Eric Tolbert

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Just a Midwest boy who loves to build things, grow things and experiment with things. I'm having a blast exploring all aspects of Permaculture and regenerative agriculture!
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Topeka, KS, Zone 6a
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We're looking for "attractive" edible plants that we can 'hide in plain sight' in our front yard. So far we have planted five Paw Paw trees and are looking for edible berry shrubs and such. Any suggestions for zone 6a?
2 years ago
OpenShot is also free (open source) and you can learn the basic features in 10-15 minutes. There are tons of instructional videos out on how to do transitions, audio voiceovers, etc. It will also split your video and audio tracks out for you if you want. Might want to take a look, like all newbies I'm pretty excited to be using something that I can actually understand without wading through tons of documentation. It took me years to learn Photoshop and I finally quit using it because it was just too labor intensive for what I wanted.
2 years ago
Just a side note, you might want to consider also starting an channel. It's one of the new media channels that if you have enough YouTube subscribers will automatically copy your video posts to their platform. If you don't have enough followers you can always manually post to that site. The Channel is growing and there are currently fewer users so you might have a chance to build a ground-floor following with less competition (not saying don't do YouTube, just maybe look into doing both). Our channel,  TSL Homestead, is on both platforms and we actually get more traffic from Odysee at this time.

Also you don't mention what platform you are editing on (or maybe I missed it) but I'm currently learning an easy-to-use but very powerful Open Source video editor called OpenShot.  OpenShot is available for Windows, Linux and Mac and allows for editing very professional videos in a short time with a ton of features available so you might check that out if you are looking to overlay audio, merge videos, insert transitions, etc.

Best of luck!
2 years ago
I'm still learning editing but I'm happy to also work with anyone who wants to. Many hands make light work (if any of the hands know what they are doing)...
2 years ago
I will be at the RMH event and would be willing to help out. I have a Canon camera that does HD 4k video so I would be happy to bring that along.
2 years ago
Practical Permaculture: for Home Landscapes, Your Community, and the Whole Earth by Jessi Bloom and Dave Boehnlein should be on the list.

“This permaculture primer is fresh and vibrant. Bring it on!” —Permaculture Magazine

Permaculture is more popular than ever, but it can still be a daunting concept. If you are new to permaculture and interested in learning more, Practical Permaculture offers authoritative, in-depth, and hands-on advice for a more holistic approach to sustainable living. Jessi Bloom and Dave Boehnlein, two dynamic leaders in the permaculture community, explain the basics of permaculture, share their design process, and explore various permaculture systems including soil, water, waste, energy, shelter, food and plants, and animals and wildlife.

Welcome Rob, Michelle and Takota. I've been a big fan since the Rob and Ben podcast days and almost met Rob at the Kansas Mother Earth News Fair in 2019. Really enjoyed the Rainwater Harvesting book and can't wait to read this one.
2 years ago
I would like to nominate Oliver Goshey. Oliver for several years had the Abundent Edge podcast and now has the Regenerative Skills podcast. Oliver is deeply immersed in the permaculture and regenerative skills world and his podcast interviews people from all over the world who are using permaculture in their daily lives and their work.

"Regenerative Skills is a new show that brings interaction, problem solving, and community into the podcast world. After four seasons of making the Abundant Edge podcast, which was based around interviewing leaders and innovators in the regenerative fields, I was left wanting more. Just like before, Regenerative Skills is based on the pursuit of a regenerative life. A lifestyle centered on stewardship of the natural world, strong connections to community, and the daily habits that bring us closer to those goals. What’s new however, is that there are so many ways to accelerate your learning and share your own journey through the community."

Regenerative Skills Podcast
2 years ago
I would like to nominate Nicole Sauce. Nicole is a homesteader and permaculturist who applies the permaculture principles to her homestead and daily life. She has a pod cast called Living Free in Tennessee that focuses on homesteading and interviews with people in the homesteading and permaculture world. Nicole also hosts a yearly spring workshop and various in person and online events focusing on living a better life.

Living Free in Tennessee Podcast
Nicole on Odysee

2 years ago
I would like to nominate Nick Ferguson. Nick is a permaculture designer and consultant who specializes in plant and tree propagation. Nick has done consultations all over the USA and even so far as Ecuador, helping people design and set up, or just optimize their growing and animal systems. You can find his website at

2 years ago