I interviewed my friend Robert who is a horticulturist and we discussed all things soil. Robert has a lot of historical knowledge regarding the industrial agriculture and green revolution as well as practical knowledge for regenerative agriculture.
I have created a website rootnode.bio to host the new podcast. So yeah, here’s to the official launch of Root Node podcast, the idea for which I conceived over a year ago but has taken a while to develop organically. The stars have aligned and I think I finally have mustered the metal to give this a go.
I really enjoy writing and blogging but I realised that in conjunction with my reading I could go straight to the source and directly pick the minds of those more knowledgeable and passionate than I am to fill my chasms of empty knowledge. Listening back to my voice and editing the audio is a very humbling and painful experience. It’s not easy to become aware of your speaking mannerisms and the ridiculous repetition of certain words. Hopefully I can learn to sound less of an idiot over time!
Originally I wanted to call the podcast ‘rootin’ which is a Cavan term that my parents and farmers from the midlands in Ireland use to describe “working on the farm to no avail” or “rootin’ around outside while being ill-equipped”. Since farming is not a lucrative endeavour, it can be described as ‘rootin’. However, this term means something entirely different in New Zealand and Australia.
Somehow the term root node came into my mind which I thought was super fitting and is a play on the root nodules of plants where the symbiotic nitrogen-fixing bacteria live as well as the root node of a tree in a computational tree data structure.
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