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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!

The Urban Farm Podcast with Greg Peterson Greg Peterson

    • Education
    • 4.6 • 250 Ratings

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!

    719: Phil Howard on Who Controls What We Eat?

    719: Phil Howard on Who Controls What We Eat?

    Researching the Changes Occurring in Our Food SystemsIn This Podcast:
    The grocery aisle appears to provide a whole buffet of choices, but who are the companies behind those choices?  Phil Howard has studied our current food system and discovered that there are a surprisingly small number of companies who are in control.  Who are these companies?  How much power do they have and what are they doing to keep it?  More importantly, what can be done about it?  Phil lifts the lid on the industry to reveal the fragility of our modern food system.
     
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    Phil Howard is a member of the International Panel of Experts on Sustainable Food Systems and a professor at Michigan State University. He teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in Community, Food and Agriculture, and a graduate course in The Political Ecology of Food. Phil’s research focuses on the “food system” which involves all of the steps required to produce food and get it to our plates–from farming and processing to distribution and consumption. He is the author of Who Controls What We Eat? (2021) published by Bloomsbury Academic.
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    Phil Howard on Who Controls What We Eat?
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    • 25 min
    718: Angelo Kelvakis on Indoor Garden Systems

    718: Angelo Kelvakis on Indoor Garden Systems

    Picking the best indoor garden for your needs
    In This Podcast:
    Angelo Kelvakis demystifies the hydroponic garden.  The right garden can be a great investment in your health and wellbeing.  Angelo helps take the guesswork out of choosing the garden that best fits your lifestyle.  He’ll teach you how to ask the right questions, identify the most important components, and research a system before you make a purchase, so you will continue to enjoy your garden and reap many benefits from it for years to come.
     
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    Angelo Kelvakis is a graduate of Loyola University Chicago where he studied environmental science and published research on nutrient uptake for plants. During this time, he also managed the Eco-Dome lab where he ran the aquaponics system which supplied fresh produce and fish to the Loyola Farmers Market. After graduating, he worked for several indoor farm companies helping them get start up, and finally was an early employee of Rise Gardens where he works today. At Rise, Angelo is both the Director of Research and Development, and a Horticulturalist where he is in charge of the Rise Lab focusing on nutrient design, plant growth research, and algorithm development.
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    Angelo Kelvakis on Indoor Garden Systems.
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    • 32 min
    717: Hassena Kassim on Seed Saving

    717: Hassena Kassim on Seed Saving

    Growing and Saving Seeds
    In This Podcast:

    Hassena Kassim returns to talk about the recent growth she is experiencing since moving from Arizona to North Carolina about 5 years ago.  She explains how growing and saving seeds for Sow True Seeds led her to the Organic Seed Alliance seed school and what she learned from completing the program.  Hassena admits to a newfound appreciation for beans as she shares interesting facts from their long and colorful history.  Don’t miss the fantastic seed resources mentioned in this episode!
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    Hassena Kassim is a mother and a newish farmer in Hot Springs NC.  She works the land with honeybees, chickens, dairy goats, gardens and several composting methods.  Hassena is a grower of seeds for Sow True Seed in Asheville, North Carolina and has recently completed the Organic Seed Alliance seed school.
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    Hassena Kassim on Saving Seeds.

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    • 29 min
    716: The Future of the Urban Farm and 000 Relaunch

    716: The Future of the Urban Farm and 000 Relaunch

    Staying Open to PossibilitiesIn This Podcast:In this special episode, Greg Peterson shares an update from his new home in North Carolina.  There are lots of exciting possibilities created by starting from scratch in a completely new and different place and Greg is taking the time to explore them all.  He also confirms that the Urban Farm programs are not going anywhere, and he replays the very first episode of the Urban Farm Podcast.
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    The Future of the Urban Farm and 000 Relaunch.

    • 29 min
    715: What is Happening in the World of Seeds.

    715: What is Happening in the World of Seeds.

    715: What is Happening in the World of Seeds.A Chat with an Expert on Seeds.In This Podcast:
    This is the December 2022 Seed Saving Class with Bill McDorman discussing what is happening in the world of seeds.  Bill recently returned from the 9th Session of the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture in New Delhi. He shares what he learned about how the world is protecting the genetic resources of smallholder farmers in the global south who contribute so much to the diversity and genetic pool of our precious seeds. At least ten times a year we have a live Seed Saving Class. 
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    Bill McDorman is the co-founder of Rocky Mountain Seed Alliance, Seedsave.org, Seed School and the Great American Seed Up.  Bill has been teaching seed saving for decades and is dedicated to educating communities about the value of seed saving and local seeds as a foundation for a local food system. 

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    • 37 min
    Doreen Pollack on How Permaculture Changed Her Life.

    Doreen Pollack on How Permaculture Changed Her Life.

    Integrating the "P" Word Into Everyday LifeIn This Podcast:

    Doreen Pollack took a permaculture course nearly 20 years ago and she has never looked back.  In this episode she explains how those concepts learned so long ago still influence every part of her life today.  She points out the positive impacts, not only on her garden, but on her thoughts, her actions, and especially on her daily interactions with the earth and the community of people around her.  Always eager to expand that community, Doreen shares her nuggets of wisdom and gently encourages everyone she meets to experience permaculture for themselves.
     

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    Doreen Pollack has been a Master Gardener for over 18 years and has turned her urban lot in downtown Phoenix into a living example of what she teaches.  Her front yard now houses an edible garden where a bermuda grass lawn used to be.  Rainwater harvesting systems channel and store rainwater, compost piles supply needed amendments to harsh clay soil and creative plant locations maximize use of her urban lot. A Laundry to Landscape system uses washing machine output to water a 35-year-old grapefruit tree.  Doreen has taught hundreds of people about gardening through Master Gardeners, Mesa Community College, City of Tempe, and Rio Salado College, and has appeared on local news talking about gardening.  She loves to help people become better gardeners and stewards of the land.

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    Doreen Pollack on How Permaculture Changed Her Life.

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    • 35 min

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
250 Ratings

250 Ratings

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Worm episode

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One of the best ways to spend your time

This podcast is educational on so many topics. I’ve learned about everything from cucumber melons to urban homesteading in the southwest. Additionally, the tone is so relaxing and peaceful. It’s exactly what I need after a stressful day. I couldn’t ask for a better podcast!

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