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The Urban Farm Podcast with Greg Peterson

Welcome to The Urban Farm Podcast, your partner in the Grow Your Own Food revolution! This audio only podcast features special guests like Jason Mraz, Lisa Steele, and Kari Spencer as we discuss the art and value of growing food in urban areas. We'll explore topics such as urban beekeeping and chicken farming, permaculture, successful composting, monetizing your farm, and much more! Each episode will bring you tips and tricks on how to overcome common challenges, opportunities to learn from the experience of people just like you, and plenty of resources to ensure you're informed, equipped, and empowered to participate more mindfully in your local food system... and to have a great time doing it!
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Now displaying: March, 2019

Visit our podcast page here to find photos, links and more information on this podcast as well as each of our other guest interviews.

Mar 30, 2019

Encouraging family bonding, healthy habits & creative confidence for young cooks.

In This Podcast: 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 confidence in young cooks. Inadvertently, she is helping community members by creating jobs and using local resources in a new, innovative way. Listen in to learn about the monthly box and how to get a discount on your first one! www.urbanfarm.org/givegarden 

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Stephanie grew up as a competitive gymnast where she learned first-hand that the body required the proper fuel to feel good and perform at its peak potential. Luckily, she was blessed with parents that loved to cook and a grandmother who had a passion for gardening. It is no surprise that she dedicated her college years to studying human nutrition and her career of planting the seed of proper nutrition with others. 

After spending 15 years in the nutrition operations for hospitals and schools and now the mother of 2 young children and the wife of a busy firefighter, she is deeply dedicated to encouraging families to make healthy choices in their own homes. As the Executive Director of Give Garden, a recipe delivery service for kids, she launched that dream into reality. 

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434: Stephanie Lucas on Recipe Delivery for Kids

 

Mar 26, 2019

Bonus Episode #25: Seed Saving Class February 2019

A chat with an expert on Seeds. 

In This Bonus Podcast: 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, and so much more.

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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, Bill started Seeds Trust/High Altitude Gardens, a mail-order seed company he ran successfully until it sold in 2013.

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Mar 23, 2019

Improving geographic, economic, and informational access to healthy foods for residents in food deserts.

In This Podcast: 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 students not only how to grow their own fresh food, but how to cook healthy meals using their garden. His garden offers innovative solutions to the physical, financial, and educational shortcomings in food-insecure communities.

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Robert "Rob Veggies" Horton is the Founder and Executive Director of the trap Garden established in Nashville, Tennessee. Rob's motivation as an urban farmer and community health activist stems from his own experiences growing up in a St. Louis, Missouri neighborhood with few fresh, healthy food items. Then, moving to Nashville to attend Tennessee State University, Robert was frustrated with having to drive miles away from home for a grocery store that supplied quality, fresh products. 

Rob received his Bachelor of Science in Health Care Administration from Tennessee State University in Nashville, TN, and Master of Business Administration from Belmont University in Nashville, TN. 

Trap Garden is a social enterprise that provides a sustainable source of healthy, high quality foods and offers innovative solutions to the physical, financial, and educational shortcomings in food insecure communities. Their mission is to help build, sustain, and empower low-income communities by assisting in the creation of community gardens and the promotion of healthy eating. 

Go to www.urbanfarm.org/trapgarden for more information and links on this podcast, and to find our other great guests.

433: Rob Horton on Food Sensitive Communities

Mar 19, 2019

Cultivating a community with a non-profit urban farming project.

In This Podcast: John Wann-Ángeles is building the south Phoenix farming community in a big way! He shares 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 community farming opportunities and programs available to support small farmers in south Phoenix. John also shares tips for selling at a farmers market, creating healthy soil, and a local weed that is actually an edible crop.

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John Wann-Ángeles is the Director of the Orchard Community Learning Center and Incubator Farm Coordinator at Spaces of Opportunity. The Orchard also manages the Spaces Farmers Market. They are a non-profit in south Phoenix founded in 2011. Their work centers on urban food systems, organic farming, STEA3M programs for youth, and economic justice in the local economy. 

John is an educator by profession, serving 22 years as principal of Valley View Elementary School in the Roosevelt School District. The dual language, K-8 school specializes in a project-based and multi-aged learning opportunities which included gardens and adventures in the creation of an edible landscape on the campus where some of the trees were donated by The Urban Farm.

Go to www.urbanfarm.org/spacesofopportunity for more information and links on this podcast, and to find our other great guests.

432: John Wann-Ángeles on Place Making on an Urban Farm.

Mar 16, 2019

Educating kids and parents on the role food plays in their health.

In This Podcast: 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, Laurie is working with local educators to teach kids and their families healthy food habits through gardening and cooking at home. Listen in to hear about her amazing plans to build a year-round farmers market and empower her community to grow nutritious food near home! 

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Laurie Ouding is an RN currently working at Rush University Medical center as a pediatric nurse. She was raised in rural Michigan where she spent much of her like working in cultivation of gardens, raising her three daughters and active volunteer organizations and nursing.

Working with local community organizations, she is moving toward opening an indoor, year-round farmers market, greenhouse with vertical hydroponics, and a spirulina farm. Her south side Chicago project will employ commercial kitchen facilities to provide inner-city communities a path to prosperity through self-enabled, local food industries. 

Go to www.urbanfarm.org/foodmatters for more information and links on this podcast, and to find our other great guests.

431: Laurie Ouding on Food Inequity and Kids' Health

Mar 12, 2019

Helping urban farmers grow food in other people's yards.

In This Podcast: 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 helping the community. Listen in to learn more about this fun, positive community experience, how it converts lawns to edible landscapes, and how you can get involved! 

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Lee Perry is currently the Fleet Farming Director, which is her passion occupation. She has her bachelor's degree in Environmental Science from the University of Central Florida. Seasonally, she teaches children at an ecology camp at the Ed Yarborough Geneva Wilderness Area and was on the board of the Cuplet Fern Native Plant Society. 

Fleet Farming has a mission to empower all generations to grow food to increase local food accessibility. Their program minimizes the ecological footprint of agriculture by converting lawns into micro-farms and increasing fresh produce accessibility while training the next generation of American farmers. 

To Lee, Fleet Farming is a true solution to shift our culture and change the cycle of food. 

Go to www.urbanfarm.org/LeePerry for more information and links on this podcast, and to find our other great guests.

430: Lee Perry on Fleet Farming

Mar 9, 2019

Minimizing food waste and improving soils by growing fungi.

In This Podcast: We learn the ins and outs of growing mushrooms at home with Thomas Tuoti. Listen in for the differnce between mushrooms and mycelium as well as how to use them to build your soil. Mushrooms are the compsting tool we never knew we needed, and Tom shares how to harness the biological efficiency of mushrooms, use them to enrich your landscape, and how to start growing them at home. 

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Thomas Tuoti practices permaculture at his home, or as he calls it "The Homestead," in Mesa, Arizona. He has been doing urban agriculture for 8 years; but before he ever stuck a shovel in the ground, he became interested in mushrooms and how they can be used to mitigate food waste and improve soils. He now manages edible landscape projects in the greater Phoenix area and is developing an at home mushroom kit so people can grow their own. 

Go to www.urbanfarm.org/mushroomtom for more information and links on this podcast, and to find our other great guests.

429: Thomas Tuoti on Growing Mushrooms at Home

Mar 5, 2019

Building an urban farm dream.

In This Podcast: We are joined by Chad Chase, co-owner of Arrandale Farm 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 dream and how he hopes to impact his community in the future!

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Chad Chase is the co-owner of Urban Grounds Coffee Company, a full-service coffee shop on wheels sourcing ethical, natural, local and wholesome products and ingredients. He is also a co-owner operator of Arrandale Farms, a two-acre farm in NW Phoenix that focuses on various fruit trees, field crops and chicken eggs. They currently sell farm fresh eggs at the Phoenix Public Market and the Ahwatukee Farmers Market, and in the coming months will be adding fresh fruit and vegetables as well.

Chad has a Certificate of Entrepreneurship from Kirkwood Community College in Iowa, an Advanced Diploma in Mortuary Science from Des Moines Community College, and a bachelor's degree in Public Administration from Northern Arizona University. 

Go to www.urbanfarm.org/arrandale for more information and links on this podcast, and to find our other great guests.

428: Chad Chase on Urban Farming as a Business 

Mar 2, 2019

 Savoring the delicious tastes of thorny cacti.

In This Podcast: 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 varieties of cactus, and glochids! 

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Zachary Berry is a graduate student at Arizona State University studying urban ecology, botany, and animal behavior. He serves on the board of Homestead Cactus Sanctuary, a local nonprofit that teaches people how to grow and use cacti as food.

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427: Zach Berry on Edible Cacti

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