When you grow what you love wonderful things happen. Which is why Emily Murphy is sharing unexpected stories of people and plants. We hear how people are changing their lives and the lives of others thanks to the time and attention given to the things they love -- plants and so much more! Because we are the sum of our parts: the food we eat, the stories we share, and the places in which we live and grow. Grow What You Love captures the zeitgeist of this wonderfully, provocative mix from garden-to-table-to-you. Hear stories Unexpected stories of people and plants.
Talking Hyper-local Food, Regenerative Organics, and Farm-to-Crag with Professional Climber Kate Rutherford
We talk with professional climber, Kate Rutherford, about her genesis as a climber and regenerative organic food activist and co-founder of Farm-to-Crag.
Do What You Love: Nicole Landers, Community Healing Gardens
In this episode, we visit Community Healing Gardens co-founder Nicole Landers in Venice Beach, California. Nicole has discovered that, when you do what you love, wonderful things happen.
"...when you do what you love, life throws you some really great things to move it forward." - Nicole Landers
Nicole is the co-founder of Community Healing Gardens, a non-profit that serves communities from Venice to Watts. Her goal is to strengthen the community through urban gardening, and what we hear in this episode is that Nicole and her organization are growing a whole bunch more than food. They’re growing the lives of families, the livelihoods of adults in need of work and inspiration, and feeding the community through their job re-training program, outdoor education and culinary classes, school garden, and over 70 garden boxes that line the streets.
We learn early on in this conversation that the model Nicole is using to create Community Healing Gardens is repeatable. If we listen to ourselves and the people in our communities, we each have the power to enact positive change.
"All good things grow with love. If you put that in your ethos and live that model, the skies the limit." -Nicole Landers
I can’t wait for you to hear Nicole's story and the unfolding of her life, and the incredible organization she created with the help of her co-founder and team.
In the Kitchen with Lilly Padilla, Chinese Nutritional Therapist & Cook
Lilly Padilla is a Certified Integrative Nutrition Health Coach and Chef specializing in Chinese Nutritional Therapy and Ayurveda. She’s also the author of the book, Anti-Cancer, Habits & Anti-Inflammatory Nutrition. She began studying nutrition and the benefits of a plant-based diet after treatment for ovarian cancer and surgery that went horribly wrong, decreasing her chances of survival.
In her own words, it was her discovery of nutritional therapy and a renewed connection to nature that saved her.
In this episode, we visit Lilly at her Los Angeles home where she lives with her dog Paco -- her other savior and love of her life. There she was cooking up a summer meal, treating us to some of her most healing foods.
Listen in to hear more about her life-saving foods, including her recipe for cauliflower ceviche.
Making Plant Dyes with Kristin Morrison of All Species
In this episode, we journey to Southern California to the home and garden of Kristin Morrison, maker of wildcrafted textiles and founder of All Species, a fashion-forward, ecological clothing company. We find Kristin in her outdoor dye lab where we make a vibrant dye using Mexican marigold. We also get a sneak peek at a dye she's making out of avocado pits -- who would have guessed that avocado pits can be used to make a plant dye?!
Kristin creates fabulous, wildcrafted textiles utilizing plant-based dyes from plants that she grows or finds in the wild. As the story goes, her passion for her work sprang from a “chance encounter with a cluster of cacti just around the corner from her home.” There she found cochineal, not a plant but a bug feeding on the cactus, that she used to create the first of many dyes, this one a vibrant red. This is where she discovered the perfect medium for bridging her studies in fashion design, regenerative agriculture, and plant medicine.
Hear how our Mexican marigold dye turned out and listen in for a cameo from Baby Sage at the end! :)
Cooking with Epic Gardening's Kevin Espiritu: We Make One of His Go-To Apocalypse Challenge Recipes - Part Two
In part two of my conversation Kevin Espiritu, the mastermind behind Epic Gardening, we make one of his go-to Apolcolype Challenge recipes. A simple yet tasty meal of smashed potatoes with fresh rosemary along with his favorite eggs and homemade pickled vegetables -- all of which he's either grown in his garden or bartered for under the Apocolypse Challenge rules. Hear how this recipe comes together while we chat about some of the many people and inspirations fueling his work.
Epic Gardening Founder Kevin Espiritu Gives Us the Inside Scoop On His June Apocalypse Challenge Plus An At Home Garden Tour - Part One
In part one of this conversation, I talk with Kevin Espiritu, the mastermind and talent behind Epic Gardening and the author of Field Guide to Urban Gardening. We recorded our conversation in June when Kevin was in the middle of his first annual Apocalypse Challenge in which he’s only eating food he’s grown or foraged, or food he’s bartered for using his homegrown stores. (Think potatoes!) We also hear how he stumbled into gardening after wrapping up a degree in accounting and how Epic Gardening came to be.
Listen in on interesting interviews
Emily takes us along on her adventures of meeting new and interesting people. Whether touring gardens or cooking up something in the kitchen, we get to listen in as she not only interviews them, but gets to hang out with them as well. Great format and looking forward to hearing more.
I’m so into listening to Emily’s engaging, heartfelt interviews with honest people who have something inspiring to say.
A heartwarming step into the garden & kitchen
While I’ve only just listened to two episodes, I can attest that Emily has a way with words and with people and seems to have a way at putting guests at ease and sharing her knowledge with enthusiasm in what she is talking about and with whom. Absolutely delightful podcast!!