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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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Jul 9, 2016

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 less than 2% of the national average. That experiment turned into the popular blog MyPlasticFreeLife.com and new book Plastic-Free: How I Kicked the Plastic Habit and How You Can Too. Her work and life have been profiled in the award-winning film Bag It, as well as Susan Freinkel’s book, Plastic: A Toxic Love Story and Captain Charles Moore’s Plastic Ocean.

Listen in and learn:

  • What motivated her to make such a drastic change in her life
  • How long she has been able to maintain her life without plastic
  • How her career as an accountant helped her in this path
  • Some tips on how to adjust to a life without plastic
  • Taking it step by step
  • Storing items in the fridge and freezer
  • Buying cheese without the plastic wraps
  • How she removed all plastic packaging from her garden activities.
  • Other tips we can use to “de-plastic” our gardens
  • How she converted her blog into a guidebook for others to learn from
  • What she included in her book, including why recycling is important but not the solution to the plastic problem and lots of shopping tips
  • What we need in the world to help with the plastic problem
  • Some important facts about the laws in effect on toxic chemicals in the U.S.
  • Where to find a plastic audit worksheet

As well as:

  • Her TWO biggest successes – You won’t believe the first one, and the second one is her proudest accomplishment
  • What drives her
  • And her one piece of advice for all the podcast listeners
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