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The Poor Prole’s Almanac

The Poor Prole’s Alamanac

Climate Change got you down? Worried about the fact that *everything* seems to be getting worse? Wondering how we got to this point in the first place, and what can we do to build a more resilient future? We take a look at historical pastoral & agricultural societies to see what worked and what didn’t, as well as what resources we have today to make better decisions to build equitable systems. We don’t just discuss ecology and history but also take a leftist perspective on prepping, foraging, homesteading, weapons, community-building, and basically anything that needs discussing during late-stage capitalism.

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The Poor Prole‘s Almanac Trailer
07-05-2020
The Poor Prole‘s Almanac Trailer
An intro of what we're here to talk about
The Poor Prole‘s Almanac Trailer
07-05-2020
The Poor Prole‘s Almanac Trailer
An intro of what we're here to talk about
Climate Change & Modeling Complex Systems Theory
07-05-2020
Climate Change & Modeling Complex Systems Theory
In this episode, we discuss climate change from a different perspective, and tie complex systems science into our understanding of economics and how that can frame up an egalitarian, decentralized proposal for resilient communities in the face of ecological catastrophe. We reference the following folks and talks, as well as some basic science textbooks as well: Tom Wessels, "How Nature Models Sustainability" Murray Bookchin, "The ecology of Freedom"     Support this podcast by becoming a Patron at:   Re-recorded 7/8/21
I'm a Soy-Boy, but by Soy I mean Soil
12-05-2020
I'm a Soy-Boy, but by Soy I mean Soil
A deep dive into the complex web that is the soil system, as well as how that plays into complex systems theory and sustainable farming, permaculture, silvopasture, and food forests. Sources: Dr. Elaine Ingham's research on complex soils Fred Magdoff & Harold Van Es's "Building Soils for Better Crops" Klaus J. Puettmann, David Coates, and Christian Messier's "Critique of Silviculture-- Managing for Complexity"     Support this podcast by becoming a Patron at:   Remastered 7/16/21
Grains of Dirt, Ambivalent Nematodes
17-05-2020
Grains of Dirt, Ambivalent Nematodes
Part 2 in a deep dive on soil health through no-till systems, cover cropping, the loss of the manure cycling of historical farming, and new old research on intensive grazing practices to mimic nature.  Sources: Cornell Extension School's Soil 101 course Jim Gerrish, "Management-intensive Grazing: The Grassroots of Grass Farming" David R. Montgomery, "Growing a Revolution: Bringing Our Soil Back to Life"     Support this podcast by becoming a Patron at:   Re-recorded 8/1/21
Some Thoughts on Homesteading and Prepping
27-05-2020
Some Thoughts on Homesteading and Prepping
A mini-episode where we discuss what our goals are with the series and a bit about our personal perspectives on how science, homesteading, prepping, and community building interconnect.     Support this podcast by becoming a Patron at:   Re-recorded 8/6/21
Forest Ecology & Sustainability
23-06-2020
Forest Ecology & Sustainability
What is Forest ecology, and how does the forest relate to sustainable practices? How can we use what nature has provided around us to create dynamic systems to support healthy human life? Let's chat about it.   Sources:    Penn State's Extension program-- Forest & Wildlife Management Tom Wessels-- "Reading the Forested Landscape"   Support us on patreon!   Rerecorded 8/13/21
Biomes and a Philosophical Dialogue on Nature
24-07-2020
Biomes and a Philosophical Dialogue on Nature
We're talking about what is a biome and how does it impact our ability to hunt, forage, and garden?     Remastered 9/18/21   Support this project at poorproles.com
The ReImagining Miniseries: The Urban Space
19-08-2020
The ReImagining Miniseries: The Urban Space
This episode we welcome Elliott to the podcast and we discuss Catherine Tumber's "Small, Gritty, and Green: The Promise of America's Smaller Industrial Cities in a Low-Carbon World"   You can support this project at patreon.com/poorprolesalmanac   Remastered on 7/11/21
Fruit Tree Management
23-08-2020
Fruit Tree Management
Everyone's first thought about prepping is food, and their next thought is about long-term food sustainability. Fruit trees are great for that, so let's talk about what it means to manage an orchard.   Source(s): Growing Fruit Trees: Novel Concepts and Practices for Successful Care and Management;  Jean-Marie Lespinasse   Cornell University Extension School     Support this podcast by becoming a Patron at:   ReMastered 9/18/21
Fruit Tree Guilds, Permaculture, and Science-based Ag
03-09-2020
Fruit Tree Guilds, Permaculture, and Science-based Ag
In this episode, we discuss the concept of fruit tree guilds, orchard floor management, and the details that go into deciding which plants to use underneath your fruit trees. Further, we critique both permaculture methodologies for companion planting and guilds, as well as the science, or lackthereof behind them.   Sources: "Lignin Controls on Soil Ecosystem Services: Implications for Biotechnological Advances in Biofuel Crops" Shamim Gul, Sandra F. Yanna, & Joann K. Whalen planting with French marigolds protects tomato plants from glasshouse whiteflies through the emission of airborne limonene" Marta Ferreira Maia and Sarah J Moore     You can support this project at patreon.com/poorprolesalmanac or visit us at poorproles.com   ReMastered 9/19/21
The ReImagining Miniseries: Community Self-Defense
14-09-2020
The ReImagining Miniseries: Community Self-Defense
In this episode we review the collection of essays collected by scott crow titled "Setting Sights: Histories and Reflections on Community Armed Self-Defense" released by PM Press, and we discuss the framework and historical conditions which led to successful armed self-defense of marginalized communities in disaster. Purchase the book here: and you can follow scott crow on Twitter at @scott_crow   You can also support this project at patreon.com/poorprolesalmanac   Episode remastered 7/11/21
The Hands-On Miniseries: Practical Prepping for Practical People
20-09-2020
The Hands-On Miniseries: Practical Prepping for Practical People
This miniseries is focused on building practical, hands-on skills through basic knowledge sharing for prepping and other homesteading type skills to build sustainable communities through hands-on skills. This episode focuses on the basic functions and facets of prepping, from food storage to mental health.   You can support this project by visiting us at Patreon.com/poorprolesalmanac
The ReImagining Miniseries: What is Work & The Bread Book
29-09-2020
The ReImagining Miniseries: What is Work & The Bread Book
In this episode we take a look at Peter Kropotkin's "The Conquest of Bread" to define what is work and what does work look like in a post-collapse society?     Support this podcast by becoming a Patron at:   Remastered 7/11/21
Amazing Graze
11-10-2020
Amazing Graze
The first of a 3-part series on grazing systems. This episode is focused on building pasture with a dive on foraging plants for your grazers as well as soil restoration.   Sources: Strickler's "Managing Pasture: A Complete Guide to Building Healthy Pasture for Grass-Based Meat & Dairy Animals"     To support this project, please visit us at poorproles.com or patreon.com/poorprolesalmanac   Remastered 9/19/21
Amazing Graze Part 2: Re-Cow-nting Tradition
20-10-2020
Amazing Graze Part 2: Re-Cow-nting Tradition
Part 2 of our discussion of Amazing Graze talking about grazing systems, pasture management, and developing paddocks for future grazing sites.  We chat about how an understanding of both soil biology and forest development can impact our process in developing future pastures and in pasture management.   Support this project at poorproles.com and visit the Patreon link. Remastered 9/19/21
Amazing Graze Part 3: Goodness Graze-ious
02-11-2020
Amazing Graze Part 3: Goodness Graze-ious
Part three of the Grazing Miniseries. We're talking about fencing systems, how to calculate AUs to size out paddocks based on rotation frequency, and assessing dry matter.   To support this project, please visit poorproles.com and click on the Patreon link.   Remastered 9/19/21
Election Predictions from August 2020
03-11-2020
Election Predictions from August 2020
This bonus content we did for our Patreons regarding the election. Despite massive changes in the dynamics in the election, I'd say it's still within a margin of error of what we predicted. We'll see how it plays out over the next few months, but we figured we'd give you fantastic folx the opportunity to hear our take.
Swale Systems
09-11-2020
Swale Systems
In this episode, we're talking about the role of swale systems, their pros and cons, as well as some understanding of how to size swales based on your property.   Sources:  Ben Falk, "The Resilient Farm and Homestead: An Innovative Permaculture and Whole Systems Design Approach" Oregon State University online ECampus  Colorado Stormwater Center   Support this project by visiting poorproles.com and checking out our Patreon link.   Remastered 9/19/21
The ReImagining Miniseries: Zapatistas; Indigenous Community Building & Anarchy
15-11-2020
The ReImagining Miniseries: Zapatistas; Indigenous Community Building & Anarchy
One of the most widely recognized movements for stateless government, the Zapatistas have a complex story to tell. We focus on why the EZLN has thrived over 25 years, looking at the symbiotic relationship between community history and anarchist theory embedded within a comprehensive direct-democracy, both politically & economically. What can we learn from how they organized that we can bring home to create autonomous zones?   Sources: Klein, Hilary "Companeras" Hayden, Tom "The Zapatistas Reader"   Remastered 7/12/21
Keyline Systems
30-11-2020
Keyline Systems
Arguably the most complicated and challenging subject in modern permaculture projects, water management through Yeomans keyline design theory is the subject of this episode. We try to break down this complex, dense subject in an accessible way to provide a framework you can use on your plot of land.   Sources: Yeomans, PA 1993, Water for Every Farm: Yeomans Keyline Plan "What we learned from the Dust Bowl: Lessons in Science, Policy, and Adaptation"