Richard and Jane Pille at home
The actor and film production professional Richard Pille has joined The Ozark Harvest Radio Hour as an on the air personality. Pille will write and produce interviews with local farmers, artisans, and business people, covering community gardening and sustainable agriculture focused events.
"My wife Jane and I try to be advocates for what we call sustainable living," Pille said. "Basically, we organize events and opportunities that encourage people to make sustainable choices that showcase how happiness often results from living simply. We teach people that they don't have to be consumers of everything that is made and sold in order to live contented and productive lives."
According to Pille, The Ozark Harvest Radio Hour is a "local resource for all things local. I'm glad to be part of an organization like the Harvest Hour because I can promote the things I feel passionate about and contribute the expertise I've developed from my years working at Disney and in the film industry."
Pille's most recent film Broken Faith has moved into post production. It should be released sometime this fall. In 2011, he had a featured role in the film 180 as Stunt McMasterson.
Last fall, Pille and his wife organized a Carroll County Fresh Harvest Celebration on Holiday Island that was attended by several hundred people and featured local food, farms and farmers, artisans, and local musicians. "Everyone had a really good time," he said, "and I think folks got the message that the 'good life' is a self identifying ideal that recognizes our human need to develop sustainable systems that are not dependent on nonrenewable resources."
Pille's wife Jane is President of Carroll County Fresh, a local sustainable agriculture organization that promotes local business, culture and farming. She is the author of a soon to be published booklet Gardening in the Ozarks and is an enthusiastic proponent of home and community gardening.
"I am particularly asking you to consider growing some of your own food" she writes in the introduction to Gardening in the Ozarks. "Food grown in your home garden is wonderful tasting, it is fresh, it has lots more vitamins and minerals and it's right there. Working in a garden connects you to the land, gets you outside observing the natural cycles of the earth and most of the time it makes you really happy."
Happiness is a recurring theme for the Pille's. "We bought the house we live in because we fell in love with the garden on the property," Richard Pille said. "We knew it would make us happy to be in it. The house itself was sort of an after thought."
Pille begins contributing to The Ozark Harvest Radio Hour in mid-March. We look forward to hearing him, and to reviewing Jane's new gardening booklet.