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Jade Miles

This is a conversation about the future. About creating a culture that values tomorrow. We reckon a slower, simpler, steadier existence is the first step - one that’s healthier for humans and the planet. We call it Futuresteading. Each month we chat to people prominent and humble in food, farming, health and environment, gathering practical advice and epic solidarity - so we can all nut this thing out together. Join our nitty, gritty, honest and hopeful convo every Monday during our 10 episode seasons.Support the pod by shouting us a cuppa >>>
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Charlie Arnott is an eighth generation Aussie farmer, educator, regenerative ag advocate, podcast host, wellness dude and pretty darn enlightened dad in his spare time.

For all that, there was a time Charlie wasn’t such a conscious operator. His early farming career was characterised by all the conventional stuff; synthetic fertilizers and pesticides, a high input/output model, and a bitter ongoing battle against nature.

Today, he shares the epiphanies that led him to where he is today -- an award-winning biodynamic farmer who lives and breathes regenerative principles -- plus a veritable polyculture of stories, struggles and holistic thinking. A thought-provoking conversation with a visionary fella.


  • A blessed country childhood with a high bar for work ethic and a deep appreciation of farming
  • Back on the farm from 1997, questioning the congruence of his values with his farming practices
  • Interrogating chemical use, increased understanding in human health.
  • “Once you’ve learned other ways of doing things, you can’t unlearn them, and I was searching for something to “go towards”. I had a new set of KPIS including ecology, well being, sense of purpose."
  • Building a new community of intuitive, curious land managers.
  • Changing the paddock between your ears!
  • Why people are mean when they are scared.
  • If you don’t have a few enemies, you're not having a good go.
  • Making decisions through the lens of seven generations.
  • Making the legacy attractive enough for the next generation to see it as desirable.
  • “My sense of compassion and gratitude for the paddocks in my care is immense.”
  • Practices that are ritualistic and foster a sense of reverence for our surroundings
  • Engaging with the essence of our biome.
  • Why we need to keep our food coming from places that are as close to the natural world as possible.
  • Accepting those with different filters and ethics.
  • Are plants sentient beings?
  • Why using your credit card to abdicate responsibility for your actions isn't enough.
  • The joy of not being an expert.
  • Why it's OK to judge your former self but never others.
  • A day in the life of Charlie Arnott
  • Journaling for clarity and gratitude
  • “Success is the confluence of preparation and opportunity”.

Charlie Arnott -- Website, Instagram, Podcast
Sacred Cow: The case for (better) meat -- Documentary
The Secret Life of Trees -- Peter Wohlleben

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02/14/21 • 57 min

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If you've ever dreamed of trying your hand at farming (or other earthy project), programs like WWOOF could be for you.
In return for your time and energy, WWOOFing hosts offer accomodation, vittles and wisdom - sidestepping cash and capitalising on pure human exchange.
Like a smorgasbord of life’s options, WWOOF (or HelpX or Workaway) represent the perfect way to meet new folks, test drive a vast array of lifestyles and get enmeshed in the lives of others quickly and meaningfully. You'll make friends, learn new skills, live like a local, broaden your worldview and travel at very low cost.
As you can guess, Jade and Catie are both big fans of this exchange and bring you 20 minutes of lived experience, from both the host's and helper's perspective.
We hope that if you haven't already, you'll place a farm exchange on your to-do list: young or old, with or without a family, you can gain so much for stepping boldly into the agricultural unknown, getting front row seats to our food system and first hand-experience in the soil.

  • Catie's volunteering rite-of-passage.
  • WWOOFing as a wonderful way to cram diversity into your life.
  • Avoiding tourist traps and getting a VIP pass to real life.
  • Why to relish the experience - even it's a little uncomfortable. It's about the story.
  • How it works as a host: the day in/day out routine.
  • How it encourages cultural sharing, illuminating how humans and communities are shaped.
  • How it creates a mini-village, with many hands participating in daily life.
  • The importance of vetting - for both volunteers and hosts.
  • Why having an open mind and acceptance of the unknown is critical.
  • Why to always pack warm and dirt-proof clothes!


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06/14/20 • 20 min

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05/10/20 • 19 min

It's another Shortie with Jade and Catie!

This week, we plate up an assortment of our favourite books, films and thinkers.

In the spirit of sharing life-changing and mind-altering resources (books > drugs), we chat about our bibles of regenerative living, homesteading, futuresteading, farming and thinking - that we reckon you'll love, too.
Oh, and having a buddy to read along with is a powerful way to absorb and discuss the merits of new knowledge, solidify it, and develop a shared mental library.

The audio is a little scratchy in parts thanks to recording in two separate locations, but we know you'll understand! Social distancing and all that.

And one book we didn't mention - which was totally remiss but rectifiable right here, right now - isThe One-Straw Revolution: An Introduction To Natural Farming" by Masanobu Fukuoka. It's a foundational must-read for anyone wanting to live like tomorrow matters. It teaches you to think. Not what to think but to think in the first place, and that's a bloody grand spot to begin.

Find links below to everything mentioned. We’d love to hear your favourite resources over on Insta or Facebook.

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05/10/20 • 19 min

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05/31/20 • 52 min

“Adventure doesn’t require new places. It can be cultivated by exploring our immediate lives with greater curiosity.”

Should we try to lead virtuous, principled lives... or do what feels good?

Beau Miles makes a strong case for taking ourselves a little less seriously and having a lot more local fun.

This backyard adventurer and wildly popular filmmaker (most often found up a tree, running a midnight marathon or eating his bodyweight in beans) reckons he doesn’t know much about anything.
But beneath the self-deprecation, Beau is a wealth of ecological wisdom and a master storyteller, taking us right to the heart of what really matters in life.

Get into this philosophical, tangential, slightly mad and marvellously contrarian conversation - then get out there.


  • The beauty of honing your powers of observation and the necessity of coffee.
  • Building a seasonal map.
  • Why it's important to have a personal relationship with the landscape.
  • The value of seeking knowledge from places outside your comfort zone.
  • Autoethnography as a valuable avenue for knowledge seeking and sharing.
  • The liberation of going back to basics.
  • The importance of knowing our own strengths, and respecting the strengths of others.
  • How to reconnect to our latent understanding of the land.
  • The art of reigning in intensity to maintain sustainability.
  • Why to push boundaries and be comfortable in your own skin.
  • Getting off your high horse.
  • Why fear of death is a fundamental human driver.


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05/31/20 • 52 min

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Together, we’ve got this.

But we’ve also gotta make it happen, grabbing the moment by the short n curlys and becoming everyday changemakers.

This week we break our own rules of sticking to 20 minutes and blow out to 40. But we think it’s worth it, and hope there are ideas within that pique your curiosity and propel you to action.

We yak about a stack of ways to make change that each and every one of us can bring to fruition pretty much immediately. All simple, doable, impactful.

Again, we apologise for the odd audio crackle. This pod-via-distance thing isn’t ideal but we’ll get the band back together as soon as we can! Thanks for understanding.

What can you change? Here are 20 easy-as ideas (for people who like lists)

1. Divest your superannuation away from coal industry supportive funds.

2. Join your local food co op & continue to actively participate (being willing to roll with the inconvenience of things sometimes being unavailable).

3. Stop using single use plastic.

4. Grow your own food and swap what you can't grow.

5. Make your own presents.

6. Buy less shit.

7. Drive less (“do I really need to go into town?”)

8. Always think local: holidays, presents, food.

9. Reframe 'luxury' as drinking fresh milk not visiting a spa.

10. Go slow: play with your kids, grow from seed, swim in rivers, make from scratch, draw, nana nap, write letters not emails, cloud watch, picnic, hand water.

11. Write to leaders demanding change: local, state & federal.

12. Teach your kids to be practical not digital: build, grow, create, learn.

13. Really live in the season: food, activities, clothing,

14. Connect more deeply with the natural world: seasonality, camping, bushwalking, river swims, bare feet.

15. Support the second hand economy .

16. Celebrate simple: actively seek simplicity over complexity

17. Share your knowledge: seek skills from the elderly and teach children your skills.

18. Redesign your house renovation to be smaller: less is more

19. Veto your work: actively seek projects that align with your beliefs

20. Commit to & value a home based life

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05/24/20 • 40 min

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05/17/20 • 56 min

Maybe you’ve done this before: typed into Google, “Where can I buy glass bottle milk?” or “What local butchers will accept my battered tupperware?”. If you have, it’s likely you’ve stumbled upon The Rogue Ginger.

Erin Rhoads is a proud red head whose simple question, “Why is the world filled with plastic?”, changed the course of her life.

Since 2013, this down-to-earth mum from Melbourne has been blogging about how to reduce plastic and waste, and live a more eco-friendly existence. On her website you’ll find years worth of zero-waste resources, amazingly curated lists on where to shop waste-free and wildly practical information about making the change - with a notable absence of dogma.

Our conversation with Erin goes beyond waste reduction to encompass the psychology of change, on-boarding friends and family with your belief system (or not), localism vs. globalism and what true wealth looks like.

It’s a laid back, tea-with-a-friend style chat that’ll leave you with a warm sense of solidarity - and renewed enthusiasm for making positive change.


  • Erin highlights the importance of sharing our stories of joy and contradictions while we embark on change - so it doesn't feel impossible for others to follow.
  • Finding ways to create uplifting and engaging challenges for individuals (rather than dutiful misery).
  • As consumers, our voices are loud. Erin gives us ideas for sharing our thoughts about how companies can do better (in ways that are actually effective).
  • Practical ideas for actioning your beliefs.
  • The merits of Localism vs. Globalism.
  • Why it’s worth developing a sense of obligation within our communities to bring about lasting change.
  • How giving people tools (particularly kids) is a great way to engender hope and positive action: food growing, seed saving, fire lighting and cooking are as important as maths.
  • Connecting with your local council is a great starting point for blossoming changemakers.
  • Why it’s time for communities to lead rather than waiting for governments to fill the gap.
  • Have Australians ever faced real challenges collectively? This might impact our understanding (and appreciation) of community initiatives.
  • The power of third parties like films, music, books and docos when trying to influence change in friends.
  • How life as a new mother opened up a can of worms on her plastic-free mission.
  • Ideas for overcoming the cyclical phases of new initiatives that sees initial traction followed by a dip in interest and engagement.
  • ‘Gamification’ as a possible way to incentivise community engagement.
  • The value of initiatives that are easy to set up and participate in - but have far-reaching outcomes such as nature strip gardens and free food pantries.


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05/17/20 • 56 min

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06/07/20 • 52 min

Kirsten Bradley has dedicated the last 13 years (in cahoots with partner Nick Ritar and a host of thinkers and doers) to helping people learn permaculture skills for living like it matters.

We’re referring to Milkwood, of course. And today we get a backstage pass to the brain of its co-creator; a joyous conversation indeed.

Kirsten has a knack for distilling big ideas into bite size words of wisdom, bringing decades of lived experience to our cuppa-tea-with-a-mate interview that will leave you feeling affirmed and hopeful.

She shares her trajectory from inner-city artist to iconic permaculture educator, author and champion of back-to-basics living. Her thoughts on long-term renting, community sufficiency, ways of stewarding land (that don’t necessarily involve buying a massive property), how to bypass hypocrisy and why to get comfy with shades of grey.

Post-episode, you’ll probably want to knock on your neighbour’s door and offer them surplus garden greens - because, according to Kirsten, community connection is the bedrock of a better life (and planet). Listen, absorb, enjoy.

  • Living in Tassie - autonomy and community sufficiency.
  • Insights from their trials of different ways of living (including family farming, community living, homesteading, share houses).
  • Where and how their shift from inner city artists to sharers of skills came about
  • Alternative ways to steward land (other than ownership)
  • Actions to consider now foro a better future: 1. Growing food, anywhere/anyhow. 2. Community involvement - get enmeshed, get involved. 3. Figure out your greatest skills and what you can contribute to and learn from your community.
  • Reframing life towards what matters
  • Why helping people reclaim lost skills is the most incredible life path she could have chosen.
  • Bypassing the guilt of hypocrisy and embracing good habits.
  • The value of seeking out ‘wild spaces’.
  • Why getting to know your ecosystem is fundamental to living a good life (your watershed, the First Nations title for the land you reside on, your climate, your seasons)
  • The evolution of thought and practical outcomes which has come from living in different environments and communities.
  • Accepting shades of grey over black and white.
  • Stepping past the one family/one house concept.
  • The tension between tenancy, tenure, community values, land use/management and ownership.
  • How disasters crystallise community bedrock.
  • Why they'd rather steward less land, not more.


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06/07/20 • 52 min

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If you've never met a Perma Pixie, prepare to be delighted.

Taj, aka. The Perma Pixie, is bringing a little old school witchcraft and spades of permaculture wisdom to Melbourne - and now, to you.

This chick beats to a drum of ‘reciprocity’, a philosophy that acknowledges that we’re part of a cycle that should give as much as it takes.
She’s been delivering permaculture education courses for over a decade (not bad for a young sprout!) and has recently started clinical work as a qualified herbalist. Social patterns and interactions are her greatest love, equal to her fascination with plants and their healing capacity.

This conversation is a must for anyone interested in natural medicine, staying grounded in the fray, the freedoms - and struggles - of running a small business, how to balance impassioned action with self care, and how to be regenerative within a culture programmed to run us dry.

Her deeply felt connection to the seasons, and life steeped in reciprocity and relationship, will either resonate deeply or sow seeds in the garden of your mind.


  • How her early ADHD diagnosis encouraged her to seek calm in the natural world.
  • Taking a circular approach to living in reciprocity with nature.
  • The power of seasonal acknowledgement; combining the ‘doing’ with the ‘sensing’.
  • Having the courage to trust your instincts to follow the path of the heart.
  • Finding balance in the juxtaposition of being an anti-capitalist while running a small business.
  • Reframing financial stability.
  • How being an extrovert has enabled her to build a network of nourishers.
  • Ways to create nurturing community hubs and nodes, which in turn create valid community connection.
  • Why it's worth summoning the gumption to talk to total strangers and be open to spontaneous interactions.
  • The fundamental need to have a relationship with our own bodies to take ownership and responsibility of our most important asset - and avoid being a ‘baseline’ human.
  • Actively avoiding a sedentary body and mind.
  • Her permaculture and herbal medicine journey - and how it led her to the plants which nourish her.
  • Why a world filled with sharing is better than a life lived alone.
  • How she calms the voice urging her to "do more".
  • Finding balance as a one-woman show when her greatest desire is to be outside - not behind a screen.
  • Why to do a "needs analysis": What are your needs and what can you offer?
  • Why relationships are what fundamentally give her hope.


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05/03/20 • 54 min

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What are your moments of joy? What makes you feel at home? Where's the "best" place to live with respect for the future?
Join Jade and Catie for a Futuresteading Shortie: a bite-sized convo where we share our everyday moments of joy, why to put roots down, what makes us guffaw and where the "best" place to live really is.
This wee episode is the perfect accompaniment to pulling weeds, shelling walnuts, wandering up the street or sunning your legs on the verandah.
Thanks so much for joining us.

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04/26/20 • 17 min

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Do we need a little more faith in agriculture?
This week we chat to Sallie Jones, cofounder of farmer-owned Gippsland Jersey, about how her faith helps her do good stuff in the world - without a crippling fear of failure.
And we reckon there's something in that, considering her immense achievements.
You'll learn so much from this champion for dairy farmers, cheerleader for responsible land management, extraordinary businesswoman and mother of three; not least of which, how to live a little more hopefully.
Sallie shares her gut-wrenching story of family loss, why we need to talk about mental health on farms (and everywhere for that matter), and offers wise advice for a simpler, more spiritual life; essential listening for anyone who feels a little isolated in striving for a better future (regardless of your belief system).

Note: This was recorded at the beginning of April 2020.

  • Why not starting school until Grade Six offered her an unconventional - and rather free - way of thinking.
  • Why and how to side-step helicopter parenting.
  • The value of relying on a wide network of people with varying skills.
  • How story telling and her Dad's reputation have been core to Gippsland Jersey's success.
  • The importance of keeping it real!
  • Her experience of the raw milk movement.
  • How families experience grief in unique ways.
  • Her fundamental trust in her faith.
  • Why leaps of faith require immense courage.
  • Why the gut never lies (and can be relied upon as the right needle for all situations).
  • Why she's a fan of paths-of-less-resistance rather than being relentless.
  • Why community is central to her reason for being.
  • How she stays empathetic without burning out.
  • The importance of perspective to balanced life.
  • Why kindness and giving is good for everyone.
  • Her sense of place as white settlers.


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06/21/20 • 48 min

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How many episodes does Futuresteading have?

Futuresteading currently has 129 episodes available.

What topics does Futuresteading cover?

The podcast is about Society & Culture, Skills, Community, Podcasts, Agriculture and Farming.

What is the most popular episode on Futuresteading?

The episode title 'Charlie Arnott on reverence, ritual and regenerative everything' is the most popular.

What is the average episode length on Futuresteading?

The average episode length on Futuresteading is 53 minutes.

How often are episodes of Futuresteading released?

Episodes of Futuresteading are typically released every 7 days.

When was the first episode of Futuresteading?

The first episode of Futuresteading was released on Apr 11, 2020.

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