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234: Ruth and Grace Pepler on Agritourism

The Urban Farm Podcast with Greg Peterson

Release Date: 05/13/2017

647: Seth Siegel on Water Scarcity in Agricultural Areas show art 647: Seth Siegel on Water Scarcity in Agricultural Areas

The Urban Farm Podcast with Greg Peterson

Seth Siegel is passionate about tackling the world’s water problems before they get to crisis level. He explains the practical steps necessary to put into practice the solutions he has gathered from around the world. Agriculture is one of the largest consumers of water, but most crops are watered using wasteful methods that are centuries old. Seth presents a new technological solution that is both effective and cost effective, making it more appealing to commercial farms. www.urbanfarm.org/sethmsiege

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646: Loving Those Legumes show art 646: Loving Those Legumes

The Urban Farm Podcast with Greg Peterson

Beans and peas are great to eat and also great for your soil. Incorporating them into your garden rotation is smart and delicious. Pollinators also love legumes so it's a win-win all around. Plant them along a wall or fence for a beautiful display of cascading leaves and fruit for easy picking. There is so much to love about legumes! Includes questions asked during the LIVE class. www.urbanfarm.org/lovinglegumes

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645: Composting for Your Neighbors show art 645: Composting for Your Neighbors

The Urban Farm Podcast with Greg Peterson

Have you tried composting food scraps, only to give up because you did not generate enough waste to be successful? Alyssa Brodsky shares details about a composting program that solves this problem. Residential participants learn how to collect local neighborhood waste and turn it into plenty of rich compost that they can share with their neighbors. Some participants even earn an income, making this a great way to enrich soil and enrich lives at the same time! www.UrbanFarm.org/Podcast-by-episode-titles

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644: Planting in the Right Season show art 644: Planting in the Right Season

The Urban Farm Podcast with Greg Peterson

You’ll enjoy Christy Wilhelmi’s contagious enthusiasm for the cooler planting seasons as she explains how to increase your chance of success by planting the right crop in the right season. Christy covers it all, from the basics of what “in season” actually means, to the specifics of which crops do well in cooler temperatures. Hear why fall is her favorite season and learn some clever tips and tricks for getting the most out of this underappreciated time of the year. www.urbanfarm.org/garden21sep

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643: Nifty Nightshades show art 643: Nifty Nightshades

The Urban Farm Podcast with Greg Peterson

This is the September 2021 Seed Saving Class discussing nightshades. We are so glad the deadly nightshades aren’t! Tomatoes, peppers, eggplant and tomatillos. Easy to save the seeds and so many reasons to. And the good news is that these plants are self-pollinating so no worries about your plants “getting crossed up.” Everyone’s favorite vegetable, tomato, could become your favorite seed saving variety. Plant, pick, save seeds. Oh and eat the fruit. Really! www.urbanfarm.org/nightshades

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642: Jeffrey Smith on the Impact of GMO's On Our Environment and Health show art 642: Jeffrey Smith on the Impact of GMO's On Our Environment and Health

The Urban Farm Podcast with Greg Peterson

Jeffrey Smith sounds the alarm about the devastating harm that can be caused by genetic engineering. He explains how GMO’s have the potential to destroy entire microbiomes, and he describes the serious negative effects on people, pets and the environment. Discover the first step Jeffrey recommends we all take to start healing our bodies of dozens of diseases, then learn how easy it is to take that a step further. Take action and become an advocate for all of nature! www.urbanfarm.org/protectnaturenow

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641: Garden Soil Prep for Success show art 641: Garden Soil Prep for Success

The Urban Farm Podcast with Greg Peterson

Christy Wilhelmi returns to the Urban Farm, this time to talk about keeping life healthy below the ground as well as above it. Healthy soil is all about healthy microbes, and Christy shares her special recipes for feeding them. Hear why worm castings are a gardener’s secret weapon against certain pests and learn how to make a compost tea your soil will love. You’ll also discover how to use a broadfork and find out why you might want to trade in your tiller. www.UrbanFarm.org/Podcast-by-episode-title

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640: Edible Ecosystems in a Nutshell show art 640: Edible Ecosystems in a Nutshell

The Urban Farm Podcast with Greg Peterson

Focusing On Leveraging Micro Landscapes Into Ecosystem Changes. – Zach Loeks encourages each of us to transform our human habitat by focusing on one small section of landscape at a time. He believes that changes are most successful when they are manageable, and he reminds us that positive change will naturally grow and spread. Zach paints a beautiful picture of “edible biodiversity” and then shares some manageable, specific changes that will move us toward that goal. www.urbanfarm.org/ecosystemu

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639: Keeping Bees show art 639: Keeping Bees

The Urban Farm Podcast with Greg Peterson

Nicole Gennetta, a Master Beekeeper, sets us on the path to successful beekeeping by sharing the 5 steps she recommends beginners take before getting any bees. She tells how to determine if bees are legal on your property, and she recommends beginners learn all they can about beekeeping before making any purchases. Nicole gives tips on finding the information you need, purchasing equipment, and acquiring the bees for your new hive. www.UrbanFarm.org/blog/podcast

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638: Permaculture in the Garden show art 638: Permaculture in the Garden

The Urban Farm Podcast with Greg Peterson

Great gardeners seem to know all the rules - but the very best gardener is the one who wrote the rules. She is Mother Nature and has no equal. Her systems and regenerative cycles CAN be replicated in gardens and food forests to help them be amazingly resilient. Permaculture is the best way to start and it can make your gardening much easier! Author Kari Spencer is going to help us find the best ways to adopt permaculture practices for increased resilience in our gardens. www.urbanfarm.org/garden21aug

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234: Ruth & Grace Pepler on Agritourism

Experiencing life on the farm as a vacation destination 

IN THIS PODCAST: We meet two very special ladies in the mother-daughter team with Ruth and Grace Pepler who are helping us understand the concepts of Agritourism and Guest Farms. Ruth is inspiring with her story of transforming their small homestead into a very active community building resource and agriculture education resource in the guise of something akin to a bed and breakfast vacation spot.  Her daughter Grace is a delight as she shares her knowledge and passion of teaching kids of all backgrounds the joys of farm life

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Ruth has been a registered nurse, private chef, and caterer, and has taught cooking classes, managed a farm, and homeschooled her daughter. She and her husband Thomas started their homestead near the Buffalo National River in Arkansas ten years ago.  Shortly after moving there, they bought the adjoining property and opened Dogwood Hills Bed & Breakfast; Which they call a “guest farm” offering their guests a chance to experience life on the farm in a relaxing atmosphere.

At sixteen, and having grown up on the homestead, her daughter Grace has taken a lead role in the daily functioning, guest relations, and marketing of Dogwood Hills Guest Farm.  She is a wonderful agri-tourism ambassador speaking about Dogwood Hills and how it functions, with everyone from the local & county 4H, county chambers, multiple tourism conferences and she even did a personal tour for the Arkansas Secretary of Agriculture.

Since opening they’ve added many more cows, goats and chickens, a fodder room of hydroponically grown barley, a “high tunnel” hoop house, a visitor friendly milking room, and they are currently adding a new certified kitchen. With a complete farm to table operation, Dogwood Hills Guest Farm helps people from all over the world experience life on a family-owned dairy farm.

Go to www.urbanfarm.org/DogwoodHills for more information, photos and links on this podcast and to find our other great guests.