Welcome to The Urban Farm Podcast, your partner in the Grow Your Own Food revolution! This 3-day per week 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!
Alyssa Brodsky on Composting for Profit; Building a Network of Neighborhood Compost Hubs.
Do good and earn a profit? Sign us up! Alyssa Brodsky explains Food2Soil, a program in San Diego that creates soil farmers, people who get paid for turning food scraps from homes and restaurants into rich compost. She passionately describes how the program works, how she got involved, and the many ways the program has positively impacted both the environment and the participants. Alyssa also provides some tips for anyone considering a similar program in their own community. www.urbanfarm.org/food2soil
Starting Fresh in 2022; A Farmer Friday Reflection by Greg Peterson.
Greg takes a few minutes at the beginning of this new year to acknowledge the challenges of the last couple of years and to highlight the importance of growing our own food. He expresses gratitude for you, the Urban Farm community, and talks about ways we can support each other. Then he walks us through the comforting rhythms of his year-round garden, describing in detail the tasks of each season and the bountiful harvests he enjoys as a result of his efforts. www.UrbanFarm.org/Podcast-by-episode-titles
Educational Gaps in Nutrition Density; Working to Increase Awareness About Healthy Food and Personal Health.
Shannon Owen shares the joys and struggles of starting a new farm business with her husband, Chris. They saw a need in their community and decided to help by growing microgreens in their basement. Shannon reveals the magic that happens when they take their greens out into the community, and she describes the encouraging conversations that educate and bring people together, as well as the love of community that inspires them to grow and sell healthy, nutritious food. www.urbanfarm.org/shannonowen
Thinking Outside the Garden Box; A Garden Chat with Ray Jess.
Farmer Greg talks with Raymond Jess and Janis Norton, from the Urban Farm, about a multitude of variations on the traditional garden box. They share their own experiences and discuss the unique advantages of each type of bed, covering topics such as how they work, how to set them up, and how to care for them. Raymond gives us a peek inside his garden, telling us what he is currently growing and how he is growing it, and Janis tells how to nourish your plants so they thrive. www.urbanfarm.org/garden21oct
Jennifer Foltz-Sweat on Urban Bee Communities; Working Toward Bee Conservation and Biodiversity in Urban Areas.
Jennifer Foltz-Sweat opens our eyes to the wide world of bees. By now many of us have heard that bees are a crucial element of the environment, but what should we do with that knowledge? Jennifer explains easy things we can do to attract bees to our garden and warns us what not to do. She gives uplifting examples of how important education is to conservation, tells us about the move toward citizen science, and encourages all of us to get involved. www.urbanfarm.org/urbanbees
Jennier McGuinness on Micro Food Gardening; Growing Compact and Bountiful Gardens in the Smallest of Spaces.
Jennifer McGuinness’ contagious enthusiasm for gardening will have you pining to grow something. No space? No problem! Jen has found creative ways to grow food in small spaces. She gives us a taste of the small space gardening projects we’ll find in her new book and she shares the joy she found in writing and taking the photos for it. Jen tells about her website, describes all the things she loves about gardening, and revels in her current role in the gardening community. www.urbanfarm.org/frauzinn