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!
Garden Soil Prep for Success; A Farmer Friday Interview with Christy Wilhelmi.
Christy Wilhelmi returns to the Urban Farm, this time to talk about keeping life healthy below the ground as well as above it. Healthy soil is all about healthy microbes, and Christy shares her special recipes for feeding them. Hear why worm castings are a gardener’s secret weapon against certain pests and learn how to make a compost tea your soil will love. You’ll also discover how to use a broadfork and find out why you might want to trade in your tiller. www.UrbanFarm.org/Podcast-by-episode-title
Zach Loeks on Edible Ecosystems In a Nutshell.
Focusing On Leveraging Micro Landscapes Into Ecosystem Changes. – Zach Loeks encourages each of us to transform our human habitat by focusing on one small section of landscape at a time. He believes that changes are most successful when they are manageable, and he reminds us that positive change will naturally grow and spread. Zach paints a beautiful picture of “edible biodiversity” and then shares some manageable, specific changes that will move us toward that goal. www.urbanfarm.org/ecosystemu
Keeping Bees; A Farmer Friday Interview with Nicole Gennetta.
Nicole Gennetta, a Master Beekeeper, sets us on the path to successful beekeeping by sharing the 5 steps she recommends beginners take before getting any bees. She tells how to determine if bees are legal on your property, and she recommends beginners learn all they can about beekeeping before making any purchases. Nicole gives tips on finding the information you need, purchasing equipment, and acquiring the bees for your new hive. www.UrbanFarm.org/blog/podcast
Permaculture in the Garden; A Garden Chat with Kari Spencer.
Great gardeners seem to know all the rules - but the very best gardener is the one who wrote the rules. She is Mother Nature and has no equal. Her systems and regenerative cycles CAN be replicated in gardens and food forests to help them be amazingly resilient. Permaculture is the best way to start and it can make your gardening much easier! Author Kari Spencer is going to help us find the best ways to adopt permaculture practices for increased resilience in our gardens. www.urbanfarm.org/garden21aug
Growing Great Berries; A Farmer Friday interview with Christy Wilhelmi.
Christy Wilhelmi helps us appreciate the potential of berries in our gardens and urban farms. She breaks down the different varieties of berries and why to choose different types for your own climate and harvest goals. We learn a bit about why some berries are better in containers, and some are fabulous in the ground, and why climate and chill hours can make or break your harvest. And she shares some highlights on blueberries and acidic soil as well as some fertilizing tips. UrbanFarm.org/blog/podcast
How to let your garden go to seed
This is the August 2021 Seed Saving Class discussing brassicas. Take the best seeds from this year’s garden and save them for the next. When you adapt and save seeds from plants that were hardy, and exhibited characteristics you like (disease and insect resistance for example) those seeds will work better in your garden the following year because after all, that is where they learned their new tricks. Join us and we’ll show you how to select the best seed for your best garden.