15: Casey Hay on Gardening as a Tool for Special Education
Today on The Urban Farm Podcast we have Casey Hay to talk about gardening as a tool for special education and student partnerships! One of Casey’s personal missions is to educate our up-and-coming generations with knowledge that is attainable for all learning styles. She currently works in a self-contained Special Education classroom at Curry Elementary in the Tempe School District. She has introduced the "Kindness Matters" garden project, which she originally created in 2013, to the school Special Ed program. This program builds self-confidence and pride in the students by walking them through all the steps of planting and maintaining a garden from seed, also providing the opportunity to connect general education and special education students together.
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. His work has also appeared in print and online in The New York Times, The Atlantic, National Geographic and Conservation as well as numerous other publications, and he has appeared on a variety of national public radio shows. Jim currently serves as a creative and environmental writing professor at the University of South Carolina.
Table top farming of edible insects
Katharina grew up raising chickens, cows and horses on the border of Austria and Hungary. Noticing the dramatic state of our food system while living in Hong Kong, she is now determined to ‘design nature for humans’ and her first product that she is developing with her company Livin Farms is the world’s first tabletop device for edible insects. Katharina is a Fulbright alumna and an award winning industrial designer.
In this podcast: Think bugs are disgusting to eat? Think again! Did you know that mealworms are edible AND one of the best sources of protein out there? It sounds crazy, but when you listen to this podcast with Katharina Unger from Livin Farms, you might just be converted. Listen today as award-winning industrial designer Katharina shares her latest project: the world’s first tabletop device for edible insects.
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Julian was born and raised in Bakersfield, California. After graduating from college he experimented with various entrepreneurial projects and eventually found his niche in urban farming and self-sustainable technology. He started his first garden after a year of preparation and was soon motivated to expand his work to include more urban farming projects. He is currently preparing to build a self-sustainable micro-farm. In this episode of The Urban Farm Podcast, Julian shares about the successes and struggles that come with being a self-starter and urban farming beginner.
11: Scott Murray on Avocado Farming
Scott has 42 years of organic agricultural production experience in the United States and Mexico. He has a multitude of experience with conservation, food production, and environmental leadership—including serving as an elected California Conservation official for the last 22 years and president of South Coast Resource Conservation and Development Council. Scott also specializes in farmland preservation projects utilizing Smart Growth Principles. He joins us today to share his experience and talk about avocado farming.
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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 agency relations specialist and belongs to its District 4 Education Team. She joins us on today's show to share tips on natural and successful beekeeping.
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 they've learned from over 10 years in the bartering business.
8: Lisa Steele on Fresh Eggs Daily
After graduating from college and doing a short stint on Wall Street, Lisa Steele returned to her rural roots and is now living on a farm in Maine with her husband, their flock of chickens and ducks, two dogs, and a barn cat. A fifth generation chicken keeper, Lisa encourages others to raise their own chickens naturally without using antibiotics or chemicals. Also an aspiring herbalist, she incorporates herbs, weeds and edible flowers into the daily care of her flock and shares this advice on her blog and Facebook page, Fresh Eggs Daily. She has also written a book by the same name—which she’s here to talk about today—and a sequel called Duck Eggs Daily: Raising Happy, Healthy Ducks.!
Michael Olson joins us on The Urban Farm Podcast to talk about his experience in agricultural consulting and avocado farming. Michael cultivated his first crop at the age of six and has since been all over the world with his work. Michael also joins us today to share his 2x2 Pledge... listen in to find out more!
6: Paul Dysinger on Winter Growing on a Budget
Paul Dysinger is the founder of Born to Grow and the brand new Garden Launch membership community where he enjoys teaching people how to grow their own healthy, nutrient dense, organic food. He lives with his family on Bountiful Blessings Farm where they serve the community year-round with fresh veggies, herbs, and berries.
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 more about his work, winter growing on a budget, and his Garden Launch Membership Community in this podcast!
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Have you ever wondered what urban farming really is? In what ways does urban farming add value to your life and community? In this episode of The Urban Farm Podcast, you'll hear from various special guests including Jason Mraz who address these questions in terms of their own urban farming experiences.
4: Chad Hudspeth on Aquaponics for Commercial to Hobby Growers
Chad Hudspeth joins us on The Urban Farm Podcast to discuss his background in agriculture and his work in Aquaponics. He shares valuable information about Aquaponics, which is the art or practice of growing fish and plants together in a closed-loop water system, and ways that listeners can start or improve their very own system. In addition to teaching online and in-person classes on Aquaponics, Chad is also founder of Endless Food Systems, which provides turn-key modular Aquaponic kits for commercial and hobby growers. Chad has appeared on national television, several radio shows, and many magazines, and teaches the Urban Farm U "Aquaponics Revealed" online course. You don't want to miss this conversation!
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 hearing about what drives her!
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 shares practical tips for others to share in his success.
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, tips, tricks, and information as you grow in confidence and connections, and grow your own food.