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 agriculture through farm camps and hosts a Lunch N’ Learn series on a variety of topics related to food, farming and gardening. Many alumni of her classes are farming and gardening organically across the southeast. Her background as a chemistry teacher and higher education degrees in plant pathology and science curriculum give her a good foundation for establishing an agricultural education program.
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 later wrote “The Wild Edible and Medicinal Plants of the San Juan Mountains” for her senior project at Colorado College. In 1997 she completed an MA at John F Kennedy University in Orinda, California in Holistic Health Education.
She founded Turtle Lake Refuge in 1998, a non-profit, whose mission is to celebrate the connection between personal health and wild lands. Turtle Lake Refuge is a wild harvested, locally grown and living foods café and sustainable education center for the community. Katrina teaches sustainable living practices and wild edible and medicinal classes. She has authored two books: Local Wild Life - Turtle Lake Refuge’s Recipes for Living Deep and The Wild Wisdom of Weeds: 13 Essential Plants for Human Survival, which was published by Chelsea Green 2014.
Tyagaraja Welch on Sustainable Humane Earth
Tyagaraja (learn what his name means in the podcast!) is an Austin musician, permaculture designer, and yogi. With all of his intensive training Tyaga and partner Gunjen Mittl created a socially conscious local business called Sustainable Humane Earth, or SHE. SHE is true Mother Earth Activism!
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 sustainability.
His advice for others: "Cultivate a willingness to serve others."
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 fundamentals of traditional cooking, sourdough, cultured dairy, cheesemaking, fermentation, kids cooking, dehydrating, allergy-free cooking, cooking outside, and more on her website TraditionalCookingSchool.com.
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 from the city landfills. Tony has partnered with former Maricopa County Manager David Smith to create an agricultural division to the charity for therapeutic and vocational purposes, as well as revenue generation. Tony has worked on multiple small farms around Phoenix, ran an organic vegetable seed company and is currently involved with consulting, designing and building edible spaces privately. He is focused on education and the empowerment of the individual, offering horticultural classes to special needs teens, recovering adults, and the chronically homeless.
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 is author of:
Visit www.caroldeppe.com for her seeds, books, and further adventures.
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 that assists limited-resource individuals to begin small-scale commercial agriculture in Massachusetts as a way to preserve farmland and to expand consumer access to locally-grown foods. Jennifer is also a vegetable and livestock farmer she raises chickens, eggs, pork, beef, rabbit, and specialty vegetables.
Jennifer serves on boards of the Urban Farming Institute of Boston and The Carrot Project, a small farm financing organization. She is a farm business planning instructor for the Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources and has organized farm labs and field trips for graduate students in the Tufts’ University Agriculture, Food and Environment program.
Jennifer served as an agricultural Peace Corps Volunteer in Honduras, holds a Master’s degree in Agricultural Policy from Tufts University and a BS in Environmental Science and Public Policy from Indiana University.
Anne-Marie Miller on Overcoming Homesteading Obstacles
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 to the farming she does on her homestead, she helped create a community garden literally from grassy field to thriving garden. What stands out about her little urban homestead is her determined out of the box approach to overcoming obstacles. You can follow her adventures on her little urban homestead by visiting her blog, BloomWhereYourPlanted.com.
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 can be found offering gardening talks and advice as well as teaching classes at local nurseries, libraries, garden clubs and Extension offices. He is an advocate for, "a kitchen garden in every home," and for the last several years he has installed raised beds and container gardens in homes throughout the Austin and San Antonio region.
Joe is currently focusing on phytonutrient gardening and with the release of his new book he wants to help as many people as possible learn to live active, healthy, and productive lives by growing their own phytonutrient-rich, antioxidant-dense fruits and vegetables.
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 bioregional medicine both privately and at several outdoor schools in Colorado, and during his military service as a Green Beret Medic he logged thousands of hours in the field as a team medic, military emergency rooms and troop medical clinics.
Roger Doiron on Seed Money
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. His work and ideas have been featured in the Chicago Tribune, International Herald Tribune, New York Times and the Washington Post. Roger’s successful proposal and petition campaign to replant a kitchen garden at the White House gathered over 100,000 signatures and international media coverage. He was voted the grand prize winner of the “On Day One” contest sponsored by the United Nations Foundation.
Roger first became involved in food issues in Europe as head of Friends of the Earth’s European office in Brussels during the 1990s at the height of the Europe’s mad cow furor. He was also part of the American NGO delegation to the 2002 UN World Food Summit. He enjoys cooking, gardening and eating with his three Belgian-American boys Francois, Maxeemm, and Sebastian and his wife Jacqueline.
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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 Mexico. He lived primitively for over 20 years and now teaches about primitive skills, medicinal plants and wild edibles.
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 homelessness, to a profound spiritual awakening becoming a highly sought after international entrepreneur of personal empowerment, Nathan found his life’s purpose in helping people experience more health, joy, and fulfillment in their lives -dissolving harmful habits and mental attachments – and experiencing physical, mental, emotional, financial and spiritual transformation.
Nathan’s newest film series is titled, The Search for Sustainability.
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 Monticello, a fun, family-friendly event featuring an old-time seed swap, local food, and hands-on workshops and demos.
Her book, The Timber Press Guide to Vegetable Gardening in the Southeast, is available online and at bookstores everywhere.
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