Get In My Garden Nov 10, 2020
Episode #83, Mental Health and Gardening, with Jordan Mara of Mind & Soil
Today we meet Jordan Mara of Mind and Soil. He will discuss his company mission, how gardening can be one of the best activities for our mental health, some of the research into specific soil microbes that help our brains and so much more.
This is a very exciting and inspiring episode, and Jordan shares about following his bliss to start Mind and Soil, details on how to be involved with his free online workshops, and at the end we dive into the four components of attention restoration theory, which I found very interesting!
Episode #82, How Microbes Negotiate within Soil, with Judy Fitzpatrick
This is the second part of the interview with Judy Fitzpatrick of Microbiometer.
Today we deep dive into microbiology and the workings of the microbial marketplace.
We discuss the current state of research, the balance between competition and cooperation of soil microbes, and the environmental influences on these microbes.
Then we discuss what some of the cannabis growers are doing to foster microbial balance and why they love growing in soil.
Judy shares how the stress response affects flavor and texture of plants and finally what’s going on with carbon and the soil.
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Episode #81, Soil Testing For Microbes with Judy Fitzpatrick
Today we meet Judy Fitzpatrick, cofounder of Microbiometer.
The first few minutes of this episode, Judy shares her back story, her history in medical diagnostics and then about cofounding soil microbial biomass measurement company, Microbiometer.
Judy shares about the distinctions of different available types of soil testing on the market, which is very enlightening.
She explains the process by which scientists breed and study bacteria in the lab setting to create strains with a specific purpose for the garden, or for medicine.
Then we dive more into microbiology, how bacteria breed, how their DNA gets shared around as they adapt to their environment, and so much more.
We learn how to understand the ratio of different fungi and bacteria, how to use this information to gain an ideal soil structure, and how it all works at the microbial level.
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Episode #80, Repairing our Food System and Soil, with Leo Horrigan
Today we meet Leo Horrigan, a documentary filmmaker with the Center for a Livable Future at John’s Hopkins University. He is helping us understand the food system from farming to food access, and creating educational programs around their research.
We learn the five most important components to look at as we repair our food system.
Leo shares about a lot more including how farming and carbon will always be linked and about how we are studying the prairies and soil to make sure we can restore and unlock the potential of soil.
Episode #79, Hemp as Animal Feed, with Hunter Buffington
Today we meet Hunter Buffington, Executive Director of the Hemp Feed Coalition. We talk hemp as an animal feed, why it isn’t legal for animal feed yet, some of the roadblocks in the US and Canada, and how the Hemp Feed Coalition is working to change this.
Then Hunter shares details about cannabis plant byproducts, many of these potentially being animal feed. We learn a few specific ways that the listeners can be involved with progressing the agenda of the Hemp Feed Coalition Directly.
Then we hear details about clinical feed trials that need to take place, and some of the current research about bioaccumulation in the cannabis plant. Hemp is sure to change the nutritional makeup of the food we eat and offers promise for carbon sequestration and regenerative farming.
At the end of the interview, Hunter mentions some of the amazing technology being created now using hemp byproducts, and then finally where she thinks the hemp market is headed in the next 10 to 20 years.
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Episode #78, Looking into Soil, Microscope Lifestyle with Nina Folch
This is the second half of the interview with Nina Folch of Compost Santo. She shares about why she likes composting in the winter, how she looks at microbes in the microscope, and some of the realities of running a Soil Food Web Lab as a career.
Episode #77, Business of Biologically Active Compost with Nina Folch of Compost Santo
Today we meet Nina Folch of Compost Santo located in Northern New Mexico. She is a student of the work of Dr. Elaine Ingham and others, and I’m so grateful to her for sharing so openly about the composting business she manages, the things she most loves about this work, and some of the challenges they have faced while the business has grown over three years.
IF you are interested in composting as a business and are are interested in the details of running such an operation, this is an episode for you!
I learned a lot from Nina and will feature the rest of our interview ASAP once it’s completed.
This episode is published on the first Monday of the year, happy new year, and I hope you have all have had a chance to look to the future and do some planning. Now is actually a great time to start composting. in preparation for spring.
Episode #76, Nature Will Save Our Kids, with Jenny Bailey
I’ve been wanting to have an show for a while about the benefits of getting children back into nature. I recently read, Last Child In the Woods, now a classic book from 15 years ago about nature-deficit in children.
If you have younger kids in your life, today’s interview is with Jenny Bailey co-creator and author of a new book series for younger children, including a soundtrack which is featured at the intro to this episode.
The series is called, Tales from Mother Earth, and Jenny will be talking today about their first book which is about bees, then she will share about their educational initiatives in the UK and their mission to empower younger people to become passionate and responsible stewards of the earth.
But before our interview, I will review another new book, a graphic adaptation, and it is a graphic novel adaptation of the best-selling memoir by Edward O Wilson. For those of you who haven’t read his books including his most recent Tales from the Ant World, he is an amazing and fascinating adventurer, a researcher, biologist and entomologist who has been a staple at Harvard University since the 1950s.
Episode #75, Vermicomposting and Getting Started in Composting, with John Craig
This is Episode 75 with John Craig the master composter who runs grassroots nonprofit, We Compost, located inside the Farm and Food Lab in the Great Park at Irvine, California.
John tells us how to get started in composting, some basic methods to try, and some of the experiments they are doing with worms and composting at the Farm and Food Lab.
Then he shares the components of good composting and about his composting symbol that he has created for people to use while promoting and normalizing composting and compostable products.
Later, we discuss the basics of how to deal with specific composting issues and two book recommendations for vermicomposting and understanding the soil food web.
Finally, John shares how to find the right local worms that will thrive in your soil, wherever you are located.
Episode #74, BioChar with Tom Marrero
Today we learn from Tom Marrero of Wakefield BioChar. He shares the background and history of biochar, plus the research and background that led him to start his family business. For those of you excited for a composting specific episode again, I promise that will come soon.
So what exactly is biochar, what can it do and what can it not do? Tom tells us all of this and why it is used for soil health and remediation.
The last portion is about the different types of biochar and the process of making it, and understanding the overall sustainability of biochar.
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Episode #73, Holistic Landscapes and Edible Design with Jennifer Lauruol
Today Jennifer Lauruol will tell us about the ecologically-minded area of Lancaster England where she lives and some of the community and research programs they have there around sustainability and food security.
She talks about how she markets herself as an edible landscape designer, helping to restore spaces with native plants using permaculture concepts and getting people interested in healthier garden spaces.
She goes into how she is able to get suburbanites to come around to the idea of native plants in their yards, and about ways she incorporates these plants to make a statement in the landscape, as well as some of the terminology she prefers to use when communicating with people unfamiliar with permaculture principles.
Jennifer shares some great book recommendation and mentions very interesting landscape designers who have inspired her or paved the way to where we are now in the movement. Listen to the whole episode, because Jennifer gives some great recommendations sprinkled throughout the interview.
In the last section, we talk about animal life, keystone species of plants and animals, and understanding each piece of the ecosystem by observation to uncover what nature is telling us in our specific ecosystem.
Jennifer discusses going beyond permaculture with an indigenous approach to communication with plants and fungi which places humans directly into the natural environment with so much reverence and connection.
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Episode #72, Woniya Thibeault Teaches Ancestral Skills, Discusses Buckskin Revolution and Tuning Into Our Environments
You are listening to Episode 72 of the Get In My Garden Podcast.
Woniya was runner up on the survivalist show Alone, Season 6, where she survived two and a half months in the far northern region of Canada.
Today she shares her ideas for how to foster the right mindset and have a high chance to surviving in any environmental conditions, some simple practices we can all use to open our senses to our environments and how to connect with our landscape wherever we are located.
Then Woniya talks about her experiences teaching people about ancestral skills and all the awesome programs she has created through her business, Buckskin Revolution.
You can follow her work and learn more about her by searching Buckskin Revolution on social media and online.
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Next up we will have more natural farming stories and learning from Elton Ray James and Kyle Perry.
Episode #71, Beer-Kashi Business and Fungal Dominant Soil Creation with Kyle Perry
Today we meet my new friend Kyle Perry, second generation horticulturist and regenerative farmer based in Tennessee. We discuss his two new businesses, Beer Kashi and Native Soil Company and learn about the double fermented kashi he is created from spent brewery grain.
Then we talk about his fungal dominant soil product he has created and the awesome bioreactor he is using.
We also talk about alternative uses of kashi grains, no-till farming and vermicompost.
You can find Kyle and his companies online nativesoilco.com and @beerkashi on instagram.
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Later this week, the amazing and talented Woniya Thibault, primitive skills expert, subsistenance farmer and survivalist, competitor and runner up on Season 6 of the History Channel show called, Alone, which is also available on Netflix, will join us to discuss how we can all become closer to the earth and gain primitive skills.
Then next week, we have second half of my interviews with Elton James and Kyle Perry.
Episode #70, Cannabis Micro-Business and Mind-Expansion Lifestyle with Mushroom Activist, Elton Ray James
Today we meet Elton Ray James, cannabis grower and lifelong mushroom activist, co-creator with his wife of the largest mushroom growing group on Facebook.
He shares how he ended up developing a cannabis business with a California micro business license and what that can mean for growers getting into the industry.
Then Elton discusses how mushrooms can open the mind to a lifelong thirst for knowledge, and some of the very awesome visions he has for developing his farm into an entheobotanical tourist destination.
I ask him about where we are culturally with magic mushrooms and other psychedelics. Then Elton talks about how his life working with fungi affects his farming methods.
Later in the month I will publish the rest or Elton’s vision for creating his destination farm he calls an amazement park!
At the end of this week, we will meet a soil entrepreneur from Tennessee discussing his novel soil business and his beer kashi product made from spend brewing grains.
Then next week, the amazing and talented Woniya Thibault, primitive skills expert, sustenance farmer and survivalist, competitor and runner up on Season 6 of the History Channel show called, Alone, which is also available on Netflix, will join us to discuss how we can all become closer to the earth and gain primitive skills. She will also tell us about her educational company called Buckskin Revolution.
Episode #69, Locally Adapted Microbes, KNF Methods and Community Outreach with Marco Thomas
This is Part 2 of my chat with natural farmer and community activist Marco Thomas in Petersburg, Virginia. We talk more about the IMO solutions, Korean Natural Farming principles and building up the farmers market culture in his city. His mission is to share with his community and teach them that it is possible to feed a family low-cost, nutritious food off a small piece of urban land.
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Episode #68, Harvesting Local Microbes For Garden with Marco Thomas
Today we learn more about Korean Natural Farming and making indigineous microorganism solution from Marco Thomas an urban gardener and natural farmer based in Virginia. His mission is to share with his community and teach them that it is possible to feed a family low-cost, nutritious food off a small piece of urban land.
This interview will be published in two parts, so subscribe to the podcast wherever you listen from, and hear the second half later in the week.
Today, Marco discusses the first steps to getting starting in natural farming and enriching the land with locally harvested microbes.
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Episode #67, Mushroom DNA Sequencing and Breeding with William Padilla Brown
We are back with William Padilla-Brown discussing how to grow mushrooms in a hugelkultur mound, how a myco-focused permaculture lifestyle has benefitted his young son, and then he shares some of the most interesting things he is working on right now such as mushroom breeding for traits and understanding their DNA.
William is a great example of a super-learner who is working towards a healthier world. He always has many interesting current and upcoming projects which he will share at the end of the podcast.
Episode #66, Making Business Out of Soil, Soil Food Web and Microbes
This is the third segment with Casey Ernst and Keisha Wheeler of Catalyst BioAmendments, a composting and soil company they run with business partners, Zach Ellis and Gregory Munn in Northern California. You can follow their adventure on instagram @catalyst_microbe_adventure, and you can follow mine @getinmygarden. If you want to hear more from them, you can tune in to some of the earlier episodes this past several weeks.
In this episode we learn the backstory of how two soil food web geeks took their passion for microbes and their education with Elaine Ingham’s Soil Food Web School and made it into a business. Then we discuss the popularity of soil food web with the cannabis industry and the special considerations for this crop. Lastly, Casey quickly talks about caring for the compost and soil food web during the winter months.
Episode #65, Bootstrap Market Gardening and Strategy with Steve Abbott
This is Episode #65 of the Get In My Garden Podcast, and today we are back with Steve Abbott of Abbott’s Family Farm discussing considerations when getting started as a market gardener and how to bootstrap your way to profits.
Steve shares what he has learned about the importance of building relationships at the farmers market and building your loyal customer base.
Then he talks crop considerations and rotation strategy. If you are considering market gardening, you can also listen to more content from Steve Abbott in Episode #62 which was published a couple weeks ago.
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Episode #64, Hugelkultur Gardening and Spirulina Cultivation with William Padilla-Brown
This is Episode #64, and today we’re back with William Padilla-Brown who was on the podcast last year sharing about edible algae, and today he shares about how he has set up his new hugelkultur mounds for gardening and what he is planning for a new spiralina pond. He shares some more details about how he is successfully growing, testing and harvesting this algae and how he eats it. Spirulina is basically one of the most nutrient rich and protein dense foods available used throughout history as a food source.
And for those of you who haven’t heard of Hugelkultur, it is a very old and intelligent gardening method using wood, compost and other layers that feed the Soil Food Web.
William is an inspirational educator and adventurer, a talented guy interested in many things. He lives and works to create a more holistic world, and you can follow his work and life via his active instagram account @mycosymbiote.
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Episode #63 Soil Food Web Components and Living Soil Building with Casey Ernst and Keisha Wheeler of Catalyst BioAmendments
Today we learn about the Soil Food Web, what exactly it is and then we explore some of the basics of fungi in the environment and how plants interact with them. We talk with Casey Ernst and Keisha Wheeler of Catalyst BioAmendments, a composting and soil company they run with business partners, Zach Ellis and Gregory Munn in Northern California. Follow their adventure on instagram @catalyst_microbe_adventure.
Episode #62, Market Garden Business Success with Steve Abbott
Today we connect with Steve Abbott of Abbott’s Family Farm in Sumner, Maine. He is successful market gardener and farmers market organizer and has lots of great information to share about successfully running a farmers market business, farming only a small piece of land.
We will dive into the most critical components of making a market gardening business successful and profitable. Steve has built a his business supplying his produce to his rural community via the market and his CSA delivery service.
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Episode #61, Talking Compost with Keisha Wheeler
Hi everyone, The is the Get in My Garden Podcast. I hope you are all safe and happy and making the best of your at-home time!
This is episode #61, and we meet Keisha Wheeler of Catalyst BioAmendments, a composting and soil company she runs with her business partners Casey Ernst, Zach Ellis and Gregory Munn in Northern California. Follow their adventure on instagram @catalyst_microbe_adventure.
Keisha is also very involved with Elaine Ingham’s online Soil Food Web School, which is where I originally met her. She is a wealth of knowledge on the subject, and today we will learn a bit about her back story and some fundamentals of composting.
This podcast has moved to a different platform, and I will now be focusing on shorter and more regular episodes, and bite-sized interviews. This means repeat guest experts going forward which is what I’ve been talking about for a very long time. So, you can expect more content from my interview with Keisha, and also from Chris later in the month.
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Episode #60, Effects of Beekeeping on Native Bees with Elizabeth Lake
She talks about her adventures in beekeeping, her local activism and building a community around her interests.
Then she gives a breakdown of different types of bees and her learnings about native bees who are most hard to observer and research.
Elizabeth share about the impact of honeybees on native bee habitat and the debates going on about this, the relationship of bees to specific plants, a description of the very different types of bees and why what affects honeybees doesn’t necessary relate to other bees, the current state of research into native bees and her honest review of the recent ‘the pollinators’ feature film.
Episode #59, Landscaping Native Ecosystem Restoration, with Author Douglas Tallamy
He shares about plant and insect interactions, ornamentals and how they are affecting the local food webs, and his ongoing research on invasive plants.
Then Douglas gives a directive for creating a sustainable relationship with the earth, focused on our yards and three-dimensional, native landscapes.
His category of keystone plants that drive the food webs and can help restore nature and extend preserved lands.
This goes beyond just any native plants and focuses on those that are extremely productive in their support of the food webs.
This book inspired me, and I hope you will go out and order yourself a copy. Enjoy my interview with Douglas, and follow up with the resources he mentions in our interview!
Episode #58, Mushroom Businesses and Tech with Wyatt Bryson
Wyatt is also an educator and researcher via his company Mycolab Solutions and has over 15 thousand subscribers on his youtube station, where he share the methods and strategies of growing mushrooms.
He updates us on his work and current research such as CO2 usage and mushroom scents and flavors, hundreds of different compounds in mushrooms with many applications in food and science.
Wyatt talks about the critical mass of the mushroom business for food, supplements and the new trends in many other industries, getting deeper into the science of mushrooms and the innovation and research that is starting to happen.
Also, Wyatt shared the basics of getting going in the hobby of mushroom growing, a journey though the equipment and options for those just getting started, basically mushroom growing 101, some clever ideas to get started with local resources that cost a lot less money than you’d think, and the pros and cons of the various options.
Wyatt shares the easiest and most efficient mushrooms to grow, the different substrates and conditions you would need to start out, how to get a few flushes out of a mushroom grow, picking the right species, managing temperature and avoiding contamination issues.
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Episode #57, Life of Bees in the Winter and Winter Beekeeping with Dan Long
Dan covers shares some details about native bees and their lifecycles which are very different from honey bees,
He tells us about what beekeepers can do for honeybees in years of shortage or if honey has been over harvested, and the number one thing we call an do as gardeners to help bees going into the future.
Dan shares about how the large-scale beekeepers manage their hives in winter by moving them, storing them and or retrofitting them, and finally we discuss some of the treatments beekeepers do to kill parasites during the winter brood break, and what exactly happens inside the hive when the bees recognize there is a problem.
Episode #56, Ferments, Forage and Fire Cider: Homestead Transition to Winter with Sara Schuster
She updates us on her projects, how her podcast and herbalism businesses are evolving, and how she is building a community to sustain her homestead and teaching lifestyle.
Sara tells us what she has learned about successful fermenting, microbial diversity and making koji with fermenting legend Sandor Katz.
Episode #55, High-CBD Cannabis Grows the Way Nature Intended, with Sebring Frehner
He covers a lot of interest subjects such as microdosing cannabis,
the soil science behind cannabis growing, and some of the newest products related to this.
We learn about the nutrient cycling advantage of living organic growing systems and the process of breeding high CBD cannabis strains.
He shares how he developed his non-profit called Sebring Seeds which has been his vehicle to distribute over 40 thousand high CBD cannabis strain seeds to patients around the world.
Sebring tells us some of the reasons people are using CBD and how it helps the human nervous system, and also what are the concerns related to contamination and testing now that Wall Street has their hand in the market.
His non-profit is located in Washington where cannabis is totally legal, so he shares the state of the cannabis market within the state.
Then finally we talk more about the farm bill and considerations while growing for CBD and or hemp fibers.
Episode #54, Integrated Pest Management and Career Opportunities in Entomology with Amanda Skidmore
Episode #53, Korean Natural Farming: Technology, Origin and Its Future
He is Korean Natural Farming expert, author and natural farming activist based out of Hawaii.
On this episode we discuss the history and future of Korean Natural Farming and the current state within the evolution of natural farming.
Eric shares the challenges of farming and marketing produce in Hawaii, the economics of competing with mass-produced food products from the United States and elsewhere.
He covers a bit of the history of Korean natural farming and the current research that exists, including bio-enzymes and other new solutions that Eric is returning to Korea to learn more about.
Then we discuss the amazing distribution system in Korea that makes locally-grown food much more economically feasible
We talk then about the movement of millennials back to farming and the opportunities that exist for young farmers in Hawaii with training, specifically in Korean Natural Farming.
Lastly we discuss the economics of existing farming verses natural farming over time.
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Episode #52, KNF Solutions and Intro to Indigenous Microorganisms with Eric Weinert
He reviews the KNF philosophy, how to stimulate and grow indigenous microorganism in your own soil, and we go over the vital solutions that are cheaply and easily made in any environment for farming and landscaping using the KNF methods.
Eric also shares more of his backstory and explains some of the reasons Korean Natural Farming has recently grown so much within the natural farming community.
Then we talk about the soil food web, how to evaluate your soil microbes and organisms, and then how to collect indigenous microorganisms from your area to superpower your farm and garden efforts or to restore your landsdcape.
This is the first of a series we will be doing on Korean Natural Farming this year with Eric, and more episodes will be up over the next couple months. Eric is currently back in Korea, and we will be sure to learn more from him when he returns.
Episode #51, Materials of the Future to Increase Greenhouse Yields
Episode #50, Urban Homesteading Oasis with Sam Lopez
In our chat, we cover a lot of ground such as keeping laying hens and rabbits in your back yard, raised bed gardens, composting systems, a special kind of beehive called the Warre Hive, his no-till farming practices that support the soil food web, methods he uses to make compost that keep the ecosystem balanced, water catchment and sustainability practices that relate to the home and garden, as well as how this lifestyle and philosophy affects his kids and family.
Sam is a natural podcaster and he will tell us all about these things. I also toured his urban homestead and took videos which will be available on instagram @getinmygarden.
Episode #49, LEHR Garden System, Modified Aquaponics with Ed Williams
Ed is very interesting to listen to as he describes his backyard systems, shares his engineering wisdom and talks about the backyard farm system he has created from start to finish.
Ed’s vision is for a more involved and healthy human interaction with the foods we eat, with fewer labor hours and much greater ecological and social benefit. Towards the end of the episode, he shares his calculations about carbon sequestration and his ideas for remodeling the suburban landscape norms.
You can see more of his work at lehrgarden.com
Episode #48, Fungi-Focused Businesses and Mushroom Growing Activism with Wyatt Bryson
Wyatt talks about how much easier it is to add mushroom cultivation to your farm business nowadays and all the resources that exist within the mushroom growing community.
Wyatt share some secrets about how to establish wild mushrooms within your own yard, and towards the end of the interview we discuss how our human bodies and brains might be building a symbiotic relationship with fungi.
Episode #47 with Hydroponic Grower Kim Martin of Growing Opportunities Farm
Their business have been in operation for 20 years as hydroponic greenhouses, and they are now one of the largest in Northern New Mexic selling vine-ripened tomatoes.
Kim gives us an overview of how their facilities are set up and monitored with specialized equipment, how pollination happens within the greenhouses, what types of hydroponic grow systems they have succeeded using, and some of the beneficial microbes they use.
Then Kim shares some examples of the learning curve they have experienced along the way and how they monitor the plants for issues.
In the second half, we discuss the new wave of hemp growers and how it is changing the farming economy in New Mexico.
I will continue to add short videos of my visit with Kim Martin at Growing Opportunities Inc. of their greenhouses, their systems and my farm visit. You can see these on my instagram page @getinmygarden
Episode #46, Edible and Native Landscape Design with Pete Widin
We discuss ground cover options that are edible or herbal, research that’s going on to find plant combinations and plants from similar bioregions around the world to safely fit into a new environment.
He talks about his larger farm-scale use of permaculture principles to improve our greater environment plus the landscape industry and career opportunities related to this.
We also discuss whether grasses and turf lawns should have a place in landscape design today, and considerations for making a more bee-friendly lawn.
Episode #45, Hydroponic Microgreens with City Hydro
Larry and his wife started their journey from scratch not knowing all that much about what to do.
He now grows 16 different types of micro greens and has over the years grown 85 at a time using his simple hydro systems which in my opinion would be a great add-on to existing farmers market offerings with not much added effort for existing produce marketeers.
He discusses how his systems are set up, a breakdown of the economics of running this type of microgreens micro-farm, a few of the seeds he is focussing on, some plants that make good mini greens rather than micro greens and how to learn more about what he is doing and get started yourself.
Episode #44, Herbal Foraging with Sara Schuster
We discuss southern homesteading, how to get more involved with herbalism, foraging for herbs in your area even if you’re in a large city, planting in the woods to forage later, some widespread plants to you can forage for in most bioregions, and much much more.
Episode #43, Algae, Fungi and Technology with William Padilla-Brown
He is a Contributing Editor for Fungi Magazine, and today we discuss his work with algae, and the five algae species that are most promising for cultivation and economic feasibility.
William talks about algae and fungi as the premier organisms for ecosystem restoration and their relationship to each other, current algae research for algoremediation potential in wastewater, and usage in various agriculural systems.
Then we talk about how many people are now creating new micro industries, self educating and contributing to a much brighter future that includes natural farming methods paired with creative use of technology.
Finally we talk about William’s various projects and businesses and some details about DNA sequencing research he is involved in to identify new mushroom species and species specific unique compounds with medical discovery potential.
Episode #42, Sustainable Landscape Construction with Kim Sorvig
Episode #41, Bee Breeding and Cutting Edge Honeybee Research with Melanie Kirby
We met at her land up in the mountain village called Truchas, New Mexico where she and her partner have their mother breeder colonies and sells queens bees from their business Zia Queenbees.
She is a bee researcher testing out bees in different bioregions, while working on her graduate degree at the famed Washington State University Honeybee Research Laboratory.
She talks about the modern business of pollinator bees we depend on to pollinate our food crops.
Then we learn about her queen breeding program, nicknamed ‘Bees as Seeds’ with the purpose of breeding more resilient honeybees. She mentions the different subspecies of American bees and much much more.
Melanie talks about how she uses a non-intrusive tracking system technology she helped create to document and understand the adaptations of honeybees.
She will be taking her work to Spain for 10 months from November 2019 through July 2020 as winner of the Fulbright National Geographic Storytelling Fellowship.
You can reach Melanie directly at email@example.com, and if you’d like to support the show, share your favorite episodes on social media and please follow me on instagram @getinmygarden.
Episode #40, Women in Mycology and Mushroom Activism with Dylan Martin
He mentions his involvement with the Controlled Environment Agriculture Program at the trades and technology program at the Santa Fe Community College, raising money from a mushroom program and all the awesome research and activism projects he is spearheading.
Dylan is taking his radical mycology to the next level by starting a Mycoflora Project in the unique bioregion in and around New Mexico and building community in the mycology world.
I ask him about the opportunities and startup scene in Santa Fe and what the Controlled Environment Agriculture Program has going on in their new 12,000 square foot greenhouse.
Check out instagram @getinmygarden for pictures and videos of what’s going on, and reach out Dylan, me and anyone else mentioned in the episode.
Episode #39, Observational Beehives with Georgia Beekeeper Dan Long
Dan talks about the different types of observational hives and the people who build these small movable hives to bring along to the farmers market or to educational venues.
We learn about his favorite type of observational hive that fits right onto a home window as well as some interesting details about the bees and their lifecycle that can be witnessed throughout the year with observational hives.
Episode #38, Basics of Plant Breeding, Seed Collecting and More Farmers Marketeering Insights
We also talk about the local food scene here in Santa Fe, New Mexico and how the distribution happens from farm to table.
Matt also tells us a bit more about the experience of being a market gardener and running the business side of things.
You can meet Matt at the Santa Fe Farmers Market on Saturdays and Tuesdays.
Episode #37, Aquaponics Cannabis Grows with Steve Raisner
He is an extremely knowledgable guy and the type of person who is always gaining more knowledge and evolving his practices based on what he learns. he is a legitimate scientist and researcher.
We discuss dual root zone planting for cannabis for greater terpene production and terpene variety and also much faster and stronger plant growth. The benefits are huge and he talks about how aquaponics maximizes the natural capacity of the cannabis plant.
Steve gives a side by side comparison of soil vs aquaponics growing to understand cost and the differences.
He mentions what NASA research has discovered about aquaponics microbial life and the aquatic food web vs the terrestrial food web.
Towards the end of our discussion we discuss what’s going on in the world of GMO, and how some labs are creating cannabinoids for mass market without the cannabis plant and some of the downfalls of this.
Episode #36, Market Gardening with Matt Ladegaard
He went to school for sustainable agriculture and has worked at several farms around the country over the last decade.
We cover what it’s like to be a market farmer, an overview of the the thriving Santa Fe farmers market community, how he leased a small piece of prime farmland for almost nothing to start his market farm business, what the new generation of farmers are doing now to launch successful farmers market businesses, how to market the highest quality local food and not compete on price in a world of easily available cheap foods, how much land you really will need to start farming, and the basic farming concepts and systems you must master before jumping into business.
Episode #35, Science and History of Brewing Kombucha with Honeymoon Brewery
They tell the origin story of their new brewery that is focussed on alcoholic kombucha brewed in one of the most pristine environments in the country at the foothills of the Sangre de Christo Mountains.
First off, they share their entrepreneurial experiences, the barriers they had to overcome to found their unique brewery, and then they go into the history of kombucha in the United States.
Then James talks about my favorite subject, microbes, how they inoculate their kombucha, and how their SCOBY culture evolves with the local indigenous microbes, making it very unique to our high altitude ecosystem.
We talk a lot about microbes and the terroir of different brewing locations. James shares the details of kombucha brewing in general from home brewing to larger scale operations, how to control the alcohol content and carbonation, and keep it safe for consumption.
Then we circle back to running a business, launching a startup by leaning on local resources, dealing with the government bureaucracy and supporting alternative economies as entrepreneurs.
Episode #34, Water Rights and Pollinator Gardens with Adrienne Rosenberg
We learn about pollinator insects, creating a pollinator refuge on your land, no matter how small, some of the very interesting history of acequias, the agricultural waterways and the water rights system that the Spaniards brought to New Mexico several hundred years ago, and the socio-cultural environment and history around managing these community water resources. Adrienne understands the profound connection humans have always had to the land they live on, and how important this is for the continuity of knowledge and history.