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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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Mar 2, 2021

Connecting childhood nutrition to gardening.

In This Podcast: A fascinating chat with Patti Milligan lets us explore ways to help children crave healthier foods. Patti discusses how taste, smell, and environment are influential to what drives our diet preferences from a young age. She encourages parents to embrace sensory appreciation when introducing children to new and healthy foods that will shape their perceptions and better evolve maturing taste buds.

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Patti has been in the nutrition field for nearly 40 years. Her work and passion in the field of Neuroscience of Taste has led her to the field of saliva research and exploring the why behind the foods we like. Working in both clinical nutrition and integrative medicine/natural foods, Patti brings a unique blend of clinical, educational, holistic, consumer, and PR experience. She and her son created the Be Memorable foundation in which they support individuals making a difference in novel ways for kids’ nutrition (focusing on school gardens and childhood cancer). She is the author of Why is Shirley Unusual? an interactive children’s nutrition & gardening book, the proceeds of which go to sponsoring school gardens.

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Patti Milligan on Growing Healthier Eaters.

Feb 23, 2021

580: Seed Saving Class December 2020

A chat with an expert on Seeds.

In This Podcast: At least ten times a year we have a live Seed Saving Class with Bill McDorman. This is the December 2020 class discussing the highlights of seed saving topics from the year, from proper seed storage to seed viability, and so much more about why plants thrive better from saved seeds.

Come join us for the next live class, or catch up on our previous classes through our podcast episodes. Either way you will expand your seed knowledge and gain new perspectives on your food system.

Join the class! Register anytime for the next event.
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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.

Visit www.urbanfarm.org/seedchat2020dec for the show notes on this bonus episode, and access to our full podcast library!

Feb 16, 2021

How healthy soil supports healthy plants and how growing food can solve many of the world’s.

In This Podcast:

An inspiring conversation with Jessica Smith on the importance of healthy soil, an overlooked resource that could solve many of the world’s problems. Jessica shares the story of her journey towards understanding life within soil and how nurturing plant life is the same as nurturing the human body. Her Mission: Encouraging the world to understand that our role in nature is to support it, not control it. 

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Jessica is a Certified Ecological Farmer and Nutritional Therapy Practitioner. With a B.S. in Sustainable Living and Living Soils, and a Masters in Soil Science, she combines her passions to encourage the earth and its inhabitants back into a state of balance and vitality. She teaches regenerative and ecological gardening and farming in hopes to improve soil health, ecosystem health, environmental health, and human health. Jessica also co-created & co-produced the movie Grow Food found at GrowFoodFilm.com

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Jessica Smith on Healthy Soil and Healthy Plants.

Feb 9, 2021

Helping others navigate the challenges of starting a new farm.

In This Podcast:

Farming is often perceived as a career that requires long hours, little leisure and profit. However, Michael Kilpatrick spends every day working towards his vision working with farmers to create sustainable farming systems that generate profit and provide the ability to enjoy life. Listen in to learn about his ideas on how to build a profitable farm, the most important aspects of farming, as well as sound advice for someone who is looking to start a new farm.   

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Michael is a farmer, presenter, host, inventor and online entrepreneur who lives to help farmers apply business principles and practical, proven solutions to grow their businesses and de-stress their lives. He has managed large certified organic farms and businesses, consulted for industry experts, and spoken at dozens of industry conferences. He is the host of the Thriving Farmer Podcast and Summit series, Visionary and educator at Growing Farmers, and farmer at The Farm on Central.

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Michael Kilpatrick on Starting a New Farm.

Feb 2, 2021

Raising Coturnix Quail and distributing their eggs.

In This Podcast:

Self-sufficiency is steadily trending to be the new lifestyle where people are reverting back to homesteading practices of the past. However, Zack Greene followed a slightly different path of self-sufficiency that turned out to be the best decision of his life. Listen in to learn about the benefits of quail farming, how quail production results in quality and quantity, as well as why raising quail is perfect for self-sufficiency.

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Zack is a former multistore restaurant manager for a turned homesteader that specializes in coturnix quail. His family has been switching to self-sufficiency over the past 10 years through gardening, canning, raising animals and more. His quail journey has led him to 5,000 birds and a self-started company that now ships 500,000 hatching eggs a year.

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Zack Greene on Running a Quail Farm.

Jan 26, 2021

Building small homes using thrifty resources.

In This Podcast: Our ancestors were the pioneers of the past that lived off the land and as society advanced, so did our way of life. Currently, we are living life unsustainably and creating waste along the way. However, Quita Jackson had a vision to revert back to living like the mothers before her and decided to follow her dreams of living off-grid. Listen in to learn about how she built her container home, the challenges along the way, and the importance of mimicking mother nature.

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Nature Lover, Mom and Wife, Producer, Storyteller, and Educator are just some of the words that describe Quita. She is the founder and host of GreenDesert.org; a site dedicated to leaving less of a carbon footprint by mimicking nature. From helping build school gardens, to building off-grid shipping container homes, to sharing backyard-to-kitchen recipes, She truly lives a sustainable lifestyle and strives for zero waste. Her GreenDesert TV page has more than 100 videos sharing her lifestyle. Quita also produced and created shows for ABC News in Phoenix for the last 20 years.

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Quita Jackson on Off-Grid Container Homes.

Jan 19, 2021

Being a young farmer with a long family history of farming.

In This Podcast: There are many people that grow up on a farm that choose to leave to find their calling in the city. However, Casey Cox left her family farm to find her calling only to realize that her destiny was calling from her back yard all along. Listen in to learn about how she found her passion in conservation, her role as a farmer and land stewardship advocate, as well as the various life changing opportunities she has been involved in.

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Casey is the sixth generation of her family to farm on the Flint River in South Georgia. Her family farm, Longleaf Ridge, produces sweet corn, peanuts, field corn, soybeans, and timber.  Prior to returning to the farm full-time, Casey managed the Flint River Soil and Water Conservation District, serving as Executive Director for over 5 years. In this role, she developed and directed multiple projects with Federal, state, and private partners and was responsible for procuring and managing over $13.5 million of funding for conservation programs. She was appointed by Secretary Sonny Perdue in 2019 to serve as Georgia’s Alternate Board Member on the National Peanut Board. Casey holds a Bachelor of Science in Natural Resource Conservation from the University of Florida. Her most significant professional contribution to date was teaching Cookie Monster and Gonger where peanut butter comes from on Season 49 of Sesame Street.

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Casey Cox on the Story of our Farm.

Jan 12, 2021

Examining the science of farming.

In This Podcast: Imagine if farmers could predict annual weather patterns to determine water use, soil moisture, and avoid crop failures, yet this seems far from possible. However, Josh Krenz works with a company that creates devices to collect farming data and essentially facilitates farmers’ ability to “predict the future”. Listen in to learn about what types of data is collected, how EarthScout sensors maximize efficiency for farmers, and the differences in results of crops that used farming sensors.

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Josh is the Chief Commercial Officer at EarthScout, a global company based in Minnesota offering technology to support science-minded growers. Josh’s agriculture business and marketing knowledge extends to both domestic and international markets in the areas of precision agriculture, nutrients, agricultural inputs, plant growth regulators, seed, and animal health. In addition to his responsibilities at EarthScout, he is the Founder/CEO of Vivid Life Sciences, a sustainable plant physiology company, as well as the Co-founder/President of Windland Flats, a grass-fed beef brand and farm.

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Josh Krenz on Farming Sensors and Data.

Jan 5, 2021

Delivering heart and hope to cancer survivors through tasty meals.

In This Podcast: COVID caused a shift towards a new normal way of life with social distancing protocols and at-home confinement, yet, for cancer patients this is their everyday life. However, Jennifer Caraway became inspired to lead a movement that supports cancer patients in need after the loss of a close friend to cancer. Listen in to learn about the heartfelt story behind The Joy Bus Meal Program, what kind of meals are patients receiving, and how the program is supported by the wider community.

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Jennifer loves serving good food. Starting out as a dishwasher at the age of 14 and working absolutely every position within the front and back of the house, she opened her first restaurant at the age of 26 and later several more both in the US and in Mexico. Among her many awards she is the 2018 recipient of the Organization for Nonprofits Executives ‘Organizational Accomplishment and Innovation Award’ and a Food Network Chopped Champion. Jennifer has leveraged her deep knowledge of the food industry to establish The Joy Bus Diner, a breakfast and lunch hotspot that funds her established non-profit The Joy Bus program, which delivers gourmet meals, friendly conversation and education programs free of charge to homebound cancer patients.

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Jennifer Caraway on The Joy Bus Meal Program.

Dec 29, 2020

Working to reshape the narrative surrounding food scarcity.

In This Podcast:

2020 is the year that the world experienced two pandemics: The COVID virus and exponential unemployment. Many have turned to food banks but are not receiving the necessary nutrition. However, Dorie Morales is collaborating with the local community to educate, inspire, and ensure access to healthy fresh foods for those in need. Listen in to learn about Dorie’s role in the Fresh Food Collab, their unique local partnerships, and the various community members being supported.

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Dorie is the Publisher and CEO of Green Living magazine, Arizona’s premiere eco-conscious lifestyle publication. The monthly publication aims to educate, inspire and empower readers to make eco-conscious choices for a healthy life and planet. Their Vision is a world where we leave the earth a better place today and for future generations. 

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Dorie Morales on the Fresh Food Collab.

Dec 22, 2020

Farming in Northern Alberta.

In This Podcast:

Farming in Northern Canada can be challenging due to short growing seasons and soil so thick that only resilient plants survive. However, Neil Boyd understands the land better than most and he also knows the secrets to successful farming while being a sustainable land steward. Listen in to learn about cool season crop rotation, the importance of no till seeding, and the type of “trash” that is good for the environment. 

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Neil was born and raised on a fourth-generation farm which was originally homesteaded by his grandfather in 1913. Through the years he has attended a college of agriculture and been involved with plant and animal research organizations. Along with his wife Ruby, plus family and friends, the land now produces cool season grain crops in a way that preserves the soil.  Besides farming, he is currently the vice-president of the Feathered Pipe Foundation, a Yoga retreat center in Montana, and has done volunteer work in Africa with water filter systems and youth leadership training.

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Neil Boyd on Life on a Grain Farm.

Dec 15, 2020

571: Seed Saving Class November 2020.

A chat with an expert on Seeds. 

In This Podcast:

At least ten times a year we have a live Seed Saving Class with Bill McDorman. This is the November 2020 class discussing seed health and your health, resurrecting ancient grains, and so much more on how saving seeds creates a healthy community.

Come join us for the next live class, or catch up on our previous classes through our podcast episodes. Either way you will expand your seed knowledge and gain new perspectives on your food system.

Join the class! Register anytime for the next event.
Register Here for the Seed Saving Class with Live Q&A

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.

Visit www.urbanfarm.org/seedchat2020nov for the show notes on this bonus episode, and access to our full podcast library!

Dec 8, 2020

Composting food anaerobically.

In This Podcast: Composting provides many benefits to the garden, yet, people hesitate to compost for various reasons, mainly the aggressive odors that come with the process. However, Matt Arthur is utilizing a composting system on his farm not common to the U.S. that builds healthy soil with less effort and less smell. Listen in to learn about the bokashi composting system, how Matt is reducing food waste, and the types of inputs that will transform the health of the garden.

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Matt is a second-generation regenerative farmer growing specialty cut flowers, expanding an apiary, and collecting residential food waste in Missouri with a focus on soil health, native plants, and integrated pest management. He applies lessons learned from working in a major agribusiness to small-scale intensive farming. His family-owned row-crop farm since 1974 grows corn, soy, and wheat using no-till and cover crops for dryland agriculture. Matt also sells bokashi kits & organic MO-kashi bran for indoor anaerobic composting as well as composting worms & worm towers.

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Matt Arthur on Bokashi Composting.

Dec 1, 2020

Creating a garden with little money, space, or experience.

In This Podcast: Many people believe gardening requires money, experience, and a yard with ample space. However, Angeline Young has been an urban apartment dweller most her life and recently, she put herself to the challenge while adding creativity to her limited space. Listen in to learn about Angeline’s trials and errors through her recent gardening quest, her upcycled watering and planting systems, as well as how to naturally eliminate pests and build healthy soil.

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Angeline is a dancer and scholar from San Francisco, California. She is currently completing her PhD in Comparative Cultures and Languages at Arizona State University. Her research focuses on the Chinese community in Rome, Italy. In her spare time, Angeline has started a small container garden. Her “garden” is an 8x6-foot balcony in a large apartment complex. Using grow pots, milk cartons, and recycled plastic containers, she is cultivating her green thumb.

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Angeline Young about Starting from Scratch.

Nov 24, 2020

Improving access to adequate food for the Working Poor.

In This Podcast: The rise of COVID-19 sent the world into a panic as we saw grocery store shelves emptied across the nation. All of the sudden there was not enough food, distributors were tossing food, and food banks were constrained. However, Michael McMahon saw the problem and wanted to become a part of the solution. Listen in to learn about how he is supporting food banks, eliminating food waste, and what he is doing to create a local food system for the urban environment.

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Michael graduated from State University of New York at Buffalo with a bachelor’s degree in Environmental Design, and Arizona State University with a master’s degree in Urban Planning. For 30 years, he has been the owner of AEC a commercial landscape company, specializing in native plant salvage and revegetation. Michael is the founder of the community garden Agave Farms, in Phoenix and a non-profit, Urban Farming Education. His non-profit partnered with other organizations  to initiate the Fresh Food Collab as a response to economic impacts of Covid 19 and fill the growing need of adequate food in the community.

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Michael McMahon on the Fresh Food Collab.

Nov 17, 2020

Expanding the functionality of her property.

In This Podcast:

Lately, spending time outdoors has become the new way to keep sane during COVID. This has sparked a rising trend in urban farming. However, Liane Hasner has become inspired to be an urban farmer, not just as a hobby, but as a way to support herself, the community, and the planet. Listen in to learn about her regenerative practices on the farm, what permaculture means to her, and where to find resources to be a mindful environmental steward.

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Liane learned gardening from her parents by helping to plant flowers as well as pick string beans, tomatoes, and peaches in Northeast Philadelphia. She attended Saul High School of Agricultural Sciences initially wanting to become a veterinarian before realizing blood and guts were not her thing. She received a Bachelors in Hotel and Restaurant Management from Penn State University and worked a few different management positions, including at a farm to table restaurant which reignited her gardening spark. Liane and her husband David purchased their dream home two years ago in New Jersey and have started creating their urban farm. Inspired by The Urban Farm Podcast, Liane decided it was necessary to come up with a name. After a few days, and countless suggestions from friends and loved ones, David finally blurted out “Something! Anything!” and that was it. They are now in the process of transforming their already beautiful property into a complete oasis and mostly edible landscape.

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Liane Hasner on Creating an Urban Farm.

Nov 10, 2020

566: Seed Saving Class October 2020.

A chat with an expert on Seeds.

In This Podcast: At least ten times a year we have a live Seed Saving Class with Bill McDorman. This is the October 2020 class discussing gardening hacks, hybrid seeds, natural seed saving methods, and so much more about having fun making a mess in the garden.

Join the class! Register anytime for the next event.
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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.

Visit www.urbanfarm.org/seedchat2020oct for the show notes on this bonus episode, and access to our full podcast library!

Nov 3, 2020

Helping others understand the value of small farms.

In This Podcast:

Large-scale farming is known to be labor-intensive and supports practices that are harmful to the natural environment However, Donna Kilpatrick has spent much of her life’s work as a land steward, facilitating regenerative and sustainable agricultural practices to bolster small-scale farmers and a thriving local ecosystem. Listen in to learn about how Donna made a career out of her passion, what she does to educate her community, and the importance of training new farmers.

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With over twenty years of experience in agriculture, Donna is a land steward, specializing in regenerative agriculture, and ecosystem health and abundance. She has been with Heifer USA since 2007, overseeing all agriculture enterprises on Heifer Ranch since 2017. Prior to returning to farming full-time, Donna was a volunteer for the Peace Corps in Ecuador, working with cattle and dairy farmers. She holds a degree in sustainable agriculture and literature from Warren Wilson College in Asheville, NC, where she worked on the college farm; and a masters in non-profit management from The New School in New York, NY. She is currently working toward her accredited professional status with the Savory Institute.

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Donna Kilpatrick on Bringing Food Closer to Home.

Oct 27, 2020

Teaching people to recognize clean, healthy food.

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Most people perceive food as healthy based on popular buzz words and special labels such as grass-fed or non-GMO, yet, never questioning the source of ingredients. However, Pia Maffei says we should absolutely be asking ourselves this question. Listen in to learn about understanding clean eating, getting smart about deceptive marketing practices, and finding the right path towards living a healthy lifestyle by making the right food choices that work best for us. 

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Pia used to think she was eating clean because she didn’t eat fast food or go to chain restaurants, she cooked mostly at home, ate beef about 3 times a year, and would only go out to eat at fine dining restaurants. In 2013, after a successful 25 years in technology, she opened a small, curated market called Artisan’s Palate in Temecula, California. It quickly attracted many local artisans who were making their products ‘fresh’ and ‘with love’. However, she soon realized they were using the same inexpensive ingredients commonly found in mass-produced processed foods, and they wanted to charge double the price. Just because they were making it from ‘scratch’ didn’t mean it was clean. From that day forward she started to scrutinize both the ingredients used and the processes that were implemented in the foods she carried at the market and began to work only with suppliers that were conscientious when sourcing ingredients and farming practices.

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Pia Maffei on Exploring Clean Eating.

Oct 20, 2020

563: Seed Saving Class September 2020. 

A chat with an expert on Seeds.

In This Podcast: At least ten times a year we have a live Seed Saving Class with Bill McDorman. This is the September 2020 class discussing the importance of seed diversity, the value of farm direct seeds, building regional relationships, and so much more about seed adaptation.

Join the class! Register anytime for the next event.
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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.

Visit www.urbanfarm.org/seedchat2020sep for the show notes on this bonus episode, and access to our full podcast library!

Oct 13, 2020

Building a relationship with your soil.

In This Podcast: In today’s society, we as humans are provided with various ways to virtually connect with each other. However, Benjamin Page, recent author of two books, points out one key area humans lack a connection with: The Earth. Listen in to learn about the importance of building a relationship with earth, Ben’s definition of healthy soil, and why playing in the dirt can support overall human health and wellbeing.

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Benjamin is a chiropractic physician and avid urban gardener who works in the wellness paradigm. Going beyond spinal care, he uses a holistic approach as he helps his patients return to health by encouraging nutrition through chemical-free food grown in fertile soils, adequate rest, sufficient movement, and the development of proper internal dialogue. Benjamin is the author of The 4 Pillars of Health: Your Health and Well-being Made Simple, and Playing in the Dirt: The key to Sustainable Health. He is also the creator of The Wellness Farmer Podcast and Pastos verdes farm YouTube channel, where he shares his journey gardening in his little urban garden.

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Benjamin Page on Interacting with The Earth.

Oct 6, 2020

Helping a community find a healthy balance.

In This Podcast: Food choices, fitness routines, and spending habits can be difficult to manage. However, Frances Parsons has discovered the importance of balancing these key areas and is on a mission to help others embrace those everyday challenges that will better support a healthy life. Listen in to learn about her inspiration behind forming her nonprofit organization, the correlation between health and finances, and how she is broadening horizons for her community at Spaces of Opportunity.

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Frances had a cosmetology license while being a flight attendant with a major airline. Her life was great – she traveled the world doing hair. Then she went to Australia to be with her brother who was dying of cancer during his final months and learned that food could keep you alive or kill you. Changing his diet extended his life a little and her crusade began to learn about healthy food.

She moved to Arizona to open a hair salon and chatted with her clients about the importance of eating healthy. She began growing food in her backyard and selling to her neighbors. Connecting the dots of her farming with physical and financial health pushed her to start a nonprofit with a couple friends to teach people in her community how they can grow their own healthy food, be fit, and get financially smart! 

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Frances Parsons on Farming, Fitness, and Finance.

Sep 29, 2020

Time-tested and trusted planting resources from the Old Farmer’s Almanac.

In This Podcast: The Old Farmer’s Almanac has been used as a guide mainly by farmers to aid in predicting weather patterns. Ben Kilbride, who is the editorial assistant for the Old Farmer’s Almanac discusses the variety of publications and guides available to all types gardeners from novice to expert. Listen in to learn about the history of the Old Farmer’s Almanac, the prediction methods used, and the various gardening guides covering topics from growing techniques to battling pests.

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Benjamin is an editorial assistant with The Old Farmer’s Almanac. While he doesn’t own any land, he gets creative gardening every year in pots, in small mobile green houses, and under lights in his pantry.

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Ben Kilbride on The Garden Guide and More.

Sep 22, 2020

559: Seed Saving Class August 2020.

In This Podcast: At least ten times a year we have a live Seed Saving Class with Bill McDorman. This is the August 2020 class discussing various seed exchange resources, finding heirloom seeds, supporting organizations, and so much more on how to connect people to local seed sources.

Join the class! Register anytime for the next event.
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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.

Visit www.urbanfarm.org/seedchat2020aug for the show notes on this bonus episode, and access to our full podcast library!

A chat with an expert on Seeds.

Sep 15, 2020

Creating a relationship with tiny garden workers.

In This Podcast: Bees are an essential worker in our agricultural ecosystems, yet their habitats are threatened everyday. Jason Johns is the author of several books, including his new book Save Our Bees, which shares valuable insights on how home gardeners can enhance bee populations. Listen in to learn about the importance of biodiversity, planting native flowers, urban impacts, and the inspiration behind Jason's new book.

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Jason is the author of Save Our Bees: Your guide to creating a bee friendly environment, as well as seventeen other gardening books on everything from greenhouse gardening to growing giant pumpkins. Jason is passionate about gardening, having grown his own produce for over twenty years.  He started with a secondhand greenhouse and an 8’ by 6’ patch of his mother’s garden, and since then has worked his way through various allotments and gardens, growing everything from radishes to carrots to giant pumpkins.

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Jason Johns on Saving Our Bees.

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