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The Horticulturati is a biweekly-ish gardening talkshow cohosted by Austin-based landscape designers Leah Churner and Colleen Dieter. Join us for gossip, gripes, and fun plant facts!

The Horticulturati The Horticulturati

    • Science
    • 4.4 • 28 Ratings

The Horticulturati is a biweekly-ish gardening talkshow cohosted by Austin-based landscape designers Leah Churner and Colleen Dieter. Join us for gossip, gripes, and fun plant facts!

    Seeds of Food Sovereignty with the Cooperative Gardens Commission

    Seeds of Food Sovereignty with the Cooperative Gardens Commission

    In this episode, we talk about seed sharing and food justice with Hayden Kesterson and DJ Needelman from the Cooperative Gardens Commission. The CGC is an international grassroots collective of volunteers working to increase community food production, resource-sharing, and food sovereignty. Founded in 2020 in response to the Covid pandemic, one of the CGC’s main projects is seed distribution: sourcing commercial seed companies’ surplus inventory and distributing shipments of seeds to a network of hundreds of “seed hubs'' around the US and Canada, which in turn share the seeds with local communities. One of these hubs is Central Texas Seed Savers, founded by Horticulturati co-host, Colleen Dieter.
    Hayden and DJ run the CGC’s Seed Distribution initiative from the organization’s home base in Philadelphia. We discuss food apartheid and mutual aid; the challenges of organizing in the wake of the pandemic’s (ongoing) economic catastrophe; and why Hayden and DJ are motivated by the mighty power of seeds.
    Find the Cooperative Gardens Commission at https://www.coopgardens.org and support their 2024 Seed Distribution Fundraiser!
    This interview is part of Colleen’s research for her upcoming book for A&M Press about seed saving and seed libraries. 
    Editor Leah's note: We talk about Covid in the past-tense here. Ironically, Colleen had Covid at the time we recorded this episode, testing positive a few days later. She's recovered, but this little piece of context stands out as a reminder of how the pandemic continues to intervene into our lives, even as we imagine ourselves in a "post-Covid" world. 

    • 1 hr 8 min
    Spring Announcements and new podcast feeds

    Spring Announcements and new podcast feeds

    New developments are afoot here at Horticulturati HQ! More episodes of this podcast are on the way. In the meantime, you will find Colleen's radio show, Horticulture Hangover, on a separate podcast feed. Please subscribe to Hangover to get your weekly dose gardening advice: 
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    Leah will also be releasing Season 2 of her other podcast, Hothouse. It's all about climate change and climate anxiety! Please subscribe to Hothouse: 
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    As always, if you want to support us (and get every podcast we release on a single feed), join our Patreon! 

    • 2 min
    Horticulture Hangover from December 16, 2023

    Horticulture Hangover from December 16, 2023

    Colleen Dieter, co-host of the Horticulturati podcast also hosts the Horticulture Hangover Radio Show, a call-in (or text-in) show for gardening questions. Tune in to Horticulture Hangover live on Saturdays at 8-9 am CST: 99.7 AM and 590 FM. ATXgardens.com

    • 43 min
    Horticulture Hangover from Dec 9, 2023

    Horticulture Hangover from Dec 9, 2023

    Colleen Dieter, co-host of the Horticulturati podcast also hosts the Horticulture Hangover Radio Show, a call-in (or text-in) show for gardening questions. Tune in to Horticulture Hangover live on Saturdays at 8-9 am CST: 99.7 AM and 590 FM. ATXgardens.com

    • 36 min
    Horticulture Hangover from November 25, 2023

    Horticulture Hangover from November 25, 2023

    Colleen Dieter, co-host of the Horticulturati podcast also hosts the Horticulture Hangover Radio Show, a call-in (or text-in) show for gardening questions. Tune in to Horticulture Hangover live on Saturdays at 8-9 am CST: 99.7 AM and 590 FM. ATXgardens.com

    • 42 min
    Horticulture Hangover from November 18, 2023

    Horticulture Hangover from November 18, 2023

    Colleen Dieter, co-host of the Horticulturati podcast also hosts the Horticulture Hangover Radio Show, a call-in (or text-in) show for gardening questions. Tune in to Horticulture Hangover live on Saturdays at 8-9 am CST: 99.7 AM and 590 FM. ATXgardens.com

    • 39 min

Customer Reviews

4.4 out of 5
28 Ratings

28 Ratings

Rdargizlegirf ,

Informative and entertaining

Love this pod! I always learn something and it’s also highly entertaining.

joandietitian ,

Wow

Expertise comes from experience and study. These very young sounding, uneducated women don’t have either. They say “like” in every sentence, rely on intense verbal fry, and are particularly uninformed. They are the opposite of Monte Don.

Flippantlee ,

Quickly one of my favorite podcasts

Texas is it’s own beast and I appreciate the wide breadth of knowledge as well as the zone specific details. Colleen and Leah are informative with just the right amount of personal insights and irreverence. Rarely do I repeat a podcast episode but I have found myself doing so on multiple occasions with The Horticulturati. Keep planting!

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