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Healthy Soil, Composting, and Growing Food in Urban Spaces

Angela Greene has been growing food in Northeast Kansas City, KS, on land owned by her family since 2008. She founded the Salt of the Earth (SOTE) Youth Market Garden and Training Farm where young people and adult volunteers come and receive a comprehensive education on how to take food from the garden to their kitchens and the market. Angela is the undisputed Queen of Garlic in Kansas City.

Angela Greene

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Angela empowers residents of urban food deserts to grow what they can, where they can. SOTE participates in various farmers markets in the Kansas City area and supplies garlic and other produce to local restaurants.

Urban Youth Growers

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Learn more about Salt of the Earth by contacting Angela by email at: greenemission@aol.com

On April 2, we will talk about healthy soil, composting, and the challenges of growing food in urban spaces. Join us!


Food Sovereignty and You!

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Food sovereignty is the right of peoples to healthy and culturally appropriate food produced through ecologically sound and sustainable methods. Diminished food sovereignty affects all people whether the live in affluent areas or so called “food deserts.” Growing our own food offers a solution to diminished access to nutritionally sound food options that are produced in a sustainable way.

Karen Washington

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Karen Washington is a community activist, community gardener, and board member of the New York Botanical Gardens. Karen who has worked with Bronx neighborhoods to turn empty lots into community gardens since 1985. She is a member of the La Familia Verde Garden Coalition, helped launched a City Farms Market, and is a former president of the New York City Community Garden Coalition where she now serves on the board of directors. Karen is also a co-founded Black Urban Growers (BUGS).

Keith Cross

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Keith Cross is a PhD student at Stanford University (USA) where he is pursuing a degree in education. He researches lyricism’s relation to cognition. Keith is a lyricist and vocalist. One of his musical releases is ‘Home Grown,’ a song that spreads the message of freedoms that come with growing one’s own food.

They will be joining me on Wednesday, March 19 at 7:00 p.m. (CST) to talk about food sovereignty and you, the home grower. Join us!

Reach out to Karen Washington through www.lafamiliaverde.org

Keith Cross is on Facebook, Twitter, and Youtube at /keithcrossmusic and www.keithcrossmusic.com


Container and Vertical Gardening

Derek Fell

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Container gardening is a useful practice for apartment dwellers and property owners alike. For some growers, space is a concern, for others soil quality may limit the kinds of vegetables they can grow. Growing in containers is a solution that allows the grower to manage space and soil concerns.

Derek Fell is the author of “Vertical Gardening: Grow Up, Not Out, for More Vegetables and Flowers in Much Less Space,” published by Rodale. In the book, he reveals how small “strips of soil, bare walls, and simple trellises, arches, and supports can be transformed into grow-up or grow-down gardens with just a few inexpensive supplies.”

Vertical Gardening by Derek Fell

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In 1974, as head of the National Garden Bureau, Fell was appointed by the Ford Administration to be chairman of a committee to plant a vegetable garden at the White House.

Fell lives in Bucks County, Pennsylvania, at historic Cedaridge Farm where he cultivates an award-winning garden of vegetables, fruit, and flowers. He also owns a 20-acre farm test facility where he experiments with the varieties of flowers, vegetables, and gardening techniques that he writes about. Derek will be my guest on Wednesday, March 5 at 7:00 p.m. (CST) to talk about how we can grow more vegetables in a small amount of space. Join us!

 

 


Wildflowers Native to Your Region

Wildflowers are extremely beautiful, attract pollinators, and reduce the amount of watering and maintenance you will need to do in your vegetable garden. Conventional wisdom is that native varieties should be planted as non-native plants may be invasive, creating problems in your organic garden and the larger environment. Another reason to plant varieties native to your locale is that not all pollinators are found in each zone. So home-growers will want to plant those wildflowers that have developed a mutualistic relationship with the pollinators in their region in order to benefit their vegetable gardens.

A fantastic site for getting information about which plants are native to your region (zone) is the Pollinator Partnership. There, you enter your U.S. zip code to find your ecoregion. Once entered, you will see a diagram of your zone and find a link to your planting guide. The guide has information about the plants and pollinators native to your region.

The guide is helpful, however, you will need to do a bit of research to find the wildflowers native to your region. It is a good idea to know the names of the wildflowers you are interested in planting then you can see if they are listed in the guide.

This video is a great starting place on how to plant wildflowers with tips that can be used by home-growers. This year, I will be planting perennials around the perimeter of my garden and annuals among the vegetable plants.


Though we are not promoting their products or services, we do appreciate Grow Organic creating this helpful video.


Your Vegetable Garden and Wildflowers

Wildflowers possess a simple grace and elegance that is matched by their toughness and ease of maintenance. If planted in their preferred habitat, they require very little attention and provide years of carefree beauty. Because wildflowers evolved alongside native insects and birds, they often serve as an important source of food and shelter.

Miriam Goldberger

Miriam Goldberger

Miriam Goldberger is the president of Wildflower Farm, located in Coldwater, Ontario (Canada) for more than 20 years. Wildflower Farms specializes in nursery grown wildflower seeds, grass seeds, and wildflower seed mixes native to North America. Miriam will be my guest on Wednesday, February 19 at 7:00 p.m. (CST) to talk about incorporating wildflowers into your vegetable garden. Join us!


Root Vegetables: Growing Them, Using Them in Foods

There are many benefits to growing and eating root vegetables. They improve physical as well as mental well-being. They grow beneath the ground where they absorb high amounts of minerals and other nutrients. They can be eaten fresh, canned, frozen, dehydrated, and they keep well in a dark cellar throughout the winter.

Christopher Silverton-Thong

Christopher Silverton-Thong

On January 8, my guest will be Christopher Silverton-Thong. He is a health activist, health & fitness trainer, and lifestyle athlete who resides in Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago. Christopher is the owner of CST Health and Fitness and authors a blog about eating real food. He grows ginger, garlic, and turmeric, among other vegetables that he uses in delicious dishes. He also maintains a YouTube page of videos about healthy foods you can prepare using their garden vegetables.

Root Vegetables

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CST Health and Fitness blog

CST Health and Fitness on YouTube

 

 

 

 

Growing Ginger and Making Ginger Ale (click to download)

Growing Garlic (click to download)

Growing Turmeric (click to download)


Attracting Beneficial Pollinators to Your Edible Garden

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Pollinators to the rescue!

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“Good” insects stave off pesky ones and save you time in the garden. Find out how!

Join me Wednesday, December 18 at 7:00 p.m. (CST) when my guest will be Jesse Elwert Peters. We will be talking about how attracting beneficial pollinators to your edible garden will help you with your time budget!

Jesse Elwert Peters

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Jesse is an ecologist, writer,  consultant, and the owner of Jessecology, an eco-friendly landscape design company in the Saratoga County and Lake George region of New York. Jesse has worked as a landscaper since 2005. She has built butterfly habitat gardens, hummingbird habitat gardens, rain gardens, and other native plant designs. She is available to speak at your gardening club or conference.

Enter your U.S. zip code into this finder to see plants native to your region. Including companion plants in your vegetable garden attracts pollinators and has other benefits that help you save time in the garden.

You can visit Jesse’s website at: www.jessecology.com

She is a contributing writer at: www.beautifulwildlifegarden.com/author/jesse


Preserving the Bounty of Your Harvest

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Fit preservation into your time budget!

Preserving food is a smart way to extend the enjoyment of your garden until the next growing season. Join us on the ‘Time Budget’ radio show today at 7 p.m. (CST) as we discuss several ways to preserve food: canning, freezing, and dehydration.

My guest today will be Lesa DeHaven who was raised around several generations of women who grew their own food and preserved it in various ways for the upcoming year. Though gardening and food preservation was slowly becoming a thing of the past, her great-grandmother, grandmothers, aunts, and mother passed on this knowledge the same way it had been shared for all previous generations. The importance of learning how to preserve food was stressed by these women who had lived through the Great Depression and who understood that one could not always be dependent on others for their food. Every year the family enjoyed raising and preserving food for the entire next year.

Lesa DeHaven

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As an adult, Lesa carried on this tradition, raising her food and preserving, first in small ways, only enough to supplement her food supply around her career through small gardens and container gardening. Later, she began to grow and sell surplus vegetables and eggs to local restaurants. It became a love and a passion, more than just a hobby.

Through her connection and love for the Lakota Sioux peoples of South Dakota, Lesa was taught how to dry fruits, vegetables, and meats by grandmothers on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation. These valuable preservation techniques were the only way the Lakota had to preserve food for the winter months.

Lesa DeHaven can be found on facebook and can be contacted at lesadehaven@yahoo.com

Flash Freezing Produce (click to download)

Recipes and Tips on Dehydrating Foods (click to download)


‘Time Budget’ Maiden Broadcast

Time Budget_the eBookStay tuned for the ‘Time Budget,’ which will air its first live show on Wednesday, December, 4 at 7:00 p.m. (CST). The show runs from November 2013 – April 2014 and covers topics to inspire the inner gardener in you! Tune in and engage with guests as we help you prepare for a productive 2014 growing season.

The author of the eBook, Z. Hall (a.k.a. Autumn Atez Jewel), talks about her gardening successes and lessons. Listeners can email questions or post questions on the ‘