The Urban Farm Podcast with Greg Peterson

The Urban Farm Podcast with Greg Peterson

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485: Jolene Kuty on Abundant Holistic Harvests
Oct 12 • 35 min
Wholistic living has taken on a whole new meaning for Jolene Kuty! Through learning about health, she went from eating cheese infused hot dogs to working as a chiropractic physician surrounded by her half-acre urban farm. She created a full circle system…
484: Kristie Kapp on Eco-edible landscaping
Oct 8 • 36 min
Eco-edible landscaping sounds like a cool new method, but it incorporates many of the tried and true methods of permaculture. Kristie Kapp educates on building a food forest and how to incorporate 7 layers, supporting plants, mineral accumulators, and…
483: Tiffany Panaccione on Starting an Urban Farm Business
Oct 5 • 39 min
How does an having adventurous spirit, practicing yoga and following your intuition lead someone to start a farm? As Tiffany Panaccione learned, those experiences teach you to follow your heart and try new things! Listen in to learn how she plans to turn…
482: Michael Gettens on Evolving Lifestyles in a Changing World
Oct 1 • 23 min
Learning about permaculture can be life changing, and Michael Gettens shares about his experience taking a permaculture design course, how to take on a production mindset instead of simply consuming resources, and how the current food system is…
481: Rivka Fidel on Biochar and Carbon Farming
Sep 28 • 42 min
Biochar can improve your soil and help the environment at the same time! We visited with Dr. Rivka Fidel from the University of Arizona to learn all about biochar and carbon farming. Listen in for how you can make it, use it, and the science behind adding…
Bonus Episode 30: Seed Saving Class August 2019.
Sep 24 • 39 min
In This BONUS Podcast: Once again we join a conversation with Bill McDorman and Greg Peterson to learn about growing from seed, growing for seed, and why our seeds are so important in these changing times. This is the replay of the August 2019 Seed Saving…
480: Kevin Espiritu on his Apocalypse Grow Survival Challenge
Sep 21 • 39 min
We followed up with Kevin Espiritu to hear the results of his Apocalypse Survival Challenge. Could you survive for a whole month only eating what you grow, fish, barter, or forage? Hear how Kevin used his 200 square foot gardening space, community…
479: Katie Fiore on Apple Abundance
Sep 17 • 29 min
We are back with returning guest and team member, Katie Fiore to talk about getting creative when your yard gives you an excess of food. While many people fear abundance, she embraces the creativity it allows and shares a different way to look at cooking…
478: Matt Lebon on Foodscaping
Sep 14 • 29 min
Entering college without much direction, a life-changing experience in Paraguay helped Matt Lebon find his place in the global food system. Now, he runs a custom foodscaping company making spaces beautiful and edible. He share about hands-on education in…
477: Joe Yonan on Documenting the Culinary Experience
Sep 10 • 35 min
Journalism and food have been major themes all throughout Joe Yonan’s life. In this podcast, learn about how he got involved with food at a very young age, his journey to food editor, and what a food editor actually does. Joe also shares about learning to…
476: Kimberly Kling on the Impact of Herbs.
Sep 7 • 30 min
Working in a desk job and knowing that it was not a good fit, it still took Kimberly Kling a little while to build up the courage to do something different. Eventually she found herself on a path to learning about herbalism and has finally found her…
475: David Barrow on Sustainable Urban Farming in Texas
Sep 3 • 32 min
It was not a direct path to this destiny for David Barrow, but running a sustainable urban farm in Austin Texas has been his biggest success. With many regenerative and sustainable practices in use on the farm it is no wonder the soil is healthy and the…
474: Amy Lacey on The very versatile cauliflower.
Aug 31 • 47 min
After Amy Lacey’s health took a downturn and she wanted to bring some normalcy back to her family’s routine, she tried a recipe for a vegetable she did not really like. Little did she know how a bland vegetable could make such a difference for so many…
473: Kevin Espiritu on Small-space urban gardening techniques
Aug 27 • 39 min
When Kevin Espiritu started gardening he quickly became interested in hydroponics, and as he tried to learn how, he found that most articles and books were focused on only one well-known plant and he wanted to grow food. He started documenting his…
472: Angela Neyland on Permaculture Homesteading in Australia.
Aug 24 • 39 min
We meet Angela Neyland as she tells us why an old TV comedy series influenced her and how she found permaculture. With this foundation, she shares the journey that led her and her husband to start a permaculture based homestead. She describes her property…
Bonus Episode 29: Seed Saving Class July 2019
Aug 20 • 42 min
In This BONUS Podcast: Once again we join a conversation with Bill McDorman and Greg Peterson to learn about growing from seed, growing for seed, and why our seeds are so important in these changing times. This is the replay of the July 2019 Seed Saving…
471: Jake Mowrer on Deep Roots in Soil
Aug 17 • 29 min
We delve deeper into the relationship between plant roots and healthy soil with Jake Mowrer. He explains why the soil changes when plant roots extend through it’s layers, and lessons learned from the dustbowl times regarding soil degradation. Through his…
470: David Stark on Soil Microbes.
Aug 13 • 33 min
Retired after years of leadership in Monsanto, David Stark was asked to mentor a young company making what was essentially compost tea.Reluctantly and with some concerns over the science, he agreed and now is excited to share what he has learned about…
469: Francey Slater on Urban Ag and Food Justice.
Aug 10 • 43 min
It was after spending some time out of the country that Francey Slater woke to the poor American relationship with food. This motivated her towards food justice and making a difference in her community. With a belief that healthy food is a right for…
468: Chris Smith on Okra
Aug 6 • 41 min
His first introduction to okra did not go over well, but years later Chris Smith was given okra seeds as a gift and he felt responsible to do his best with them. This prompted him to research, learn, and experiment with many varieties and recipes. He…
467: Bentley Christie on Worm Composting
Aug 3 • 42 min
Watching his coworker through her lunch scraps into a large bin under her desk was just too exciting for Bentley Christie and soon he was on his way to becoming the Compost Guy with a popular blog and website about worm composting. He shares his…
466: Shannon McBride on Successful Community Collaboration
Jul 30 • 30 min
The area Shannon McBride grew up in experienced a tumultuous change when the light rail was built down the middle. Instead of letting herself get angry, she started a collaboration for the area. Building around a vision for a safe walkable community, she…
465: Bobby Wilson on Five Acres in Atlanta
Jul 27 • 39 min
After running the Cooperative Extension Program for Urban Gardening in Atlanta, and taking leadership roles in several other community organizations, Bobby Wilson was not going to stop when he retired! Instead he invested his retirement money into a farm…
464: Nicole Finklestein on Urban Herb Farming
Jul 23 • 22 min
While becoming a licensed acupuncturist and doctor, Nicole Finklestein felt the carbon footprint of the medicinals and botanicals in her practice was extensive. She drew on her family farming background to start growing herbs and flowers. She discusses…
463: Carl Atwell on Entrepreneurship and Valued Relationships
Jul 20 • 41 min
When an entrepreneurial opportunity came his way, Carl Atwell jumped on board with a passion. He is now president of Gempler’s and is building it again with a commitment towards his customers and employees. He shares the story of how Gempler’s was created…
462: Molly Watson on Harvesting Garden Snails
Jul 16 • 39 min
Her 9-year-old son wanted to eat snails while in France, and once home he wanted to eat the garden snails too – so food writer Molly Watson did the research and figured out how to harvest and cook the snails they collected. Her down to earth descriptions…
461: Chris Rawley on Alternative Funding for Urban Farmers
Jul 13 • 26 min
Production farming in America is not an easy business path to start on without some help or connections. Appreciating the value of farming after his travels in the US Navy, Chris Rawley realized these challenges farmers face when trying start or expand…
460: Pascale Pearce on Egg Incubation for Beginners
Jul 9 • 40 min
If you are not careful, you might find that hatching eggs can quite easily develop into a passion, just ask Pascale Pearce! She took a job that needed her to hatch eggs at least once, so she knew what she was talking about – and now she loves to help…
459: Jason Bradford on Rural Living as our Future
Jul 6 • 49 min
Studying the changes in shifting populations, Jason Bradford is predicting the trend for urban growth is going to reverse. He breaks down why our energy dependency is indicating a reversal, why technology is creating discounted problems, and more…
458: Stacey Murphy on the Superfood Garden Summit
Jul 2 • 30 min
Her passion for bringing people together in educational garden summits is quite evident when you listen to Stacey Murphy tell us what she has planned this year. She explains why she started presenting her summits and some of the exciting results she’s…
457: Dave Hunter on Native Bees
Jun 29 • 43 min
Realizing that his apple trees were barely producing compared to his neighbors, Dave Hunter found the answer was mason bees. His hobby increased his harvest, and eventually his new passion developed into a brand-new industry and a new company. Now he is…
456: Raven Venturelli on Permaculture for the Small Farm
Jun 25 • 39 min
Taking a permaculture course as a young adult gave Raven Venturelli the confidence and inspiration to start her own farm. However, finding land in California to develop her nature-based farming concepts was difficult so she followed her parents and moved…
455: Devon Young on Medicinal Remedies
Jun 22 • 37 min
Growing up in a plant based family and then struggling with health concerns it felt natural for Devon Young to turn to herbals remedies for wellness and relief. When she started noticing results, she focused on helping others as expanded her knowledge…
Bonus Episode 28: Seed Saving Class May 2019
Jun 18 • 46 min
Once again we join a conversation with Bill McDorman and Greg Peterson to learn about growing from seed, growing for seed, and why our seeds are so important in these changing times. This is the replay of the May 2019 Seed Saving Class - In this class he…
454: Matt Smith on Improving Family Life with a Garden
Jun 15 • 41 min
We welcome back Matt Smith from Smith House Design to hear more about improving family life with a garden. Matt and his wife have created a learning environment in their backyard full of fruit trees and plants. Now, their children prefer nature over…
453: Edmund Williams on Aquaponics with Soil.
Jun 11 • 34 min
What do you get when a civil engineer loves to garden but doesn’t want to spend two hours a day in the backyard? You get a LEHR garden! Meet Ed Williams, the creator of this regenerative, functioning ecosystem that utilizes aquaponics and mushroom spawn.…
452: Kanin Rouston on Apple Cider
Jun 8 • 40 min
Our apple expert Kanin Routson joins us again to help us understand the process of making delicious apple cider using white wine making techniques. He explains the difference between juice, cider, and hard cider, and how the new modern ciders vary from…
451: Brittney Schiff on Growing Food and Raising Animals
Jun 4 • 41 min
Awakening to the desire to grow their own fruits, vegetables, and meat, Brittney Schiff and her husband Stephen started with a few garden beds and chickens. Gradually this increased and they moved to a property that allowed them to do more. Now they…
450: Katie Critchley on Building a Farm Community
Jun 1 • 44 min
The home purchase was going to be a stretch, but she could not escape the pull. After several visits, Katie Critchley took the leap and this farming community is much more than she expected. The appeal was so strong that her extended family joined her as…
449: Marty Campfield on AZOMITE on the Farm
May 28 • 32 min
Earning his degree in agronomy put Marty Campfield on a path that led him eventually to work for AZOMITE selling this unique nutrient dense fertilizer/soil amendment product. He helps explain about the importance of nutrients in the soil, and how…
448: Luke Allen on True Breeding Seeds
May 25 • 29 min
In the pursuit of resetting his health, Luke Allen took a four-day fasting journey and ended up taking his life in a new direction. Eventually he resettled, started growing food, and seeds! With his experience as a seed grower, he helps break down some…
Bonus Episode #27: Seed Saving Class April 2019.
May 21 • 32 min
Once again we join a conversation with Bill McDorman and Greg Peterson to learn about growing from seed, growing for seed, and why our seeds are so important in these changing times. This is the replay of the April 2019 Seed Saving Class - Bill talks…
447: Matt Smith on Urban Farming and Home Values.
May 18 • 50 min
Knowing that curb appeal is important, Matt Smith has applied this concept to his backyard to improve the value of his home. He shares how growing food and appreciating nature has become so important to him, and which historical figures influence his…
446: Kasey McCaslin on Making Craft Chocolate
May 14 • 28 min
Early influences helped Kasey McCaslin develop both a love for food and making things, and that eventually led her to try making small batch chocolate to sell at the farmers market. From there she has gone on to develop recipes that have earned her…
445: Julia Huber on Gardening with a Plan
May 11 • 18 min
For years, Julia Hubler couldn’t find a garden planner that had it all. After running her family’s homestead of chickens, goats, and gardens, she put together a comprehensive garden planning guide and journal. Here, she paints a picture of life on her…
444: Sara Wolters on Healthy, Homemade Jams & Jellies.
May 7 • 26 min
What do you do with the abundance of fruit from your yard? Making jams and jellies are an easy solution. Sara Wolters from Pomona’s Universal Pectin shares how their fruit-based pectin allows you to create delicious preserves with little to no added…
443: Jason Johns on Growing Tomatoes.
May 4 • 37 min
Jason Johns is the author of 18 books on gardening. Here, he shares everything anybody needs to know about growing tomatoes! From the ideal soil, varieties, conditions, and pruning you’ll be ready to plant amazing tomatoes. We also discussed common pests…
442: Emily Heller on Growing Food for Locals and Small Restaurants.
Apr 30 • 42 min
How does one become a farmer when you haven’t gone to school for agriculture? Emily Heller did just that using local education programs and opportunities. Here, she discusses successful selling as a small space producer, parameters for success in…
441: Jill Shea as a Woman in the World of Aquaponics.
Apr 27 • 31 min
We had the pleasure of talking aquaponics with Jill Shea from Trifecta Ecosystems. Trifecta Ecosystems practices sustainable farming in their aquaponics farm and educates the community to grow their own food as part of the City that Feeds Itself…
Bonus Episode #26: Seed Saving Class March 2019.
Apr 23 • 50 min
There are new things to learn in every conversation with Bill McDorman. This is the March 2019 episode of a Seed Saving Class - we go back to the basics on why to save seeds, how to start, how to store seeds, cross-pollination, planting diversity, and so…
440: Akiva Silver on Working with Trees as Allies
Apr 20 • 39 min
Akiva Silver spent years observing and learning from nature. He discusses how to partner with trees, talks about his new book, and shares some of his favorite trees. Listen in to learn about the different functions of trees, all the amazing ways we can…
439: Garrett Hill on Gardening in the 21st Century
Apr 16 • 27 min
Garrett Hill loved gardening using grow bags so much, he made it into a business. Today we talk about starting a business, the benefits of grow bags, how they work, and some of the cool things Garrett is growing in them. We also dive into the wifi…
438: Christine Heinrichs on Raising Backyard Chickens.
Apr 13 • 33 min
Who knew when Christine Heinrichs told her daughter they could get chickens that it would shape her life into three popular books and a backyard full of heritage breeds? We sat down with Christine to discuss the re-release of her book, different chicken…
437: Casey O’Leary on Seed Cooperatives.
Apr 9 • 38 min
We dove into the world of urban seed saving and starting a seed co-op with Casey O’Leary. Casey has worn many hats: an environmental activist, farmer, CSA owner, and founder of the Snake River Seed Cooperative. She now supports her bioregion (and the…
436: Peter Bane on Permaculture
Apr 6 • 53 min
Peter Bane is a long time Permaculture advocate. He has served on the board of the Permaculture Institute of North America, ran the Permaculture Activist magazine, and taught permaculture design courses around the world. Today, Peter shares some of the…
435: Joel Karsten on The Six Bale Greenhouse
Apr 2 • 37 min
Joel Karsten revolutionized the gardening world when he introduced the world to Straw Bale Gardening. Now, this best-selling author is back to blow our minds with the 6 Bale Greenhouse. Joel describes for our listeners how we can make a greenhouse for…
434: Stephanie Lucas on Recipe Delivery for Kids
Mar 30 • 42 min
Give Garden is a recipe delivery service that teaches kids STEM skills and healthy eating habits. Stephanie Lucas, the program’s creator, used her 15 years as a corporate nutritionist to create this Give Garden to encourage family bonding and build…
Bonus Episode 25: Seed Saving Class February 2019
Mar 26 • 46 min
There is always a bounty of information available in conversations with Bill McDorman. This is the February 2019 episode of a Seed Saving Class - with Special Guest Belle Starr. Listen and learn about highlights from the epic February 2019 Seed Summit,…
433: Rob Horton on Food Sensitive Communities
Mar 23 • 34 min
What is it like growing up without fresh, healthy food available? Rob Horton used his experience living in a food desert as motivation for creating Trap Garden. In this community garden in Nashville, he is teaching kids, community members, and college…
432: John Wann-Ángeles on Place Making on an Urban Farm.
Mar 19 • 27 min
John Wann-Ángeles is building the south Phoenix farming community in a big way! He shared with us how a school project turned into a community farming effort that now involves a 19-acre piece of land and a local farmers market. Listen in to learn about…
431: Laurie Ouding on Food Inequity and Kids’ Health.
Mar 16 • 32 min
Laurie Ouding is working to revolutionize the food system on the south side of Chicago. Through her work as a nurse, she identified the need for healthy, affordable, and available food in local neighborhoods. Now, she is working with local educators to…
430: Lee Perry on Fleet Farming
Mar 12 • 42 min
Lee Perry passionately shares the progress of the Fleet Farming movement and how it is strengthening Florida communities. This collective farming movement is an awesome way for gardening novices and interns to get hands-on gardening education while…
429: Thomas Tuoti on Growing Mushrooms at Home.
Mar 9 • 25 min
We learn the ins and outs of growing mushrooms at home with Thomas Tuoti. Listen in for the difference between mushrooms and mycelium as well as how to use them to build your soil Mushrooms are the composting tool we never knew we needed, and Tom shares…
428: Chad Chase on Urban Farming as a Business
Mar 5 • 32 min
We are joined by Chad Chase, co-owner of Arrandale Farms and Urban Grounds Coffee Company. Chad has built his 2.5-acre farm from scratch, and now farms fruit trees, field crops, alpacas, and chickens. Listen in to hear how he’s building his urban farm…
427: Zach Berry on Edible Cacti
Mar 2 • 24 min
Zachery Berry from the Homestead Cactus Sanctuary teaches us about the edible cacti that grow naturally in Arizona. Listen in to learn about growing cacti at home and when and how to harvest them. Zach also shares tips on pollinating cacti, edible…
426: Camille James on Organic Farming in Hawaii
Feb 26 • 28 min
Join us for our conversation with Camille James and learn how she went from working in the tech industry, to owning a juice bar, to living off the grid in Hawaii. Camille shared what it’s like living communally on an off-the-grid farm and all the…
425: Katie Fiore on Sweet Potatoes and Fruit Trees
Feb 23 • 35 min
After a long career in retail, Katie Fiore knew it was time for a change. Part of her future vision was a backyard full of fruits and vegetables, the other part was a flexible, fulfilling lifestyle educating others. Katie discusses changing her life…
424 John Jeavons on Biologically-Intensive Gardening and Farming pt 2
Feb 19 • 36 min
Today on the podcast, we continue our visit with John Jeavons. Part one of this two-part podcast discussed John’s journey into Biologically Intensive Gardening, crop planning strategies, and watering strategies. Today in Part Two we delve into his…
423: John Jeavons on Biologically Intensive Gardening & Farming (Part 1)
Feb 16 • 33 min
Biologically Intensive Gardening allows farmers to grow more food, with less water, in a sustainable way. In this podcast, we speak with John Jeavons who has been a Bio Intensive pioneer for over 50 years. An Arizona native, his books have made an impact…
422: Stacey Murphy on Setting Goals for Growing.
Feb 12 • 29 min
Growing up gardening side-by-side with her parents helped Stacey Murphy have a solid connection with food. She lost this connection as a young adult, but found it while living in a studio apartment in Brooklyn when she realized how little fresh food was…
421: Ricardo Aguirre on Water Harvesting & Land Management
Feb 9 • 41 min
As Ricardo Aguirre was about to become a father, he took stock of his life. Would he continue to work as a civil engineer as he had for 15 years or would he do something that would have a positive effect on the earth? Which one would he be proud to tell…
420: Ocean Robbins on The 31 Day Food Revolution
Feb 5 • 34 min
Food revolutionary and visionary Ocean Robbins shares a healthy eating program that can work for anyone in just 31 days. Breaking down his plan into four sections, he helps simplify the process. He also discusses some of the major factors that lead to…
Bonus Episode 24: Seed Saving Class January 2019
Feb 2 • 47 min
This is the January 2019 episode of a Seed Saving Class - Listen and learn about the importance of wild crop relatives and biodiversity, get a heads up on the the February 2019 Seed Summit, and so much more. urbanfarm.org/bonus24
419: Nicky Schauder on Growing Food in Small Spaces
Jan 29 • 39 min
Struggling with their children’s multiple food allergies convinced Nicky Schauder and her husband Dave to go organic and the expense of organic impelled them to start growing it themselves. They’ve incorporated many techniques in their small space…
418: Kat Granger on Starting a Small Seed Business
Jan 26 • 43 min
With a passion for growing in her genes, Kat Granger joined a horticulture group, became a Master Gardener, and went to seed school to learn all she could about her subject. Speaking to groups about her vegetables led to selling seeds and to her seed…
417: Michael Foley on Building a Viable Small Farm Economy
Jan 22 • 37 min
As a child Michael Foley dreamed of being a gentleman farmer one day. His path however, took him into academia. After being estranged from the land for several years he eventually found his way back to farming. Today Michael, farms on his micro-farm,…
Bonus Episode 23: Seed Saving Class November 2018
Jan 19 • 53 min
There is always a bounty of information available in conversations with Bill McDorman. This is the November 2018 episode of a Seed Saving Class - learn about the seed paradigm and seed history. Listen as the ethics of owning and naming seeds, and other…
416: Sarah Boltwala-Mesina
Jan 15 • 41 min
Sarah Boltwala-Mesina hoped to help start a recycling program at her children’s school. This was the first step on her journey to creating Food2Soil, a business that collects food scraps from people and businesses in San Diego and turns them into compost.…
415: John Brubaker on Micro Urban farming
Jan 12 • 36 min
As his wife and youngest daughter began struggling with celiac disease, John Brubaker believed that the pesticides used on vegetables were perhaps weakening their immune systems. This was his entry into organic urban farming. He began small and has been…
414: Leah Penniman on Liberating the Land.
Jan 8 • 29 min
A passion for the soil, the earth and her community started when Leah Penniman began farming at the age of 16. Through the years she has continued to work towards ending racism and injustice in our food system, and also on land reparations for people of…
413: Ben Klempner on Fermented Soil Amendments.
Jan 5 • 31 min
When Ben Klempner and his family moved to Tiberias, he wanted to make the soil healthy to grow his vegetables. Finding information that was beneficial wasn’t the only hurdle—he was so far away from the products he needed. He kept researching online and…
412: William Bruneau on The Genus Sida
Jan 1 • 41 min
Bill Bruneau suffered from what eventually was diagnosed as a leaky gut caused by using pharmaceutical antibiotics. Knowing that plants had medicinal powers he searched out which ones were natural antibiotics and came upon limited but intriguing…
411: Rob Greenfield on Food Freedom Project.
Dec 29, 2018 • 38 min
Rob Greenfield lived a normal American life until he began reading and watching documentaries that showed that he was contributing to the destruction of our planet. That was enough to set him on a course performing extreme actions to motivate others to…
410: Lloyd Hardrick on Keeping Urban Bees
Dec 25, 2018 • 20 min
Walking by Lloyds of London with his wife Ashley, Lloyd Hardrick was intrigued by the beehives in the windows of the famous bank that shared his name. Curiosity led to research and research led to the career path that Lloyd and Ashley ventured on—raising…
409: Tanya Batche on Delicious Low Sugar Treats
Dec 22, 2018 • 38 min
Tanya Batche loved to bake but didn’t necessarily think of it as a career. Seeing a trend of obesity and diabetes, she knew there must be a way to still enjoy, and allow others to enjoy her delicious endeavors. Tanya turned her love of baking into her…
408: Ron Mantini on Homemade Olive Oil
Dec 18, 2018 • 32 min
Curiosity on what to do with the fruit from the three large olive trees in his new yard led Ron Mantini on a quest to make his own olive oil. Over the course of several years, with trial and error and the power of the internet, Ron has discovered how to…
407: Steve Szudera on Nutrient Rich Soil
Dec 15, 2018 • 37 min
As a contour farmer facing the problem of so much soil washing away in the rain, Steve Szudera found his solution when he borrowed a no-till drill in 1981. He never looked back as he learned how completing warm and cool crop cycles and protecting the soil…
406: Nika Forte on Farming for the Under-Served
Dec 11, 2018 • 26 min
Being a single mother trying to provide nutritious options for her children in a food desert gave St. Vincent de Paul’s Urban Farm manager Nika Forte a great understanding and compassion for the people she serves. She shares with her belief that food…
405: Rhonda Sherman on Worm Farming
Dec 8, 2018 • 33 min
Rhonda Sherman, an extension specialist in the Department of Horticultural Science at NC State University, shares how throwing away our food waste is a major problem in landfills, releasing methane gas which is a contributor to climate change and causing…
404: Lyndsay Ludden as a Farmer at the Market
Dec 4, 2018 • 26 min
Lyndsay Ludden and her husband Eric wanted to grow real food and talked about it all the time. This led them to take a bold step to sell their home in Phoenix and find their perfect property in Cornville, AZ. On just over two acres of land Lyndsay and…
403: Tobias Peggs on Empowering Next-Gen Leaders
Dec 1, 2018 • 37 min
Wondering where the bananas came from while eating them in his native United Kingdom was the first step for Tobias Peggs, as he sought to grow different foods in the city. He was sure he could mimic the plants’ normal environments. Peggs has not only…
Bonus Episode 22: Seed Saving Class October 2018
Nov 27, 2018 • 38 min
There is always a bounty of information available in conversations with Bill McDorman. This is the October 2018 episode of a Seed Saving Class - learn about Glass Gem Corn, how to be a seed steward, and why corn diversity is so important.…
402: Ciara Bennett on Premium Homemade Granola
Nov 24, 2018 • 19 min
As a young mother of two, and having just left corporate America, Ciara Bennett wanted something that was going to be helpful and healthful for her young children. An inspiration to start making high-quality snacking granola also moved her build a…
401: Duane Hebert on Growing a Healthy Diet.
Nov 20, 2018 • 35 min
They planted their first fruit tree on a 1/10th-acre urban home. Prompted to look for something healthier, Duane Hebert moved to property just outside of Phoenix, or as he calls it – The Edge of Nowhere. On a semi-urban farm, they focused on growing…
400: Eliot Coleman on 30th Anniversary of ‘The New Organic Grower’
Nov 17, 2018 • 29 min
In 1988, Eliot Coleman literally wrote the book on being an organic grower and has been an invaluable resource for organic gardeners and farmers for three decades. He only started growing food because it sounded like an adventure; and he learned how…
399: Diann Peart on Living in a Chemically Saturated World
Nov 13, 2018 • 33 min
It was not your typical birthday gift but a small collection of home cleaning products, and they changed Diann Peart’s direction in life. She found a path that filled her passion and allowed her to truly make a difference. When she realized the products…
398: Brandi Doming on Delicious Vegan Meals
Nov 10, 2018 • 27 min
After several years of contradictory and confusing medical advice, Brandi Doming was worn out trying to help her husband escape the pain of gout. As a new mom and a concerned wife, she sought out the next possible answer and found information on a…
397: Michael Bell on Part Time Urban Farming
Nov 6, 2018 • 34 min
He was starting off on a vacant property with lots of Johnson Grass, almost no money, and no way to cut it down and remove it, yet this was not going to stop Michael Bell from building his urban farm. He got creative and found a resource to not only help…
396: Marie Viljoen on Wild Inspired Cuisine
Nov 3, 2018 • 30 min
Her curiosity, her love of gardening, and her creativity in the kitchen, come together beautifully and for our benefit when Marie Viljoen compiled recipes for her new cookbook. She shares how she moved from gardening in 66 square feet to foraging all over…
395: Karin Fields on Growing Food in the Tropics
Oct 30, 2018 • 23 min
Growing up and becoming a ward of the state, then becoming emancipated at 17 left a lifelong mark on Karin Fields, so when she started learning how to grow food in one of the most challenging and unique areas of the country, she wanted to help other young…
393: Brad Lancaster on Wild Food Forestry
Oct 23, 2018 • 40 min
The desert is full of amazing native plants that provide a rich, delicious bounty of food, IF you know what to look for and how to harvest it, and Brad Lancaster wants you know these secrets. He is excited about a new cookbook that shares delicious and…
392: Gabe Brown on Beneficial Soil Ecosystems
Oct 20, 2018 • 32 min
Joining farming through his wife’s family, Gabe Brown learned the standard, commercialized, industrialized way of farming. Then when disaster struck four times in a row, he reached out to the past for some inspiration. He learned the value of a healthy…
394: Tonya Antle on the Organic Grower Summit
Oct 17, 2018 • 32 min
The story of how organic produce and food became mainstream in our grocery stores is shared by Tonya Antle who was actively driving this change before most of us even knew we needed it. She found her passion in the early stages of the organic movement and…
Bonus Episode #21: Seed Saving Class September 2018.
Oct 16, 2018 • 36 min
A chat with an expert on Seeds. In This Bonus Podcast: We are harvesting even more seed information in this chat with Bill McDorman. This is the September 2018 episode of a Seed Saving Class - seed names, medicinal plants, plant knowledge, landrace, and…
391: Catherine Bukowski on Community Food Forests
Oct 13, 2018 • 31 min
A fascination with jungles and forests began at an early age for Catherine Bukowski, and she has studied these ecosystems throughout her education. Then narrowing her focus just on the food forest aspect, she found similar regenerative patterns that work.…
390: Lena Roos on Religion and Gardening
Oct 9, 2018 • 26 min
Her background is in studying the connections of religion to many aspects of daily life and Professor Lena Roos is now focused on how religion and gardening are interwoven in our past and what that looks like in our present. She discusses several key…
389: Dawn Folsom on Village Farming
Oct 6, 2018 • 25 min
Children who grow up in the foster care system often become young adults on the street with no help, no resources, and forced to make desperate choices to survive. Dawn Folsom was caught stealing food when she was hungry; now she’s a major force behind…
388: Jess Mazour on Building a Resilient Food System
Oct 2, 2018 • 31 min
Jess is a Farm & Environment Organizer for Iowa Citizens for Community Improvement, a 5,000-member non-profit. She organizes with local communities to develops statewide strategies to stop corporate factory farms from building. In 2013-2015 Jess worked…
387: Daniel Oladokun-Dybowski on A Community Garden in Casa Grande
Sep 29, 2018 • 25 min
It was his father’s inspiration and legacy that prompted Daniel Oladokun-Dybowski to start a community garden from scratch in a suburb of Phoenix. The work on the soil has already started after several huge donated loads of wood chips. And with the help…
386 Eric & Love on Starting a Daddy-Daughter Urban Farm.
Sep 25, 2018 • 29 min
When faced with the desire of their nine-year-old daughter to have a cell phone, this family turned this challenge to a fabulous learning and skill building opportunity. Eric Broda has been helping his daughter Love build a business so she has a reason…
385: Chris McLaughlin on Heirloom Flowers in the Garden.
Sep 22, 2018 • 33 min
A delightful interview with a Chris McLaughlin as she helps us understand more about flowers and what they offer to us as gardeners and more. She even shares some tips on some of her favorites to grow.
Bonus 20: Seed Saving Class August 2018
Sep 18, 2018 • 34 min
Finding good sources for seeds can be challenging especially if you are particular about their story or their genetics. This is the August 2018 episode of a Seed Saving Class - Bill McDorman discusses the process of sourcing seeds and selecting seeds that…
384: Rachel Petitt on Military Veterans who Farm
Sep 15, 2018 • 28 min
Rachel Petitt is part of a group that has the mission to help veterans who want to be farmers. This has translated into several grant and resource projects that are empowering veterans to build their farms. She tells about how she started and what the…
383: Josh Krenz on Fertilizer from Grocery Store Waste.
Sep 11, 2018 • 35 min
He grew up on a farm, and as a teenager he thought he needed to do something more than just take care of the cows. Josh Krenz went to college, found his way into marketing, and was learning the business end of farming and multi-national distribution.…
382: Lynn McMahon on A Century Old Urban Farm
Sep 8, 2018 • 25 min
She and her husband bought his parents’ home and she thought it was just going to be temporary until she could get a place out in the country. Now Lynn McMahon is able to share her gratitude to her grandchildren and with us for the special connection to…
381: Elias Martinez on Indoor Farming without Barriers
Sep 4, 2018 • 26 min
It was both a desire to share the gardening experience his grandfather gave him, and the lack of space in his home for anything that could produce enough food for his family that prompted Elias Martinez to start dreaming of a way to provide fresh greens…
380: Derex Zellars on Plant and Soil Health
Sep 1, 2018 • 22 min
There was no one person who set Derex Zellars on a path towards being a microbiologist, but through observing his environment that he developed his enthusiasm. He shares why soil microbiology is so fascinating to him, and why the expectations we have…
379: Emily Rockey on Soil, Compost and Planting Mixes.
Aug 28, 2018 • 24 min
When asked what makes a healthy planting soil for trees and gardens in Arizona, Emily Rockey gets excited because this is truly a passion of hers. As her nickname implies, she loves getting her hands in the dirt and making a medium that others can rely…
378: Lee Rhodey on Markets on the Move
Aug 25, 2018 • 27 min
Sometimes it takes a person to reach a really low point in their life before they make the choice to change the way they think. Lee Rhodey had that realization and decided it was time to be look at life differently in order to find her life’s purpose. On…
Bonus 19: Seed Saving Class June 2018
Aug 21, 2018 • 47 min
Seeds are grown all over the world and we don’t always know where our seeds come from when we buy. This is the June 2018 episode of a Seed Saving Class - Bill McDorman discusses seed origination, land race seeds, finding unique seed varieties, and so much…
377: Dale Spoonemore on Easier Home Gardening and Farming
Aug 18, 2018 • 29 min
A necessity to become more mindful and eat the healthier foods he needed led Dale Spoonemore to the garden. It did not take long to get hooked on the homegrown flavors. Then a conversation while waiting to vote alerted him to a need to make it easier to…
376: Hilary Boynton as The Lunch Lady
Aug 14, 2018 • 32 min
After growing up believing the only healthy way to eat was “fat-free”, Hilary Boynton was not prepared for the fertility and health issues that plagued her family. Seeking the best for her children, she educated herself on “real-food”, the GAPS diet, and…
375: Eddy Garcia on Polystyrene Eating Bugs
Aug 11, 2018 • 33 min
He’s always on the lookout for ways to have a better relationship with nature, so when Eddy Garcia noticed some beetle larvae were eating the polystyrene cup he put them in, he experimented to learn more. Using a surfboard in a science experiment, his…
374: Anthony Dominguez on Soil Microbes
Aug 7, 2018 • 29 min
It takes a real love of science and soil ecosystems to be as comfortable with microbes as Anthony Dominguez is such that he rattles off names of bacteria species like he is sharing the guest list for a party. This passion translates into a true dedication…
373: Aube Giroux on the Documentary “Modified”
Aug 4, 2018 • 28 min
Returning from a trip to Europe it became clear to Aube Giroux, that food labeling in North America was controlled by a very different set of rules and she sought to learn why. Documenting the process on video, she and her mother set out to learn about…
372: Brooke Sarson on Water Harvesting
Jul 31, 2018 • 36 min
When looking into how water was being cycled in her community, and then looking at other desert-like cities in other states and countries, Brook Sarson was intrigued. California was in a drought and she realized there was a lot of potential ideas and…
371: Philip Ackerman-Leist on Pesticide-Free Communities
Jul 28, 2018 • 28 min
On a trip overseas, a professor of Sustainable Agriculture & Food Systems stumbled onto a story worth telling about the first community in the world to ban pesticides. Philip Ackerman-Leist was able to document this endeavor from almost the very beginning…
370: Steve Gabriel on Forest Farming
Jul 24, 2018 • 31 min
Being a farmer in these days of changing climate can be challenging, so when a severe drought threatened the livelihood of sheep farmer Steve Gabriel, he resorted to using previously ignored wooded areas. Examining the forest near his home he realized the…
369: Lanita Perry on Garden Based Education
Jul 21, 2018 • 22 min
With a strong desire to share her love of planting, Lanita Perry has brought a Garden Based Education program to her elementary school. Starting with her pre-k kids and all the way up the grade ladder, the students at her school can participate in the…
368: Matthew Kozuch on Youth and Sustainable Gardening
Jul 17, 2018 • 28 min
Early childhood impressions of environmental pollution led Matthew Kozuch to seek out solutions, and while at UC Berkley he worked on several projects with Engineers for a Sustainable World. After graduation he continued with them and became the National…
367: Amy Stross on Growing Food in the Suburbs
Jul 14, 2018 • 39 min
After realizing teaching was not her passion, Amy Stross was looking for something to excite her and fill her need for a purpose. She found both of these when she started growing food and writing about her journey. Embracing permaculture into her…
366: Stacey Murphy on the Garden Hack Summit
Jul 10, 2018 • 25 min
Sharing is caring, growing, empowering, and a natural part of the food growing community and Stacey Murphy brings several amazing members of the food growing community together in one online summit about Gardening! She explains what the Garden Hack Summit…
365: Sara Bir on Foraging for Fruit
Jul 7, 2018 • 36 min
It was more mostly just to keep herself busy that Sar Bir went to culinary school, and afterward she still found herself trying lots of new things. So it is not a surprise to hear that she stumbled upon fruit trees in the wild and learned she had an…
364: Roza Ferdowsmakan on Farm-to-Table Experiences
Jul 3, 2018 • 28 min
Passionate about getting a good meal from locally grown farms into your home, you have some technology experience, and you are community minded, Roza Ferdowsmakan created an app to make this happen for others. Then she started making short films about…
363: Stepheni Norton on Heirloom Small-Plot Urban Farming
Jun 30, 2018 • 36 min
Coming home from deployment is hard enough without adding a significant disease to the mix, yet this is what propelled Stepheni Norton and her husband to make substantial changes in what they ate. They started growing their own healthier food on a portion…
Bonus 18: Seed Saving Class May 2018
Jun 26, 2018 • 48 min
Belly hurt? Have gut problems? Bill McDorman and Greg Peterson unpack one of the reasons you could be ailing and share the market explosion of heritage grains that are changing the way we eat and bake. And of course you will find out where to get these…
362: Alex Lewin on Kombucha and Fermented Drinks
Jun 23, 2018 • 23 min
Having first come across this drink at a cousin’s house and thinking there was something wrong with the odd beverage, it was not until much later - and with an appreciation for fermented foods - that Alex Lewin gave kombucha a real chance. Now he has a…
361: Adam Federman on The Influence of Patience Gray
Jun 19, 2018 • 25 min
It must have been one well-written obituary, because it stuck with Adam Federman and after he found her book on his parents’ shelves he wanted to know more about an almost forgotten culinary star. Ten years later and a treasure trove of writings…
360: Sara Matlin on Selling at Farmers Markets.
Jun 16, 2018 • 26 min
She was not planning to be a Farmers Market Manager, but that where Sara Matlin ended up and she is passionate about her community. She tells about the Phoenix Public Market and how it has grown to over 100 vendors. We also cover how growers can become…
359: Keiran Olivares Whitaker on Black Soldier Fly Farming.
Jun 12, 2018 • 31 min
It was a common tilapia being released into the wild that had a profound effect on Keiran Olivares Whitaker. He realization on how ecosystems were being devastated by man’s actions prompted him to try and make a difference. He’s also highly aware of the…
358: Jake Mace on WWOOFing
Jun 9, 2018 • 35 min
Starting a new adventure with a minimalist lifestyle and travel to foreign countries is not something readily understood by most people. Yet when faced with life changes and an opportunity to start anew, that is exactly what Jake Mace is going to do.…
357: Alex Lewin on Fermentation
Jun 5, 2018 • 32 min
Wanting to know more about healthy eating after his father got sick, Alex Lewin did lots of reading, studying, and research. He narrowed his focus to real foods and transforming food with healthy microbes. Eventually he was quite skilled at fermentation…
356: Jourdain Beltran on Re-purposing Unwanted Land
Jun 2, 2018 • 19 min
He did not finish college, but that has not stopped Jourdain Beltran from pursuing knowledge and growing healthy food. He found a great business partner and together they are improving access to healthy food in local food deserts. They are also tackling…
355: Sowan Thai on Cultivating as Millennial Farmers.
May 29, 2018 • 26 min
Raised by two farmers, Sowan Thai wanted to do anything else with his life. Yet pursuing a degree in science led him back to his roots and now he’s proud to call himself a farmer. A post-college stint in a medical marijuana science lab, steered him into…
354: James Ross on Value of Community Gardens.
May 26, 2018 • 24 min
If you just can’t help yourself and tend to get involved in your community, then you might be like James Ross. He has a natural drive to help others and that often involves community gardens. James shares the story of the first garden he helped build…
Bonus 17: Seed Saving Class April 2018
May 22, 2018 • 46 min
There is always a bounty of information available in conversations with Bill McDorman. This is the April 2018 episode of a Seed Saving Class - Bill calls in from Cornville, AZ to talk about wild seeds, native seeds, noxious weeds, and so much more based…
353: Homestead Phil & Jenn Tompkins on Chickens for Eggs.
May 19, 2018 • 33 min
After moving to a rural life, and googling crazy business ideas, Phil and Jenn Tompkins started a business helping people rent their chickens. This idea has taken off greatly and now as Homestead Phil and Jenn they help others start their own business…
Bonus 16: Seed Saving Class March 2018
May 17, 2018 • 46 min
There is always a bounty of information available in conversations with Bill McDorman. This is the March 2018 episode of a Seed Saving Class - Bill calls in from Cornville, Arizona to talk about seed sourcing, hybrids, sharing seeds, testing root crops,…
352: Scott Murray on California Grown Coffee
May 15, 2018 • 39 min
One of his farmer clients was seeking answers for their aging avocado farm, so Scott Murray’s solution allowed for polyculture farming of coffee on the coastal side of some Southern California mountains. The microclimate conditions they were able to…
351: Lisa Ziegler on Urban Farming with Flowers
May 12, 2018 • 32 min
She married her husband for all the right reasons of course and everything was going well. Then later Lisa Ziegler realized also got the bonus of the land and equipment she needed for the dream career she did not know she wanted. Now Lisa is a flower…
350: Andrew Nowak Garden to Cafeteria School Programs
May 8, 2018 • 32 min
After earning his PhD, an academic career was not going to work for him, so Andrew Nowak pivoted his passions and experience into improving the lives of his kids. Eventually he took on changing the protocols and processes of helping school cafeterias…
349: Jennifer Johnson on Eco Conscious Cooking
May 5, 2018 • 24 min
After getting a card from her youngest child and he said that he loved her but not her cooking, Jennifer Johnson set out to change that. She eventually became a Chef and now focuses on cooking healthy and nutritious food, as well as teaching others how to…
348: Megan Vollstedt on Value of a Start Up Accelerator
May 1, 2018 • 24 min
Working at a startup company through the process of growing and its IPO was informative and provided Megan Vollstedt with invaluable insight for helping other entrepreneurs and startups get off the ground. She shares how having resources and mentors can…
347: Theresa Rooney on Humane Critter Control
Apr 28, 2018 • 32 min
Dealing with pests in your garden or farm can be overwhelming unless you can change your perspective. Having her yard become a wildlife habitat gave Theresa Rooney a chance to reconsider what was bringing the small visitors into her space and why they may…
346: Justin Ehrlich on Chinese Medicine and Nature
Apr 24, 2018 • 26 min
Growing up between two worlds and two lifestyles, Justin Ehrlich realized working behind a desk was not his calling. The Asian influence in his youth, and the environmental awareness he gained from his father’s business, blended naturally into a calling…
345: Antoinette Wilson on Inspiring Stories
Apr 21, 2018 • 32 min
She’s had a “greenie” intuition as a youth but spent part of her adulthood pursuing a publishing career and a side venture as a tango dancer, but Antoinette Wilson found herself living in a permaculture-based community for a year and it changed her life.…
Bonus 15: Seed Saving Class February 2018
Apr 17, 2018 • 40 min
There is always a bounty of information available in conversations with Bill McDorman. This is the February 2018 episode of a Seed Saving Class - patents, descriptions, regional adaptation, open sourced seeds, and so much more. Join the next live class at…
344: Jennifer Pratt on Easy Garden Spacing
Apr 14, 2018 • 27 min
New at gardening, the lackluster results of their first garden could have turned them off, but Jennifer Pratt and her husband decided there was an easier way. Using their need for a simpler method of spacing seeds in the garden, they designed a guide to…
Bonus 14: Seed Saving Class January 2018
Apr 12, 2018 • 41 min
There is always a bounty of information available in conversations with Bill McDorman. This is the January 2018 episode of a Seed Saving Class - Grain school, original peanuts of South Carolina, inspiring gardeners, broccoli in Alaska and so much more.…
343: Ocean Robbins on the 2018 Food Revolution Summit
Apr 10, 2018 • 34 min
It is easy to notice the conviction of purpose as we hear an update from Ocean Robbins about the principles behind this year’s Food Revolution Summit. He also shares some news about some dietary trends, how food system and food choice awareness is making…
342: Ken Berry on Discussing Health with Your Doctor
Apr 7, 2018 • 44 min
Having a background in construction, he was not your typical med student, but Dr. Ken Berry used his real-world experience to become a better doctor. Then when he realized he was becoming physically unfit while following the advice he’d been giving his…
341: Mary Reynolds on Care of Earth, Food and Nature
Apr 3, 2018 • 29 min
Connecting with nature is so natural to Mary Reynolds, that when life got busy and bogged her down to the point that she forgot to make it a priority, she actually felt ‘squished’. Mary’s story of winning the prestigious Chelsea Flower Show was told in…
340: Vivienne De Courcy on A Wild Nature Story
Mar 31, 2018 • 36 min
Becoming a scriptwriter had been a goal she set to the side while she worked her way into corporate finance law. However, when Vivienne DeCourcy heard the story of a young award winning garden designer’s journey, she found her way back. She shares how…
339: Frank Bergin on Feeding your Chickens
Mar 27, 2018 • 22 min
Watching a bakery business fail, spending time in the navy on a destroyer, and then selling macaroni & cheese, might not seem like the background of a person managing part of a large poultry and egg business. However, this is the path that led Frank…
338: Tim Intfen on Re-purposing Perishable Ingredients
Mar 24, 2018 • 18 min
After years of watching unused raw materials go to waste in his industry of nutraceuticals, Tim Intfen decided to do something about it. He figured out a solution that changes potential waste into back into a resource with value. He shares this unique…
Bonus 13: Seed Saving Class, November 2017
Mar 20, 2018 • 39 min
There is always a bounty of information available in conversations with Bill McDorman. This is the November 2017 episode with a Seed School Chat Class - continuing the conversation with an in depth discourse on grains and corns, an ancient potato, grain…
337: Molly Beverly on Lunch as an Academic Subject
Mar 17, 2018 • 30 min
When you have a passion for food and teaching and helping your community as well as being creative and you find a group that melds all three, then you are going to find great pleasure in sharing about this group. Chef Molly Beverly tells us about Slow…
Bonus 12: Kerry Audisho on the Tour De Coops
Mar 13, 2018 • 22 min
We chat with Kerry Audisho about an upcoming Tour de Coops in Phoenix, and she helps us understand what this event is and why it is something every city should have. She tells us about how she got involved in running the Tour de Coops and how she is ready…
336: Susan Poizner on Fruit Tree Care Training
Mar 10, 2018 • 37 min
We catch up with Returning Guest Susan Poizner as she shares more about fruit tree care and the training that she offers through her podcasts as well as the courses at Niagara College. She helps explain why pruning is important, especially when strong…
335: Bill Bezuk on Urban Farming in Eugene
Mar 6, 2018 • 33 min
Having years of corporate retail on his resume, and working at a book store, Bill Bezuk was intrigued when he noticed an uptick in the interest in books on raising chickens. He eventually opened a “boutique urban farming supply store” in Eugene. Tailoring…
334: Kunal Sampat on Raising Backyard Chickens
Mar 3, 2018 • 21 min
Technology was the world he was most familiar with, until Kunal Sampat got introduced to the life of raising chickens. He shares the story of how he started his flock, and how it did not take long for this to become a passion. He also helps break a few…
333: Brandi DiCarli on Farming from a Box
Feb 27, 2018 • 33 min
Camping with her father in a old VW Van had a much more of an impact on Brandi DeCarli than her father could have realized. Keeping everything you need for your adventure in one van/box is now what she does for new farms. She tells us how Farm From a Box…
332: Barbara Masoner on Growing Food Locally
Feb 24, 2018 • 20 min
Looking for a group to join so she could make a difference in her community, Barbara Masoner found a local group that wanted to start a garden project in the state capital. Readjusting their focus after getting turned down, they got support from the mayor…
Bonus 11: October Seed Chat
Feb 20, 2018 • 45 min
This is the October 2017 episode with a Seed School Chat Class - continuing the conversation with some motivational quotes, adjusting for new weather norms, coming back from gardening disasters, and so much more. www.urbanfarm.org/bonus11
331: Zach Brooks on Sustainability and Worms
Feb 17, 2018 • 35 min
Changing lifestyles to be more sustainable was something that Zach Brooks was willing to do with complete commitment, especially when it seemed fairly easy. He semi-retired young enough to realize he could make a difference so he bought some property and…
330: Ben Hartman on Growing Lean Vegetables
Feb 13, 2018 • 25 min
It takes a dedicated minimalist to try living without adding new items to the property, and Ben Hartman took this simplistic mindset to most areas of his early adult life. Then when he too a look at his 5-acre farm he realized he could do with less…
329: Ryan Agrey on Successful Indoor Gardening
Feb 10, 2018 • 26 min
When a millennial has too much time on their hands and is not feeling like they are making a difference, AND they happen to be the kind of person who like to design things, what can possibly happen? We get to hear why Ryan Agrey is a millennial like that…
328: Tim Young on Growing a Farm Business
Feb 6, 2018 • 25 min
A relaxing horseback ride with his wife helped motivate businessman Tim Young into the strange new world of farming. He didn’t know much about farming, but he knew a lot about marketing so he used that knowledge to help build their farmstead into a…
Bonus 10 : Ask Jake & Greg - September 2017
Feb 3, 2018 • 46 min
Jake Mace the Vegan Athlete and Greg Peterson of The Urban Farm are both gardening educators offering classes, podcasts, and videos on a large variety of gardening topics. Every month they get together for a monthly gardening chat to discuss what is going…
327: Robert Reader on Protecting Banana Crops
Jan 30, 2018 • 27 min
Science and the study of the biology of plants is a true calling for Robert Reeder, as he has been part of different projects at CABI for several decades; and his focus on the Plantwise Programme is something that is making a difference. He shares with us…
326: Jan McCarthy on Making Hot Spicy Jams
Jan 27, 2018 • 26 min
A request to help fill a charity basket for cancer patients has turned into a small food-craft business for Jan McCarthy. Acting on the request of her son to help out a charity event, Jan made a few jars of jam. Little did she realize how popular they…
325: Liz Whitehurst on Starting a New Small Farm
Jan 23, 2018 • 32 min
Growing up in urban Chicago would not normally lead a person to choose a farming lifestyle, but during her college years several things led her to the agriculture career she has now. Liz Whitehurst tells us about the nudges that pushed her this direction…
Bonus 9: Seed Chat, September 2017
Jan 20, 2018 • 45 min
There is always a bounty of information available in conversations with Bill McDorman. This is the September 2017 episode with a Seed School Chat Class continuing the conversation on Seed Saving Principles, Intellectual Property rights, Seed Saving policy…
324: Jessica Walliser on Container Gardening
Jan 16, 2018 • 31 min
Returning guest Jessica Walliser opens our eyes and minds to working in small spaces with container gardens. She worked hard to make a comprehensive book with important steps and key details for those who wish to make a container work for growing their…
323: Kari Spencer on Farming in the City
Jan 13, 2018 • 31 min
Returning guest Kari spencer talks about her first book City Farming, and shares about some of the key aspects of farming in a city space. She visited several farms to research other perspectives and methods and gathered all the data into this book. She…
322: Henry Rowlands on Pesticide Awareness and Testing
Jan 9, 2018 • 35 min
A youth spent on an organic sheep farm, and early adulthood spent traveling as a journalist led Henry Rowlands to the development of Sustainable Pulse – a news source dedicated to sustainable agriculture. He now leads the Detox Project increasing…
321: Adam Brock on Social Permaculture
Jan 6, 2018 • 31 min
With an opportunity to make an abandon greenhouse become useful, Adam Brock and a few friends created the GrowHaus. He also traveled many places focusing on the invisible structures of permaculture design and has crafted a course that teaches how to make…
320: Shannon McCabe on Heirloom Seed Stories
Jan 2, 2018 • 34 min
Traveling the world to get the unique seeds and document their stories – a dream job for a writer and gardener like Shannon McCabe. She tells us a little more about how she got started working for Baker Creek Seeds and some of the perks of working for a…
319: Melissa Caughey on How to Speak Chicken
Dec 30, 2017 • 29 min
After moving all the way across the country, Melissa Caughey shares why she added chickens to her family. She tells about how, with her science and teaching background, she eventually started teaching people about chickens. Always learning, she discovered…
318: Jessica Walliser on Attracting Beneficial Bugs
Dec 26, 2017 • 45 min
Several years into running a landscaping company, Jessica Walliser opened up to the importance of avoiding pesticides. Taking the time to educate herself, she converted to a whole new mindset and is now an avid teacher about natural pest control. She…
317: Mary Tiedeman on Soil Formation
Dec 23, 2017 • 30 min
It was not her first thought when she went college, but after an inspiring study abroad trip, Mary found her passion in the science of studying soil. She tells us how this life path change occurred, and how she not only found a topic she could literally…
316: Chiara and Travis Bolton on Solar Honey
Dec 19, 2017 • 27 min
Chiara & Travis Bolton are beekeepers, and changemakers in that they have devised an innovative way to help many people and creatures. They realized they could stack the functions of beekeeping with the land intensive areas of solar panels for mutual…
315: Leanne Phillips on Off-Grid Natural Living
Dec 16, 2017 • 31 min
After spending some time completing an earthen building project and maintaining two mortgages and many of the standard life trappings, Leanne Phillips realized this was not the lifestyle she was looking for and decided to simplify. She moved to a remote…
314: Shannon McCabe on Gaining a Gardening Passion
Dec 12, 2017 • 35 min
Her young life was spent on a small island near a 300-year-old farm, with a family that loved to share history through storytelling. Now, Shannon McCabe works for Baker Creek Seeds and documents the stories of seeds from around the world. She explains…
313: Jeff Tomberlin on Black Soldier Flies
Dec 9, 2017 • 34 min
It was his grandmother’s principles about not wasting food or resources in rural Georgia that influenced Dr. Jeff Tomberlin’s philosophies on his life. He found his calling in college while has dedicated much of his energies to teaching others about…
312: Kevin Fitzgerald on Marvelous Mushrooms
Dec 5, 2017 • 37 min
His space was limited and he wanted to start a small food growing business, then Kevin Fitzgerald found his perfect match in growing mushrooms and selling them at the farmers market. He talks with us today about the mycelium that is a favorite of many…
311: Joshua Burman Thayer on Mediterranean Food Forests
Dec 2, 2017 • 35 min
Starting off at age 18, Joshua Burman Thayer was headed in the direction of working with plants and nature. He took his time before getting his permaculture certificate, but he packed a lot of learning and hands-on experience in during that period. Now,…
310: Who needs a title? This is JOEL SALATIN!
Nov 28, 2017 • 56 min
Having three generations of regenerative and sustainable farmers to learn from, Joel Salatin was very immersed in the philosophies of farming that rejected the use of chemicals. Their efforts over the years on the virtually barren land his father…
309: Lisa Steele on Hatching Chicks and Raising Chickens.
Nov 25, 2017 • 22 min
Raising chickens for eggs has been a joy of Fresh Eggs Daily author Lisa Steele’s for quite some time, so it was natural for her to write a book about raising chickens from eggs too. She tells us how she decided to write a book for kids and why it is so…
308: Ann Larkin Hansen on Seasonal Planting for the Homestead
Nov 21, 2017 • 26 min
It was the timing of it all that needed to be addressed, so author and farmer Ann Larkin Hansen realized she needed to write a book about how to recognize the right time to do things on the farm no matter where you lived. She took the time to identify the…
307: Steve Knight on Gleaning for Your Community
Nov 18, 2017 • 25 min
Retirement does not mean you no longer contribute to your community, in fact retired teacher Steve Knight has taken advantage of his free time to do the make a huge difference for local food charities, and create a new club in his area. When he realized…
306: Mark Lewis on Wildcrafting, Foraging, and Growing Native
Nov 14, 2017 • 28 min
Taking the skills handed down for generations, Mark Lewis is very comfortable eating foods he finds in the wild. He teaches about these foods and their history to the next generation as well as to the people he meets while working at local farmers…
305: Lee Stewart on Healthy Eating Through Gardening
Nov 11, 2017 • 21 min
Uprooted as a very young child with her widowed mother from a familiar routine to a chaotic new and foreign world across an ocean, Lee Stewart eventually found healing and health through her gardening hobbies. It made sense that she eventually focused on…
304: Karen Lanier on Wisdom and Wonders of Women Farmers
Nov 7, 2017 • 32 min
Seeking out things that felt the most important and right to her sent Karen Lanier on a journey through several states and quite a few adventures. Earning a degree in Environmental Documentation kept her circling around natural surroundings and she found…
303: Rodger Wasson on Farm to Table Matters
Nov 4, 2017 • 29 min
Serendipity was in play when Greg waived a stranger to his table and met another farming related podcaster named Rodger Wasson. Rodger has spent the last several decades gaining experience and contacts in a variety of farming areas, from the fields to the…
302: Lincoln Hill Garden on Community Green Spaces
Oct 31, 2017 • 28 min
Diana Cuy-Castellanos and Stephen Mackell share the story of Lincoln Hill Garden, a 5-acre community green space that was built on the site of a demolished public school. This property is serving the community with gardens, an urban farm, and a natural…
301: Sean-Paul von Ancken on Arcosanti Convergence
Oct 28, 2017 • 31 min
Sean-Paul tells us how he found his purpose in the community of sustainability, traveling the world learning from movements and people all over. He landed at Arcosanti just north of Phoenix and is now working to help merge the communities of…
Bonus 8: Scottie Jones on City Life to Farm Life
Oct 24, 2017 • 19 min
Returning guest Scottie Jones is back to talk about her new book and making a transition back to the simple life. She shares a bit about how the inspiration came to write the story of this adventure to start farming. She also tells why she opened her farm…
300 Janis Norton on The Urban Farm Projects
Oct 21, 2017 • 27 min
Running any successful business or project requires good help behind the scenes. This is true for The Urban Farm, and Janis Norton is one of the people who help Greg Peterson manage his dreams to change the local food system and empower others to grow…
299 Joy Stephenson-Laws on Nutrition with Fruits and Vegetables
Oct 17, 2017 • 30 min
A pre-med organic chemistry class turned Joy Stephenson-Laws from that path. She did not waste that education as she now fights for patients’ rights as a health care attorney. She also tells us about the non-profit health information company Proactive…
298 Kathy Shea Mormino on Healthy, Happy, Hens
Oct 14, 2017 • 41 min
Sometimes helping a neighbor out can truly change your life in ways you never expected. Kathy Shea-Mormino changed her path from attorney to now running a successful business sharing advice through her Facebook page and blog about raising chickens. She…
297 Casey Holland on Young Farmers Making a Difference
Oct 10, 2017 • 38 min
We meet the well-spoken farm manager Casey Holland who explains why she cares so much about her community and providing healthy food to her customers. She also introduces us to the National Young Farmers Coalition and tells us what they have been doing in…
296 Peggy Fiandaca on Arizona Wines and Grapes
Oct 4, 2017 • 33 min
At a point in their lives where they were ready for something new, Peggy Fiandaca and her husband decided to take their interest in wines to the next level. They decided to become vintners to make high quality wine and got serious about it. Now they have…
295 Emily Mickley-Doyle on Community Agriculture
Oct 3, 2017 • 37 min
Creating a successful community health hub is no small feat, and Emily Mickley-Doyle has been part of doing just that in her part of New Orleans using an empty grocery store building, a desire to teach others how to grow food, and some fabulous ideas. The…
293: Lauren Krug on Starting a Farming Adventure
Sep 30, 2017 • 24 min
A taste of permaculture and agriculture in college was enough to help Lauren Krug go across the continent and try WWOOFing. That experience and some Americorp work gave her the connections to find an amazing new friend and like-minded future farming…
294 Lyndsay Jacobs on Starting a Small Farm
Sep 28, 2017 • 24 min
As one of two new millennial farmers, Lyndsay Jacobs and her business partner Lauren are working their farm using their own labor rather than rely on technology. With the exception of removing some sod in the early days, they are growing and harvesting…
292: Jake Mowrer on Crop Roots
Sep 26, 2017 • 44 min
We meet Jake Mowrer and understand what brought him to his studies on soil and the relationships between crop roots and the complex community of life in the world beneath us. This often-invisible world is so essential to the foods that we eat, and the…
291 Jenny Peterson on Gardening for Wellness
Sep 23, 2017 • 42 min
It was after her cancer treatments and when she was feeling very low, that Jenny Peterson was encouraged to go into her outdoor space. The hope and healing she found during her recovery was enough that she now guides and encourages others to find their…
290: Chris Gruler on Local Produce, Local Restaurants
Sep 21, 2017 • 38 min
After spending some time in Major League Baseball, Chris Gruler recognized the benefit of a personal story and owning your own branding. He now works with companies big and small to help identify and promote their brands, a process that one of his…
289: Andrew Moore on The Pawpaw Fruit
Sep 19, 2017 • 29 min
Amazed upon being introduced to a delicious tropical fruit that grew in temperate areas of the Americas, Andrew Moore delved into some heavy research to learn more about it. He found that this fruit has been growing on the continent for a very long time,…
Bonus 7: Seed Chat August 2017
Sep 18, 2017 • 56 min
There is always a bounty of information available in conversations with Bill McDorman. This is the August 2017 episode with a Seed School Chat Class covering Seed School Teacher Training, a proposed Seed Saving Principles list, disaster planning, breeding…
288: Elvira Di Brigit on a Valley of Farmers in California
Sep 16, 2017 • 28 min
The community of farmers that she lived in was rich with interesting people and stories, so Elvira Di’Brigit took the time to get to know them. She shares her story of how she started farming as well as introducing a few interesting farms from her valley.…
287: Dani Replogle on Millennial Food Awareness
Sep 14, 2017 • 33 min
After working at a farmers market, volunteering on an educational farm, and as a middle school science teacher, Dani Replogle has found her way to law school. Now she studies environmental and food law and has some insight on how millennials are taking…
286: Emily Rockey on How Life Begins in the Soil
Sep 12, 2017 • 38 min
The ingredients for healthy soil make up an essential recipe for gardeners and farmers, and is worth describing a few times until the perfect connection is made. Emily Rockey appreciates good soil so much that she earned the nickname “The Dirt Girl” and…
Bonus 6: Ask Jake & Greg - August 2017
Sep 11, 2017 • 50 min
Jake Mace and Greg Peterson are both gardening educators offering classes, podcasts, and videos on a large variety of gardening topics. Every month they get together for a monthly gardening chat to discuss what is going on in their gardens and answer your…
285: Cyfrin Barefoot on Moving from Poverty to Paleo
Sep 9, 2017 • 59 min
She had a feral childhood in the ghetto of Detroit and entered the foster care system at age 7. Later, as a young mother Cyfrin Barefoot wanted good food for her own children and became an organic farmer. Then, she fought for better food options for poor…
284: Lynn Williams on the Decline of the Honey Bees
Sep 7, 2017 • 28 min
Having spent decades as a problem solver, Lynn Williams was not going to let a devastating influx of a tiny but effective killer mite threaten the existence of his beloved bees. He engineered a new tool for beekeepers is proving itself as a mite killer…
283: Elizabeth Murphy on The Importance of Healthy Soil
Sep 5, 2017 • 32 min
Having been drawn to the wonders of soil quality early on, Elizabeth Murphy has studied this living matrix in great detail. She wants to make soil care an intuitive concept that all growers have. Today she shares some of the basics and with us including…
282: Stephanie Elson Bruneau on Benevolent Bees
Sep 2, 2017 • 43 min
It was a simple and unexpected class that ignited Stephanie Elson Bruneau’s passion for beekeeping and many others are benefiting from this as well. She takes the time to explain some of the key aspects of bees and beekeeping, as well as clear up some…
281: Shawna Coronado on Gardening Hacks
Aug 31, 2017 • 41 min
Initially we thought this might be an episode that focused on gardening hacks, and Shawna Coronado has over 100 hacks to share, so did get to hear some cool ideas. Yet there was so much more to the conversation as important mindsets to help make gardening…
280: Nancy Lawson on Humane Gardening
Aug 29, 2017 • 41 min
If you really care about all wildlife and creatures great and small then it probably bothers you a lot if an animal is killed through human carelessness. And, this is the podcast for you. Nancy Lawson writes about smart gardening choices that can reduce…
279: Cindy Tran on The Moreland Food System Strategy
Aug 26, 2017 • 32 min
Finishing her master’s degree required a semester project and Cindy Tran’s had fallen through. The city food policy she was going to evaluate was not in effect. Realizing the city leaders either did not fully understand what food security was or how…
278: Margret Aldrich on Little Free Libraries
Aug 24, 2017 • 32 min
It was a lucky find that inspired Margret Aldrich to change her direction and motivated her to write a book about how the finding or creating that same thing has affected many others. The Little Free Library project is going worldwide and with each little…
277: Joseph Martinez on Microgreens
Aug 22, 2017 • 43 min
As a young adult with an unfocused passion, Joseph Martinez was looking for something that he could feel good doing. His travels gave him little nudges in the right direction, but things did not really come clear until he decided to start a business with…
Bonus Episode 5: Seed Chat July 2017
Aug 21, 2017 • 56 min
Bill McDorman brings a friend and fellow seed enthusiast Julia Coffey to the chat to help explain about running a seed business. Together they talk to Greg about being a seed grower, germination testing, maintaining seed projects, running a seed business…
276 Andy Schneider on Living the Chicken Dream
Aug 19, 2017 • 40 min
His hobby of raising chickens developed into helping others succeed in raising their own. This led Andy Schneider into becoming the first well known “poultry personality” in the world of backyard poultry and eventually running a business that he loves. He…
275: Gianaclis Caldwell on Cheesemaking Basics.
Aug 17, 2017 • 38 min
Having a small dairy farm is very helpful if you are going to make cheese at home, and Gianaclis Caldwell shares some of the truths she collected as she learned to make her own cheeses. She helps explain some of the differences between common cheeses as…
274: Deb Kolaras on Small Farming and Local Economies
Aug 15, 2017 • 28 min
Not having enough eggs to keep her farm stand stocked, Deb Kolaras reached out to a couple neighboring small farms to add their products to hers. What has developed is a successful honor based farm stand that neighbors shop to find their fresh produce,…
273: Hilary Kearney on Beekeeping
Aug 12, 2017 • 28 min
Starting from a bucket list item on her boyfriend’s wall, Hilary Kearney jumped into the world of beekeeping and found her passion. She teaches us some basics about bees, beekeeping, and the honey that they produce. She also shares some tips for new…
272: Lori Rose on School Garden Programs
Aug 10, 2017 • 41 min
A class project for her community college biology students to create a school garden at an elementary school challenged Lori Rose to move from the theoretical world to the epic one she has created for the local grade schools in her community. The tricky…
271: Brigitte Mars on Identifying Wild Plants
Aug 8, 2017 • 29 min
Sharing her knowledge about wild herbs and plants is exactly what Brigitte Mars wants to do and she used modern technology to reach this goal. After an inspiring walk with a couple of Navy Seals, she focused on making a new mobile app specifically to help…
Bonus Episode 4: Ask Jake and Greg - July 2017
Aug 7, 2017 • 49 min
Jake Mace the Vegan Athlete and Greg Peterson of The Urban Farm get together for a monthly gardening chat to discuss what is going on in their gardens and answer your questions. To dive in, get more information, and send us your questions visit…
270: Colin McCrate on High Yield Vegetables
Aug 5, 2017 • 36 min
Putting a brand new edible landscape together for homeowners and even apartment communities in the Seattle area is just another work day for Colin McCrate, and he loves it. So, after several years and many gardens built & maintained, he has learned a…
269: Sarah Sanchez on Lyme Disease
Aug 3, 2017 • 54 min
In This Podcast: There is a disease spreading across the United States and other countries, unchecked and in many cases dismissed or ignored, at great physical, emotional and financial cost. Sarah Schlichte Sanchez was infected in a state that supposedly…
268: Julie Murphree on Marketing the Direct-Market Farm
Aug 1, 2017 • 41 min
When agriculture is a serious passion, then one way or another your path will probably lead you to a place like a state farm bureau. Julie Murphree cares so much about helping farmers find ways to succeed that she wrote a book and tries to personally…
267: Jim Thebaut on Food, Water and National Security
Jul 29, 2017 • 37 min
Filmmaker and environmental planner Jim Thebaut has been working hard to educate others about serious issues involving the water-food nexus which can have a major impact on national security. Although his upcoming film is regionally based, the…
266: Jonathan Pereira on What is Beyond Sustainable
Jul 26, 2017 • 52 min
In this podcast: Cooperating business that work together to succeed as they reduce the waste stream at the same time. While this might sound unrealistic, this concept is succeeding through a project in Chicago, and Jonathan Pereira tells us more about how…
265: Kateen Fitzgerald on Designing Dynamic Food Systems
Jul 25, 2017 • 49 min
earning about many different methods to garden, Kateen Fitzgerald kept going and learning until she found the program that put everything into place for her. Now she teaches others about permaculture, dynamic designing, and working with nature to…
Bonus Episode 3: Brendan Gaughran on Healthy Living
Jul 24, 2017 • 40 min
Chat with an Expert on Gut Health
264: Anne Biklé on Microbial Roots of Life and Health
Jul 22, 2017 • 58 min
Mapping the nutritional highway that connects healthy soil to healthy plants
263: Deanna Cook on Kids and Farmers Markets
Jul 20, 2017 • 26 min
Creating an early love of healthy foods and cooking through fun activities.
262: Bill Sadler on Nutrition to the Soil and Plants
Jul 18, 2017 • 51 min
Developing solutions for our growing mediums
261: Brigitte Mars on Natural First Aid
Jul 15, 2017 • 39 min
Preparing a resource for quick response to emergency incidents with simple and natural ingredients.
260: Amanda Jordan-Starks on Vacant Land into Urban Gardens
Jul 13, 2017 • 30 min
Nourishing a community and its youth through transformative garden programs on vacant properties.
259: David Montgomery on Bringing Our Soil Back to Life
Jul 11, 2017 • 39 min
Using a geology background to understand regenerative soil processes
Bonus Episode 2: Seed Chat June 2017
Jul 10, 2017 • 53 min
There is always a bounty of information available in conversations with Bill McDorman. This is the June 2017 episode with a Seed School Chat Class covering Seed School Online, de-hybridization, seed patents, and so much more.
258: Deb Burns on How to Get a Farming Book Published
Jul 8, 2017 • 39 min
Writing and publishing books for Urban Farmers, Homesteaders and Food Crafters
257: Laura Allen on Greywater
Jul 6, 2017 • 36 min
Exploring low-tech, sustainable water solutions for urban homes and landscapes
256: Tammi Hartung on the Versatility of Plants
Jul 4, 2017 • 49 min
Discovering amazing uses for herbs, weeds and other common North American plants.
255: Gianaclis Caldwell on Holistic Goat Care
Jul 1, 2017 • 38 min
Considering the whole picture of raising goats and their benefits.
254: Stephanie Tourles on Natural Ways to Repel Insects
Jun 29, 2017 • 35 min
Focusing on natural options to create your own bug repellents.
253: Tony Kasowski on Farm Trippin
Jun 27, 2017 • 33 min
Traveling across several states and profiling examples of amazing farms.
Bonus Episode 1: Ask Jake and Greg
Jun 26, 2017 • 45 min
A Q&A session with two experts on Gardening and Fruit Trees.
252: Ed Vaccaro on Hydration for Outdoor Small Animals
Jun 24, 2017 • 36 min
Creating a product for animals that also helps plants and then getting it to market
251: Shane Jordan on Food Waste
Jun 22, 2017 • 25 min
Making recipes from those leftover ingredients that might have been tossed
Greg Peterson - 250th Episode Special
Jun 20, 2017 • 48 min
Interviewing Farmer Greg himself - about his life mission and creating The Urban Farm.
249: Andrew Gunther on Humanely Raised Farm Animals
Jun 17, 2017 • 40 min
In this podcast We learn about how the way an animal is raised can make a difference, not only in the taste, but in how healthy the meat is for us as consumers. Andrew Gunther explains why it is important to know this distinction and how to recognize it…
248: Ellen Zachos on Wildcrafted Cocktails
Jun 15, 2017 • 40 min
Blending naturally wild flavors to delight the palate and stir up the conversations.
247: Kim Lehman on Beekeeping for Kids
Jun 13, 2017 • 38 min
Helping young beekeepers learn and grow comfortable with the hives
246: Johannes Paul on Modern Urban Chicken Coops
Jun 10, 2017 • 44 min
Engineering a new design for housing poultry and encouraging people to raise backyard chickens.
245: Willow Aldridge on Raising Quail
Jun 8, 2017 • 37 min
Exploring the benefits of raising quail for meat and eggs.
243: John Rowden on Planting for Birds
Jun 3, 2017 • 45 min
Determining which plants are best for specifically local ecosystems
242: Laura Kelly on Healthy Bones through Whole Foods
Jun 1, 2017 • 42 min
Combating nutritional deficiencies and fighting off diseases through whole and natural foods
241: Jared Gulliford on Millennial Farmers
May 30, 2017 • 41 min
Starting a farm from scratch as an urban-raised millennial.
240: Eve Sibley on Recording the Farm’s Activities
May 27, 2017 • 33 min
Creating a history of the garden or farm to document what works best.
244: Raymond Jess on Wicking Beds
May 26, 2017 • 37 min
Watering up in the garden, and using physics to maintain proper soil hydration.
239: Pam Freeman on Chicken Raising Realities
May 25, 2017 • 48 min
Discussing the next level of raising your own chicks
238: Mimi Arnold on Farm-to-Table, Resort Hotel Style
May 23, 2017 • 39 min
Building food resources for an ocean-front, secluded ranch hotel.
237: Scottie Jones on Farm Stays
May 20, 2017 • 42 min
Experiencing farm life at the source, a few days at a time
236: Roza Ferdowsmakan on Sourcing Food in the Digital Age
May 18, 2017 • 33 min
Helping foodies find chefs, and chefs find local farms, all through their phones.
235: Colin Walker on Keys to Growing Nutrient-Rich Food
May 16, 2017 • 44 min
Connecting important ecology-centered concepts for producing nutrient dense food.
234: Ruth and Grace Pepler on Agritourism
May 13, 2017 • 47 min
Experiencing life on the farm as a vacation destination
233: Colin Walker on Gardening with Ecology at its Heart
May 11, 2017 • 52 min
Focusing on a larger picture to understand how to effectively grow a good garden.
232: John Vespasian on Rational, Self-Reliant Living.
May 9, 2017 • 41 min
Learning lessons of resilience from history.
231: Trent Lindsey on Converting to Plant Based Nutrition
May 6, 2017 • 49 min
Chronicling the transition to a vegan lifestyle and helping educate others.
230: Katie Hess on Blooming into Your Full Potential
May 4, 2017 • 38 min
Connecting with nature to empower the natural self.
229: Barbara Pleasant on Gardening to fill your Pantry
May 2, 2017 • 45 min
Taking home-grown foods into food storage
228: Sheri McLane on Soil and Plant Testing
Apr 29, 2017 • 32 min
Improving plant yields through expert analysis of growing mediums.
227: Jan Dohner on Predators on the Urban Farm
Apr 27, 2017 • 44 min
Adjusting to a new normal with predators near our farms.
226: Kevin Van Eekeren on Store Bought vs Home Raised Eggs
Apr 25, 2017 • 35 min
Recognizing eggs from lovingly raised hens and factory raised, regardless of labeling.
225: Edward Griffin on Indoor Smart Gardens
Apr 22, 2017 • 29 min
Solving some space and time issues around growing fresh food.
224: Lisa Steele on Gardening with Chickens
Apr 20, 2017 • 38 min
Incorporating chickens into the gardening process as willing workers.
223: Paten Hughes on Heirloom: Tomatoes and a Web Series.
Apr 18, 2017 • 47 min
Growing tomatoes when life gives you lemons.
222: Heather Szymura on Hydroponic Container Farming
Apr 15, 2017 • 41 min
Growing limited-season crops year-round regardless of climate extremes.
221: Ocean Robbins on the Food Revolution Summit
Apr 13, 2017 • 34 min
Finding a path of health, hope, and possibility through better food choices.
220: Ben Raskin on Practical Advice for Community Gardens
Apr 11, 2017 • 49 min
Organizing a community garden from scratch with smart planning and long-term goals.
219: Jennifer Osuch on Fundamentals of Self Reliance.
Apr 8, 2017 • 36 min
Teaching back to basics food preparation and preserving skills.
218: Nafsika Antypas on Living a Plant-Based Life
Apr 6, 2017 • 39 min
Understanding the reasons and options for choosing a vegan lifestyle.
217: Sine Lindholm on an Urban Farming ‘Growroom’
Apr 4, 2017 • 34 min
Creating and sharing an open-sourced growing sphere to create poetic spaces.
216: Emiley Kight on Loving Natural Foods.
Apr 1, 2017 • 43 min
Making little changes towards more real foods and feeling better.
215: Suzanne Bontempo on Gardening without Pesticides
Mar 30, 2017 • 45 min
Contemplating the best options of if, when, and what type of insect control to use in the garden.
214: Michael Miller on Poverty in the World.
Mar 28, 2017 • 49 min
Examining the problems of poverty and solutions we need to reconsider.
213: Nikki Golly on Nutrition and Wellness
Mar 25, 2017 • 38 min
Recognizing the highly important nutrients that might be missing from our foods
212: Jenny Beasley on Community Gardening
Mar 23, 2017 • 34 min
Building a community revitalization garden project from scratch.
211: Colin Austin on Wicking Beds and Healthy Food
Mar 21, 2017 • 39 min
Examining wicking garden beds and bio-intensive vegetables.
210: Don Titmus on a Synopsis of Permaculture
Mar 18, 2017 • 56 min
Chat with an Permaculture Expert
209: Alastair Monk on The Future of Growing Food
Mar 16, 2017 • 36 min
Creating technology to help gardeners and farmers control their greenhouse watering systems.
208: Chat with an Expert - Catherine Crowley “The Herb Lady”
Mar 14, 2017 • 38 min
208: Chat with an Expert - Catherine Crowley “The Herb Lady” Catherine, The Herb Lady, is a self-taught, hands-in-the-dirt, Urban Farmer who experiments and researches constantly for new and interesting edibles as well as playing with old favorites….
207: Megan Cain on Garden Planning
Mar 11, 2017 • 47 min
Joining a Legion of Gardening addicts through sensible preparation and design
206: Allison Duffy on Food Preservation.
Mar 9, 2017 • 39 min
Canning and other preservation techniques to safely store foods longer.
205: Nancy Bailey on Prolific Vegetables in Small Spaces
Mar 7, 2017 • 44 min
Increasing the yield of a small garden through planning and care
204: Vanessa Sardi on Farm over Pharma
Mar 4, 2017 • 43 min
Learning how to prevent health issues through achievable diet changes
Anna Swanson and Meg Stratton on School and Community Gardens
Mar 2, 2017 • 47 min
Helping kids and community members understand food origins
202: Andrew Mefferd on Hoophouse and Greenhouse growing.
Feb 28, 2017 • 44 min
Improving crop production through the smart use of protected structures.
201: Jake Mace on Gardening with Seeds
Feb 25, 2017 • 44 min
Chat with an expert on gardening
200: Josh Trought on Community-Scale Permaculture Farming
Feb 23, 2017 • 47 min
Appreciating the wonders of a community farm with a resilient lifestyle.
199: Kanin Routson on Apple Tree Diversity
Feb 21, 2017 • 49 min
Studying the genetics of an iconic and incredibly wide-ranging fruit.
198: Constantin Bisanz on sourcing healthy food.
Feb 18, 2017 • 42 min
Maintaining a healthy lifestyle through real food options.
197: Perrine Herve-Gruyer on Miraculous Abundance
Feb 16, 2017 • 40 min
Learning self-sufficient farming from scratch on an organic farm in France
196: Josh Volk on Compact Farms
Feb 14, 2017 • 41 min
Making the most from small farms for the best viability.
195: Cricket Aldridge on Suburban Homesteading
Feb 11, 2017 • 35 min
Finding personal euphoria in your own backyard.
194: Kate Miller on Bioregional Herbal Medicine
Feb 9, 2017 • 45 min
Sourcing herbs and plants in the local ecosystems for health
193: Chat With An Expert - Bill McDorman
Feb 7, 2017 • 41 min
193: Chat With An Expert - Bill McDorman Bill McDorman is Executive Director of Rocky Mountain Seed Alliance, Ketchum, Idaho. He got his start in the bio-regional seed movement while in college in 1979 when he helped start Garden City Seeds. In 1984,…
192: Gene Baur on Protecting Farm Animals
Feb 4, 2017 • 40 min
Making choices to help defend animals in industrial agriculture
191: Petra Page-Mann on Certified Organic Seeds
Feb 2, 2017 • 51 min
Selecting bio-regionally adapted seeds and pursuing seed transparency.
190: Grace Gershuny on The Organic Revolution
Jan 31, 2017 • 45 min
Recollecting early food system activism
189: Manuel Gonzalez on Innovation in Food and Ag.
Jan 28, 2017 • 34 min
Pitching food and agriculture related business ideas to potential investors.
188: Megan Whatton on The Urban Habitat Network
Jan 26, 2017 • 30 min
Mapping the habitats of wildlife around the world a section at a time.
187: Sherrie Pelsma on Macro Photography in the Garden
Jan 24, 2017 • 31 min
Looking at garden wildlife from a whole new perspective.
186: Robin Kelson on Seed Saving-Resiliency.
Jan 21, 2017 • 43 min
Keeping the strength of genetic traits through community sharing of seeds.
185: Elaine Ingham on Life in the Soil.
Jan 19, 2017 • 71 min
Examining the biology of healthy soil to improve plant growth.
184: Michael Phillips on Holistic Orcharding
Jan 17, 2017 • 46 min
Growing fruit trees by creating a healthy ecosystem.
183: Shawn Jadrnicek on The Bio-Integrated Farm.
Jan 14, 2017 • 32 min
Maximizing functions from landscape elements to save time, energy and money.
182: Matthew Shepherd on Planting to Feed Bees
Jan 12, 2017 • 41 min
Expanding the habitat of an essential pollinator through garden choices.
181: Quita Jackson on Thrifty Self Sufficiency.
Jan 10, 2017 • 39 min
Taking small steps to being green and making a difference.
180: Brian Smith on Biochar
Jan 7, 2017 • 35 min
Enhancing your soils through an ancient, carbon-sequestering, process.
179: Penn Parmenter on Passive Solar Greenhouses
Jan 5, 2017 • 51 min
Designing greenhouses using the natural laws of nature as allies and resources.
178: Jayson Matthews on Solutions to Hunger.
Jan 3, 2017 • 62 min
Discussing food insecurity in urban communities and how to improve resilience against hunger.
177: Drew Taddia on Reducing Stress and Detoxing Smartly.
Dec 31, 2016 • 42 min
Making long lasting changes a little at a time and using a plant-based diet to avoid toxins.
176: Cory Williams on Tropical Fruit Trees
Dec 29, 2016 • 52 min
Growing a tropical fruit forest paradise in spite of a harsh climate.
175: Kaye Kittrell on Urban Gardening.
Dec 27, 2016 • 35 min
Discovering organic gardening alongside a determined learner.
174: Shaun Keesee on Biointensive Farming.
Dec 24, 2016 • 33 min
A beginner’s experience converting to larger scale organic farming.
173: Brendan Gaughran on Liver and Gut Health
Dec 22, 2016 • 46 min
Understanding the sequence of food driven diseases
172: Ocean Robbins on Changing our Food Future
Dec 20, 2016 • 43 min
Finding the motivation to make changes in our diets
171: Robbie Shell on Honeybees and Colony Collapse Disorder
Dec 17, 2016 • 46 min
A researcher’s perspective on the marvelous efficiency of honeybees.
170: Don Tipping on Seeds and Plant Breeding
Dec 15, 2016 • 51 min
Cultivating the future through seed saving and education
169: Sarah Highlen on Farm Marketing
Dec 13, 2016 • 33 min
Greg hears from a woman who got tired of marketing food “products” and figured out it was much more rewarding to market for small family farms and local food producers instead. Sarah tells how her desire to eat better and be healthier led her to a farm…
168: Kerry Audisho on Locally Grown Foods
Dec 10, 2016 • 40 min
Greg talks with Kerry to find out why she is so committed to helping others improve their diets and connect with locally grown foods. Kerry shares the story of her conversion to healthy foods and then how even that diet was improved after a trip to a…
167: Kristin Nikodemski on the Grow it Yourself Revolution
Dec 8, 2016 • 42 min
Greg learns more about some organic gardening resources from Kristin who tells her story of how she joined a sustainability focused horticulture company. Kristin has found a way to blend her love of gardening with a care of community by helping create the…
166: Susan Poizner on Fruit Tree Care
Dec 6, 2016 • 49 min
Greg meets another lover of fruit trees with Susan who founded a community orchard in her home town and found her calling as well. Susan tells how she got the idea to start an orchard in her neighborhood park, and how learning everything she could about…
165: Penn Parmenter on High Altitude Tomatoes
Dec 3, 2016 • 55 min
Penn chats about her passion for growing and saving seeds. She tells how she got started in the seed business and why she enjoys her job so much. She makes the act of saving seeds sound really fun, yet so important. Her upbeat and positive nature comes…
164: Jeff Moyer on Organic Farmers Association
Dec 1, 2016 • 58 min
Author Jeff Moyer chats with Greg about the importance of organic farming, the role and purpose of the Rodale Institute, and the new Organic Famers Association. Jeff has a great passion for a change in food production to a healthier method, and it is…
163: Melinda Adkins on Learning Homesteading Skills
Nov 29, 2016 • 42 min
Greg talks to community homesteader Melinda who founded a community group to share tips and experiences while learning about homesteading. Melinda was a bit of a groundbreaker in her town with some unorthodox thinking, so in order to find others with…
162: Jesse Sparks on Neighborhood Harvesting
Nov 26, 2016 • 39 min
An inspiring young father Jesse shares his story with Greg about how he has started harvesting the unwanted fruit from his neighbor’s front yard and is developing a stronger community as well. Jesse’s story is delightful, and uplifting as he and his young…
161: Vanessa Simkins on Juicing Deliciously
Nov 24, 2016 • 30 min
Greg finds many connections with Vanessa as she shares why she started juicing and why she runs her own business helping others learn about juicing. Vanessa tells about how she got started with her blog and her recipe book. She also tells about her love…
160: Jim Loomis on Lifestyle Medicine
Nov 22, 2016 • 59 min
Greg talks to a Doctor that he met a few months back. Dr. Jim is fabulous at bringing the complexities of healthy eating to simple and memorable analogies. Transitioning from a standard American diet to a plant based one to improve health and vitality is…
159: Brandon Peterman on Natural Building
Nov 19, 2016 • 44 min
Greg gets to hear about a new topic on the podcast when he chats with Brandon who shares the basics about Natural Building. A life-long lover of the outdoors, Brandon tells how he found what he had been looking for in a building process that has been…
158: Andrew Millison on Scaling up Permaculture
Nov 17, 2016 • 43 min
Andrew catches up with Greg and brings him up to speed on what he has done since they took a permaculture class together 20 years ago. This is an inspiring and EPIC story of someone who was ready to take permaculture to the next level and beyond. The…
157: Elena Ortiz on Nature Education for Adults
Nov 15, 2016 • 30 min
Greg chats with an old college friend who is now teaching botany at Phoenix College. Elena shares how she has brought her classrooms outdoors and into the garden. She describes how she believes it is important to make a connection with nature right…
156: Keri Fox on SPIN Farming
Nov 12, 2016 • 40 min
Greg talks to Keri, a former electrician who quit to be a farmer because it was better for the planet. She tells why she left her successful business to run a small plot farm, and how she has developed that into quite the impressive and sustainable…
155: Lawrence Parkhill of the Veteran Farmers of America
Nov 10, 2016 • 29 min
Greg is honored to talk to Sargent Lawrence Parkhill who shares his story of how he founded a new non-profit which is helping veterans reintegrate into non-combat life with jobs in agriculture. Veteran Farmers of America is working with returning…
154: Julian Awad on Backyard Riches and SPIN Farming
Nov 8, 2016 • 44 min
Greg talks to Julian Awad of Backyard Riches, who breaks down some of the intricacies of turning a backyard plot into a profitable urban farm business. As an entrepreneur who has figured out how to turn ideas into businesses, Julian describes the models…
153: Forest Shomer on Seeds
Nov 5, 2016 • 49 min
Forest brings us on the adventures of a seedman. He felt the pull of his calling in the late 60’s and has been actively gardening and harvesting seeds ever since. Moving through a few seed projects over the years, he has harvested skills, friends,…
152: Matt Powers on Regenerative Living
Nov 3, 2016 • 40 min
Greg meets another permaculture enthusiast in Matt, who after a significant wake-up call regarding the health of his wife decided to pursue a healthier lifestyle for him and his family. This decision led him on the path to education and gardening which he…
151: Saskia Esslinger on Teaching Gardening
Nov 1, 2016 • 43 min
Saskia was motivated enough to transform her life and career to encompass the ideals of permaculture. However, she was not happy just making her own garden, her goal is having everyone or every yard have the chance to garden. She was determined to find a…
150: Karine Kuchipudi on Going Vegan
Oct 29, 2016 • 40 min
Greg gets to chat with Karine who has a mission to help others cook delicious vegan meals. Karine shares her experience of going vegan and explains why she was she was motivated to make that change. With her experience running a catering business, it…
149: Sean Quinn on Vertical Farming
Oct 27, 2016 • 43 min
Greg gets to interview Sean Quinn, who works to meld sustainable architectural design with urban agriculture for one of the largest global design firms. Sean talks about how this field has changed over the years and is tackling the issues of food systems…
148: Michael Ableman on Street Farms
Oct 25, 2016 • 60 min
This is an interview that Greg wanted to do before he even started the podcasts. Michael brings Greg up to date with his Street Farm project he’s been working on for the past several years and it is epic and inspiring. With a natural ease, he tells us the…
147: Shawn and Beth Dougherty on Farmsteading
Oct 22, 2016 • 56 min
Greg is thoroughly impressed with the transformational successes of Shawn and Beth on their “really trashy” plot of land to the diverse, beautiful, and healthy pasture they now enjoy. They tell their story of how they bought what they could afford were…
146: Robert Colangelo on Indoor Vertical Farming
Oct 20, 2016 • 51 min
Greg gets to chat with Robert, an environmental entrepreneur who is transforming indoor farming and finding economic solutions in farming. Robert has been seeking out and creating solutions for environmental issues for many years and this has led him to…
145: Storm Kirk on Community and Gardening
Oct 18, 2016 • 55 min
Greg meets a kindred spirit in Storm Kirk with her connection to gardening, making a difference in the community, trusting in nature, and making a choice to be happy every day. She shares how she started gardening with no skills or experience and is now…
144: Marianne West on Using Permaculture at Home
Oct 15, 2016 • 48 min
Marianne shares her story and motivations that have moved her to transform her 1/3 acre into a food forest. Her upbringing in postwar Germany truly gave her a different perspective on nature and food, and now that she lives in an area that has a year…
143: Cara Dafforn on Dehydrating the Urban Farm
Oct 13, 2016 • 34 min
We venture back in time with Cara to learn how the women homesteaders of the mid 1800’s cooked, gardened, nurtured, and survived during the trials of the Civil War. She explains that as a history buff she was intrigued enough to try to replicate many of…
142: Craig Jenkins-Sutton on Tree Selection and Planting
Oct 11, 2016 • 59 min
Craig is a landscaping artist who bring his dedication for a job well done to ensure his customers get long lasting value. With his natural understanding of basic permaculture techniques, he shares how he has developed a process for his employees to…
141: Sherrie Pelsma on Pollinator Parkways
Oct 8, 2016 • 46 min
Sherrie shares her passion for the bees, butterflies, hummingbirds and other animals that serve such a vital purpose in the lifecycles of plants including the food we rely on every day. Greg gets a chance to talk to her about how a simple interest grew…
140: Dr. Jack Wolfson on the Paleo Diet and Heart Health
Oct 6, 2016 • 39 min
Greg chats with Dr. Jack about the paleo diet and how it affects heart health. Dr. Jack shares why he changed the way he practices cardiology and what he has learned about eating natural foods. He explains more about how important it is to remove…
139: Whitney Cohen on Garden Based Education
Oct 4, 2016 • 46 min
Greg is excited and a bit envious of the kids who have participated in the natural world learning experiences explained by the Whitney in this podcast. Life Lab’s gardens and programs offer many unique natural world laboratories for kids to learn. They…
138: Lyn Harwell on Community Cafes and Kitchens
Oct 1, 2016 • 39 min
Lyn tells how he has always been doing something with food, and how he has worked with some well-known chefs over the years until he was finally able to open his own very special restaurant. With an idea in his head about a café where people pay what they…
137: Heather Grove on Fleet Farming
Sep 29, 2016 • 35 min
Heather is leading a transformative new community farming program called Fleet Farming. The new idea of community gardening through donated front lawns and volunteers traveling on bikes to farm the plots. She explains how the program was created and how…
136: Tim Diebel, from Pastor to Farmer
Sep 27, 2016 • 49 min
Greg finds out what motivated Tim and his wife to move to the country and start focusing on growing food through simple techniques some of which are those which were used a couple generations back. Through experimentation, they have increased their…
135: Ruwan Subasinghe & Costas Simoglou on Nanofarms
Sep 24, 2016 • 45 min
Ruwan is one of the inventors of a new appliance that grows food indoors, and Costas is the director of the Center that helped bring the idea to the fruition. Ruwan shares the genesis story of the Nanofarm from Replantable and tells how they considered…
134: Cecilia Nedelco on Growing Food Organically
Sep 22, 2016 • 33 min
Cecilia opens up and shares her passion about…growing food as naturally as possible. Her garden is a local marvel with layers upon layers of permaculture techniques in use. Greg learns new things about her, including her epic number of compost bins. Her…
133: Simon Huntley on Marketing a Small Farm Online
Sep 20, 2016 • 42 min
Simon shares his story with Greg about how he went from avoiding the farm as a kid, to now using his technology skills to help farmers promote their farms online. Farmers who are just starting out with a small farm, are the people that Simon is focusing…
132: Denise Stalder on Growing Food to Support Retirement
Sep 17, 2016 • 41 min
Denise tells how one day she was unexpectedly retired and needed to start saving money. She and her husband started with a small plot in a community garden to gain the confidence in what she could grow herself. Later they moved to a larger property. Greg…
131: Kami McBride on Culinary Herbs for Health
Sep 15, 2016 • 44 min
Kami joins Greg for an informative discussion on the value of herbs in our kitchens and our diets. She talks about how the garden and the spice rack are of central importance to the economy and health of a household. And she gives some great suggestions…
130: Catherine Crowley is The Herb Lady
Sep 13, 2016 • 54 min
Catherine shares some of her tricks that she has figured out for growing herbs in her garden in Phoenix. She explains how she learned about new herbs by asking her farmers market customers about their heritage, and how she experimented to expand her…
129: Ping Honzay on Garden Based Education Resources
Sep 10, 2016 • 37 min
Ping and Greg discuss the importance of teaching youth to garden. They compare notes about their garden experiences with kids and the miracles the kids believe are happening. She shares her story of how she got started in working with kids helping them…
127: David Bainbridge on Gardening with Less Water
Sep 8, 2016 • 37 min
David shares his excitement about time tested techniques on gardening efficiently with less water. He explains some of what he learned over the past several decades researching traditional methods for collecting and using the precious resource in food…
128: Ryan Leach on Pursuing Self-sustenance on One Acre
Sep 6, 2016 • 42 min
Ryan tells why he and his wife decide to start growing their own food and how that has developed into a virtually self-sustained homestead for his young family. He explains how he transformed his greenhouse, do their own canning, and even raise their own…
126: Missy Gable on Understanding Climate Zones
Sep 3, 2016 • 43 min
Missy introduces us to the Master Gardener Program and what the role and purpose of this program, as well as a new Master Food Preserver Program. Then she educates Greg about two distinct climates zones maps and even teaches him a few things he did not…
125: Tom Spellman on Backyard Orchard Culture Part 2
Sep 1, 2016 • 41 min
Greg and Tom share their passion for fruit trees and talk about some of the resources that home orchard growers have through Dave Willson Nursery and online. Tom talks about some of the learning experiences he has had over the years and a couple of pet…
124: Tom Spellman on Backyard Orchard Culture Part 1
Aug 30, 2016 • 43 min
Greg and Tom share their passion for fruit trees and discuss some tips and suggestions for the backyard, or small orchard, grower. With decades of experience they sjare some important lessons learned about growing fruit trees for personal harvest. They…
123: Shelley Peterman-Schwarz on Gardening with Disabilities
Aug 27, 2016 • 37 min
Shelley shares an account of life with Greg who recognizes her as having an “epic” story. She has refused to allow her life enjoyment to end with her diagnosis of MS and now works to help others keep living their lives as well. She shares some tips, hacks…
122: Loretta Messinger on Aquaponics
Aug 25, 2016 • 38 min
Greg and Loretta have a great time sharing their love and appreciation of truly home prepared meals. Loretta tells Greg all about how she has established her own aquaponics system on her homestead and now enjoys the health benefits of the love and care…
121: Mary Maranville on Agriculture Education for Kids
Aug 23, 2016 • 42 min
Greg chats with Mary and learns how she recognized the need for agriculture education for both kids and adults in her community and how she started an organization to do something about it. Mary also teaches Greg something he did not realize about…
120: Morag Gamble on Permaculture Education
Aug 20, 2016 • 56 min
Greg and Morag cross time to chat about the beauty of living a simple life in conjunction with nature. She tells an inspiring story of how she has implemented her permaculture learnings into her life and how she is now reciprocating by sharing that…
119: Nate Downey on Water Harvesting
Aug 18, 2016 • 54 min
Nate shares his story with Greg and they talk about how a Permaculture Design Course with Bill Mollison changed his life path. Together they consider “permaculture magic” and how that happens a lot in the world of permaculture. And Nate shares a lot of…
118: Laura Plumb on Natural Foods for Better Health
Aug 16, 2016 • 44 min
Laura and Greg share some mutual respect and appreciation as they discuss how important our place is in the world. Laura shares her appreciation for the food and medicines that we can grow in our own gardens, and helps make the connection of nature and…
117: Eric Toensmeier on Carbon Farming
Aug 13, 2016 • 50 min
Eric is the award-winning author of Paradise Lot and Perennial Vegetables, and the co-author of Edible Forest Gardens. He is the author of The Carbon Farming Solution: A Global Toolkit of Perennial Crops and Regenerative Agricultural Practices for Climate…
116: John Moody of Farm to Consumer Legal Defense Fund
Aug 11, 2016 • 54 min
John is a husband, father to four, small farmer, author, and speaker. After serving on the board of the Farm-to-Consumer Legal Defense Fund, he was asked to serve as interim Executive Director and now full Executive Director. John and Greg have an…
115: Hayley Fager on Agriculture Awards from INUAg
Aug 9, 2016 • 23 min
The INUAg advocates for, educates, and provides funding to urban farmers world-wide. They help urban growers connect to each other to share best practices and provide promotional support to their projects. They’ve facilitated exchanges between farmers in…
114: Kelly Houle on Botanical Art
Aug 6, 2016 • 33 min
Kelly Houle is a botanical and wildlife artist, calligrapher, and founder of Books of Kell’s Press, a 501(c) 3 nonprofit that works to create handmade books and original art to raise awareness about science and nature, and to raise money for humanitarian…
113: Penny Livingston on Urban Permaculture
Aug 4, 2016 • 51 min
Penny has been teaching internationally and working professionally in the land management, regenerative design, and permaculture development field for 25 years and has extensive experience in all phases of ecologically sound design and construction as…
112: Becca Moore on Starting a Homestead
Aug 2, 2016 • 33 min
Becca lives in Northeastern Pennsylvania with her husband and seven children. She loves to garden, preserve her own food, spend time with her family and she’s an aspiring homesteader. She hopes to own a slew of chickens and maybe even a goat. Becca has…
111: Tim Amlaw on Tackling Food Deserts
Jul 30, 2016 • 40 min
Tim is an urban agrarian from a farm and agriculture education training and background. He has dedicated his life to building farmer based systems and programs to improve agriculture, humane care of animals and now local Urban Agriculture.…
110: Brad Lancaster on Rainwater Harvesting
Jul 28, 2016 • 54 min
Brad Lancaster is the author of the award-winning Rainwater Harvesting for Drylands and Beyond and co-founder of DesertHarvesters.org. Since 1993 Brad has run a successful permaculture education, design, and consultation business focused on integrated…
109: Michelle Fehler on Biomimicry
Jul 26, 2016 • 34 min
https://www.urbanfarm.org/2016/07/26/michelle-fehler/
108: Darren Chapman on Stimulating Community Development
Jul 23, 2016 • 51 min
Using Agriscaping to Stimulate Community Development
107: Kerry Wekelo on Encouraging Kids to Eat Better
Jul 21, 2016 • 32 min
Kerry is the founder and visionary of Zendoway and hopes to share with you from all her life experiences. In addition to wellness and leadership articles, Kerry has authored “Audrey’s Journey” a children’s book series focused on living with compassion and…
106: Jessica Piper on Jarden’s Can-It-Forward Day
Jul 19, 2016 • 41 min
Jessica is a home canning expert and has worked for Jarden Home Brands for over 11.5 years. She currently is an Analytics Specialist (or Home Canning Expert) in Consumer Affairs and a certified process engineer through the USDA. Being a life-long resident…
105: Stacey Murphy on Urban Farming in Brooklyn
Jul 16, 2016 • 39 min
Stacey is a recovering engineer and architect turned garden geek and farm nerd. Stacey founded BK Farmyards, a cooperative of urban farmers in Brooklyn dedicated to social justice through urban agriculture, and helped create over an acre of new farmyards…
104: Jerome Osentowski on Growing an Indoor Food Forest
Jul 14, 2016 • 42 min
Jerome Osentowski has spent the last 30 years developing indoor and outdoor forest farming technology at his location in Basalt, Colorado. He is the founder and director of the Central Rocky Mountain Permaculture Institute dedicated to education,…
103: DeBorah Prince on Learning How to Garden from the Internet
Jul 12, 2016 • 23 min
Gardening has been DeBorah Prince’s passion and therapy for over 20 years. She grows a huge range of fruits and veggies from asparagus to zucchini, makes her own compost and vermicompost, and her latest project is building a chicken coop. She lives in New…
102: Beth Terry on Living and Gardening without Plastic
Jul 9, 2016 • 47 min
After learning about the devastating effects of plastic pollution on the environment and human health, Oakland accountant Beth began an experiment to see if she could live without buying any new plastic. Since then, she has reduced her plastic waste to…
100: Toby Hemenway on A Permaculture Way of Life
Jul 7, 2016 • 42 min
Toby is the author of a book on urban and suburban permaculture, The Permaculture City, as well as Gaia’s Garden, the best-selling and award winning permaculture book in the world, which won the 2011 Nautilus award. He has been an adjunct professor at…
101: Paris Masek on Food Hubs and Small Farms
Jul 7, 2016 • 38 min
Paris Masek is the Managing Director for Green on Purpose and the Director of Agriculture Programs for Quincea Social Enterprises. He is also a PhD candidate at ASU in English Literature working with Indigenous American Literature and Cultures. He is an…
99: Dr. George Brooks on Agtech and Aquaponics
Jul 2, 2016 • 50 min
Dr. Brooks, Founder & President of the NxT Horizon Group, holds a Ph.D., in Wildlife and Fisheries from the School of Renewable Natural Resources at the University of AZ. He is an established social, environmental, economic & political leader and business…
98: Michael Judd on Edible Landscape Design
Jun 30, 2016 • 42 min
Michael Judd has worked with agro-ecological and whole system designs throughout the Americas for the last 20 years focusing on applying permaculture and ecological design to increase local food security and community health in both tropical and temperate…
97: Jodi Torpey on Blue Ribbon Vegetables
Jun 28, 2016 • 34 min
Jodi is an award-winning vegetable gardener, craftsy gardening instructor, and the founder and editor-in-chief of WesternGardeners.com. In addition to the two books she authored, her garden writing also appears in digital and print media. Since 2010 she’s…
96: Molly Cole on Starting a Small Farm in Washington
Jun 25, 2016 • 27 min
Molly comes from a long line of farmers in Washington state. She grew up on a farm with chickens, cows, pigs and the occasional turkey. She has two boys and her own acre in Spokane where they raise chickens, honey bees and of course, fruits and veggies.…
95: Larry Santoyo on Permaculture Design
Jun 23, 2016 • 47 min
Larry has been a teacher and practitioner of Permaculture Design for the last 28 years. After a career in law enforcement, Santoyo went onto land use planning and was mentored by Permaculture’s founding father, Bill Mollison. Santoyo went on to teach…
94: Tristram Stewart on Food Waste, A Global Scandal
Jun 21, 2016 • 46 min
Tristram Stuart, founder of the charity Feedback, is an international award-winning author, speaker, campaigner and expert on the environmental and social impacts of food production. The environmental campaigning organization he founded, Feedback, has…
93: Diana Rogers on Homegrown Paleo Cooking
Jun 18, 2016 • 49 min
Come join us as we hear Diana tells us how she and her husband created the sustainable farm and education center they now run. Her passion to help others is obvious as it weaves through her story.
92: Casey Beck & Austin Blair on ‘The Organic Life’ a Documentary
Jun 16, 2016 • 49 min
Casey is a director and producer of independent documentary films, highlighting untold stories. She premiered “The Organic Life” to sold-out crowds at the 36th Mill Valley Film Festival in 2013. The film won Best Documentary Feature at the Santa Cruz Film…
91: Kamea Chayne on How to Thrive
Jun 14, 2016 • 27 min
Kamea is the content curator of Kamea World and the author of Thrive, an evidence-based guide to healthy living. She is a graduate of Washington University in St. Louis, and she is currently the Marketing Manager of Ethical Writers Co. Through her…
90: Diana Maranhao on Water Conservation
Jun 11, 2016 • 38 min
Diana is a horticulturist, garden columnist and author of 3 books: Water-Smart Gardening; Rocky Mountain Fruit & Vegetable Gardening; and Southwest Gardener’s Guide, published by Cool Springs Press. She lives and gardens in…
89: Candy Lesher on her Pool-to-Garden Transformation
Jun 9, 2016 • 30 min
Candy is self-taught chef, instructor, writer and speaker, who has been inducted into Arizona’s Culinary Hall of Fame and hosted and produced Food & Life Television for 3 years. She is now shifting her direction to helping others as a Culinary…
88: Michael Tamez on Transformative Nutrition
Jun 7, 2016 • 39 min
Michael was morbidly obese, had severe sleep apnea, high blood pressure, and advanced gum disease. Not only did he lose 105 pounds, but he also reversed all of his lifestyle-related health conditions. This enabled him to transform the dysfunctional…
87: Katie Poirier from Keep Phoenix Beautiful
Jun 4, 2016 • 36 min
Katie Poirier is the project director of PHX Renews. PHX Renews finds temporary uses for vacant lots, an initiative envisioned by Phoenix Mayor Stanton in 2012 and managed by the non-profit, Keep Phoenix Beautiful. PHX Renews currently operates on a…
86: Brandi DeCarli on Farm from a Box
Jun 2, 2016 • 33 min
Brandi is the Founding Partner of Farm from a Box, an off-grid, modularly designed farm system that provides communities with the tools they need to grow their own food locally and earn an income. Previously, Brandi was the Managing Partner of…
85: Ben Klempner on Urban Farming Activism
May 31, 2016 • 42 min
Ben is a husband and father of two boys and two girls living in the Jerusalem Foothills. He attended the University of Montana where he received a BA in American Literature and a Minor in Wilderness Studies. He received his Master’s Degree in Social…
84: DaNelle Wolford on Raising Goats and Sheep
May 28, 2016 • 40 min
DaNelle is a former health care provider, mother of 2, and creator of the blog Weed ‘em & Reap. She started to take an interest in a healthier lifestyle after suffering from two debilitating chronic diseases. On a mission to create a farm of her own, she…
83: Jason Mraz Part 2: Farming on the Road
May 26, 2016 • 31 min
This is part 2 of a two-part series with singer-songwriter Jason Mraz. Jason Mraz is a two-time Grammy Award winning singer/songwriter and urban farming enthusiast. He has been backyard homesteading for the past 5 years and currently owns and…
82: Jason Mraz Part 1: Urban Farming Adventures
May 24, 2016 • 36 min
This is Part 1 of a two-part series. In this episode, Jason Mraz shares his urban farming adventures with Urban Farm U. Jason is a two-time Grammy Award winning singer/songwriter and urban farming enthusiast. He has been backyard homesteading for the…
81: Dr. Jay Davidson on Connecting Food & Health
May 21, 2016 • 39 min
Dr. Jay is a doctor focusing on a natural functional medicine approach. He is also a popular speaker, #1 international bestselling author, husband, father, church elder and former radio talk show host. Dr. Jay was the host of the Chronic Lyme…
80: Albert Kaufman from Farm My Yard
May 19, 2016 • 48 min
Albert is a long time Pacific Northwest activist. He’s worked on urban farming, forestry, quality of life issues and more since moving to the region in 1994. Albert is a huge proponent of helping people find their way to the garden. You can learn more…
79: Chef Jennifer Johnson on Cooking a Presidential Meal
May 17, 2016 • 22 min
Jennifer Johnson was a former sous chef at Chez Panisse under Alice Waters, credited with starting the global sustainable foods movement.  For the last 14 years, Jen has served as the Executive Chef for Ann & Gordon Getty, one of San…
78: Ed Roman on Music with Meaning
May 14, 2016 • 42 min
Ed is an award-winning singer/songwriter, performer and multi-instrumentalist from Shelburne, Ontario, Canada. Blurring the lines between pop, rock, folk, and country music genres, Ed’s uniquely crafted songs have received…
77: Kim Eierman on Native Plants
May 12, 2016 • 36 min
Choosing plants that are appropriate for your ecosystem.
76: Amanda Midkiff on Growing Medicinal Herbs
May 10, 2016 • 36 min
Amanda Midkiff of Locust Light Farm is a medicinal herb farmer and herbalist in New Hope, PA. She had been an organic vegetable farmer for 6 years before making the switch to growing herbs, and she’s been happily surrounded by their beauty ever since….
75: Kristin Parsons on Yard Design
May 7, 2016 • 31 min
Kristin is a native Texan, went to college in Kansas, and ended up in Arizona in 2004. She’s been gardening, raising chickens, planting fruit trees, and constructing buildings ever since! Kristin is an architect and an interior designer, and…
74: Stella Otto on Backyard Fruit Trees
May 5, 2016 • 41 min
Stella Otto got her first taste for fruit growing during annual family outings to the U-pick orchards of western Massachusetts. After receiving a B.S. in horticulture from Michigan State University, she worked at one of largest fruit tree nurseries in…
73: John Zahina-Ramos of Just One Backyard
May 3, 2016 • 39 min
Dr.Z is ascientist who researches the environmental, ecological and economicbenefits of urban agriculture. He recently published a bookentitled “Just One Backyard: One Man’s Search for FoodSustainability” that describes his journey from his…
72: Tonyehn Verkitis from Eco-Arts Living
Apr 30, 2016 • 35 min
Tonyehn is the owner of Eco-Arts Living. Eco-Arts Living is about interconectedness, living with wholeheartedness and meaning, and the lives we want versus the lives WE CREATE for ourselves. We spend too much time focusing on what…
71: Jake Mace: Humanity’s Global Future is Local
Apr 28, 2016 • 41 min
Jake Mace will talk about why humanity’s global future is local and 3 ways to ensure your fruit trees thrive. Jake is The Vegan Athlete, runs Longevity Gardens in Phoenix, AZ with his wife Pam, and is one of the most passionate food advocates…
70: Don Titmus on Permaculture and Bees
Apr 26, 2016 • 43 min
Don grew up in London and at age 16 spent 4 years being trained in horticulture through an apprenticeship and a college course. From there he continued landscaping in his hometown until he moved to Arizona in 1981, where he worked in landscaping and…
69: Matthew Hoffman on Saving Organic and Heirloom Seeds
Apr 23, 2016 • 39 min
Matthew Hoffman on Saving Organic and Heirloom Seeds Matthew and his wife Astrid co-founded of The Living Seed Company, an organic and heirloom seed company, serving the greater Bay Area.  Dedicated to planting the seeds of World Peace through…
68: Laura Ten Eyck on Hop Farming
Apr 21, 2016 • 45 min
Laura operates Indian Ladder Farmstead Brewery and Cidery in Altamont, New York with her husband, Dietrich. The two have been growing hops and brewing beer at home while working to restore local hop production in the northeast. Their orchard has…
67: Stewart Jacobson on Food Safety
Apr 19, 2016 • 27 min
Stewart Jacobson is with the Agricultural Consultation and Training Program (ACT) of the Arizona Department of Agriculture.  A 37-year employee of the department, Stewart has spent over 33 of those years as enforcement with Meat and Poultry…
66: Hassena Kassim, The Worm Whisperer
Apr 16, 2016 • 27 min
In this episode, we dig into all the details of vermicompsting, or composting with worms. Listen in to find out about worm castings (worm poop!), what to put in your bins, what worms eat, where to get worms, what your worm bin should smell like (hint: it…
65: Maat van Uitert on Homesteading with Chickens
Apr 14, 2016 • 34 min
Maat van Uitert is a homesteading and chicken expert who helps everyday people learn to grow food in their own backyard. She is the founder of the blog FrugalChicken, author of Chickens: Naturally Raising A Sustainable Flock, and a sought-after freelance…
64: Jacq Davis on Urban Food Forests
Apr 12, 2016 • 32 min
Jacq runs her own graphic design business, Jacq Design, from her home office in Tempe, AZ. She was first introduced to permaculture through the Valley Permaculture Alliance in 2012. Now, she is in the process of establishing a semi self-sustaining food…
63: Michael Kramer on Permaculture and Economics
Apr 9, 2016 • 45 min
Michael Kramer is Managing Partner and Director of Social Research at Natural Investments, a sustainable and responsible investment advisor with 10 offices in 9 states. A national leader in his field since 2000, Michael serves on the national policy…
62: Cecilia Haviland on DIY Vertical Gardening
Apr 7, 2016 • 37 min
In 1992, John and Cecilia moved to a flat in a suburban area of Southern California, where there was no space in to grow a garden. Prior to that, they had always lived in rural areas where they had some acreage to grow a good-sized garden. John began to…
61: Claire Robinson on GMO Myths and Truths
Apr 5, 2016 • 37 min
Claire is the co-author with two genetic engineers of the new book, GMO Myths and Truths: A Citizen’s Guide to the Evidence on the Safety and Efficacy of Genetically Modified Crops, which is for sale on Amazon and in bookstores. GMO Myths and Truths…
60: Kim Roman on High Value Veggies
Apr 2, 2016 • 43 min
Kim began gardening using the original Square Foot Gardening method in the late 1980s. She became a square foot gardening Certified Instructor, taught by Mel Bartholomew, in 2010. She teaches the next generation of Certified Instructors and serves as one…
59: Lynn Pugh on Agricultural Education
Mar 31, 2016 • 33 min
Lynn Pugh is the farmer at Cane Creek Farm in north Georgia. She has been sharing what she has learned in organic farming classes at her farm since 2007. She teaches adults from a curriculum she developed for Georgia Organics, introduces children to…
58: Katrina Blair on Edible Weeds
Mar 29, 2016 • 33 min
Today on The Urban Farm Podcast we have Katrina Blair of Turtle Lake Refuge to talk about her experience with edible weeds. Katrina Blair began studying wild plants in her teens when she camped out alone for a summer to focus on eating wild foods. She…
57: Tyagaraja Welch on Sustainable Humane Earth
Mar 26, 2016 • 28 min
In this fascinating, philosophically-rich episode, Greg and Tyaga discuss everything from permaculture, aquaponics, and stacking functions to building community, the formation & philosophy of SHE,and whether or not modern society is ready for…
56: Wardee Harmon on Traditional Cooking
Mar 24, 2016 • 48 min
Wardee lives in Oregon with her family, where they garden, raise small livestock and cook from scratch. She’s the author of “The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Fermenting Foods” and other traditional cooking eBooks. Plus, she teaches online classes in the…
55: Tony Kasowski on Charitable Growing
Mar 22, 2016 • 43 min
Tony’s current project at the St Vincent de Paul urban farm is responsible for providing over 50,000 pounds of fresh produce to the needy and working homeless. He has also started a composting initiative, diverting over 400,000 pounds of organic waste…
54: Carol Deppe on the Eat-All Greens Growing Method
Mar 19, 2016 • 52 min
Oregon plant breeder Carol Deppe holds a PhD in genetics from Harvard University, and specializes in developing Open Source varieties of crops for organic growing conditions, sustainable agriculture, and human survival for the next thousand years. She…
53: Jennifer Hashley on New Entry Sustainable Farming
Mar 17, 2016 • 40 min
Jennifer is the Director of the New Entry Sustainable Farming Project, a project of Tufts University’s Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy. New Entry is a beginning farmer training program assisting limited-resource individuals to begin…
52: Anne-Marie Miller on Overcoming Homesteading Obstacles
Mar 15, 2016 • 38 min
Anne-Marie, or Dash (for the hyphen in her name), is an urban farmer in Dallas, Texas. She raises chickens and rabbits on less than ¼ of an acre.  Plus, she has turned her front yard into a large stand-out-in-the neighborhood vegetable garden. In addition…
51: Joe Urbach on Phytonutrient Gardening
Mar 12, 2016 • 37 min
Joe Urbach is the publisher of GardeningAustin.com and is the author of Phytonutrient Gardening: The Guide to Understanding, Growing & Eating Phytonutrient-rich Antioxidant-dense foods. Living in the central Texas area for over 30 years, Joe…
50: Sam Coffman on the Human Path
Mar 10, 2016 • 36 min
Sam Coffman has over 10 years of military experience as a U.S. Special Forces Medic, an interrogator and a linguist. He studied botany and bio-regional medicine both privately and at several outdoor schools in Colorado, and during his military service as…
49: Roger Doiron on Seed Money
Mar 8, 2016 • 44 min
Roger is founder and director of Kitchen Gardeners International, a Maine-based nonprofit network of over 35,000 individuals from 120 countries who are taking a hands-on approach to re-localizing the food supply. Roger’s successful proposal and petition…
48: Doug Simons on Medicinal Plants
Mar 5, 2016 • 43 min
At 11 years old, Doug began learning about the native plants of Colorado from his mother. He has gained a vast amount of knowledge about edible and medicinal plants through his experiences living in the Sonoran Desert and Gila Wilderness of Southern New…
47: Nathan Crane on the Search for Sustainability
Mar 3, 2016 • 38 min
Nathan Crane is an award winning author, inspirational speaker, and conscious filmmaker dedicated to helping make possible for every human being the possibility to live a healthy, sustainable, meaningful life. From addiction, dependency, jail, and…
46: Ira Wallace on Seed Saving
Mar 1, 2016 • 29 min
Ira Wallace is an owner of the cooperative Southern Exposure Seed Exchange, an organization that helps people keep control of their food supply through seed saving and sustainable gardening. Ira is also a co-organizer of the Heritage Harvest Festival at…
45: Marjory Wildcraft on The Homegrown Food Summit
Feb 27, 2016 • 38 min
Marjory is the founder of the [Grow] Network, which is the online home of a global network of people who produce their own food and medicine. “Home grown food on every table” is the solution. She is an author of several books, but is best known for her…
44: Anna Steude on Mojo Garten
Feb 25, 2016 • 17 min
Anna Steude co-created Mojo Garten, a vertical garden kickstarter project that allows people grow fruits, vegetables, and herbs in small spaces. Her team wanted a way to bring more nature into their urban lifestyles and live more sustainably and…
43: Sarica Cernohous on Traditional Foods for Optimal Health
Feb 23, 2016 • 35 min
Sarica Cernohous is a licensed acupuncturist in Arizona and California. Her formal education includes Traditional Oriental Medicine, Chinese Herbal medicine, the unique and involved theoretical construct of Asian medicine, western biomedicine, and both…
42: Dave Young on Weather Prediction for Homesteaders
Feb 20, 2016 • 31 min
Cap’n Dave has been gardening since he was a kid, and his Dad taught him fishing, hunting, gardening… and the myriad skills of a self-reliant outdoorsman.  Cap’n Dave is also a certified permaculture designer. He has 6 acres out in the woods that he has…
41: Joel Karsten on Straw Bale Gardening
Feb 18, 2016 • 45 min
Joel is a farm boy who grew up tending a soil garden like others have for centuries, but he shook up the gardening world with his first book on his breakthrough concept, straw bale gardening. Joel earned a BS in Horticulture from the University of…
40: Mark Ridsdill Smith on Gardening in Tiny Spaces
Feb 16, 2016 • 36 min
Mark is founder of Vertical Veg, an initiative that inspires and supports growing food in containers in small urban spaces (balconies, patios etc). Mark grew over $1,300 worth of food in one year on his small balcony and windowsills in London. He loves…
39: Vynnie McDaniels on Water Wise Gardening
Feb 13, 2016 • 47 min
Vynnie McDaniels has been gardening in the Phoenix area for over 15 years, teaching organic gardening and holistic living. His handy work has graced the pages of Phoenix Home & Garden, Popular Mechanics, and Dwell magazines. He’s been on various local…
38: Stephen Walden on Ergonomic Gardening Tools
Feb 11, 2016 • 37 min
Stephen is a 26-year-old entrepreneur with an MBA in Finance from Loyola Marymount University. Inspired by entrepreneurs in his family, he decided to invent a new product when he was a senior in college. Upon graduation, Walden moved back to his hometown…
37: Justin Rhodes on Permaculture and Chickens
Feb 9, 2016 • 32 min
Justin Rhodes of Abundant Permaculture teaches others how to live a more sustainable life by teaching others how to live more sustainable lifestyles. Learn about his journey on today’s episode of The Urban Farm Podcast. Hint- there is a little bit about…
36: Ginger Duncan on Self-Sufficiency on Kodiak Island
Feb 6, 2016 • 42 min
Ginger Duncan has a fascinating lifestyle to share. Whether she’s tending to her garden, raising animals, catching fish, foraging for wild edibles and medicinals, upcycling old materials, or making the open-ocean commute between town and her homestead,…
35: Danielle and Jordan Nuhfer on Raised Garden Beds
Feb 4, 2016 • 32 min
What Danielle and Jordan Nuhfer thought was going to be a simple vegetable garden turned into a space where neighbors shared their bounties and a place where they were able to connect with people who lived in the neighborhood and may never have met. They…
34: Jake Mace on The Best Fruit Trees in Warm Climates
Feb 2, 2016 • 48 min
Which trees give you the most bang for your buck? What are the most nutritious fruits to grow? Urban farmer Jake Mace weighs in on his Top 10 favorite trees to grow, some tree-growing tips, and what he loves about each of these trees. Jake’s secret for…
33: Kari Spencer on Composting Made Easy
Jan 30, 2016 • 22 min
Today on the Urban Farm Podcast, we welcome frequent special guest and Urban Farm U instructor Kari Spencer, urban farmer and a Master Gardener volunteer, and we are talking about composting. Kari wrote Urban Composting made easy. The book describes how…
32: Leanne Philips on Life Energy Awakenings
Jan 28, 2016 • 32 min
Creator of Life Energy Awakenings, is a organic lifestyle and holistic health educator. Leanne is an inspired advocate for creating clean, deeply nourishing foods, and extends this into a full organic lifestyle. Over the last six years she has brought the…
31: JD Hill on Compost Collection with Bokashi
Jan 26, 2016 • 20 min
Today on the Urban Farm Podcast, we welcome a Phoenix local successful farmpreneur, JD Hill of Recycled City with his experience on composting. JD grew up in St. Michael, Minnesota, and arrived in Tempe, Arizona eager to earn his degree in business from…
30: Stephen Ritz on Healthy Students, Schools and Communities
Jan 23, 2016 • 40 min
Stephen Ritz is a South Bronx teacher/administrator who believes that students shouldn’t have to leave their community to live, learn and earn in a better one. Moving generations of students into spheres of personal and academic successes they have never…
29: Troy Albright on Growing Healthy Food without Soil
Jan 21, 2016 • 40 min
We are continuing the conversation on the evolutionary and truly remarkable tower gardens with our guest today Troy Albright founder and CEO of True Garden in Mesa, Arizona. He started True Garden, a solar powered greenhouse that spans 5000 square feet,…
26: Renata Chalmers on Tower Gardens
Jan 19, 2016 • 28 min
She grew up gardening and farming. She had a farm and edible landscaping when she lived in Washington State. Then she moved to Arizona - Climate culture shock! After a couple of years, she gave up. She no longer had the energy to do it well. Until last…
27: Sheri Menelli on Being an Earth Friendly Homeowner
Jan 16, 2016 • 36 min
Sheri Menelli, is a fellow podcaster and an Earth Friendly Homeowner and member of the Secrets of Soil Society. Sheri has a green garden group and teaches people how to turn their lawns into a drought-tolerant landscapes. Sheri wanted to create a podcast…
26: Christal Blessin on Using the Garden in the Kitchen
Jan 14, 2016 • 24 min
Christal is a writer, horticulturist, and cook. She spent many years in permaculture and interior scaping. Now, she blogs, with ongoing posts about how to start a garden from seed. She also includes recipes using techniques and ingredients that you can…
25: Benjamin Fahrer on Permaculture as a Culture
Jan 12, 2016 • 44 min
Benjamin Fahrer is joining us today on the Urban Farm Podcast. Ben is the owner and operator of Top Leaf Farms and has over 18 years of organic farming experience. Prior to starting Topleaf farms a year ago, Ben worked with Josiah Cain, a well-known…
24: Don Abbott on Urban Farming while Renting
Jan 9, 2016 • 31 min
The Snarky Gardener (AKA Don Abbott) is a gardener, blogger, author, educator, speaker, reluctant activist, and permaculture practitioner from Kent, Ohio. He became the Snarky Gardener, living in a rental property, when he had been a gardener for just a…
23: Diane Kennedy on Simple, Inexpensive Abundance
Jan 7, 2016 • 27 min
Today on the show we talk to Diane Kennedy of Finch Frolic Garden, a food forest habitat and demonstration site in San Diego County. Diane is a former Senior Park Ranger, tour guide for the San Diego Zoo Safari Park, librarian, independent…
22: Peter Burke on Indoor Salad Gardening
Jan 5, 2016 • 37 min
Peter Burke believes that with nothing more than a cupboard and a windowsill, you can grow all the fresh salad greens you need for the winter months (or throughout the entire year) with no lights, no pumps, and no greenhouse.
21: Haley Cloud on Learning about Raw Foods
Jan 2, 2016 • 32 min
Today on The Urban Farm Podcast Haley talks about Living Raw By Grace and her experience with a raw food diet.
20: Matt Gordon on Rogue Farm Corps
Dec 31, 2015 • 35 min
Matt is an urban farming rockstar in Portland, Oregon. He not only is in charge of Cully Neighborhood Farm’s CSA, but also the chapter coordinator for Rogue Farm Corps, a non-profit dedicated to training the next generation of farmers through hands-on…
19: Justin Cutter on a School Garden on Wheels
Dec 29, 2015 • 32 min
Justin is dedicated to making the world a better place and it shows in all that he does. In today’s episode, Justin shares how he has reached out to 36,000 students in 30 states through Compass Green, a school garden on wheels.
18: Bill McDorman on Playful Plant Breeding
Dec 26, 2015 • 40 min
Today on The Urban Farm Podcast we have Bill to talk about seeds and playful plant breeding!
17: David Burns and Austin Young on Fruit Trees on Public Property
Dec 24, 2015 • 39 min
Today on The Urban Farm Podcast we Jim Dennis, a featured farmer here to expand on his urban farming journey. Jim was raised on a farm that had one foot in the past and one in the future. Leaving that place, he spent a long time in cities and the…
16: Jim Dennis on Returning to a Sustainable Lifestyle
Dec 22, 2015 • 29 min
Today on The Urban Farm Podcast we Jim Dennis from Farm Phoenix, a featured farmer here to expand on his urban farming journey. Jim was raised on a farm that had one foot in the past and one in the future. Leaving that place, he spent a long time in…
15: Casey Hay on Gardening as a Tool for Special Education
Dec 19, 2015 • 20 min
Today on The Urban Farm Podcast we have Casey Hay to talk about gardening as a tool for special education and student partnerships!
14: James Barilla on Bringing the Natural World to the Back Yard
Dec 17, 2015 • 25 min
James is the author of two nonfiction books, including My Backyard Jungle: The Adventures of an Urban Wildlife Lover Who Turned His Yard into Habitat and Learned to Live with It. In his writing he explores what it means to be human in the natural world.…
13: Katharina Unger on Insect Farming
Dec 15, 2015 • 40 min
You do not want to miss today’s episode of The Urban Farm Podcast, in which we are featuring Katharina’s experience insect farming and her amazing kickstarter for Livin Farms Hive. I have to say - I was skeptical at first, but after hearing more about…
12: Julian Jaquez on Aquaponics for the Beginner
Dec 12, 2015 • 16 min
Today we have Julian Jaquez on the show to talk about his 1000-fish Aquaponics system, his experience as a self-starter urban farmer, and tips for beginner urban farmers on how to get started!
11: Scott Murray on Avocado Farming
Dec 10, 2015 • 40 min
Scott Murray is a part-time farmer, part-time organic agriculture consultant. In today’s episode, he shares with Urban Farm U the ins and outs of avocado farming and how ANYONE can become a farmer in just 4-5 days.
10: Julia McGuire on Urban Beekeeping
Dec 8, 2015 • 25 min
Ever thought about keeping bees? Julia McGuire has kept bees in her backyard since 2008 and expanded to keeping bees in other people’s yards in 2013. She coordinates her local bee club, and currently works for the Iowa Honey Producers Association as an…
9: Barry and Catherine Cohen on Bartering
Dec 5, 2015 • 27 min
Today’s guests are Barry and Catherine Cohen from Together 24/7—a fun and informative podcast that talks to entrepreneurial couples that live and work together 24/7. They talk about the value of bartering as a community solution. Tune in to hear what…
8: Lisa Steele on Fresh Eggs Daily
Dec 3, 2015 • 20 min
Today we have Lisa Steele on the show to talk about her book, Fresh Eggs Daily, and her experience raising chickens and ducks. Listen in to hear Lisa’s most helpful chicken-raising tips and learn how to make sure her biggest failure doesn’t happen to you.
7: Michael Olson on Economic and Personal Security
Dec 1, 2015 • 36 min
What is the 2x2 Pledge? Listen to today’s episode for Michael Olson’s super simple yet revolutionary idea that you, too, can get on board with.
6: Paul Dysinger on Winter Growing on a Budget
Nov 28, 2015 • 26 min
Paul joins us from Bountiful Blessings Farm in Tennessee to share some winter growing techniques that will protect your plants without leaving you broke! Paul is the founder of Born To Grow and the brand new Garden Launch Membership Community. Find out…
5: Asking “What is Urban Farming to You?
Nov 26, 2015 • 19 min
We each have our own definition for urban farming and ways of getting involved. In this episode, Jake Mace, Scott Murray, Tayler Jenkins, Kari Spencer, Justin Cutter, and even Jason Mraz weigh in on what urban farming means to them! What do you think?…
4: Chad Hudspeth on Aquaponics for Commercial to Hobby Growers
Nov 24, 2015 • 27 min
Chad Hudspeth is an experienced aquaponic gardener who is passionate about growing one’s own food. In today’s podcast, he discusses how aquaponics works, some of his tips & tricks for new aquaponic gardeners, and tells us about the aquaponics systems he’s…
3: Kari Spencer on Urban Homesteading
Nov 6, 2015 • 27 min
Today’s show features Kari Spencer of the Microfarm Project in Phoenix, Arizona. She shares what her journey was like to create a successful monetized farm and why she’s passionate about her local food system. Kari is a rockstar and you’ll love…
2: Jake Mace on Creating a Luscious Food Forest
Nov 6, 2015 • 25 min
Jake Mace is an urban farmer in Tempe, Arizona. He is known for integrating lessons on health and agriculture, and teaches farming and martial arts classes. Jake also has a YouTube channel where he discusses life as a gardener and a vegan athlete, and…
Welcome to the Urban Farm Podcast!
Nov 5, 2015 • 26 min
Introducing The Urban Farm Podcast with Greg Peterson! In this episode you’ll hear from your host about his urban farming journey and why he’s excited to present this new urban farming podcast as a resource for you! Prepare to be connected with tools,…