Our first guest is Dr. Bob Bors who heads up the fruit program at the University of Saskatchewan. Bob is the co-author of a new book that we are really stoked about, Growing Fruit in Northern Gardens. In recent years Bob’s program for breeding hardy fruit has released 5 sour cherries, 4 apples, and 8 haskap varieties. Find more about the program, Bob, and the book visit fruit.usask.ca
In the second half of the show, we chat with food thinker Wayne Roberts. Wayne is the former head of the Toronto Food Policy Council, a group of citizens, food activists, and experts that helps to shape civic food policy. His books include The No-Nonsense Guide to World Food and Food for City Building; A Field Guide for Planners, Actionists and Entrepreneurs. Wayne now speaks around the world about things that relate to food: policy, waste, food-related careers, and the green economy. This show is all about pushing boundaries—and Wayne is a big believer that urban gardeners can push a big boundary: growing more food in cities.
Tomato Talk Segment: After a tour of the field trials, Emma chats about top tomato varieties with Nadine, who manages the vegetable seed trials at William Dam Seeds.
Biggs-on-Figs Segment: For the Biggs-on-Figs segment, Steve chats with Ben Nguyen, a gardener and fig collector who likes to grow tropical fruits and veggies in Seattle, where they are not supposed to grow. Ben created a very useful tool: The Ultimate Breba List. Ben’s blog is Seattle Garden & Fruit Adventures.