the farm. Here I am 12 years later.

Ben:  Part of me wonders if this is some kind of an ancient plant-human symbiotic relationship in which obviously if plants are somehow able to use humans for genetic proposition or to be able to grow elsewhere or survive, then it would behoove the plant to have some type of relationship, with even the human consciousness or psyche to be able to send subtle signals that allow the human to engage in activities that would allow that plant species to survive. It's very interesting to think about.

Brad:  The thing about these farms is we're cultivating something that's absolutely ancient. Just like you're saying, we've had these connections with these plants for thousands of years. And, our modern lifestyle kind of has shifted us out of that a bit. But, places like New Flower and Kauai Farmacy, people are coming together. They're connecting with the plants in a way that when I watch it, I mean it's just so beautiful if I'm in the garden and I see the way all the herbs we grow, are handpicked. And, we'll sit around and the people are plucking the herbs and processing everything. And, I just know this is ancient and it's beautiful because where else are you going to get that kind of quality of when you're looking at people like us and we're putting so much love and intention into our soil, we're growing these plants naturally and they're just full of vital energy and force and then they're plucked by people who love what they're doing. And, it just creates this whole cycle of something really special.

Ben:  Yeah. That's beautiful, man.

And, I think a lot of people may not have experienced what Doug experienced when you drank a gallon of the tulsi, astragalus, mint, and whatnot. I certainly have been drinking the teas quite a bit, but not doing a lot of gardening. I may have to pair the two based on this, Doug. But, the thing is, as far as people experiencing this type of stuff–and Doug, I'm going to apologize in advance because you and I have two previous podcasts, which I'll link to in the shownotes if folks go to BenGreenfieldLife.com/NewFlower where you've been able to share some of the products you're most proud of producing and some of the different ways that people like to use them.

Brad, as far as you go, what are some things that you're producing at New Flower that you're proudest of that you think people should actually get a chance to try?

Brad:  Well, one of the really amazing things that we're offering that I'm just so excited to be able to give to people is in Herbal CSA. So, a lot of this stuff comes down to when people are listening, this might be new to you and how do I know what to take? Well, we're taking it a step further and we're helping people figure that out. So, we've created a CSA program where every month, we're putting together packages of highly nourishing herbs. And, we do skin care, natural skincare. Stuff can be added into the package if you want where you can get a consistent supply of really super fresh amazing herbal products just delivered right to your door. And, the way we choose what goes into the CSA is by looking at the season we're in. So, if it's the middle of winter, we're going to choose herbs that are going to be a little more warming. If it's the middle of summer, we're going to choose herbs that are going to be more cooling. And, what we're helping people do is actually balance their body through the changing seasons using these herbal remedies all year.

Ben:  So, does that mean the lotion that I might apply to my face is going to have different herbal ingredients in it in the summer than it might be in the winter?

Brad:  Yeah. The CSA packages are always changing. We offer through it certain things that are not going to be available otherwise on our website. Because we're really trying to custom-build a special experience for our CSA community specifically.

Ben:  And, this tulsi, astragalus, some of these compounds, I briefly alluded to this early on in the podcast. But, do you actually have to have a greenhouse or something like that to grow these?

Brad:  I start my tulsi in a greenhouse in the spring. We start seeds now. And, I'll get my first flush in the spring, but then I'll also have field production. So, I grow most of it outdoors.

Ben:  Okay. What would be an example if somebody didn't want to take the full bite of doing the CSA as far as a few products you'd recommend they get started with?

Brad:  If you're interested in herbal tea, I mean all of the teas are absolutely delicious. With the extracts, we do tinctures. I have a men's vitality blend that I just absolutely love. It's amazing. I do spagyric extracts, which are stronger than tinctures. They're concentrated if you want something really, really potent.

Ben:  Is that the nettles one that you sent to me?

Brad:  Well, they need to be diluted, but they're amazing because you can take a very small amount of it and get maybe even a better result than taking a whole bunch of a tincture.

Ben:  Okay. Yeah. And, you said, what was the name of that, spilinkic?

Brad:  Spagyric.

Ben:  Spagyric. Okay. So, that's a tincture but stronger. 

Brad:  It's a concentrate that's extremely rich in bioavailable minerals. So, it's going to nourish your body in a deeper way than most other herbal preparations.

Ben:   And, I got to give you a quick chance, Doug. When Laird took me over to your farm, one of the highlights for me was when you guys chopped open that big old cacao pod and we were just eating the cacao beans raw out of the fruit. And then, later on, you sent me a dried bag up to the house. It's almost like cacao nibs but on steroids. They're huge horse-sized capsules of cacao. Are you still producing those?

Doug:  We are. And, those are seeds for trees. Those whole beans are full trees. So, you can imagine the potency of that nib if you will, whole nib. And, the magnesium, the manganese. Yeah, there's just powerhouse. I mean, the cacao, it's the full spectrum superfood. It's got fat, protein, and carbohydrate. All three; fat, protein, and carbohydrate.

Ben:  So, Brad, if I invite you over to my farm in Idaho, would you easily be able to teach me how to grow cacao? Do you think that's possible?

Doug:  It depends on how much you want to invest in greenhouses.

Ben:  Oh, yeah. You got to have a pretty big greenhouse, huh?

Doug:  Yeah. We might work on some more climate-appropriate plants if we do something down there in Ida, where you're at.

Ben:   Yeah, somebody needs to genetically hybrid a cacao tree.

Brad, do you have a family that's doing this with you? Is it just you? What's the amount of labor that's required for something like this?

Brad:  Yeah, it's me and my wife. And, we do have people come and help us, but it's a never-ending labor of love. We put our all into it. We wake up and this is what we do is we farm, we make medicine. We're just fully invested. We're always learning more and studying and taking it to the next level full-time.

Ben:  Both your guys' places are open for visitors, right? If somebody listens in and they're passing through Kauai or through Sandpoint they can come stop by?

Brad:  Doug does tours. We haven't set up any system like that yet, but it's possible. 

Doug:  Yeah, we're open. We're open 10:00 to 3:00. We have a retail shop, but it's incredible what people expect out of farms. Saturday morning, farmer's market after working five days a week or six days a week. You got to show up at the farmer's market. Put your own tent up. I mean, part of what Brad and I are also have been collaborating on is replicating the system. Because what Brad's proven is just in the three years' time or so. How long you've been at it, Brad, on Idaho?

Brad:  This is year four.

Doug:  Year four. So, he's proven in four years kind of the sustainability of this platform. It has endless potential. He's just getting started. I mean, you talk about a farm kind of landing on its feet within three, four years. It's just unbelievable to think that. And why? It's because the added value nature of where we're meeting the marketplace. The marketplace, it's one thing to have raw food and raw vegetables and fruits and that's incredible, but the preservation model. What we're doing in the added value space is we're preserving this medicine and making it liquid, making a currency out of it. And, as a result, it has more sustainability in my opinion. It's taking a square foot of land and the efficiency that you can cultivate out of that square foot and then secure it in a preserved way. And then, obviously, it's also not hoardable too. You want to eat it and consume it fresh. And, that was one aspect of what makes our farm so special and what makes this medicine so special is the freshness of it. When you drink Brad or New Flower's tea or Kauai Farmacy's tea, it could be a week out of the garden. The tea that you receive from Sri Lanka or Thailand, and although I love those places and I'm extremely grateful for whatever tea they produce, it's somewhat old and stale. And, in many cases, it's got chemicals on it.

So, the freshness is also key. So, we fresh and then it's preserved. And, that preservation quality is a lot of what we're doing. So, added value, we have honeys, we have tinctures, salves, hydrosols, superfoods. All of those modalities are different preservation modalities in which you can consume the medicine.

Ben:  Yeah. Well, your turmeric, honey, and cacao honey, by the way, is also fantastic. And, there's a lot that we covered here, but I'm going to put a link in the shownotes to both of the farms should anybody listening want to check them out. I've got discount codes for both of the farms and their products should you want to try any of those out. And, the shownotes are going to be a BenGreenfieldLife.com/NewFlower.

Brad, I know we've talked about this, but as soon as the weather kind of shapes up here, I'm planning on coming out to New Flower. So, hopefully, I'll share with people some cool videos on Instagram so they can see a little bit of behind-the-scenes of what goes on there. So, I'll be hooking up with you over there I know sooner rather than later. And, I hope this has been helpful for any of you listening in who want to get started and growing some medicines and herbs and at least have an idea of where to start and a couple of folks who have done it successfully in different climates.

So, Brad, Doug, thank you so much, guys. It's been fantastic.

Brad:  Thanks, Ben.

Doug:  Yeah, thank you so much, Ben. I appreciate the support.

Ben:  Yeah. Well, I love what you've done with Brad and New Flower. So, it's incredible. You guys' products are incredible. Check out the CSA if you're listening in. I think that's a great idea to get a package from these guys. And again, it's BenGreenfieldLife.com/NewFlower for the shownotes, and until next time. I'm Ben along with Brad from New Flower and Doug from Kauai Farmacy signing out from BenGreenfieldLife.com. Have an amazing week.

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Imagine the lush landscape of Hawaii — the brilliant green foliage, the vibrant flowers, the fragrant herbs and plants — being transferred into your backyard or the parcel of land you've purchased.

In today's episode, I welcome Brad Krass and Doug Wolkon (a repeat guest on the show) who are experts in creating thriving, bountiful farms using only two or three acres of land. 

If you aren't familiar with my previous podcasts featuring Doug Wolkon of Kauai Farmacy (use code GREENFIELD15 to save 15%), I first discovered him through my friend Laird Hamilton when he brought me to Doug's fabulous farm in Kauai. He was growing a vast array of superfoods and extracting and making tinctures, oils, powders, and all sorts of different compounds from his small farm, using fascinating tactics. Since then, I've been a huge fan of Kauai Farmacy. I use their teas, salves, lotions, dried cacao beans, and all sorts of crazy superfoods that show up at my house from the islands every few months or so from Doug.

Doug ended up training Brad (also featured in today's show) who lives very close to me. Brad took all of Doug's concepts and did the same thing in Sandpoint, Idaho, about an hour from my house. Brad's farm, New Flower (use codeBEN to save 10%), is a permaculture-based herb farm that promotes a wellness lifestyle culture through natural farming practices and a nourishing herbal apothecary with high-quality herbal products.

Learning how to farm in Hawaii and then reapplying it to a different area of the world is such an interesting concept that I knew I had to get this duo on the show together. By the end of today's episode, you'll walk away knowing more about all things farming, gardening, permaculture, and how to grow food anywhere using the cool concepts that Doug and Brad have implemented.

For more information on plant medicine and farming, check out my other two interviews with Doug:

During this discussion, you'll discover:

-Who are Doug Wolkon and Brad Krass?…05:38

-How did Brad and Doug meet?…07:46

  • Brad and Doug met in Kauai
  • Kauai is a mecca for gardening and farming gurus
  • Doug has four acres of medicinal plants
  • Brad spent 2 years reimagining and reestablishing the place
    • New structures, new systems, new soil-building techniques
    • Also training and passing down his knowledge

-What is permaculture?…09:31

  • Permaculture is a design system centered around gardening
  • Incorporates a bigger picture of appropriate technologies
  • Idaho is the third climate Brad has done permaculture in
    • The first one was in a cold climate
    • A learning curve because of the weather
  • Growing stuff that is not grown on the mainland or in North America
    • Tulsi, an East Indian tropical herb, is now grown in Idaho
  • Within permaculture, you can create your own ecosystems
  • The idea of permaculture is less footsteps, more sustainability, more efficiency
  • The use of greenhouses
  • Permaculture technologies to grow stuff outside of certain climate zones
  • The Permaculture Laboratory – Regenerative permaculture farming strategies and theories that have been studied, discussed and taught for decades
    • Rarely put into practice, full production, or proven with such efficiency, diversity and sustainability

-How do you establish the soil?…13:14

  • Establish the foundation, which is the soil life
  • Brad practices natural farming and everything on his farm is a closed-loop
    • Produce everything they use to nourish their gardens right on-site
  • Soil biology
    • Taking cultures of indigenous microorganisms
  • Industrial farming is adding fertilizers
    • Degrading the life of the soil in the long term
  • Microorganisms are found in healthy forest environments
    • They are fed with potato
    • The starch will rapidly multiply the microbes
  • Potatoes are cooked and blended into a slurry
  • JADAM Microbial Solution — heated and un-heated method of culturing microbes
  • You collect where the leaves are breaking down into soil

-What is the strategy of layering with groundcovers, shrubs, and canopies?…18:02

  • Microbes do the bulk of the work
  • Adding nitrogen sources from the excess plant material
  • All the parts of the plant that were not used get composted and added back
  • Nitrogen fixers — bean plants
  • Looking to layer the ground in the most efficient way
    • Shrubs, knee-high shrubs, ankle-high shrubs, hip-high shrubs, chest-high shrubs, trees
  • Permaculture is mimicking nature and its layers
  • Finding plants that are going to be beneficial to your garden
    • That will occupy all of these layers
    • To achieve the most photosynthesis all at the same time in the garden
  • Growing strawberries as an example
    • Strawberries would be the ground cover — low-growing plant
  • The ground covering has the goal of holding the space to prevent weeds from growing
  • The challenge is to keep the weeds out
  • Whatever is growing is intentional

-What are the different types of fertilizers?…24:45

  • Liquid fertilizers — crop residue that's composted down and made into a fertilizer
  • The rest of the tomato vine after you've harvested the tomato
  • Collecting the grass to feed the worms in the worm composting system
  • Worms create compost
  • Another fertilizer is coconut husks
    • Using a flail mower — a big grinder — to collect the husks
    • The coconut husk goes to the soil nurseries and also as the base for the whole garden
  • Golden compost from worm poop is taken and made into a tea and then fed to the plants
  • Cultivating the worms in the soil to get exponential fertilizer layering

-How do you ward off pests without toxic chemicals?…28:45

  • Microbes cultivated in the soil give the plants resilience — minimize plant pests and diseases
  • The importance of soil health for pest control
  • Make tea out of certain plants that are really unattractive to pests
    • Applying the tea to infected areas of the plant to ward off bugs

-What are the best herbal medicine plants?…29:54

  • New Flower and Kauai Farmacy grow herbal medicine plants
  • The herbal medicine plants can be used as a foundation to grow, like tomatoes and cucumbers
    • Growing food as medicine
  • The foundation is growing antifungal, antibacterial, and antiseptic plants
    • Tea tree
    • Tulsi
    • Lemongrass
    • Plants that turn away aphids and pests
  • That same immune system gets translated into medicine
  • The herbal medicine foundation is an answer for the future sustainability of small boutique farming
  • If pests come in, they bump into the cinnamon, clove, lemongrass, and they are out of there
  • This can translate to medicine

-What type of water should you use?…35:27

  • Water is a huge factor
  • Water is paramount to successful gardening
  • Permaculture looks at the landscape and uses water to its advantage
  • Creating swales and things to hold water in place and move it through the farm in a healthy way
  • Water filtration is essential when the water supplied is chlorinated, like city or municipal water
  • Natural water is ideal
  • Ben has a rainwater catchment system on the roof of the house he's building in Idaho

-Where should you start as far as plant selection?…38:43

  • Figure out what you want to use
    • What would you like to eat?
    • What is it that you like to drink?
  • Plant medicines, like mint, sage, and rosemary are so simple, easy, and efficient to grow
    • In Hawaii, it's called Mālama ʻĀina — caring for the land as it cares for you
  • All sorts of herbs can be grown annually
  • Mint and lemon balm to be used as tea
  • Providing the best seeds
  • Herbal medicine is kind of a lost art in the West
  • Getting it from a reliable source with transparency
  • Ben uses a lot of the blends from Kauai Farmacy (use code GREENFIELD15 to save 15%)
  • Tulsi is an exceptional herb, often called the “Elixir of Life”
    • Rejuvenating tonic that relaxes the nervous system and helps the body adapt to stress
    • The first plant that Doug put in the ground on his farm
  • Ashwagandha – the calm energy plant
    • It takes nine months to grow the Ashwagandha root
    • Known as the ginseng of Ayurvedic medicine
  • Ben is a fan of Ashwagandha and adaptogens
  • Four Sigmatic Coffee — adaptogenic coffee blend
    • Has Lion's Mane and Chaga
  • Tulsi is a daily adaptogen, Ashwagandha is a more advanced root
  • New Flower has tulsi balm (use code BEN for save 10%)
  • Kauai Farmacy has tulsi serum, tincture, and hydrosol (use code GREENFIELD15 to save 15%)

-Training to help you get started?…52:01 

  • New Flower (use code BEN for save 10%)
  • Kauai Farmacy (use code GREENFIELD15 to save 15%)
  • Kauai Farmacy YouTube channel
  • There's so much information on the plants
  • The symbiotic relationship between people and plants

-What products should people try?…56:59

  • Herbal CSA (community-shared agriculture) packages
    • Packages of herbs and skin care products are put together each month
    • Fresh and high-quality products
  • Packages change throughout the year, depending on the season
  • The Added-Value preservation model allows for flexible Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) and Farm Share ownership programs that are financially sustainable and economically competitive to support the future of small farming, health, & nutrition of local communities
  • Herbal teas are delicious
  • Extracts and tinctures
  • Spagyric extracts — stronger than tinctures
  • Men's vitality blend
  • Ben tasted Doug's cacao beans — like cocoa nibs on steroids (use code GREENFIELD15 to save 15%)
    • The beans are the seeds for the trees — full spectrum superfood
    • Rich in magnesium and manganese
    • It's got fat, protein, and carbohydrates
  • Kauai Farmacy is open to visitors — Doug does tours
    • Open 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
    • Has a farmer's market on Saturday mornings
  • Brad has been farming for four years in Idaho
  • Freshness and preservation quality are the key
  • The tea you drink from Kauai Farmacy or New Flower may be a week out of the garden — very fresh
  • The Boutique Farming Lifestyle – Hyper-intentional, vertically integrated mission allows the owners, farmers and local community members to connect with the land in a mutually nourishing way, all the while healing themselves and each other.
    • The culture within this small farm model embodies a conscious healing workplace, economy and environment

-And much more…

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