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234: Ruth and Grace Pepler on Agritourism

The Urban Farm Podcast with Greg Peterson

Release Date: 05/13/2017

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The Urban Farm Podcast with Greg Peterson

Greg kicks off this episode with answering two questions from our listeners that focus on aspects of looking at pest management from a different angle. Tying into our main focus, Greg shares with us the concept of understanding natural pest management and what will bring the healthy life you want in your space. In order to have healthy life, Greg guides us through the five necessary components that we should be adding to our soil that will produce healthy plants. www.UrbanFarm.org/Podcast-Titles

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598: Tommie Hockett on Sharing Seeds with Friends show art 598: Tommie Hockett on Sharing Seeds with Friends

The Urban Farm Podcast with Greg Peterson

We hear first-hand experience from one of our avid podcast listeners, Tommie Hockett, on how he hosted a community seed sharing event. Living in rural Texas, Tommie does not have many close neighbors and he shares with us how he devised a plan to build community resilience that expanded across county lines. Tommie notes how his expectations were exceeded throughout the process from the number of seeds he received to the unexpected guests that showed up out of curiosity. www.UrbanFarm.org/sissyandbubba

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597: Uncovering the Root Causes of Blossom End Rot show art 597: Uncovering the Root Causes of Blossom End Rot

The Urban Farm Podcast with Greg Peterson

Marlene Simon, host of the Flower Power Garden Hour Podcast, joins us this week as she uncovers the truths and busts the myths about blossom end rot. Marlene explains how many people believe the issue stems from a lack of calcium in the soil. Lacking substance in the soil is not usually the case, however, the main causes can be prevented at the roots. She reveals her top tips that will help naturally correct the issue and advises not to waste money on special sprays. www.UrbanFarm.org/Podcast-Titles

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596: Patti Milligan on Saliva and the Immune System show art 596: Patti Milligan on Saliva and the Immune System

The Urban Farm Podcast with Greg Peterson

This week we delve into the world of saliva research as we speak with Patti Milligan on the importance of healthy saliva production. Patti describes how our saliva production can be impacted by the foods we eat and when we eat those certain foods that create healthy saliva, this bolsters our immune systems. Patti advises us on some tried and true ways to improve saliva production including the types of foods we should be eating and which foods to avoid. www.UrbanFarm.org/saliva

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595: Defining What is Modern Homesteading show art 595: Defining What is Modern Homesteading

The Urban Farm Podcast with Greg Peterson

Greg invites Brian Wells, host of The Homestead Journey Podcast, to share with us how he defines what it means to be a homesteader. Brian describes homesteading as a lifestyle that has evolved into the modern era where its definition depends on the standpoint of where people live and what they do. He emphasizes that homesteading is not about the destination rather it is more about the journey, because a journey is never truly complete, it is continuously evolving. www.UrbanFarm.org/PodcastTitles

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594: Designing Your Edible Landscape show art 594: Designing Your Edible Landscape

The Urban Farm Podcast with Greg Peterson

We visit with Kristin Parsons who helps us explore the beneficial concepts of permaculture design and how to integrate functionality into the outdoor living space. We cover the important components of food forests, the first steps for beginners, and how to create ‘guilds’ for a thriving edible landscape. www.urbanfarm.org/garden21mar

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593: Exploring the Seven Layers of a Food Forest show art 593: Exploring the Seven Layers of a Food Forest

The Urban Farm Podcast with Greg Peterson

Greg invites Crystal Stevens on our show to illustrate the seven dense layers of a food forest and the important role each layer provides to an ecosystem. From the top canopy layer to the microbes under the soil, Crystal points out how each layer is an interrelated network that optimizes nutrient uptake at each level. She closes with the importance of dynamic accumulators, an underestimated aspect for creating healthy soil. www.UrbanFarm.org/podcast-titles

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592: Saving Seeds of Onions, Umbels, and More show art 592: Saving Seeds of Onions, Umbels, and More

The Urban Farm Podcast with Greg Peterson

At least ten times a year we have a live Seed Saving Class with Bill McDorman. This is the March 2021 class discussing the many varieties of umbels, unique characteristics of onions and garlic, as well as so much more on aspects of permaculture as it relates to saving seeds. www.urbanfarm.org/seeds21mar

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591: Adding Liquid Nutrients to Your Plants show art 591: Adding Liquid Nutrients to Your Plants

The Urban Farm Podcast with Greg Peterson

Farmer Greg chats with Anthony Dominguez, the co-founder and C.O.O. of HyKreations, a company that produces liquid soil amendments and fertilizers. Anthony informs us on the process of foliar feeding and why trees and plants will greatly benefit from the additional nutrients. He also speaks in-depth on their line of liquid amendments that optimize nutrient delivery to your plants. www.UrbanFarm.org/Podcast-Titles

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590: Jeffrey Smith on Genetically Modified Microbes show art 590: Jeffrey Smith on Genetically Modified Microbes

The Urban Farm Podcast with Greg Peterson

After attending a lecture on GMO’s twenty-five years ago, Jeffrey Smith could not help but feel concerned about the future impacts of genetic engineering on ecosystems. Jeffrey speaks on the growing intensity of GMO contamination in all aspects of life and he advocates the importance of protecting the global microbiome. Jeffrey also points out that genetic engineering creates unpredictable changes in organisms and if not careful, can eliminate terrestrial plant life. www.UrbanFarm.org/protectnaturenow

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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.